Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleTerrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chefmikeanderson on 03-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Weavah
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Red body. Clear. Off white head. Not much left after a while. Thin collar.

Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, pine. Nutty malts.

Taste - Bright and citrusy. Nutty malt. Tastes like rye a bit. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Too thin. Surprising for the malt taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Really nice hop flavor. Enough malt to keep it interesting, but a bit more depth to the malt flavor would be nice.

Photo of Beergelden
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours to a coppery-red color with descent clarity. it's a little darker than most other Red Ales I've had. The head is a light tan with nice retention, causing it to have some sticky lacing around the sides of the glass.

Appearance Rating: 2.5 out of 3

Aroma: The spice of the rye and spicy nugget hop characteristics, entwined with the berry hop aromas from the Mosaic are the first impressions. Some caramel malt and a hint of earthy, piney hops is in the background. Smells like a quality Rye IPA.

Aroma Rating: 11 out of 12

Flavor: Very strong rye and the fruity hops come at you first, followed by an unusual, almost savory quality, again I think stemming from the huge rye presence. The cirtusy hops and sweet caramel malt hold down the middle and the back end is rounded out by the earthy, piney hops. Fair balance to the brew overall, no off putting flavors dominate as an aftertaste. Unique.

Flavor Rating: 16 out of 20

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium body, with medium carbonation. The rye hangs out on the back of your tongue and dries the mouth after each sip, with some minor astringency. The bitterness does not linger.

Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5

Overall: In case you didn't pick it up, the rye just dominates this beer to me. Although the savory quality it brings to the front end of the brew is a great counterpoint to the sweet berry-like flavors from the Mosaic hops. Tasting the Mosaic highlighted exclusively really makes me want to try brewing my own single hop beer in a few weeks! Overall, it actually turned out to be a good drinkable beer. It has some unique characteristics about it that I could see turning some people away, but if you like to try new interesting brews, this one fit into that category. Not to mention it has one of the best labels I've seen in a while!

As I continued to drink this beer, it really started to remind me of a play on cherry & rye. Pairing this with a Rueben sandwich or a corned beef on rye would be AMAZING! If I ever find this again, since it was a limited release, only brewed once, I am saving it for that killer sandwich experience!

Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Total Rating: 40 out of 50

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy muddy amber. Sweet caramel, earthy and spicy hop profile. Nice sweetness up front, lots of caramel, weird almost gum like flavor, sweetness offset by spiciness from the rye, herbal and spicy hop quality to balance as well. Touch of alcohol heat but deeply complex and very interesting. Would be fun to dive deeper into this beer but i'm having it with a sandwich and just enjoying it. Spiciness builds so does the alcohol heat but not in a bad way.

Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a gorgeous dark ruby-plum color with a small white creamy head with good retention but no lace

S- lots of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit juice and orange zest, sweet malty notes provide a bit of breadyness and a touch of dark fruit, peppery and wheaty spice from the rye

T- sweet and malty, the citrus hop is there but doesn't match the aroma, the finish does have a nice citrus kick with some peppery spice, dry and slightly bitter finish

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- I really enjoyed the aroma of this one, it was well balanced and the rye provided just enough spice

Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pretty chestnut-red color with a dense, creamy head and solid sheets of lacing. Sweet toasted malt, spicy rye, and an oily hop aromas suggesting stone fruit and melon. Resinous melon and floral hop flavor balanced by nutty, slightly rye-like malt. Medium bodied and a little creamy. One is enough for me. I'd like a little more hop flavor from a beer with a big hop cone on the label, named after a hop.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Notches indicate Best if Enjoyed by the first week of July '14

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick, semi-resilient lacing leaves a bubbly ring behind.

S- Earthy, vegetal hops with some spicy rye behind it. I love the smell of Mosaic hops. Has a musty, borderline baby poop aroma when you take a big whiff. Slight booze fume.

T- A solid, yet subtle bitterness melds with the malt to make a nice balance of hop zestiness and rye spiciness. Alcohol is considerably well-hidden.

