1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mojo IPA - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Not Rated.
Mojo IPAMojo IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,662 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jon on 08-27-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mojo IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,662 | Reviews: 750 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a quite clear orange amber, like carbonated honey. A finger of snug light beige head retains some time. Bridges of lacing span the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's traces of caramel malt and berry fruit, along with light pine and dry citrus. The merest touch of alcohol floats at the periphery.

Upon sipping, a brisk flow of toasted malt sweetness passes through, crisp with berry and caramel, and paired with an unusually upfront but muted nudge of alcohol. Dusty dry grapefruit is mitigated by a slightly richer note of pine. A touch of biscuit and residual malt blink on near the close, then hops dry and bitter a comfortably enduring finish. It's uncomplicated and refreshing, a cool combo.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is just chewy enough and hops resiny enough to have a nice presence on the palate.

In a land of extreme and over the top brews, getting back to basics can be a novel appproach, and in this case, it works well. Rightly sweet and rightly hoppy, it's a balanced blend of the ABC's. There be alcohol here, but it mixes easily and the drinkability is enjoyably high. This six-pack will drain smoothly, and soon.

Foxman, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of bucko
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a small white head that fades quickly, though my pour was rather weak, so I may well be to blame. Nice lacing throughout. The aroma is citrusy, fruity and slightly grainy. The Amarillo hops really shine through nicely in the aroma. Flavor is much the same... citrusy, slightly fruity and just a touch of grain. The bitterness is mellow, but nice, due to us of the high alpha, low co-humulone Amarillo hops. The flavor is nice, balanced (in my book, anyway), citrusy and slightly sweet. Very drinkable... not too sweet, not too heavy and surprisingly easy drinking for a 7% ABV brew. Very nice. I like!

bucko, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Grainy, hoppy aroma - smells like a homebrew shop

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor; after the swallow, the grainbag tastes burst forth along with some pineapple fruit; the finish is crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit tingly

Drinkability: Not to citrusy and not to piney, this is an unusual tasting IPA that I suspect has been dry hopped; I liked it

brentk56, May 29, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear golden with a light amber hue. The head was white and lightly frothy and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a bit of pineapple and a floral and grassy, yet citrusy aroma. Also the hop aroma was a bit earthy in character. Behind that was a nice caramel malt complexity. A very fresh and almost spicy aroma.

The flavor was malty with a nice carmel malt and a lightly spicy hop flavor. The hops were also citrusy and again, grassy. The label lists the hops as Amarillo, but in this beer they did not stand out as that varietal. The flavor was crisp and nicely fruity.

The finish was heading to dry with a nice lasting citrusy and resinous hop character that seemed to increase on the palate as the beer dried out into the final aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. A highly drinkable IPA, especially for a 6.8% beer!

12 ounce bottle. Thanks AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

GCBrewingCo, May 24, 2006
Photo of lagrin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz "bomber" bottle into a nonic style pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery color of a shiny new penny -- but translucent. Poured with a pillowy white head that has good staying power then collapses down the side of the glass leaving perfect lacing. Carbonation appears to be mild and slow.

Aroma: Nice, "American" hop aroma -- classic citrus and grapefruit with an earthy background. The telltale aroma of crystal malt is also present. Deep smells can detect a sort of "isopropyl" alcohol aroma.

Taste: Nice and balanced but does not have the aggressive hop attack that I was anticipating and hoping for. At once malty and dry. Between sips, a pleasing acrid bite emerges. This fades into notes of rosemary and pine needles.

Mouthfeel: My sample happens to be at the perfect temperature which adds immensely to the pleasure of drinking this beer. The beer feels good on the tongue, having appropriate body for the level of bitterness.

Drinkabiltiy: The beer has a fine balance and is at once satisfying but not overwhelming. This can definitely be enjoyed over the course of a session.

Overall Impression: I fine example of the style, aromatic and tasty but with subtle nuisances. I would happily accept another but with so many other great American IPA’s out there, there is nothing distinguishing that would make me seek this particular one out.

lagrin, May 21, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured out a orange/amber color with a creamy head. It left nice lacing. It smelled a bit of citrus and cascade hops. It had a spicy flavor and was also a little bitter. It had a sharp mouthfeel but it was a tad bit grainy, too. Overall, it was quite good and drinkable.

zeff80, May 16, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice overall IPA from the Boulder folks.

It pours a decent but semi-lackluster orange colour that's crisp but a tad thin looking. The head is thick at first but quickly dissolves, leaves a decent soapy residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice sweet/juicy pine hop mix along with a touch of biscuit/bread. Good stuff.

The flavour is more of the same except with a bit more of a balanced malt backbone. It starts with a hop bite, blends with a touch of an earthy malt flavour in the middle then gets a bit juicy and even a touch spicy at the finish. Mouthfeel is decent but a bit watery at times.

I enjoyed this one. I's fairly basic but has some nice juicy/piney hop flavour to it. Recommended.

SixpointJMH, May 15, 2006
Photo of rabsten
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass with a nice, thick head and wonderful lacing. Orange-copper color with good carbonation.

