RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 Post Pale Ale exhibits a unique maltiness imparted through the caramelization of wort not easily attained with a regular brew kettle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4252) - 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.

AndySnow (8305) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Bought at the brewery, shared by Gustav.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Hops, floral, grapefruit, citrus, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Grapefruit, floral, malt, citrus, pine.

slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a nice thick, rather unique pale ale. bigger body, and a little maltier sweet than an average pale, but with a decent citrus aroma and spicy flavor. goes down easy and smooth for 7.5%."

snoworsummer (6273) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2014
From a bottle from Fall 2013, brought back from a hike on the JMT. Pours hazy bright copper with a bubbly white head. Tastes like sweet, nutty, citrus hops. Slightly boozy but smooth and mellow. Tangy and a little bitter. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like citrus hops, pine, and alcohol, nutty with some caramel.

sonnycheeba (6539) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2013 bottle shared by snow or summer. Pours a glowing amber with thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is bready and cereal malts, light toast, tropical fruit notes, faint pine, and faint floral notes. Flavor is citrus and pine hop bitterness forward, light bready malts, and faint floral notes; dry finish with a hint of hops lingering. Medium body and carbonation.

Blairgus (4615) - 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

Palidor19 (3194) - 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.

dwyerpg (6494) - 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.

peteinSD (1468) - 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.

marcus (10867) - 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.

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