FYIPA | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2005

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Photo of mkh012
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Southern Sun in Boulder.

Pours dark orange with a sticky white head.

Citrus, malt, and pine on the nose. A heavy dose of pot-like dankness as well.

Bold, vegetal, resinous, medium bitterness, a touch of candied orange and more dank.

Medium mouthfeel for an IPA.

Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine Street Pub; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a hazy amber, unfiltered, foamy head, decent lacing.
Smell - pine, citrus, solid hop profile!
Taste - easy to drink, hop forward but not overwhelming.
Feel - excellent bitter finish, smooth and flavorful!
Overall - less than $5 a pint, fresh, great atmosphere at Vine St, I'll have again!

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

a: served in a standard shaker pint at the brewpub while awaiting some takeout, fyipa is amber in color, sporting a frothy khaki head that shows good retention and some lace

s: the nose opens with deep grapefruit rind and dark pine notes, lots of pine needle and resin, solid malt backbone of pale and caramel, a standard well-rounded nw style ipa

m: carbonation on the higher end of moderate, body around medium

t: typical pale and caramel malt backbone, not particularly sweet, bready pale with an average dose of caramel sugar, well dosed with nw style hops bringing pine and heavy citrus flavors, bitterness high and growing stronger with each sip

o: a nice american ipa that hits all the expected notes, big on the pine hops with the malt presence to back it up

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up minutes ago from the Vine in Denver...might well be brewed there vs Boulder Mountain Sun, but I'll do the review here.
Copper color with significant cloudy head and lots of lace.
Aroma of floral hops, fresh bread, tangerine juice.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of pink grapefruit juice, floral and grassy hops, light brown sugar, cloves, malts. Overall this has a significant body, some funky tropical juice flavors, some hop bitterness, a creamy mouthfeel, and a touch of alcohol.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at their pub in downtown Boulder.

A: Amber and hazy. Great head and amazing retention. Had a nice half inch of head the entire time.

S: Citrus, sugar, little bit of malt.

T: Well balanced, but hop forward. Oranges, grapefruit with a nice caramel malt backbone. Very nice.

M: Creamy, good carbonation.

O: Solid IPA, pleasantly surprised with this one. Too bad they don't bottle.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real big head...almost a full inch and dense; dark amber in color; sorta cloudy; good lightly citrus on the nose; good hop-forward beer; 'American' hoppy - dry, slightly bitter; heavy grapefruit flavor; packs a punch too; I really like the taste of this beer; it's been dry hopped and it's noticeable; I could drink 3-4 and be hammered; good flagship IPA.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple on tap at the Denver branch of Mountain Sun. By far the most popular beer there from what I could tell, although I was hanging out with a bunch of hikers, and we tend to like our IPAs.

A: Pours a nice hazy, dark copper with a one finger off white head. Poor retention gives way to some thin lacing.

S: Primarily hop oils with lots of citrus notes (grapefruit); floral and pine hints. A nice hop spice blended with a sweet malt lingers in the background. Complex but not very strong.

T: Pretty much exactly like it smells. Starts with citrus, giving way to a blend of hop spice and sweet malt. Minimal alcohol presence and very little lingering bitterness. Very nice.

M: Resinous and malty, with just the right amount of fizz.

O: A very solid IPA and a great go to at Mountain Sun.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mountain Sun in a pint glass.

Hazy amber color with a thin layer of creamy white head that settles very slowly.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with great citrus character.

The flavor is wonderfully hoppy while still remaining nicely balanced. There's almost a honey-like sweetness up front that gives way to a crisp citrus snap of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated on tap.

Overall a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice take on the ipa here. pours a cloudy amber color with a foamy cream colored head that lasts awhile. smells like grapefruit, resiny hops, and dry sweet irish red malts. flavor is hop dominant, and this one must have a pretty sturdy abv. some fruity and some spruce tree characteristics in the hop profile, a lasting sweetness in the finish from the caramel/amber malts. feel is a little too filling for the style here, a pitcher nearly filled me too full for dinner, but this is an ipa i will order again because the flavor is outstanding and it stands out from the crowd. really curious about the abv though...

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Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FYIPA arrived with a hazy amber hue and a small, but firm eggshell cap. The head retains well and leaves good lace.

Citrus and pine dominate the experience. The citrus notes consist of grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, while the pine is straight up mountain forest. Malts are sweet, with a caramel sweetbread effect. The bitterness is level is strong, but not crazy. it lingers through the finish. A medium-light body is oily and a bit too fizzy. Overall, this is a very nice IPA. I'm glad my waiter talked me into it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a hazy golden brown with a small white head. A decent, albeit typical, American IPA, with a rather sweet malty nose, and a decent balance of some nice fragrant hops varieties. Taste was similar to the aroma, with a good arrangement of hops, but nothing too overwhelming, and a nice sweet maltiness going on in the background. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big props to the wife for carting me to yet another stop on the mountains and breweries Colorado summer tour.

On tap at Mountain Sun in Boulder.

Hazed orange, steady bubbles, and continual sheets of lacing after each successive sip. A nice looking beer.

Smell is most tropical fruits: creamy papaya, mango and coconut. I also pulled a lot of cinnamon in both the smell and taste. Could this be the malt?

Spicy white pepper takes a firm hold on the tongue at the outset. Middle sits tropical fruits, but they are more muddled than the pungency and vividness that the beak indicated. Back end is leafy with some modest alcohol heat.

