Mojo IPA - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo IPAMojo IPA

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Reviews: 771
Hads: 1,842
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 215 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jon on 08-27-2003

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Photo of minterro
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

Bought from Morgan’s Liquor store. On sale and I needed something cheap to drink while I moved.

A&S: Great looking pour. Lively, transparent light copper colored beer. Head is think and fizzy but dies quickly. Head is a tan color and leaves globs of lacing. Some oiliness on the surface. The aroma is my favorite part about this beer. Pretty straight forward with a heavy dose of citrus via lemon and some grapefruit, but you also get a sense of a malty backbone.

T&M: Taste is way to malt forward, but at the same time oddly bitter (the combo doesn’t suit this brew well). Breadyness than right to bitter, not much flavor. The finish packs a huge bitter punch. Hangs kinda heavy for an IPA, really coats the mouth, you need something to snack on otherwise you are bound to just be getting bitterness after a while. High body, but also pretty highly carbonated, it makes for a really abnormal combo.

Overall: Barely worth the sales price of 8 and change. Pretty easy to drink considering the heavy feel and bitterness, but you can find much better IPAs out there for just a buck more a sixer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Had at Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge, MA in nitro tap

A: beautiful micro bubbles, but not great carbonation beads; light orange, clear; very good lacing
S: very grassy and hoppy
T: hops are dank, charred; a slight vanilla flavor threads its way through a complex bittering hop profile that outbalances the malt

I dislike this IPA, but it deserves some attention. I'm not certain what the nitro tap did to this brew, but I imagine it is even more bitter from a bottle

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Photo of wintbs379
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - One finger of head, nice lacing down the glass, dark orange, hazy

Smell - Nice mix of citrus and pine, detect some malt in the background, nice balance

Taste - A nice mix between malt and hops. Obviously hop's in the forefront. Doesn't make you pucker, nice, easy drinking. Nice balance

Mouthfeel - Not too thin, good body, not overly carbonated

Overall - Nice IPA, had one in my fridge thanks to a friend, but wouldn't necessarily seek out again.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bought this beer as a single and enjoyed, poured into a frozen glass.

This beer is a typical IPA very hoppy but not overwhelmingly so.

I would recommend and actually have had several beers from this brewery that have been great.

go out there and get em, or gain em

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Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very clear light brown with two fingers of white foam leaving nice lacing around the glass.
Smell is grapefruit and hops with just a hint of bready yeast. Sweet sugar abounds here.
Taste is a little watery at first but yeilds a nice sweet and non-hoppy aftertaste. This is a very mild IPA.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a hint of the Hops that need to be more present.
The alcohol comes into play at the very end of the taste.
It's ok I guess, but there are better IPA's.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured slowly and straight up into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: A small, bubbly, white cap sits atop a murky, burnt orange body. The color is actually quite dull, and burnt orange probably isn't too accurate. Lots of yeast sediment floating about in this one. Nice head retention for what it is - a scattered, bubbly cap - and decent lacing too.

Smell: Loads of caramel malt, light lemon, and subdued resinous hops. The date on this bottle is unknown, but I was skepticle when I purchased it. Sadly, this may be past it's prime. Smells like an east coast, malt-centered IPA.

Taste: Caramel malt, lemon-lime, and piney hops. Bitterness builds with each sip, and really ain't that mild. Maybe this IPA isn't that old. Tastes quite sugary, but the dry bitter finish levels things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Tangy, oily, bitter, and dry. A tad heavier than average and properly carbonated.

Drinkability: That was tasty, but really nothing special. I usually enjoy IPAs with big caramel malt backbones, but this one didn't go anywhere with it. Everything about it was just a little too simple. On top of that, it was even a bit heavier than I'd like. Eh...

