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Wet Mountain IPA - Bristol Brewing Company

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Wet Mountain IPAWet Mountain IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

19 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froggyfrog on 06-14-2006)
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Reviews by rallison:
Photo of rallison
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

Altogether enjoyable..with some flaws.

For an IPA, this is very weak. However, I still rather enjoyed it. This is basically a juicy, light IPA. Subtle, pleasant malt character. Subdued bitterness. Juicy hop character. Slightly watery.

Standout IPA? No. Enjoyable, sessionable IPA? Yes.

rallison, Dec 08, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked up in Liqour Mart in Boulder. Strange no locals have reviewed this yet. Anyways...

Good looking brew, caramel amber colored body, nice and clear. White head of loosely packed bubbles, started about 1/2" thick and finished in a skim layer that looks like an agar plate.

Strong citrus and floral smells, a good deal of grapefruit with some tangerines. Has a bit of caramel maltiness evident in the aroma. Overall sweet but hints at a good dosing of hops, hope it lives up to it.

Flavor is a good deal different than the aroma. Its still good but doesn't offer the hop flavor the aroma hinted at. This has a much more pronounced biscuit maltiness to it than I expected. A fair amount of bitterness but doesn't offer up too much in the hop flavor department. Some bitter citrus rind is what I get mostly. Has some herbal, earthyness as well.

Decent mouthfeel. Not quite watery, but not quite medium bodied. Coats the mouthwell though and the bitterness hangs around a bit. A bit lacking in carbonation.

Decent drinkability. Easy to put down though with its lighter mouthfeel and simple but still bitter flavor.

blitz134, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

Orange pour, good 1" head, average retention. Aroma was mild, hoppy, I'd guess cascade and chinook up in this one.

Taste, blurs the line between apa and ipa, hoppy, but not bold, or dare I say even average for an ipa out of CO. Twinge of caramel, cara-pils I'd guess. Grapefruity bitterness. Solid beer you could drink a lot of. Nothing special, but goes good with pizza.

Beerandraiderfan, May 12, 2011
Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%

It took me a long-ass time to figure what this beer was (yeah, I discarded the bottle after drinking it and taking notes). Alls I remembered was that "Il Vicino" was on the bottle. Anyhow, this is a fine beer. I procured this at the glorious Liquor Mart in Boulder on my travels. It pours a slighty hazy amber with a rocksteady head. Floral bouquet of hops: very pleasant, quite inviting. The hops didn't overwhelm the palate - the balance was great with the malty undertones. Some citrus in the finish. A very delicious beer, that I will sadly, never find in California.

sloejams, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of ihscout426
3/5  rDev -11.2%

This one pours with no head and a copper color. The aroma is standard citrus/cascade.
The taste has a nice balance of hops and malt, but this beer is thin.

The mouthfeel is so thin and watery that I just cannot get past it to enjoy whatever else this beer istrying to deliver. Just nothing memorable about this one and I would probably pass it up for so many other good and great IPA's on the market.

ihscout426, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%

Had this at Il Vicino (sic) tonight

Poured golden/bronze with of off white head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight citric hops & some breadyness

T: Crisp citric hops & breadyness up front. As this warms the grapefruit & piney hop attack take over Finishes with loads of citric hop snap & a bit of caramel

MF: Medium bodied with slight over-carbonation & very good balance

Drank too easy, this reminds me of a slightly toned down version of edge city IPA (even though its not their recipe)

russpowell, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of buffs9
1.78/5  rDev -47.3%

Received as an extra in a trade. Bottle says it was bottle in March, so around 2 months old right now

A: Pours a deep orange with some read, not much head on this one.
S: Having a hard time describing the smell of this one, doesn't smell like any IPA I've had before, and not in a good way.
T: Pretty bland and unexciting. Missing hop crispness, some of which should certainly still be around after 2 months.
M: Medium bodied beer, average to poor carbonation
D: I'd like to try one fresh just to see if it was any better, but this is so bad I wouldn't actually go through the trouble of seeking out a fresher one.

buffs9, May 12, 2011
Photo of Taperwookie
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Taperwookie, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

mtbdonn, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of 67couple
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

67couple, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

A- Fine (but rather generic) looking IPA. A dark gold/light amber hue with that produces nice fluffy head and laces very well.

