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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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Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 248
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a beautiful hazy orange in color and really lit up the room with its brilliant ccloring. The head was firm and pure white with good staying power just as it should be. Spot on in this category.

Smell – This took me back to Seattle with the PacNW aromatic hopping and wonderfully balanced mix of pine, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Taste – I was disappointed here as the sharp hopping lost its balance and the malts struggled to keep up. There was no sweetness to the finish which I’ve come to expect from superior examples of the style.

Mouthfeel – Though the style doesn’t demand medium-bodied the strong hopping does, and in this case it came up short.

Drinkability – This was OK but with such a strong appearance and the classic big IPA aroma I was a bit let down when I drank it.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is ok. It's really easy to drink and refreshing but I was disappointed with the happiness. There was a lack of fruit on the nose and it didn't really bite like IPAs should.

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Photo of jhartley
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a Stange glass. No dating on the can.

Popped the can open and it was a major volcano of foam all over the kitchen counter! Deep dark orange body and a fluffy head. Left layers of lacing in the glass.

Aromas of lemon, orange and biscuity malt. Might be a little older than I would prefer, but decided to move forward with drinking it.

Tastes of that lemon and some more citrus followed by the dry biscuit maltiness.

Great amount of carbonation, obvious with the kitchen counter gusher upon opening. Nice bitterness on the front and a lingering bitterness.

Overall, this beer is really tasty, and I am gonna have to find this fresher than this can and I'm sure this is a top notch IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into tulip, no dating on can.

A — Pours a bright orange hue, there is a thin and bright white colored head to it, nice enough lacing left behind as well.

S — Smells peachy, piney, juicy, fresh hop, bitter, bright.

T  — Tastes much like the nose, big peachy pine notes, crisp and clean hop profile, light sweet malt presence.

M — Light-Medium bodied, spot on here.

O — Nice overall, better than I expected, little bit sweet but it does have a nice balance.

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Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear orange-ish color with white head. Some floral notes, with a bit of pine and grass, and just a hint of citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a decent hop bite.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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 

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Photo of bushdere
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Bar Louie in Tampa. Pours a golden copper with one finger creamy white head. Aroma of light citrus, bready malt. Flavor is mostly malt, some light bitter, more malt. Falls a bit flat for me. Medium carbonation and slightly slick. Just not all that great. Meh.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy darker golden hue with an one finger head that fade to leave light sticky side lacing and a thin spotty blanket.

S - Aromas of bright hops, initially, though it quickly becomes malt heavier with a slight wet cardboard type aroma. Light candi notes too.

T - Taste is a bit too malty/sweet, but that seems to taste like age than simply a sweeter IPA. Bitter hops is still on the finish, solid grapefruit rind finish and light citrus throughout with nice orange notes. Finish is nice, but not quite as hoppy as I prefer.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, alcohol hidden nicely. Crisp and clean.

O - Overall, tastes like it was a damn fine IPA, just perhaps a bit on the older side? The bitterness is well done, just too much malt for my liking.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, summer 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Nice orange color. Thin ring of bright white. Leaves some lacing bits on the glass. No alcohol feet or anything.

S: Smells like orange marmalade. Fruity hop aromas. Sweet malts. Might be a touch old.

T: Taste is actually better than the smell. Nice punch of orange like hops on the tip of the tongue. A little earthiness as well. Then you get the meshing of the sweet bready malts on the back end. Finish is fairly dry with lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a golden orange with a one inch white head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- A bit subdued, I get hints of grapefruit and a bit of sourness. Not much aroma.

Taste- Great bitterness. Like the smell I get some notes of grapefruit and citrus with some malt backing. Again, a bit subdued but still tasty.

Mouthfeel- Good medium mouthfeel with good carbonation, no complaints.

Overall- Good beer, the flavor and aroma are a bit subdued but it is still a good IPA just not as strong as many other American IPA's. The balanced bitterness makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of HighWine
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy golden orange wit a nice frothy cream colored head

S-creamy orange hops. Sweet smelling, almost as if it had vanilla to it...which reminds me of SN Celebration. Slight aged aspect to it.

T-comes in with a decent taste of bitter hops, but mostly a fistful Florida citrus. It's really citrusy, similar to a fresh cut orange. It's a lasting flavor that continues as an after-taste. It's a good clean flavor, with out much of the aged aspect found in the nose.

M-good creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-I'm pretty impressed with this. It's an extremely quaffable ipa. Great balance of flavor and bitterness. I could see me loving a bunch of cans of these on a sunny Florida beach....at least if I were to ever get bored of Jai Alai first.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled from can in tall ale glass

A: dark orange, cloudy; thin but creamy head; moderate carbonation
S: sweet hops, traces of orange, nicely persistent
T: aggressive hop flavor is the first thing to hit the palate; not very sweet (i.e., finishing hops minimal methinks); highly complex; grain flavor strong
M: thick and heavy

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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull amber, lots of sediment from the bottom of the can, two fingers thick dense, offwhite colored head. Settles to a thin ring, nice sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, dried apricot, hopping is leafy, mildly earthy and citric. Taste: bitterness dominated... primarily earthy and medicinal, with orange citrus and a little grapefruit peel coming in mid-sip. Lots of caramel and some biscuit in the back. Medium bodied, creamy, semi-sugary, piney and sweet citrus in the finish. Raw in a lot of aspects, but still enjoyable. From pint can, no freshness date.

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Photo of Shaw
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. canning beer! It's been years since I had this on tap at their brewpub.

A cloudy light amber with a lot of sediment and a big stick head. Floaties don't bother me, but I bet many would be put off by its appearance.

Nice hop aroma of citrus and earth.

Excellent taste: It's quite bitter with citrus-peel-like hop flavors. They call this a West Coast IPA, and I agree: it's dry with the emphasis on the hop flavors and sharp bitterness rather than a semblance of balance from the malt. Slight metallic notes from the hops

Nice solid body.

I remembered this beer being excellent on tap at the brewpub and the canned version maintains that standard. A must-try for hopheads.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour had a huge light mocha colored head. Light orange body. I do notice a bit of floaties (im hoping hops). Out of the can, I got a good amount of resinous, piney, and even a touch of spicy grapefruit zest, but all that aroma escaped when I poured it. Hint of spruce and resin, but mostly slick balanced smell and flavor. Hops have truely faded, but the malt bill is slick and light enough to showcase what used to be a piney, zesty, resinous hop profile (at least thats what I got from the smell and light body). Body feels light and slick. With no hop bitterness, it goes down easy and smooth.

No date on the can, so idk.

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Photo of azdback
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A very light amber color that is very clear in appearance. Medium amounts of average sized carbonation bubbles lead to quite a large two finger head that is sea foam in color and appearance. Lace is quite sticky at the moment and already leaving some patchy patterns from the falling head. Lace does stick to the end. Quite nice.

Smell is a little musty and malty. Some dark citrus, blood orange or pink grapefruit. Earth, grass and yeast. Not my type.

Taste is at first all malts and yeast. This does subside a bit and let the hops come through with a sweet and bitter taste. Some yellow grapefruit and maybe an under ripe orange. The dank musty flavors come back after a lick or two of the lips.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is on the round to spritzy side. The body is medium and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I wasn't a real fan of this one. The same old story. East Coast makes West Coast IPA but fails. I'm not sure if it's the choice of yeast, malt or hop but the taste of earth, grass and soggy bread overpowers the citrus hops. Thanks to bluedevil23 for this poker payment.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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