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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:
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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. can into a shaker pint. No discernible canning date.

Look- This can has something I've only ever seen before on a questionable lager known as "Mountain Brew Beer Ice." Namely, a number of square pictograms depicting the various sporty activities one might engage in while enjoying a Mountain... I mean Epic IPA.

As for the beer itself, it pours a clear light amber with a sudsy eggshell cap. Decent retention, not much lace.

Smell- Nutty, earthy, musky, light resin. A bit powdery. Agitation brings out some lemon.

Taste- Follows the nose. Very interesting nutty, almost mealy flavor dominates. Buttery? not quite, it's more of a nutty, oily feel than diacetyl usually produces. I'd almost say it's haylike, but it's definitely a green, fresh cut light sun-roasted flavor, and not oxidization. Perhaps roasted sunflower seeds are a good description. Mild sweetness. Finishes with an oily, roasty, peanut butter flavor. Not quite sure what to make of it. Light, brisk hopping is present but certainly not dominant, something like dusky nugget. Lingering taste of baked milled oats and basil.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, carbonation comes out on the sip, fairly crisp. Dry finish, a bit oily.

Overall- Epic? Not sure. A very different take on an AIPA, I can't decide if it's revolutionary or weird. Whatever it is, it's not something I've encountered before. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of t420o
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old review from 6/2/2011.

Mammoth epic ipa growler from brewery $8 

A- pour from growler to pint glass produces a 2 finger frothy khaki head that rests atop a deep amber/copper colored beer. Decent sticky lacing. (Other batches of this beer have a golden color). 3.5

S- pine sap, floral hop aroma, molasses, caramel malt 4

T- a buttery malt taste, dank hops, pine, some citrus. Overly malty in this batch for an ipa uet still quite pleasurable and a food beer. 3.5 

M- ever so slightly thin, good carbonation. 3.5

O- good drinkability although a bit sweeter than I normally like my beers especially my ipa's. This is far better fresh in the growler than canned or bottled. I have gotten the epic ipa many times on growler fills and there is some pretty noticable changes in some of the batches. Some are sweeter and more malty, other have a more piney, resinous hop taste. Guess which I prefer? The hopped up ones obviously!  4 


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baybassoby for this one!

A: Pours a dark orange with a two finger off-white head on top. Decent detention leaving a ring of foam on top. Randomly forming lace coats the sides.

S: Good amount of grapefruit and some faint pine. The hops give off an herbal aroma, slightly dank.

T: More grapefruit mixed with some caramel and a little bready malt. Slightly soapy.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

O: Easy drinking with a nice hop profile. Not over the top, but solid.

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Photo of badbilly30
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass. Clear copper pour from can straight from brewery. Great aroma with lots of citrus and caramel. Strong malty backbone with nice hoppy crisp finish. The mouthfeel was really pretty darn good. Overall pretty good above average.

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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 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 lurpy1
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smells - pine, hop, nut, honey - are fine, there just isn't enough of them. Smell is very muted and not very ambitious. Same pretty much is true for taste, the hops are in there to be sure, but they are balanced out, perhaps too much, by a malt wave. Resiny finish, made for quick and easy drinking. Probably the beer's strong suit.

I enjoyed the beer and would drink it again, would even pay for it again if it was the best beer in the house. But it's not epic by a sight. What it is, unfortunately, is unflinchingly average.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit heavier and maltier than I would have liked to see.

Pours a clear deep copper with an unbelievably titanic head. It's so thick and heavy, I suspected at first that the bottle was spoiled, but it proved to be OK.

the aroma is thick and syrupy, with a piney hop overtone, almost caramelized in its malty richness. The flavor is heavy and caramelly with a thin piney hop flavor and a citrus bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than the heavy flavor would suggest.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Pretty nice citrus hop aroma with a little bit of pine in the background.

T: Caramel malts upfront followed by some pine and grapefruit notes. The hop flavors are good, but they feel really muted. I can't tell if the malts are holding the hops back or if it's something else. Either way, this tastes more like an IPA Light than an "Epic" IPA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with fair retention to a lumpy 1 finger cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in broken rings.

S: Herbal and citrus hops; grapefruit and pine primarily. Sweet caramel malt.

T: Big grapefruit hops up front. Bready caramel malt follows. Lightly resinous. Moderately sharp bitter that's a a little resiny with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny and dry.

O: More malt character than expected. Moderate ABV makes it drinkable and does have some nice hop character in the nose (less so in the taste).

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Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Good golden orange color and lots of citrus scents including grapefruit and orange. A medium bodied beer with lots of good flavors with the hops producing a nice bittnerness at the end. Overall a pretty nice IPA especially from a can --- I'm still not a big fan of cans --- convenience yes, but no to the flavors.

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Photo of nhindian
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided by jodan as an extra, thanks Jordan!

A - Pours an amber color with a golden burst of flare around the edges. The head is small and understated, only about a finger high and poor retention, but the consistency is a nice fluff. The lacing more than makes up for the head formation, with generous coating. The body itself is rather clear with slow, lackadaisical bubbles making up the carbonation.

S - The nose on this beer is much more malty than I would've thought given the name, to the point where it even begins to outshine the hops. In fact, the hops are hard to discern, but when they do come through, it is a spicy, floral smell.

T - The taste is much of the same of the nose, unfortunately, as the malts are much too prominent. By the time the malt, raisins, and brown sugar of the malts subside, the only flavors that the hops generate are some light citrus and bitterness. Again, the hops are spicy and earthy, and the finish even manages to bring some slight alcohol heat. As the beer finishes, I'm getting some of that grape bubblegum that I sometimes get from malty pilsners.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with medium-to-low carbonation. The body is somewhat sticky and syrupy, and the malts combined with this lends this beer to be a compared to a weak barleywine in my eyes.

