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Free State Mammoth Pale Ale

Free State Mammoth Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 4.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
As the name implies, this is a big beer. Though the style doesn't really exist, think of it as sort of an Imperial Pale Ale. Made with Pale Ale Malt and Pale Caramel Malt, this beer has a light color but a full body. Horizon, and Fuggles hops go into the kettle and imported East Kent Goldings (U.K.) are used for the dry hop, giving a distinctly British hop character. The hopping level of 72 IBUs balances the fullness provided by an O.G. of 18/ 1072. This is actually pretty close to the strength that a Pale Ale of the 18th or 19th Century might have reached back before the general weakening of beers. For those who care, Columbian Mammoths crossed over the bridged Bering Strait into North America about 1.8 million years ago and spread across the continent as far as N. Mexico by the time of their extinction about 10,000 years ago. Columbian Mammoths would have been found in this area with the later arriving (c. 50,000 years ago) and better insulated Woolly Mammoths residing further North. OG - 18 /1072, hops - 72 IBUs, Alcohol content - 6.2% by wt./7.9% by vol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smasbeer (6) - Lees Summit, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004 does not count
Beer of the gods. I must depend on memory since this is only available at the brewery as far as I know. The best beer I have every had. Very strong, fresh tasting, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
One of Free State's top three or four beers. I was especially impressed by the aroma, usually not an area in which FS excels...malty, bready, cantaloupe, subtle...with just a hint of cinnamon as an anchor. Flavors were full and mouth-expanding, light caramel malts blended with pears and wheat. Just a touch of lemon cake rounded things out a bit. Rich yet smooth with a bit of a hop bite to offset the pervading creamy maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2002
Lightly fruity/citrusy aroma. Honey-colored ale, with a more than usual amount of effervescence, but an even, slight head. Initial flavor is of some piney, resiny hop flavors, mingling with a light citrusy taste and some Caramel malt sweetness. Great balance and mouthfeel...almost creamily smooth. The finish is a bit long and hoppy, but without any sort of hop bite...just lightly fades away. Mmmm...Imperial Pale Ale...

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