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Mojo IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

very good
782 Reviews
Mojo IPAMojo IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jon on 08-27-2003

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Reviews: 782 | Ratings: 1,907
Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This IPA is thick and hazy. The orange color almost looks like a Belgian-style pale ale. The head also is very thick, although it went down rather quickly.

Smell – This is a classic East Coast-style IPA. The hops are sharp and fruity and the ale has a wonderful, biscuity malt backbone.

Taste – This is a big ‘un. Again, the East Coast gumball is right on queue. The hoppy fruits are tangy and the biscuity yeast-type of malt gives this ale some terrific structure.

Mouthfeel – This medium to full-bodied Double IPA is expertly blended. It has some big carbonation (big for the style) and a bit of dryness at the end.

Drinkability – This classic East Coast IPA just melts in your mouth out of the tap. It is brilliantly balanced and a true heavy hitter.

Comments – I had this on-tap at Anam Cara for the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest pre-party and boy oh boy was it a treat.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Measuring up the different American IPA styles today. Started with the Flying Dog and now working on the Mojo.

Poured with a perfect 1 finger of foamy, quickly dissappating white head. Smelled of floral and citrus hops. Nothing else there - and nothing wrong with that.

Thicker and bolder than most American IPAs. Carbonation was neither too lively or too flat. The taste was an explosion of hops, coupled with the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Hard to make out the malt character. This beer will do well with hopheads - it did well with me.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden brown with a thin off-white head. Light, steady carbonation.

The smell is sweet maltiness and piney hops.

The taste is piney hops start to finish, a solid hop bite, but not overpowering. A nice flavorful, IPA. The hop flavor is very much like the Cascade hops I grew in the yard this year.

Mouthfeel is bitter and a little syrupy, but still kind of smooth.

A very drinkable IPA, once you get used to the hop signature.

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Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, slightly hazy with a two finger creamy ivory head, leaves thin sticky webs of lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma, Amarillo? wood, resin and citrus.
Quite a hoppy taste, reminiscent of Stone IPA but not as good, light malt backbone. Good citrus aftertaste, lemon and orange.
Medium bodied, the best I've had from Rockies Brewing.

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Photo of karengarys
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours slightly hazy rich amber, with a fluffy head that does not stick around very long - a small foamy ring and slight foam film remains. The ring laces a bit but goes away and does not regenerate, so the foam is completely gone from the top by the end of the glass.

I can't quite describe the smell. Floral and hoppy, somewhat ascedic. Though I cannot place what is going on here, it actually does smell fairly good.

taste is really good, slightly sweet, a mild hint of pine hops, some dryness in some other kind of hops, notes of banana and mild spices. It balances well, with a hint of alcohol overtone, maybe slightly burbon like.

It has a creamy mouthfeel that goes dry in the back of the throat and turns oily as it dissappears.

It leaves a very slight bitter aftertaste. Very slight.

To me, this is a strange swing for an IPA. Not sure what I would classify it as, though. If you sort of like IPAs, but are looking for something with a little less bite than usual, search high and low for this and give it a try! If you are a staunch IPA lover, give this a try anyway - it will be an interesting sample. Overall, I do recommend trying this if you can find it.

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Photo of alexgash
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy orange body with a dense, yet compact, light-tan head. Doesn’t stick around too long.
Nice smells of toffee and fruit malt, set against a perfumey bouquet of citrusy, Amarillo hops.
Taste starts off with a jolt of juicy, acidic grapefruits. The juicy, citric character lasts as biscuity, lightly fruity malts come in to say a quick hello. Bitterness swells into the appetizing finish. Good hop presence throughout, with the malt being pretty secondary. Pretty big mouthfeel. Slightly chewy, good carbonation. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice. I found this at the new World Market in town, and had never seen it before. Aroma bursts out of the bottle, fruity and hoppy. Pours a light amber color, with nice head and lacing. Flavor does not disappoint, very much like the aroma. The only negative is a strange, thin fizziness underneath, which feels a bit like orange juice to the palate. This is a pretty good IPA, and I don't have many good options close to home (so I'll buy this out next time).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, clear, copper color that is topped by a thick light tan head. As I pour this I get a wonderful hoppy aroma that has notes of citrus and apricot. Wow, as I go in for a better sniff, the fruity hoppiness is quite pronounced. Mandarin orange dominates but there are notes of tangerine, apricot, grapefruit, and freshly squeezed orange juice. As expected the taste is intensely fruity as well, from start to finish. It does not have as much bitterness as I was expecting, but this beer is all about the hop aroma and flavor. This beer is just a showcase for Amarillo hops, quite intense, and quite tasty. The malt is only here subtly, as a supporting cast, there is just enough sweetness to perk up the fruitiness of the hops, but that is about all I really pick up.