M- Sharp and a bit oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Mosaic hops and rye are two of my favorite beer ingredients so it was no surprise that I'd like this one.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 7.98. Released 03/13. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours ruddy amber mahogany with a finger and a half thick pale head. Maintains a thin layer of head that leaves pretty sheets of lace.

Smells fantastic. Citrus, sweet pine, earthy mint and caramel. I can't quite place what all I'm smelling but I can't stop coming back to take another whiff. I was almost reluctant to finish drinking this because it smells so freakin good.

Taste can't quite keep up with rhe nose but still quite nice. Earthy, spicey rye, semi-generic but tasty sweet citrus, faint peach, mild caramel and a dash of mint. As in the nose, I can't really identify all of the flavors but it seems to be typical in the few Mosaic hopped brews I've tried lately.

Just under medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean, dry, earthy citrus finish.

I'm starting to really dig this hop. It has a unique earthy, minty, citrus blend that does well in a red ale like this, particularly with the spicy rye counterpoint. The aroma seems to be where Mosaic hops really shine in my opinion but that's not to say that it isn't delicious too. Definately worth a try to better acquaint yourslf with this fairly new hop that I'm looking forward to seeing (& smelling!) in many more IPAs and red ales in the future.

Photo of Randomblitz
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this ale, esp when my local WOB tapped it accidentally a day prior to their Brewers Night! Me and another dude lucked out, everyone else had to wait till next day as they took it off! :)

Photo of JonAdams
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathead's Southside. Color was a nice russet, mouthfeel clean, with a real clean hippiness and little malt, nice nose. just the lightest hint of rye. Clear and nice presentation. Served in a standard pint glass. Alcohol low enough to not knock your socks off. Will have again!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue snifter. Dark, deep copper body, beige head, moderate retention. Mostly clear, sticky lacing. Aroma dominated by fresh, piney hops with some background caramel malt sweetness. Taste is intensely bittered, mainly grapefruit, pine and grass. I assume this is the Mosaic hop being showcased and it is delicious.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a dark, mostly opaque, amber with some nice red hues when the light hits it. A pretty small off-white head comes up after the pour, but fades to a film pretty quickly.

Smell is warm, toasted rye playing nicely with the cat-pee & onion aromas from the mosaic hops. Not a ton of hop presence on the aroma, but I feel like I can never really smell mosaic hops that much anyway.

Taste is sweet, grainy, spicy rye at first. At mid-palate the hops begin to assert themselves with some onion-grass flavor, and then by the swallow the mosaic hops really steal the show. The rye makes a tiny comeback on the aftertaste, but even that is dominated by the mosaic hops. Nicely choreographed from start to end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, and highly carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again, but I may not necessarily pick up a 4-pack every year. I know it's supposed to be a single-hop ale and all, but I feel like some citrusy hops would have rounded out the flavor nicely.

Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle with a foil wrapper into my nice Tired Hands stempiece; no bottle dating evident, but this came out around the beginning of the month, if I’m not mistaken, so it can’t be much older than about three weeks.

Appearance (4.25): Oof—this one is a beauty! Three fingers of light tan head made of very tight foam with patches of very fat bubbles crackling away audibly, caps a deep, garnet-amber body with beautiful red hues and near-perfect clarity. Shit damn. Pretty good retention, too, and decent lacing, leaving suds all around the glass and a few fat splotches of thin foam here and there, but the even distribution is very nice.

Smell (4.5): Lots of warm, sticky mango and peach with papaya undertones, matching a rich caramel-laced, rustic, multigrain bread malt character. Nicely toasted, spicy rye comes through, too, with very earthy tones adding a wonderful depth and complexity here.

Taste (4.0): And after all that, I’m thrown for a loop in the taste department. The hops character in the nose doesn’t translate to the palate quite as anticipated; rather, it comes through with a lime-like bitterness and flavor, really evoking the flavor of limejuice without so much of the harshly acidic bitterness that would come with—but all of that mixed with very clean, grassy, floral notes. Lots of lemon, lime, and strongly floral-grassy character hangs out on top of the malt base, which comes through as mainly very earthy and somewhat chocolatey with a light-roast coffee side to it, too. But it’s good. Just unexpectedly toasted for a not-particularly-dark beer. The finish is surprisingly clean, given that dirty-earthy rye malt and funky hops character: a light-side-of-moderate citrus peel bitterness helps wash out the rich, toasted malt, and the yeast is clean. No alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Quite nice mouthfeel: carbonation is full, evenly-distributed, and subdued, giving a nice, full foaming action on the way down without so much as a prickle. The body is medium-weight, somewhat oily, and finishes moderately on the dry side. This beer drinks like its weight and is satisfying going down (that’s what they both said, amirite?).

