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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tree777 on 02-20-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
445
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.02%
 
 
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7
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 445
Photo of slym
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Like a fine piece of art, 'Mosaic' Red Rye IPA is masterfully created by using 100% Mosaic hops throughout the brew. With its aesthetically pleasing ruby red color and spatial depth from the rye malt, this hand crafted masterpiece leaves your palate's canvas open to interpretation." Brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA with a focus on Mosaic hops. Initially released in March 2013 as side project 19 "Mosaic", this recipe was subtly altered to become a spring seasonal, released in 2014. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served upwards of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick, creamy head of a caramel cream complexion over a robust burgundy maple body, with high clarity and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Mosaic hops are incredibly versatile, generating a citrusy grapefruit bouquet with tropical fruit undertones rounding out with a mild herbal and pine touch. Bitterness is moderate. The malt profile compliments well, there's a pleasing malt aroma to pair, with clean, bready rye malt and moderately toasted caramel grain for a subtle crystallized sweetness. Altogether it is a filling yet approachable aroma, led by an eccentric hop choice. 4

(Taste) The flavor has a slightly more modest hop character, with slighter grapefruit and more enhanced floral, herbaceous and peppery hop characters, although there remains a significant tropical fruit profile to enjoy, and this is likely the most notable hop note to pick upon. Bitterness is medium at boldest. The malt profile lends some complexity with a slight grainy rye, husky caramel and a mild complimentary sweetness. Despite some expected complexity with specialty malts in this Rye-based beer, it comes off as a very quaffable ale, with an appreciated reasonable ABV devoid of any palate-wrenching bitterness nor cloying sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a mild thickness and mildly dry. Carbonation generates a subtle touch of air for a soft crispness. Body is medium for an American Rye IPA and shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet, while the bitterness is mellow, the malt bill reveals a moderate depth of character but keeps rather tame on the sweetness level. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) I didn't find this beer too far removed from its genesis in Side Project #19, so this review is fairly similar. The Mosaic hop is an incredible hop choice for this beer, generating multiple aromas and flavors than an assemblage of hops couldn't duplicate. The malt profile keeps things subtle but is reminiscent of the style. I hope more breweries jump on board of the potential that this excellent hop variety makes, but in the meantime, advise that you enjoy this beer at your first opportunity. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Mosaic Red Rye India Pale Ale
3.83/5.00

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of witster18
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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