Old Elephant Foot IPA | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Old Elephant Foot IPAOld Elephant Foot IPA

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Arknot
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a hand labeled 16oz tallboy can, part of the brewerys first batch of 2000 cans. 7% abv and 80 ibus

This beer is really a treat, pretty color, nice smell, great head, lots of creamy lacing, and great taste. Its hard to believe I just poured this out of a big can.

The taste is highly american hops with a nice malt backbone. The malt isn't sweet or caramel, but more of warm bready thickness that comforts the hop assault.
Hops are a fresh fruity citrus hop without being too soapy. This drinks like nearly a double ipa, yet it holds back instead of going all the way. The taste is a little unique too, I'd say its fruiter then some, with more floral/citrus/freshness in the taste and less soapy/bitter like some IPAs. I'm about 3/4 done with this beer now, and my mouth is pretty coated in hoppy beer goodness. I'll say the mouthfeel is pretty epic!


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Photo of hooligan
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy translucent copper color with a creamy thick settling head (thanks to the cask-conditioning). Heavy citrus rind and hop oils in the inital smell, with bready malt elements as well. Upfront grapefruit and herbal(grassy?) hop assault on the palate, crisp and clean malt with a very biscuit-like element, followed by a very clean hop "snap!" (I don't know how else to explain it) at the finish, that begs you to take another sip. Very big malt character, even for an IPA, with a clean hoppiness that dosen't linger on the palate. This is my favorite IPA... excellent character.

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Photo of bushdere
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The best IPA ever? No.

But, a friend asked me the other day, "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?" OEF was near the top of my list. It is so drinkable, and doesn't get old. Big fan of this beer, and will continue to be in the future.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid IPA out of Tampa that my cousin dropped off for me in exchange for some Wookie Down that he took back town to Florida with him. The aroma is incredibly citrusy, and you can taste orange zest with each sip. Both the hops and the zest linger on the tongue, and while it is good, it never quite balances for me. Still, it finishes on that zest note, which I do find very appealing.

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Photo of Shaw
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. canning beer! It's been years since I had this on tap at their brewpub.

A cloudy light amber with a lot of sediment and a big stick head. Floaties don't bother me, but I bet many would be put off by its appearance.

Nice hop aroma of citrus and earth.

Excellent taste: It's quite bitter with citrus-peel-like hop flavors. They call this a West Coast IPA, and I agree: it's dry with the emphasis on the hop flavors and sharp bitterness rather than a semblance of balance from the malt. Slight metallic notes from the hops

Nice solid body.

I remembered this beer being excellent on tap at the brewpub and the canned version maintains that standard. A must-try for hopheads.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to brown in color, nice fluffy stand up beige head. Florals, biscuit, malt, and big hop blend into an appealing smell. Nice balanced malty taste, with a super strong hoppy kick. Creamy medium bodied feel, good bitter finish, crisp, nothing lingers. Asks you take another sip. One of their better offerings.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy golden orange wit a nice frothy cream colored head

S-creamy orange hops. Sweet smelling, almost as if it had vanilla to it...which reminds me of SN Celebration. Slight aged aspect to it.

T-comes in with a decent taste of bitter hops, but mostly a fistful Florida citrus. It's really citrusy, similar to a fresh cut orange. It's a lasting flavor that continues as an after-taste. It's a good clean flavor, with out much of the aged aspect found in the nose.

M-good creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-I'm pretty impressed with this. It's an extremely quaffable ipa. Great balance of flavor and bitterness. I could see me loving a bunch of cans of these on a sunny Florida beach....at least if I were to ever get bored of Jai Alai first.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had this one on tap in Ybor at the brewery, now from a tall boy can. Very tasty! Pours deep orange with small sender head, smells more pine than citrus but the taste is more citrus pith/rind. Good mouthfeel with an aftertaste that sticks with you. I'd definitely drink it again!

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice bronze with a beige head and good lacing.

Nice citrus and pine nose. There is also some grainy malts in the background.

The taste is definitely on the English side of the IPA spectrum. Nicely bracing and a bit oily, the beer has a good malt background for balance. I like the “juiciness” of this beer and the citrus notes.

The beer coats your mouth and leaves you ready for the next sip. The finish is nicely dry.

This is a good example of this style. Hats off to the brewer!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am Completely writing this reveiw from memory:

A: It was a cloudy pale orange with a white bubbly head mostly deminishing. The brew had great lacing throughout the glass and also had an abundance of visible carbonation.

S: On the nose it had a strong citrus hops (Grapefruit) aroma with notes of orange zest.

