Bosque IPA
Bosque Brewing Co.

Bosque IPABosque IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,283
Ranked #14,220
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Bosque Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
Very Good
Bosque IPABosque IPA
Notes: Formerly known as Riverwalker
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 71
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. 3/27/2019 printed on the bottom of the can so presumably that's the born on date and this is still pretty fresh.

Appearance - Moderately hazy gold body with slight carbonation. No visible particulates. Has a 3 finger offwhite head with good lacing and stick and moderate retention. 3.75

Smell - Equally grassy and floral. Smooth. 4

Taste - Grass. The alcohol is very present. Has enough kick for an IPA lover without going overboard. Maybe something good for newbies. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Astringent. A slight bit on the watery side. 3.5

Overall - A little light for an IPA, with understated features across the board, but at least it's smooth too. Very drinkable. 3.5

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Photo of digboy
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color with a biscuit one finger head that leaves sheet lacing. Aroma is vaguely citrus, sorta sweet with a touch of malt coming through. Taste has a good amount of citrus and pine up front that quickly gives way to a light pale malt. The finish sees more pi e and a touch of bitterness that was not there before. Feel is crisp and unsticky.

This is an okay west coast. I don't find it offensive but it doesn't excite me either.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to vurt for this one. 12oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-gold color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

Big, bright hop scents greet the nose, with a solid amount of malt in support. Those malts give a nice foundation for the citrus and pine hops that are lead characters in the flavor department.

The body is the typical medium of the style, and had a semi-dry finish. drinkability was very good, I would have this in regular rotation if local to me. Overall, a very nice classic American IPA. Worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of searsclone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm so overwhelmed with hazy ipa right now that this solid ipa is just what I need. Easy to drink and balanced, if this was always available where I live then I would drink it regularly. A really good beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but fairly standard stuff. Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Clear golden yellow with a small head and ok lacing. Decent citrus smell and taste. I am thinking it may be one of those beers really to have from draft.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber with creamy off white head with lasting head
Smell is fruity mostly citrus and tropical with herbal/spice-like quality and mild alcohol in aroma
Mouthfeel is moderately sweet semi bitter with creamy texture resinous and mild yeast with semi dry finish
Taste is mostly citrus hop grapefruit-like with light caramel malt presence and spice with mild alcohol in finish
Overall a good ipa the malt is deceptive making you doubt it is a 90 ibuprofen beer

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Initial impression from a can:


07/14/18 impression from a can:

Brewed for Bosque at Sleeping Giant in Denver, CO. 12 fl oz format with a standard pull-tab.

"IPA." 6.5% ABV. 90 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a vibrant copper colour and a white slightly thin head. Head retention is pretty good - ~6 minutes.

AROMA: Floral, tropical, and fruity. Mango, key lime, faint papaya, guava, and something that's almost coconutty...odd, but inviting. Maltwise, all I detect is 2-row.

Aromatic intensity is average. Doesn't seem boozy or off in any way.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, emphasizing fruity tropical hop notes and minor floral hop notes. No pine, resin, hop oils, grapefruit, or oniony hop flavour.

Pale malts keep any hop bitterness checked, but it's a bit wanting in terms of hop pungency and depth of flavour. Frankly, the hop profile isn't horribly interesting. Balance could use dialing in.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, a bit overcarbonated, not real refreshing, medium-bodied.

Not boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or chewy. Slightly oily, I guess.

OVERALL: It's a forgettable beer in a direly oversaturated style, failing to match or surpass the quality of widely distributed expressions of the style like Ballast Point's Sculpin, Deschutes' Fresh Squeezed, or Bear Republic's Racer 5. In terms of New Mexican IPAs, I'd be surprised if discerning drinkers picked this over La Cumbre's Project Dank or Elevated IPA.

Fundamental changes to the hop selection and malt bill would be needed to make this anywhere close to a contender, but it's drinkable for what it is.

C (2.85) / AVERAGE

08/03/18 impression from another can:

Mediocre hop profile.


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Photo of Roby923
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty IPA. Hops include Eldorado, Mosaic, and Simcoe. A solid hop harmony. Mosaic presence is felt and does the heavy lifting here. Plenty of toasted caramel to balance it all out.

Canned from TJs in ABQ.

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Photo of Fee
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bosque's primary IPA offering. It's a very good classic IPA. Very hoppy, but with lack of bitterness. Aroma picks up the smell of pine but is not overpowering. It's a good, well-balanced IPA, but likely not the best you've ever had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to my bro for bringing this out for March Madness 2017.

This one poured a slightly darker shade of amber, 1/3" white head. Aroma of crystal malt and bitter hops.

Taste, man, this is malty and bitter. Straight up 1990s in a can. I don't understand why my brother thought this stuff was so good. Tastes like tons of caramel and 90ibu bitterness. Its pretty straightforward in that regard. I just didn't get anything about tropical flavors, pine or citrus. It was just like that old school grapefruit like bitterness mixed up with caramel. All day. Checked the can, it was plenty fresh (less than 1 month old).

