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Old Elephant Foot IPA - Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Old Elephant Foot IPAOld Elephant Foot IPA

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002)
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Reviews by gonzo46and2:
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure why this shows as retired since it is a year-round offering at TBBC.

Had this one on cask 3-12-09

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a nice rich foamy white head that laced down the glass consistently.

Aroma is pithy citrus bitterness with a bit of malt sweetness hiding in the background. Orange Pith, Grapefruit, maybe a touch of wood resin.

Taste is full on hops. Drinks very much like a double IPA and at the ABV it's pushing that level. Quite bitter but tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent but otherwise drinks very easily and smooth and slick as far as the body goes.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a palate killer and has a high ABV. Nice if you are popping in for just one.

gonzo46and2, Mar 14, 2009
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Lazaro, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -18%

mctizzz, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

chinchill, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Bham UK (December 2006)

JohnW, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of alotofcoffee
4.5/5  rDev +23%

alotofcoffee, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of SomethingClever
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 

SomethingClever, Saturday at 02:53 AM
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.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2009
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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

WoodBrew, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

KensWorld, Nov 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

PBelt71, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MikeThumel, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

KTCamm, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Danielr26, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jaycase, Aug 24, 2014
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.

PhillyStyle, Jul 10, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

aepb1, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

rdgreenberg85, Nov 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

mobrockman, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MikalMick, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

cistercian12, Jul 11, 2013
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!


Arknot, Feb 20, 2012
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Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.