Now, sometimes I review a beer and I notice my review is pretty much what someone else has said before me. Why, just today a fellow West Virginia BA, Trep, said:

"Smells piney, citrusy...Nearly perfect balance for an IPA if not edging toward bitter. Very surprised by the way this one hits you. The taste reminds me almost of Bell's Two Hearted. Very balanced and refreshing flavor. Pine, citrus, light malt notes."

Well, rather than reinvent the wheel: Ditto.

This is a fine beer and I want to seek out a full six, this being one of two bottles I got during my last Leo's Carry Out run. (see http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/728143).

Smooth drinking, crisp without biting, very good IPA.

I'm follwoing it up with a Goose Island IPA that's very good as well. But I have to say, the Mojo beats the Goose, and the Goose is Good.

Bottom line: Recommended.

rabsten, May 11, 2006
Photo of trep
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm I like this beer and was pleasantly surprised by it.

Not exactly a high profile beer, but it's solid from top to bottom.

Doesn't look stunning sitting in the glass. A nice foamy head sitting atop cloudy orange goodness.

Smells piney, citrusy. Typical of most IPA's. Nothing special but doesn't disappoint that's for sure.

I love the way this beer tastes. Nearly perfect balance for an IPA if not edging toward bitter. Very surprised by the way this one hits you. The taste reminds me almost of Bell's Two Hearted. Very balanced and refreshing flavor. Pine, citrus, light malt notes.

Nicely balanced here yet again. Not oily but not thin. Nearly perfect.

I could drink alot of these but the 7% would keep me from downing more than a 6-pack.

Kudos to Boulder Brewing for putting out a fine IPA.

trep, May 11, 2006
Photo of NolateM
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on bottle before, and it's definitely better on tap. Pours a fairly light color for an IPA - kind of a pale yellow-golden color, and call me crazy, but something seems a bit green about it. Nice thick white head, though not much lacing.

Strong lemon-zest kind of aroma, with a bit of pine to it. The aroma foreshadows the flavor - which, again, is a bit different from the bottle. From the tap it has a very pleasant lemony flavor, along with that piney hoppy IPA goodness that one would expect. Also doesn't taste quite like it's 7% - it's a bit sneaky.

Recommended from the bottle, but HIGHLY recommended on tap.

NolateM, May 10, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick glowing orange with big bubbled retention. Nice bits of lace. Tantalizing smell of orange and lemon creamsicles with floral hops. Also a bit of soft dough in there. Nice hoppy goodness covers the mouth. A little bit of gritty dryness at the finish. Nicely satisfying in every way, and definitely easy to drink.

A refreshing and pleasant IPA that I'll definitely have again. Solid all around.

tastybeer, May 07, 2006
Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago in Silverthorne, CO.

A: Pale copper with a creamy white head. Surprisingly light for an IPA.

S: A heady mix of citrus, tobacco, whipped cream and grass. Delicious.

T: There's a creamy, light fruitiness on the front of the palate with hints of banana and pineapple. This gives way to a bitter hop wallop--very fresh and resiny--with a long, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium-body, as one would expect. Nice and fluffy across the palate.

D: Good, especially for such a bitter IPA. It does a great job of whetting the appetite.

I hadn't had this in a while and was happy to give it a second look--especially on tap. Worth a first or second look for you too.

benito, May 02, 2006
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with a thick head that quickly shrinks to a sticky, bubbly white film. Intense bright, juicy citrus fruit hop aroma finishes with some sweet malts and floral hops. Bold, crisp citrus hop flavor - hardly room for any malt although there is some sweet malt intermingling with a slick lingering fruitiness - lightly yeasty. Not tremendously complex but very flavorful. Solid bitterness - a bit dry.

Its all about the fresh Amarillo hops. Stands out from a lot of other IPAs and its better than Hazed & Infused.

wedge, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 4th in the looking glass series, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A—very clear, golden yellow orange, with 1 inch thick fluffy off white head, fades out over a span of 5 minutes or so, laces in rows down the side as I drink

S—grapefruit and pine are strongest, peppery, mild floral notes in there as well, just a touch of sweet candy mixes in as I continue to inhale through the life of the beer

T—bitter sour grapefruit, I pick out more grapefruit taste than any other IPA I’ve had thus far, the pepper comes through in the middle, then finishes dry and leaves a bouquet of flowers in your mouth.

M—really dry, light bodied, good carbonation

D—a good solid IPA, but a little too dry for me. I could use just a touch more sweetness. Easy to drink and could be a sessionable beer for most.

hanco005, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Pours out a bit lighter than I expected. Very light tan color with a small white head. Not very effervesant.

The smell is just great. Citrus and pine notes come through. Not too over-powering but just right. Taste is well balanced. Slightly sweet malt and piney hops come through. Grapefruit and orange are present as well.

Overall this is a great beer. Well balanced with plenty of body. I am amazed at how balanced this beer is. Great job!

