Kismet | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BenwayPHD
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler share – Thanks bro!
Standard pint glass

A: Kismet pours a golden amber color with orange highlights and good clarity. I get a solid fingers width of khaki cream whip atop that holds some nice retention. Lace just sheets my glass all the way down.

S: Smells are bursting with grapefruit, peach, mango, and tangerines. There are some lesser aromas of Sauvignon Blanc grape and a suggestion of sugary pale malt sweetness. A dash of spice mixes in with the malt. A very pleasant and aromatic nose. Fruity and quite attractive.

T: Taste is an onslaught of pulpy grapefruit juice. There are accompanying notes of mango, melon, and white wine grapes. I get a bit of floral herbs, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. Malt imparts some light graham cracker sweetness with soft notes of spice (Rye?). There is a moderately higher level of bitterness that just saps the palate. Alcohol presence is minimal. Has such a refreshing citrus zing. Super fruity and quite impressive.

M: Medium light body with adequate carbonation. Gives a nice creamy texture with a light crisp towards the end. A bit of dry hoppy astringency lends to a nice pucker. Finish is a touch on the wetter side.

D: A stellar IPA. I really do love Nelson hops and this beer is just another affirmation of that. Super fruity, tropical and refreshingly drinkable.
I wasn’t all too impressed with some of ME’s initial IPA offerings but Kismet is incredible.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is extra special on tap. I have had this in a bottle, but on tap, it tastes two times as good. It appears ruby red. This is unique for an IPA. The smell is amazing. The Citra Hops stands out in the aroma and taste of this outstanding IPA. The mouthfeel is lacking some umphhh, but gets it done and comes together well. Overall, this is a world-class beer on-tap.

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Photo of MattLatuchie
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This had a savory, and at times, brine-y aroma to it. Really liked the earthiness and grassy-ness this had - most likely the result of the Nelson hops. The palate is really bright and hoppy with great herbal, grassy, and peachy notes. Interestingly, the savoriness of the palate grew with air and began to take on some soy and spice notes...nearly resembling eel sauce. Has a nice bite to the finish, too. Great stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Mother Earth.

A: Burnished golden orange with good clarity and an inch of white foam. Retention is good and lacing is all over the glass.

S: Aromatic orange, grapefruit, peach, and tangerine. I get a little white grape and faint tropical notes. Malt is light and bready.

T: Moderately bitter with bright notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Malt imparts a dash of short lived sweetness and a little cracker. The citrus profile is great. White grape is faint.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Really good. One of the best I've had from Mother Earth.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Updated review 4/23/16. Can dated 3/22/16 into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: shockingly dark. Solidly burnt orange, with very little head.

Smell: mint, mango, caramel, banana. Very pungent, but hard to place.

Taste: all kinds of crazy. Reminds me strongly of Pizza Port's The Kook, despite apparently sharing no hops in common.

Feel: medium, pretty low (but acceptable) carb, clean finish. Nondescript.

Overall: glad I revisited this. Would like to try it fresher at some point.

Previous rating 4/3/14: 4.0.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a handful of Mother Earth beers I got from my brother for Xmas. Not sure the cost but I know it was purchased at Holiday Wine up in Escondido. Poured from a 22oz bomber into an Odell Brewing branded tulip glass.

Bottle claims 7.2% ABV, not 7.0 as listed above.

A: Pours a fairly clean orange/straw-like hue with a fatty head that lingers a while, leaving ridiculous amounts of lacing that coat the glass from start to finish.

S: Major grassy sativa up front, raw cookie dough batter, crackery malt, some fruity esters, but the hop dominates big time.

T: Massive sweet sativa up front as the nose suggests....lingers for a while giving way to lemon earthiness, herbal tea, and carmel malt but the hop rears its head at every corner and turn - true SD IPA - Fu*k the malt!

M: Straight up medium bodied and well carbonated, which works well for an IPA. Finishes dry with an oily lingering bitterness from the massive amount of hops in this one.

