Friday, May 23, 2008

Boulder Beer Mojo IPA review

Boulder Beer Mojo IPAThere are such a wide variety of IPA's on the market today (perhaps a bit too many to count). IPA's drink well on a nice late Spring day. Recently, I reviewed another IPA and since IPAs are a new favorite style of mine, I bought another in the same style. This time it was the Boulder Beer Mojo India Pale Ale from the Boulder Beer Company.

This Mojo is brewed with a nice blend of Pale, Wheat and 20L Caramel malts to give it a light copper color. The beer pours with a healthy white head with a lacing that sticks well to the side of the glass. This IPA is slightly different than most IPAs as it has a bit of wheat mixed in. While it doesn't remind you of a wheat beer, it does speak to you as a nice summertime beer.

Many IPAs are loaded up with a ton of hops. This beer, while brewed with a decent amount of Centennial and Amarillo hops, isn't a hop bomb. It has a pleasant citrusy and floral aroma. It's similar to a Cascade aroma but a bit spicier. There was a mild amount of carbonation bubbling up. Just enough to make this beer stay active in the glass. I really love the aroma the Amarillo hops give off. I'm looking forward to using that in one of my 1st homebrew batches.

This beer is higher in alcohol than most ales. At 6.8% ABV, it's just enough to warrant respect but not high enough to leave a tell tale alcohol smell. The IPA has a nice tangy taste with a decent bitter finish. It's a clean taste and is smooth sipping. The wheat blended into this beer makes this perfect for a nice warm day.

It's a nice contrast to the big IPA's such as Dogfish Head 90-minute or Green Flash's West Coast IPA. This is the type of IPA you could easily drink a few of. The overall experience isn't really outstanding but then again I don't think it was meant to be a knockout. This one is for enjoying and sharing with your friends on an easy going day. This beer gets a green light in my book and I'd certainly buy it again.

IPA's tend to get a better grade at the beer ranking sites than other styles. Perhaps due to the full range of hop and malt flavor you get from this kind of beer. I'm rating this beer high enough for a repeat purchase but not so high as to give put it in the top of the list. It garners a 3.3 out of 5 ranking and worth another look.

For those of you who've tried this beer before, let me know what you thought of it. Do you think this is one of the better IPA's out there? With a long holiday weekend before us, there's plenty of time to sit back and enjoy some of the best craft beers out there. Enjoy!

Related articles:
- Boulder Planet Porter review.
- Boulder Cold Hop review.
- Boulder Beer opens tap house at DIA.

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