FYIPA - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2005

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by OliasOfSunhillow:
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the finest beer being served at the Mountain Sun at the moment, IMO. It's very much in keeping with the "current American IPA style" as defined by Deschutes Inversion and Victory Hop Devil, among many others. It's darker than average with an obvious malt backbone and lots and lots of piney and fruity hops. The substantial malt character allows this one to stand above the other IPA offerings at the Sun, like the old favorite Illusion Dweller and the APA Schwan Song.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nohead02
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sorry if I am vague on the details but I had this beer a week ago and didn't take notes at the time. I can say this, however -- this is an excellent brew. The hops came through in terms of flavor and smell without overpowering the malt or the taster. I was complimenting the brew (and brewery staff) the entire time I was drinking this. You can't be unhappy after a pint of this stuff.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stop in boulder was Mtn. Sun, what a great funky and fun place. This flavorful IPA was served in a typical pint glass, hazed darker amber, mellow, slight head and then leave well developed rings of fine lace. Pungent nose of citrus, hop cones and all things tasty. One of those beer you know is top quality and top enjoyment upon the first sip. Bold hops, beefy malt under support and flavor and enjoyment in every wiff and sip. highly recommended

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mountain Sun in a pint glass.

Hazy amber color with a thin layer of creamy white head that settles very slowly.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with great citrus character.

The flavor is wonderfully hoppy while still remaining nicely balanced. There's almost a honey-like sweetness up front that gives way to a crisp citrus snap of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated on tap.

Overall a great west coast style IPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Boulder. I expected an uber- hoppy, particularly with a melange of five hops. What I got ws a nice bitterness, and another IPA overall, with a muddled hop taste. Some hops in aroma.Some citrus and pine resins in taste. Might like better on a better day.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Poured a cloudy amber with a tight one finger head that retained and laced well. Grapefruit and orange aromas are very predominate. Flavor is crisper and more piney in nature. Crisp medium bodied feel with an oily finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a standard shaker pint at the brewpub while awaiting some takeout, fyipa is amber in color, sporting a frothy khaki head that shows good retention and some lace

s: the nose opens with deep grapefruit rind and dark pine notes, lots of pine needle and resin, solid malt backbone of pale and caramel, a standard well-rounded nw style ipa

m: carbonation on the higher end of moderate, body around medium

t: typical pale and caramel malt backbone, not particularly sweet, bready pale with an average dose of caramel sugar, well dosed with nw style hops bringing pine and heavy citrus flavors, bitterness high and growing stronger with each sip

o: a nice american ipa that hits all the expected notes, big on the pine hops with the malt presence to back it up

Photo of soupyman10
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one on tap at the MSPB in Boulder. Really excellent, all around - huge fruit and citrus all over the place. Perfect looking beer, with a nice billowy head and appropriate carbonation. Really, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Would definitely grab it again (wish they bottled, although couldn't top the beer on tap).

Photo of scray24
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a quart growler/mason jar.

Hazy orange/dark yellow pour with good carbonation and head.

Smell was nice - right on for the style, huge "C" hops...

Taste was solid - had 6 of their beers and all of them were good, solid efforts. Not spectacular but definitely could/would drink again and revisit.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a hazy golden brown with a small white head. A decent, albeit typical, American IPA, with a rather sweet malty nose, and a decent balance of some nice fragrant hops varieties. Taste was similar to the aroma, with a good arrangement of hops, but nothing too overwhelming, and a nice sweet maltiness going on in the background. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Photo of bookem
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried fyipa on 8/28/07. As with all mountain sun beers , you can only get them at the pub. Although this beer has been retired they occasionally will brew small batches. Not all of the beers that they offer appear on the menu. I was just lucky enough to be in Boulder when they had some.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big props to the wife for carting me to yet another stop on the mountains and breweries Colorado summer tour.

On tap at Mountain Sun in Boulder.

Hazed orange, steady bubbles, and continual sheets of lacing after each successive sip. A nice looking beer.

Smell is most tropical fruits: creamy papaya, mango and coconut. I also pulled a lot of cinnamon in both the smell and taste. Could this be the malt?

Spicy white pepper takes a firm hold on the tongue at the outset. Middle sits tropical fruits, but they are more muddled than the pungency and vividness that the beak indicated. Back end is leafy with some modest alcohol heat.

Amply carbonated, in fact maybe too much so. Toned done this might drink a bit fuller and meatier...which I'd dig. No idea the abv here.

A nice effort and another beer from a brewery that I was quite excited to visit and try.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden body.

Aromas of caramel malt with spicy, floral hops that really pop from the glass.

Caramel and toffee malt flavors lend a generous backbone for this ipa. Hops seem to be blend of english and american varietels. Bitterness is modest, enough to call it an ipa, but not too much.