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Photo of Truh
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fought some Fembots with this one on 8/25/2004. 16-oz. pour at ACPH in a pint glass.

Thin but focused head with some cratering at start that left some traces as the pour shortened. Very pale gold to straw in hue; just slightly darker than The Tap’s Supershow 69, for those who have had it. Nose is assaulted by a sharp, bitter hop bite, but left me saying, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” There may have been other things floating about, but the hops simply overwhelmed them if they were there. Tingly, sparkly hop bitterness ran up and through the roof of the mouth and middle of the tongue, lingering for a long period of time afterwards. The lasting hop impression was accompanied later by some light lemon zest notes and other citrus flavors, perhaps grapefruit. This is one I would happily indulge in.

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Photo of Loki
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color with a huge wispy head that leaves sticky webs of lacing all around the glass. However, the head fades way to quickly. In less than a minute it goes from a 1 1/2" head to a thin, wispy covering.

Smell: Huge fresh citrusy hops smell quickly assails the nose, followed by a nice sweet malt scent. Truly promissing

Taste: Sweet malt, citrusy hops with a slightly bitter resiny taste.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, very light.

Drinkability: Very good, a little thin, but that makes it easier to drink more than if it was heavier.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm. Mojo. 12oz pours dark golden with a short, fizzy white head that settles to a nice ring. Aromas are busting out all over, with a sweet hoppiness. Something unusual, which I realize is cedar. Haven't smelled/tasted that in a beer before. Outstanding. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise slowly. At first I think this is going to be on the raw, harsh hoppy side, but as it warms the malt balance shows itself with pleasing results. There are some caramel elements here, as well as citrus hop flavors, lemon and grapefruit. Smooth finish, hops in just the right place. Oh and by the way, my first glass was gone before I knew it, and the second...

I'm of a mind that the best offense is a good defense. So it is with this and other great IPAs - that big ol' healthy dose of malt really allows those hops to shine.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color with a small head that dies off rapidly. Not being a hop-head, the Amarillo over-hop-ness smacked me right squah in the nose. Very citrus/grapefruity hop aroma. Not much more there than a ton of hops. kmpitz2 furnished this bottle - I'd never seen nor heard of this one. He also called me girly in his review because of my tendency toward malts over hops. But I digress. The amarillo hops carry through in the flavor giving it a strong citrus character. Slight caramel maltiness in there as well as hints of the alcohol. Well made.

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Photo of Brent
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Hi, my name is Brent, and I'm a hophead." "Hi Brent." Throw this beer into the middle of a meeting of hopheads anonymous, and a riot will ensue. Wonderful grapefruity hops aroma. Rather surprisingly, the grapefruit notes did not carry into the flavor, and initially I was a bit let down that the anticipated Cascade-like notes did not smack me in the face (the bottle notes Amarillo hops are used). The hops bittering seemed rather flat at first, but the pungent hops bitterness was so well integrated and balanced, that each sip called for another. Soon, the hopping developed a pleasant herbal character that was quite engaging.

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Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light Orange.

This is probably my twentieth sampling of this beer and each time I am completely awestruck by its aroma. Shocking, fresh, hoppy, fruity aroma of orange, grapefruit, lemon and piney hop oil.

In taste, the malts are somewhat biscuity and provide a nice melded variety. The hops are fairly harsh, bitter, slightly unbalanced and gives notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine. Well hidden alcohol. Pretty Tasty.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is golden if I have ever seen it. The head is about a finger that falls to nothing quickly. The nose is all citrius hops. I can't wait to try his beer. I have clvand0 here with me trying this one too. He's scared of the hops. What a girlie man. The flavor is super. The grapefruit is just in your face. The hops are sweet and divine. I really dig this one. It reminds me of a toned down avery 11. The mouthfeel is thick and nice. Drinkability is just as good as it gets in my opinion. I could do a 6er of this one in a night easily. I recommend this highly.

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Photo of oracle
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during Rich O's Lupulin Land 2004.

Beer arrived a nice golden amber with pretty dense, but medium thickness head. I had to knock the appearance down a little due to lack of much lacing.

Smell was very nice, lots of nice floral hops without being completely over the top.

Taste was also excellent, burst of citrusy hops right from the beginning. Mildly malty and sweet in the middle with a clean brief finish.

Very very good.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston

Pours a bright copper with a solid head. Good amount of lacing.

Smells of flowery hops, malt and somewhat of alcohol.

Taste of hops, malt and light alcohol.

Mouthfeel wasn't bad, not overpowering for such a hoppy beer.

Not terribly drinkable, but a very fine and recommended brew for hop heads and non hop heads alike.

