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Mosaic Imperial India Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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Mosaic Imperial India Pale AleMosaic Imperial India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 10-24-2013

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 22
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Big white head. Great retention and thick lacing.

Smell - Some tropical fruit hops. Mostly sweet pale malts. Slightly toasty.

Taste - Orange hops. Sweet pale malts. Grassy hop bitterness. A touch too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than I'd like. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not sure what I don't really like about it, but it's just not doing it for me. It's ok, but not my style.

Photo of ajaylock
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jd_warren
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always comforting to come home to the simple things, such as some single hop Mikkeller goodness.

A - Hazy peach orange with a thick and healthy finger of white head. Good retention and nice lace.

S - Grapefruit, mango, grassy cat pee citrus, touch of sugary bread malt.

T - Lots of danky tropical fruit, pine, grassy funky papaya, decent balance of brown sugar cookie malt.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, highish oily bitterness with lots of hop flavor and some malt adding some softness.

O - The new 330ml version of this is definitely better than the old 500ml. It's similar in quality to their Citra DIPA, great showcase of the hop and nice all around.

Photo of BAT1937
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heard bad things about this beer, maybe that was just the big bottles. I had the 11.2 ounce bottles and was quite surprised after hearing bad reviews around town. I love mosaic hops, get this beer as fresh as possible.

Photo of cyrushire
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leilei143
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewcycler
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Acquired for $9.99 USD at a bottle shop in Austin, TX. 500ml. Brown glass. Yellow unbranded pry-off cap. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

8.9% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. Brewed & bottled at De Proef. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Creamy and thick, with a full presentation. Could be softer-looking. Frothy enough. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent dark orange. Murky and dull. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a great looking imperial IPA, but I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Dank cannabis, herbal hop notes, orange, clementine, tangerine, and heavy mandarin orange with concomitant syrupy notes. Pale malt sweetness checks any hop bitterness nicely. I also get some light tropical notes of mango and pineapple. There's some honey malt and caramalt in there too; maybe some caramunich? It's a bit grassy. I'm a bit perplexed by the hop profile; it's not what I usually go for in an (imperial) IPA, but it's definitely interesting.

Aromatic intensity is mild. No yeast character, off-notes, or booze is detectable.

TASTE: Creamy, with plenty of pale malt and some sweeter caramalt. The hop profile is diverse, but not so much as the aroma suggests. Grassy notes, mango, tangerine, orange (on the finish), herb, and mandarin orange. Not as cannabis-heavy as the aroma suggested. Overall, I find the balance wanting, with too much malt sweetness.

In fact, I'm beginning to think I got an older bottle, though Mikkeller offered no best before date, so my review has to stand. It's not a gestalt build, but the beer has general cohesion. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

There's little to no hop bitterness. I do like it in a general sense, but I hoped for far better given the brewer. Based on the many Mosaic hopped beers I've had, this doesn't showcase the hop particularly well, and indeed it seems the hop presence has faded.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and a bit too thick and hefty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer, and doesn't accentuate the Mosaic hops particularly well. Could be softer and creamier. I'm not sure why it's this thick; it's almost a bit syrupy. Certainly sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Though the alcohol is noticeable, which is something of a crime considering its mere 8.90% ABV.

OVERALL: I think I may have gotten an older bottle based on the taste, but then that's partially Mikkel's fault for refusing to put a best before date on his beers. As-is, this doesn't have a fresh hop profile, but still boasts diverse hop flavours that just don't appeal to my specific tastes. While the mandarin orange is fascinating, the rest of the build just doesn't cater to my preferences specifically, and I find the beer overly sweet and malty for the style. Additionally, its alcohol presence is obvious and as a result its drinkability isn't great. Not his best work, and not a beer I'd buy again at its high price point (courtesy of the Shelton Bastards).

C+ (3.19)

Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a very hazy gold topped by a dense three finger cream colored head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of sweet citrus, tropical fruits, a little herbal and floral, slight pine and a little caramel. great nose
T: taste is tropical fruits like mango and papaya, some citrus, caramel sweetness, slight floral and herbal hop, and a little pine resin, sweet malt tries to add balance throughout. swallow is resinous pine, tropical fruits and some citrus with a slight toasted caramel flavor on the finish
M: this beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish that keeps things from drying out
O: this is a very good DIPA. the hop flavors from the Mosaic are fantastic and give the beer some great complexity. the sweetness is there and the beer has some balance as well. not quite a palate wrecker from the bitterness either. very enjoyable and approachable

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaunbkgb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 330 mL bottle poured into an IPA glass (marked "midst holdbar til 22/10/16").

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a rolling head of frothy off white foam.

Smell: Lush tropical fruit, citrus and dank, musty hops.

Taste: Tropical fruit and citrus rind continue from the nose joined by a malty, caramel and slightly honey sweet body. Clean, herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, smooth body, medium carbonation.

Overall: A full flavored DIPA with good fruit characteristics from both hops and malt.

Photo of OKFine
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of interistacanadese
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patrykfus
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeThumel
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Mosaic Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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