Old Elephant Foot IPA | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Old Elephant Foot IPAOld Elephant Foot IPA

Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 266
Photo of HighWine
2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tap in a shaker at Players inside Doubletree Westshore. Light brass color with a well laced thin white head. Faint grapefruit aroma. Flavor is one dimensional. Resinous bitterness throughout with no detectable malt flavor. Quenching but leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear orange-ish color with white head. Some floral notes, with a bit of pine and grass, and just a hint of citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a decent hop bite.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Tampa Brewing Co, pours a nice hazy orange with moderate lacing. The smell is nice with hops and citrus. However, the beer taste plain, like any other run in the mill IPA. I was expecting more from this beer, but decent drinkability.

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Photo of amread4
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit cloudy for an IPA but beautiful marmalade color. Looks great as the sun shines through it here on my back porch on a beautiful Florida afternoon. Bright white head that quickly rushes up the side of the glass and disappears nearly as quickly.

S: big hops up front with some grapefruit and lemon behind it. Par for the style - smells like the hops will dominate.

T: fresh hops followed by citrus and a bread and buttery finish. Pleasant, but again, in line with the style. 80 IBUs are very present.

M: a bit thin and maybe a bit underwhelming. More quenching than hearty.

O: still avery good effort that translates well to the can. Looking forward to more output from my favorite local pub (hopefully the porter next!). Cheers.

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Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Completely random grab at Total Wine in Tampa, FL. Didn't know how long this brew has been around. Nice description on the can about it being referred to as over-hopped back in the 90s. Cool.

A- Pours from the tallboy can to a goblet and teku with a fair amount of haze in the golden-orange body. The white head ends up at one finger high with a frothy texture. Large band sits around the glass dropping only a few small sheets of lacing.

S- Intense citrus hops off the top and not in the nectar or juicy sort of way; edgy orange zest and pine prominent. Floral, bready and caramel candy notes as well.

T- Again, orange peel hops ala Cascade are the centerpiece as in the aroma. Floral, herbal and pine notes lead to a finish with a decent bit of crystal grains and caramelized sugar hints. A bit of alcohol amps harsh bitter citrus peel.

MF- Medium bodied with a certain slickness I am only used to in other styles like Barleywines for example. Texture is mostly foamy with high carbonation. Finishes bitter and somewhat warm.

Brewed since 1993 and it sort of reminds me of some of the earlier IPAs I reviewed in my early days of craft brews. Big Cascade hops lead to a cushion of medium caramel malts. Not exactly the cleanest brew overall as some alcohol comes out in the flavor and feel.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/23/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to UMCaner74 for always takin' care of me --

A: Straight up orange in color. A good pour yields a 2.5 white head. Speaking of white, it looks like a snow globe, as I'm getting lots of tiny white floaties that fall from the head to the bottom of the beer. Decent lacing rims the glass as I drink.

S: Mostly pine-like hops. There's a touch of bitter grapefruit in there too. Not as floral or explosive as I would have liked.

T: East Coast bittering hops all the way. I'm not sure what it is about FL IPA's, but I'd think that due to the sweltering heat, you'd want to brew a tropical, fruit forward IPA. But this, like so many others, is very malt forward. As it wraps up, it dries out the palate a good bit.

M: Velvety and soft. The feel here really jumps in and helps to save this one, as it's creamy, dense and really easy to put back.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, it's rather just...I don't know...a beer? If you're in need of hops, this will suffice I guess. But it's not one I'd reach for over other (and better) hop offerings that await me on the shelf. A solid tick, but not much more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at...er, I forget, but I sampled it again at the brewpub in Tampa.

This was probably the best beer I had from TBBC, and that isn't saying much. Orange-amber pour, clearish, with a moderate white head that displayed average retention and lacing. Nose was generally hop-forward, citrusy, floral, distant pale malts. Taste was similar, crisp C-hops, balanced out with pale male sweetness, perhaps more resembling an APA than an authentic IPA. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable, but nothing tremendous.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Bar Louie in Tampa. Pours a golden copper with one finger creamy white head. Aroma of light citrus, bready malt. Flavor is mostly malt, some light bitter, more malt. Falls a bit flat for me. Medium carbonation and slightly slick. Just not all that great. Meh.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

consumed on tap at Disney Animal Kingdom. No real other craft choices i could find. poured murky orange. Nose was caramel malt and touch of orange and apricot. Taste was decent balance up front but then turned away from any real sweet or citrus flavors into a more deep bitterness. Feel was medium and bitterness lingered. Wont have again but was nice to find something other than a BMC beer here.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this can in a recent trade. Thanks Al! PT sized can...

