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Mammoth Devils PostPale Ale: Centennial Celebration

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Approximately 100,000 years ago, a basaltic lava flow nearly 400 feet deep filled the upper reaches of the middle fork of the San Joaquin River, just west of present-day Mammoth Mountain in the high Central Sierra. Because of its great thickness, this pooled lava cooled slowly and evenly, producing 3- to 7-sided columns with an average diameter of 2 feet. Then, during the last ice age 10,000 years ago, glaciers more than 1,000 feet thick scoured the columns into the formations we see today. Originally included within Yosemite NP, “DEVILS WOODPILE” (as it was known locally) was removed from the park’s boundaries by the US Congress in 1905 under political pressure from mining and lumber lobbying interests. A proposal in 1910 to dynamite this unique geological formation to dam the San Joaquin sparked John Muir and other notable citizens and conservation groups to convince President William Howard Taft to designate Devils Postpile a National Monument on July 6, 1911. In June 2011, Mammoth Brewing Company set out to create a special tribute to the conservation efforts of generations before us with a double pale ale brewed with ESB, Crystal & Melanoidin malts, and Centennial hops (of course!). Using superheated volcanic rocks in the tradition of an old-world brewing process to create a “superboil,” this Devils Postpale Ale exhibits a unique maltiness imparted through the caramelization of wort not easily attained with a regular brew kettle.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2561) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
11 jan 2014, bottle. light gold, clear, no bubbles. nose is sweet granola malt. thin body, faintly fizzy, slightly syrupy. this is unique for a light colored beer. lots of caramel and maybe some vanilla notes. syrup as well. very sweet. nice

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2928) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
They use basalt rocks when brewing this beer, it’s a light brown beer that has a hard punch with flavor on malt. The aroma is quite balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4507) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
A rich caramlley hop aroma. Good stuff. Really tastes like an IPA with a hefty amount of caramel moat to body but with a lasting hop bite at the finish. A tad sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is light pine with tons of grapefuit and a bit of caramel maltiness. Murky orange with a big, heavy lacing, pale beige head. Flavor is bitter up front with some background roast and caramel and a bunch of mineral character I assume is from the red hot lava rocks. Better hoppiness than most of the IPAs I find.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Sample enjoyed at the brewery on my prior visit. Pours orange/red with a slight tan head. Aroma is light pine with some citrus and an earthy malt presence followed by some sweeter notes. Taste is clean, grainy malt with light pine, a touch of citrus, and very subtle sweetness through the finish. Mouthfeel was clean. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6343) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
On tap at Kuprow’s, Sacramento. Pours reddish amber with an attractive off-white head and a lovely red ale aroma. There is a pleasantly raspy red malt flavor with a prolonged dry slightly bitter finish. Well-crafted and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bomber at kupros bistro in Sacramento. Pours a burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is grassy and wheat. Flavor is earthy and floral. Bitter finish and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1127) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
A - pours hazy darker burnt orange with very high tan head that really lasts, strong lacing. S - light grassy hops, hints of doughy yeasts. Blood orange hints as well. Hints of floral notes. M - high carb strong bodied brew with high carb but creamy feel. Lingering tea bitters ending. Lightly dry. T - grassy and dark over-ripe citrus hops on the nose. Blood orange lightly sweet caramel malts and tea bitters on the palate. Lingering bitter grassy drier ending. O - good pale ale. Complex and well balanced. 7

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10748) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento. Pours clear copper with a slight creamy beige head. Aroma of citrus/resin over odd roast malt. Med+ body. The hop is almost lush. There’s a lot of roast malt, but there’s a lot of I think mostly citrus hop - but resin too. Finishes lightly fruity, sturdily malty, and more bitter than might have been expected. Drinks nicely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle from Scott from Total Wine and the Saints won their playoff game. Pretty good aromas and flavor of the Centennial hops. A very well made pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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