IPA 395
Mammoth Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,786
Ranked #26,557
3.78 | pDev: 16.4%
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of GarrettB
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 2nd, 2015 - Much better than traffic on a freeway is the IPA 395. It is an intensely dark beer with an almost oak like brown shade, and tons of spindly columns of bubbles. The aroma is huge with spice and floral notes, and some freshly ground black pepper and lavender. It's lovely all around, and the taste continues to impress. A bit soapy and floral up front, it develops a lavender note in the middle, genuine and rich and fresh. For an inexpensive beer this is quite excellent.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can a beer improve depending on the location where it's consumed? I've had this somewheres in the bay area, probably purchased at a bevmo, and it wasn't anything memorable. But recently I had a bottle of 395 IPA on the deck of the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining, just 100 yards or so away from highway 395 itself, overlooking Mono Lake at dusk with wild buffalo meatloaf for dinner. The gate to Tioga Pass just opened earlier in the week and Mt. Conness, tomorrow's destination, was still loaded with snow. The sage and juniper aroma of the beer mixed with the scent of sagebrush on the air with each sip. This beer isn't a hop bomb altogether, there's enough malt to sink your teeth into. The Eastern Sierra is some amazing land and on that evening this was the perfect beer. Is this what the French mean by terroir?

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Photo of R_i_P
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this DIPA from a local liquor store in Capistrano Beach, CA. No bottled date. 8% APV. Dumb-ass label unless you think the California Highway 395 sign is attractive. Makes me think of speed traps and police cruisers and planes with radar detectors. I hated that crap whenever I went skiing at Mammoth!

IPA 395 DIPA pours a clear copper color with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Some lacing.

This DIPA smells of honey and hops. The taste starts with a big malt backbone, followed by hops, sage and a hint of juniper berries. I really like the juniper berry taste but wish it were much stronger here. And while the sage sounds good, I think it adds a weird medicinal taste which ruins what should be a refreshing DIPA. The big malt backbone doesn't help here much either.

The label suggests you can store a bottle to allow the sage and juniper berries to mellow. Hey, it's a DIPA! Remember "drink fresh"? I guess Mammoth Brewing thinks this DIPA can have it both ways. I disagree.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 10/20/16.
Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear red amber hue with 1/4 inch bubbly light tan head that fairly quickly recedes. (3.25)
S: Juniper berries, piney hops, caramel malt, and a hint of dark honey. (3.5)
T: Juniper berries and sage hit first followed by pine resin, caramel malt, and honey. (3.75)
M: Medium body. Bitter hops and juniper. Mildly sweet malt. (3.25)
D: An interesting brew and I'm glad I gave it a shot, but I don't think I'd give it another go. Very malty for style. (3.5)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in darker than your average ipa, this has plenty of notes of brown to it, 1/4" off white head. Aroma hits tons of pine and sage notes. Smells like the area.

Taste is good, fresh, you get plenty of green leaf material from the hopping and sage. Even some citrus, and a hefty malt bill of crystal and brown. This is close to a brown ipa. Hides alcohol well, a nice double, but also no bottle dating so I've had some older less good ones.

Very herbal and plant like mouthfeel, a little sticky. I like it, probably my favorite hoppy Mammoth beer, but man they're so inconsistent and I've had it even worse at the tap lines at the brewery that were obviously compromised.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated 12oz bottle into a narrow tulip at fridge temp.

Look: unexpectedly dark, this is burnt orange with a small, short-lived offwhite head.

Smell: like home-made candy, or some sort of naturopathic cough remedy/cleanse/burn tincture. Hard to place, but very sweet. The closest I can come up with is those little strawberry candies wrapped in strawberry wrappers with strawberry goo inside.

Taste: in contrast to the smell, this reads as an IPA, but with additives. Not overly sweet, with a good bitterness. The sage/juniper combo might seem a bit gimmicky, but I quite enjoy this; then again, I really liked Saison du BUFF, so maybe I just have a thing for sage.

Feel: light, smooth, with just a hint of woody dryness. Crushable.

Overall: I probably wouldn't want this beer every time I wanted an IPA, but I'd take this over about 80% of what's out there every time. Scratches an itch I didn't even know I had. Far surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As someone who drinks a lot of IPAs (many of which are boring, derivative efforts) I loved this beer. Hops, balance and awesomely wonderful additions in juniper and sage. A: dark amber S: as advertised!! - Sierras all the way. T: a good IPA, but made great with the kicker, M: medium, O: I would seek this out in the flatlands... Although minus 8000 feet of elevation would it play as well??