A: A filtered completely clear orange colored brew with a 3/4 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace to a bubbly lace lake atop the brew. Good.

S: A malty brew with a mild earthy orange citrus blended in. A mild lemon on the back. Ok.

T: It starts with a sweet maltiness which quickly fades into a bitter hop wall. Hops start with a lemon and with a sugary bitter orange peel. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A sweet malty finish.

O: This is a decent beer. Not one of the best in the style, but good to try if you like IPA's.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A: light Amber color great clarity good lacing on the glass

S: some pine a little muted herbal

T: a little piney and some fruit moderate bitterness 

M: medium feel a little linger on the tongue 

O: it's ok it's not bad but it's not something I'd look for again just a middle of the road ipa looking to jump on the bandwagon ipa craze 

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Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made with Northern Brewer, Centennial, and Cascade hops.
Clear, caramel in color forming a small white head with mild retention and lacing. Aroma is pungent with pronounced Cascade hops and little else (perhaps honey). Mouthfeel is crisp and very acidic with a medium body. Taste is also very pungent with pronounced citric and oily hops. Very much a heartburn brew with a medium strong citric grapefruit rind bitterness. Alcohol is midly perceptable in flavor. A bit overpowering, out of whack, and true to west-coast offerings. Not my bag but well-made.

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Photo of azdback
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A very light amber color that is very clear in appearance. Medium amounts of average sized carbonation bubbles lead to quite a large two finger head that is sea foam in color and appearance. Lace is quite sticky at the moment and already leaving some patchy patterns from the falling head. Lace does stick to the end. Quite nice.

Smell is a little musty and malty. Some dark citrus, blood orange or pink grapefruit. Earth, grass and yeast. Not my type.

Taste is at first all malts and yeast. This does subside a bit and let the hops come through with a sweet and bitter taste. Some yellow grapefruit and maybe an under ripe orange. The dank musty flavors come back after a lick or two of the lips.

Mouth is crisp but smooth. Carbonation is on the round to spritzy side. The body is medium and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I wasn't a real fan of this one. The same old story. East Coast makes West Coast IPA but fails. I'm not sure if it's the choice of yeast, malt or hop but the taste of earth, grass and soggy bread overpowers the citrus hops. Thanks to bluedevil23 for this poker payment.

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Photo of babaracas
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull amber, lots of sediment from the bottom of the can, two fingers thick dense, offwhite colored head. Settles to a thin ring, nice sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, dried apricot, hopping is leafy, mildly earthy and citric. Taste: bitterness dominated... primarily earthy and medicinal, with orange citrus and a little grapefruit peel coming in mid-sip. Lots of caramel and some biscuit in the back. Medium bodied, creamy, semi-sugary, piney and sweet citrus in the finish. Raw in a lot of aspects, but still enjoyable. From pint can, no freshness date.

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Photo of jhartley
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a Stange glass. No dating on the can.

Popped the can open and it was a major volcano of foam all over the kitchen counter! Deep dark orange body and a fluffy head. Left layers of lacing in the glass.

Aromas of lemon, orange and biscuity malt. Might be a little older than I would prefer, but decided to move forward with drinking it.

Tastes of that lemon and some more citrus followed by the dry biscuit maltiness.

Great amount of carbonation, obvious with the kitchen counter gusher upon opening. Nice bitterness on the front and a lingering bitterness.

Overall, this beer is really tasty, and I am gonna have to find this fresher than this can and I'm sure this is a top notch IPA.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rich, clear darkish amber color. A well-sized, slightly off-white head with decent retention and mssive amounts of lace left behind.
Smell is slightly sweet, citrusy with malt and hops.
Taste is hops in the foreground but not harshly, malt backing it up with a very light citrus note.
Somewhat dry, medium body with a light effervescence. Leaves a light coating on the tongue and in the throat but it isn't a big deal. Overall, a good brew that I would have again (even though the style isn't my first choice). Not a harsh or brutal bitterness that some IPAs have, much more drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure why this shows as retired since it is a year-round offering at TBBC.

