Big Mother
Mother Earth Brew Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,396
Ranked #15,173
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States
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Photo of GarrettB
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 21st, 2015 - This Big Mama pours a blonder color with about a half finger of foam, and smells clean and soapy, with some hops, but also a little bergamot and rose. The hops is clear and previews the strength of the beer that I'm expecting in the flavor. I like the taste more than the aroma with the enthusiastic fuzziness of the palate and the gradual retreat to a softer touch by the aftertaste. At the same time, the alcohol becomes sightly more assertive through to the aftertaste. On the flavor profile, I detect graham cracker and a light potato sweetness up front, and a long boozy aftertaste hinting at some oak aging. It is a sweet beer to be sure, but only at the end, where dry cedar notes accompany the sugar to keep it in check and to keep it company.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pint glass.

Look is a clear orange with an off white head.

Aroma is an orange vanilla.

Taste is a light hop note of creamsicle. Really delicious.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 04/??/18

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden orange with a lot of sediment floating about. Off-white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention results in a semi-barren surface with a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Aroma hits on plenty of orange, mango and pineapple fruitiness with a hint of floral character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Red grapefruit, orange, lesser mango and pineapple. Fair earth and lesser pine mid-taste. Bready malt underbody. Bittersweet finish with lingering fruitiness meeting a decent amount of pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation. Not syrupy, but it does sit heavy on the tongue. Drinks easy enough, though.

Overall - Not the easiest drinking 3x IPA out there, and the flavor is good but nothing particularly special. Not one I'd likely go for again. Big thanks to J. Pitts for the can!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a clearer orange color. Aroma is big and fairly boozy. Sweet citrus is the dominant flavor. Alcoholic finish. Drinks pretty easily though; the sweet citrus and alcohol warm me up quickly.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with foamy head and very sticky lacing.
N: Hops, floral, citrus, pine, and soft malt.
T: Follows the nose, light bitterness, hops, malt, and floral flavors.
M: Medium
O: WOW, this is 10.5% ABV and drinks like half that, ultra smooth and flavors are amazing. OUTSTANDING

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date on it.

Pours clear golden with a medium head and lots of very slow carbonation. Smell is triple IPA -- booze, sweet honeysuckle, pine resin, pineapple. Smells nice.

Taste is much bitterer than I expected -- the sweetness and fruitiness is there, but quickly overwhelmed by heavy bitterness, which is surprisingly refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, resinous. Overall, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle into Snifter. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Light amber, quite clear, nice off-white finger and a half head with great retention. Delicate lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and pine hops, pineapple, mango, guava, orange. Cedar wood. Caramel malt hidden in there somewhere.

T: Follows true to the nose but with a surprisingly strong caramel malt backbone. Really quite tasty.

F: Medium-Full, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

O: Really impressed with this.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grunt from Winco. Deep golden body, thick, creamy head. Hops overtake aroma and follows through in taste with some nice oily bitterness. Yes, dank comes to mind. Finishes with equal parts caramel malts and funky hops. Hard to believe it’s 10.5%.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2016 batch unknown age into a tulip glass. Nose is very nice, tropical and floral. Taste is heavy on earthy and grassy attributes, wanted more tropical and some citrus. Mouthfeel is a little thin, carbonation lower, hides the ABV well, and the finish is crisp and lingers a bit. Nice TIPA.

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Photo of johlac66
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 5th Anniversary edition 22oz. bottle a hazy apricot gold with a two finger head that had a long visit, leaving dots of lacing.
Candied citrus aroma followed by the same on the palate with some caramel. Slight dry boozy zesty piney finish.
Good carbonation and a maybe more than medium oily mouthfeel.
Very flavorful but not overwhelmingly so in one direction or the other. More of a sweet onion aroma and flavor as it warms.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.5% per the label.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and marmalade flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable with its high ABV.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (I think (lost receipt))
Purchased: May 21, 2015
Consumed: May 22, 2015
Misc.: 2015 version - 10.5 pct. ABV

Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with three fingers of frothy, white head. Could just barely see some bublles coming up along the sides of the glass. Good amount of uneven, spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled pleasant hops up front of Citra, floral, Centennial and tropical. Also got nectarine, nectarine rind, caramel, peach, mango and light pineapple. (Smell - 4.00)

Initial thought on the first taste was…. funky. Got spoiled fruit, Centennial hops, Citra hops, floral hops, tropical hops, melon, pineapple, mango, tangerine rind, Grew on me late, but couldn’t quite pull the 4.00 trigger. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was just a funky beer, but the more it went down the more I thought it of the good side. (Overall - 4.00)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours hazy orange amber with a small off-white orangish head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Aroma is smack in your face with notes of caramel, pine and citrus.

T-Flavor starts similar, but has a lot more going on, with rich notes of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel.

M-Mouthfeel has medium body, rich oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O-Overall a great DIPA that hides the ABV very well, nice sipper.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 05/23/14

A: Lightly burnt orange color with a clouded glossy look to it . Kind of like honey in the glass. Smallish finger width of khaki cream and some mild dottings of stick run down the glass.

S: Big heady Citra hopped nose permeates grapefruit citrus zest with gooseberry, green melon, and a pinch of green Cali herbs. There is a ephemeral waft of caramel malt sweetness and some high octane alcohol but the citrus aromas almost over takes everything else. Really nice and expressively hopped nose.

T: A Citra hop blast of flavors hit the palate. Big Mother is super hoppy save for a very calmed bitterness to it. It is pretty smooth in that regards and the malt never fully materializes allowing the hops to really steal the show. Loads of grapefruit zest, gooseberry, tangerine, and melon with the slightest inclining of some freshly clipped herbs. A big boozer no doubt but it is well constructed and boosted by corn sugars I suspect. Has a dash of caramel sweetness but otherwise mostly void of any malt presence with a drying finish. Resinous on the tongue and delicious Citra hop goodness here. Well done for the massive size of this brew.

M: Only moderate filling for such a big brew. Has a creamy texture provided by some level carbonation. Nice understated hop bitterness with a bit of drying in the finish and a warming alcohol sensation. Slick and oily residues linger on the palate.

D: This really is one big Motha’. Alcohol is definitely not shy but this has some pretty nice drinkability for a Triple with great Citra hop flavors. Why folks go all gorilla feces over Younger but not a shelf turd like this is beyond me. Any who, a really fun brew to take down every now and then. Careful though, this one will thump ya!

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, orange/brown with decent head retention.
Love the nose. It's very piney and grassy with a boozy hint to it.
Taste is pretty much what you'd expect based on the nose. Strong pine hop and grassy notes accompanied by some fruit and maltiness. Finish is a bitter and a bit boozy.

Mother Earth really knows their IPA and while this may not be the best triple I've had, it's a very good one. I'll definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Got this bomber bottle in a BIF. It was picked up from the brewery during their anniversary party. I poured it into a balloon glass. The body is a deep, cloudy, burnt orange color. The head is a thick ochre foam that looks like it leaves some lacing, but quickly dies down after a minute or two to a thin layer. It resembles a barleywine more than a DIPA (or Triple IPA as this is called on the label).

The aroma is filled with big notes of traditional American hops, carrying with them hints of sweet orange marmalade. But there is an equal amount of big malt aromas here as well, predominantly toasted malt, caramel, and fig. Nothing exceptional, though certainly well balanced. Again, for the style, I feel like a more complex hop aroma is called for, and maybe the subtle age has not been to this beer's benefit?

Big Mother is bitter from start to finish, but not overly aggressive. There is a balancing sweetness mid-palate that follows a heavy alcohol note up front. Bitterness rests on the sides of the tongue and hits more towards the back. The taste is characterized by the big malt flavors, whereas the hops contribute little more than their bitter resin. Again, I think that it's probable this beer had a better hop character when it was first released.

Good amount of carbonation that helps to lift this heaviness of this beer. It certainly is full-bodied, and maybe a tad hot, but despite the big body and bold malt flavor, it isn't sticky sweet. Big Mother succeeds here in living up to the "BIG" moniker and doesn't go overboard like some notorious monster beers.