T: The taste was full of citrus hops in the beginning. However one could still taste the malty backbone of the brew in the background. It was well balanced and a delicious beer.

M: This beer was very smooth, crisp, light bodied with lively carbonation and very refreshing.

D: It was very delicious and definately a must if I ever return. I enjoyed this beer very much and it would be scrump-u-lesant on a hot summer day.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tampa has some pretty impressive IPA's with Jai Alai and Old Elephant Foot. OEP looks beautiful and has a very dense head and firm lacing. The nose promises a well balanced Hop/Malt balance with slight citrus notes. Flavor doesn't disappoint. Heavy bitterness and a firm, dank hop hit with just enough malt to provide some balance. An aftertaste that lingers lovingly. This is a very drinkable and affordable IPA that gets the basics right. Well done, Tampa Bay.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass:

Contrary to what is stated, I had this beer last evening. The beer was a very nice reddish orange color with a nice two finger head. The beer presented itself very well. The aroma was almost all hops, but in a big way, with a hint of a floral aroma. The taste, all hops all the time. Very nice strong hoppy flavor to it, that is really all that I got, but it is really all that I want out of an IPA. The carbonation was as expected, noticeable but not so much that it took aware from the beer and it had a really nice bitter, dry aftertaste. Overall, highly drinakble beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is ok. It's really easy to drink and refreshing but I was disappointed with the happiness. There was a lack of fruit on the nose and it didn't really bite like IPAs should.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. "Old Elephant Foot IPA"
$6 on tap @ The Brass Tap, Oldsmar, FL

Well you've got to at least love the name! Old Elephant Foot just sounds so English, doesn't it? And yet there are some American hops to it as well. I found it spicy and leafy (and a touch floral), but there's a good bit of pine and citrus to it as well. Beyond that, the malt also remains very English in nature. It's got a clear caramel edge to it that offers both golden and dark caramels, and it's a bit bready and toasty. Where it's American for sure is in it's girth, and in it's bitterness level; in that sense this is kind of an amped up English IPA (which normally tend to be lighter than Americans) - or am I totally backwards on this and it's an American IPA with an English bent? Regardless, it serves the purpose... it's a full-flavored, medium-bodied ale with more strength (7.0%) and a dry and hoppy character - it satiates! Nicely done!

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Photo of bigone4
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is NOT retired. I had it on tap in March. It poured a orange golden hue with a clean white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Smell was floral with mild citrus tones. Slight hint of grapefruit in the back ground. I had this both on cask and from the tap. The grapefruit tones are stronger from the cask. Lighter hints from the tap. Strong hop oil scent. The taste was hoppy and bittering. It certainly knocks your mouth for a bitter kick. At 7.4% it certain can knock you for a loop as well. The malt is there but not very prevalent. This is a great IPA that I enjoyed immensely. Strong hop flavor very drinkable and lots of bitterness. This brew was just what I was looking for. This is a great tasting IPA very well crafted great flavor and a decent hop profile. I would enjoy this beer any day.

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/15/16, enjoyed in Florida

Pours a light fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly sticky lacing, clear straw to orange color

Nose big fresh hops, loads of cascade family hops, floral, grassy, little citrus, faint grapefruit and pine, centennial, mild doughy malt underneath.

Taste big fresh hops again, little pine out front, very spicy, mild citrus and orange peel, lots of rind, chewy like hops, little sweet malty flavor, toasted malts, very bitter makes me want to keep sipping.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, no booze.

Overall not bad, great aroma, taste was a little too super bitter chewy spicy hop for me, but that's what they were going for.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Purchased 2-for-1 on tap at Ocean Blue (some cheap sushi joint in Tampa).

A: Pours an uninviting crystalline brownish tan.. but with a nice white head. Lots of tiny champagne bubbles rising from the bottom, which is nice if you're into that sort of thing. 2/5

A: Mostly caramel/bread/malt. There's a hint of delicate fruit skin in there too. Some minute spice as well. 3/5

T: Very full bodied hoppy IPA. Getting a lot more of the caramel malts, with some floral characteristics as well. Strong and lingering bitter with this one, but not to the extent of being off-putting. No real one spice/fruit/floral note comes through, just hops and malt backbone. 4/5

M: Full, smooth, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. 4.5/5

O: Better than your run-of-the-mill IPA, but no "oomph" with this one. I guess I'm more of a fan of the citrus-forward IPAs. Still warms me up and makes me feel like a man though, so I'd order this again. 3.88/5

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Poured from a 16 oz can, into a pint glass.Date on the can is 4/4/2017.

