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Mojo Risin' Double IPA - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo Risin' Double IPAMojo Risin' Double IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

775 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-12-2007)
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Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy and dull bronze-orange brew with a flimsy dish-soap water head. Swirling brings up a thin cap that goes away pretty quickly, leaving some wet spotty lace on the glass.

S - I could smell the orange-y hop aromas when I was pouring it into the glass, and now that I'm sticking my nose into it, the grapefruit and mandarin orange notes are there in full force. This has a nice array of citrus fruit flavors...mandarin orange, halved grapefruit with sugar piled on it (the way my mom used to eat grapefruit), mango, guava, and a little kiwi. This doesn't scour your olfactory nerves with scathing hop insanity like other DIPAs do, and that's a bit disappointing. It also lacks the big biscuity malt backbone that some others have. This smells good, and I like the tropical fruit-salad aroma.

T - The hops are much more aggressive than the nose suggests. Big time grapefruit and mandarin orange. Sweet and sugary, but like the nose, it doesn't have quite the malt backbone to really support the super-hoppy citrus fruit flavors. It is damn good though, like tropical fruit salad with sugar. The alcohol is transparent, and that's saying something for such a big beer!

M - Full bodied, oily, and extremely dry on the finish. The carbonation is almost non-existent, the body is oily, sandy and gritty, and the finish is very dry, astringent, and full of bitter hop flavors with a touch of alcohol warmth. I like it!

D - A great hop-lovers brew with unique fruity aromas and flavors. Not he best DIPA out there, but it sure ain't bad. This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and I would have this again for sure.

pmcadamis, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a white head. In the aroma, hops and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, a small grapefruity hop taste. Smooth for a I2PA (or double IPA, depends who I am talking to) and dryer end. Easy to drink, and very balanced. Very tasty.

OWSLEY069, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Mr. Mojo risin', Mr. Mojo risin'..."

--From 'L.A. Woman' by The Doors
(Mr. Mojo risin' is an anagram of Jim Morrison)

Tangerine peel with an exceedingly placid (borderline lifeless) interior. I'm convinced there's carbonation present because I'm looking at a two finger crown of pastel orange whose upper surface is loaded with glassine bubbles. Despite the high ABV, a thick blanket of finely pocked foam decorates the glass. Even though I prefer 'dirty', hop-flecked IPAs and DIPAs, this is a great looking beer thanks to the head and lace.

The label tells me that Mojo Risin' Double IPA contains 'twice the amount of Amarillo hops' as Mojo IPA. I believe it. Presumably, it also contains Centennial hops, like its little brother. Can't go wrong with that hop bill as far as I'm concerned. Pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, maybe a little cheesiness. Love it.

Unfortunately, this DIPA isn't nearly as good as the IPA that was its inspiration. I applaud the brewers for attempting to amplify such a great beer, but it didn't work out as well as it might have. Three times the amount of hops might have been the place to start.

I'd have to taste them side-by-side to be sure, but I remember the IPA as much more hoppy. I guess all that added pale malt ('more than half a ton') is dragging the Amarillo and Centennial down to earth. Rather than a tropical fruit explosion, the grapefruit, orange and lemoniness is fairly mellow. Too mellow is almost never good in a DIPA.

A lack of anything darker than pale malt (a guess) keeps the flavor profile on my good side. Alcohol, while easily noted, is much tamer than the ABV would suggest. I like the mouthfeel. It's medium-full for the style and is gently carbonated, giving the beer a smooth, slick presence on the tongue.

I buy sixers of Mojo IPA whenever I see them, which isn't often. It looks like my dreams of a mind-blowing DIPA based on one of my favorite IPAs will have to wait. Calling this beer Mojo Sinkin' is too harsh (and isn't accurate anyway), but I'd love to see Boulder take this one back to the drawing board and give it another go.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance:
The beer is cloudy with a small white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling to a thin white film on the surface of the beer. There's some spotty lacing as the beverage is drained.

Smell:
This is easily the least potent smelling drink I've had in the entire IPA family of styles. There's no malts and really only a tiny smack of bitter hops. It's really kind of shocking since I find the Mojo standard to be a pretty damn good IPA overall.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again I'm pretty disappointed, this beer drinks a little bland. Up front there's some citrus hop bitterness which transfers in to a touch of malt sweetness but then it's over aside for some bitterness in to the aftertaste. The mouthfeel isn't too bad though. There's a good base of carbonation to back an otherwise smooth drinking beer. To this beer's merit, the alcohol is very well hidden though at 10%.

Drinkability:
If the flavors were a little more rich and the smell was a little more potent then this would have been one of the more drinkable DIPAs I've ever had given its good mouthfeel and ability to quell the 10% ABV. Unfortunately the beer is kind of a yawn and that hurts the drinkability.

Bottom Line:
I had really high hopes for this beer because I really enjoy the Mojo and their Hazed and Infused but this was a really unimpressive beer for me and I can't allow pedigree to boost the score. Not Boulder brewing's best beer by a long shot.

Grundle20, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, looks similar to the original Mojo. No date info.

Appearance: Pours yellowish orange, medium head fades quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops - a bit of malt sweetness, but some grapefruit and sticky pine dominates.

Taste: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Not much bitterness, but quite a bit of hop flavor. The same pine comes through, but the fruit flavors are a bit more muted.

Overall impression: Very high drinkability considering the ABV - this one hides it well. Low bitterness, but still not overly sweet - nicely balanced. I've had this on tap and cask as well - both are nice, but the cask is best.

rowew, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is oozing with hops. Rhubarb! Grapefruit, & pine

The colour reminds me of tree sap. Amber/orange/golden colour. Head looked tight, but then disappeared too quickly. Poor head retention. The head was white. Lace is very good, which surprises me considering the lack of head left.

When it first hits your tongue it's not nearly as hoppy as the aroma suggested...but the bitterness, and piney flavours build in your mouth. Definately tasting grapefruit, some rhubarb too. Very good hop flavouring. The hop bittering is well matched by the malty-sweetness. Bitter/ hop flavour coating covers your mouth after a while.

Mouthfeel was nothing special. Medium bodied. Avg. carbonation.

Overall, I like it. A great brew. I recommend it to anyone who likes IPA's.

BrewSomerville, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color with a small white head. The aroma is of citrus and grapefruit with a hint of pine and alcohol. The taste is very bitter but lacking in all other areas. There is a faint wisp of pine in the finish but that is it for flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied that has a noticeable thinness that is not quite watery, but not pleasant either. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are a lot of better DIPAs out there.

KarlHungus, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Capone's. Pours amber and fairly cloudy with a substantial white head and decent lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly subdued, especially given the fact that the amarillo hops explode out of the bottle in the regular mojo IPA. Some peach/mango hop character is present, though, along with a lot more biscuity malt than in the regular mojo (but that's to be expected.)

Tastes more or less exactly like it smells, with the same basic progression as any other DIPA-- opens up with malt and hop-derived sweetness and fruit from flavor-hopping, which grows mid-palate and subsides into bitterness. Bittering is not at all overdone, and the balance is actually very nice. I nearly shat myself when I read that this beer was 10.50% ABV, since it's utterly undetectable-- this beer could have really been 6% for all I knew.

But I want to taste the amarillo more, dammit. That's why I bought this bomber in the first place.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy from the pronounced malts and brightly carbonated. Extremely refreshing and pretty damned drinkable (staggeringly drinkable, actually, given the ABV), especially if you're a hophead.

I'm willing to chalk up my main complaint to lack of freshness (although it's not like this was an ancient bottle or anything), and I hope that boulder starts shipping this in the same quantities as regular Mojo. I'd really like to try it at it's peak.

kajerm, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of cameraman
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amber color that fades to a lighter shade towards the bottom of the glass. A half inch white head forms on top and slowly fades away. A strong citrus aroma of grapefruit and lemon start out followed by a floralscent to finish it off. The taste starts very much on the malty side, then a gradual bitterness begins to grow, but never exceeds the malt flavor, well balanced, not what I am looking for. A watery feel at first, it then gradually gains weight to become more medium bodied. There is a dryness does hit the palate at the end. This is an easy to drink beer, but I question double IPA title. The hops do not have the power one would expect in the aroma and flavor. It is almost like hoppier APA, which is scary considering the ten percent ABV on this beer.

