Mosaic Imperial India Pale Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Mosaic Imperial India Pale AleMosaic Imperial India Pale Ale

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy orange amber in color with thick frothy white head that stays with very good retention before slowly subsiding to some bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot everywhere.

Very sharp tropical aroma and rich fruity ester, piney, resin, dank, berry, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine, some floral and peppery too. Malt is also there with notes of sugary sweet, biscuit, and caramel.

The taste is led by the tropical fruits of hop in range of pineapple, mango, and orange as well as fruity ester, some dank, berry, peppery, and piney resin. Malt lays as a base of the flavor structure with its sugary sweetness, biscuit, and caramel. The finish is hoppy dry bitter taste with its persistent strength.

The body is medium with some full touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel from its crisp and some lively carbonation with a dry finish.

Yet another good IPA offering from Mikkeller without doubt. Hop, malt, and yeast, all come into play without compromise.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

been seeing this one around for a little while, nice to finally get into one, although its nowhere near the best of mikkeller, and you have to question a bar who keeps it in a glass fronted cooler, regardless of freshness this is bound to be somewhat light stricken. its not way off, but its not perfect either. hazy and thick on the pour, more density than i am used to in these, and with a head that takes some effort to arouse after the initial pour. its pretty woody in nose and taste, not anywhere near as tropical as mosaic usually is, and very yeasty, which i often love in hoppy beer from mikkeller, but its too much in the way this time, the mosaic seems more northwestern and dense than it is supposed to, faded and not all the way vibrant. i like all the body, the bubbles, and how dry it is, but this is a poor expression of mosaic overall and even the alcohol seems to interfere some. hearty though, bitter, and nice with spicy food lke lamb meatballs in a harissa type thing. good not great, they are capable of a lot better than this, especially for the price...

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Photo of portwood
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: grassy, floral, earthy citrus, dank note.
Taste: fruity sweet, avg carbonation, smooth w/boozy feel.
Finish: bittersweet, orange zest, resin dry.
(bottle BB 10/22/16)

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy golden amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention an lacing are both excellent. More of a danky, resinous aroma. The mosaic hops are definitely evident. Decent. Not what I really want in an IPA. Taste follows along the same lines. Very malty with a dank, resinous, bitter hop at the end. Very mildly astringent. Goes more into barelywine type of taste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but not what I like in an IPA. I prefer them to be more juicy. I am a little let down.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Man, I thought their Citra DIPA was awesome - that makes this beer even more awesome. Again, opaque gold in complexion, with nice aromas of citrusy fruits, and here something a bit more tropical or orchard-like as well. The fruits are apparent on the taste as well, with more aspects of fruits and maybe something thinning, like white grape, to replace some of the sweetness with a more refined character. Mode4rate carbonation, and a medium fell - a truly deluxe, but pricey, drinking experience.

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Photo of drmeto
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-white grapes,grassy,resin,herbal,grapefruit,orange zest,nettle,cereals
-resin,grapefruit,orange zest,grassy,cereals
-medium to high bitterniss
-quite sweet
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
A little too sweet,otherwise a great SH DIPA

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Photo of zonker17
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy deep golden pour from bottle with best by date 22/10/15 consumed 10/9/15 (Euro dating). Significant lacing. Not as fragrant as most mosaic IPAs, but it is also just a month from the BB date. Flavors seem to maintain well, but would have loved to try as a younger beer. Overall a good IIPA.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour with best before on cap of 18/05/17. Look is cloudy, opaque orange but less so then the Mikkeller Citra IIPA I just drank. Aroma is dank herbal, piney with some stone fruit and citrus fruit and a hint of malty bread and yeast. Taste similar to aroma with some white grape taste too. I'm not picking up any berry fruit which I enjoy from Mosaic hops. Mild bitterness and hint of sweet malt backbone. Not as sweet at the Citra IIPA tho. Medium carbonation and alcohol well hidden for 8.9%

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in wide mouth 10 oz glass.

