Mojo Risin' Double IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo Risin' Double IPAMojo Risin' Double IPA

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, kinda malty, with some citrus/pines. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy, with some pine notes. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a nice little brew.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boulder Beer - Mojo Risin' Double IPA. 10% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Clear, vibrant golden bodied.

Smell: Floral hops, slight bitterness, light tropical fruits, some maltiness.

Feel: Mild carbonation, light bodied.

Taste: Slightly bitter from hops, light tropical, citrus, and malts.

Overall: Had at the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. Another beer and brewery I have not heard of, so I gave it a shot. Seems like a good example of a Double IPA, mild bitterness, along with fruit, earth, and malts. Nothing overly special, but not to be overlooked either.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a hearty yellow double ipa. 3/4" white head. Aroma kind of muted for hops, some crystal malt notes.

Taste has some sweetness that helps in covering the alcohol. Plenty of bitterness. Mild citrus grapefruit like current. Too heavy in the alcohol department.

All the things that make me go meh over a double ipa are present here, only upside really is the convenient 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Transparent gold with a massive khaki head thick lacing.

Earthy, vegetal aroms with pine and caramel.

Tastes like honey, cinnamon, toffee, broccoli and powerful resin.

Punishingly bitter and boozy without much reward.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, slightly floral, caramel, a lint of tropical fruit;

T: follows the nose; a little harsh; alcohol is noticeable; citrus evident at mid-palate and stays through the end; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the little bit of harshness detracted from the flavor;

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Photo of nakedasajbird
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good and more complex than the mojo. More malty. It was a great surpise beer in their mixed 12 pack but I think I would buy a different 6/4 pack if I was looking specifically for an ipaipa

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't think I had tried this previously, so I grabbed one today. I had some preconceived notions about what it would be like and I am glad I was wrong. It has a much more unique character than I expected.

It pours beautifully with tons of head and lace. The aroma is strong and hoppy, with some nasty dirty too.

The taste is hoppy and bitter, and not at all malty, like I expected. The aftertaste is bitter. Extremely bitter.

It is a very off balance, huge beer, but it is supposed to be for this style. It earned the huge price tag with the mountains of hops it must have taken to get it this bitter and aromatic despite being 10.5% alcohol.

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Photo of Loganbrau
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer is a beautiful translucent dark amber, with a fine, almost-white head. Very rich color!

S - I get a lot of plum, dark fruits, some grape... slight hints of chocolate or toffee. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

T - Same as smell, but the hops are much more present. Aftertaste is fruity and hoppy, and sorta dark for a DIPA. Alcohol is masked pretty well as a 10% ABV, but there is a pretty noticeable warmth in the throat.

MF - Smooth and slightly on the heavy side. Medium hop oils on the palate. Carbonation is medium-light, just right for my liking.

Overall this DIPA is heavier and fruitier than others that I've had, it leans toward being a Belgian almost- with much more hops. It's unique for its style and much under-appreciated. Maybe this was a good batch or something. Usually I agree with BA reviews but I'm seeing much more in this beer than what I see here. It's quite enjoyable and I recommend picking it up!

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The deep color is impressive. The clarity is interesting. It pours a bit sloppy with no real head. Bottle states best by 7/8/14.

S- Very weak aroma. I can smell the hops, but it doesn't hit me very hard. There is nothing particularly off putting, but it doesn't grab my attention either.

T- The taste has some citrus flavor. It doesn't sit and stay awhile. It passes very quickly with no impressive aftertaste. It's a refreshing beer for such a high alcohol content. It's smooth, not overpowering. Doesn't leave me wanting a second.

M-It holds a cream feel in my mouth. There is a spotty feeling, doesn't fill my taste buds. It hits one corner, then leaves quickly. Gives it a mysterious undertone.

O- I would enjoy this beer in late August on a porch in northern Wisconsin. I appreciate it for what it is/wants to be. It's very non-conformist, I'm going to do what I want- kinda beer. It's just being what it wants to be, not impressing, but not unreliable either. I would drink it again, just not one after another. It's really good at hiding the high alcohol content.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Nice, rich amber color. Finger of head, great lacing.

Very hoppy, fruity scent. Tropical fruit, like mangoes at a fruit stand.

To be perfectly honest, after seeing how the Bros. reviewed this, I thought it was going to be garbage. Maybe Boulder Beer has improved this DIPA since then. Tastes better than I expected. Good hoppy bitterness, very enjoyable. Definitely worth picking up and trying. I got mine in a Great Brewers variety pack so I can confidently say this has been the highlight of said pack.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/28/2014. Pours crystal clear bright orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of juicy hop flavors and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good complexity of juicy hop flavors and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

With my high regard of Mojo IPA, I take a walk into its stronger version. 10% ABV? You got it. On to the beer:

Beautiful to look at. Two finger's thickness of airy head and a crisp clean copper body in a chalice are stunning to look at. The lacing is excellent too. Now to stop and smell the roses...ok, I taking my expectations down a few notches. There are subtle notes of orange and tangerine, but the nose is erratic. Mixed in are lawn clippings, weed killer, and leaves. I'm not sure if I'm smelling Double IPA or gardening work.

it tastes strong, but the flavor itself doesn't pull its weight. There's a strong sense of alcohol tasted first, though it isn't obvious and is disguised with a little citrus. Add in some burnt plants, astringency, a bitterness that not only is quite strong, but sticks around in the aftertaste. Despite some flaws, the beer itself is slowly but surely consumed, as neither flaws become strenuous to overcome. It's a big bodied beer, with solvent alcohol hitting and cutting into the modest carbonation.

