Il Vicino Wet Mountain India Pale Ale | Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and Brewery

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Il Vicino Wet Mountain India Pale AleIl Vicino Wet Mountain India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and Brewery
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Rastacouere:
Photo of Rastacouere
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear orange. Irregular off-white topping. Not the most aromatic hops in there. Greenish woodstick flavours, somewhat sweaty and earthy. In mouth, it comes out dry and tannic, certainly earthy, apricot like and above all, reminding me of an old pocket of herbal tea, dull and astringent. Light bodied, fair carbonation. A pretty disappointing example of weak character for its reputation.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing hazy copper orange with an off-white head that goes to a soapy film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and toffee malts, some figs, and some piney, resinous woody hops.

Its flavor is sweet caramel and toffee initially leading to a piney hop bang with a long sticky bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbonation, but does seem slightly watery at times.

Overall an excellent IPA! Vey nicely balanced.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking brownish orange color, just a bit lighter than the bottle and just a bit darker that the average IPA. It takes a pretty vigorous pour to get much head at all, and what you do get dissipates quickly into larger bubbles before disappearing completely. The smell is dominated by hops, but there was a hint of something else that I couldn't place that was unique and not like many other IPAs. The taste as you would expect in an IPA was dominated by the hops, which come on strong shortly after hitting the taste buds. The hops are nicely balanced by a very woody/grainy taste, that is a bit piney, as well as a good bit of rich malt flavor. Seemed to have more malt balance and flavor than most IPAs. The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part of this beer. It was basically flat. I wonder if it is not so well artificially carbonated. Perhaps a natural secondary bottle fermentation would cure this and make this a very good IPA.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured with a nice looking creamy off-white head, leaving nice Belgian lace as it subsided. Rich, crystal-clear golden liquid in the ol' Duvel tulip glass. Nice amount of fresh "green" smelling hop bouquet in the nose, with some toasted maltiness to give it some bottom end. Nice hop bitterness and malty/sweet interplay on the palate from first sip...a magical balance. Hops become more dominant mid-line, dancing between flowery and bitter. Finishes up bittersweet and of the best-balanced IPA's I've sampled yet!

Hats off to jaybeerman fro the great bottle!

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a 2 finger deep, fluffed up white head> Good head retention and very good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness (lots) not much else. Not sure why I cant smell any hops, can sure taste them!

Taste: Piney hops up front followed by malt sweetmess. Dryness is present on the finish along with more hops bitterness

MF: Well balanced and good carbonation levels

Pretty drinkable not a great IPA, but good. A little more hop complexity is needed IMHO. This was brewed by Bristol for IlVicino, makes me wonder if they do the house brews at the resteraunt here?

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Photo of omegaman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of gbontrag
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the color of dried yellow cottonwood leaves. Nice Victorian white head with lace all around.

Pineapple aroma over biscuits and golden syrup.

Umm, pineapple juice, and grapefruit. citrusy smack. So wonderfully balanced with a sweetened beer bread taste. Interesting malt characteristic? It's, yeah, like a beer bread.

I could drink lots of this alone, or with American Bistro fare.

This says brewed and bottled by Bristol Brewing Co. in Colorado Springs. Must be under contract.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of efhart
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. It pours a dark orange amber with small head. The first taste and last is bitter and hoppy. It's a great hoppy/malty balanced beer. Just what a great IPA should be. Not a lot of hoppy aroma, but the taste is excellent bitter hops with sufficient malt.

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Photo of hundo
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ChrisA
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark broze with only a thin head. Good hop aroma. subtle hop flavor with a smooth finish. Would have liked it to be more aggressive up front. Good session brew.

Could be hoppier for an IPA. Still a nice beer from our local brewery. Although this is an Il Vicino beer, Bristol Brewery is the contract brewer and there methods are top of the line.

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a solid amber color with a very thick, white head. The head is long lasting and produces thick, sticky rings of foam down the glass.

