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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: 169
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tobelerone, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Arithmeticus, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Cheet577, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

babaracas, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

sw2112, Dec 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Steimie, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

duceswild, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

grumpygerman, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JWing, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Shaw, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

billyrenfroe, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

twizzbeatz, Oct 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

piconaut, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

VncentLIFE, Jul 20, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

azdback, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MikalMick, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

eawolff99, Jun 26, 2012
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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 24, 2012
Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.