Medium body, below average carbonation.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, this looks good. Hazy golden/dark amber. Seems to glow. Topped by a fluffy white head, rocky.
Floral and citrus aroma. Hints of pine. Seems to match well with the Mountain region. Makes me think of spring, yet today is snowy.
Nice flavor. Hops develop from ripe citrus to a smooth pine taste, then back to a bite and citrus again. The end hits with a sharp, but quick bite, and the taste is gone, but not forgotten. Seems to lure you in for more.
Gulp, gulp. Gone.

Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color and a bit cloudy. Smallish white head, reasonably poor retention.

Crisp, fresh pine hop aroma. All I smelled was hop, but it was fabulous! In reality could use a bit more complexity (i.e., some more malt aroma)

Fresh hop flavor sitting on top of a nice malt backbone. Hops have a piney/citrusy (grapefruit) character which is exceptionally smooth. Bitterness is significant but gentle, and the malt flavor is subdued.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Very smooth - no astringency or significant alcohol warming.

A significant, nicely balanced American IPA. Exceptional hop aroma and character, without being brutally bitter. Very nice.

Photo of tylerprince
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple on tap at the Denver branch of Mountain Sun. By far the most popular beer there from what I could tell, although I was hanging out with a bunch of hikers, and we tend to like our IPAs.

A: Pours a nice hazy, dark copper with a one finger off white head. Poor retention gives way to some thin lacing.

S: Primarily hop oils with lots of citrus notes (grapefruit); floral and pine hints. A nice hop spice blended with a sweet malt lingers in the background. Complex but not very strong.

T: Pretty much exactly like it smells. Starts with citrus, giving way to a blend of hop spice and sweet malt. Minimal alcohol presence and very little lingering bitterness. Very nice.

M: Resinous and malty, with just the right amount of fizz.

O: A very solid IPA and a great go to at Mountain Sun.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real big head...almost a full inch and dense; dark amber in color; sorta cloudy; good lightly citrus on the nose; good hop-forward beer; 'American' hoppy - dry, slightly bitter; heavy grapefruit flavor; packs a punch too; I really like the taste of this beer; it's been dry hopped and it's noticeable; I could drink 3-4 and be hammered; good flagship IPA.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up minutes ago from the Vine in Denver...might well be brewed there vs Boulder Mountain Sun, but I'll do the review here.
Copper color with significant cloudy head and lots of lace.
Aroma of floral hops, fresh bread, tangerine juice.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of pink grapefruit juice, floral and grassy hops, light brown sugar, cloves, malts. Overall this has a significant body, some funky tropical juice flavors, some hop bitterness, a creamy mouthfeel, and a touch of alcohol.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at their pub in downtown Boulder.

A: Amber and hazy. Great head and amazing retention. Had a nice half inch of head the entire time.

S: Citrus, sugar, little bit of malt.

T: Well balanced, but hop forward. Oranges, grapefruit with a nice caramel malt backbone. Very nice.

M: Creamy, good carbonation.

O: Solid IPA, pleasantly surprised with this one. Too bad they don't bottle.

Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has an orange hued amber color with a light tan head. The nose has citrus and pine hops with sweet candy malts. The taste also has the fresh bitter hops along with fruity malts to balance them out. A medium body drinks well. Posibly my favorite IPA from Mountain Sun.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler. I knew this was the one to fill my growler with the moment i tasted it. Very dark color, almost brown and quite hazy. The first taste is very hoppy and enjoyable. It does remind me of Deschutes Inversion but better.The drinkability on this one is pretty high but it seems a little strong. Highly recommended.

Photo of LittleDon
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden with lots carbonation. Nice thick white head with beautiful lace. Grapefruit aroma from the hops, probably Cascade. Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus and nice balance between the alcohol, hops, and malt. Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange red color. Harsh, but freaking awesome hop aroma, which hints of grapefruit, lemon, pine and resin, while the malt shows some nice fruits and caramel. Medium body with a slick, oily texture. Rich and well balanced, with a very nice sprucey, citrusy and resiny hop flavor and a toasty caramel laden malt backing. Awesome stuff.

Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FYIPA arrived with a hazy amber hue and a small, but firm eggshell cap. The head retains well and leaves good lace.

Citrus and pine dominate the experience. The citrus notes consist of grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, while the pine is straight up mountain forest. Malts are sweet, with a caramel sweetbread effect. The bitterness is level is strong, but not crazy. it lingers through the finish. A medium-light body is oily and a bit too fizzy. Overall, this is a very nice IPA. I'm glad my waiter talked me into it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice take on the ipa here. pours a cloudy amber color with a foamy cream colored head that lasts awhile. smells like grapefruit, resiny hops, and dry sweet irish red malts. flavor is hop dominant, and this one must have a pretty sturdy abv. some fruity and some spruce tree characteristics in the hop profile, a lasting sweetness in the finish from the caramel/amber malts. feel is a little too filling for the style here, a pitcher nearly filled me too full for dinner, but this is an ipa i will order again because the flavor is outstanding and it stands out from the crowd. really curious about the abv though...

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FYIPA from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.