Hazy darker golden copper hue, thick white head that sticks around. Good lacing. Nice big hop aroma. Taste is well balanced, not too biter. Medium bodied, sticky.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on August 10, 2015 in a Teku glass from a 330 ML bottle with a cap stamped 18/05/17. Look is a nice bright cloudy amber with a thick head and dense lacing. Smell is dank herb, fruit hop and sweet pale malts. Taste is lighter notes of the aroma. Feel is medium in body but heavily bittersweet in finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Big white head. Great retention and thick lacing.

Smell - Some tropical fruit hops. Mostly sweet pale malts. Slightly toasty.

Taste - Orange hops. Sweet pale malts. Grassy hop bitterness. A touch too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than I'd like. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not sure what I don't really like about it, but it's just not doing it for me. It's ok, but not my style.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always comforting to come home to the simple things, such as some single hop Mikkeller goodness.

A - Hazy peach orange with a thick and healthy finger of white head. Good retention and nice lace.

S - Grapefruit, mango, grassy cat pee citrus, touch of sugary bread malt.

T - Lots of danky tropical fruit, pine, grassy funky papaya, decent balance of brown sugar cookie malt.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, highish oily bitterness with lots of hop flavor and some malt adding some softness.

O - The new 330ml version of this is definitely better than the old 500ml. It's similar in quality to their Citra DIPA, great showcase of the hop and nice all around.

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Photo of BAT1937
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heard bad things about this beer, maybe that was just the big bottles. I had the 11.2 ounce bottles and was quite surprised after hearing bad reviews around town. I love mosaic hops, get this beer as fresh as possible.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Acquired for $9.99 USD at a bottle shop in Austin, TX. 500ml. Brown glass. Yellow unbranded pry-off cap. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

8.9% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. Brewed & bottled at De Proef. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Creamy and thick, with a full presentation. Could be softer-looking. Frothy enough. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent dark orange. Murky and dull. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a great looking imperial IPA, but I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Dank cannabis, herbal hop notes, orange, clementine, tangerine, and heavy mandarin orange with concomitant syrupy notes. Pale malt sweetness checks any hop bitterness nicely. I also get some light tropical notes of mango and pineapple. There's some honey malt and caramalt in there too; maybe some caramunich? It's a bit grassy. I'm a bit perplexed by the hop profile; it's not what I usually go for in an (imperial) IPA, but it's definitely interesting.

Aromatic intensity is mild. No yeast character, off-notes, or booze is detectable.

TASTE: Creamy, with plenty of pale malt and some sweeter caramalt. The hop profile is diverse, but not so much as the aroma suggests. Grassy notes, mango, tangerine, orange (on the finish), herb, and mandarin orange. Not as cannabis-heavy as the aroma suggested. Overall, I find the balance wanting, with too much malt sweetness.

In fact, I'm beginning to think I got an older bottle, though Mikkeller offered no best before date, so my review has to stand. It's not a gestalt build, but the beer has general cohesion. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

There's little to no hop bitterness. I do like it in a general sense, but I hoped for far better given the brewer. Based on the many Mosaic hopped beers I've had, this doesn't showcase the hop particularly well, and indeed it seems the hop presence has faded.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and a bit too thick and hefty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer, and doesn't accentuate the Mosaic hops particularly well. Could be softer and creamier. I'm not sure why it's this thick; it's almost a bit syrupy. Certainly sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Though the alcohol is noticeable, which is something of a crime considering its mere 8.90% ABV.

OVERALL: I think I may have gotten an older bottle based on the taste, but then that's partially Mikkel's fault for refusing to put a best before date on his beers. As-is, this doesn't have a fresh hop profile, but still boasts diverse hop flavours that just don't appeal to my specific tastes. While the mandarin orange is fascinating, the rest of the build just doesn't cater to my preferences specifically, and I find the beer overly sweet and malty for the style. Additionally, its alcohol presence is obvious and as a result its drinkability isn't great. Not his best work, and not a beer I'd buy again at its high price point (courtesy of the Shelton Bastards).

