A Pale Mosaic

Texas
United States
A Pale Mosaic Beer Hops and Grain Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
3 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A PALE MOSAIC is our American style IPA showcasing a fairly new hop variety called Mosaic. The beer begins with a base of German Pale Ale and Vienna malts, and is brewed for a light, crisp malt body. We use Oregon-grown hops for bittering, targeting 50 IBU’s, and follow that up with a hefty whirlpool addition. Finally we dry-hop with Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget to deliver a beer that is clean and complex with notes of pine resin, grapefruit pith and blueberries.

Profile

ABV: 
5.93%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Mosaic, Simcoe, Nugget
Malts: 
Pale
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
3 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hops dominate the aroma with a big citrusy, primarily grapefruit, nose backed by some earthiness and spice. The hops are slightly dank and grassy, but not at all unpleasant. Malts contribute to the nose also, mostly as a sweet aroma with a hint of light caramel or cooked sugar complexity. The color is a golden-straw with some moderate haze. A light, but persistent, head of fine, white bubbles clings to the edges of the glass and is sprinkled across the surface. The flavor mimics the aroma closely with intense hop characteristics dominated by wet-hop grassiness and a woody herbal character. The hops are not harsh, but nearly so. The malt is noticeable, but only in a supporting role to the hops with some generic malt sweetness. The body is medium-full, and the carbonation is strong, giving some carbonic bite to help temper the fullness. This is a very modern version of the American IPA that makes use of newer hop varietals with more herbal and earthy characteristics. The balance is decidedly towards the hops. If this is your preference in IPAs, I would not pass this one by as this is well-made, clean, and without any real flaws.