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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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790 Ratings

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | 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 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.

Photo of
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
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.

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.

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.

Photo of oakbluff
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.

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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.

Photo of dacrza1
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.

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Light gold color. Sexy head. Nice nose of citrus fruits, weeds and herbs. Flavor is nice. It’s hoppy in a good way, but the malt character seems to be severely lacking and there isnt much balance. That being said, as a versatile beer drinker who appreciates hoppy beers, I enjoy the flavor. Body is also very thin, disappointing. That being said, still a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good beer from JeffKrenner

A: Boring medium golden copper with a clean and lackadaisical feel to it. Minor off white head offers only a ring and a few wisps on the top.

S: Fresh cedar, grapefruit juice, pecerino and lemonade.

T: Begins sweet with aspects of watermelon, pink grapefruit and sun ripened strawberries. Spritzy sugar hits the tip of the tongue almost like crystal light. There’s a melon rind roundness that’s blends well with raw cinnamon dough, watery OJ and cilantro. Finishes mildly spicy with oily hops and well hidden alcohol.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and just a bit hard.

D: At first I wasn’t really impressed by this beer but it really grew on me. There aren’t any remarkable characteristics to this beer but it does the important things right which combines to make a very quaffable beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice muddy golden/amber body with a slight off white head. Not a huge or rocky head as I expected. Yet overall, it looks fantastic.
Smell; some pine, rosemary and sweet malt. But overpowering them all is the citrus--orange and persimmon, lemon, grapefruit.
Taste; follows the nose nicely. No surprises. Hops flavor is more intense than their bitterness. Malts smooth out the feel, but do not interfere with taste.
Feels smooth, a slight bite to it. Very drinkable, which is a bit odd for a 2IPA, in my opinion.

Photo of dmamiano
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expecting great things right off the bat. Have enjoyed Mojo on many occasions.
This beer poured a nice golden amber with a two finger, off white head.
Carbonation was good and the nose was quite pleasing with strong citrus almost grapefruit like notes.
Taste was the let down here. Mouthfel was o.k, but what was expected from the taste never materialized. Malt but no hops to speak of. Very alchoholy and little bitternness at the finish.
I have to assume the beer may have been old, but it was bought from a reputable shop.
Another prime example of why all beer should be dated. We will never know.

Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shipped back from Denver during my late Feb trip and been waiting to try this one. Poured from a 22oz bomber that appeared to have a laser code on the neck but it had rubbed mostly off so couldn't tell but know this one was pretty fresh. The color was light amber with orange highlights. It had a small head that settled to a thin collar with some good lacing. The aroma was heavy on grapefruit and the Amarillo hops. I'm not a big fan of grapefruit so it hurt the taste and score some. The taste was pretty standard for an ADIPA but again the grapefruit aroma/taste hurt it. I also got an aftertaste that keeps bringing to mind baby aspirin. Good mouthfeel. Overall, it's a good average ADIPA. Nothing makes it stand out from the pack on the good side and the grapefruit and after taste put it at the lower end of the range. Worth a try but one is enough for me. (3.5, NA/RB, T, O)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber helping me through the holiday. The brew pours a light golden color with a very light coating of head that stays around after the pour. There is an apparent lack of carbonation bubbling up and clarity is very good on this one. The aroma is solid in candied grapefruity hop. Lots of sugary sweetness and very juicy fruity hop overlaying a more subtle caramel maltyness, but the hop really kicks some ass in this one. I really like how this is smelling...Plinyesque. Taking a sip, the flavor is not as sweet as expected. The hop is more piney in character, there is a ore subdued sugary sweetness and the caramel is just moderate. There is a light metallic tang to it on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is moderate with a distinct lack of carbonation. I enjoy this brew despite the incongruence between flavor and aroma. There is not hint of the alcohol and it is satisfing my crave for the hops. I would have it again.

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 22oz bottle(best by 3 08) a clear orange gold with a large head of foam that subsides slowly leaving a solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell has a lot of hop nose...I noted grapefruit and pine.

The taste is very hoppy but not really bitter. There's lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some good piney flavour and there's some caramel malt sweetness in the background that makes for good balance. It's very tasty. Oh, and the aftertaste *is* on the bitter side, actually quite bitter. It makes me want to take another sip...;^)

Man, for a +10%abv brew, it's hidden quite well so I better watch it.

A few more sips in and there's somewhat of a let up of the flavours. I don't know why that is but this is still a nice DIPA and I thank Boulder Brewing for coming out with this interesting interpretation of the style.

Bottom line: A good DIPA that I can recommend.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Rich citrus & piney hop notes that dissapate as this warms

T: Grapefruitty hops & some breadyness up front. Fruittyness follows& boozeyness as this warms. Finishes snappy with some warming booze

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Skews a little too hoppy for perfection IMO

Drinks a bit slow, still a good one to satisfy your hop jones. Liked it better on tap, although the score is the same???

Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mojo Risin' pours a light golden color, very clear, no bubbles. Tenacious lacing snakes its way down more than half the glass. The smell is very lopsided in the crisp citric hop department.

A little sharp in the taste, require some acclimation. Such a light-colored brew, the pale malts are absolutely destroyed by the hops' high alpha oils. As far as flavors, the hops are grapefruit juice with a floral type aftertaste. Quite bitter, alcohol is evident, although it is still a very drinkable beer.

In a country where SN Bigfoot is not considered an extreme beer, this is a very decent addition to the Double/Imperial IPA fold. Not for the faint of heart. Although plentiful, the hops are not overly bitter, and if not a 'balanced' beer (or even close), it's not supposed to be, and it tastes great and is quite drinkable. I just wonder what the folks who pick it up just for the Doors reference and the [more than slightly cheesy] psychedelic color scheme think about it...

Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap -> pint
@ Fuel & Fiddle, Oakland, PA.

Pours a light golden orange with a small dense head that leaves behind sheets of sticky lace. Did not note carbonation appearance.

Nose: Big pine and grapefruit nose, mostly one dimensional as the malt is overwhelmed. Alcohol creeps into the nose as this big beer warms.

Fortunately, there is a pretty strong malt presense in the flavor, albeit a shortlived presense. A fruity hop explosion, takes over giving a ton a citrus flavor. The finish is a pleasant slap of bitterness that seems just about right. Alcohol becomes more and more evident as the brew warms.

Mouth is thick and creamy.

Wow, a quality dipa from Boulder. Drinkability suffers due to the high alcohol and high price tag.

Mojo Risin' Double IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.