Aroma is sweet and resiny. There is a rich honey and biscuit scent mixed in with pine and somewhat spicy hop notes. Some apple and pear in there, too.

A rich and bitter taste. Grain sweetness hinting at caramel, primarily is up front. A great bitterness almost immediately follows, with everything blending together in the end, seemingly switching rapidly between sugary sweetness and hop bitterness. Residual bitterness lasts through the finish.

This is a medium bodied beer, fine carbonation providing a degree of smoothness. Rich and chewy.

Certainly a big beer, at least as far as taste goes. Heavy in malt sweetness but countered by an equally strong presence of hop bittering. If strong malt and hop bitterness are what you are looking for, this beer will provide it.

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Photo of Crosling
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellowish orange with a fantastic white head. The head dies within minutes but soon displays a ring around the corner of the glass that laces quite well.

Unbelieveable aroma. Straight hops! Grapefruits, wood, melted candy, lemon and red hair from marijuana buds. Nice aroma!

Seems to be lacking flavor up front but finishes great. Grapefruit, pine and some unusual flavors that I enjoyed but simply could not identify. Overall pretty tasty!

Loosely carbonated which I thought definately affected the mouthfeel.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a deep brownish orange from the bottle with a reserved head that fell pretty quickly to a small noticeable ring around the glass. Very clear beer once settled, with very little action rising as it sits.

Aroma: Hops are noticeable at first pour. There are some definite citrusy notes along with some really green hops shining it's head (so to speak). The malt/hop balance is reminiscent of some of the better years of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Though it is in the "Pale Ale" category, it has a very assertive malt presence.

Taste: It starts out balanced decidedly toward the hop side of the equation, but then slowly fades to an almost balanced finish due to the plentiful caramel/dextrine malts present here. There is still a lot of green hops present on the palate once it gets done, but this is just coating the syrupy sweetness that is left once the malt gets through playing havoc on the senses.

Opinion: This is an IPA that rivals some of the better American Pale Ales out there. The hop presence is not what your typical Hop-Head needs to survive, but it is assertive enough to tame this aggressive malt bill. The balance is closer to a Stock Ale (like Arrogant Bastard) than it is toward the stereotypical APA. This is a tasty beer, and worth a try.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really quite sure why this beer is listed here. It's brewed by Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO, but is not listed as a beer on their web page.

Pours out to a cloudy amber with flittering bits of fairy dust in suspended animation, forming a modest off-white head with average retention and good lacing. The aroma is of pungent but sweet resinous and piney hops, akin to a Stone IPA but perhaps not as pungent. I am getting Centennial, Amarillo, and maybe some Cascade. This is all held in check by a firm honey-like sweetness with plenty of residual sugars and sticky pale malts. The taste is much the same as the aroma...there is an interesting odd twinge in the middle which reminds me of canned chicken noodle soup, I can't put my finger on it. The bitterness is flavorful (which makes me think Centennial), and not too strong. The mouthfeel is lively and perky with a medium-dense semi-oily body. The finish is astringent. There is less skunky MJ and pungency than Stone, but it's a close comparison.

A very good West-Coast style IPA out of Colorado Springs. Thanks to Nick for recommending this one to me over a year ago. I'll stick with the attractive pungency of Stone, but this would be a close fallback. Recommended!

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Photo of alexgash
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with orange hues and a small off-white head. Smell is big-time malt; graham crackers, toffee, rummy fruit. Sharp hop backing--mostly resiny and bitter. One of the maltiest IPAs I've sniffed. Taste starts with the big, sweet malt, bursting with toffee, candied apples, and rum. Hops come in a little late, and are mostly just bitter with some juniper and a little pine sting. Finish is bitter with big residual sweet butterscotch. Not cloying, but malty. With that said, the mouthfeel could use a little more body. A very good IPA, especially for those who appreciate a malt wallop in one.

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Il Vicino Wet Mountain India Pale Ale from Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 16 ratings