S- Sweet fruit, a touch of caramel and wheat.

T- Hits the tongue with sweet hops and sweet malts hiding underneath, fruity notes follow as the malts and grains rise to end in a surprisingly malty aftertaste. The hops again show their face here and a little bitterness hangs on the tongue.

M- Lighter than is typical of this style, maybe a 4 on a 1-10 scale.

D- Very drinkable because of sweetness and lighter body.

Overall: This could either be a great IPA or a disappointing one, depending on what you want from your beer. If you love DIPA's and strong smack-you-in-the-face hops, this IPA will fall far short. If you like APA's and sweeter IPA's, this will be a very nice beer.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Smuggled into CT from CO this brew poured a slightly hazy , burnt orange color topped with a steady off white head that faded to a consistent quarter inch head with nice lacing.

Smell was of light pine and citrus , more orange than grapefruit, and sweet malts.

Taste was very, very pleasant . A slight pine hoppiness and a bitterness that teases the back of the mouth.

Alittle watery on the tongue but not watered down.

This is a very drinkable IPA, I personally prefer more of a hop bite from my IPA, not that I was disappointed, but just expecting more zing. An ADIPA ( all day ipa ) for sure. Well balanced with a nice malt finish. Middle of the road but not to be passed on.

ohoove, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of ERASE21
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Fits more into a pale ale category maybe because of the amount of caramel malt sweetness but still has a good hint of the hop edge - but just a hint. Kinda thin in the mouth and not much carbonation but for some reason it still works. I like it. It's very drinkable and I'll probably finish the sixer I bought tonight. It reminds me of my local brewery, Dry Dock, and their IPA. I can't find how much alcohol is in it anywhere but I'd say it's around 6.2%. This beer is also listed under Il Vicino Wet Mountain IPA. From what I gather, this is a pizza restaurant in New Mexico & Co. Springs that makes award winning beers like this one. But why is it brewed by Bristol? Is it a contract? Who knows. It's not even mentioned on Bristol's web site. It's pretty good though so who cares.

ERASE21, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of froggyfrog
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%

12 oz. bottle poured to snifter.

A: A radiant bright beer, red throughout with a foamy white head.

S: Big grapefruit hop bomb. Floral. Spicy. Some alcohol with underlying caramel notes and fresh cut hay.

T: Quite good. Lots of flavor. Floral hops are prevalent, solid with a slick hop oil finish.

M: Excellent for the style.

D: Beer would go well with American or Italian food. Smooth with a nice tingly hop finish. An easy drinker.

Contract brewed for Il Vicino by Bristol Brewing Company.

froggyfrog, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

Clear, golden orange in color with an off-white head. I’m not sure why Bristol brews this under this label but whatever. The smell is slightly hoppy with some caramel malt smells. The taste starts out hoppy with a little citrus (not much) and some bitterness and then fades into a nice malty aftertaste. This is pretty good although the mouthfeel seems thin to me. What does the name mean, I’ve never heard of Wet Mountain?

ArrogantB, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of LittleDon
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%

A pint at the Bristol Brewery taproom.

Golden with a chill haze. Decent head and head retention. Good lacing. Muted aroma with more malt characteristics then hops. Muted hop front that quickly fades. Bitter back end. More pale ale than IPA. Maybe this has been sitting around for a bit, but much of the hop characterics you expect from IPAs were missing.

LittleDon, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured a weak dark reddish color with a thin tannish-gold head. It smelled of bitter hops, but also with tones of fruit and wheat. The taste was notthat great, in fact the taste was severely lacking. It need some work. The hops, malts were to subtle. Very weak IPA.

barleywinefiend, May 16, 2008
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

afsdan, Apr 03, 2014
Wet Mountain IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.