In a market here in SD that is completely over-saturated with mediocre IPA's hitting the shelves each day, Mother Earth clearly states her claim with an insanely well balanced and tasty IPA in the true So-Cal tradition. Love the hop burps from this one as well - like a fresh burst of hop every time!

Good job fellas - keep up the good work!

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Photo of sakayus
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.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - Light amber ale with one inch of head

s - Definite Nelson hops here - bitter/floral/fruity and very bready. Its very different then most IPA's but I really like the balance and complexity. I keep smelling it several times before wanting to sip.

t - Taste like it smells - bready with a lot of unique hop fruit and bitterness. Differnt then the typical West Coast IPA but very good. Definite bitterness in the taste but its balanced with the floral/fruit/whole graininess.

m - Medium body and nice bitterness.

o - Pretty good and unique IPA. Interesting aroma, good mouthfeel, nice flavor. Definitely worth a try for its uniqueness.

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Photo of jakecattleco
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New world hops experience. Extraordinary hoppy beer, bringing in the totality of New World hops. Very lacy, bold but not palate erasing citrus
hops. Hop forward, comes on like 60 or higher ibu. A must try for hop fans, or most of us. Incredibly drinkable. Bomber from SD. I return the favour by circling Mother Earth for a visit in my next California trip.

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Photo of rawfish
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome silk screen bottle. Pours amber with a mild chill haze, carbonation builds up a nice tight two finger head. Impressive retention and leaves oodles of interesting delicate puzzle piece lacing on the glass, even lacing left in the bottle for goodness sakes.

Floral with musky and pungent herbaceous aromas mixed with pine and wildflowers bits of red berry and orange citrus. Some bready malt dwelling beneath.

Bready malt with a bit of cereal grains in the malt, hops are pine and herbaceous with a medium bitterness that carries through to the next sip. Dries pretty well. Interesting cracked wheat, roasted corn and crispix cereal on the finish.

Medium to low body on this beer, easy to drink, some surges of alcohol here and there and the carbonation is just right. Hops dry out the malt really well.

A down to earth beer and a bit raw. The hop profile gets a little tiresome near the finish and alcohol rears it's head a bit. The malt profile is rather complex and left me smacking my lips a bit to pick out some nuances. Floral aroma, and pretty to view from bottle through the glass.
Going to keep a close eye on this brewery.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a shaker.

golden color, mild head. smell is very piney and hoppy, smells a tad like..marijuana. the taste is VERY herbal and piney. bitter finish. very enjoyable. mild carbonation. medium bodied.

overall very good. definitely recommended for fans of piney IPAs.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of utfiero
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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+

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Photo of kemoarps
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...

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Photo of Jree261
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Copper to amber in the glass with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Strawberry and cream with grassy flowers.

Taste-Scorched grass and earth for the majority of the palate with the same strawberries and cream from the nose coming in late in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Big but not overpowering with a good finish and smoothness.

Overall-I would've expected the mouthfeel to be a lot heavier based on the taste but it kept a nice balance through the long finish. Nicely done.

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Photo of sentimetal
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.

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Photo of koopa
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber bottle purchased from Fred at Beverages 4 Less. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark orange, almost ruby color. Aggressive pour resulted in a nice fizzy head that eventually leaves a nice velvet ring on top of the brew with very nice lacing on the glass. Very cloudy. Not a hint of being translucent.

S: Bready, straw-like grassy notes, definitely some malt character, citrus notes from a the hop aroma.

T: Very lemony. Strong earthy tones and some bready yeast esters coupled with a mild malt character at the beginning. The grassy taste finds it's way out at the finish and is followed instantly by the high hop character and a good amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body and high carbonation. Crispy, oily, and a bit sticky. Very drinkable.

O: This one got better the more I drank it. I was little disappointed at the onset and I just found myself more and more pleased as I continued this review and kept drinking it. Very drinkable, but good hop and flavor profile without being overly malty. A good first Mother Earth experience, and I'd drink again for sure.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

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