This was my first beer on the BA O'Fest Crawl and it was a great way to start the day.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick creamy head, leaves a lacy lattice down the side of the glass. Color is a deep golden amber, citrusy, dense hop aroma attacks the nose. This beer has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel with a nice malt backbone to backup the hoppiness. The hops are the dominating taste with the malt playing second fiddle. All in all, a solid IPA that's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA just hit town and it’s already a hit with me. I like the hop character in this one; it’s got that certain" twang" that I have to put down to either dry hopping or hop oils are used, and the body is pretty heavy for the style. Yum.

Best regards, Bill

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Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a very hazy copperish/golden colour, with an dense off white head. lots of heavy lace. nose is a spruce forest...pine and cedar, too. hints of smoke and spice...pretty nice! upon sipping....oh yes...now i'm drinking a hop laden offering with some malt backbone to back it up. hops come off more citrusy on the palate...bitter and puckering with a woody, earthy undertone from more hops. maybe herbal is a better word, like a bag of nuggs...anyway, i digress. nutty, toffeeish maltiness fights to be noticed through the cloud of hop madness...leading to the question about the body of this beer. it seems rather sturdy, and the mouthfeel is pretty full. so...is the intense hopping holding it up, or is there a genuine malt base balancing the load? at this point, the hops are rendering me giddy and i don't care. this concoction is a hop heads true fix. recommended.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I met one of the Rockies marketing guys at a party in Champaign, he told me about Mojo. He said it'd be here soon and that it was a beer close to his heart and to the heart of the brewery's owner.

It reminded him of a simpler time -- college -- when we did things because we wanted to. We did things because they felt right, he said. And to finally bottle all of this would mean preserving a way of life. It would mean preserving our youth. So, he went on, Mojo IPA was made to resemble one thing: the sock drawer in his dorm.

Though the beer isn't as cannabis-laden as I had expected, the distinctly bright floral hop nose exhibits much of the good that the PacNW has brought to beer. Pine, yes, but more interestingly there's an underlying nuttiness that briefly reminds me of old ale.

These focused notes develop on the palate and climax in a long, dry finish that -- though quite bitter -- is exceptionally balanced and never pressing. Considering the tameness of other Rockies beers -- not in overall hopping, but indeed in sheer bitterness -- this is rightfully a double IPA; by others' standards, it might be a touch weak. But in the end it does absolutely everything an IPA can. Mojo is a show-and-tell of deep, lively hops backed -- in structure alone -- by sweet, worty malt.

Ripe. Juicy. Balanced. August beneath a clear, open sky.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean orange\amber colered beer with asmall off white head theat leaves a little lace. A very sharp hop aroma with a hint of grapfruit. The taste is at once sweet grapfruit and a strong hop prescence. The two do battle for your taste buds. With no clear winner until after you have swallowed. That is when the hops bitterness hangs on to the back of your tongue.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a dull, cloudy dark gold color with a smallish off-white head and just a trace of fading lace.
A big whiff of floral and citrusy hops assaults the nose. A light background earthy smell and air of spruce lasts a while. A hint of malt grain and/or hay is noticed.
Tastes of caramel and a fresh bread doughy malt are soon consumed by the overwhelmingly powerful hop "mojo".
Peppery spices and piney esters compliment white and pink grapefruit, lemon zest bitterness and a light metallic tang.
You find beers like this wherever hopheads are about.

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Photo of carln26
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the Throw Down, but didn’t get a chance to rate it. I was very happy to see it on tap at RedBones today, and was even more surprised when it showed at Bukowski’s, so I got to verify my original taste. The color is a bright golden to copper. It usually has a nice full head. Light lace, not too heavy. The nose has a lot of the floral elements delivered by the hops. There is a subtle malt character in the nose too. The taste is big hops in the front, a big walloping bite. The floral character of the hops comes through mid quaff, with a mild alcohol bite on the back end. Not much malt to speak of. I’m not complaining, this is easily one of my favorite high-hop IPAs. It has a medium mouth feel, and despite the hop hit, is very drinkable.

Added note: Just had my 1st 12 oz bottle of this beer, and it doesn't dissapoint. A little clearer than from tap. Same flowery aroma, and initial hop wallop in the taste. Perhaps just a little less malt character, but a gain this beer is VERY satisfying. Still one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of thadkaster
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not for the hop un-initiated, but it IS the Mojo for hop heads. Pours the color of Peach Jam with large head. Lacing is the best that I have seen on any beer lately. Nose is incredible; whole cluster hop and peach preserves. Initial flavors include peach, hop, nice malt. After it has been open for a while the hop mellows out and the peach fades into the background. Finish is long, prevelant with hops. Just after the swallow hints of orange, vanilla, and a nice creamy texture. Overall another solid effort in the Looking Glass Series.

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Mojo IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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