If you've been to Mammoth, I'm sure you've had Mammoth Paranoid Pale Ale apres ski, in between skiing – or for the adventurous souls – before skiing. Despite its name, there's nothing paranoid about this refreshing, piney Pale Ale. It's perfect for inducing some Alchovation (my word for that extra fuzzy feeling you get when drinking alcohol at a high elevation), minus the urge to pee mid-slope like other watered-down beers tend to do.
And yes, you heard me right – Mammoth is still open for skiing & boarding until July 5th, complete with 4th of July activities and lodging deals. If your plans for the 4th are already booked ('cuz you're just that popular) don't sweat it. The 15th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beer & Bluespalooza is August 6th-8th, so mark your iCals & Gcals.
- crisp, thick headed, amber colored, piney citrus malt Mammoth Paranoid Pale Ale (Mammoth Brewing Company, Mammoth Lakes, CA) 5.5% ABV
Continuing from yesterday's YourNextBite.com blog post, whenever I go boarding in Mammoth I always get 2 things – my favorite chili deal and Mammoth Paranoid Pale Ale. When you're fresh off the slopes and need your muscles to relax, it does the body good, and tastes delicious going down.
It's got a citrus nose and bitter finish, like grapefruit. It has a slightly toasted caramel malt flavor with hints of pine trees. The head pours nice and creamy. It's well carbonated, very refreshing, and not too heavy so you can definitely get a couple more runs in after knocking back a few ;)
You can get Mammoth Paranoid Pale Ale on tap at just about any lodge on the mountain, as well as at John's Pizza Works off Main St. & Manzanita. They're open 'til midnight, have two separate bars (one more spiffy & modern with HD TVs) and truly fantastic, affordable homestyle pizza.