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a clear golden with some orange hues and a slightly rocky, creamy off-white head that eventually forms a nice film atop of the glass. The aroma is resinous hops, grapefruit, a little alcohol and some malt. The flavor is sweet malt upfront followed by some citrus and piney hop bitterness with a sweet, dry finish. Its medium bodied that is softly carbonated. This is a pretty decent beer but certainly doesn't stand out as anything special.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a yellowish color with some hazy to it. The head was white and pretty fluffy looking at first. The lacing was decent. The smell had a little bit of pine and cirtus. The taste was good in the beginning but by the end it seemed like the hop flavors died off by mid glass. The mouthfeel was average. Overall this beer isn't terrible but I think it just loses something half way through.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Stubbies in Gainesville. This one pours a bit murky hazy gold, with a creamy small white head. Aroma is nice, with the expected pine hop profile in the smell. But the flavor is lacking and muddled. Dusty, dirty pine flavors with very little bitter, fading into a caramel fruit base as it goes down. This is really more like a weakly hopped pale ale or summer ale. Relatively light bodied but just not much going on, and a bit watered down. Not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a tripel karmeliet glass...The beer is a clear light copper, very dark for an ipa. A dark off white head with really nice retention and decent lacing...The aroma is very sweet, lots of pineapple, bread and caramel notes on the front. On the back is a slightly generic hop presence that cuts the sweetness but is just a tad "off"...The offness of the aroma presents even more on the taste, the sweetness is gone and you get just hops from a stale metallic bitter hop that is frankly played out and boring.

A boring ipa not worth trying.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Poured a light, clear copper with a bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is a pleasently hopped floral and citric mix, with a decent malt backbone.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is adequately hopped, but the hops taste rather generic. They're trying to be over the top without being tasty. The malts are fine and create a nice sweet background for the hops. The mouthfeel is full but a bit cloying.

Drinkability and Overall: This is your average American IPA. It's not a horrible one, but a far cry from the masterpieces coming out of some other American breweries.

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Photo of cbn
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden, pale-amber, with many medium to large bubbles. Good, firm creamy-white head settles patiently with fair retention and some lacing.

Leather, sweet malt, vegetal and cereal aromas.

Bright citrus(lemon), pine, bitter greens,sweet malt and dry biscuit flavor.

High carbonation and hop bite combine with the dry pale malt and alcohol astringency to keep this one on target for style.

Well balanced, clean, slightly more dry than many American IPA's.
I think this offering holds close to the original spirit of the IPA.

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Photo of sjverla
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Very citrusy. A little grassy. A little metallic. Nice sugar cookie maltyness.

Appearance: Bright orange and hazy. Nice white head that lasts perfectly. Not too long, not too short.

Taste: Sweet and boozy. The hops come in at the the end, but not terribly strong. Fruity and juicy, which is nice, but really lacking in bitterness. Easy drinking.

Overall: I liked this one, but damn, I wish it had more hops. It was fresh, too. If the bottle wasn't dated, I'd give it a pass and assume I missed the optimal freshness, but no such luck.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a large white head.

Aroma consists of grapefruit and pine hops.

Flavor simply follows the aroma. Citrus and grapefruit beginning with a bitter pine aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. There are stronger hopped beers, but this one’s flavor comes through loud and clear. Not much else in the flavor specturm here though.

Mouthful is fine, bordering on creamy.

Drinkability is a toss up depending on your likes. It did go down easy, but I found it a bit too hoppy for my pure enjoyment. I wish it had more flavors that went outside this currently popular line of grapefruit and pine tastes.

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Photo of Reillybrews
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought 6 pack of cans, drink by date 2 months from now. Poured into glass, nice looking beer, light orange glow with 1/2" head. Nose was sweet caramel with subtle grapefruit, stone fruit/grape must aroma. Smooth, sweet mouthfeel, light bitterness at first that lingers with a light dry finish. Nice beer but I get the feeling the ones I am tasting are a bit aged despite the best by date. Oxidation?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It has a superbly sticky texture and good retention; the former allows it to leave a nice ring of lacing on the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing. (4.5)

Smell: There doesn't seem to be a significant hop presence here. There is a bit of flowers and apricot coming from the Amarillo hops, but the primary note is a sweet, white bread maltiness (which I prefer to the more burnt caramel/toffee I get from darker IPAs). Actually, there isn't a significant anything to this IPA. I'd reckon the nose about 15% too subtle for its own good, in fact. (3)

Taste: Flavors of nettle, flowers, and apricot hit the palate first. Between the beginning and ending hop flavors (though the latter is more of a bitter finish), there's a pleasant maltiness lurking in the mid-taste. Instead of obstructive toffee, the flavor is closer to sweet bread, or maybe even sugar cookie. Nothing too exciting here, but at least it's not loaded down with crystal malt. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's a bit flabby as far as IPAs go: it has a full body and a sweet finish that hinders its ability to go down the palate. Carbonation is somewhat weak...maybe that's why. Luckily, the bitterness gives it some drinkability back. (3)

Overall: This isn't your typical crystal-malt-and-piny-hops IPA; this is more floral, with a lighter (yet still sweet) maltiness. It's still maltier than I prefer, but I think its malt backbone is genuinely likable. I'd gladly give a fresher sample another chance. (3.25)

3.24/5: Not much stands out here, but at least they got the maltiness right

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with some haze and a good foamy head, good lacing.

