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Mojo IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo IPAMojo IPA

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jon on 08-27-2003

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a clear golden with some orange hues and a slightly rocky, creamy off-white head that eventually forms a nice film atop of the glass. The aroma is resinous hops, grapefruit, a little alcohol and some malt. The flavor is sweet malt upfront followed by some citrus and piney hop bitterness with a sweet, dry finish. Its medium bodied that is softly carbonated. This is a pretty decent beer but certainly doesn't stand out as anything special.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a yellowish color with some hazy to it. The head was white and pretty fluffy looking at first. The lacing was decent. The smell had a little bit of pine and cirtus. The taste was good in the beginning but by the end it seemed like the hop flavors died off by mid glass. The mouthfeel was average. Overall this beer isn't terrible but I think it just loses something half way through.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Stubbies in Gainesville. This one pours a bit murky hazy gold, with a creamy small white head. Aroma is nice, with the expected pine hop profile in the smell. But the flavor is lacking and muddled. Dusty, dirty pine flavors with very little bitter, fading into a caramel fruit base as it goes down. This is really more like a weakly hopped pale ale or summer ale. Relatively light bodied but just not much going on, and a bit watered down. Not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a tripel karmeliet glass...The beer is a clear light copper, very dark for an ipa. A dark off white head with really nice retention and decent lacing...The aroma is very sweet, lots of pineapple, bread and caramel notes on the front. On the back is a slightly generic hop presence that cuts the sweetness but is just a tad "off"...The offness of the aroma presents even more on the taste, the sweetness is gone and you get just hops from a stale metallic bitter hop that is frankly played out and boring.

A boring ipa not worth trying.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Poured a light, clear copper with a bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is a pleasently hopped floral and citric mix, with a decent malt backbone.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is adequately hopped, but the hops taste rather generic. They're trying to be over the top without being tasty. The malts are fine and create a nice sweet background for the hops. The mouthfeel is full but a bit cloying.

Drinkability and Overall: This is your average American IPA. It's not a horrible one, but a far cry from the masterpieces coming out of some other American breweries.

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Photo of cbn
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden, pale-amber, with many medium to large bubbles. Good, firm creamy-white head settles patiently with fair retention and some lacing.

Leather, sweet malt, vegetal and cereal aromas.

Bright citrus(lemon), pine, bitter greens,sweet malt and dry biscuit flavor.

High carbonation and hop bite combine with the dry pale malt and alcohol astringency to keep this one on target for style.

Well balanced, clean, slightly more dry than many American IPA's.
I think this offering holds close to the original spirit of the IPA.

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Photo of sjverla
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Very citrusy. A little grassy. A little metallic. Nice sugar cookie maltyness.

Appearance: Bright orange and hazy. Nice white head that lasts perfectly. Not too long, not too short.

Taste: Sweet and boozy. The hops come in at the the end, but not terribly strong. Fruity and juicy, which is nice, but really lacking in bitterness. Easy drinking.

Overall: I liked this one, but damn, I wish it had more hops. It was fresh, too. If the bottle wasn't dated, I'd give it a pass and assume I missed the optimal freshness, but no such luck.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a large white head.

Aroma consists of grapefruit and pine hops.

Flavor simply follows the aroma. Citrus and grapefruit beginning with a bitter pine aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. There are stronger hopped beers, but this one’s flavor comes through loud and clear. Not much else in the flavor specturm here though.

Mouthful is fine, bordering on creamy.

Drinkability is a toss up depending on your likes. It did go down easy, but I found it a bit too hoppy for my pure enjoyment. I wish it had more flavors that went outside this currently popular line of grapefruit and pine tastes.

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Photo of Reillybrews
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought 6 pack of cans, drink by date 2 months from now. Poured into glass, nice looking beer, light orange glow with 1/2" head. Nose was sweet caramel with subtle grapefruit, stone fruit/grape must aroma. Smooth, sweet mouthfeel, light bitterness at first that lingers with a light dry finish. Nice beer but I get the feeling the ones I am tasting are a bit aged despite the best by date. Oxidation?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It has a superbly sticky texture and good retention; the former allows it to leave a nice ring of lacing on the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing. (4.5)

Smell: There doesn't seem to be a significant hop presence here. There is a bit of flowers and apricot coming from the Amarillo hops, but the primary note is a sweet, white bread maltiness (which I prefer to the more burnt caramel/toffee I get from darker IPAs). Actually, there isn't a significant anything to this IPA. I'd reckon the nose about 15% too subtle for its own good, in fact. (3)

