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Hop Vivant - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Hop Vivant
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-09-2010

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 8
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Vine Street Pub into a wine glass.

A-The beer is almost burnt orange in color with significant haze. You can see a bit of carbonation supporting the short, dense, creamy light-tan head. I get a good bit of lacing on the glass as I drink.

S-The aroma is well-hopped, as you would expect, with citrus flavors (orange) being most noticeable, but there is also some floral notes, and a bit of zesty spice. Alcohol is well-hidden and malts are mostly in the background, but this beer has a nice toasty base to it.

T-The taste is also heavy on the zesty, lightly-juicy orange flavors. I also taste some peach. This beer is more bitter than some of the newer, sweeter IIPAs out there. Pine and floral flavors play a supporting role. Also, some spice and toast. Nice.

M-The feel is medium to full in body for the style, with an oily coating feeling that I really enjoyed. Carbonation is pretty mild and creamy.

O-Nice to finally catch this beer on tap, and it mostly lives up to its reputation. There not much to say other than to say this is a really well-done IIPA. It is flavorful, balanced, and well-constructed. The mouthfeel, in particular, is a high-point for me. Probably the best Mountain Sun beer I've ever had.

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On-tap at brewery

I believe this is their seasonal imperial IPA; it's almost red in color; crisp looking; light lacing; very small head; very grapefruity on the nose; a little sugary on the nose as well; this beer tastes like fruity pebbles; good and easy hop taste, but not overly so; really soft in the mouth; I don't notice any overly heavy malt flavor; the beer lingers; hints of anise with a mouth swish; slightly bitter too; the beer sticks to your throat long after a sip; this is a good beer.

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Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Hop Vivant is a fantastic double IPA from the crew at Mountain Sun. We went to lunch today at Vine St. and a coworker and I each ordered one. It is served in an 8oz glass and is a perfect clear amber orange color. The first aspect was the aroma which I found to be perfect: piney citrus hops with a touch of malt. First sip I was surprised how crisp the flavor upfront was without any alcohol or over malted flavors. The hops stand out and present a strong citrus flavor. The beer finishes clean and is extremely easy to drink. If I didn't have to go back to work or drive I would have enjoyed several more. Outstanding beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-07-2011 20:16:59

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA/Imperial IPA is currently on tap at Southern Sun in S. Boulder.

The color is a peachy pink hue, at least that's how it looked with the bright autumn sun coming through the front door glass.
It's served in a goblet-style glass and, no, they won't fill your
growler with it ;-).
Great creamy head although it's shortlived.

All the hops, citrus and complex piney aromas burst up your nose,
but in a good way.

With that kind of great aroma, the taste doesn't disappoint.
Truly great.

Overall, it's one that I'm always going to check for, next time
I'm in Mountain Sun or Southern Sun.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Mountain Sun’s take on a massive double IPA. It shows up at the MS locations here and there, but usually not for long.
Arrives a deep golden color. Carbonation is pretty mild, but you can see all of the crazy hop oils suspended in the light once it settles a bit.
Big tropical fruit and citrus rind on the nose. There’s no mistaking what you’ve gotten yourself into with this one.
The flavor profile reminds me a bit of Dreadnaught and older batches of Maharaja. Peaches and pineapple up-front, followed by a pine resin and mild grapefruit. The finish has a mild herbal bitterness, but the fruit character and (non-bitter) hop character mirrors it.
Bold and flavorful, this brew matches some of the finest DIPA’s around. It’s definitely more on the fruity side compared to some of the more bitter and dank takes out there, but it speaks to my palate better. It also makes for a fine paring with hearty sandwiches, which is convenient considering where it’s at.
An excellent beer that’s always worth seeking out whenever any Mountain Sun location has it. If you’re a fan of the east coast big DIPA’s, I think this one will speak to you.

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Hop Vivant from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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