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Old Elephant Foot IPA - Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002

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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by delta490:
Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- light gold with a nice creamy white head. A little visible carbonation and some nice lacing from the head

S-hop forward, with primarily pine notes with hints of floral hops in the background

T- a nice big hop flavor that is mostly pine but it is nicely tempered by the strong malt backbone

M- just right. Smooth with a little carbonation on the finish

O- a nice, well-crafted American IPA

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is supposed to be retired, but it's alive and well at the brewpub, regular draft and cask conditioned. It poured an amber color with a thick white head and quite impressive lacing. It had a sweet, outdoorsy scent, and a nice hoppy taste. I probably should drink more cask-conditioned beers, because they all taste too flat to me, and this was no exception. Still, it was a pretty good beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a growler at the RBWG-2104.

Clear amber with a fine head and exceptional lacing
Aroma: hops and more hops, yet some complexity and some sweet malt base

Fruity hops plus some herbal notes. Mildly bitter but the bitterness lingers on and on.

O: a solid IPA.

Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although listed in here as "retired" at time of writing, is the regular brew now available in the new premises from November 2006. Pours medium dark bronze, with fair tight head, which lasts well down the glass. Aroma is heavy, malty and slightly sweet, and the initial taste confirms this, but overall the beer is well hoppy and has a bitter but well balanced after taste. It may seem just a little overpowering at first, but after a few sips I really got into this and enjoyed it a lot. I certainly has the 'Tampa Bay Brewing' family characteristics. It has only little natural carbonation, and this makes it easy to drink and thirst quenching. It seems just the same as it did when brewed at the old premises. I like this beer, and would always have at least one of these when in Ybor City, along with the other beers available on tap at Tampa Bay Brewing.


JohnW
Bham UK (December 2006)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap


A: light Amber color great clarity good lacing on the glass


S: some pine a little muted herbal


T: a little piney and some fruit moderate bitterness 


M: medium feel a little linger on the tongue 


O: it's ok it's not bad but it's not something I'd look for again just a middle of the road ipa looking to jump on the bandwagon ipa craze 

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. One of their beter ones, with Northern Brewer, Centennial and Cascade. The odour is c-hop but also odd. Cloudy yellow and lacey. Smooth and good bitterness, nicely malted. Orangey taste, hop resin, fairly decent drinkability.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. "Old Elephant Foot IPA"
$6 on tap @ The Brass Tap, Oldsmar, FL

Well you've got to at least love the name! Old Elephant Foot just sounds so English, doesn't it? And yet there are some American hops to it as well. I found it spicy and leafy (and a touch floral), but there's a good bit of pine and citrus to it as well. Beyond that, the malt also remains very English in nature. It's got a clear caramel edge to it that offers both golden and dark caramels, and it's a bit bready and toasty. Where it's American for sure is in it's girth, and in it's bitterness level; in that sense this is kind of an amped up English IPA (which normally tend to be lighter than Americans) - or am I totally backwards on this and it's an American IPA with an English bent? Regardless, it serves the purpose... it's a full-flavored, medium-bodied ale with more strength (7.0%) and a dry and hoppy character - it satiates! Nicely done!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass:

Contrary to what is stated, I had this beer last evening. The beer was a very nice reddish orange color with a nice two finger head. The beer presented itself very well. The aroma was almost all hops, but in a big way, with a hint of a floral aroma. The taste, all hops all the time. Very nice strong hoppy flavor to it, that is really all that I got, but it is really all that I want out of an IPA. The carbonation was as expected, noticeable but not so much that it took aware from the beer and it had a really nice bitter, dry aftertaste. Overall, highly drinakble beer.

Photo of Arknot
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a hand labeled 16oz tallboy can, part of the brewerys first batch of 2000 cans. 7% abv and 80 ibus

This beer is really a treat, pretty color, nice smell, great head, lots of creamy lacing, and great taste. Its hard to believe I just poured this out of a big can.

The taste is highly american hops with a nice malt backbone. The malt isn't sweet or caramel, but more of warm bready thickness that comforts the hop assault.
Hops are a fresh fruity citrus hop without being too soapy. This drinks like nearly a double ipa, yet it holds back instead of going all the way. The taste is a little unique too, I'd say its fruiter then some, with more floral/citrus/freshness in the taste and less soapy/bitter like some IPAs. I'm about 3/4 done with this beer now, and my mouth is pretty coated in hoppy beer goodness. I'll say the mouthfeel is pretty epic!