cameraman, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a thick creamy head dies. releasing amarillo scent all the way. there's a slight malty aroma breaking through but otherwise. mint

the hop flavor just can't cash the check the aroma is writin'. it's bigtime citrus

the alcohol is well hidden. mouthfeel is good for 10.5%

the brevity of my review above is an indication of the beer's dynamism. here's the summary: strong, minty hop aroma, muddled flavor, good mouthfeel BUT...

bruachan, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, amber hued, bright copper color that sits underneath a frothy, pale tan colored head that when poured vigorously produces a four-finger thick head. The aroma is nice and fruit with notes of apricot, orange peel, lychee, perhaps a touch of pineapple. Underneath the up front hop aromatics is a nice malt character, though you have to dig for it; dry, biscuit-like malt notes and notes of crushed soda crackers join a distinctively clean bread-like maltiness.

Despite its strength, the beer maintains a nice quaffable quality to it. It is a bit chewier than your average IPA, but has the requisite (at least in my mind) drinkability that is necessary for something with IPA on its lable. The beer has a light malt sweetness to it that perfectly accentuates the dominant, fruit driven hop character. Notes of apricot, candied orange peel, lychee and spectacularly ripened tangelos round out the fruit hop flavors. There is also a touch of herbal pine character here, that becomes more noticeable towards the finish and in fact melds with a sharp, slightly astringent bitterness. Even some malt flavors are noticeable; a light caramelized malt sugar note and a toasted-malty-biscuit flavor are definitely noticeable, especially in the finish.

This is perhaps not as hugely hoppy as some, but I really like how drinkable this Double IPA is. The malt lends a nice background of flavors, but ultimately supports the dominant hop character. In the end though, this could definitely use a bit more hop character, at least to satisfy the diehard hop heads out there.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Blue Nile

Crystal clear, golden colored liquid. Small, creamy, off-white head. No lacing, good legs.

Pine and citrus greet the nose....and punch it! Not much else able to get through. A little earthiness and yeast.

Taste matches aroma - big hops. Citrus and grassy they linger well while drinking and into aftertaste. Crackery in the middle. Much more bitter than sweet, no DIPA/barleywine confusion here!!

Not as heavy in body as I would expect, maybe a medium - , it could be heavier. Carbonation seems too low. Not as dry as you would expect.

Overall, very tasty, but not top-shelf. Better DIPAs out there.

, May 29, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, like sunset on a scorching day. Random carbonation bubbles. Big, massive, rocky, above the rim, sticky white froth. Excellent lacing.

Huge grapefruit aroma hits as soon as a bottlecap is off.

Solid semi-sweet malty base establishes enough of a toe hold to show that this is not just hop juice. Rising tide of bitterness attack that malt foundation, tearing it down as a wave of citrus fruit tickles the roof of the mouth. No single big hop bite along the way. More sweet than bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little loose, not quite as firm and chewy as preferrable in a beer this size. Nice drinkability though. Alcohol well hidden.

It may not break on through to the other side, but I'd have another at he old whiskey bar.

RonfromJersey, May 26, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A moderately aggressive pour into a Duvel oversized tulip yields a clear, golden light-honey colored body with a 1.5 finger of off-white head. Plenty of splotches and rings of lacing on the way down. It looks lighter than expected. . . .

S: Immediate impression of grapefruit and floral hops, mainly grapefruit and maybe a bit of pineapple juice as well. There is a hint of caramel malty sweetness underneath it all, especially as it warms.

T: First impression is that it's somewhat coppery. Then there's the enamel-rotting hoppiness that reminds me of grapefruit and citrus rind. It finishes on the back of the tongue with a dry but resiny bitterness that tastes a bit like pine. There's a spiciness on the roof of the mouth at first too, but a slightly raw bitterness ultimately prevails, with a metallic twang also lingering on the aftertaste. Other than that spiciness on the roof of the mouth, alcohol really is not noted in the taste, which I found surprising given the 10.5% ABV.

M: Well-carbonated with a slightly prickly feel to it as a result. Was thinner in the body than expected. Alcohol was felt in the belly, though not right away.

D: OK. Not too heavy in body makes it go down pretty easily, but this is a taste-bud destroyer and I doubt anyone would want more than one bomber. I found that a glass of water nearby helps you to reboot what the Mojo Risin' DIPA has wrecked.

