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Epic IPA | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Epic IPAEpic IPA

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 02-06-2008

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Photo of superduper
4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Lovely light-amber color.
S - Could not get enough. It was like smelling a fresh bag of hops. I kept smelling and smelling. Catnip for me.
T - Again, the fresh hop flavor (they must dry hop significantly) without the bitterness that American IPA's are known for (thanks Mammoth you didn't overdue it on this one).
M - Medium and appropriate.
D - I bought a six pack a day when camping in the Eastern Sierras. It must have been fresh. I just couldn't get enough of the Epic. I found this very drinkable. The Mammoth 395 IPA, with its juniper and sage notes, was more of a seasonal (Christmas) beer than the Epic for me.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper orange with a white head.

S: Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya in the nose.

T: Pine comes out up front in the taste, followed by orange, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit peel and maybe a little mango. Some malt as well, but the hop character is much stronger.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: One of the best IPAs I've ever had. This is an amazing brewery from what I can tell. I'll have to visit it sometime.

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Photo of badbeer
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, fairly clear, amber color; but with very little head and no lacing. Smell has some nice juicy citrus hops, balanced well with the some sweet caramel from the malt. This one has a very nice aroma to it, but not quite a 4.5 for me. Taste comes off a little more floral, but still retaining an excellent balance of malt and hops. By balance, I mean that hops are dominant, as it is an IPA, but the malt keeps it from being one sided. Less than medium level of carbonation, with a medium body. This is a beer that beginners can love as well as the experienced hophead. I think this would be a staple beer of mine if it were available in my area.

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Photo of Mojave_Ted
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are a mountain guy and have done your outdoor time in the Mammoth area, you will understand this beer. They spice it up with the real no kidding local flora (flowers, herbs, shrubs). So if you've been hiking, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, fishing, etc., out in the Mammoth area, you smell all that stuff.

Later on when you crack one open, or get a draught from a local joint (WAY AMAZING), it puts you right back in the woods. Very cool connection.

The color is great. The suds/head/foam are good, right up there with the best. It's got some kick (alcohol content). It's a fun beer to drink. 2 pints is good for me.

If you like IPA's and like the forest and all it's wonderful scents, you will get a kick out of this. If you are a strict IPA guy basically want pine tar and heavy alcohol, you won't like this very much.

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Photo of Maltosefalcons8
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a fresh 6 pack from a local store. This is a very solid IPA. I have been making my own beer for years now and primarily make IPAs. Smell was good, color was good, taste was very pleasing. It is more of a fruity IPA, not piny like a lot of IPA lovers like. Over a very good IPA. I definitely recommend this brew.

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Photo of Direx
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Great amber color. More red than orange, but still a dark amber. Head is the most persistent I've seen on any brew yet.

S: Woody, very hoppy and sour aroma. Smells like mahogany, acorns. Earthy.

T: Not terribly complicated. Total brute force of high grade hops--very generous amount. I wouldn't say it's the most refined IPA i've had but it is thick, flavorful and complete. This stuck could knock you down after a while--very intense flavors that stay together well.

M: Full mouth-feel, no corner cutting here. Sour element when you move it around. Pleasant.

O: A great IPA that prides itself on pummeling you with great quality hops. It's rich and intense with uncomplicated flavors. Finishes clean, great scents. Really stands out when it comes to quality and intensity of it's hops--one of the better IPAs I've had.

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

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Photo of Tang07
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA. Not the greatest, but I certainly enjoyed it and will have more if I were to find it again.

I bought mine not very far from Mammoth. So maybe mine was a bit fresher than the ones that others tasted. Mine wasn't flat and certainly didn't taste spent.

It is a nice dark rusty orange color with a nice foamy tan head.

The nose is of hop and some fruit. The smell of peach is in the background.

The flavor of peach is also among the flavors of hop and pine and citris.

The mouth feel was pretty good. The carbonation was right. Maybe because I drank it at almost 10000 ft, mine weren't flat at all.

It is certainly drinkable. The 6.5% gets you feeling nice pretty quickly.

As a post script. This stuff comes alive if it's allowed to warm a bit before you drink it. It is kind of bland when it's too cold.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid IPA - Drank the same day as bottling, then again 3 days after. No bottle on date to Mammoth's bottles, how do you back that statement up you ask??? I have my resources...

A - Very good. A little darker than your typical west coast IPAs, copper colored and very active in the tulip glass and solid white eggshell head and lacing follows suit.

S - Damn. Same day bottled IPA...not your typical citrusy hops. Pungent, Resinous, dank grapefruit and pine. Smells sticky like a double might. The grassiness and dank smells also hold a small bit sage in the background but you really have to look for it.