C+ (3.19)

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Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a very hazy gold topped by a dense three finger cream colored head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of sweet citrus, tropical fruits, a little herbal and floral, slight pine and a little caramel. great nose
T: taste is tropical fruits like mango and papaya, some citrus, caramel sweetness, slight floral and herbal hop, and a little pine resin, sweet malt tries to add balance throughout. swallow is resinous pine, tropical fruits and some citrus with a slight toasted caramel flavor on the finish
M: this beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish that keeps things from drying out
O: this is a very good DIPA. the hop flavors from the Mosaic are fantastic and give the beer some great complexity. the sweetness is there and the beer has some balance as well. not quite a palate wrecker from the bitterness either. very enjoyable and approachable

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 330 mL bottle poured into an IPA glass (marked "midst holdbar til 22/10/16").

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a rolling head of frothy off white foam.

Smell: Lush tropical fruit, citrus and dank, musty hops.

Taste: Tropical fruit and citrus rind continue from the nose joined by a malty, caramel and slightly honey sweet body. Clean, herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, smooth body, medium carbonation.

Overall: A full flavored DIPA with good fruit characteristics from both hops and malt.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4/5  rDev -1.7%

500 ml bottle decanted into a tulip glass. The classic Mikkeller IPA hue and look, a rather cloudy orange-yellow amber with a finger and a half of white frothy head. Aroma very tropical, tons of pineapple, more moderate amounts of mango, papaya spear, tangerine, and pine. Very slight mellow sweetness on the nose as well, with a similarly subtle brown sugar sweetness on the palate that very slowly evolves in a more toasty direction. As was the case on the nose, the hops steal the show here. More citrus than tropical on the tastebuds, although certainly there's ample pineapple here as well. Pine is a major component and is quite noticeable initially, but this quickly recedes to reveal orange, grapefruit, and tangerine rinds galore, underripe mango, with hints of the blueberry and kiwi one often gets with this hop, more dried papaya, peppercorn, green banana, and flower water. Certainly a rind-forward brew if I may overuse and abuse the -forward suffix. Quite fizzy, which amps up the general fruity vibe, of moderate body really, pleasingly oily and spicy with resins. Less malty than the Mikkeller single hop IPA series (this is an imperial so strictly speaking is not part of said series), more attenuated with the hops shining forth largely unimpeded. The citrus seems to be receding a bit, with something more tropical and floral taking over as I go, nose and palate starting to match up. Very nice if rather pungent concoction.

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Photo of Cresant
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured the 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Cap stamped: 11971307. The body was a hazy butterscotch color. A thick cap of tan foam remained.

The smell was a bit phenolic upon opening - beachball. Then pineapple, oranges and alcohol. A bit bread as it warmed.

The taste was tropical fruits. Pineapple and kiwi. Orange zest. There was a squeaky bitterness to this one! Bright green hoppiness. Creamy with some breadiness as it warmed up. This one finished bitter and fruity. Hop heaven.

The body was medium to full. with solid carbonation.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 24/7/14

A murky orange liquid with heaps of sediment in thick looking liquid, not much for visible carbonation but still manages too produce a well sustained two finger head that leaves a few partial rings

S lots of tropical fruit, mango, tangerine, mandarin orange, pineapple, a little booze and pine, just a hint of caramel and yeast

T still lots of citrus but much more rind then flesh, faint brown sugar, pines still strong, slight herbal aspect, more rind and a little booze but I wouldn't suspect 8.9%

M has some body to it but not a whole lot of bubbles, just enough to give it some life, a little heat, rind and caramel on the finish

O one for the rind lovers, solid beer but a little something holding it back from greatness, don't get me wrong I'd drink it again but I've had better IPA's recently

good beer and worth a try but its gonna be hard to pull the trigger a second time when its 8$ for a 330ml

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - that's one impressively resonant mutant Mosaic hop cone depicted on the label, M. Shore!

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, silken, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some attractive sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, a touch of white wine must, and the suggestion of a steely cold alcohol fire. The taste is more pleasantly bitter tropical and pedestrian fruitiness - the usual suspects from the nose, with some pineapple centers and kiwi tacked on - bready, almost crackery pale and honeyed caramel malt, an ethereal spicy yeastiness, over-steeped black tea tannins, and further leafy, mildly floral, and musty hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, barely registering above their undercover supportive work, the body a solid medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, all those fruity hop essences exhibiting a certain vigour, alongside the lingering caramel malt, and not yet overt alcohol, um, character?

