Mojo Risin' Double IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Mojo Risin' Double IPAMojo Risin' Double IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UnionMade on 02-12-2007

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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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend left me a bottle of Boulder's Mojo Risin' Double IPA out of the four pack he brought over. I have had this beer before, but it's time to do formal review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't look to bad and is a little eye catching, the name makes me think of Jim Morrison. It poured a nice slightly orange golden yellow color that took on a nice orange color when held to the light. It had four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a very good looking DIPA, it had good color and a great head.

S- The aroma starts of with some sweet malts that impart some grainy, bread crust, and slight caramel aroma. After that comes some more sweetness right next to a whole lots of hops that impart some nice citrus aromas like orange, blood orange, grapefruit, and pineapple with a slight spicy aroma on the finish. This beer has a good balanced aroma, first I get the malts then I get the citrus hops, It smells similar to pineapple orange juice.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma, but it isn't nearly as citrusy and fruity. It starts off with some sweet malts that impart some grainy and bready flavors, but it seems like the caramel malts stick out the most but are very sweet. Next comes the hops which are mainly citrusy but the citrus is a little dull and I really can't pick up the different fruits like I did in the aroma and there's also floral and slightly spicy hops thrown into the mix. I hardly got any booze flavors which is pretty impressive for 10.5%. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a grainy and slightly citrus like aftertaste. I thought the taste of this beer was close to average for a DIPA, the flavors seemed a little muted, but the booze was hidden nicely so I think it's slightly above average.

M- Pretty smooth, a little oily, on the full side of being medium bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad and was pretty true to style, I think it's a little above average.

Overall I thought that this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of an DIPA, this beer was headed in the right direction but the taste didn't have that extra wow factor that the great DIPA's have. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down smooth and the 10.5% wasn't that noticeable, but I still think one would be enough for me since the flavor doesn't do the best job at holding my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice and true to the style. What I liked least about this beer was the that the flavor didn't live up the aroma and have the extra wow factor. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I sure wouldn't turn around, it's worth a try but I don't think it will be a favorite. I thought Mojo was a pretty average IPA, with Mojo Risin it's a little above average. the brewery seems to be around average, I have yet to be impressed with any of their beers, but I'm still willing to try more. An ok DIPA, but it can't compete with the best of the style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with decent clarity. High protein content in the fluffy head makes for serious stickage. 4.0

Malty DIPA aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon with a ripe booze wafting in. 3.5

Too much malt, too much booze. Barleywine-esque with notes of candy caramel, alcohol, and some lemon, agave, and white grapefruit flavors. Lemony and toast-malty make a funny combo. Not my cup of tea. 3.0

A little harsh in its strength. Kind of thick with medium-high carbonation. Tingles in the mouth. Mild stickiness. 3.0

Not too impressive. Laboring through my 12oz pour. 3.5

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber-gold with 1.5 fingers of thick off-white head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet toasted malts, caramel, some pine, oranges, pineapple and grapefruits.

Taste. Sweet toasty malts, lemons grapefruits and pine. Lots of bitter grapefruit rinds in the end that last a while on the tongue.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. A little bit of warm alcohol.

Overall. Nice great big dipa. The high abv is fairly well hidden and there's plenty of tongue numbing hops to satisfy.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has some fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation that churns them around the glass. It poured with a one and a half finger high off white head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with thick rings of lacing coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are some aromas of citrusy hops in the nose (grapefruit really seem to stand out) along with some notes of caramel malts and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the caramel malt flavors are a lot stronger (as evidenced by the beer’s high alcohol content). There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable for its strength because the alcohol is not perceptible in the taste. There is also a rather good balance between the malt and hops, although this beer doesn’t have as much bitterness compared to others in the style so it will fall short for hopheads.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber; thick, dense, light brown head; decent retention

S - bread, citrus, pineapple, alcohol

T - bread, alcohol, grapefruit, pineapple

M - warm, a bit boozy, good carbonation, medium to full bodied

The alcohol is a bit intense and slows down the drinkability considerably. The flavor overall is good. It's worth checking out. If the booze mellows out it'd be a more solid offering.

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Photo of sjverla
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose: Citrus and resin at first. Strong biscuity malts. Berry esters. Not super-fantastic.

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper with a tight, frothy head. The color appears a little thin.

Taste: Bitter and boozy. No real balance. Dark green and grassy and slightly metallic. The feel is thin and unsatisfying.

Overall: A disappointment. Just bitterness, but no dynamism. Glad I got a single and not the $17 4-pack.

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Photo of rangerred
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, light copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good lacing and good head retention.

Smells very citrusy with grapefruit dominating. A little bit of caramel in there too.

Taste is very citrusy up front with some caramel before a strong bitterness takes hold. This bitterness is also drying making you want another sip. Alcohol is detectable through the nose but is not overwhelming. A little metallic taste too which is not real appealing.

Overall, a decent double IPA but far from the best I have had. I probably won't pick this up again.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, from a beer of the month club at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a snifter. Pours a nice light amber with a froffy white head that stays with the beer. Smells of nice floral and earthy tones, quite balanced. Tastes of sweet hops and malt, however with an alcohol overtone that really sticks out. Beer is very smooth and carbonation is great, however, the alcohol overtones leave a funky taste. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one as an extra from mdfb79 - Thanks Dan!

Enjoy by date says Aug. 18, 2012
22oz to pint glass

A: Pours a darkened honey color that is leaning more towards brass. Brilliant clarity with lots of carb evident. Forms a perfect two fingers of bone-white froth that retains well. Eventually craters down leaving some clumsy webbed lacing upon the glass.

S: Aroma starts off with some nice dank florals and pine notes with some underlying citrus fruits. Like tangerine peel. A bit of solventy fusel alcohol exudes, taking over from there.

T: Man this one is boozy hot right off the bat. Distinct rubbing alcohol notes that are quite distracting but eventually do mellow out allowing the hops to assert themselves. Candied citrus fruits, pineapple, and evergreens. Nice fruity apricot. Upper moderate bitterness hits the top palate. Malt is just a confectionary afterthought.

M: Mouthfeel is warming for sure but somewhat lighter for such a big DIPA. Probably closer to medium in body. Upper level of carbonation. Nice drying finish.

D: Big and boozy. Not terribly bad but I found it difficult to discern some of the nice hoppiness through all of the fusels here. This brew was much nicer as I made my way through and some of that hottness resided. Malt is a nice supporting character.
Glad to have tried but would probably pass on picking this one up again.

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Mojo Risin' Double IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.78 out of 5 based on 862 ratings.
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