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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPATerrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: tree777 on 02-20-2014

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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two 12 oz cans BB 6/10/15 at 40 degrees into 1 L glass mug
Aroma of pine and generic fruit
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to broken froth layer between 2 mm and 8 mm thich
Lacing OK – large islands of bubbles varying from tiny to karge in size
Body red-amber, clear
Flavor begins with some rye spiciness and some hop bitterness. The rye fades but the hops remain. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Photo of dogfishandi
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 7/14 notched.

Pours a hazy/ cloudy deep red, nearly brown color. Decent looking off white almost yellow- brownish head. An average 1/4 inch of head retention and some nice sticky webby lacing.

Aroma is slightly more malty than hoppy, but as it warms this balances out. Woody, Slightly spicey Rye bread, a light sweet caramel malt, dank earthy pellet hop aromas.

Slightly woody, sharp lemon/ grapefruit citrus. Different from the aroma in that it's slightly more hoppy than malty. Dark bread, slightly sweet light caramel malt. Hints of rye spice.

Lighter side of medium bodied. Sharp hop bitterness, but balanced out by a nice maltiness.

Not a bad beer, but nothing mind blowing.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Date on the bottom of the can says 6.4.15, so I guess the Mosaic hop flavors are buried by the rye. Lots of interesting flavors in this beer, but I was hoping for more hop flavor.
Also, it smells like cold ramen noodle soup, I don't know why.

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Score updated from 3.62 on 2/16/15. Just cracked open a fresh can and it was so much better than the months old bottle I had previously consumed.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can
A - poured amberish color with a fingers worth of cream-colored fizz.
S - some spiciness from the rye, a bit of dank, resiny hops, passion fruit.
T - pretty malt-forward with the caramel, spicy rye, some fruit.
M - medium-bodied, fairly creamy feel with a little hop bitterness on the back end.
O - Not the greatest but fairly drinkable.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a best by date of late 07/14

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, deep red copper with a near 2-finger khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Hmm, smell is a bit odd. Earth and a light tart tropical fruit; kinda like a pineapple slice that's been rolled around in some dirt. Not a good combo.

Taste - Flavor is a bit hollow; touches on citrus and pineapple hops with a sturdy caramel backbone, but the bulk of the flavor is lost almost as quickly as it hits, leaving behind only faint traces of said character and an almost too-easy-to-miss peppery rye aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Nothing too notable, but a decently smooth drinker.

Overall - Yeah, not feeling it. Seems to lack cohesive flavor, and what is there is quite fleeting. Probably not the best use of mosaic hops, which seemed overwhelmed by the malts... but then those seemed a bit subdued as well. Hmm.

Photo of hophugger
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mosaic hops, wow !!. This beer poured a deep amber color with average head and spotty lacing all over. The aroma is amazing, with lots of fruitiness, peaches, plums, pineapple and such coming forth. Also some breadiness in the nose. Taste is awesome, with flavors of nectarine, pineapple, overripe plums and other assorted citrus. Also a nice hop bitterness that balances this beer almost perfectly. This feels great in the mouth and going down, like fresh picked stone fruits. End flavor is greatly balanced and you get fruits and hoppiness in a wonderful balance at the end. Will definitely look for more brews with predominately Mosaic hops in them now that I have tried this one, WoW !!

Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink before 6/5/15. 12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top that retains for a while

S- Earthy & leafy hop aroma up front with notes of pine, red berries, grapefruit & mango. Slightly bready malt with some spicy rye on the close

T- earthy hop flavors start up front with notes of pine and citrus quickly following. The rye adds some nice spicy notes before a bready malt undertone closes it out slightly sweet

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- the aroma was more complex than taste, but still a well balanced IPA

Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by date of 6/15/15)

A: Ruby copper color with lacing, a decent head and a nice collar.
S: Lots of rye and a distinct amber ale scent, that comes a lot from the malts. Some nice pungent hops in there as well.
T: Predominately rye, but quite light on the overall hops. Not as hoppy as I remember, mainly malts.
M: Even level of carbonation.
O: Good enough stuff, but definitely not how I remembered it. Not as great as I thought it was.

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is of hops, rye, some citrus, a strong malt backbone. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep reddish brown in color, with a light tan head.

S: Lovely hop aroma. Tropical fruits, orange peel, and grapefruit.

T: Hoppy goodness with a wonderfully deep bread flavor. Hops come out in tropical flavors, with tangerine notes, and perhaps a touch of onion. Slight spice note in the finish

M: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation. A good bit of lingering bite in the finish.

