Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-26-2014 21:24:04 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich amber with a sticky half finger lighter beige head,nice full color and a well defined head.Fresh citrusy hops in the nose with not much malt presence,there is light spiciness from the rye used as well.The beer is suprisingly light in my opinion,not a bad thing really just an observation as I start drinking it.Flavors of fresh citric hops are nice and they linger,some earthiness also comes through,light spicy rye is there but not big,some light roasted malt flavors and caramel maltiness beneath the hops.An interesting easy drinking amber here,not your typical amber, a nicely hopped fresh tasting one.
03-12-2013 21:20:53 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
A: Pours a lovely clear copper.
S: Sweet caramel and butterscotch on the nose.
T: Taste to me is somewhat disappointing. The rye doesn't come through as much as I'd like. It's got some subtle caramel and mild hop tang.
M: It's a little thin on the palate. But it does leave some residual stickiness.
O: I wanna really like these guys, but I've yet to meet one of their beers that blows me away.
Overall this is an ok example of a rye. Nothing magical. But at the price it's worth picking up. It's an easy drinker.
02-17-2014 00:10:22 | More by Weavah
4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date though it does state a volume #.
Epic head drop down to an even more epic lacing, clear garnet color is alluring. Hop resin, spice, biscuity, rye, hint of caramel, mild tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol all make for an amazing nose. Soft hop resin, very smooth, creamy full-ish body, slightly dank, spicy rye, herbal hop, suggestions of cedar chips, peppery, biscuity, fresh cut hay, and a long lingering hoppy grainy finish.
There is so much going on there, thankfully it is well balanced and stays quite drinkable. Complex but still approachable. Someone worked some magic here.
05-07-2013 02:45:09 | More by Jason
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
12 oz 2014 bottle served in a lager glass.
A great looking ale, it is deep red-brown with excellent clarity and a creamy tan head that has great endurance and lacing.
Aroma: spicy, herbal and pungent.
Not terribly familiar with this hop variety but I get a clear impression that the rye grain is a great match for this hop. Simultaneously seems balanced yet very spicy. Impossible to separate the hop flavors from the rye flavors, excepting the tropical fruits. Spicy notes linger on in the hoppy aftertaste.
Feel: near medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation.
(revised with 12 oz bottle in July 2014)
02-19-2014 00:55:28 | More by chinchill
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by the third week of July in 2014.
A: Pours a clear deep red with a white head on top. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates in a minute or so.
S: Up front malty rye blended nicely with a the tropical nose of mosaic hops. Pretty tropical nose on this one.
T: Nice balance in this beer, a blend of tropical fruits and a hint of spice from the rye. The bitterness of the hops is harnessed by the malt backbone so it never overwhelms. Real clean flavor on this one.
M: Medium body with ample carbonation. For an IPA is has a fairly clean finish with no unwanted stickiness from the hops.
Overall I'm a huge fan of rye malts and mosaic hops so I went into this with some high expectations. It is a very solid beer that I could drink all night.
04-07-2014 02:29:51 | More by CloudStrife
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
Deep woody garnet color with a nice bubbly beige head. Lace is shifting, spotty and stringy. Aroma is lightly sweet, crackers, rye, fleshy fruits, earthy, root veggies, crisply dry, dusty, melon, and a hint of white wine. Taste is pretty mellow. Hops seem to be at pretty chill levels. What is most noticeable is the rye character and steely dryness. Hop flavors that are there seem to be pine, melon, mystery berries, and peach. Mouthfeel has some nice qualities. Overall though a little more to mingle with the rye would be preferred.
02-15-2014 21:58:00 | More by tastybeer
3.8/5 rDev -1%
Bottle from most recent road trip.. English style red ale. Generous head.Well malted, with hoppy finish. The hops are not at palate erasing mode yet a new beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.Not as citrus hoppy as the aroma would suggest. Not a bad take on a red beer, though not the best I have had.
04-21-2013 14:06:12 | More by Sammy
3.81/5 rDev -0.8%
A - dark amber with a thick, off white head that has good retention
S - herbal, piney
T - dark malts, some rye, peppery, herbal hop character
M - medium bodied but thin at times, well carbonated
This is a bit disappointing. I was excited to try a single-hop beer with a hop strain that I never tried before. Unfortunately, this one just didn't deliver for me. The hop character is decent but not as forward as I would have liked. The addition of rye added some comlexity to the mild malt character. The mouthfeel came across as a bit thin at times as well. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but it's not as flavor-forward as I was hoping it to be. I'll pass on this one in the future.
04-02-2013 11:00:26 | More by tdm168
Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.