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IPA 395 | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 259
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn Mammoth makes some good hoppy beers! This one is a good shade of brown on the pour. Aroma is amazingly piney. Its like the Tahoe forest or Yosemite up in a 22oz bottle!

Taste = exquisite. More pine, still a good amount of the citrus hops. Hops dominate, despite the dark appearance and toasting of the malt here.

Mouthfeel, good, but could have been higher if not for the tendency of the beer to seem a little flat down the line. Very drinkable, but you have to watch out, this can be drank a little quick for an 8%

Really important to get this one fresh, even just a few hundred miles from the source, I've come across some compromised bottles I wouldn't rate nearly this high.

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Photo of Ventana
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vacation in a bottle. Some IPA take us places, most of them nice places. This IPA starts with nice strong note and finishes near a mountain creek with herbal scented winds. Nice break from double IPA's that feel the need to constantly remind you what they are. Nice Amber, acceptable head and body, nice bitter sweet finish. Very drinkable, enjoy.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If you want a beer drinking experience akin to eating bushes, trees, and plants, this is the beer for you.

Pours dark copper, clear in the glass. Smell is herbal and caramel malt sweet. The bready malt of the beer is balanced by the herbal hops, juniper, and sage--all of which are clearly detectable without being overpowering or offputting.

I'm having it with slightly spicy Mexican food and it stands up beautifully.

Hug a tree!

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Photo of vacax
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, clear, moderate sized head that has longevity and plenty of lacing. First and foremost on the nose is the desert sage and juniper berries. Almost has a potpourri-like spice and dry fruitiness. There are definitely hops behind them, but they are quite obscured, on to the taste.

Just as in the nose, the desert sage is upfront, as is the juniper berries, the result is a dose of woody and herbal notes that blend well with the hops. Unique, I think I would call it tasty, but seems like it can easily be hit-or-miss for people. A huge change of pace from other DIPAs. Essentially, liquid potpourri. Feel is medium, fairly creamy carbonation, might help if it was more prickly, but pretty good.

A new flavor experience for me or anyone probably. Check it out.

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Photo of ClimbRox
4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The east side in a bottle! This beer is way too hard to find but it is well worth the search. It's a traditional west coast IPA with the unique addition of sage and juniper flavors. This might make for a strange combination to some but if you've ever spent any time climbing, hiking, skiing or just exploring the beautiful country that makes up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, you'll find that these flavors capture the essence of the California high country we love. For my money you can't find a better tasting IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear but extremely dark in the glass, a brownish-amber hue with an off-white head that retains incredibly well. While this doesn't necessarily rate well to style, it's a beautiful beer. The nose is odd; sage, rosemary, berries, brown sugar, citrus and toast. This is heavy on the specialty malts, but it's well-hopped too. The taste is an even mix of malts and hops, with a generous dose of unusual adjuncts. Sage is plainly noticeable, juniper subtle but present, caramel malts, brown sugar and pine all in even portions. Medium-bodied and semi-dry, moderately hoppy but ultimately bittersweet in the finish. Very well-crafted stuff, but not my personal favorite take on the style.

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Photo of iboard10
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 395 IPA was more like a dark amber ale. I am not one for IPAs but i tried it and it was not bad... but not great. Over all a pretty good beer. The people I was with said it was great. But I am not so sure it really should have been an IPA; as i said it really seemed like a dark amber ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange with a light short head that dissapates quickly.

Nose of pineapple, orange and sage.

Light carbonation with bit of a thin mouthfeel. Pleasant flavors grapefruit hops highlighted (if not overshadowed) by huge sage flavors with undertones of juniper. (Surprise..sage and juniper are used in the brew; it shows). Some flavors of orange and grapefruit.

Medium finish of sage. Nothing special. Likely no need to try again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Naja's in a pint glass, on to the beer:

The rusty copper colored body has haze to it, with patchy lacing clinging to the glass. Surprisingly fruity and thick. The hops seem faded and made the liquid into a syrupy glass of tree sap, mint, and esters. Damn, they could make some good IPA syrup out of this one. As for a beer, it's more syrupy and unbalanced as I'd like. Somewhat drinkable, if only because the ABV is higher than I originally though.

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Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper red colored beer with a good light brown head.

Smell is strong herbal hop. There isn't any overpowering citrus aroma here like with most of these super IPAs. Leather and some cinnamon stick the grapefruit and pine aromas are subdued. This does have one unusual scent, this smells strongly of Cedar.

The taste starts out neutral sweet and savory with a cedar and onion flavor. Flavor stays mild this isn't a hop bomb at all. Woody and herbal this is a bit like an Imperial British Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very easy to drink, just wish it had a stronger hop kick.

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Photo of rayjay
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally, poured into a shaker pint.

A deep copper ale. Pretty minimal haze. Above average looking.