Had this one on cask 3-12-09

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a nice rich foamy white head that laced down the glass consistently.

Aroma is pithy citrus bitterness with a bit of malt sweetness hiding in the background. Orange Pith, Grapefruit, maybe a touch of wood resin.

Taste is full on hops. Drinks very much like a double IPA and at the ABV it's pushing that level. Quite bitter but tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent but otherwise drinks very easily and smooth and slick as far as the body goes.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a palate killer and has a high ABV. Nice if you are popping in for just one.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color, with a good bit of haze that develops. 1 1/2 finger head forms, but dissipates relatively quickly. Streams of bubbles visible.

S: Citrus & pine hops dominate, but as you wait a moment some malt presence (sweet & bready) starts to show up. The aromas seem diminished here a bit.

T: A bit of a grapefruit hops punch up front, but it fades quickly into a generic hop bitterness flavor that the sweet-ish biscuity malts can't keep up with. There is an almost sour flavor at the end that stays around with the hop-bitter hang.

M: Nice and light, fairly bubbly mouthfeel; very drinkable. Alcohol presence well-hidden.

O: I've had this beer on-tap multiple times, and always thought it was a well-above average IPA. This is my first shot with it since they started canning and I'm more than a little disappointed. It's not a bad IPA in this incarnation, but not nearly what it is at the brewpub itself.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. One of their beter ones, with Northern Brewer, Centennial and Cascade. The odour is c-hop but also odd. Cloudy yellow and lacey. Smooth and good bitterness, nicely malted. Orangey taste, hop resin, fairly decent drinkability.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a beautiful hazy orange in color and really lit up the room with its brilliant ccloring. The head was firm and pure white with good staying power just as it should be. Spot on in this category.

Smell – This took me back to Seattle with the PacNW aromatic hopping and wonderfully balanced mix of pine, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Taste – I was disappointed here as the sharp hopping lost its balance and the malts struggled to keep up. There was no sweetness to the finish which I’ve come to expect from superior examples of the style.

Mouthfeel – Though the style doesn’t demand medium-bodied the strong hopping does, and in this case it came up short.

Drinkability – This was OK but with such a strong appearance and the classic big IPA aroma I was a bit let down when I drank it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is supposed to be retired, but it's alive and well at the brewpub, regular draft and cask conditioned. It poured an amber color with a thick white head and quite impressive lacing. It had a sweet, outdoorsy scent, and a nice hoppy taste. I probably should drink more cask-conditioned beers, because they all taste too flat to me, and this was no exception. Still, it was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear amber orange color with a nice foamy white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of floral and citrus hops with some malty notes. Some grapefruit and orange zest up front followed by a touch of malt backbone and a good earthy hop bitter finish. More like a British IPA than an American IPA, but very smooth with a nice dry finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. A very easy to drink IPA, hides its ABV well.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy darker golden hue with an one finger head that fade to leave light sticky side lacing and a thin spotty blanket.

S - Aromas of bright hops, initially, though it quickly becomes malt heavier with a slight wet cardboard type aroma. Light candi notes too.

T - Taste is a bit too malty/sweet, but that seems to taste like age than simply a sweeter IPA. Bitter hops is still on the finish, solid grapefruit rind finish and light citrus throughout with nice orange notes. Finish is nice, but not quite as hoppy as I prefer.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, alcohol hidden nicely. Crisp and clean.

O - Overall, tastes like it was a damn fine IPA, just perhaps a bit on the older side? The bitterness is well done, just too much malt for my liking.

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Photo of rickrem
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Easy drinker on a warm day.
Hoping to get a bit more citrus out of the taste and aroma but falls a little short.
Nice look and light carbonated feel.
Decent head and lacing in a plastic cup.
Overall slightly above average and appreciate somewhat local choice.
I'm sure I'll grab another one.

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Photo of smerrell
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the TBBC bar in Ybor City

A: hazy amber, the head disappears quickly.
S: not much to speak of - would be nicer if the aroma was stronger.
T: bitter grapefruit
M: the carbonation is really high- giving this a dry finish

Overall, this is a good beer, although its imbalanced in its thin malt profile. There's a nice bitterness that fades quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to get this one again.

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Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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