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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Reviews: 46
Hads: 351
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this is another disappointment from Terrapin. I was hoping for a beer to show case the mosaic hops, but all I taste is muddled rye/malt. The date on the box is illegible but their website shows a limited spring release, so how old could it possibly be? (269 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can with a date of 6.10.15. A light tan Lacey head atop amber/orange slightly hazy brew. Aroma is toasted rye, caramel, toffee with a peppery spice. Some muted blueberry notes from the mosaic there too. Taste is big time rye with the characteristic touch of astringency that often comes with rye. The hops are more prominent in the taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent with a bit of bitter linger.
Overall not sure if the rye melds well with the mosaic. A decent drink but not worth seeking out. (513 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice lookin' dark copper/read ale with a light tan head. Mild fruity note upfront but not as potent as I would hope. I love the smell imparted by Mosaic hops, so I was a little let down on that front. After a few sips, I can say that there might not be enough carbonation, which might be why the hop smell is muddled.

Nice, toasty malt profile. Some sticky chew to it mid-palate. Hop profile is fruity, as one would expect with 100% Mosaic hops. Citrus and earth. Bitterness is nice, not too astringent or pungent, making this easy to drink. Subtle spice in the finish. Medium-bodied. Balanced.

I love the way it looks and it tastes decent but the taste and experience would be improved with more hops upfront.

Found this as a six pack of cans. Can is pretty cool looking. (779 characters)

Photo of slym
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark copper red in color. Almost brown. Still a bit translucent. Clear from what I can tell. Forms a smallish, bubbly, odd-sort-of-green-brown tinted colored head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma smells sort of like a fart. (my mosaic home-brew smelled something like this when it got to be about 6 months old) There is a bit of blueberry, citrus, caramel malt, and wheat bread.

T: The taste is no better. There is a distinctly "fermented" taste to this beer. Caramel malt, molasses, berries. Faint sweetness. Raisins. Even a little hint of chocolate. Slight rye spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Light sweetness. Restrained bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Sort of an odd beer. As I mentioned above, my personal experience with Mosaic is that this is how it tastes when it gets old. Not sure when this one was bottled so I don't know how old the beer is, but the bottle says it's good until 7/14. Thankfully I was able to pick this one up as a single. (975 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber red with a light khaki colored head that falls to a thin collar. Smells of spicy rye, caramel, bread, and a mix of citrus and pine hops. The flavor begins with a slight rye spiciness that expected to be more pronounced and moves to a sweeter than expected caramel. Finishes with a grapefruit citrus and firm bitterness. Mouthfeel is a medium, yet a tad more thin than expected. Enjoyable, but all of the pieces don't quite come together as cohesively as desired. (486 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

This beer is past it's prime, so for what its worth if some other poor schmuck pick one up.....

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by August 2014, so 2 months older than it should be. Really, Terrapin, if you are going to have a red & green mosaic label, perhaps having the dating in green doesn't make it too obvious to your patrons.

Poured nicely, reddish amber coloring with a small off white head. Good lacing and carbonation.

Sweet malty aroma with a faint mustiness.

Even at this date, the rye can still be found. the hops cannot of course. But the malt is sweet and strong, so the beer not undrinkable. (617 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. Most of their beers were quite good but something was amiss with this one. Even though it was fresh and good until July of this year, It felt a bit too weak and watery without being notable when it came to the taste or mouthfeel.

This had a dark pour to this - much more so than I would has expected, as the ruddy reddish-brown hue was not quite clear. Not a thick head to this and the carbonation was more present in the taste than to the eye. Some tropical fruits in the nose with a lot of rye and caramel malt behind it in the taste. Both of those didn't linger long as the mouthfeel felt quite watered-down and the hops only came out a bit in the aftertaste. Was this skunked? Probably not but it almost tasted that way and the IPA just seemed to be missing from all of this once I finished it and let it sink in.

There's a slight alcohol presence here but nothing that blew me away in terms of taste or strength. While not a bad beer, this was underwhelming and with so many IPA's out there, the only distinctive aspect to this beer was the rye. While not grainy, there could have been more "bite" to this and had there been, I would have enjoyed it much more so. It's fine to try once but certainly not the best of what Terrapin currently brews. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BBD 6/15/15. Pours a clear lovely dark garnet. Above average head volume, world class lacing and outstanding retention.

Very nice nose of tropical fruit (passion fruit, orange), orange rind and rye over a slight malt sweetness.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture with a creamy aspect. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is intense, not complex and poorly balanced. The rye overpowers all other components. It begins with a few seconds of tropical hop flavor over a subtle sweetness that succumbs to a wave of rye. The rye wave continues through the lingering finish. The middle has a slight bitterness with rind notes. (706 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice color, I'll say that.
Coppery red with a beige small head. Moderate carbonation.
The aroma was rich and hoppy and hard to describe. Let's call it dank and earthy, but mosaic hops were used through out in the making of this beer so shouldn't I be smelling tropicial aromas.
Taste is malty with only a slight kick of spicy rye malts. Hops are borderline absent and quite lean.
This beer was a bit disappointing really on all fronts. Not that it was bad tasting. (473 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (297 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a deep ruby red color with a finger of off white foam. Aroma is hoppy, with tropical fruit and passionfruit aromas dominating.

First sip is a smooth balance of malty sweetness with a substantial hop flavor. Hop flavor crosses into the vegetal area, but also has sweet fruit flavors as well. Overall, the flavor is decent, but I must admit that I'm not the biggest fan of this all-Mosaic profile. I don't get a lot of rye spiciness.

This is a pretty good beer, but this particular combination of flavors leaves it a bit lacking for me. Glad to have tried it, but probably wouldn't get another 6'er. (655 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of witster18
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (224 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Served in a pint glass 3/1/2015

A- Darker red-amber body, one finger white head with average retention, nice lacing.

S- Spicy rye, passion fruit, caramel, hop resin.

F- Passion fruit, caramel, toffee, resin, a bit of rye. On the sweeter side, slightly juicy. The mosaic hops do a nice job complementing the amber base.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, good carbonation. Easy drinking and not overly harsh or bitter.

O- Solid IPA that's a decent change up. A bit like Founders' Red Rye. (493 characters)

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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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