Evil Octopus | Mayday Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mayday Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 05-10-2013

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Mphis
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Highly disappointing. Look and mouthfeel fit the bill, but smell is non-distinct and taste is a mess. The black IPA genre is tough, as you're dealing with conflicting concepts so you need to pick a distinct identity. This beer has none.

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Photo of helios7
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Looks like it should, but things fall apart the moment you take a sip.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Brinks
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tommy5
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LukeGude
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear deep nearly opaque amber. The scent had hints of floral hop. The taste leaned malt with chocolate presence....with slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of utvol
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, hint of pale malt, and slight hop. Overall, decent beer overall, nothing either mundane or extraordinary.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ahommell
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnsaxman
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tonmeister
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark amber, blackish, thin white head with a thick lacing that is maintained throughout when tilting the glass. The head has dispersed making it easy to see through it.

The aroma is chocolatey hoppy, kinda reminds me an imperial IPA or choclatey stout.

The taste contains roasted malts with a chocolatey taste on the forefront. It's a very smooth beer. I can't taste the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thin with slight carbonation

Overall, this is a great beer. I was very pleased with the result of this one. I can tell that Mayday cares about having a great quality brew.

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Photo of BuddyZ
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very very black black ipa, almost a hoppy porter in some ways, minus a little body. it comes out of the tap very dark, and has a hop aroma that can be picked up from across the room. it smells like hop pellets, dissolved barely, green and new still, and i think thats a bit of a flaw. like it smells more like the ingredients its comprised of than some synergistic or cumulative whole. fortunately the taste is a lot more integrated than the nose, and the hops seems bright and fresh rather than pellets right from the bag. the dark malts are bitter too, and sort of take over from the middle onward, with coffee and even soy notes for a second, before the bitterness rounds it out. some more body would be useful here, the flavors are bold and dont quite seem to have enough to cling to, maybe a handful of oats would help. i like the flavors quite a bit though, and was impressed with this offering from a brewery i had never head of before. i only had two of their beers, but i liked this one a lot more than the blonde, which despite being well made, was rather boring.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Evil Octopus from Mayday Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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