Mother Earth Brew Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,573
Ranked #10,406
3.96 | pDev: 9.6%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Put out there as a new "seasonal" but the "Genesis date" is 02/28/19. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Ever so slightly hazy darker amber color, nice little off-white head with good retention, moderate lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Generic citrus (orange and lemon), light pineapple and other tropical flavors, melon, grassy, dank resinous pine, herbal/earthy elements, generic light fruitiness (think Nelson hop type green grapes, watermelon rind, over-ripe kiwi that get stronger the more it warms). Light spicy and floral notes.

Taste- Overly sweet and lackluster, muted flavors. Lightly bitter that gets killed in the malty finish.

Feel- Light bodied with a overly cloying sweet malt liquor type finish. Average carbonation. Poorly balanced.

O- Seriously disappointed, I now know what I bought is old but if this is what they were going for, won't ever go back to this, and I really like other ME offerings a lot.

Oct 27, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a billowy white head of two finger height. Over time the head slowly fades leaving one with a massive amount of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of tangerine and tropical fruits mixed with aromas of some pine and a little bit of an herbal smell. Along with these aromas comes some light caramel and bread and a hint of molasses.
Taste – The taste begins with a quite tangerine and orange heavy flavor that is balanced by some bready malt and a bit of grapefruit hop. Other hop flavors of pine and herb quickly develop on the tongue as the taste advances with some other flavors of tropical fruit and light notes of sugar sweet (caramel and toffee) flavors developing more toward the end of the taste. With a decent hit of earth and a light pine at the very end of the taste, one is left with a citrusy and fruity sweet and moderately hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in its thickness and creaminess for an IPA of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lighter side. Overall the feel is nice and makes for and easy drinking brew.
Overall - A decent more citrus and fruit heavy IPA. Easy drinking and flavorful and worth a try if you get the chance.

Aug 28, 2019
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Reema from California

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Growler from the Tap House in Vista. Told the keg was roughly 6 days from kegging.

The appearance is super clear, bright, and translucent. No chill haze whatsoever. A beautiful amber honey color. Aroma is heavy tropical fruit, papaya, pineapple, slight herbal tea. This is a heavy sumbitch of Nelson and Idaho-7. Taste reflects the smell. Lots of tropical and stone fruit, herbal tea, plenty of dankness, some subtle mango. Feel is dry but not thin, full mouthfeel. Pleasant to drink. Flavors last for a roughly four seconds before it dissipates and beckons you for another sip. A great IPA. Overall, a great IPA with great aroma and taste that is insanely crushable.

Apr 20, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i wanted to like this a lot more than i did, it tasted kind of generic and muted, overbalanced by the malt, which isnt even all that heavy, and even though there is decent bitterness here, this presents itself more as an older school american pale ale than relevant ipa in todays landscape. apparently its nelson hops, which, i had trouble picking out. it makes me wonder if maybe i didnt catch this real fresh, but on tap at a high volume bar, that shouldnt be an issue right? its grassy and more noble than new zealand to me, perhaps some green vegetal fade on it. not bad at all, it tastes clean and has a good feel, i like the bitterness, and the flavor is balanced and all, its not messed up, its just not as aromatic or flavorful as i hoped it would be, and as an expression of nelson, its not real great. this is the first hoppy beer from mother earth that i havent really liked, especially lately, so i will revisit it at another bar or from the bottle or can, give it another shake, im a nelson guy, so i want to experience it again to be sure, but the first impression of it wasnt a memorable one...

Apr 10, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy, organic, plant-focused DIPA. Mother Earth indeed (my 1st).
A) Nice looking beer. Clear dark orange amber, w big lace and lasting retention.
S) Earth! Peat, grass, spring earth, citrus, feel like I'm in a green house.
T) Falls off a bit from aroma peak, souring bitteriness, with a ripe, fecund plant stem body, again earthy, peaty, unusual, and having become more vegan... after being taken aback, I'm going there. Original.
F) Brassy. Bright. smooth, drying medium body.
O) As a BAer wrote: "earthy, the plant flavors feel a little raw" - agree so it comes down to whether that's your cup of tea and for now, after initial mistrust of this beer, I now trust, like and recommend it for its originality.

Mar 18, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the craft beer hop stop cooler on February 10th 2018 for $1. 83. Canned on 12-27-17. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some very nice hangtime.

Nose is tropical forward and quite appealing.

Taste is mango and papaya forward over a moderate malt base with a nice Pine finish to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very refreshing.

Overall this is quite the quaffable IPA. I love the body, the tropical, and the bitter, nice beer!

May 25, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a six-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Have never heard of or seen this brew before. Decent, unremarkable brew, would probably not buy again.