T - Yum. Same day bottled IPAs I'd image after this one can replace that hop fix needed from Double IPAs. Follows nose perfectly and the pine is almost prickly rather than grassy in a good way.Caramel malt just a bit more apparent here than in your traditional West Coast IPAs. Blends very well in a beer this fresh. Taste would warrant a 5 if that bright sunshine citrus that many west coast IPAs provide were more vibrant here. Juuust about as good as the nose.

M - freaking solid. bitter on the back end and creamy at the same time, almost like extremely well balanced double IPAs around 8-8.5% Love the dry finish it provides.

O - The problem with reviews on this beer is that I feel it gets reviewed on average into the 2-3 month age mark. Mammoth locals I'm sure appreciate this beer much more than those outside the immediate area. If you understand where Mammoth is located geographically, you will understand what I mean. I'd assume malts take over with this one a bit too much after 6-7 weeks of bottling.

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Photo of pkalix
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

light, thin on the palate. smells sweet. very easy to drink. someone else said it is "full-bodied"? maybe this is a new recipe with a different label? I like it. it's not the best, but it goes down very nicely, very easily; and at 6.5%, why is that not a great beer?

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the source.

Pours hazy copper with a two inch-plus head of rocky white.
A solid skim coat and loads of sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with pine sap, cannibus, grapefruit rind, and tangerine. Earthy and dank.

Medium bodied with a sticky, lush mouthfeel.

Resinous, gummy hops start the palate with a solid bitterness following through. Ripe malt flows under and adds some balance. Piney and citrus-laden with hints of forest floor and skunk-weed.

Finishes with a lingering, slightly coarse bitterness, dank hops and plump malt.

Tasty beer and very fresh. Maybe lighten up the malt and smooth out the bitterness a bit and this one would be kicked up to the next level.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into New Belgium globe

A-The pour is hazed orange copper with a smallish off white head. Had spotty lacing.

S-The aroma is faint floral hops along with cracker malt, grapefruit and resin.

T-The taste is a pleasant blend of the dry floral, softly bitter hops and the cracker toasted malt.

M-The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation and a clean dry softly bitter mineral finish.

O-Overall I was surprised by this beer with all the average reviews, nice aromas, taste, and mouthfeel. It would definitely ask for this one again.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mammoth IPA
Serving type in a growler
Appearance a nice dark orange sunset. Very inviting with its color.
Smell is of a medium hop presence. Citrus tones and a bitter fresh hop scent.
Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness. A decent offering for an IPA. There is not much depth to it so this beer should not be aged. Its worth keeping a six pack around if you can find it. I haven't tried a 12oz bottle but if it keeps the integrity of the growlers, then it would be a good beer to stock.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. The freshness of the hops give a slight burn but its forgiveable.
Drinkability is good on my list. I need to hunt down a six pack of it and get to know it better.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the brew ckeegan04
Poured into a standard pint glass amber bodied brew with a good two finger worth of head that goes to a nice looking lace

The floral piney hops hit your nose first then the malts follow it up.

Flavors are a nice hop forward but not to hoppy that it makes you pucker a nice balance .A nice mouthfeel with proper carbonation for the style

An easy drinking IPA very sesionable I could easily grab a six of this a good brew all in all

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Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, dont know if the previous rater had a bad bottle as I really like this beer. Its a very drinkable session beer. Its clean and crisp with plenty of hop flavor, but without going overboard with it.

Its a great treat to have had this beer. I am sure glad that its rather local to me and that I can easily get 6 packs.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

Overall this was a very nice sessionable IPA.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. Moderate lacing.
Moderate aroma of orange citrus, caramel and toasted malt.
Piney hops, toasted malt and caramel. As the beer warms some additional earthy hop bitterness comes out.
Medium bodied slightly syrupy beer with moderate carbonation.
The flavors were simple but good. This was a very "drinkable" IPA bordering on pale/amber ale.
NOTES: BBCSD-0908-Sean

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Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can courtesy of blguillen into a Bruery Tulip also courtesy of one Mr. Guillen.

A: Crystal clear amber/orange color. Aggressive slightly tilted pour leads to a thick, frothy white, 1.5 finger head that slowly, incongruously fades leaving a thick slug trail on the sides of the glass and a thick-ish top layer.

S: Fruity hops hit the nose first and are followed by a caramel malt bed. Not an overpowering nose and not all that complex. But solid and inviting.

T: Nice citrus fruit flavors burst through. Not bitter at all. Nice malt backbone supports the orange/grapefruit citrus hops to dance and shine. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp finish, medium body. Again, not bitter at all which is a nice change of pace in the IPA war of who can pucker your face worse.