L- Frothy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with very good retention that leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.Deep amber / orange colored body with very good clarity.Light amount of carbonation,with a medium amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get faint notes of tropical fruit zest and small amounts of pine.Not a huge nose on this one,but what is there mostly consists of tropical fruit.

T- The palate follows the nose with tropical fruit zest up front,floral and spice hops in the middle,and bitter pine hops on the back end.The taste isn't complex,but it's simple,to the point,and tastes very good.

F- The mouth feel is thin and sticky,with a moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue.Smooth finish with a slightly chalky texture after the sip.

O- This is a pretty good IPA compared to other southern breweries.I would drink it again,and recommend hop heads to give it a try,especially if you live in Florida and great IPA's are somewhat limited.

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Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although listed in here as "retired" at time of writing, is the regular brew now available in the new premises from November 2006. Pours medium dark bronze, with fair tight head, which lasts well down the glass. Aroma is heavy, malty and slightly sweet, and the initial taste confirms this, but overall the beer is well hoppy and has a bitter but well balanced after taste. It may seem just a little overpowering at first, but after a few sips I really got into this and enjoyed it a lot. I certainly has the 'Tampa Bay Brewing' family characteristics. It has only little natural carbonation, and this makes it easy to drink and thirst quenching. It seems just the same as it did when brewed at the old premises. I like this beer, and would always have at least one of these when in Ybor City, along with the other beers available on tap at Tampa Bay Brewing.

Bham UK (December 2006)

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- light gold with a nice creamy white head. A little visible carbonation and some nice lacing from the head

S-hop forward, with primarily pine notes with hints of floral hops in the background

T- a nice big hop flavor that is mostly pine but it is nicely tempered by the strong malt backbone

M- just right. Smooth with a little carbonation on the finish

O- a nice, well-crafted American IPA

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it is a very slightly hazed copper coloring with a thin film of head. Wet, resinous hops aroma that is slightly sweet. Effervescent citrus notes on the nose, also. Flavors are dark roasted sweet malt with a dry, peppery hopping on the undercurrent. Reminiscent of English IPAs. Darkly sweet malty aftertaste, with peppery spice and slight cedar characteristics. Slightly dry, slightly slick finish. Good flavor that stays consistent and doesn't overpower. Good drinker.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company brewpub in Tampa (Ybor City)

No head to speak of due to the bartender filling the glass as full as it could be (ya gotta love that). Pale golden color. Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of toastiness/nutiness. Minimal lacing as I finish the glass.

Taste is smooth, somewhat hoppy with a nice nutty/malty background. Its not as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but for a local craft beer, this is pretty good. I cant remember what hops are used (the menu has good info on most of the house beers like what hops/malts are used, etc), but I wish theyd use more of them or dry hop a little more. This one goes down smooth and easy, and it has a good clean finish. The ABV isnt noticable at all. I could drink these all night, but with so many other good beers available, why would you? The carbonation is just right, but it feels a bit thin.

Not a great IPA, but its good, always fresh (of course), reasonably priced, and the brewpub has a great atmosphere. Worth a try if you ever make it to TBBC. Hopefully next trip the One Night Stand Pale Ale will be available so I can compare the two.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice amber tone and great frothy beige 2 inch head.
Strong essence of hops and grapefruit. Maybe a bit too pungent for a normal IPA. - I'm not complaining.
Good mixture of the sweet malt that finishes the high bitter bite with some orange from a good pale ale. Maybe a bit more malt could cure the higher burn from the hops but nonetheless I liked it.
Smooth, a little creamy but not at all slick.
I could and will drink this little IPA again. With a name like Elephant I would think it would be a bit larger with more hops but alas it's not exactly what I had in mind. Like I said earlier, I'm not complaining.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Orange hue with tall spiky head and beautiful retention and lacing

S: Grassy and floral hops with a pretty substantial pale malts aroma

T: A bit understated and disappointing based on all of the other components. Both malty and hoppy, but just not enough of a clear identity of one or the other, such that neither the malt nor the hops prop up and better the other. Somewhat muted floral hops bitterness after nutty malt flavors.

M: Very slick and coating which I liked. Smooth and pleasant hops aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink and enjoy, but you get the feeling that one more push could really elevate this beer to something special.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a golden orange with a one inch white head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- A bit subdued, I get hints of grapefruit and a bit of sourness. Not much aroma.

Taste- Great bitterness. Like the smell I get some notes of grapefruit and citrus with some malt backing. Again, a bit subdued but still tasty.

Mouthfeel- Good medium mouthfeel with good carbonation, no complaints.

Overall- Good beer, the flavor and aroma are a bit subdued but it is still a good IPA just not as strong as many other American IPA's. The balanced bitterness makes this very drinkable.

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