Mojo IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo IPAMojo IPA

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jon on 08-27-2003

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Photo of tgbljb
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep amber color with slightly off-white bountifyl head that fell to a ring.Smell is overpowering of hops. Taste is mainlt of hops with a piney malty background. Mouthfeel is very dry and bitter. A good brew, but a little over the top for me.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light yellow with small bubbles, a good fluffy whit head that holds beautifully, great lacing. Smell is delicious. Hops Hops Hops and more Hops. And more than one kind. A nice complex hop aroma.

The taste, unfortunatly, was not nearly as good as the smell. Much too bitter. The balance is not there. The aroma hops are dominated by something else not as pleasant. The bitterness is there even after you swallow, being all you taste. Its like hot sauce with excessive heat and no flavor. Its stil OK, and I understand the point, but I want some taste too.

Drinkability would have suffered, but I could order one just to sit and smell it.

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Photo of scooter231
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an amberish, goldenish, reddish color with lots of floaties and a lovely head that disappears far too quickly. Smells floraly, sweet, really quite lovely. Taste is similar, with a nice hoppy bite. Starts sweet and hoppy, and finishes slightly tart and lemony- a really lovely transition that makes me eager for the next sip. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, chewy, lip-smacking good. One can only drink so much IPA at one setting, but this is still quite drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light in color, more gold than amber. At least, light for what I've gotten used to in the AIPA style. This one's definitely all about the hops, with lemony and piney hops aroma and just a hint of malt sweetness in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet initially, with nice hop flavor. Bitterness and lemon pith after the swallow, with a noticeable alcohol burn. Some pretty heavy grapefruit flesh flavors in there, too. Fairly well attenuated and dry. It's all about the hops, so not a good introduction to the bitter side. Very enjoyable.

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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 ericsdawson
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer pours out a nice hazy golden color with tons of little bubbles rising to the top. 2 finger rocky head. huge clusters of thick lace all the way down the glass. quite pretty. if you have ever stuck your nose in a bag of fresh hops and inhaled deeply, you know what this beer smells like. tastes like hops, pine needles, and citrus. starts with hoppy flavor and ends with bitterness. mouth feel is a little sharp, too acidic and carbonated. i'm not usually big in to supper hoppy beers, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of karst
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky appricot with beige head leaving extensive coating lace. Good beading. Chill haze clears aroun 50°F. (a good temp to start this beer).

Aroma pine needles and grapefruit. Strong hops dominate until beer warms caramel and malt that are still overpowered. Alcohol emerging as it approaches room temp.

Flavors similar, with orange zest and bitter grapefruit pith. Bitterness lingers long in its finish. Medium light body, with thinner mouthfeel.

Even with warming this beer is more of the USS Minnow rather than a Dreadnaught. A light weight in hop dimension and malt character. Not what I was hoping for but still drinkable and loved by many.

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Photo of toddw8
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, orange-copper. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming upward. Huge, foamy off-white head settles very slowly to a half-inch. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Huge citrus aroma. Explodes with sugar-coated grapefruit and pineapple syrup. The best smelling beer I've ever had.

Taste: Very hoppy throughout. Citrus flavors up front followed by a long lasting hop bitterness. No malt flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not syrupy. Does kind of coat the back of the tongue at the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, but be careful, the 7% abv can go to your head if you don't pace yourself.

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Photo of blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 of 7 sent to me by the gratitude is extended once again...

Poured crystal clear with a light orange body. Pure white single finger head formed on top which reduced quickly to the thinnest of layers. A little more head formation and retention would bring this up.

An initial citrus rush of hops came forth upon cracking the top, inviting so far. Mainly grapefruit citrus hops in the nose with an equal share given to some pine aromas. Some straw herbalness as well. There is something else in the aroma which I can't describe well, possibly from the Amarillo hops which were used. A very nicely constructed unique aroma which I have yet to come across in any other brew.

A resinous hop hit as soon as the beer reaches the tongue followed by a smidgen of citrus, floral finish. A nice deep bitterness lingers for quite a while. There is some malty backbone to this but it definately plays a secondary role to the taste. Only complaint is that it might seem a bit one sided in the flavor department. Good, but some complexity either from additional malts or hop variety would help in my opinion and make this an awesome beer.

Mouthfeel is full and does a great job coating everything in site. Allows the dry bitterness of the hops to really come through in the end. Drinkability is great. An easy to down IPA that sits light but is strong in the flavor department.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Definate hop character laced with malty sweetness. Spicy and a bit pine-ey.
Appearance: medium coper. A solid color. Nice carbonation. 1/2 inch head that remained firm. Tight white bubbles that laces well.
Taste: Hops dominate the nose, but soon balances well with a medium-full malty body. Body remains firm and continues to release flavors of spice and herbs. A complex hop blend. Finishes nice. Perhapse a bit dry, but ok for style.
Aftertaste: Bitter and sweet. Not too dry, which often happens with IPA's.
Impression: a well balanced IPA. Not overly agressive on any end. Flavors are consistent and varying in a subtle way. A nice summertime refresher.