O: Overall a damn tasty beer. Fine work.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 (Draft - The Laughing Man) - Nice dark brown pour, tan head and mild carbonation. Pleasant hops, grass and citrus aroma. Strong taste and feel, the hops are very good, the taste a unique blend of grass, rye, with a strong lemon and slight citrus taste. Smooth going down. A very good beer!

Photo of witster18
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice beer. pours amber/copper with a bullish head. smells of pine, berry, and rye.

taste is great. has a cherry backbone to it. I love beers like this that have a pronounced fruit flavor but don't have to add a bunch of nonsense to do it. estery cherry goodness with a malty finish. one of the best rye brews I've ever had.

nice seasonal... terrapin makes pretty good stuff but this and their moo-hoo should be the flagships and not just seasonal offerings.

highly recommended.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty disappointing. The worst offering I've had from Terrapin.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, deep red-mahogany, this six-pack, twelve-ounce version of Terrapin's original one-off Mosaic Red Rye IPA—brewed at 6.60%, and bottled only in bombers—is both smoother and milder, but also sadly less sharply rye-focused or expressive of its hops. Still, it's a good beer—sweet, sessionable, deep, with soft rye notes and slight spice—and I'm glad to see it seasonably available, but it's not quite as exciting or as bold as its side-project antecedent. But the label art is beautiful, the beer is very tasty, if a bit meek or mild, and it's—overall—a very good red-malted IPA.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a growler into a pint glass, red brown with a large off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: citrus hops, light pine

T: light rye spiciness, grapefruit peel bitterness

M: medium bodied with lower carbonation

O: on the bitter side with subdued rye flavor

Photo of SebD
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, pine resins, some grass, spicy rye, sweet caramel and light toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit, pine resins, grassy undertones, spicy rye, toasty/buiscuity malts and some sweet caramel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as part of a box from BA user ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date notched into the edge of the label: 3rd week of July, 2014. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a one-finger head of fallow colored head, dense microbubbles with just a few larger bubbles from the pour. Body is a rich blend of auburn and maroon, depending on how the light passes through, with just a hint of reddish clay at the lightest parts of the body. Head retention is moderate, with the bubbles eventually facing to a perma-film about an eighth-finger thick. Lacing is sparse.

Smell - Dominated by strong notes of earthy pine and some fainter citrus from the hops, as well as a healthy dose of dry spiciness and nutty characteristics from the rye. There's also a fairly healthy dose of malty sweetness in the form of brown sugar and toasted grain, which becomes especially more pronounced as it warms. But the rye is definitely the most aggressive profile here.

Taste - Notes of grapefruit and stone fruit complement a flavor profile that is also healthily infused with the spicy, rye sourness from the grain bill. The finish includes some slight astringency and a dry finish with just a touch of sweetness from the grains. The pine detected in the aroma is much less present here, but there is still a moderate amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a lingering sourdough finish after the drink has gone.

Overall, a very tasty beer that might have been heavier on the citrus a few months ago, but what remains is a fantastic rye beer with some subtle depth of flavor due to the hops. One I'd gladly drink again. This is my second chance at trying something from Terrapin, and so far, I've yet to be disappointed.

Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber-red with 1 finger of bone white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, light rye, passion fruit, and dankness.

Taste
Caramel, rye, and honey. Dank greens, pine sap, honeydew, and light notes of passion fruit.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, and smooth with a light bitterness.

Overall
Easy drinking with well blended flavors.

Photo of Paincane
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown hued body with a thick tan lacy head.
S: Fruity nose with pine, citrus, rye, grapefruit & pineapple notes combine with malt backbone.
T: Hop flavors are incredible and balance beautifully with rye malt.
M: Smooth, clean and dry. O: Awesome brew that is one of my favorites.

Photo of slym
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good brew, but it was past it's "best by" date, and I am beginning to see that IPAs are better when they are as fresh as possible. It wasn't bad, just wasn't living up to all it could be, IMHO.

I'd like to try a fresh one for comparo some day.

Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - deep amber pour with a towering frothy off white head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - nose is very subtle, but there are citrus, bread, and earthy notes present.

T - nice sweet honey malt presence with a lemony/grapefruity note. Finish is a clean pine and rye bitter.

M - medium thick, medium carbonation, slight aftertaste

O - Pretty good limited offering from Terrapin.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very well balanced Rye IPA.

Photo of avalon07
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An average aroma of rye, malt, and hops. Not very surprising.

T: Tasted of grassy hops, malt, rye, and a little caramel as well. The combination of the grassy hops and an overall thinness make for a less than interesting flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the greatest example of a rye-infused IPA. Could have been better than it was.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish hued with a nice foamy head that sticks around for the duration. Sort of flat in the smell category. Nice rye backbone propping up some adequate hops. Sticky feel that needs a little more carbonation.

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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.