Aroma and taste reveal a big American IPA, full of concentrated pale malt runnings and copious amounts of carmel malt, and nothing else probably, and a king size bitterness and full-on C-hop aroma. Very simple and to the point. Leaning towards the barleywine end of the spectrum for sure. Let it warm a bit and the big fruitcake esters and the alcohol come right out, along with some heat.

Rich and chewy, a bit sticky and sweet and a ton of bitterness. Unruly and unsophisticated but done right; big extreme contrasts of malt and hops reach a balance and leave with a big bitter wake. A treat for hop heads, as long as you expect a big beer. Cheers!

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a decent head.

Aroma is nicely complex, unexpectedly so. Juicy hops with grapefruit and other citrus. Then theres some spicy juniper or spruce sap in there too. Malt is present for a nice balance. Label says it's got sage in there too, cant pick it out, despite a visit to a sage plant in my front patio for comparison.

I'd call this a 1.5IPA, it's not quite an iipa, but bigger than an ipa. Juicy sweetness, honeysuckle nectar and honey with the citrus in the foreground.

A downright tasty brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A much different IIPA than I expected. Pours hazy orange-copper with not much of a head. The aroma is very nice. The expected orange, grapefruit, caramel, and pine notes, but mixed with the sweetness of the sage and juniper. The taste follows this theme. All of the IIPA hop tastes are up front, but then mix towards the back with the sage and juniper, giving it a sweet and long finish. A very nice change of pace.

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Photo of Douglas14
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what to say about this beer other than that I am really confused.

The beer pours a golden color with a very nice, thick head that leaves good lace. The smell is of fresh hops and herbs, with a very strong perfume essence...almost to the point of overbearing, but I think it is welcoming because it is stronger than any other IPA i have had.

Now for the taste; wtf? Whoa, I was completely thrown off and, unfortunately, turned off by this beer. I think the sage and juniper flavors are way too overpowering and takes away form the underlying IPA style. It's as if sage perfume was dumped into the beer. The sage and juniper really doesn't hit you until you swallow, then the essence arrives very strongly. In my opinion, this much herb flavor isn't a good match for a bitter, hoppy, beer.

If you love sage, then this is your beer. It's definitely worth trying just so you can see what it is like, but I will definitely stay away from this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle courtesy of solomon420. Nice dark orange appearance. It smells almost like a DIPA but then the herbs come in, and nto the good kind. Once I tasted it I felt like someone had lit up a bunch of sage and waved it in my face. This was too strange and not something I look for in a DIPA. It is different though...

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Solomon420 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a fluffy white head that shows good retention leaving a thin cap and very good lacing. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is different with some interesting floral aromas, probably the juniper coming out with some pine and oranges in the background. Taste starts with a quick citrus hop kick with grapefruit and oranges before giving way to a sweet bready malt backbone. There is a huge floral hop aftertaste with the juniper dominating the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky with the floral hops. This is a very interesting and different take on a DIPA and pretty enjoyable. It's always good to be surprised by something a little out of the ordinary.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 'pint' glass at Mammmoth Brewing/Whiskey Creek in Mammoth. The 'pint' glasses here are somewhat diminutive, but at $3.50 for a Happy Hour glass and given the outstanding food options, I digress.

This beer pours a rich orange amber with a thin head and offers very limited lacing/retention.

Aroma is very hoppy but mostly of pine and juniper with some toasted malts. Not nearly as robust as the bottled version.

Dryness comes to the forefront in the taste department, again, relative to the bottle. And in fact it offers a bit of smokieness to the flavor. Not a real negative here, but not too sure of its source, and in fact I picked up a notable smoky flavor in all of the MBC beers I tried on tap.

Feel and Drink are quite pleasant and consistent with the bottled version. A nice DIPA that is neither over the top sweet nor over the top potent.

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Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bomber with a friend in Great Basin National Park about a week ago. This is from notes.

Pours a bright and clean copper color with a big rocky off white head.

Aromas are nice, resiny, pine like, of hard candies, and orange citrus.

Taste is quite bitter. A bit mineral like at first, and then settles into sweet, creamy malt flavors, and some dry hard candies. Finish is crisp, and dry, with a powerful citrus hop bite. I know I am not describing this quite right, but this beer has a really unique citrus and mineral hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Maybe just a touch thin, but certainly not bad.

Drinkability is good. This beer surprised me a bit. I wasn't expecting something this good, but wow... this is a very tasty and unique DIPA. I'd easily grab a bottle if I see it again.

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Photo of Talisker
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.

Very interesting - an otherwise "typical" DIPA that seems to be flavored explicitly with a few herbs. I was thinking pine or spruce, with juniper, but then read the bottle, which implies the use of sage and juniper.

Pours a deep brownish orange, darker than the Epic IPA from the same brewery. More consistent head - finer bubbles, but equally as persistent.