A pleasant enough showcase of Mosaic, one that does this new-ish hop varietal a huge favour by keeping the DIPA booze oh-so well-hidden, and amping up the fruity qualities. Easy to drink, enjoyable, and almost worth the stiff price tag for the sub-bomber serving size around here.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2015. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. Bring on the hops!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber with fine sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a stable surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of overwhelmingly fruity hops with notes of white grape, gooseberry, subtle grapefruit, peel, citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Underpinned by caramel malt and earthy yeast. Simply superb.

Tastes of intensely fruity hops with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, mild gooseberry, subtle tropical fruit, grass, faint spice, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Possesses a delicate sweetness, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of exceptionally fruity hops, hop bitterness and sweet malt.

Fantastic - a hop-head's delight. Acres of hops in a bottle. It looks great, while the aroma and flavour are divine. A smorgasbord of citrus and fruity notes, along with a spicy bitter finish. Lovely body. A top-notch brew that delivers. If hops are your thing, then add this beer to your must-try list.

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Photo of BlazerT
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teku glass.
A: amber, dark orange, little hazy with medium (two finger), white head, which lasts not so long medium lacing.

S: intense hoppy aroma - tropical fruits (mango) and citrus aroma (mainly lemon), some earthy notes, fruitiness and maltiness in the background.

T: Strong hop falvors - mainly citrus (lemon), very high hop bitterness, which can be felt till finish. Low malt flavour. Medium dry finish. The taste is more citurs than the aroma. Aroma is more tropical fruity. Alcohol is almost unnoticable.

M: Smooth, medium-light body, medium carbonation, semi-dry. This beer shows how powerfull are citra hops - bitter and strong in aroma and taste. Really worth trying.

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Photo of endovelico
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33l bottle. Served cold. Poured into cut glass Stein. Taken from notes. Reviewed on 31-03-2014. Reviewed under strong artificial light.

Appearance: Pours an hazy toast coloured brew with a big foamy white head. The head holds very well, the lacing is good and the carbonation is barely perceivable.

Aroma: Condition OK. The aroma is of medium to medium high intensity with a very pleasant profile of pine, tropical fruit, citrus and hops. The alcohol is subdued on this one.

Taste: Condition OK. High strength and balanced, this brew showcases a nice bouquet of citrus, mango, pine, earth and blackberry. Very distinct profile.

Palate: Beautiful. The carbonation is low, the texture is round and coating. The brew itself is full bodied and finishes semi-dry but leaves a lasting aftertaste of earthy and herbal flavours. The balance is excellent with some notes dominating others, but rarely overshadowing.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, distinct profile, decent complexity and keeping it true to style.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like any double IPA worth its salt, it’s slightly darker orange and more menacing than usual; hefty, lasting head and cloudy, particulate body

Scent: Huge citrus, pine, freshly-cut grass, tropical/guava, herbal notes, tannic funkiness; some farm-y notes but more fruity/juicy; light caramel

Taste: A mouth-watering combination of light berry notes combining with a citric wallop and a honey malt backing; lightly spicy and tea-like as well

Mouthfeel: A touch thick with a deceptively oily feel that leaves the mouth rather dry; fruity/pine-y flavors linger heavily for minutes after each sip

Drinkability: You could say this isn’t as refreshing as it could be, but it’s quite good for what it is, and it showcases this crazy, complex hop well

Overall: A heavy-handed hop blast sitting on top of a very burly base beer with a heady mouthfeel and strong flavors. Could be a touch more drinkable and less malty given the hop being showcased and its penchant for bringing out the best in most recipes it's thrown in, but, regardless, this is a very nice brew that occupies an engaging and fairly-agreeable price-point for the brewery.

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Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer. The smell may honestly have been my favorite part -- incredible floral and citrus scents that created a standard that was impossible for the taste to really live up to. Still, definitely worth the price, and worth a try. I'd buy it again, but probably only to compare to other DIPAs.

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Mosaic Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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