Overall (4.0): This is a really neat experiment, and I like it. This is a very solid beer overall, with a well-handled rye malt character and a novel hops profile that doesn’t disappoint. Is Mosaic the next Citra? I’d say no, but it’s interesting and plenty tasty in its own right, and hey—there’s a time and a place for everything, and I think this one will easily get its 15 minutes, and more.

Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy amber/red color with a thin line of bubbles on top. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Sweet toasted malt, caramel, and a big citrus hop aroma. A touch of alcohol in the nose too.

Sweet toasted malty flavor up front along with a peppery taste and fresh citrus hop and a bit of pine. There is a tart fruity sense to the beer. Finishes clean with a lingering citrus hop flavor and a touch of bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation. Good finish that leaves a fresh clean feel.

More for the hopheads out there than those that prefer red ales. Good clean hoppy beer.

Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby copper color with a nice two finger tan head. Head falls to ringed pond scum that leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is nice caramel malts, spicy rye, deep pine. Smell is nice but not over aromatic.

Taste is like the nose but better, good malt base caramel, toffee hints, some spicy rye notes. Has good deep hop presence tobacco like with some pine notes, also deep citrus. Pretty nice red ale with good rye and hop notes.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with average carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable brew, good flavors. Aroma good be more intense but very drinkable.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paid $3.50 for the single. Into a mason jar pint glass.
A - Wow thats a deep dark beer with a ruby brown color clear with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Solid lacing.
S - Smelled in the bottle very hoppy and nutty. In the glass more rye bread type smell and juicy hops. Diving in.
T - A very mixed hop experience I get bread rye malts, dye bittering hops that leave a soapy feeling on the palate, and sweet citrus hop rind with a cracker like mix.
M - Very slick each sip coats the mouth with dry bread clashing with soapy west coast hop bitterness but it all comes to a medium bodied drink experence.

Wow I have not had a beer so tasty and complex in a bit. Well worth the experence. One of the better rye IPA's I had next to RYEpa from founders.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, but by no means assertive, rye spiciness pairs nicely with the aggressive sweetness of the red malt found in this nineteenth volume of Terrapin Side Projects. Billowing around those elements is a slightly winey yeast funk, which—though it may be partially a result of this beer having aged about ten months after purchase—is not surprising given the healthy sediment that pours with this ale.

Still, despite the potentially suboptimal aging prior to consumption, the sharpness of the mosaic hops cannot be altogether held down, and this pleasing bitterness cuts across the other components of the flavor-profile to clean everything out as best it can; likewise, although mellowed, a clean quasi-sour florality peeks through too. Unfortunately, many of these notes have not been retained in the nose, which has—as aforementioned—taken on a boozy, wine-like carriage, due to the highly sweet malt content and the additional bottle-conditioning.

Having previously had a bottle of this Side Project in a fresher state, but having failed to take anything in the way of notes, I can nonetheless write that—though cellaring might not be ideal—at least some of the better qualities aren't utterly devastated by time.

Photo of shand
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first, Mosaic seemed like a bit of an odd choice for what I was assuming was a single-hop IPA. Mosaic is a fairly sweet and fruity hop - then I saw that it's a red ale, and things made ore sense. Mosaic pours a very attractive deep red color. The aroma is sweet, with a big dose of the trademark berry sweetness I get from Mosaic hops, along with a touch of citrus and pine that they also impart. There's also a nice dose of rye on the nose - this smells like a few of my favorite things. The taste is nice and sweet from the malts and hops - and wisely kept in check by the rye. The trademark berry flavors of the Mosaic hops are present, but are never fully let loose to shine. It's a tasty beer though. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and creamy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, Mosaic is a tasty, hoppy red rye.

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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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