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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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Clear dark gold/orange color with a medium size foamy head. Good head retention and foamy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma includes both citrus and piney hops. Not that strong aroma. Flavor is more pronounced. Citrus hops up front (mostly grapefruit), some sweet malt and piney hops in the finish. Complex enough flavors. Mouthfeel is good, bitter (but not a hop bomb),s rich enough, and crisp. This is a well crafted IPA, not a superstar, but well worth a try. Enjoyable, well crafted brew.

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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 Tryionn66
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 Oz can
Look:pours an amber color with a very slight hazy and a nice foamy white head.
Smell:smell is light with citrus and pine apple shining through. Hints of apple as well.
Taste: sweet for an ipa but it still retains its hops bitterness. I think the sweetvtasye is malt. The can must have been about a month old.
Feel:nice light carbonation,soft on the tounge
Overall:this is a light ipa with a little malt sweetness and a bit of hops bite. This is quite different from the New England IPAS I'm used to drinking. It's refreshing and I would drink again

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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 hopflyer
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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 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 rickrem
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 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 RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 jhartley
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Moose90
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into tulip, no dating on can.

A — Pours a bright orange hue, there is a thin and bright white colored head to it, nice enough lacing left behind as well.

S — Smells peachy, piney, juicy, fresh hop, bitter, bright.

T  — Tastes much like the nose, big peachy pine notes, crisp and clean hop profile, light sweet malt presence.

M — Light-Medium bodied, spot on here.

O — Nice overall, better than I expected, little bit sweet but it does have a nice balance.

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Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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 TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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 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 SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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 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 chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a growler at the RBWG-2104.

Clear amber with a fine head and exceptional lacing
Aroma: hops and more hops, yet some complexity and some sweet malt base

Fruity hops plus some herbal notes. Mildly bitter but the bitterness lingers on and on.

O: a solid IPA.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, summer 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Nice orange color. Thin ring of bright white. Leaves some lacing bits on the glass. No alcohol feet or anything.

S: Smells like orange marmalade. Fruity hop aromas. Sweet malts. Might be a touch old.

T: Taste is actually better than the smell. Nice punch of orange like hops on the tip of the tongue. A little earthiness as well. Then you get the meshing of the sweet bready malts on the back end. Finish is fairly dry with lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

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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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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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Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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