May 12, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/26/17

Pours a huge fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, a bit of lacing, hazy golden orange color

Nose is really unique, really piney earthy marijuana thing, dank earthy forest floor, but a bit of a fruity junip[er berry or something too, touch of citrus, little sweet copper malt

Taste brings lots of pine sap, resin, earthy forest floor notes, big juniper needles and juniper berry fruity thing too, some citrus and a touch tangy perhaps, toasted copper malts, and a little yeasty on the back end, a bit balanced with a touch of sweetness, dry finish that's fairly bitter throughout.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb

Overall eh, not really my style IPA and something I don't understand much. Not very tasty and hard to drink.

Feb 09, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has some bright hops with tropical fruit flavors. Taste has also nice fruity hop flavors, not too bitter, really hoppy and tasty. Medium body and carbonation, quite smooth. Really well made, easy drinking, aromatic IPA.

Mar 13, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned date of 12/19/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and brilliant orange copper in color with an off-white, half-finger head that dissipates within seconds, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Pine and citrusy aroma with a bit of cattiness. Hints of toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair notes of pine and citrus with a touch of toasted malt. Hints of honey sweetness develop as the brew warms. Finishes more sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth enough drinker, but nothing noteworthy.

Overall - Has a very 'Alpine' feel to it, but not nearly the developed flavor. It's good, but not great and for the price I'll look elsewhere in the future.

Feb 15, 2017
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- clear copper color, thin head, some lacing
S- piney hops mostly
T- piney hops mostly
M- medium bodied
D- very good. I like the piney hop flavor in an IPA.

Sep 12, 2016
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sakayus from California

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/17/16 so about 5 weeks old. Smells of white/green grapes
Taste: very heavy in white grape taste, very much nelson sauvin flavoring
color: it's in a can who knows
feel: moderate thickness
Overall I think this more or less is a SMASH with nelson. I think nelson by itself is a bit much and needs another hop to balance this out whether it be citra, mosaic or maybe another more fruit/pine forward hop.
This tastes like a white wine + light ale mixed together and really shows how nelson sauvin tastes and smells. Definitely good experience for homebrewers to experience.

Jun 25, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 4/26 so a little over month old. Pours into tulip with a light ruby red color. Smell and taste pretty much follow as a nice mellow tropical hop bomb with notes of papaya, kumquats, white grape and finished with a more classic American C hop of pine and citrus. Nice malt sweetness that doesn't get in the way of the hop entree but lends a complementary biscuit quality. Mother Earth, thanks for distributing to Las Vegas! Some great IPAs.

Jun 04, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Boise Co-op. Pour from can starts off rather average, aroma kicks it up a notch with some nice flowery hop notes. Taste elevates the whole with very pungent, flavorful, floral, piney hops, carried on a slick, viscous body. Hoppy and tasty, overall feel is wonderful.

May 27, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Bottom of can says Genesis Date 03/22/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Pungent hop aroma that's of the earthy, woody variety. Maybe some Simcoe in there.

T- Taste has more of the piney, vegetal, spicy thing going on with a very pronounced bitterness. Easy to drink for the ABV.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty aggressive for a single IPA but I like the hops they chose for this as it displays the spicier side of flavor and is a nice departure from the usual citrus bombs.

May 11, 2016
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BenwayPHD from California

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, honey like color with a two finger, eggshell white head. The smell is immensely welcoming. Passion fruit, kiwi, pepper, lemon, herbs, flowers, mango, papaya, a little malt sweetness. The flavor is good too, but nothing could stand up to that aroma. It begins with a bright citrus flavor. In the middle you get a good amount of a caramel malt. It ends with a mild, lingering, orange peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is perfext. Slightly oily, in a good way. This is an all around classy brewski.

Apr 26, 2016
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sentimetal from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Will start off by saying I am not sure how old this bottle is. I t was kept in my local craft beer guy's fridge and he gave it to me. Doesn't taste extremely fresh but it hasn't turned into a malt balm, either.

L - Semi aggressive pour produces a cloudy white head and a hazy dark amber body.

S - The scent I get is pure earthiness with some grapefruit-y hops. I'm honestly not picking up much on the scent other than some dankness and hops. Perhaps the bottle is old?

T - Biting grapefruit with again, earthiness from start to finish. I'm beginning to think I'm drinking a bitter tea, which isn't a bad thing, but this beer is definitely past the optimal freshness date.

Feel - Sudsy mouth feel with decent carbonation. Compared to all the Sculpin clones I've been trying lately, I much prefer the mellow mouthfeel of this beer.

