Mojo Risin' Double IPA - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
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...
04-02-2007 06:10:48 | More by BretSikkink
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-01-2007 14:48:45 | More by beerphan
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Pours a clear bright golden color, with a one finger fluffy white head that fades away to a soapy cap. The lacing is a solid sheet of foam, and sticks to the inside of my glass throughout the entire beer.
Smell; lots of citrus, with oranges lemons and a bit of grapefruit, with just a touch of pine trees as well. There's a some hints of bread dough malts in the background, along with a little bit of a sugary aroma. There's absolutely no hint of the 10.5% ABV at all.
Taste; this is a bit more piney upfront than it was in the aroma, with the citrus being secondary, with oranges and lemons. The malts are bready, and caramel, and the finish is a touch on the sugary side.
Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than you would expect for a DIPA, and the drinkability is very good for the really high ABV.
04-01-2007 01:19:41 | More by RedHaze
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is huge on the piney hops with a little sweet caramel and melon in the background.
The flavor is sweet malts and melon with a salty and metallic grassy hop finish. It has good bitterness with a long lingering aftertaste, but the flavors aren't all that. The mouthfeel is is medium to thin and a little watery but smooth.
Overall a decent DIPA, and fairly impressive for Boulder. The flavor and mouthfeel are a little lacking though.
03-26-2007 03:37:01 | More by Beaver13
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Triplel Karmeliet glass. No date. Achieved 1 finger of off-white head which sat upon a clear, orange-golden body. No lacing was left behind.
Smell was bright citrus and piney hops. Later as it warmed it gave off bready aromas. Nice.
Taste was frisee-like bitterness. The mild sweetness countered the somewhat green hops flavors. Well hidden alcohol only slightly appeared as it warmed substantially. Not especially complex but a nice, hopped-up DIPA. Fortunately the frequent aspirin flavor of amarillo hops did not stand out.
Mouthfeel was slightly oily and medium/full. The hops bitterness lingered.
03-24-2007 15:43:07 | More by Cresant
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours golden amber with a thin head.
The smell is grassy.grainy.citrusy. Some pine. Wow! This is overflowing of hop aroma. Tropical fruitiness...A bouquet of citrus...
The taste does not live up to the aroma. There is a rush of citrus followed by a restrained graininess. Alcohol phenols rise to almost interfere. Some malt backbone tries tries to act to balance it out, but is held back by the overpowering hops. Finishes with hops galore. Well, my first impression was - this is a great hoppy IPA, but as the drink progressed, it became more imbalanced with a bit of plastic making an annoying entrance. This is one of those beers that become less impressive as the drink progresses...
The feel is creamy with a medium body.
I LOVE the aroma. At fist the taste is great, but wears down as it progresses. Alcohol and plastic become more noticeable as it progresses. A fine one to split with someone - good hop profile, could use more balance (and less plastic).
03-21-2007 03:31:23 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Thanks to PSYCOHOPS for sharing this tasty beer with me. Poured from a 22oz. brown bomber bottle into a Tulip pint glass. Appears a clear deep amber color with at least two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Tons of lacing left on the inside of the glass with each sip. Smells of lemony and grapefruity citrus hops, and nicely toasted malted grain. Tastes of bitter, piney hops as well as grapefruit, apricot and caramel malt. Medium to full bodied with great carbonation. Drinkability suffers slightly due to the high ABV.
03-20-2007 16:23:52 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a one finger yellow-tan head over a cloudy light-gold liquid. Smells wonderful. Dark citrusy hops with mild underlying sweet. Pine is evident, but the hops are mostly grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Darker heavier citrus. I'd say amarillo and centennial hops.
Tastes smooth and nice. Malt sweet is prominent, as is hop flavor, but hop bitter falls short of my expectation for a DIPA. perhaps I just have spring in my veins, but the hops come across with a bit of pils kinda zing. Creamy smooth malt is not overly wet, but pleasing. Hop flavor is robust and clean. Some pine, but not in the tannin astringent way. More pine than citrus, but noticable tangerine and grapfruit pith. Woody dry hops clean the end with a slightly grassy co-ho edge. This beer is quite drinkable, the glass is already half gone already. Yeah, this beer is mostly hops, but I get some drying character I find typical of toasted grains. Like bread crust. As much as I've talked about the hops, malt sweet is present and hangs around in the aftertaste, fighting the co-ho that tries to spoil the situation. Interesting balance...I love the 'conflict'.
