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Beer Review: 14er Brewing Company Mt Massive IPA

Mt Massive IPA

Beer: Mt Massive IPA
Brewery: 14er Brewing Company
Location: Denver, Colorado
ABV: 6.5%
Rating: 8/10

Brewed with five different types of hops, the Mt Massive IPA pops just like its namesake – Mt. Massive – one of Colorado’s best known 14ers (14,000-foot peaks).  It pours out as a translucent gold liquid and has a light/white foam.

The first sip really slapped my tastebuds with a floral and citrusy punch.  Each swig thereafter went down smoothly.

“The Mt Massive IPA is hop forward, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and juicy hops on the nose. The taste is hoppy with bright drinkable citrus, grapefruit, and guava, rounded by a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Incredibly smooth, bright, and drinkable.” – 14er Brewing Company

Mt Massive IPA & Trail Map
Mt Massive IPA & Trail Map

Mount Massive is the second highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the State of Colorado. The prominent 14,428-foot (4,398 m) fourteener of the Sawatch Range is located in the Mount Massive Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 10.6 miles west-southwest of the City of Leadville in Lake County, Colorado, United States.

Mount Massive was first summited in 1873 during the Hayden Survey of the American West. Survey member Henry Gannett is credited with the first climb. Its name comes from its huge, elongated shape: it has five summits, all above 14,000 ft, and a summit ridge over 3 miles long, resulting in more area above 14,000 feet than any other mountain in the 48 contiguous states. Mount Elbert (14,440 feet), is the tallest peak in Colorado, and is Mount Massive’s nearest neighbor among other fourteeners.

What do you think of the Mt Massive IPA?  Let us know how you rate it by commenting below.  Interested in climbing a 14er?  Print out our 14ers checklist and start keeping track of your summit conquests.  Or check out our best 14ers for beginners article.  Pair your 14er hike together with a Mt Massive IPA afterwards – it’s the perfect combo!

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