Notes: All in all this was a little too one-sided and "raw" for my tastes. I prefer a little more balance and smoothness in a DIPA. This was just too grapefruity bitter and metallic for me to score it any higher. Worth checking out, but I probably won't come back to it as there are others in this style that I like better.

Kendo, May 21, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow... I gotta say I am a little disappointed with this one. The bottled version is nothing like what I had on-tap. What a shame.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a fingers worth of white head. I gave it a vigorous pour and only got about half of an inch of head. Lacing isn't really a factor here, either.

The smell is a nice mixture of grapefruit and pine hop scents. Some sweet caramel malts are in the background. Not as zesty as I remember the draft version being.

The flavor is off somewhat, also. Sweetness hits the tongue first, before the spicy, bitter hops take over. Citrus rind and pine resin tastes from the hops. Not bad, but not "in your face hops" like many other DIPA.

Feels a bit thin in the mouth. Good carbonation. I wouldn't pick this up if I saw it in bottles, but if it was on-tap I would definitely give it another shot.

Imstillthegman, May 19, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, dull orange. Small bubbly off white head. Minimal lace.

Aroma: Smoky, resinous, bigtime pineapple, other tropical sorts, grapefruit rind.

Taste: Sweet base of caramel malts. Pineapple and grapefruit tones galore. Almost like a spiked punch feel to it. Decent enough, but lacking a real bitterness for a DIPA.

MF: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is noticeable and lingering.

DK: For the style, it's not one I'd need to return to soon. So many other better ones out there. And for the sticker price, definitely NOT. ($8) Dreadnaught, for example, at the same price is a lot better.

Bighuge, May 18, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaired tulip glass in a 22oz brown bomber with a crimped on cap bought down by larrydp split up with a couple of the guys.

Hazy,golden color, Off white head very dense and creamy head,massive amounts of strings of very tiny bubbles streaming ot the top,leaving plenty of lacing.

Very clean,intense grapefruit aromas, pineapple aroma also with a buried sweet carnelly malt scent beneath the hop aromas.

Clean taste,lots of grapefruit tastes like the aroma would indicate. Sweet carmell tastes with some nuttieness coming through. Finishes clean with a very sharp citrus rind feel and a tinge of alcohol.

Amazingling smooth and creamy. Juicyness that makes you crave for more. Very drinkable for the style. Did a side by side tasting with the Unearthy on tap,did like the Unearthy a bit more had a bit more character than the Mojo. This beer is like Mojo's big brother very similar, just bigger. Very good beer definately worth a try.

jcdiflorio, May 11, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves less than a one finger white head that quickly dissappears into a foam ring at the edges, and not much lacing, all of which don't bode well for a DIPA. Body is an orange-hued honey amber.

Smell - pine resin, hint of caramel, and some spicy alcohol.

Taste - bitter pine resin, and alcohol. Where's the malt ?

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - high abv limits sessionability, in addtion to this ale being barely decent tasting.

ultralarry2006, May 08, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighlty hazed, golden/peach-y hue...1/4" of creamy head holds guard on top...

Lovely aroma: pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, a small bit prickly, but just right, as far as I'm concerned.

Taste: BAM! Big blast of bitterness, great splash of hops, then fading, leaving some bitterness in the back of the mouth, staying on the tongue. Long, bitter finish, but flavorful...terrific balance, this isn't all hops and nothing but, nice, juicy malt base...delicate, and delightful, but juicy, too..Medium-bodied, but long on the hop flavor.

I eschewed the bottles I saw on sale, knowing I'd be able to have this on tap in a convenient venue...(???)...it's a nice Double IPA, not among the fiercest, but somewhere in the middle tier, I'd say. Still, a treat to drink, and easily downable, without too much of a threat from the 10 % abv.

