Alpha Experiment: Mosaic - Country Boy Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Like any alpha-dog would, only one can stand. And when we're talkin' Country Boy, we're talkin' hops! With one variety of such standing tall, this "Single Hop" series ale features the "Mosaic" varietal of the lupulin bine.
Without unveiling any of its secrets upon its pour, the beer captures a lightly hazed golden-amber hue that's innocent enough. The creamy and calm foam stance that ensues caps the ale session-wide and trickles with ivory pocketed islands.
Perfumy and floral in its aromatics, the beer's scent is alive with the sappy and drippy goodness of grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, lemon and white grape. Its tangy citrus, tropical and vinous medley captures the luster of Mosaic hops to near-perfection, backed only with the thin caramel and honey scent to imply a riper, more vibrant and zestier fruit presence.
Then its taste further opens as the early palate is greeted with those caramels and honey floralness. Its middle flowers with a bouquet of red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon and grape in the most tangy fruit-juice kind of way. That's except for its fast-fleeting sweetness that leaves its finish herbal, tart and lingering with sassafras and verbena.
Mid-light in body, the IPA carries and arid creaminess early that soon evaporates on the tongue and ushers in a dry honeycomb of malt sturcture that finishes lightly grassy, herbal, tea-like and with absolute dryness. So successful in its dryness, there's a brief emptiness that occurs just before its refreshing finish that keeps it from becoming more memorable.
Alpha Experiment Mosiac is something special in that there's few hop varieties that can pull off all the aromatic duties, flavor expectations and bittering components that's necessary of IPA. Yet it all happens with this beer. Country Boy's ability to exploit all those attibutes speaks to their craftsmanship. Great job Country Boys!
Serving type: on-tap
04-04-2014 05:59:45 | More by BEERchitect
Alpha Experiment: Mosaic from Country Boy Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.