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Tunnel Creek cafe in Tahoe and having a 395 with my hot pastrami sandwich. The beer poured a nice amber with white head and lace. The scent is floral in nature....i think I smell hibiscus but not sure if that is right. The taste also carries a floral base...again like hibiscus...and finishes dry. Just read the bottle its sage and juniper berries. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's quite nice.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful color for a beer. Brilliantly clear copper red, and a nose full of sage and juniper. A little intense and rich, but a great IPA off the beaten path. Definitely one to share, and a uniquely delicious experience. Cheers!

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Photo of irishzombieman
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Excellent!

This'd be a great everyday beer. Perfect balance of malt and bitterness. Just wow. Perfect.

As much as I've loved the megahops double IPAs of the last few years, it's sort of exhausting to drink them all the time. 395 scales back the hop presence just a bit, then fills the space with the sage and juniper. 8% abv in a 22oz. bottle makes for a really nice buzz, not a sledgehammer. I love this beer.

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Photo of johlac66
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intriguing reddish amber color with a fluffy off-white head that left a curtain of lacing.
Lots of sage and juniper on the nose and palate with malty floral citrus.
Well carbonated with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Slight bitter herbal finish.
I thought that I might not care for this too much because of the maltiness for the style, but the combination of aroma and flavor grew on me quickly. Not too bad.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Woah - the juniper and sage just come screaming out of the bottle. Huge nose, and the flavor profiles follows pretty close. Shared the bottle, because the weight was a bit much, but really accomplishes what it wants.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this at the awe-inspiring, beer-centric Panamint Springs resort in Death Valley.

Malty, piney, highly aromatic aroma; touches of weed. Deep garnet color with thick lacing. I dig the juniper and sage, particularly here in Death Valley. Very drinkable too.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get big spice notes on the nose. With the taste I get some rye flavors coming through, with a finish of some berry qualities. I get some pine in there, with very little tropical fruit flavors. This beer is not very hoppy, and this plays more into the malty side of an imperial IPA.

If you like malty imperial IPA's this is for you.. This was okay for me.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber hue, head and lacing minimal. Scent is light but intriguing, piney with something sweet.
Nice pine IPA, the malt is not hidden and it's very balanced IPA-wise. The added juniper berries are very present. I don't feel I notice the sage, but that might be that it is alongside the pine flavor and hard to distinguish. Alcohol present on the aftertaste, but just enough to let you know it's there.

This was recommended by a coworker and I saw it the very same day, so I gave it a try. Very glad I did, very unique in a good way and I will be enjoying again and sometime soon I hope. The earthy juniper berries are a very nice play on the bitter pineness of the hops used.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Has juniper berries and sage added which makes it taste more piney but it is still good. Hoppy but not too hoppy. 8% ABV. Drinkable for sure. Definitely bring on your next trip to the high Sierras

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep copper color with a decent head and lingering lacing. The smell is understated, with earthy, herb infused traces. It has a rich creamy mouth feel. It does not have the heavy hop blast of most IPA's which will likely cause many to downgrade this, but I really loved the taste. It reminds me more of a full bodied ale than an IPA with it's even creamy blend. The sage and juniper berries are very apparent and give this a one of a kind flavor that is a pleasant find.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This pours much darker than I expected, like you might expect of a dense Amber. A dark copper, with a light khaki head (22oz into tulip). The bottle declares juniper berries and sage. The sage is evident right in the nose with some piney hops (I mean, Mammoth, has to be pine - am I under the influence of longing for my youth of 6 hour drives pre-dawn to ski until I couldn't stand?). The juniper berries add a tart, sharp point to the nose.

And so the flavor does deliver as the label declares with the sage evident and the juniper berries adding some pop to the heavy pine hops. Really nice blast of bitter. However, the malt balance is a little light. The mouthfeel was also a little light bodied for my expectations in a DIPA. This is a tasty tasty concept beer - a concept I like. Would prefer a bit more body.

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Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +32.3%

I am reviewing this beer as an Herbal Red Ale not as a "double IPA" as it says on the label. If I reviewed it as a double IPA it would be a much lower rating.

However, as a specialty herbal ale its about as good as it gets.

It pours a beautiful, stunning ruby red with a thick, creamy head. Great lacing and great retention.

Aroma is a very nice balance of juniper, sage and light citrus/spicy hops. Very pronounced boquet that is very inviting.

Taste is a nice solid red ale (only a hint of toasted malt) with a good amount of juniper and some burnt sage. There is not much hop forwardess as the citrus notes are hidden beneath the herbal flavors. Nice hop bite in the back end but certainly not too bitter. Quite complex, delicious and very easy to drink.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and very palatable.