I give higher marks to DIPAs with huger hops, bigger bitterness, and massive mouthfeel...this is very nice for being not one of those.

feloniousmonk, May 08, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, little head. Nose is fruit and sweet malt. Taste- quite cloying, the amarillo hops are a favourite of mine but they are subdued due to the heavy malt bill. I think this is a beer best consumed when immediatley fresh- this bottle must be on the downturn wich is too bad. Also had a strange aftertaste that I could place- whatever it was it wasn't tasty. I had very high hopes for this beer and I enjoyed the regular Mojo. I love DIPA's, but I think I would take a normal Mojo over this. Its an average double in my opinion.

oakbluff, May 06, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Grotten Brown chalice. Off-white tan of good duration gives me a nice place to start, and continues to please with it’s hazey milky-golden color and insistent hop nose. Did I just say insistent hop nose? Yep, and it’s probably the best thing this beer has going for it: all of the proper pine-resiny goodness you’d expect from an American Imperial IPA is right there in your face, veritably glowing like Madame Curie’s name on a phosphorescent timepiece. Sure there's pineapple and kiwi and kaffir lime if you want to get down to it, and it's really a great nose, but it's at that point that the honeymoon ends. Surprisingly, there’s little more body in this one than in the Mojo from whence it came, which in my mind was always overbalanced on the hop bitterness and astringency. Here, there’s some attempt made at bringing that piney-mess of a session beer into arrears, and for the most part Mojo Risin succeeds. The malt backbone kicks in about halfway through the palate and really takes control of the brew throughout the remainder of the 12 ounce pour. Alcohol does become a bit pronounced as this warms, but at 10.5% it should be at some point, right? Not nearly as fearsome as my first encounter with an Imperial IPA (DFH 90 minute, thankyouverymuch) Mojo Risin nonetheless holds up its end of the bargain. A worthy effort, but not the cream of the crop by any means. Sort of a predictable follow-up to the Killer Penguin.

Chaz, May 06, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and hops and is very well-blended.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with strong flavors of hops and citrus. There’s no hint of the 10.50% ABV. The malt character is this for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down way too easily for a beer with an ABV that high, not too filling, good representation of style, it could be very dangerous but this is a excellent beer to stick with for an entire evening.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mojo Risin' Double IPA pours an orange color with a thick white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and pine are there, almost to the point of smelling like a cleaning product. The taste is heavy on the piney, citrusy hops with a nice balance of malt. Recommended.

Drew966, Apr 26, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1.6 pint bottle poured into a snifter after a good day of yard work and cleaning (!)...single-finger head; effervescent rush of bubble in a soft orange glow. Sharp hop aroma--grapefruit is claimed by the label, although I can olny detect a citrussy something...intriguing. Extremely sour/bitter antagonism on tongue and mouth (channeling Jim?). I’d call this intrusive, but at 10% I detect no alcohol...(an hour passes)... winding down, and the alcohol still deceptive in taste. A nice nightcap.

dacrza1, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Kind of a disappointment for me after having (and loving) the Hazed and Mojo. Looks great, and smells great, but there's something medicinal and metallic in the hops flavor.

The beer pours to a very pale golden yellow color with a huge fluffy white head. Very good retention and a particularly beautiful lacing. Carbonation appears to be quite mellow.

The smell is quite delicious. Very bready malt aroma with a balanced hops note. Floral and citric, like nectarines and peaches. The smell reminds me an awful lot of the late and much adored Bell's HopSlam.

The taste is a little astringent at first. The sweet doughy malt flavor is pleasant, but then the hops flavor comes. It's the crushed aspirin medicinal flavor that many people associate with Amarillo hops, though this is the only beer I've ever really been able to detect it enough to where it detracted from the flavor. In either case, my tastebuds warmed up to it quickly and the beer actually became much more enjoyable, so I averaged out my taste score. Has a pretty rough bitterness as well as a hint of copper and tin, but the hops aroma, and subsequently the hops flavor is delicious, aside from the aspirin-like acrid flavor. Has a nice bubblegummy finish, but the bitterness in the late finish seems to blanket the palate, preventing me from fully enjoying it.

The body is fairly full, thick and syrupy. Carbonation is fairly light. Bitterness is rough, as already mentioned. Alcohol is moderately well hidden, but the burn is kind of in-your-face. Good for a IIPA, but drinkability suffers. If I want to drink a delicious hoppy beer, I usually don't want to take a nap afterwards... I want to drink another deliciously hoppy beer, but this one is kind of tough to follow up with another. I'll take a Mojo anyday, though it was great to be able to try this particular incarnation.

neonbrown82, Apr 13, 2007
Mojo Risin' Double IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
84 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.