Mouthfeel is thick. Carbonation is md-strong, but plays well with the thick malty body. Really nice lacing on the inside of the glass. I had a glass of this on tap at the brewery and it was very much like this from a bottle. Well done.
03-19-2007 07:35:24 | More by mentor
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts. It's rich and bold. It also has a citrousy hop blast that is incredible in the nose. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly warm and very hoppy. This beer has incredible balance. It's just full of flavor and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's flavorful and easy drinking.
03-18-2007 21:54:04 | More by WesWes
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a big fat merangue-like head that lasts quite a while. Thick lacing is left on the glass.
Smell: pine and grapefruit are bold and easy to detect.
Taste: pine, grapefruits, pears, honey, and a strong bitterness. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced here. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive in the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Long bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability: decent. This is a bold beer that will affect your tastebuds after a while. Definitely quite a tasty version of a DIPA.
03-18-2007 18:07:25 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
Appearance: Pours a lovely golden apricot color with a light white head.
Smell: Very hoppy. Yum. Lots of citrus and some pine notes.
Taste: Lots of bright hop goodness. Citrus fades to an earthy resin flavor with definite pine flavors. Taste is surprisingly mild given the smell. Can taste the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and maybe a little thin.
Drinkability: On flavor alone it's very drinkable, but the high ABV catches up you pretty quickly, making this not an everyday beer.
Overall: Loved the hopiness, taste was good but it was a little strong to drink regularly. I will remember it for when I need a good kick in the pants.
03-13-2007 01:22:06 | More by Tizzod
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
I really enjoy Mojo, so I was looking forward to this one. I was a bit surprised at first but with an evening to reflect on my notes, just taking Mojo up a notch and a half sort of makes everything fall into place here.
Served in a 23 oz fluted glass out of a 22 oz bomber.
I don't think this was a wow beer, but it was certainly an enjoyable and drinkable double IPA. In many ways it has more in common with the IPA style than Mojo itself, which while I really like lacks some of the true hop bitterness I look for in an IPA.
Risin' is wonderfully clean in appearance, straw gold with orange yellow highlights below a billowy white head, which dissipates rather quick in large part I would say due to the oily amarillo hops.
The balance on the nose was really intriguing, the floral citrus pine of amarillo shone big, but there was an unanticipated clean bready malt sweetness taken in. As it warmed the alcohol notes became a little more evident, but the thing that struck my mind in aroma overall was balance. Some ripe berry fruit and rose petal liven up as it warms.
Tastes were much the same with a bit more citrus malt flavor, the bitterness was far more pronounced than its younger brother and accentuated a bit by the alcohol in the finish.
The biggest ding I could give this beer would be the alcohol being detectable but it worked in such an interesting way with the aroma and flavor profile it would almost be a shame if it was reigned in. Mouthfeel was big and full and much more toward the clean dry bitterness I expect and want in an IPA style.
Flavors and aromas were not out of this world, but nevertheless I would enjoy the opportunity to have another pint of this brew.
03-11-2007 16:55:59 | More by PBoegel
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Gold, with nice carbonation and lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit rind, not too strong.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out very creamy, which is kind of odd for a DIPA. The malts show up as a bready sweetness up front. The hops wait almost until swallowing to show up, then lend a citrus bitterness. Not extremely bitter.
Drinkability: Extremely smooth for a DIPA. The alcohol is very well hidden.
I like Boulder's Mojo, so I had pretty high expectations for this brew. They weren't entirely met, it was much more balanced than I expected. It's a good beer but I like several other DIPAs better.
03-10-2007 20:13:00 | More by Mdog
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
Fairly pale body. Much less orange than a typical IPA, slight haze and topped by the typical off white head. Aromas are pretty enticing, with strong florals and sweet alcohol notes, perhaps a touch of rosin as well. Flavor is very solid, with a nice balance between malt and hops. Hop flavors are tangerine and rosin, but the nice caramel malt flavors play against the bitterness very well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and supple. The beer is very approachable, and the drinkability is far too good for such a strong beer. This one could be dangerous.
03-09-2007 03:05:12 | More by aaronh
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Purchased a bomber after hearing raves about this one. Poured a great light copper color, with small bubbles forming a small yet lasting head. Could have used a bit more carbonation, imho. The hops aroma empowers the senses, followed with a slight hotness, but finished with a somewhat lingering metallic overtone.