CharlesRiver, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dull golden with a very sticky white head that stuck like glue to the pint glass as it settled very slowly.Hmm very piney,citrust aroams that really jump out at ya very fresh aromas,I detected a noticable nutty malt aromas underneath the hop profile.Seemed a bit thin for 7% alc a tad watery that carried over into the flavors no real malt base just a thin watery-like flavor turning into a piney hop finish.Now the hop profile is there but nothing leads up to it its like an abrupt hoppy finish if you get what Iam sayin.Started oput promising but the aroams didnt follow thru to the flavors.

oberon, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw colored with a light white head that runs away quickly. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity, grainy sugar and citrus. Mouthfeel is a little slick, sorta thick, tiny bits of carbonation in the finish. Flavor is citrus peel and pine, more bitter than fruity. Some sweet malt rides beneath, but is overshadowed by the bitterness. A citrus peel bite and tingle lingers. A decent beer, but a little heavy on the bitterness for my taste.

far333, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour renders nice head, about an inch or so, that recedes to 1/4 inch. Decent lacing. Hazy yellowy orange. Aroma - lots of citrus - grapefuit and lemon, caramel and honey. Taste -pretty much as promised by aroma - grapefruit, lemons, caramel, and honey. The honey taste renders it a little too sweet for my taste, but it is still a very good brew anyway - very hoppy with a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate carbonation, hop oils leaving decent coating. Drinkability - goes down very easy, and is very good, if a little too sweet. Would enjoy this anytime.

ultralarry2006, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy orange color. little head atop. poured into tall pilsner glass and the head forms in the middle

Smell - citrusy, perhaps mandarin oranges with lemon.

Taste - smooth with a light body

Mouthfeel - dry as a pale is usually. little carbonation

Drinkabilty - not bad

DuqTroops, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, with lots of bubbles. Thin white head. Not much rention, with a bit of lacing. Smell is strong.Citris hops,and pine.Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste is of grapefruit,the hops tells the story from start to finish. Boulder has a winner.

riversider76, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale straw with a shade of copper. Thin, white head that evaporates rather quickly to a few pools of bubbles. Sticky, ringed lacing.

Bright pine, lemon zest, and bubblegum. Very juicy hop oil aroma. Tropical fruit: pineapple, melon. Bright, appealing hop aromatics.

Bubblegum and pineapple flavors engulfed in a wave of perfume-like hop oil. A slightly burnt, metallic caramel malt character. Bright lemon and residual pine flavors that make for a light and juicy bitterness. An odd touch of unfiltered, copper-tinged tap water in the aftertaste.

A light medium bodied; fresh, juicy mouthfeel. Surprisingly balanced, given the Amarillo and Cascade intensity.

A bright, citrus and pine-intensified IPA. The alcohol content is very well masked. A good flavored, interesting take on the style with a few flaws along the way.

NEhophead, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw pale, crystal clear, bubble effervescent brew. A good inch of head is supported well, with chunky bubbles and good tracing. Aroma is amazing, what an IPA should be. Tons of pine and grapefruit come through demonstrating some massive hops. Flavors are dominated by the hops, American I assume, followed by a tinge of some crystal malt. This brew definitely gives me hope for midwest "hop bombs". Reminds me a bit of Alpha King, and I like it very much. High carbonation mixed with the hops provide quite a sting, and the alcohol is warming. This is a highly drinkable brew, one I could kick back several of if it wasn't for the price. Mojo will sure come in handy some the warmer weather, but provides a nice change of pace from all the stouts and barleywines. Highly recommended!

dreadnatty08, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of ridedammit
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy for a non-bottle conditioned beer, but the flavor and hop make up for the look. This tastes more like a double-ipa than its American IPA BA style designation, although this distinction seems to be blurring. Nice grapefruity nose and taste, good hop mouthfeel. It is an easy beer to find and drink around Boston, so I frequently have it in my fridge as a standard.

I have also had in on tap over at Bukowski in Boston. I think I prefer the bottle, seems to have a bit more hop acidity, which i enjoy in some beers. The hop overwhelms the ABV, so if you are a hophead, be careful you will all of a sudden realize you are a bit tipsy after a few.

ridedammit, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mojo slides gracefully into my Maredsous goblet, releasing a thin, but tight cream colored head that seems to remain as a thin collar, swirly patters of sticky lace are left behind.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of creamy caramel malts, golden fruit, orange, grapefruit, and sweet lemon peel. It's fruity and floral, with a touch of honey sweetness.

Flavor starts with toasty caramel and toffee, then a nice fruity citrus note takes over before giving way to a bittersweet honey soaked lemon finish. Not overly complex, certainly sessionable, and worth seeking out.

Body is medium, creamy, and has light, big bubbles of carbonation that leave the mouthfeel just a little flat. A solid IPA regardless, and a great way to kick off the weekend!

AlexJ, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed on handpump at 2nd annl firkin rendevous at phantom canyon (COS).

Pours hazy peach with minimal white head. Good lacing and minimal head retention

Smell: Tons of citric hops

Taste: Citric hops, fruitiness, slight grain bite, & sweet finish

MF; Good blance and carbonation

Very drinkable, this tastes a lot lower than it's avertised abv.

Not a huge difference between bottled & cask IMO, but a very good beer any way you look at it...

russpowell, Feb 28, 2006
Mojo IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.