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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 rowew
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Description of the beer on one side - describing the use of Amarillo hops. Indecipherable bottling code.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a huge billowing head that doesn't fade. Some bubbles keep feeding the enourmous head.

Smell: Aroma is mostly hops, with lots of floral and grapefruit. The malt comes in just a bit in the middle with a nice sweetness.

Taste: Nice smooth mouthfeel with a very nice carbonation level. Low, but made up of very small bubbles that give a great mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by the hops, but not overly so. The malt still makes a showing to keep the hop bitterness in check. Finish is nice and dry.

Overall impression: Smooth and highly drinkable. Another nice offering from Boulder Beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.

Appears a light golden color with a thick white head and tons of carbonation that never quits. Plenty of thick lacing.
Smell is of sugary malt and woody, pine notes.
Taste is of light malty resin with wood, pine, and lemongrass.
Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with a mild hopiness that flows across the tongue.
Drinkability is nice. Nothing over the top and very enjoyable.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap @ Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA.

Served hazy orange with a big, frothy white head. Left tons of lacing on the 12 oz. Hoegaarden glass it was served in (very cool). Huge floral hop aroma. Upon taking my first sip I could only think of one thing: pine trees. Very piney taste, think of eating your christmas tree and you'll get the idea. Dry mouthfeel from all of the hops, but not overwhelmingly dry. This beer's intensity did bring down it's drinkability for me. This a very good beer that will suit any hop head's craving.

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Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was reviewed from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Mojo pours a golden-orange color, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head that disapates quickly. There is some lacing as the beer is drunk, but not much.

The aroma is somewhat hoppy, but not strong enough to notice anything particular other than a bit of citrus. Taste is excellent, pretty hoppy flavor, but a soft finish.

Tickles the tongue as is slides down - a very drinkable beer, but at 7% ABV, a little strong for a session beer. I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a very colorful label. I did not see any freshness dating.

The beer was a light bronze with a thick, dense head and nice lacing. For some reason, I expected a darker color from this IPA.

The nose was very solid. A lot of citrus (more orange than grapefruit) and pine. In the background was some faint grain/malt aroma.

The taste was fine. Nice expected bitterness with more of that good citrus taste. The beer becomes a bit more floral and less raw as it warms. Seems slightly out of balance and I think a bit more malt taste would help.

Good oily mouthfeel with spot –on carbonation. The drinkability suffers just a bit from the lack of balance. All in all, an enjoyable IPA, but a bit overpriced at $3.99 a bomber a Sam’s Wine & Liquor in Downers Grove.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a deep golden color with a pretty thin light beige head. Aroma of fresh, grassy hops of the high alpha variety, hints at citrus, with trace amounts of pale malt sweetness. Hops are a bit overwhelming in the aroma, but acceptable in a U.S.-brewed IPA. Hops seem to be overbearing in the taste, too. Not enough malt character shows, just a lot of intense hop bitterness. Citrusy and lightly spicy. Some off-flavors, but nothing major. A good IPA for hopheads, but a little to unbalanced for my liking; and I like/love my hops, only in the just context of a beer. I will revisit this one on-draught in the near future. Not a bad IPA, just not one of my favorites at this stage of the game. If it wasn't so strong without having a malt presence, it's drinkability may have been up 1 point.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With millions of beers out there, I love finding stand-outs like this one. I'm a big fan of IPAs in general, and I'm a really big fan of Mojo's brother Hazed and Infused, so I wasn't surprised to love this beer. The smell is half of the experience, blending pine, citrus (grapefruit? nectarine?), and marajuana (though not as much as Hazed and Infused). Mmmmm, a smell like none other. Besides aroma, this is a mighty tasty beer; absolutely my newest favorite IPA. It doesn't have the typical powerful hop-only punch. It definitely gives a big blast to the chops but more because of the other flavors associated with the hops and alchohol (7%abv!). Hard to describe I guess, just so many flavors going on at the same time. I could drink a couple of these at once, but like many highly flavorful beers, not my kind of session brew. GREATLY enjoyed in smaller quantities though!

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Photo of beercollector
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Rockies line are a drinkable series of beers. I have a problem in that I drink the Rogue IPA's and other left coast brews. This one starts at a hop disadvantage.

It pours with a nice frothy white head that dimishes to nothing. It's a clear yellow-amber.

The nose says hops. But the taste is more alcohol, then a moderate to heavy bitterness, when I expect pucker. It has a nice medium body, a good lively fizz, and a lasting bitterness.

It would be a good summers day beer that you could pace yourself on and would not find yourself not able to taste anything by dinner time.

