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

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Added by Halcyondays on 02-06-2008

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 233
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember where I got this bottle but it was in the fridge. Beer is a amber and clear with a decent head of off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. carbonation is low.

Aroma is malty and piny. Eh.

Beer is medium bodied and flat on flavor. The bitterness is moderate and grows the more you drink but ultimately disappoints. The midpalate flavors are also quite flat and disappointing. Overall its a below average IPA and wouldn't drink ti again.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12 ounce can with a High Sierra Mountain seen with a green labeled background and logo, description on the back. Appears a pale copper hue with bright off white sandy beige head, forms intricate even lacing throughout the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has citrus back ground grapefruit and vegetal tones a bit of backend caramel malts. Spicy peppery notes are very subtle but evident. Flavor has a notable fruity character going on with spicy herbal peppery blend of hops with backend caramel tones. Mouthfeel is going with a nice moderate carbonation, a bit sticky/slick with hops. Drinkability is nice subtle not the craziest aggressive west coast hop, but solid drinkability not anything offensive.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle while in Mammoth. The hazy orange beer had a tall white head. The hop character was a had a fresh herb-citrus character and was backed by a doughy malt taste. Really, this was a fine IPA, but there was nothing spectacular or stand-out about it. It's certainly not a bad option if you're working with a limited beer list, but it's not the first IPA I'd pick.

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Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This may be their regular IPA under a different name or a special park brew--was on tap in Yosemite National Park

Appearance: minimal head, clear, brownish/gold in color, low carbonation

Smell: pine hops

Taste: toasted malt, big pine hops and a touch of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied--borderline watery, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter.

Drinkability: This one is an average to slightly above average west coast ipa. I would not pass this one up as I like pine ipas and this one hit the notes. However, there are much better ipas and brews from this brewery.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another dark orange beer from Mammoth. Aroma is lacking, not dry hopped like the pale.

Taste, much more bitter than the pale, hop bill is forward, just seemingly more high alpha acid feel and bitterness as opposed to the dry hop feel of the pale. A little sweeter than desired.

Mouthfeel, a little thick downward, would love this beer with more/some dry hopping. A little expensive.

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Photo of pwoods
1.99/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average amber with decent clarity. About a finger worth of off white head. Some retention. Decent lacing.

S: Not much aroma. Not really getting much hops. Some light malt sweetness. There's a.... burnt plastic?.... aroma there... somehow.

T/M: Low bitterness, might not even be APA levels. Hardly any American hop flavor, or any hop flavor for that matter. Malts are lightly biscuity with a touch of sweetness. Body is medium with mild carbonation.

D: This beer sucks...

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel color with a good head for an American IPA, lacing present on the glass as she went.

Smell of caramel malt, two row, earthy hop presence, and some citrus.

Taste of mostly citrus with earthy hop flavors. There doesnt seem to be enough in one way or the other to say that it tastes great, but it is good. If I had this available to me I would surely buy more. It is just not one I would probably seek out a multi state trade for. Malt is most prominent. There seems to be a strong astringency to this at the end with a slight dry cloying bite. This lowers the mouthfeel for me, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 6.5%. No bottling info is given.

A-It pours an color amber that has some nice glowing orangish hue. It has a one finger off white head that breaks down into a frothy ring that surrounds an island of film. Lots of lace is left in between sips.

S-Lots and lots of orange citrus. It is cut with a touch of sweet malt. As it warms the orange lessens and the nose becomes a little more muted.

T-It starts with pale malt flavor. The orange comes in next. There is some sweetness, but it is not distracting. It has some residual bitterness. Really should be a 3.75.

M-Upper end of the medium spectrum. It is oily and has a soft level of carbonation.

D-A pretty easy drinking IPA. Would like to see the hops kicked up a little more.

This was my first brew from these guys and I thought it was pretty good. It is definitely not a heavy beer to drink and I would love to try it fresh from the tap.

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Photo of vacax
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dark orange to amber in color with a fair sized cream colored head. Looks mighty similar to the Mammoth Paranoid Pale. Decent retention and some good lacing present. Aroma has earthy hops, vegetal hops, slight citrus twang, and malt sweetness. Tastes plenty hoppy, but just a flat out bad hop profile. Astringent, vegetal hops with a slight bit of flora and a cookie finish. Not very nice. Medium-full body with a smooth low-mid carbonation. Don't care much for this one.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Crystal clear dark amber color with a full finger of head that recedes quickly. Smell is an intense blast of the dirtiest, earthiest hops I have ever smelled. Like a dirt covered pine cone. Those hops carry over into the taste as well...I seriously feel like I need to chase this with a glass of mouthwash. Not sure if that is a positive or a negative really. There is a nice malt backbone and a healthy level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is normal for the style. This one was very unique. I honestly really don't know what to think of it, I just can't get past that dirt aspect.

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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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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 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 GClarkage
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/09/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation-12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep burnt orange in color. Pours with a full one inch plus head. Lacing is nice with light patchwork.

Smell- Has that same kind of stinky nose as Pyramid beers...think it's the yeast strain. Very fruity and hoppy...sugary for sure, but a stink that I am too familiar with to back it up.

Taste- Fortunately it doesn't taste like Pyramid. Nice citrus hop bitterness, a lighter toasted malt backing balances it quite well.

Mouthfeel- A slight watery, with a medium carbonation level. Mild sugary orange hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Probably fairly sessionable also.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ the Clocktower. Pours orange with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is nice; hoppy, piney, and sweet. More pine than citrus, but both are prevalent. The taste is very smooth for an IPA with this many hops. A good call when you're back in Mammoth, but the 395 blows this away.

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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 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 ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish-brown with a foamy off-white head. Thin to begin with and fades quickly leaving a very thin layer behid. Good lacing.

S - Aroma of piney hops a caramel malt. The hops are a little stronger, but a very well balanced IPA aroma.

T - A sweet caramelness up front before a light piney hopiness comes through. Very sweet IPA. It is much stronger on the malt side, and while very good, it is not the flavor I prefer.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and somewhat sticky in the mouth. A good sweet IPA.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange. Smells faintly of pine and citrus. Almost no head.

Taste is okay. Refreshing citrus, some pine, maybe a hint of balancing malt. Fairly standard IPA. Good mouthfeel and drinkable.

Wouldn't go out of my way for, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass with a half inch head; reducing to a thin film and showing standard lacing.

Piney hops on the nose couple with some light citrus tones and a touch of hempy hops, not atypical to California IPA's. Seems reminiscent of their IPA 395 but a bit more subdued and without herbal adjuncts and the malty cover of a such a DIPA

Taste is slightly sweet, though not very complex, and with a bit of dry hop smokiness on the finish. Otherwise follows suit from the aroma. Carbonation is a bit light, giving the beer a slightly thin mouthfeel at times. A smooth bottle conditioned brew that drinks like a highly hopped pale ale.

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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 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 Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA

A: Pours a medium amber, with a nice white head, good retention, and some lacing.

S: Earthy, bitter hops, and caramel malt.

T: Light maltiness greets the palate first, toasty, biscuity followed by earthy, almost grungy hops, not a big fan of this flavour, but still drinkable.

M: No real problems, light and crisp, could use more body though.

D: The worst beer I have had from Mammoth so far, just didn't appeal to me, so it goes.

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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