Prost!

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to brown in color, nice fluffy stand up beige head. Florals, biscuit, malt, and big hop blend into an appealing smell. Nice balanced malty taste, with a super strong hoppy kick. Creamy medium bodied feel, good bitter finish, crisp, nothing lingers. Asks you take another sip. One of their better offerings.

Photo of smerrell
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the TBBC bar in Ybor City

A: hazy amber, the head disappears quickly.
S: not much to speak of - would be nicer if the aroma was stronger.
T: bitter grapefruit
M: the carbonation is really high- giving this a dry finish

Overall, this is a good beer, although its imbalanced in its thin malt profile. There's a nice bitterness that fades quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to get this one again.

Photo of mickyge
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice bitterness but tasted a bit thin

Photo of JayS2629
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange hued and slightly cloudy for the style. Two finger creamy white head is beautiful but faded fast. Lacing is descent.

The aroma is big on citrus, especially grapefruit. Orange zest and floral notes of honey suckle and orange blossom are on top of a lightly toasted bready backbone with caramel notes.

The flavor follows. Bright citrus dominates a light bread background. Nothing that distinguishes this from other IPAs. Great, but average. Mostly grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall ok.

This taste great and has great balance, but kind of one dimensional (grapefruit).

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/23/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to UMCaner74 for always takin' care of me --

A: Straight up orange in color. A good pour yields a 2.5 white head. Speaking of white, it looks like a snow globe, as I'm getting lots of tiny white floaties that fall from the head to the bottom of the beer. Decent lacing rims the glass as I drink.

S: Mostly pine-like hops. There's a touch of bitter grapefruit in there too. Not as floral or explosive as I would have liked.

T: East Coast bittering hops all the way. I'm not sure what it is about FL IPA's, but I'd think that due to the sweltering heat, you'd want to brew a tropical, fruit forward IPA. But this, like so many others, is very malt forward. As it wraps up, it dries out the palate a good bit.

M: Velvety and soft. The feel here really jumps in and helps to save this one, as it's creamy, dense and really easy to put back.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, it's rather just...I don't know...a beer? If you're in need of hops, this will suffice I guess. But it's not one I'd reach for over other (and better) hop offerings that await me on the shelf. A solid tick, but not much more.

Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Completely random grab at Total Wine in Tampa, FL. Didn't know how long this brew has been around. Nice description on the can about it being referred to as over-hopped back in the 90s. Cool.

A- Pours from the tallboy can to a goblet and teku with a fair amount of haze in the golden-orange body. The white head ends up at one finger high with a frothy texture. Large band sits around the glass dropping only a few small sheets of lacing.

S- Intense citrus hops off the top and not in the nectar or juicy sort of way; edgy orange zest and pine prominent. Floral, bready and caramel candy notes as well.

T- Again, orange peel hops ala Cascade are the centerpiece as in the aroma. Floral, herbal and pine notes lead to a finish with a decent bit of crystal grains and caramelized sugar hints. A bit of alcohol amps harsh bitter citrus peel.

MF- Medium bodied with a certain slickness I am only used to in other styles like Barleywines for example. Texture is mostly foamy with high carbonation. Finishes bitter and somewhat warm.

Brewed since 1993 and it sort of reminds me of some of the earlier IPAs I reviewed in my early days of craft brews. Big Cascade hops lead to a cushion of medium caramel malts. Not exactly the cleanest brew overall as some alcohol comes out in the flavor and feel.

Photo of HighWine
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tap in a shaker at Players inside Doubletree Westshore. Light brass color with a well laced thin white head. Faint grapefruit aroma. Flavor is one dimensional. Resinous bitterness throughout with no detectable malt flavor. Quenching but leaves a lot to be desired.

Photo of wingnutter
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company brewpub in Tampa (Ybor City)

No head to speak of due to the bartender filling the glass as full as it could be (ya gotta love that). Pale golden color. Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of toastiness/nutiness. Minimal lacing as I finish the glass.

Taste is smooth, somewhat hoppy with a nice nutty/malty background. Its not as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but for a local craft beer, this is pretty good. I cant remember what hops are used (the menu has good info on most of the house beers like what hops/malts are used, etc), but I wish theyd use more of them or dry hop a little more. This one goes down smooth and easy, and it has a good clean finish. The ABV isnt noticable at all. I could drink these all night, but with so many other good beers available, why would you? The carbonation is just right, but it feels a bit thin.