Hop dominant aromas, with floral notes and some grapefruit. Tough to find much else in here.

One trick pony. Big (but not giant) hop flavor, with good citric rind notes, but not enough to get in the way of thee rest of the flavor of the beer. There is the problem -- not much else offered in malt or complexity. Some light toasted malt, a little watery caramel, and little else. Eh.

Medium bodied with some stickiness in the finish. I dig this part.

Overall, an ok beer, but not worth pursuing again. Easy to drink, but not enough to make you want another right away. By no means bad in any way, but a bit average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid IPA. Orange pour, average head, big hops in the nose, must have some good dry hopping.

Taste, good whallop of bitterness, strong malt backing too. Kinda thick relatively speaking. Becomes grainier downbottle. Bitterness gets stronger, dry hop characteristics become more subdued. Like it more in the beginning.

A little pricey, but definitely worth a try if you're a hop guy and you've never had this.

EDIT: I've had a few more of these, and they just seem to go downhill more and more. Even though the best by date is still a month away, it just doesn't have what it takes to make it a good recommendation for a hophead.

Original rating was 4/4/4/3.5/3.5

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color with a slight haze. Poured with about a 1 inch head that stuck around nicely. A little sweeter smelling than I expected for an IPA, but still inviting. First taste wasn't what I expected either for an IPA. Had below average hop bitterness, but something else just wasn't right. Almost had a little grapefruit flavor hidden in there, which I didn't care for. Mouthfeel was good with medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat drinkable only because it was a pretty week representation of an IPA with no noticeable alcohol taste.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden yellow lighter than most IPAs

Somewhat sweet aroma

Taste similar to smell however unpleasant aftertaste

Feels nice, like most IPAs

Overall decent I wouldn't go out of way to recommend

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Photo of trumick
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color, clear with a thick off white head, and lacing all around.

Scent is of sweet malts, weak though, piney citrus pith more orange than grapefruit, and a huge metalic overtone that over powers the rest of the smell.

Taste pretty much follows thhe nose. There is the weak sweet malt charater upfront then as the taste evolves the orangish/piney pith flavors take over along with the overpowering metalic taste.

Mothfeel is a bit thin-bodied for the style. The carbination is subdued also.

Drinkability is ok, but nothing to write home about. I wouldn't turn one of these down if offered to me but, i'm pretty sure I wouldn't purchase any more.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Powerful floral and grapefruit scent and great head with full lace, that's already two plusses, yep, this is an ipa. Lighter orange with slight cloudiness. Mouth is like fruit cocktail??? Yep, the first impression I had was like the lite syrup from a cheap fruit cocktail. Also the note of, furniture polish lemon?? That makes this a very different experience, confusing, but...hell I don't know.

So, it's all hops in this one, grapefruit, unbalanced, raw, like an imperial IPA, yet, there is that detracting finish on this. Maybe they made this way to strong and got the balance off? I love a good IPA but this was off for me.

Needless to say, I don't think I'll be having another.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky orange appearance with some decent lacing. Faint citrus and orange flavor aromas gently permeated from the drink; nothing too special. Moderately strong bitterness was a little off-putting in its taste department. Good carbonation. Overall, it was pretty decent but a little too strong in taste.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Marketing blurb, no date or abv listed.

Aroma: Hops, of course, mostly pine and citric all supported by a deep sugary base

Appearance: Light orange glass sports a thin cover and slightly thicker ring that leaves little lace

Flavor: Sugary malt is very prominent and the hops are toward the bittering end verses the aroma end. Fairly upside down for an American IPA, but too hoppy for a British IPA.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, thick texture, oily finish

Overall Impression: Not as enjoyable as the Hazed and Infused we had just before it. The malt base just seems a little too heavy, or the aroma hops too light. Not bad, not great. Hand carried back from Albuquerque.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I love the label, and would consider buying a cycle jersey with this logo, but the beer itself... Kind of "meh"... There is not a lot of hops aroma or flavor. It's IPA Lite IMHO... very refreshing, but it lacks the hop dominance that I personally look forward to in an IPA.

I'm tasting it head-to-head with three other IPA's: Pyramid Outburst, Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops and Oskar Blues Deviant Dales. Of the four, this is the weakest...

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