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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
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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4/5  rDev -2%

500 ml bottle decanted into a tulip glass. The classic Mikkeller IPA hue and look, a rather cloudy orange-yellow amber with a finger and a half of white frothy head. Aroma very tropical, tons of pineapple, more moderate amounts of mango, papaya spear, tangerine, and pine. Very slight mellow sweetness on the nose as well, with a similarly subtle brown sugar sweetness on the palate that very slowly evolves in a more toasty direction. As was the case on the nose, the hops steal the show here. More citrus than tropical on the tastebuds, although certainly there's ample pineapple here as well. Pine is a major component and is quite noticeable initially, but this quickly recedes to reveal orange, grapefruit, and tangerine rinds galore, underripe mango, with hints of the blueberry and kiwi one often gets with this hop, more dried papaya, peppercorn, green banana, and flower water. Certainly a rind-forward brew if I may overuse and abuse the -forward suffix. Quite fizzy, which amps up the general fruity vibe, of moderate body really, pleasingly oily and spicy with resins. Less malty than the Mikkeller single hop IPA series (this is an imperial so strictly speaking is not part of said series), more attenuated with the hops shining forth largely unimpeded. The citrus seems to be receding a bit, with something more tropical and floral taking over as I go, nose and palate starting to match up. Very nice if rather pungent concoction.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showcasing the new kid on the block, Mosaic hops, this single-hopped Imperial IPA demonstrates tremendous range of flavors, aromatics and a clean bitter finish that's usually difficult for two or even three different varieties of hops to achieve.

But with its bold goldenrod color, the ale is mildly hazed to make it look similar to honey. However, a creamy white head floats the beer with long-lasting confidence while broken collars of lace cling to the glass with each drink.

Its highly aromatic qualities circulate around the celebration of Mosaic as a true mosaic of notes waft about. Everything from citrusy oranges, lemons and grapefruit to tropical mango and pineapple, and then to an array of botanical character- pine, grass and even catty and cannabis notes rise as the ale warms. Its underlying malt notes are mildly of honey and caramel and simply give the fruit and herb components a sweeter and juicier scent.

Its drippy and juicy taste from malt is that caramel and honey blend just ahead of the beer's hop-forward taste that takes charge on the middle palate. All that citrusy and tropical fruit flavors play out on the tongue just as the did in the nose. Its earthy, grassy taste takes hold late with additional tastes of ribes, fig, apple and juniper for a herbaceous and winey, alcoholic tone. Its resinous bitterness closes the beer with a strong but smooth grip on the throat.

Medium bodied, the ale is way more smooth and drinkable than any near-9% ale should. Its light creaminess and soft residual sweetness plays delicately on the palate and is scrubbed out as soon as the hop dryness and bitterness arrives. From there on out, the ale is warm, dry, and with mild grass-like astringency and with an echo of citrus in aftertaste.

Its remarkable how the newer hops, like Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra deliver so much finesse in its aroma and flavor department but is so assertive with its smooth and acidic bitterness on the other end. One thing's for certain- this hop makes Mikkeller look good!

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

Photo of andyfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Slight chill haze to an otherwise clear deep golden body with a lush vanilla head you could eat with a fork.

Might be the most intensely citrus IPA I've ever smelled. I'm slightly congested, but the grapefruit and orange are undeniable.

Really interesting. Malty, boozy, bitter grapefruit. Tart and sweet, but balanced. Alcohol is nicely tucked away, though there's no mistaking you are drinking something.

As full bodied as you'd expect for an IIPA, but not so much so that you can't have a few glasses. Bitter hop oil coating stays with you.

I love anything like this that helps you self educate and develop your palate, but it's a tasty beer besides that. Would definitely have this again, along with any other varieties they do.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2015. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. Bring on the hops!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber with fine sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a stable surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of overwhelmingly fruity hops with notes of white grape, gooseberry, subtle grapefruit, peel, citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Underpinned by caramel malt and earthy yeast. Simply superb.

Tastes of intensely fruity hops with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, mild gooseberry, subtle tropical fruit, grass, faint spice, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Possesses a delicate sweetness, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of exceptionally fruity hops, hop bitterness and sweet malt.

Fantastic - a hop-head's delight. Acres of hops in a bottle. It looks great, while the aroma and flavour are divine. A smorgasbord of citrus and fruity notes, along with a spicy bitter finish. Lovely body. A top-notch brew that delivers. If hops are your thing, then add this beer to your must-try list.

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

Teku glass.
A: amber, dark orange, little hazy with medium (two finger), white head, which lasts not so long medium lacing.

S: intense hoppy aroma - tropical fruits (mango) and citrus aroma (mainly lemon), some earthy notes, fruitiness and maltiness in the background.

T: Strong hop falvors - mainly citrus (lemon), very high hop bitterness, which can be felt till finish. Low malt flavour. Medium dry finish. The taste is more citurs than the aroma. Aroma is more tropical fruity. Alcohol is almost unnoticable.

M: Smooth, medium-light body, medium carbonation, semi-dry. This beer shows how powerfull are citra hops - bitter and strong in aroma and taste. Really worth trying.

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

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of wildcatboy
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - that's one impressively resonant mutant Mosaic hop cone depicted on the label, M. Shore!

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, silken, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some attractive sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, a touch of white wine must, and the suggestion of a steely cold alcohol fire. The taste is more pleasantly bitter tropical and pedestrian fruitiness - the usual suspects from the nose, with some pineapple centers and kiwi tacked on - bready, almost crackery pale and honeyed caramel malt, an ethereal spicy yeastiness, over-steeped black tea tannins, and further leafy, mildly floral, and musty hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, barely registering above their undercover supportive work, the body a solid medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, all those fruity hop essences exhibiting a certain vigour, alongside the lingering caramel malt, and not yet overt alcohol, um, character?

A pleasant enough showcase of Mosaic, one that does this new-ish hop varietal a huge favour by keeping the DIPA booze oh-so well-hidden, and amping up the fruity qualities. Easy to drink, enjoyable, and almost worth the stiff price tag for the sub-bomber serving size around here.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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 Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MikeThumel
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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 ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a frothy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops.

Tastes of big citrus hops with a syrupy malt backing. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and some grass. Plenty of bitterness. Sweet tropical fruits come through in the middle with pineapple and mango. Next comes a syrupy, honey-like sweetness that enhances the fruit notes. A touch of booze rounds out everything. Some big flavors, but well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but it is prohibitively expensive. I paid $10.15 for a half liter, so if you are okay with high prices, I would say it is worth a shot.

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

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

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Mosaic Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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