At a shelf price of approximately double that of the normal Mojo, I have to pass on this one in the future. There are just too many good examples of the style to be had, for a much more reasonable price. Paid 6.99, btw, and the store I frequent has always been in line with the beer shelves. The report of getting this bomber at less than four bucks seems to indicate that my store's distributor is screwing my store's area bit too much in margins... Just my two bits. :)
03-08-2007 22:42:42 | More by Teke0611
4.58/5 rDev +22.8%
I was really curious and thought this was just a bomber of regular Mojo. Wow, was I wrong. Pours a clear honey golden with a huge clingy white head that lasts forever and clings like glue.
Smells incredible, grapefruit, grass, pine, sweet malts. Taste is the same but amplified. Smooth and creamy with a massive mouthfeel that makes it almost edible. Only bought one but I'll be buying more soon. I could drink this all night, and if I had more I would.
03-07-2007 01:28:08 | More by kirok1999
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours light, clear gold in color with a surprisingly small head. This review is from a bottle but the draft I had last night was very similar in appearance. Some sticky lacings line the sides of the glass.
Aromas include sweet malt, pine, caramel, orange and grapefruit citrus. The scents are enticing but not as big as I might have expected.
Sweet orange and pineapple mingle with the malt backbone to create a pleasant taste. Caramel and doughy flavors impart a welcome complexity. The strong citrus character balances well with bitter, pine hops. There is a hint of spicy, alcohol in the finish but not as much as the high ABV would suggest. The solid flavors are very smooth and balanced. Again, I expected a bigger malt base and/or a larger hop explosion but the result is a very drinkable brew. The ABV is dangerously, well masked.
Full bodied with ample carbonation for a pleasant mouthfeel. Drinkability is lifted by the smooth taste and muted alcohol taste.
This is a solid, drinkable DIPA. At 10.5%, this one can easily catch up with you.
03-05-2007 02:04:03 | More by Estarrio
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
From Capone's. This is part two of my Boulder Beer Mojo horizontal tasting. The review for Mojo is http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/130/12322/?ba=akorsak.
A: The DIPA has a color identical to Mojo: amber orange with a slight haze. The head is thick and billowy, leaving an extensive trail of lacing.
S: The nose is an explosion of thick, juicy hops. Both citrusy tartness and piney oiliness appear here, the aroma makes the mouth water in anticipation.
T: The ale shows off a strong piney hop flavor on initial sip. That sharpness, while intense, does not last long and quickly fades away. Some citrusy hops, primarily sweet dry grapefruit rinds take its place but never really shine. Malts struggle to stand out against the hops but when they do, there is a caramel element.
M: The mouthfeel is not shy on hops upfront but those hops don't have a lasting impression. When they are strong, the piney hops are great.
D: The 10.5% is not apparent while drinking the ale. The hops are nice and I would definitely recommend this beer over the plain ol' Mojo.
03-04-2007 21:55:42 | More by akorsak
4.93/5 rDev +32.2%
WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. Picked up a 22oz'er at my local liquor store. I had heard good things about this new release. I absoutely love Mojo, so I was expecting a lot....and Mojo Risin delivered!!! Pours a yellow-amber with 1 fingers head. The beer is packed with citrus hop flavor and very easily hides the 10.5% ABV. This is Mojo on steroids, and I highly recommend this. Boulder Beer nailed it!! This could be the best beer I've had.
03-04-2007 03:08:23 | More by cbak999
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
Clear medium gold with a huge towering cap of stark white, crunchy foam that lasts and lasts until finally dwindling down to a heavy skirting across the top and leaving tons of thick lacing scraped across the glass.
Aroma is zingy and bright with a zip full of zesty citrus calling out from the pour. Once breathing more it begins to take on a grapefruit grime and grit, a dose of dulling orange oil, and a powering paleness of old soggy pinewood. Hints of cardboard begin to develope as it sits more as does a bit of mango soap. Kinda flattens out and becomes muddled, but stays heavy on the nose.
Flavors emerge much as the aroma lingered into a muddled mess of dulling, paled citrus, and old soggy pinewood bitterness that is blanketed by a load of unnatural pineyness and unwelcome soapyness as it sits flat with cardboard, a twist of toasted grapefruit grease, and a hint of alkaline treated heat. A bit heavy, and not as bright and vibrant as I'd like to taste in a Dbl. IPA. It has its moments, no doubt, but its the overall intake that makes me wearysome as nothing seems to come into balance. Crunchy, greasy, piney, soapy, waxy, and bittered in old grapefruit. The more I drink it the less I like it. I'd prefer the other way round. Took some getting use to and still wasn't liking it as I went through the bomber.
