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Hop Vivant - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Hop Vivant
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-09-2010)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 01:24:59 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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MikeI

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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spoony

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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 03:04:38 | More by spoony
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 17:48:08 | More by hopfacebrew
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pbsmooth

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-14-2011 19:43:28 | More by pbsmooth
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mfield14

Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-20-2011 09:10:04 | More by mfield14
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-15-2011 15:09:48 | More by kkrez
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mastodonj

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 22:58:19 | More by mastodonj
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Domingo

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 14:17:58 | More by Domingo
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HappynPeaceful

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great great beer. This has been my favorite Imperial IPA to date. The smooth bitterness had my mouth watering for more and more but the alcohol content held me back :)

Served in a wine glass, even a girls who claim they hate beer would love this one...

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 04:11:56 | More by HappynPeaceful
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This shit is good! On tap at Vine Street Pub, 8oz $4.5 ~9%ABV. It smelled like a delicious bouquet of hops. the taste was citrus, hops, grass, herbs, delicious, delicious hops. I am a sucker for a well done IPA and I can see why this won the Alpha King challenge. If you have the opprotunity, get this you won;t be disappointed!

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 03:18:15 | More by ArrogantB
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a damn fine beer. I've had it several times and was surprised to not see it on BA. Sooo...went out last night and had one...two... Notes:

This beer glows. Ruby orange, bright. Clean. Great head of soft yet sturdy foam.
Citrus, pine, soft biscuit aroma. It's strong. Smells like a DIPA.
Mellow grapefruit, pineapple and vague pine taste. Mouth watering. Malt has hint of roast, but overall soft biscuit.
Nice bite to this one without the syrupy-ness of some DIPAs. Crisp and clean. This is a great beer. An 8oz serving is a good idea, but sure doesn't last long.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 21:16:30 | More by Mebuzzard
Hop Vivant from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.