Wet Mountain IPA - Il Vicino Brewery Canteen

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Wet Mountain IPAWet Mountain IPA

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85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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: 34 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5%
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 efhart
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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 amcmaho1
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label data: BREWED & BOTTLED BY BRISTOL BREWING CO., COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Bottling date appears to be notched somewhere between November and December.

Dark honey colored body; lots of yeast flecks suspended in the body; one-finger thick, foamy white head. Very little detectable aroma; some malt sweetness, maybe a wisp of pine scent when something does tickle the nose hairs. Malt-forward character initially with the taste, then a slowly developing hop bitterness that lasts through the finish; some grapefruit notes. Medium body; sweet with a crisp edge.

I assume this is a contract brewed beverage since the label distinctly states it's brewed by Bristol Brewing Company while Il Vicino pizza has locations in five locations (three in NM, one in CO, one in KS). Regardless, the IPA is okay though hardly memorable. Perhaps it's best described as a higher end English-styled IPA as far as overall character goes. I know it's been around for a long time (two decades or more - won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in 1996) and the beer style would precede the current crop of hop bomb IPA offerings. Still, despite Canteen Brewery's web site claim to be intensely hoppy in aroma and flavor (http://brewery.ilvicino.com/the-beer/), this sample doesn't deliver. It's still tasty and respectable in an old-fashioned way, but is rather pedestrian compared so many AIPA offerings currently available.

Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Lighter copper body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, nice medium film, decent lacing though splotchy.

S- Grainy pale malt, citrus mostly mild lemon zest, plenty of grapefruit. A bit of floral/grassy aromas as well.

F- Caramel, bread, lemon zest, grapefruit, mild pine-forward bitterness on the backend that leaves a nice bitter sting. On the moderately sweet side of the spectrum. For the most part, not complicated but certainly reasonably tasty.

M- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, mild drying pine bitterness on the finish.

O- Decent IPA, nice hoppiness and a good malt backbone to make a decent drinker. Nothing mind-blowing, but it's a very solid local beer to have.

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of oscarfuentes77
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a complete hophead, but if I were, this would be my go-to IPA. Maybe it was the batch I had, but I swear this could go for a DIPA without the increased alcohol. It is at the max of my hoppiness tolerance level (HTL).

Pours a pale yellow with a good bit of head that recedes into a lacing that sticks with the pint through the session. As has been noted already, the prominent smell for me was grapefruit with grassy notes. The drinkability is above average, but for someone more enamoured with IPAs I could see this being a great choice.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2010.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Very small off white head. Moderate carbonation. Faintly cloudy, amber with a slight pink hue. Aroma is strong, can smell the resin as soon as the bottle is opened, along with caramel, toffee, and butter (would be nice with lobster says A). Moderate resin in the taste, caramel. Lightly bitter resiny finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet with some ethanol.

A little too much butter for my taste, not likely to get this again.

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Wet Mountain IPA from Il Vicino Brewery Canteen
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