If a regular IPA is tasty, then its stronger double version must be even more tasty. The beer taster's fallacy has struck again.

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Photo of lochef81
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed this on a whim with no knowledge of its quality. No date on bottle but I get a feeling its not the freshest bottle I've ever bought. This ale pours a deep red mahogany color with almost no head and very little lacing. This does not look like a dipa. There is an unappetizing over abundance of sediment in this beer. I love unfiltered and bottle conditioned beers but this is utterly ridiculous. Literally chunks of stuff bigger than the end of one of my fingers floating around the beer. It's a definite turn off. The aroma is all malt; buttery, vanilla-y, sweet, and rich. This does not smell like a Dipa. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. This does not feel like a dipa. The flavor is very malty; follows the nose with caramel and butter notes. It reminds me of oak aged offerings. There is a little hop bitterness in the taste but it is quickly overtaken again by the malt. There is also a substantial alcohol bite but it is smooth and warming and enjoyable. This does not taste like a dipa. Overall, this one seems far closer to a barleywine or a strong ale than a dipa. I don't know if it is the age or the intention but it is definitely not hoppy or bitter by any means. I'd actually probably rate this higher if it was labeled as one of those and if it wasn't for the completely off putting appearance.

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Photo of superkustom
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now I have read a lot or reviews on this beer, mine will be a bit different. Overall, nice copper color, adequate carbonation and great grapefruit nose. The overall mouthful was silky smooth and very bold. I must admit, I purchased this beer 1 year after it was bottled. If you can let this one age, it only gets better!!! At a year, it didn't disappoint!!!

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.75 - NIce golden clear color with a big white head that sticks around forever, leaves a nice lumpy lacing too.
S - 3.5 - Smells like dirty, earthy hops, with bready, raisin-y malt in the background. It says enjoy by July 18th, 2014 so I'm assuming this is how it's supposed to smell.
T - 3.5 - Dirty, earthy hops, with overly sweet malt in the background, and alcohol - a lot of it. This is probably close to the worst IIPA I've had. I'm trying to figure out where the rank taste is coming from because I love amarillo and centennial hops. Maybe they used a bunch of sugar to increase the ABV? Maybe the wheat malt (I've never used it in an IPA)?
M - 3.5 - Alc is so present it ruins the beer. Medium mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter, just bitter. No definition.
O - 3.5 - With a ton of Amarillo hops this beer should taste like straight up orange juice. Instead, it's just sickeningly sweet and dry undefined bitterness.

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Photo of jaisiaram1
4.99/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing taste and hops, grapefruit taste makes you wanna keep drinking it,after you ship it it leaves a real good grapefruit taste in your mouth that you cant go wrong with.
its just one of the tasty Double IPA,
Smells real good and it has that powerful kick to it that you'd feel soon as you get done drinking it.
Truly great tasty fruity powerful hoppy body that would make your world and party rocks

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Nice apricot amber color ... Burnt orange. A sudsy cream colored head leaves a group of bubbles on a thin film. Lines of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel immediately, then a very clean dry woody cedar note. A bit of a spicy note to end it.

Taste: Every bit as inspiring as the nose. A thick, sweet malt presence immediately, followed by bitter hops with notes of pine and sour grapefruit rinds. A really dry sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, moderately heavy.

Overall: Better than average in complexity, all of the parts are good making for a great whole. Very bitter, a good one to take time sipping for a while.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Anyone else have "The Soft Parade" stuck in their head? (I think it's a better song...) Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pine sap, light toffee, and some wild rice growing in a patch of green grass. Haw's that for imagery? The taste brings in more of the same, though the prevailing theme is straight, unabashed resin. It's like bitterness for its own sake, but not to the degree of, say, Palate Wrecker. Still, it's overwhelming on the tongue, especially compared to the other components, and just comes off as unpleasant. A vague, blunt sweetness tries its best to pervade the background, but its results are mixed. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this thing probably had a decent idea (the basic DIPA trope of lots o' hops), but the execution proved flawed, to say the very least.

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Photo of Bauzen
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If you liked the Mojo IPA, you'll like Mojo Risin' about the same. The same is true if you disliked either of the Mojos.

Unfortunately, I fell into the later category of people who truly disliked this beer.