Overall, its one of the best herbal beers Ive ever had. Its an artisan, rustic, specialty beer that I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

You could say this really does smell like the Sierras with all the pine, sage, and juniper. Very attractive coppery orange color in the tall Belgian glass. Plenty of foam that lasts well. Quite fragrant with the woodsy and resiny smells.

This is quite malty but not overly sweet. Pungent is the word you are looking for here. Still it's sippable, if a little intense. Scratchy bitter notes with hops and that distinct juniper bitterness. Piney and resiny. It reminds me of the spruce-flavored beers, but way beyond. There is some hot orange marmalade and a very bitter aftertaste.

This is an interesting variation on the usual DIPA styles. Intense and hard to drink very much, but it's a unique flavor mix in my experience. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of Theortiz01
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KEWire for adding this as an extra!

Let me preface this review by saying I normally don't care for beers with a bunch of flora added to them, i.e. juniper, sage, and what not.

Pours a beautiful dark copper/ amber color with the appropriate amount of carbonation. About a one inch, tan creamy head. Stunning looking beer. It screams "Make love to me with your face." Poured into a 12oz tulip glass.

Holy balls. If you went and picked a bunch of fresh juniper and sage from a mountain side, it probably wouldn't smell as fresh as this beer does. There's also a bit of a mint aroma that I'm getting, probably from the juniper. It's hard to explain, but even though the juniper is very prevalent, its not over the top. You better like juniper if you wanna try this beer though. Also a faint smell of sweet and biscuit malt.

Definitely notice all of the flora up front, but the taste gets rounded out with the sweet malt and great hop profile. Very well balanced. All of the flavors, play an important role in this beer, and while the flora is prominent, its not screaming for attention.

Feels exactly like it should. (That's what she said)

Double IPA's are hard to get right. Especially when you start adding different flora to it. You better know what the hell your doing. The guys at Mammoth nailed this one. You can't sit around and hammer a bunch of these beers. But this one sure did go down fast. A gin drinker's wet dream. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer! Certainly a "mountainy" beer.

Fresh juniper/sage on the nose, lots of it.

Crisp and juicy citrusy and piney hops with a little biscuity malt, sweet and floral layer with juniper and sage, a touch of wild blackberries. Finishes with a warm faint caramely malt note, again with hops and juniper lingering on the palate.

I grew up cruising up the 395 to the Mammoth/ surrounding Sierra area, so perhaps there's a bit of nostalgia for me with this beer. However, I think the use of local juniper, sage, and wild hops is not a mere gimmick but actually creates a unique and delicious beer. While the juniper and sage are featured and very present, they do not dominate the palate but pair and bring out great flavors of the hops. Very drinkable and enjoyable for many occasions.


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Photo of Sark
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance- Orange copper and swirling carbonation, light tan creamy, great attenuation

Smell- citrus, ripe grapefruit and tangerine, hop bitterness finish

Taste- malts superbly balanced with hops, light toast and malt sweetness,

Mouthfeel- medium-bodied, hop oiliness, light carbonation tingle

Overall- Hearty IIPA, big on the malt but very nicely countered by hops of the centennial variety

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz to snifter, no freshness date
8%abv and 50 ibus

A- Dark murky orange, shades of red, brown, meeting in the middle with a solid cloudy rust color. Very dark for an ipa, Pours with mild head, however has some of the best lacing down the sides of the glass as I swirl it of any beer I've had

S- Overwhelming juniper, sage, pine, and hops. Very earthy, notes of bready malt come though the back with a spicky smell of pine resin. Grassy floral overtones. Very different, but very good

T- Strong pine and juniper mostly at the beginning, following through with hops and herbs. Solid pine after taste

M- Spicy and creamy. Pine resins and oils cover the inside of your mouth leaving it sticky. Not the smoothest, but has a solid dry finish

O- Not necessarily a bad beer, but it deviates from the style too far to be marketed as a double ipa. Very unique and something I'd recommend trying, but not as drinkable as many dipas out there. That said, I'll probably pick up another bottle someday

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Photo of ehammond1
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for bringing this back for me, ryno09!

Dark amber and ruby with a thin off-khaki colored head, eventually leaving irregular dots and lines of lace down the glass. Pretty.

The aroma is unique, though also exactly what I expected: sage and juniper berries lead, along with some other floral notes, caramel, and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with earth, sage, and berry flavors leading the way, along with floral notes, caramel sweetness, and a bit of alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very unique, IPA, though I couldn't drink a ton of this like I could my favorite IPAs.

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IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 276 ratings