Amply carbonated, in fact maybe too much so. Toned done this might drink a bit fuller and meatier...which I'd dig. No idea the abv here.

A nice effort and another beer from a brewery that I was quite excited to visit and try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Boulder. I expected an uber- hoppy, particularly with a melange of five hops. What I got ws a nice bitterness, and another IPA overall, with a muddled hop taste. Some hops in aroma.Some citrus and pine resins in taste. Might like better on a better day.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery on 8/11/10.

A - Hazy bronzed amber liquid with a thin, swirly patch on top that reduced a fine film and deposited some sheer, stringy lace around the glass.

S - Aroma offers a very citrus-forward hop character with a hint of dankness (which is appropriate for this heady brewpub) and a backing of sweet malt. Notes of pine and resin emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Hint of dank herbs and a citrus twang paired with a sweet malt base. Starts off with a citrus flavor then makes a right turn into dank territory with a bevy of spicy, herbal hop notes.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderately sharp hop bite, although not too heavy-handed. Fair amount of carbonation gives way to a slightly dry finish with lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Decent little citrusy IPA from this very hippie-esque brewery. It is also noteworthy that the price of my pint was $4.20. The cool vibe at the brewpub actually enhanced my enjoyment of this IPA.

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

Deep golden body.

Aromas of caramel malt with spicy, floral hops that really pop from the glass.

Caramel and toffee malt flavors lend a generous backbone for this ipa. Hops seem to be blend of english and american varietels. Bitterness is modest, enough to call it an ipa, but not too much.

Medium body, below average carbonation.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Poured a cloudy amber with a tight one finger head that retained and laced well. Grapefruit and orange aromas are very predominate. Flavor is crisper and more piney in nature. Crisp medium bodied feel with an oily finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the brewery 8 Feb 2010. Fragrant citrus and pine aroma. Very pleasant to smell. Small white head. Moderate carbonation. Sweet with lots of citrus and hay. Medium sticky body. Good hop bite. Lingering orange peel aftertaste. Alcohol somewhat warming.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one on tap at the MSPB in Boulder. Really excellent, all around - huge fruit and citrus all over the place. Perfect looking beer, with a nice billowy head and appropriate carbonation. Really, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Would definitely grab it again (wish they bottled, although couldn't top the beer on tap).

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Photo of LittleDon
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden with lots carbonation. Nice thick white head with beautiful lace. Grapefruit aroma from the hops, probably Cascade. Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus and nice balance between the alcohol, hops, and malt. Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

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Photo of nohead02
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sorry if I am vague on the details but I had this beer a week ago and didn't take notes at the time. I can say this, however -- this is an excellent brew. The hops came through in terms of flavor and smell without overpowering the malt or the taster. I was complimenting the brew (and brewery staff) the entire time I was drinking this. You can't be unhappy after a pint of this stuff.

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Photo of bluetravlr
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came from the Mountain Sun but . . .

A: Great two finger head when pouring growler to glass gently. Nice, dark amber, almost orange, coloring. Great retention with lots of lacing.

S: Spicy hop profile. Very floral with hints of pine. Nice, strong smell. Complex floral aroma is definitely overwhelming (in a good way).

T: Strangely there is no overwhelming flavor at first sip; just a clean, crisp feel with a bit of brown-sugar sweetness. Quickly, however, the floral profile comes out and the hoppy-bitterness lingers. Very strong floral and slightly piney taste, followed by a bit of caramel malt. The sweetness, however, is brief both at the start and at the finish, as the bitterness is the overpowering aftertaste. Great. A very floral bitterness, matched only by Odell's IPA, though a bit more piney.

M: Perfectly carbonated and slightly syrupy (which is great for this style). Perhaps a little dry for some, but being a fan of oak-aged beers this is no problem for me. I love it.

D: Well . . . I can't help but be a little biased here. I love this beer and order one almost every time I find myself at the Sun. A word of warning, however: this beer will get you drunk. Four pints and you're hammered, and yet they go down dangerously smooth.

I can't say enough good things about the Mountain Sun: grate people (no, that's not a typo), excellent food, and by far the best beer in Boulder. In terms of hop profile this is the best beer they have, and while they have darkened it over the years (I preferred it's original version) it remains one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First stop in boulder was Mtn. Sun, what a great funky and fun place. This flavorful IPA was served in a typical pint glass, hazed darker amber, mellow, slight head and then leave well developed rings of fine lace. Pungent nose of citrus, hop cones and all things tasty. One of those beer you know is top quality and top enjoyment upon the first sip. Bold hops, beefy malt under support and flavor and enjoyment in every wiff and sip. highly recommended

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Photo of scray24
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a quart growler/mason jar.

Hazy orange/dark yellow pour with good carbonation and head.

Smell was nice - right on for the style, huge "C" hops...

Taste was solid - had 6 of their beers and all of them were good, solid efforts. Not spectacular but definitely could/would drink again and revisit.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is everything an IPA should be - sweet, floral, hoppy, and altogether lovely.

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy amber with good head. The smell is powerful, a giant, erotic blast of warm floral hops. The flavor is just as huge: citrusy and grapefruity with a lovely, fresh tasting hop bitterness. There is a slight butterscotch sweetness on the end. The mouthfeel is thick and clingy, emphasizing that lovely hop bitterness.

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Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has an orange hued amber color with a light tan head. The nose has citrus and pine hops with sweet candy malts. The taste also has the fresh bitter hops along with fruity malts to balance them out. A medium body drinks well. Posibly my favorite IPA from Mountain Sun.

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