Overall, I think this beer is a better candidate for an American Barleywine than DIPA. The hops at this point (and maybe from before?) are too overshadowed by the sweet malts, which really steal the show. I can't say this is a good DIPA, as there is a lot of room for improvement on all fronts. I would treat the ratings quite differently if it were classified differently. Not a bad beer...just not a good DIPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky orange apricot, nice small off white head leaves fast. Some cling.

S - Citrus hops and sweet malt dominate the smell.

T - I like big malt IPAs. Bit sweet center, citrus and pine clean it up.

M - Heavier, medium to heavy. Good carb, fair balance for such a big beer.

D - Overall, it is pretty tasty!

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Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a creamy finger high head. Attractive tight ring of lacing forms after the head subsides, decent retention.

Huge aromatics in this beer, bold tropical passion fruit, mango and pineapple with a backing of orange citrus, pine, honey malt and alcohol.

Malt backbone is thin with pale cereal grains and a honey sweetness that quickly gives way to a intense but short lived pine and citrus pith hop flavor. The taste gets quickly overcome with alcohol that adds a solvent taste on the back end that scrapes along with the bitterness. Subtle melon and herbal notes in the finish.

Medium bodied beer that dries really well and has a nice carbonation to it. Bitterness is appropriate but this beer lacks any finesse and you feel all 10.5% on the palate.

Huge DIPA that lays big quantities of alcohol and hops on the table and is not for everyone. The hops are distributed largely in aroma and then bitterness leaving not enough hops and malt to hide the alcohol, still it is enjoyable enough. Part of the craft in this business is getting beers well integrated instead of slapping together parts and hoping it sticks like in this one. Still I have high hopes for this brewery, cheers to 3 years guys.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is just plain orange in color, with some golden highlights. A pleasant foam in the big Ommegang chalice. Rich with malt but it's not such a barley bomb. Medium body with an ice pick of hoppy acidity coming down your throat. Loads of fruit. Pineapple flavors enhanced by the initial sweetness. Some sharp tastes of citrus peel.

True, this is astoundingly hoppy, but it's more aromatics and less of the tongue-buckling bitterness. I think I like a maltier brew for this much alcohol, but it's fairly sippable and certainly a mouthful of flavor. Next glassful, however, is going to be topped off with TJs Simpler Times so I can enjoy the hops without my head coming off in a smoking heap. From the 22 oz bottle, priced at $8.99 at the Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Clear, dark orange with a thin white film for a head that leaves an oily sheen and small specks of stick down the glass. Looks quite a bit like Pliny the Younger, which, in my opinion, is not a particularly pretty beer.

The aroma is powerful, aggressive, and probably the best aspect of the beer. I could smell the tropical and citrus fruit presence immediately when the bartender placed the glass in front of me. There's powerful grapefruit and white grape elements as well, along with sweet caramel and a touch of alcohol. A big, powerful, appropriate aroma for a triple IPA.

This is a complex triple IPA, with orange, grapefruit, melon, and grape flavors leading the way. There's also some sweet bread, high bitterness, and definite alcohol harshness. Good, though lacks finesse.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Very nice.

A nice effort for a somewhat difficult style.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Urge, brewed for Urge by Mother Earth and served at day one of their Triple IPA nights. Supposedly honey, agave nectar, and Scottish yeast were used to brew the beer. 140 theoretical IBUs.

A: Appears dark orange in color with good clarity. A finger of white foam lingers for a minute before receding.

S: Bright and aromatic, I detect passionfruit, grapefruit, guava, orange, and white grape. Notes of honeydew blend with pine resin, grass, and earth. Malt provides balance in the form of bread and caramel. Alcohol is light in the aroma.

T: Candied grapefruit and juicy orange with balancing caramel and bread. Booze is present in the flavor but it's not harsh. There's a little honeydew melon in the late palate. Papaya blends with mango and white grape. Alcohol flavor waxes in the sweet bitter finish. There's a little astringency at the end, as well as a mint-like flavor.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: I thought this was just okay until it warmed up a bit, then it really began to grow on me. The hop profile is great and the alcohol is not overbearing. Well done.

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