It’s hard for me to think of myself as an “average” craft beer drinker. When I hear that word “average”, I immediately think of boring, sub-par, ordinary, and dozens of other words that have the same connotation of being nothing special. But, I think it’s time to give this word a new meaning, or at the very least a new connotation, because I don’t consider calling someone an average craft beer drinker an insult. The average craft beer drinker knows a lot about beer, they know what they like, they may not know what a plato is, but they can tell you what an IBU is. The average craft beer drinker is the one who has yet to take a plunge into starting a brewery, devoting their life to the promotion of beer, and one might also include writing about beer on a weekly basis. The average craft beer drinker may be a little snobbish, but mostly towards what they like. They tend to be genuinely excited about trying and sharing new craft beers and the experiences surrounding them. So, don’t scoff at the word average, but hold it up in esteem for what we should consider to be the norm for those who love craft beer, and for those that know nothing about it - let’s turn the novice into an average craft beer drinker.
With that said, this week’s beer is from a brewery we've reviewed beer from before - Boulder Beer Company. For those who follow the site regularly, the last beer we had from Boulder Beer Company was Cold Hop, and we weren’t to impressed. This time we are trying their Mojo IPA, which was picked out by one of the Gentlemen - G, and Boulder has this to say about their Mojo:
Mo-Jo: 1: A magic spell or charm; magical power; 2. Herbaceous ale that summons hop attacks. 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.
Mojo has an alc./vol. of 7.2%, and unknown IBUs, which is something I really like to know about a beer - especially an IPA. Mojo poured a light white head, little to know body, and it dissipated quickly. The head was lacking some Mojo. I found it to be a golden color with a cloudy quality, orange tints, and a mild amount of carbonation. G found it to be clean, and light on the bubbles. Head - 6.5, Look - 10. G and I both found the smell to be light, and we noticed sweet citrus notes. The Amarillo hop’s citrus smell was dominating, but the overall smell of the beer wasn’t strong. Smell - 21.
G and I both had similar reactions when we took our first sip, which was - clean. This IPA was smooth. The first flavors that jumped out were the citrus flavors from the hops. The aftertaste was what they promised, a bitter dry finish. Palate - 8, Aftertaste - 8.5. Mojo has some good citrus flavors upfront, but not much of a middle. This is a very balanced IPA, probably the most balanced I’ve had, but with that said I wasn’t able to taste or notice any real malt character. The carbonation was stronger than I expected, but that accentuated the citrus flavors. G found the beer to be more full flavored than me, and again I wanted the overall taste to be just a bit bolder (no pun intended). Flavor - 26.
Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo IPA is a clean and balanced IPA that is refreshing and a definite departure from the West Coast IPA style of strong hops and alcohol. This beer won’t blow your mind, but it will satisfy your palate. If you want an escape from the hop blasting IPAs you normally drink, or if you're someone who isn’t to fond of IPAs - Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo IPA can be an escape or a refreshing entrance into the style. With an Overall Taste of 42.5/50, Beer Fusion gives Boulder Beer Company's Mojo IPA: