Mamba | Gilgamesh Brewing

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Brewed by:
Gilgamesh Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Early versions were called "Black Mamba"

Brewer's notes: "A hopless brew with a light, yet slightly sweet, spicy body. Brewed with black tea and a hint of tangerine zest and rye."

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of DarkChade
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a cleverly thought up beer, and while it doesnt come together flawlessly, i think its a unique combination of flavors and i liked this pretty well. a rye based orange colored brew with tangerine zest and black tea in it, a curious mix of ingredients, but it works. the tea is easily the most forward of these, earthy and floral, bitter for sure in nose and taste, and with a very natural vibe, its nice with the spice of the rye in the mash, and almost doesnt need the orange to brighten it up, it has a cool impact on the beer, i always think tea is an underutilized element in brewing. the orange is bitter too, and theres a lot of that on the back end, but its also oily and bright and zesty, and serves to make this a little more broad appeal, a little fresher and cleaner, and a bit more familiar too. it works with the tea nicely, and it gives an herbaceous quality to the finish of a beer that has no hops in it, so it fills a needed role here i reckon. it could use a little more carbonation, but i like the weight of the body with these flavors, and i like how the tea is the last thing i taste after the swallow. cool beer, id like to try more from gilgamesh after this one being so interesting.

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

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grittybrews
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrenc
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dense orange, thin head. Nose is lime, malty-sweet tea. Taste of light earthy malt ,citrus is evident, the rye and bergamot are on the edge. Very drinkable on a hot day and tasty for not having any hops.

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Photo of ricke49
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty, fruity (sweet) with just a hint of dirty rye. Refreshing when cold, sorta like a shandy (but much heavier). Label says tangerine, tastes very orang-y to me. Would be very interesting as a barrel aged item.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Chris for this one. an interesting brew containing tea and orange rind, it has a nice orange kick to it and the tea gives it an interesting aspect. The hazy orange-gold color was attractive. The body was smooth and even, with a semi-dry finish. This interesting brew was easy drinking, and I would happily drink more if I ever see it.

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Photo of fizzician
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit on the sweet side for my taste, but not overly so and has some interesting flavors. Couldn't really pick out the tea flavors, though. Overall, enjoyed but probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of owenwood
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour orange that rides the palate longer than expected. Lay off food for a bit and let this taste play out. I don't quite sense the "tea" that's touted on the can, but there's something lemony in there also. Very cloudy and lacing is non-existent. The colder the better (had 3 of these over a long evening).

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste and color of black tea. Hints of citrus with no discernable spice from the rye. Can says they used bergamot to give an earl gray like quality but I am having trouble picking that out. Average beer to me nice hot weather drinking though. A little more carbonation would make this better.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Briken
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange amber with little head retention of an yellowish foam. Light orange and slight spice aroma. Sweet orange and a very light spice. Thin light body.

Not really much to this beer. If you like a tea consistency and sweet orange then it's a beer to drink. I really don't find anything to revisit from this as even a refreshing, light summer beer but then again I'm not much of a tea drinker either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Interesting aroma of orange citrus, light stone fruit, black tea, mild wheat; rose floral. Flavor is slightly bread, mostly neutral malt, tangerine, tea, hints of tannin, mildly earthy; very much like a lightly citrus ice tea. Medium bodied with odd carbonation that is spritzy on the tongue at first and then disappears, leaving the finish seem undercarbonated. This does excel as a tea infused light ale. The tea and citrus are balanced nicely and it's refreshing to taste orange rather than lemon with tea. The malt is subdued, which does allow the tea to shine, but makes this less interesting as an ale. An interesting experiment that worked as advertised. I'm a modest tea drinker, so this had less interest to me than other flavors might have. Absolutely amazingly well covered alcohol, in a blind taste, I would have thought this was as innocent as an iced tea. Enjoyable and quite drinkable as a tasting experiment. I've enjoyed the ales from Gilgamesh so far.

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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber in the DuPont chalice with a modest foam. This actually tastes like tea. A light Earl Grey taste, with the bergamot herbal aroma and flavor. Some citrus flavors that linger in the aftertaste and a slightly acidic mouthfeel.

This is quite flavorful, but a liuttle too much like Snapple lemon iced tea for my taste. It's really more like tea than beer, though plenty strong with alcohol. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly murky medium orange-brown body with a thin layer of fizzy foam when poured. The head doesn't stick around long at all, but I like the color.

Smell: the tea aroma definitely gets lost but the tangerine and bergamot really come through. I like the citrusy nature of it.

Taste: nicely floral and herbal without being too bitter or astringent. There's a good sweetness to the underlying beer, and I think there's a bit of rye to it (though my bottle doesn't say anything about rye in the ingredients list). As an herbal beer I think it's relatively successful.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a moderate body but very little carbonation, so it seems nearly flat. Not so great, but who knows? Maybe that's what the brewers wanted.

Overall: a good herby beer. I'm not so hot about the lack of carbonation, but there's enough body to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of MtOrion
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gilgamesh- "Mamba":
Herbed/ Spiced Beer
Look: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Feel: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
This Spiced brew from Gilgamesh offers a wondrous display of pleasantries for all the senses. It plays tricks on your from the get go. The pour is a carmel amber clarity, that sheens in the light with a subtle head to awaken your nostrils. Your nose is deceived by what is thinks to be a morning citrus black tea, but little does your nose or tongue know, that it is a brew that awaits. No bitter interrupts the pleasantries upon arrival on the pallet, just smooth orange and black tea. It is as it is advertised. No tricks, no gimmicks, simply an extremely well done specialty brew that is unique to what it says Gilgamesh was going for. Well balanced with tangerine, rye, and black tea. This is a great experience from Gilgamesh brewing.

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Mamba from Gilgamesh Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 61 ratings