Sunday, April 25, 2010

299. Boulder Mojo IPA

Mo·Jo (mō’jō’) n. 1: a magic spell or charm; magical power 2: herbaceous ale that summons hop attacks.

More beer from Boulder Beer Company. Which is a good thing. Our sixth beer from Boulder: we’ve previously had a drink-off between Singletrack Copper Ale and Pass Time Pale Ale, and tried Hazed & Infused, Obovoid and Flashback.

MoJo pours a hazy golden copper with a thin but creamy white head and a nose that is equal parts biscuity, bready, caramelly, and hoppy. Opening with biscuity and bready malt flavors, MoJo transitions into a hoppy and bitter middle, with floral and citrus hop flavors interspersed with the hop bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness. The finish has a return of crisp biscuit flavor along with a good dose of lingering spicy bitterness. MoJo’s mouthfeel is dry and chewy, and the carbonation is medium, helping to create the dry crispness of the finish. There is an excellent balance between the malt and hops, creating a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that smoothly balances both the American and English IPA traditions. Kudos to Boulder.

From the bottle: “Our journey through the Looking Glass takes a sharp turn beyond the traditional IPA. Introducing MoJo India Pale Ale, brewed in the style of the English who first shipped their ales to India...big, bold and fearless. Light in color with intense hop aroma, MoJo’s ‘mojo’ lies in the power of Amarillo hops. Fresh and crisp with a slight citrus finish, this brew has become a staff favorite.”

From the Boulder website: “Pale in color, but packed with flavor, MoJo reflects the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt character. The unique Amarillo hop creates a big citrus flavor with an ultra-crisp dry finish.”

ABV: 7.2%
Malt: Pale, Wheat, and Caramel 20L
Hops: Amarillo & Centennial


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