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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3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Poured a crystal clear, amber colored fluid. Head was large, off-white and creamy. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Smells quite sweet, caramel and melon. Some tea/herbal notes. Earth and grass as well.

Taste is bitter more than sweet. Grass and grapefruit coupled with a solid, sweet wheat bread middle. Good balance.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Very good, easy drinking IPA. If ABV was a bit lower, it would be a nice session ale. I will certainly enjoy the remainder of the six pack.

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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 rallison
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that mostly dissipates. Smell is somewhat piny hops - although not much here - and a touch of caramel malt.

Taste is altogether uneventful. Standard caramel malt base with a relatively low level of piny hops. Clean overall taste. Nothing is inherently off here, it's just somewhat plain - and could use some more hops.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good enough.

Overall, not really recommended. If you're somewhere and the only other options are BMC, you'll do fine by this. Otherwise, there are many better sixers of IPAs out there.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack purchased at Von's Grocery in Bishop, CA. in late May, 2006 for $7.19. Pours a moderate-deep golden color, typical of the style. Quite clear, with the tiniest of head that's fed by the tiniest of carbonation streams.

Aroma is sharp, rich, oily pungent hops- some grapefruit/lime citrus hiding behind the oils. Not as strong as some IPAs, but quite distinctive. Flavor is more fruity, with biscuit malts and a slight sweetness. All of this is surrounded by a distinct, but mellow hoppiness. The hops flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Drinkability is pretty good because of a solid full mouthfeel, but it is not overly complex. Sometimes that's a good thing. Good, enjoyable, I would buy more.

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Photo of IceAce
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle with no freshness dating visable

Pours light gold with two fingers of rocky, big-bubbled foam with decent staying power. Nose is strikingly similar to most of the other Mammoth brews...undoubtedly due to shared yeast strains. There is an element of pine in the background...but not as much as one might normally expect with an IPA brewed near the Left Coast.

Entry is quiet with little fanfare from the CO2 and a slightly watered down mouthfeel. Midtaste is nondescript with just enough malt to make an appearance and just enough floral hop to balance the malt.

The namesake IPA qualities finally reveal themselves in the finish, with a semi-complex ping-pong of piney and citrus hops which finally settle into a grapefruity fade.

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

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has a dark green background for the “India Pale Ale” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a snow cap mountain overlooking a snow white valley complete with a babbling brook, with snow-covered alpine huts and coniferous trees. Described as ‘India Pale Ale – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 6.5% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: Soft russet orange with a shimmering golden marmalade look. Slow repressed single bubble carbonation rises like individual balloons floating off into space. Off-white head is a murky cream color but the ring lacing it leaves is attractive. Good head retention aids the overall appearance and presentation. Average conditioning.

Nose: Dried orange peel mixes with a hoppy oil aroma that is quite strong in parts. The nose is aromatic and contains some herbal infusion in amongst the malts and hops.

Taste: Biscuit malts take the edge of the pine oil hops in this one, and as such it lends a decent balance which I enjoy. However, it means that the hops are far from aggressive which some may see as a weakness. The supporting carbonation is solid enough throughout. Tangerine streaks in the finish peak with some herbal traits.

Mouthfeel: Has a very appetizing crisp, clean and well defined feel, although it may be lower that other WC IPA’s it is far from disappointing, moreover, the soft presence lends a defining Drinkability to this one.

Drinkability: It really didn’t last long……

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but a very enjoyable brew nonetheless that was pleasing and a damn good drink. Not quite the West Coast IPA I usually encounter but I would drink this again for sure. Consider this one more of a Session IPA and you won’t be disappointed. I quite liked it.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

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

Had this given to me. It poured a clear honey color with coppery hues and a nice half finger of head. The aroma was very pleasing to the nose... smelled of orangy citrus like you plucked a hop cone off the bine. Very aromatic and refreshing.

The taste followed the aroma with more orangy citrus although not as strong but still good hop profile. This IPA felt crisp on the mouth and was well carbonated... would to well to wash the tongue of the curry you just ate. A good representation of the style. I didnt know what to expect and was mildly impressed.

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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 Todd
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown stubby. Clear, bright, rich copper color, topped with a frothy, white head. A good finger of foam retains for while, then settles to a healthy lace with plenty of clinging stick to the glass.

Nose is quite aromatic, perfume-y, floral, and full of fresh sweet grains.

Medium-bodied with a hard water mouthfeel. Actually, watery all around with a weak malt character that’s quickly subdued by a dominant grainy flavor and feel, and a lackluster thinned hop character lurking beneath. Some bready notes as the beer warms. Quick citric flash, but that’s about it. Palate is left dry with notes of dusty herbal and grain.

A pretty boring offering, and not much of an IPA.

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