D/O - Drinkability is low. I understand trying to brew a balanced IPA, but tipping that see-saw to overshadow the IPAs is just wrong. Epic is probably not the first thing, or second, or third or.... I'd use to describe this beer. This one is a miss for me.

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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 Hunterofducksca
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not over done, great hop flavor but still has enough balance it could easily be a great session beer for hop heads. Beer that has taste of its enviornment I will allways enjoy. The mountains around this brewery are fantastic. The hop character reminds me of fresh pine.

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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 beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sharp candy, more than just caramel, with mixed estery citrus and spicy herbal accents.

T: Begins dry, with faint medicinal and citrus hop aromatics, caramel, and mild acidity. Malt is more assertive and toasty in the middle, while hops practically vanish. The finish is very clean, with just mild medicinal bitterness lingering.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and remarkably smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While strong appealing flavors do not show up in this IPA, that does not make it a bad beer. According to the promotional statement on the bottle, the water of the Sierras is intended to be featured here. While it is a mostly clean beer that does justice to the water it was brewed with, a better approach might have been to brew a session IPA with a less malty backbone (and lower gravity.) As it stands, this is just an unremarkable malt-forward ale that is priced too high at $8 per bomber.

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Photo of hiku7
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I go camping in Yosemite Valley and hit up the Curry Village bar, this is my go to beer. Over Memorial Day Weekend I enjoyed a 22 ounce glass of TM IPA, followed by a Double Nut Brown, and then back to the IPA for a pint.

The appearance is opaque and solidly deep amber-brown, and is probably too dark for an IPA. Moderate head, but very good lacing. The smell is floral, piney, citrusy hops, all go well with the yosemite valley setting. The hops are earthy and piney tasting, but the taste also has a toasty and nutty sweet caramel malt that is very appealing. Mouthfeel is creamy. Solid drinkability.

Great after coming off the trail.

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Photo of gregshead
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of head, dissipates slowly.

S: Really strong grapefruit on the nose with a strong caramel in the background.

T: Some grapefruit bitterness up front but lots of caramel malt sweetness takes over. Reminds me of Inversion IPA with a little less hoppy taste.

M: Good carbonatoin feel. Little bit of an oily feel on the tongue.

O: An IPA a notch above the average. Enjoyable but not up to the level of the tops tier IPAs.

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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest.

A huge, frothy head of light khaki immediately sets up shop and shows no sign of leaving. Below is a perfectly clear almond orange liquid which, as it drops, leaves alternating walls and horizontal streaks of lace.

Hot damn, this smells like a handful of fresh hops. Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine. Some sweet caramel, and crackers as well.

The brewer who poured this for me claimed it was a “traditional IPA — really more like an ESB.” I agree, as there’s a nice amount of maltiness here in the form of toasted biscuit and a light nuttiness. Malt has definitely risen to balance hops, but I wish they were as bright as in the nose.

Light, tingly carbonation inside a medium body. No fizziness. Good snap to it.

Mammoth has a Mastodon-sized nose, but not as big a flavor. It’s already a good, quaffable brew. I think it would be world-class with more follow-through.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a mild piney hop aroma. It also has a slight citrusy lemon scent to it. A slight malty sweetness is present as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mild. Some pine and citrus hops. A slight malty caramel flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a mild piney aroma. Carbonation is good.

This beer would make a great session beer. It is mild and refreshing. The alcohol contene is low enough to enjoy a few.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. I picked up a pack while at Yosemite. It is great to be able to get this walking distance from my campsite. I will buy it every time I am in the park.

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Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a nice clear but dark amber color with minimal off white slick of head at the top of a very full pour into the glass. Some light lacing after swirling the beer but it quickly slides back into the small amount of head that forms. Light carbonation, with a few bubbles here and there visible through the beer.

Nose is malty, caramel and toasted bread, with a tinge of orange peel and bitter pith. After warming up a little more, some floral hops come through, but overall, aromas are not too strong.

Big malt backbone on the taste, light caramel sweetness with orange peel, light pine notes and floral hops. Decent hop bitterness on the finish, dank grass and floral.

Light to medium body with some moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and decent flavor, but could use a bit more fresh hop flavor for the aroma and taste.

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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 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 flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are nice, orange citrus, hard candies, and pine resin.

Taste is a little raw and rough around the edges. Bitter pine hops, some resin, and sweet orange flavors. Decent creamy candy like malts fit nicely into the backdrop. Finish leaves a dry mineral like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. You've gotta love hops to enjoy this one, very raw and hoppy, but I like it. A little fine tuning and this could be a really good IPA.

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Photo of neorunner
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 - http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/neorunner/af3d4ae8.jpg

Another pint glass beer, sensing a trend here. Amber red in color with a tan/khaki head that leaves a solid oil slick coating on top but not much more. Aroma is caramel and malt with a bit of bob evan's biscuit in the background. Flavor seems like a lot of English style malts, crystal/marris/and maybe a bit of patent. Hops aren't over the top, but give a nice balance to the malt. Body is light and mouthfeel is slightly dry and mineraly. Finish has a bit of a tang but it doesn't last long.

My guess would be a British Amber. Answer is: Mammoth Brewing Epic IPA.

Hmm, I was somewhere else with this beer. Bottle says "2 lbs of hops per barrel and a wonderful smooth malt flavor with intense aromatic finish". I can see the smooth malt flavor, but the aromatic part wasn't there for me.

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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