Big Mother
Mother Earth Brew Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,283
Ranked #13,971
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of likeemdark
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 drewone
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
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 ehammond1
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jakecattleco
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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 snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Big Mother from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 101 ratings