Taste: Flavors of nettle, flowers, and apricot hit the palate first. Between the beginning and ending hop flavors (though the latter is more of a bitter finish), there's a pleasant maltiness lurking in the mid-taste. Instead of obstructive toffee, the flavor is closer to sweet bread, or maybe even sugar cookie. Nothing too exciting here, but at least it's not loaded down with crystal malt. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's a bit flabby as far as IPAs go: it has a full body and a sweet finish that hinders its ability to go down the palate. Carbonation is somewhat weak...maybe that's why. Luckily, the bitterness gives it some drinkability back. (3)

Overall: This isn't your typical crystal-malt-and-piny-hops IPA; this is more floral, with a lighter (yet still sweet) maltiness. It's still maltier than I prefer, but I think its malt backbone is genuinely likable. I'd gladly give a fresher sample another chance. (3.25)

3.24/5: Not much stands out here, but at least they got the maltiness right

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with some haze and a good foamy head, good lacing.

Hop dominant aromas, with floral notes and some grapefruit. Tough to find much else in here.

One trick pony. Big (but not giant) hop flavor, with good citric rind notes, but not enough to get in the way of thee rest of the flavor of the beer. There is the problem -- not much else offered in malt or complexity. Some light toasted malt, a little watery caramel, and little else. Eh.

Medium bodied with some stickiness in the finish. I dig this part.

Overall, an ok beer, but not worth pursuing again. Easy to drink, but not enough to make you want another right away. By no means bad in any way, but a bit average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid IPA. Orange pour, average head, big hops in the nose, must have some good dry hopping.

Taste, good whallop of bitterness, strong malt backing too. Kinda thick relatively speaking. Becomes grainier downbottle. Bitterness gets stronger, dry hop characteristics become more subdued. Like it more in the beginning.

A little pricey, but definitely worth a try if you're a hop guy and you've never had this.

EDIT: I've had a few more of these, and they just seem to go downhill more and more. Even though the best by date is still a month away, it just doesn't have what it takes to make it a good recommendation for a hophead.

Original rating was 4/4/4/3.5/3.5

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color with a slight haze. Poured with about a 1 inch head that stuck around nicely. A little sweeter smelling than I expected for an IPA, but still inviting. First taste wasn't what I expected either for an IPA. Had below average hop bitterness, but something else just wasn't right. Almost had a little grapefruit flavor hidden in there, which I didn't care for. Mouthfeel was good with medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat drinkable only because it was a pretty week representation of an IPA with no noticeable alcohol taste.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden yellow lighter than most IPAs

Somewhat sweet aroma

Taste similar to smell however unpleasant aftertaste

Feels nice, like most IPAs

Overall decent I wouldn't go out of way to recommend

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Photo of trumick
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color, clear with a thick off white head, and lacing all around.

Scent is of sweet malts, weak though, piney citrus pith more orange than grapefruit, and a huge metalic overtone that over powers the rest of the smell.

Taste pretty much follows thhe nose. There is the weak sweet malt charater upfront then as the taste evolves the orangish/piney pith flavors take over along with the overpowering metalic taste.

Mothfeel is a bit thin-bodied for the style. The carbination is subdued also.

Drinkability is ok, but nothing to write home about. I wouldn't turn one of these down if offered to me but, i'm pretty sure I wouldn't purchase any more.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Powerful floral and grapefruit scent and great head with full lace, that's already two plusses, yep, this is an ipa. Lighter orange with slight cloudiness. Mouth is like fruit cocktail??? Yep, the first impression I had was like the lite syrup from a cheap fruit cocktail. Also the note of, furniture polish lemon?? That makes this a very different experience, confusing, but...hell I don't know.

So, it's all hops in this one, grapefruit, unbalanced, raw, like an imperial IPA, yet, there is that detracting finish on this. Maybe they made this way to strong and got the balance off? I love a good IPA but this was off for me.

Needless to say, I don't think I'll be having another.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky orange appearance with some decent lacing. Faint citrus and orange flavor aromas gently permeated from the drink; nothing too special. Moderately strong bitterness was a little off-putting in its taste department. Good carbonation. Overall, it was pretty decent but a little too strong in taste.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Marketing blurb, no date or abv listed.

Aroma: Hops, of course, mostly pine and citric all supported by a deep sugary base

Appearance: Light orange glass sports a thin cover and slightly thicker ring that leaves little lace

Flavor: Sugary malt is very prominent and the hops are toward the bittering end verses the aroma end. Fairly upside down for an American IPA, but too hoppy for a British IPA.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, thick texture, oily finish

Overall Impression: Not as enjoyable as the Hazed and Infused we had just before it. The malt base just seems a little too heavy, or the aroma hops too light. Not bad, not great. Hand carried back from Albuquerque.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For whatever reason (age prolly) this beer just keeps falling score wise over the years for me.

Always looks nice, orange appearance, 1/2" off white head. Occassionally this will pop with dry hopping, other times, it won't. I dunno, don't remember if they bottle date.

