Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot IPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1534) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
There’s a certain sub-style of IPAs that don’t have a name, but they have common characteristics. Malt-forward but also plenty piney and bitter. It’s similar to the classic East Coast style, but sweeter. Whatever that genre is, Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot IPA is part of it. It’s a familiar, safe-bet IPA, but a decent one at least.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.49 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark, almost dirty-looking shade of orange/copper/light brown. Clear at first but becomes more and more cloudy. Pours to an average-sized, white, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: An interesting combination of pine sap, light lemonpeel, and amber malts (all the makings of Centennial hops).

Taste: This beer is definitely malty for the style, and it’s the first thing I notice. Classic amber ale selections of grain to give it mild candy-like sweetness, but intensely syrupy or confectionery-like. At the same time it’s also noticeably bitter. A consistent, strong dry bitterness from beginning to end. Actual hop flavor doesn’t really come through until the second half when there’s a strong burst of pine and resin. I also get some lemon taste as well, though it’s fairly short-lived. This combination of flavors is one of my least favorite for an IPA to have, yet I will say this palette is still enjoyable.

Drinkability: The delivery to Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot IPA is a bit of a mixed bag. Though it’s a sweet, malty beer; the mouthfeel seems to have a slightly watery texture to it. It seems like it should be more viscous. But then again, this is technically just a single IPA, so it’s actually appropriate for the style. It’s also nice that there’s no discernible alcohol presence despite the 7% ABV. One can definitely is satisfying enough, and this would stand up to flavorful food quite well.

RATING: 7/10