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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 258
Photo of smerrell
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 amread4
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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 beergod1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big, foamy white head that has good retention. Swirls of lace coat the glass nicely. The aroma is grapefruit, balanced out by some light caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is more of the same, with a good balance between the caramel malts and striking grapefruit hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a sticky, resiny finish. Pretty good IPA. I have had Double IPA's with less body than this.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Arknot
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
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 JayS2629
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange hued and slightly cloudy for the style. Two finger creamy white head is beautiful but faded fast. Lacing is descent.

The aroma is big on citrus, especially grapefruit. Orange zest and floral notes of honey suckle and orange blossom are on top of a lightly toasted bready backbone with caramel notes.

The flavor follows. Bright citrus dominates a light bread background. Nothing that distinguishes this from other IPAs. Great, but average. Mostly grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall ok.

This taste great and has great balance, but kind of one dimensional (grapefruit).

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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 beersensei305
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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 PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BrewCrew2010
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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 gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 argock
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jenbys2001
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I was thrown off by the name "elephant foot," as I expected this beer to be heavier. However, it has a very nice nutty scent and a clean smooth taste. This isn't a very hoppy IPA, but it has a crisp flavor and it's easy to drink. If you're walking around Ybor and feel like settling down for a bit, this would be a nice selection.

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Photo of bigone4
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 wingnutter
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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 StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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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