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 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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Photo of AdamBear
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-dark gold with a thick cream colored head

S-aged herbal hops. Medium strength. Smells older than it should

T-comes in with a very bitter flavor of aged grains and hops. It's actually an extremely bitter taste. The flavors themselves are...not wonderful. Has a more citrusy after-taste

M-creamy slightly watery carbonation with a watery finish

O-it's not a terrible IPA really. I'm not big on the flavors, but they do seem to become more complex as I drink it. It gets more and more easy to drink as well.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice gold yellow half a finger head, minimal lacing.
S - Herbs, grapefruit peel, mild malt, some spices, banana, and a hint of alcohol
T - Bitter hop attack with a spicy touch, lots of belgian style banana flavor here as well, some herbs in the finish.
M - Big alcohol and spice burn that doesnt really set well with me.
O - As it warms up it gets harsher, not the worst double IPA ever, but a far cry from good, but its still interesting for sure.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dried apricot orange, very murky, and with a nice, sticky soft white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: This was a dead ringer for Dreadnaught if I've ever smelled it. Funky citrus, with quite a bit of sugar, along with roasted toffee and caramel.

T: Quite delicious. I particularly liked the "Flintstone Vitamin"-esque finish that made this one smooth mama jama. Lots of orange peel, particularly on the mid-palate.

M: A good bit of candy-coated booze, which I personally felt cut through the sweetness quite well. Still, lots of sugar here and you should brace yourself for that. Trust me though: It's worth it!

O: This was much, MUCH better than I was expecting based on the reviews here. You Dreadnaught fans are gonna love it.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber, bottle dated 'ENJOY BY JUL 15 2013' poured into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden orange color, very bubbly like champagne with a finger of off-white color head that fades rather quickly. Nice collar of lacing.

S - Has some notes of grapefruit, and a little tinge of alcohol. On second smell, I'm getting a honey caramel malt.

T/M - The taste is a little boozey, with some citrus hop notes. Nothing really big, just balanced. There is a malty backbone, and a hoppiness in the end, but nothing that wows me. Light/medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O- This DIPA is meh. Nothing really as big or as bold as I would expect from a DIPA.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the real history. True Anchor Steam is an original early American small brewery beer. However, Pennsylvania has served Yuengling is a small crafty brewery that's been around a helluva lot longer than Anchor and serves a helluva lot more interesting unique lager than Anchors lemony piss.

So where does Boulder Beer come in. Well Boulder Beer predates Sam Adams Beer. Although Boulder never made the big splash that Sam did. Boulder was an early new success and the beginning of a long line of new American Brewers who took on the giant USA crappy beer makers. I drank a Boulder beer back in 82 in downtown Boulder. Sam Adams never sold a beer until 1984! I surmise that this was genesis of the new American beer movement .

What about Mojo. Nice IPA. Reminded greatly of Duvel's Triple Hop in aroma and taste. I am not an IPA type of guy, but this was good to me. Thumbs up. A strong 3. Plenty of good flavor.

Drink to the sounds of some nice music that has come from the Boulder area. One in particular was a drummer who taught for a few summers at the Naropa Institute named Jerry Grannelli. I enjoyed was a Jerry's duet cd called Iron Sky.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear copper, very little head. Smells of piney hops.

Taste opens up with piney goodness. Hops stay forward and I don't get much variation in the profile, just straight pineyness, not really citrus at all. A little biscuity around the middle, just enough malt. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation, a little sticky. Overall this is a good DIPA. Good, not great. It's a nice beer to try if you're into the style. I'd say give it a shot, but it doesn't make it into my top 10.

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Photo of swampski
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this as the mystery brew in a brewer's dozen from Boulder Beer. I'm the type of cerevisaphile that likes a pale ale done just right, but shudders at the thought of one not done right (which I'm unfortunately I'm discovering is more typical than those done right.) I'm always open to a pale ale that works for me, as a change of pace from other styles.

One particular pale ale type of brew that I found most enjoyable on a December ski trip to Colorado was Odell's Isolation Ale. My goodness, what a fantastic full bodied concoction. Unfortunately, it only seems to be sold there is Colorado; I would buy it in a heartbeat if it were available in my home region of the eastern Florida Parishes of Louisiana. With that said, I must say that this particular concoction from the folks at Boulder Beer does a fairly decent imitation of that ale - IOW, it's a pale ale that works.

One characteristic I find of pale ales that I don't like is the high level of bitterness; this ale has just the right amount of bitterness - enough to be "pale aley" without making the drinker cringe. While keeping that under control, this ale hits the palate with a rather delicious fire hose level of malt, somewhat like the Isolation Ale, but more raw (and powerful!) I find it a bit dissonant that the Alstrom Brothers hail the Isolation Ale, but judge this is poor.

The alcohol level is like double the normal, and yes, you feel it! Drinking this been reminds of the antibiotic regimen of azithromycin, in which 2 pills are taken the first day, followed by 1 per day thereafter. Drinking one of these would be like taking the double dose - so I could see starting off a session with this, and then moving on to other, more sessionable brews. I don't know how anyone could drink this as a session beer - it's just too much!

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Photo of Shade1951
2.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this beer to be very disappointing. Full disclosure: I tried this about an hour after having sampled Sierra Nevada's HOPTIMUM, which was superb.

I can't quite make out the aroma. It is certainly strong enough, but not especially appealing. There is a slight, off-putting, "rotten fruit" quality to it.

The taste fares about the same. It's not horrible, but each gulp makes me cringe slightly. I guess I'm getting some hops, but I can't say that the taste sensation is pleasurable.

One positive is that the high ABV really doesn't exert itself very much.

I don't know anything about the brewery's other offerings, but this is one I would not willingly imbibe again.

If I had tried this BEFORE trying the HOPTIMUM, would my review have been more positive? Seriously, I really, really doubt it.

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

Draught @ Mad Mex: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish golden color. It had just a wisp of an off-white head, yet still left a little lacing. The smell is good. It has a big hop nose. Lots of grapefruit and some pine notes. Not too bitter, but lots of hop flavor. Some grapefruit and biscuit flavors. There is some sweetness buried in there trying to break free. Nice.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep-amber color with a fairly large creamy off-white head. As it recedes it leaves some very nice streaks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with piney and citrusy hops. Then I get some more depth of grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple hops. As it warms you can notice the underlying sweet, bready and slightly caramelish maltiness.

The tastes follow the aroma but with a wider maltiness. Pale malt sweetness, caramel and toasty bready malt flavors as well. The hops remain the same, piney and citrusy, with much less tropical fruits than were in the aroma. Slight alcohol kick as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly sugary, with an emergin ABV alcohol bite.

Overall, this is a very well-rounded and balanced DIPA, but the higher than normal ABV for the style makes the finish a bit too biting. This would be better served in a 12 oz bottle, maybe in a 4 pack so you could have one a night as opposed to being "forced" to consume a whole 22 oz. in one sitting.

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

12oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 4$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, guava

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some pineapple mixed with guava and some grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a good dose of hop bitterness.

Overall - The best before date is today, so I don't have the freshest example. It's still a pretty good beer though. It has a bit of a strawberry/guava like fruitiness to it.. that I don't really care for. But the hops are potent and the booze is well hidden. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again, but I'm glad to have tried.

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Mojo Risin' Double IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.78 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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