Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of ruby amber hues into our Hop City pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of chunky latte colored foam, showing solid retention into knit ropes of spidery lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be very light. The aroma shows big mosaic headiness to it, with sweet and nectary, fruity, floral, and lightly citric hop zest, warming toast of rye and amber grainy grit, vanilla wafers, fumy booze, floral petal dust, lightly singed buttered white toast, and generous fruitiness of guava, passion fruit, and mango syrups. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as hoppy as the nose would suggest, but it is still clean, fun, and easy drinking. As we sip, the taste begins with thick caramel and rye graininess, candy corn, caramel popcorn, dry fruit loops, wheat breadiness, and mosaic hops like crazy, although they show more sweetness than bitterness at this point. The middle comes to a peak with a thinning of flavors, with tropical fruitiness of pineapple, mango, and guava, with added cloy of strawberry, lactic acidity, mineral water, and lightly herbal and citric hoppiness. The end allows for the rye graininess to take full, dramatic, bittering effect, while the hop profile deepens and bitters into a more earthy and citric bite. This is otherwise accompanied by honey, biscuity warmth, warmed milk, gravel, light phenolic plastics, and gentle booziness. The aftertaste breathes of bitter, herbal, and earthy hop wash, light boozy burn, chalk, dried granular baking yeastiness, dried herbal blend, tannic unsweetened teas, amber, rye, and raw caramel graininess, lemon wedges, and fruitiness, of peaches, pears, mangos, and red apples. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lighter. Slurp and smack are light but wetly satisfying, while cream and froth are lesser. The mouth is lightly coated and crinkled under a quickly drying tannic astringency, with gentle puck to the lips and face. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its nose. We actually felt that the whole concept behind this beer, of throwing a single hop varietal, and one so robust as the mosaic, over a dirty rye beer, was excitingly unique in and of itself. Very cool. The nose shows this off the best, with big fruity hoppiness and general depth of grain. The taste, on the other hand, doesn’t stand up to this, or do as good a job of exemplifying the idea behind this brew. The grain is a touch overpowering and warming, with too much cloy spread through the middle to box out the inherently sticky niceties of the hops. That said, the flavoring is all there, but just thins a bit too much. This is not helped along by the thickness and chewiness of feel, thanks to the grain, as this unbalanced form is pounded home, rather than left to simply float by. While we were hoping a big hoppy balance would elevate the rye beer to the next level, we were a bit disappointed here, and feel the hops could have used a little more strength in their corner.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 21:24:04 | More by TheBrewo
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3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a willybecker.
The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with crimson hue and thick tan head with fine bead and spotty lace sticks. The smell is fruity, herbal and slightly sweet with a nice rye maltiness in the aroma with slight citrus orange-like scent with light toast. The feel is moderately carbonated with medium body and slight sweetness with a hop bitterness that starts low and builds but does not take away from the balance of malt with mild alcohol and semi-sweet finish.
The taste is good with nice malt presence which is more toasted than sweet with slight hint of caramel and mild citrus from the hops with a more herbal flavor and mild spice aspect. The flavor is good with malt supporting the mild orange flavor in the hops with a smooth yeast adding to the hops which are lightly piney toward the finish which has a mild alcohol warmth yet is more dry than sweet. Overall I like this but expected more from the Mosaic since the beer is named for it, but I understand it is a single hop and perhaps it might work better in a blend. I like the full malt and would not hesitate to try this on draft or purchase it again.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 00:50:43 | More by Slatetank
Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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