New Mexico seems to be similar to the PacNW in that they love their crystal malt heavy ipas with grapefruit like bitterness. Tasted a lot like copper throughout the beer.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is clear and golden with a in ivory head. Nose is hoppy: pine and some tangerine. Taste is malt up front with a crisp, bitter, dry finish with citrus notes. Mouthfeel is good. It's nicely carbonated and quite drinkable. Overall, a very good IPA. A clean, crisp hop profile. Drinkable and well-balanced.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at Georgia's in Santa Fe. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for an ipa. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great flagship IPA. Nice golden orange color with good head retention. Nose is balanced - sweet malt, citrus zest, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor on the one packs a wallop - I don't think I'd normally have more than two of these at most. Body is a little too heavy maybe - if this was a tad dialed back it would be killer.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light in body and super fruity, just how I like my friends from California. But this is one of New Mexico's home grown beauties, sleek black can, outrageous flavor and nose, one to bring home to Texas and share.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s DoubleBogey
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 11, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 22, 2016
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 13, 2016

Thanks, Chad!

Nick (ucsbmullet on BA) was raving about this one and glad that Chad (DoubleBogey) picked one up for me. Have been near Bosque multiple times, but never had a beer for them. Time to start now.

Poured a deep gold yellow clear color with two fingers of khaki white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom, looking like pieces of pulp. Good wet lacing. Outstanding foamy retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Holy tropical juice on the nose, getting passion fruit, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, fruit punch, pine, resin, nectarine and berry. For hops I think I got El Dorado, Centennial, Citra and hints of Mosaic. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still solid. Got that El Dorado up front. Also guava, mango, pineapple, stone fruit, passion fruit, resin, bitter pine, Centennial, Citra and some trashy Mosaic. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, juicy, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

A really nice IPA. Smell was the best part, but I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks hophound
Dear Lord, what a glorious color. A burnished copper. Turbid rise of hay colored foam rises 3 fingers high. Settles to a nice consistent foam cap. Lacing is loose but sticky.
Aroma invites. Citrus gives way to a caramel malt and resiny pine. Some sweet grassy notes come through as well.
Taste is a step up from the nose. A glorious waltz all around the mouth. Citrus notes begin with a zesty orange, then romp toward the malt backbone. Caramel notes, some biscuity flavor and feel, sage honey, then pine. Yes, a resiny pine that finishes a tad weedy. Weedy in a sweet way. All these flavors sway to and fro. Really makes one appreciate the depth that a great malt bill and hop profile can deliver. Sooo much going on here. And it's all sooo good.
Mouthfeel is fairly full for style. Beautifully so.
Overall, my only suggestion for improvement would be distro to my neck of the woods. Seriously, this would be a constant in my fridge.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour at the brewery.

A- Light copper color, very clear in body. Light head and lacing. 4.5

S- Berry fruitiness and floral notes. Light resin. 3.5

T- Floral with touches of grapefruit, some orange. Pretty tame, to be honest. 3.25

M- Highly carbonated feel up front, bitterness is strong and lingers. Some residual sweetness. Got a light, refreshing feel. 3.75

More reason to stick to the specialties, as this ain't nothing special.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at brewery. A brewery where the lager outshines the IPA. Pretty normal IPA characteristics, color, body aroma, taste. Not bad, but not memorable.

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Photo of Tommo
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

1 year later, Canned, whole foods in santa fe

This is disgusting, malt bomb across the board. Nice hop aroma, but overall just malt all around. This was great on draft previously, which is why i bought a 6pack, but good god this sucks

Was SHOCKED how good this was. would have bought multiple growlers worth if they sold flip top growlers

Very east coast meets west coast. Feels like a english ale yeast but finishes with a california hop to it. Really good. Almost a blend of Congress street ale with west cost ipa. Top notch

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Photo of eppCOS
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised this hasn't been reviewed more. This is right up there in the "best of IPA" category for me, maybe only second to cross-town (ABQ) rival La Cumbre's version (Elevated). Balanced, a little more approachable perhaps (more malt), but crisp, citrusy, with great lupulin bite to it. Great color, aroma, and mouthfeel. Just excellent. Try it.

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml can into a shaker pint glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 21, 2015.

A-The beer is a burnished orange color with a light haze. There is some lazy, chunky carbonation floating up to the top and supporting a finger of dense, off-white head. Nice retention.

S-The aroma is hop-heavy mix of grapefruit and floral notes. A few more sniffs reveal some toast and caramel malt. Not terribly bitter or aggressive but sharp and a bit zesty.

T-The flavor is quite floral, with vague tropical fruit notes, some grapefruit, and a bit of garlic or onion creeping in there. Moderately bitter with a bit of toasted bread malt flavor to balance the hops.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-This is a pretty decent beer that I would happily drink again when hanging out in New Mexico. Riverwalker drinks easy, but provides enough hops and flavor to keep me interested. Not terribly bitter or aggressive when compare against other IPAs. I would drink a lot more of this in New Mexico if La Cumbre's IPA wasn't so damn good.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light copper body, one finger white head. Nice lacing that forms intermittent rings on the pint glass. Good retention.

S- Grainy pale malt, mild citrus, good floral and pine presence. Not complicated, but solid aroma that isn't insanely complex but it gets the job done.

F- Sweet caramel, light grapefruit, nice floral bitterness with a mild-moderately bitter pine finish balanced out by caramel and toffee. Solid profile. Again, nothing too complex or wild, but it's tasty.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, not difficult to drink. A bit light on the flavour in terms of depth on the backend, though. Mild pine bitterness with a bit of toffee.

O- A solid IPA. A bit lighter and less bitter than the other New Mexico IPAs I've tried on this trip so far, which is nice.

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Bosque IPA from Bosque Brewing Co.
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