Not a great IPA, but its good, always fresh (of course), reasonably priced, and the brewpub has a great atmosphere. Worth a try if you ever make it to TBBC. Hopefully next trip the One Night Stand Pale Ale will be available so I can compare the two.

Photo of Ahhdball
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice amber tone and great frothy beige 2 inch head.
Strong essence of hops and grapefruit. Maybe a bit too pungent for a normal IPA. - I'm not complaining.
Good mixture of the sweet malt that finishes the high bitter bite with some orange from a good pale ale. Maybe a bit more malt could cure the higher burn from the hops but nonetheless I liked it.
Smooth, a little creamy but not at all slick.
I could and will drink this little IPA again. With a name like Elephant I would think it would be a bit larger with more hops but alas it's not exactly what I had in mind. Like I said earlier, I'm not complaining.

Photo of hooligan
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy translucent copper color with a creamy thick settling head (thanks to the cask-conditioning). Heavy citrus rind and hop oils in the inital smell, with bready malt elements as well. Upfront grapefruit and herbal(grassy?) hop assault on the palate, crisp and clean malt with a very biscuit-like element, followed by a very clean hop "snap!" (I don't know how else to explain it) at the finish, that begs you to take another sip. Very big malt character, even for an IPA, with a clean hoppiness that dosen't linger on the palate. This is my favorite IPA... excellent character.

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at...er, I forget, but I sampled it again at the brewpub in Tampa.

This was probably the best beer I had from TBBC, and that isn't saying much. Orange-amber pour, clearish, with a moderate white head that displayed average retention and lacing. Nose was generally hop-forward, citrusy, floral, distant pale malts. Taste was similar, crisp C-hops, balanced out with pale male sweetness, perhaps more resembling an APA than an authentic IPA. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable, but nothing tremendous.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it is a very slightly hazed copper coloring with a thin film of head. Wet, resinous hops aroma that is slightly sweet. Effervescent citrus notes on the nose, also. Flavors are dark roasted sweet malt with a dry, peppery hopping on the undercurrent. Reminiscent of English IPAs. Darkly sweet malty aftertaste, with peppery spice and slight cedar characteristics. Slightly dry, slightly slick finish. Good flavor that stays consistent and doesn't overpower. Good drinker.

Photo of bushdere
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The best IPA ever? No.

But, a friend asked me the other day, "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?" OEF was near the top of my list. It is so drinkable, and doesn't get old. Big fan of this beer, and will continue to be in the future.

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice bronze with a beige head and good lacing.

Nice citrus and pine nose. There is also some grainy malts in the background.

The taste is definitely on the English side of the IPA spectrum. Nicely bracing and a bit oily, the beer has a good malt background for balance. I like the “juiciness” of this beer and the citrus notes.

The beer coats your mouth and leaves you ready for the next sip. The finish is nicely dry.

This is a good example of this style. Hats off to the brewer!

Photo of CraigS119
3.88/5  rDev +6%

Purchased 2-for-1 on tap at Ocean Blue (some cheap sushi joint in Tampa).

A: Pours an uninviting crystalline brownish tan.. but with a nice white head. Lots of tiny champagne bubbles rising from the bottom, which is nice if you're into that sort of thing. 2/5

A: Mostly caramel/bread/malt. There's a hint of delicate fruit skin in there too. Some minute spice as well. 3/5

T: Very full bodied hoppy IPA. Getting a lot more of the caramel malts, with some floral characteristics as well. Strong and lingering bitter with this one, but not to the extent of being off-putting. No real one spice/fruit/floral note comes through, just hops and malt backbone. 4/5

M: Full, smooth, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. 4.5/5

O: Better than your run-of-the-mill IPA, but no "oomph" with this one. I guess I'm more of a fan of the citrus-forward IPAs. Still warms me up and makes me feel like a man though, so I'd order this again. 3.88/5

Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big, foamy white head that has good retention. Swirls of lace coat the glass nicely. The aroma is grapefruit, balanced out by some light caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is more of the same, with a good balance between the caramel malts and striking grapefruit hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a sticky, resiny finish. Pretty good IPA. I have had Double IPA's with less body than this.

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Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.