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Wet Mountain IPA - Il Vicino Brewery Canteen

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Wet Mountain IPAWet Mountain IPA

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very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Il Vicino Brewery Canteen visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 12-20-2008

An intensely hoppy ale (in aroma and flavor) with high hop bitterness and a sturdy malt backbone to support the strong hop character and lend balance.

Our Wet Mountain IPA has won many awards including a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 1996 and a bronze medal at the GABF.

80 IBU
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WalterHeisenberg:
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 10oz serving and liked enough to have a second one.

The beer was an amber color with a thick, off-white head.

Sweet malt aroma. Mostly citrus hops, but a little bit of herbal notes.

Bready taste. A lot of grapefruit, little bit of piney hops.

Nicely hopped, well-balanced.

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HighonHops42
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Qdaddy76
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of efhart
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really exceptional at the North East Heights Il Vicino Restaurant and Pub. The beer is brewed by Il Vicino at brewery in Albuquerque. The beer is just what an IPA should be --Bitter and hoppy, but with sufficient malt added. Hoppy and bitter on first taste and last.

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of toothirsty
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pidgurtle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of amcmaho1
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on their third day of officially being open...
Poured into imperial pint glass

Appearance: When i had this beer on tap, the bartender didn't really pour a head. Upon bringing it home and pouring it though, it pours a pretty nice, slightly off-white head, with some pretty decent lacing going on (totally different from the pint at the brewery). The body is a pretty hazy amberish-orange.

Smell: Getting the growler allows me to serve this beer a little bit warmer than at the brewery, and it makes the hops reall really happy apparently. There is some great pine and resinous hop bitterness on the nose, along with an almost pear-like smell. There's some nice malt sweetness balancing things out, but the hop profile definitely pales anything else here.

Taste: Very clean bitterness, along with some really nice malt. The hops seem to come through a bit earthy and somewhat unfocused, but still very apparent. It's enjoyable, because it's a bitter ipa; which you would figure is pretty common, but it isn't unfortunately. There's no real notice of the ABV here, which is around 7%, so relatively high for an ipa, but very manageable.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thick side, but not necessarily in a bad way. That's to say that this is a big ipa, with a big malt and hop bill...and a pretty good size ABV. It's a little on the dry side, but not to the point of being trying. I like this ipa for the fact that it's dry, earthy, and "big."

Overall: Another great local ipa for New Mexico. Certainly in contention alongside Marble, Santa Fe, and La Cumbre. Great to have Il Vicino back in New Mexico; it's only going to get better!!

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Tsrohnek
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and a little on the dark side for an IPA, reddish amber, but still looked nice. Beige cap with spotty lace. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, with mild malt in the nose. Moderate bitterness with lots of caramel and citrus, grapefruit and oranges. Finished fruity with some lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Didn't overpower with hoppiness, but was quite tasty and balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden-caramel color with nice foam retention. I get a very fresh hop aroma—crisp and vibrant. Flavor is equally dynamic, with some grapefruit (freshly squeezed) and some pine. Body has a light chew and a dry finish. It’s bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter. Definitely showing the 80 IBUs of strength. Just the way I like it.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Crusher
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at their downtown Santa Fe location this beer was a perfectly clear, true gold color with some amber highlights. The head was cream-colored, one finger thick and retained well as a skim. It also left scattered lacing. The aroma was good, 'wet' hops (Cascade?), pale malt and a 'horse-blanket' mustiness. The flavors were at once a focused blast of hops, slightly citric and mostly floral. Grapefruit notes were most defined adding a pleasant bitterness but the malt was too soft to offer proper balance. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, the body medium and the carbonation good. A crisp and solid IPA.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Wet Mountain IPA from Il Vicino Brewery Canteen
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.