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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2002

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Photo of jenbys2001
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +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 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 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 lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +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 Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +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 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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Old Elephant Foot IPA from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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