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Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear, largely gold in hue with a tickly of cherry and orange in the mix, the color is light and ordinary (aside from the fact it is the body of an IPA). Minimal animation. The head was slightly off-white; at the apex the foam was a compact two fingers in height. The head retention was excellent, it sat on top of the liquid like meringue. Lacing started before I removed the liquid, the slow fade of the head was all that was needed to start a tattered wallpaper look. I like that. Overall the appearance of this beer is more than pleasant. I love the nose on this beer; I’ve had it a zillion times before I sat down and write a review. As of the time of this review Mojo is easiest the hoppiest (bitterest) beer available in Omaha. Pungent, woody, foresty… I smell trees short and tall. Pine and spruce mainly. I smell weeds. Wildflowers. The citrus aromas are very loud and sharp with zesty tangerines, oranges, grapefruit flesh, and a sugary, candy-like backdrop. The malt is typical of an American IPA, I can barely detect any, maybe some caramel. The potency is fairly loud and very articulate. I can clearly make out all the key aromas. Inviting. I really like the palate on this IPA. It isn’t too hot or too raw yet it is both. It is bitter but it doesn’t burn the tongue. Citrusy throughout with minty kisses, some candied fruit and raw grapefruit flesh, even some oranges and tangerines. Cherries too that melts into an alcoholic warmness. It is pungent and resinous. There is a big pine tree and spruce ending, with a woody, wildflower vibe before completely turning raw like a lemon rind. The malt doesn’t say much, sadly, as expected. The high abv puts this on the very upper end of IPAs and as a regular IPA it is very good but I look at Bitter Woman (5.57% abv) and Masala Mama (5.90% abv) and both those ladies have way more flavor and depth. Mojo can’t hang with the best Doubles. What is this beer then? It is a damn nice hoppy drink, good for chilling out. I wish it were easier to find in Omaha. Medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low but natural, honestly the mouthfeel is very ordinary but it fits this beer fairly well. I do wish it were fuller though, because it is almost watery (almost). Decent. I find this beer to be very, very drinkable. I’ve been known to drink lots of it in one setting. It is hardly a session beer but I make it work! All I know it is a tasty beast. I would have this in my DBF all the time if I could find it more. I purchased this bomber in Kansas City, KS because I wanted to sit down and write a review. I only see this at Crescent Moon in Omaha and I don’t feel like taking notes when I go there. I go to chill and this beer is good at that. Recommended.

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Photo of dippy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Buk's in beantown. Very hoppy IPA.

Not a very dark beer, a tad coppertoned. A two fingered head didn't lace the glass very well.

Very hoppy/floral smell, makes your mouth water.

Hops overpower the palate, to which I am always submissive. there were smoe fruity esters in the background though, maybe banana? I will have to drink more to investigate.

A great beer for hop heads

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After being so impressed by the pure hoppy bliss of the Hazed & Infused Pale Ale, I had to take the next step to the Mojo IPA. This beverage is hop bliss squared.

The appearance is very pale golden with only a slight amber hue and a massive fluffy marshmallow head. The smell is incredible, like grapefruit and a variety of other citrusy flavors. The aroma of amarillo hops is quite a beautiful thing. There is only one thing better: the taste. Quite frankly, this is the tastiest IPA I've ever had. It may not be quite as well done as Stone's, but it is just as craveable. Goes well with a copious serving of dank. The citrusy bitterness and high alcohol content prevent this from being a true session brew like its younger brother, but nonetheless, it is one of the most fantastic American brews I've ever had. No monotheistic mysticism involved in the brewing of this marvelous brew, but I'm sure "god" loves the brewers of Boulder Brewing Co. just as much as everybody's favorite trappist monks.

Edit: Looking at my glass from last night, just before washing it, the lace was still shimmering like a friggin' diamond in the light. I've not seen anything else quite like it, as far as brussels lacing is concerned.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25th anniversary capped double duecer.

Cloudy peachy hues, slightly unfiltered with a khaki dense 1/4" head cap that quickly settles to a frothy collared slick.

Bold hop citrous aroma along the lines of Smuttynose IPA.

First swigs: Deep blend of hops and malts. 50/50. Delicately piney with hard candy malts. Lingering acidic dry aftertaste.

Briskly carbonated. Medium bodied. Brightly zesty yrt becomes tacky.

Last swigs: Smells better than it tastes. Stone IPA baby brother. Not quite making the "Must have" list, but would try again.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to enjoy a pint of this in solitude while waiting on some friends to join me for dinner. I believe that Mojo is my first experience with this brewery and it certainly didn't disappoint. It pours a cloudly but brilliant orange with an aggressive billowing white head. Smell is citrusy but well balanced by malt. I was surprised by how mellow the first taste was. I was expecting a large hop bite but the malt does a great job of balancing out the hop flavors. It's still very crisp and grapefruity but without over the top bitterness. Refreshing beer that definitely hides it's ABV very well. I will probably be having this again, hopefully from the bottle to see how that version is.

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Photo of Biffster
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly turbid golden-copper, with an off white head that lingers.

The arome is citrusy (orange), peppery and spicy, and a bit resiny. There is some diacetyl, but it is not objectionable. There is some fruitiness and I detect some phenolic notes as it warms.

The first sip starts with a hint of sweetness that is quicky overcome with piney hop flavor. The resiny and citrusy hop flavor lingers and fades to an assertive bitterness at the swallow. The finsh is quite bitter, but a bit of malty sweetness mingles with it.

The mouthfeel is substantial. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium low. There is the impression of astringency, but that may be the bitterness.

Overall, I find this to be a substantial IPA - big and hoppy but balanced. My experience is that bottled IPAs, especially from Micros on the other side of the country, tend to be spotty at best. This was a well preserved sample of a very well crafted beer.

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Mojo IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
87 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.