O: Highly drinkable, highly sessionable IPA from Mammoth Brewing. This is an IPA that excellent in its simplicity and it's stellar balance.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pouts a cloudy amber with a quickly-dissipating white head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Floral, piny hops with a soft malt background.

T: I was initially surprised by the caramel sweetness of the malt upon first sip. As I kept drinking, however, the hop bite built in strength and perfectly balanced the sweetness.

M: Medium-heavy body with light carbonation.

D: I wasn't expecting too much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's hard to find, but worth the search.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a bottle, this was a very decent IPA. The pour gave the beer a very dense, bubbly head. On initial smell, there is a robust amount of hops aroma. First sip, and once again the prevelance of hops, very forward on the tongue. The beer itself is very smooth and bitter with the hops flavor. It has a lingering aftertaste to go along with the heavy flavor. It is a tasty beer, but it would be hard to drink anything afterwards with the amount of hops on your palate. I would absolutely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Talisker
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa. No freshness date.

Superb example of the California IPA. Hits everything right, no wrong steps.

Pours a deep orange - healthy American IPA color - with a persistent beige head. Bubble size varies - some huge, some tiny.

Excellent nose. American citrus "C" hops all over the place, with some bready malt underneath. Nicely integrated taste, maybe a little muted, less edgy than some beers in the style. Perfect texture, doesn't linger too long.

American hop showcase in the top tier of California IPAs (to my taste, I prefer only Racer 5, El Toro, and Green Flash ahead of it). Had never heard of this brewery before, but I would happily make this a regular drinker if it were available in Northern California.

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Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep amber color with a thin, chunky, off white head.

S- Lots of pine in the nose, resin, faint sweetness.

T- Nice pine note up front that fades into slight sweetness on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable but fairly tame IPA

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming on the heels of an epic fail which also depicted a bunch of mountains that did not turn blue (or any other color for that matter), I am hoping that this latest entry in The CANQuest (TM) is a bit more satisfactory.satisfying. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Brewed, bottled & CANned with Alpine water in the High Sierra Mammoth Lakes, CA - elevation 8,000 ft. When in Mammoth lakes visit our tasting room or visit us online ..."; "The High Sierra provides the perfect ingredients for epic adventures and our IPA is the perfect companion! Not overly bitter, our IPA unites a smooth malt flavor with an wonderfully intense aromatic finish. Cheers!"; "Aluminum CANs travel better"; and "Highest brewery on the west coast".

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled to the rim! Score! The Glug not only netted me two thick fingers' worth of tawny head with excellent retention, but the smell of piney hops was immediately evident. Now, yer talkin' to this self-avowed hophead! Color was a deep coppery amber with just a hint of haze. I loved watching the head slowly reduce itself, leaving some mighty sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium with an immediate wash of pine hops on my tongue. Super! I continued to taste the hops on the initial finish and then the caramel malt kicked in on the extreme finish. Forget putting some in the cooler to visit the mountains, I'm going to visit the mountains to put some in the cooler! Man, this is going down fassssttt. Yummy.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber with a white head, smells of grapefruit and pine. Taste definitely lacks from the suggested aroma, and has a big caramelly backbone. Feels a little more full bodied than your typical IPA, but not unpleasant. This isn't a great IPA, but I tend to revisit it from time to time. Cheers!

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Photo of climax
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one starts off well. A nice tall rocky head of froth sat atop the bright amber body for a looong time. Lace was equally as impressive.

The aroma is more malt heavy than I was anticipating, yet the the intensity of the hop profile was not lacking. The malt flavors are just that robust to keep up. Toasty caramel and cocoa flavors up front almost seem to sit on an earthy hop backbone (not a typo).

The flavor boasts more bitterness than the nose. However, the sweet and toasty flavors of sugar cookie, and caramel aren't fooling anyone. Citrus and floral notes from the hops balance appropriately. Tastes like a well-balanced red/amber or pale ale IMO.

The body is a bit on the light side, carbonation crisp but not over done. It is a pretty smooth clean feel from start to finish.

I can see this one yielding low scores because it has nowhere near the hop intensity of a proper IPA. Being a hophead, my hop cravings were not satisfied by this beer, yet I'm certainly not disappointed. It's balanced well, has good rich flavor and is easy to drink. I would recommend it as a well-rounded flavorful ale. I shall later indulge in Mammoth 395 to perhaps cure the lupalin itch.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance; amber pour with a little white head. Smell; a malty orange.
Taste; medium fruity hops, with some toasty malts. A very pleasant taste, but it in a 22oz. and it dissappeared quickly. Mouthfeel; A very medium bodied and light mouthfeel considering the higher abv, very tasty.
Drinkability; was expecting something bigger but overall no complaints, very impressed with the taste and poundability of this, and above average beer.

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