This is a big body of a beer, heavy; greasy in some areas, crunchy in others; screaming unbalanced notions of flavors that aren't working well together. The Amarillo hops are overwhelmingly killing the rest of its subtlety and foundation. Again, this took a while to get use to, and still after a time of acceptance, it just wasn't working for me. Sorry, but my Mojo went nowhere with this one.
03-03-2007 23:37:50 | More by tavernjef
4.95/5 rDev +32.7%
I am a hop head and big fan of Mojo IPA (it's my "session" beer during spring, summer, and fall). I was excited to see Mojo Risin', knowing I would probably just love it. I was not disappointed.
Hop heaven is right! Wonderful, citrusy hop fragrance and taste-- the alcohol in this one is SO well hidden. Not a ton of malt flavor, which is good-- I don't like syrupy sweet Double or Imperial IPAs.
The appearance was a little strange-- most likely the heavier ABV lead to quick dissipation of the foamy head (it poured well, but didn't leave a lace at all). I tried to overlook this, since it tasted so wonderfully!
Great Double IPA-- I will definitely buy a few more bombers. I could easily drink two of these in an evening-- yum.
03-03-2007 05:06:03 | More by IPALOVER
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a clear golden amber color with a full finger fluffy white head. There is visible effervescence struggling to keep the head alive. Little lacing is present.
The aroma is an aggressive fresh hopped pine grapefruit.
It's a medium bodied beverage with an immediate and substantial hoppy ting. It finishes slightly dry with a lingering presence of the hops.
The flavor is fresh and complimented by the feel. I like the complexity and presence of underlying malt. It's refreshing and drinkable. Reminds me some of Divide APA. The taste diverts your attention from the 10.5%.
03-02-2007 22:37:27 | More by jjayjaye
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
22 oz. bottle, 10 % ABV. Very clear honey orange color, close to peach. Thick white head holds up very well. Grapefruit, pine and grassy aroma up front. Very intense hop aroma. Good malt character, seems of a lighter caramel flavor. Not much sweetness. Great amount of grapefruit and pine flavor. Good amount of bitterness, without being overdone. Some warming from the alcohol. Great sticky patches of lace on the glass. Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. I would have liked a bit more sweetness, but that is just my taste. Love the Amarillo hops. Very nice.
03-01-2007 13:11:12 | More by Bierguy5
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
22 oz bottle pours a clear golden peach body with a tall offwhite head. Frothy patch lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is hops! Grassy, earthy, spicy, and pine. Just a hint of caramel underneath. Full medium body with zesty carbonation and a pronounced hop zing on the tongue. Taste is dry and bitter. Little sweetness here. Amarillo hops are the star here. Pungently earthy, with notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and grassiness. Very nice to see a DIPA that foregoes sweetness in favor of the big hoppiness.
02-27-2007 16:01:29 | More by merlin48
4.75/5 rDev +27.3%
I really really like Mojo, so I really really really really like Mojo Risin' it's just the right combo of pure hoppiness for me great liquid hop juice that I highly recommend. Appears a copper amber with a alrge off white biege head leaves sporadic chunky lacing with each sip, and the head forms a biscuit layer that rises above the rim of my pint...I just want to take a bite. Aroma is heavy with Amarillo hops with loads of fresh cut grass and citrus peels gotta love the grapefruit edge some sugary sweetness is evident but the hops are the stars in this one, I couldn't quit smelling it Amarillo are my favorite hop variety and that maybe the reason for my infatuation. Flavor a barrage of hoppiness with mild pine cone, grapefruit peels flood the senses, very grassy finish all mixed with some creamy lucious malts mild breadiness light barely noticeable sweetenss just enough to balance and some nicely hidden alcohol here has well, pure hop juice I'm in love. Mouthfeel is big and frothy with a creamy textured full body that resinously clings to my palate hops and proteins galore, yet it's overall like a smoothie. Drinkability is incredible no 10 percent abv is even noticable I'm a fan, makes me want to try more Boulder brews I've had a few but I've kinda overlooked them as a whole this may force me to take a second look plus they claim to be CO's first micro (1979) good stuff.
02-27-2007 00:48:16 | More by WVbeergeek
Mojo Risin' Double IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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