First and foremost, it's a barley wine, not a DIPA. Perhaps from a brewing perspective, the folks at Boulder would disagree, but from a flavor profile on the consumer's tastes, it's the farthest departure from what I know to be a DIPA.

Also, the finish tastes more like vinegar than beer.

Probably not going to revisit any more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Act25
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Freshness date says 8-14-13.

Overall - Boulder is batting 0 for 2 with me. Double IPAs also not batting as well as regular IPAs as the alcohol ends up masking the subtle hues available in the ingredients.

The American Double IPA is fad whose time is almost over.

A: Pale copper color, 1/2 inch head, fast fade, zero lacing, not much left, lots of carbonation.

S: Not much... Which proves to me that less is more. Less malt, less alcohol (than 7%) makes a better beer more oft than not. It's ironic because wine would be fine at 14%. I am tempted to let this warm, pour into wine glass and return later when it's closer to 60 f. Grassy, barnyard, hay - a bit. Not much

T: Promises grapefruit / citrus on label. Fruity, grassy in both Like the smell bitter with freshly cut grass, grapefruit rind and some pine. Stings metallic and aggressive. Alcohol causes a metallic roughness and a strange, but original rust flavor. Finishes bitter.

MF: I think I'll look forward to this at warmer temps in a wine glass later, will report back. It's very warming, not really a summer brew. Leaves my mouth ready for cognac, not a food beer. Not an after kayaking afternoon, before dinner beer.

Agree with the A Bros. low marks for DIPA. "balance is lost here".

OK - Came back after leaving in my leffe chalice for an hour. Much better, but still it's a glass of wine, not a beer. It's still an "after dinner" beer. And when I want wine, well, I have a cellar full.
I upped my Flavor & mouth feel and overall rank 1 notch after letting it warm and breathe.

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Photo of dar482
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer comes in a copper golden color.

The aroma has a huge earthy aroma with pine. It smells "old" if that means anything.

The taste follows and is almost like a barleywine. It's very bitter, but not really of citrus hops, but more of that deep earthy resin character. So deep that it's almost like bitter tea leaves.

I had this on cask, so possibly that's an issue. Without carbonation, this herbal bittering just overwhelms the palate. It's interesting for sure, but too acrid.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful clear amber color with a half finger of white head. The head sits around for quite some time eventually slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big and sweet with a decent hop hit. The sweet is a mix of caramel and lots of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango. The hop aromas are mainly of a citrus nature and have some other smells of a floral nature as well. Rounding out these sweeter and hopped aromas is a light alcohol smell as well as a bit of breadiness, overall creating one very pleasant smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready base mixed with some sweeter fruit and caramel. With these flavors so too comes a grapefruit citrus hop taste. The grapefruit grows stronger more toward the end of the taste where it is joined by some other hop of a pine nature. More toward the middle of the taste the fruit flavors of tangerine get quite a bit stronger in flavor, matching the increase in the grapefruit hop nicely. With the arrival of the pine, so too come some grassy flavors as well as a moderately strong alcohol flavor. These flavors, when all combined, take the taste to its finish were a semi-sweet mainly citrus hopped and lightly boozed flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. Both are fine for the style which when mixed with the boozy tastes keep it a slower sipper of a beer.

Overall – The look and aroma of the beer are quite fantastic. The taste is decent as well as it has an alright blend of sweet and hop with a nice warming taste and feel.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint glass, nitro on-tap.
A - Golden amber body that is almost clear. Head was about 2.5 fingers of extra-fine bubbles, ivory in color. Lacing was continuous to the bottom of the glass with a ridge left at every sip.
S - Weak for an ale of this caliber. Piney hops with citrus. I expected far more with the head.
T - Bold, bitter, hops, a touch of malt. Started on the weak side, but improved into the drink.
M - A lot of carbonation, dry on the finish.
O - After admiring the head for several minutes, I was disappointed with the aroma and taste. Some will enjoy the nitro and it was a good, but not great experience for may taste.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by Jul 9 2013 on the neck.

A: Pours a clear light amber with a full white head. Not very much visible carbonation. The head leaves some nice lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma is the first thing I notice. Pleasant with a touch of earthiness and grapefruit. A bit of malt sweetness in there as well.

T: This one is bold, a slap in the face of hop bitterness and a strong malt backbone. Hops have great flavor though and blend seamlessly into the malt. Nice fruity aspect going on with the hops. The big ABV is hidden well in all the flavor.

M: Full bodied brew with low carbonation. A bit sticky on the backend from the resinous hops but that gives it a bit of a nectary feel. Very dry.

Overall is certainly a bold and serious double IPA. Worth a try for any hophead. Need to give the Mojo a shot now.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper with one finger white head. Pine aroma with sweet grapefruit. Slick mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Sweet up front with no real hop punch. Flat, bit of a dirty dry finish. Not as bad as Mojo but really not good. Not an old bottle either, as it says Enjoy By July 2013 and it is only April of the same year. Disappointed for sure.

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