Smells something like grass and especially pine trees (or maybe that's sage), sort of like walking through a cool coniferous forest, or even like the whiff of certain gins. Not as spicy as Anchor Christmas or other "potpourri" beers, but herbier than what would naturally come from hops alone.

Hop-led flavor, but also rich on the malt. Not too syrupy (compared to the viscosity of, say, Stone beers). That herbacious overtone is prominent - I think it's a love-it or hate-it flavor, and I lean more toward the latter. That particular flavor lingers on the tongue, making the hops and malt secondary.

A very well-made beer with a distinct and unusual personality. If you're a DIPA fan, definitely try it and see if you like the sage-y twist.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This MAMMOTH brew starts with a huge head even poured really slow! Great lacing all the way down the glass. Intense pine resin with a hint of woodsy vanilla aroma. Ever smell a Ponderosa pine at 8000 ft. The taste explodes with spicy hops that fades into sage and finishing with a big juniper taste. The malt profile holds on just long enough to make the mouthfeel smooth and lightly creamy. Then you get a whisper of pine and juniper aftertaste again that lingers in your mouth for a very long finish! This one makes the allstar cali team for sure!!

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Photo of Solomon420
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey hued elixir tantalizes the senses as its poured, showing beautiful head and lace retention

Like a spice rack, full of floral aromas. The extra spiciness really comes out

Well, its listed as an IPA, but this thing is more like a winter warmer as its chalk full of spicy greatness, in fact the hops are barely apparent at all. Very resiny taste of juniper.

Great beer, makes me think of the days growing up camping up in the pine forests where the juniper was so thick in the air that you can taste it.

For me its a great drinking beer! Easy to drink as its full of flavor, but not overwhelming at all. However at 8% not really a session beer, but good for after dinner with the friends.

I like it and will be drinking more...I am glad to have found this rather local beer!

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Photo of rallison
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish amber color with a 1/2 finger white head. Moderate lacing.

Love the smell. Huge juniper and sage presence with some floral hops. Herbal, for sure - but what did you expect with these ingredients? I always appreciate creative ways to alter the smell and taste of classic styles, so this one gets some extra points here.

The taste, however, doesn't quite live up to the smell. Either the juniper or sage gives it too much of a medicinal bite that, rather than enhancing the hops, simply clashes and detracts from the overall enjoyment. Piny hop presence with some light citric notes. Slightly thick malt body.

Mouthfeel is slightly rich and the drinkability is decent.

Overall, recommended. While the flavor just didn't quite do it for me, the smell and the creativity of this beer was a pleasure.

Edit: Drinkability lowered (from 4.0) as the medicinal qualities get to be a bit much. Smell lowered (from 5.0), simply because those annoying medicinal qualities get to the smell as well.

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Photo of Craboo
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer in the Yosemite Village store in Yosemite Natl Park (they have a pretty good beer selection, and not too pricey).

IPA 395 pours a rich amber color with a creamy white head. As this is a double IPA one can notice its higher viscosity as it pours.

The smell is pure bliss: wild sage, piney hop, and an ever so slight hint of juniper. This is the smell of the high desert after a rain storm!

The taste is rich and the mouthfeel very full. Sage and resiny hop dominate, but are nicely balanced by medium carmelly malts and a generous CO2 charge.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and was delighted to have something different. The use of sage and juniper was a wonderful surprise, and works exceptionally well in this DIPA. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK, I have this review twice, as this beer has 2 entries on the site, one as "395 IPA", the other as "IPA 395".

22 ounce bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA; price not recorded in early May, 2008.

The beer's label talks of the 395 highway going up the Owens Valley in eastern California to northern Nevada, one of the world's greatest drives, and mentions local hops, sage, and juniper. I know about the sage and juniper, but hops?

Pours a rich orange-amber, with nice red highlights against the light. Decent white head keeps a thin cover for a good long time.

Aroma is juniper. If you have ever broken a juniper leaf (or is it a needle?) off and crushed it in your hands, then smelled it, this is a very faithful reminder of that smell. Wonderful to me.

Flavor is a nice strong IPA with the mountain juniper following through. I actually like it, although to me, it is a strong IPA, rather than the double/imperial IPA that is suggested to be on its label. It does not have the big malt profile of many DIPAs, it isn't nearly as rich and full (in comparison, it's almost thin).

I think if you expect a more traditional West Coast DIPA, you might be disappointed. But as a strong IPA with a little different flavor profile, I really like it. Recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body capped by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Malty toffee-scented aroma backed by notes of flowers and fresh-picked herbs.

Taste: Toffee maltiness with a mild, restrained sweetness. Fresh, green herby hop taste with a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! Packed with enough green herbaceousness that it counts as a single serving of vegetables.

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IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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