Taste has lots of crystal malt and substantial bitterness. Relatively thicker than average in terms of syrup and viscosity like feels. Evolves into ipas from yesteryear.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I love the label, and would consider buying a cycle jersey with this logo, but the beer itself... Kind of "meh"... There is not a lot of hops aroma or flavor. It's IPA Lite IMHO... very refreshing, but it lacks the hop dominance that I personally look forward to in an IPA.

I'm tasting it head-to-head with three other IPA's: Pyramid Outburst, Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops and Oskar Blues Deviant Dales. Of the four, this is the weakest...

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from nitro-tap into a standard pint glass at Global Brew Tap House.

A-Pours out an uber-cloudy,creamy orange with a tight,dense,creamy,snow white head of two fingers that resembled whipped vanilla yogurt,lasted for the duration of the pint and left insanely thick,sticky lacing deposited on every inch of the glass.

S-There really wasn't much here and I know that that can be a result of the nitro-tap so I will keep that in mind.Mild,stale citrus and some biscuity malt mostly.There is also a faint mineral quality to it.

T-There was a little more hop presence here with some subdued citric and pine notes.Once again,a pale ale style malt body was detected.Muted hops and a somewhat bland malt backbone made this beer pretty average.

M-Great mouthfeel.Dense and creamy with a touch of IPA bitterness.More flavor overall would have raised this beer a few notches for me.

O-I need to try this beer from a standar tap to truly see what effect the nitro-tap has on this beer.I was a little dissapointed with this offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had three or four samples of Boulder's Mojo IPA at a beer festival in Frankenmuth. I always thought about picking up one of these but never got around to it so when I saw it was on tap at the beer festival I thought I should give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. Poured on tap into a 4oz plastic boot.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks nice. It a poured a golden yellow color that took on an orange tint when held to the light, it had one fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end. The beer didn't look to bad.

S- The first thing that I pick up is a slightly stale malt aroma that has a medium amount of sweetness and imparts some bready and grainy aromas. Up next comes the hops that seem to be floral and citrusy with the citrus seeming to stick out the most with some pineapple aromas and a slight pine aroma towards the end. The aroma was good, I liked the citrus hop aromas.

T- The taste seems is a little similar to the aroma. It starts off with some grainy and bready malts with a medium amount of sweetness, they have a stale flavor that is a little off putting. The hops aren't as citrusy as they were in the aroma and impart a king of weird pine and floral taste. It had a light amount of medium bitterness, with a grainy and slightly floral aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting American IPA.

M- Not that smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel seemed to be pretty average.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average example of an American IPA, the beer just didn't come together as well as it should have. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it isn't too smooth and the flavors don't hold my interest. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it had some nice hoppy citrus aspects to it and it also didn't look that bad. What I liked the least about the beer was the bland malt base and the weird hop profile in the flavor, it just didn't work for me. I wouldn't buy this beer again and this isn't an IPA that I would recommend to anybody I liked. This was my first beer from this brewery and it didn't make for the best first impression, all in all just an average American IPA that isn't memerable, I hope the Mojo Risin is much better since I already bought a bottle of it.

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite IPA, there isn't enough hop character in this one for me. Wouldn't be a bad if I wanted an APA or something less aggressive. Average color, aroma, carbonation and taste. Worth a try if you've never had it and certainly better than any mass market beer, this one is still not my favorite.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, bright orange/gold. Thin head that leaves a a solid ring of big bubbles

A lot of citrus hops. Some pine resin and a little mango. A small amount of sweet caramel and honey.

Very bitter with an overload of piercing citrus to piney. Very dry and unbalanced towards the back. The hops seem way out of whack and overbearing. I can barely get through the hops to pull anything else out of this beer.

Relatively light body but hard to get past the bitterness. Struggled through my bomber.

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Photo of freed
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a light smattering of fizz on top. The clarity is nearly perfect and the carbonation dances to the top refreshing the foam.

The aroma is suggestive of mild floral hops and seems to be missing the aggressive tail of whatever they chose (Centennial?). Its a delicate aroma and is reminiscent of the all-good properties of Dreadnaught.

The taste doesn't have the same all-good properties though - and it almost seems like the aroma got the good parts of the hop and the taste got the brash parts. There's a mild sweet malt body that isn't enough to compete with what starts as a somewhat pine sap bitterness and only gets harsher once swallowed. Its almost like a purely bittering hop like nuggets were used so there is no mild delicate floral or citrus, just caustic.

Its not a very encouraging beer when the aftertaste is like pine needle. So its not the most drinkable, but I'll make an effort. It could really use some milder hop as a dry hop to smooth the transition.

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Mojo IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,920 ratings.
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