O - I'd really like to try this beer fresh. I imagine a fresh bottle of this would be a west coast version of Hop Devil by Victory Brewing. I will be re-reviewing this beer once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

Apr 14, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated genesis on 03/22/16 into a tulip glass. Pours an amber copper with a finger of low density tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing. Nose is heavy citrus, lots of orange/mandarin, with some sweetness and faint tropical aspects. Taste closely matches the nose, very enjoyable. Dank attributes became more noticeable in both the nose and taste as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation solid, and the finish is a nice balance of astringency and sweetness and clean. Enjoyable, and I'd definitely drink again.

Apr 07, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark and opaque the colour of raw honey. Very exciting. Nice fluffy white head sits atop this amber bauble, slowly dwindling to a dedicated ring with small patches throughout. Wonderful lacing.

Nose is an interesting blend of sweet rich honey/caramel malts and an almost... earthy/woody incense note and something else that's not so cloying as perfume, and not as alarming as soap, but could be common between them.
Really intriguing.

Sadly the flavour cannot live up to the hype of the complex and unique solicitations of the nose. There's still homage there, sure, but where the nose had depth, layer and mystery, the taste flattens out a bit giving more to the dull earthy bitterness of pine. There's some green in there as well which gives it a bit of layer, but it does not reach the peaks of the aroma.
Finish sticks around with pine wood and honey. A beer that goes from suprlative to just pretty darn good. And really? At the end of the day, there's nothing wrong with that...

Jan 11, 2016
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MisSigsFan from California

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange/ruby with a big white head. Leaves huge gobs of lacing on the glass. You get one whiff of this and it just screams Nelson Sauvin hops. Dank, loads of weed stems, some white grape, citrus, a little sweetness... Taste is most of the same. Upfront bitterness with grapes and weed coming through. Pine as well. Biscuity malt with a good amount of sweetness at the back end. A bit bland at the finish. The malt comes through way more at the end. I wish they went a little lighter on the malt bill.Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from an IPA. Maybe a little bit watery. Bitterness is good and doesn't overpower the aroma. Overall, a good Nelson-hopped IPA. I wouldn't put it up there with Alpine Nelson or Nelson Showers but eats easily available where I am and pretty affordable. Job well done Mother Earth.

Jan 09, 2015
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utfiero from Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

Color- hazy dark gold. Full head.

Aroma- resinous pine, slight hint of spicy parsley, touch of grapefruit rind on wet earth.

Taste- a unique IPA with notes of earthy pine sap and citrusy hops finishing smooth with notes of earthy mushroom and hops. This is hard to get outside of CA. Traded for this with a colleague in San Diego.

Dec 13, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of citrus
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good, partial wide rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body gold, clear
Flavor begins lightly bitter and citrusy, slowly fades to slight bitter aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Dec 11, 2014
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49ers from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Good IPA, a tad on the skunky side. The beer is good, just fell flat on the finish and that is where you get the real New Zealand style hop aroma. Good beer not great beer.

Dec 10, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L (16.9 oz.) glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.79
Purchased: Aug. 26, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 3, 2014
Misc.: Welp. The top of the bottle near the twist off broke when I popped the cap, but decided to try it anyway.

Poured a caramel, orange, slightly murky color with three fingers of khaki cream rocky head. Great foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of citrus hops, New Zealand hops, floral hops, resin hops, caramel, mango and tangerine rind. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but good nonetheless. Booziness in there for sure. Got New Zealand hops, bitter alcohol, resin, rye hops, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, Columbus hops (I think), mango, tropical hops and tangerine. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Really liked this beer. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

3.99 | 89 | B+

Sep 18, 2014
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koopa from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from online vendor.

Appearance: Pours a classic slightly hazy copper tinged orange with a 2 finger faintly off white crown that shows some retention and tons of lace.

Smell: A stiff amount of pleasant caramel, grassy, herbal, pine, and tea like notes from the Columbus hops. Not much of a discernible Nelson Sauvin quality (maybe it isn't the freshest bomber or summer transit diminished it a bit).

Taste: Same as the nose with a well executed amount of hop bitterness and fairly clean bitter finish. Really adds to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium, with a very creamy crown and moderate carbonation. As mentioned previously, the finish isn't overly astringent or lingering, which couples beautifully with the creamy head. Clearly the most standout quality of the beer.

Overall: This is the epitome of classic (circa '95 - '10) pacific north west style IPA. A good quality hop bitterness, some caramel malt presence (but not overboard), with the right look, an ABV that satisfies / lends itself to drinkability (not putting you under like a DIPA would), and an excellent mouthfeel.

Jul 20, 2014
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