Single Hop Mosaic Double IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Single Hop Mosaic Double IPASingle Hop Mosaic Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,330
Ranked #21,603
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Single Hop Mosaic Double IPASingle Hop Mosaic Double IPA
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Photo of CTHomer
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: pineapple with caramel;

T: pineapple with a nice caramelly malt bachcone; a touch sweet throughout;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: not special, but easy to drink;

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Welcome back to my New Sierra Nevada (& Maybe Some Others) Beer Sunday (Week 727)! My mother owns a house in Chico, I scored these at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) & now, I am anxious to delve deeply into them!

From the CAN: "Family Owned, Operated & Argued Over". Ha!

I will be up front & say that Mosaic is NOT one of my faves, but I CAN always get into a DIPA + I like to keep an open mind. I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I have been at this for a while & I do NOT feel like cleaning up a mess. It worked to my advantage as I wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention that left a load of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a tropical fruit forest in the middle of a tropical jungle. That's great if it's a Dole Tropical Fruit Cup at lunchtime, but not so much when your hop jones is kicking in & you need a fix … like, right now, man! 8=( Mouthfeel was big & full, like heavy syrup in which that fruit cup was packed. Fair dinkum. The taste was all tropical fruit, ranging from pineapple to guava to papaya to passion fruit to mango & back to pineapple! 8=O Well, there's your Mosaic. FWIW. The real problem here was its inherent lack of bitterness, which is a hallmark of the style. You CAN argue that point, but I'm standing my ground. I was simply unfulfilled. 8=( OTOH, its ABV was kicking in nicely, moving me that much closer to a nap. Finish was semi-sweet, kind of like CANdied fruit or dried fruit, but I wasn't feeling it. I really need some hops, man!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not getting the subtle blueberry Mosaic is known for - just vague tropical fruit character. Pale malts, floral's a bit hum-ho. ABV is well disguised.


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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber. Big sudsy off-white head and minimal lace.

Aroma: Citrus and tropical hops. Quite appealing.

Taste: Fruity citrus hops, heavy on flavor and body. Balanced with malts, and a bit of bitterness at finish. Solid all the way.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can, canned 9/5/18. Pours hazy orange gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - bready biscuit malt with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt and some fruit with some piney resiny hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA. I haven't been a big fan of the single hop 12 pack...everything is just OK.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped on bottom as '073118'.
Mostly clear, deep gold colored body. One finger of frothy white head. Leaves behind an abundance of lacing. Displays an exuberance of rising bubbles through the body.
Aroma is earthy, grassy, and herbal.
Taste is melon, earthy, floral, with a little citrus.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Age may play a part in the experience here, but the beer still expresses a true Mosaic profile.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

canned on 7/31/18 and drinking on 1/15/19 so little over 5 months old from store (sad). A little stale in the hops, but otherwise it reminds me alot of Torpedo. Decent, and would like to revisit if fresh.

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Photo of california_republic
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Heady, with a nice clear amber color.

Smell: It might be a single hop, but it smells like a basket of fruits. Personally, I smell apple, slight citrus, and a lot of booze. Surprisingly no pine at all. A little bit sour and not as layered but what can you expect with only one hop.

Taste: Incredibly sweet, which masks almost all of the bitterness. Juicy apple is the dominant flavor rounded out by a hint of sweet yeast and toasty malt.

Feel: Sticky, but not as much as I expected for a double IPA. It's actually kind of bubbly but the bubbles are more of a velvety texture that lasts long than a crispy texture.

Overall: The single hop project is interest and this is by no means a bad beer. It's definitely not as refined as Sierra Nevada's year-round lineup but it's a fun drink, especially since it clocks in at 8%. The best thing to do is to invite a bunch of friends over and sample all the beers in the single hop lineup.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, PKGD 073118C. A tall off-white head leaves sticky lacing on the glass as it fades atop a copper colored ale. Floral and tropical Mosaic hop with a caramel malt nose. Flavors are hop forward and very floral with notes of orange blossom honey, mango, grapefruit, bready caramel malt, and familiar Sierra Nevada yeast. Overall, a very well balanced beer with nice flavors, but a bit too floral for me.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - clear golden copper color with a slight head and skim
smell - dank juicy fruity and pine
taste - a lot like the scent, pretty bitter
feel - medium full body with a bit of carbonation
Overall - Mosaic be good

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Photo of Mdog
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Gold, particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Berries, citrus, dank, hits the usual mosaic notes.

Taste: Nice berry/citrus mix, sweet and delicious. Moderate to low bitterness.

Overall: Beer 4 from the hop pack. A nice double IPA, mosaic is probably my favorite new-school hop. This batch doesn't have overwhelming berry flavor like the best mosaic brews, but is a solid, tasty double IPA.

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Photo of kitch
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. can, packaged on 5th September 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin peel, orange rind, pine, melon, pineapple and a touch of papaya.

Taste: Light sweetness, melon, papaya, pineapple, mixed berries, light caramel, citrus rind and a lasting moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: My favourite of the four from the Single Hop Pack and worth trying if you like Mosaic. A good easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pkgd 9/5/18 from the bottom of the can, this single-hopped DIPA pours a crystal clear gold color with a dense off-white head that literally grips the glass as you drink the beer.

Nose is the signature Mosaic hop aromas, with dank citrus, mango, and a healthy dollop of fresh berries. The taste leans toward the dank, but the fruity berries really keep things in balance quite nicely, including the 8% ABV, which is not detectable at all - until you drink a couple and stand up.

As a self-professed SN fanboy from way back, I saw the reviews of this and approached it with some trepidation, but I needn’t worry - SN does this type of beer well. Mosaic-hopped beers fade pretty quickly, IMHO, but this 7-week old beer is all that and a bag of chips.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned on 7-31-18
1" dense white head, bright gold with great clarity. Constant stream of bubbles keeps the head alive - long retention and nice lacing. Good looking IPA.
Really nice hop scents of orange, tangerine, and berries...some faint malt aroma under the
Big punch of bitter hops, some pine, and the berry flavor stands out more here than in the aroma. A tangy facet late, unusual in that the bitterness hits early and then some complex flavors (fruits/berry) hit later. There is a well balanced malt backing but the Mosaic is no doubt the star.
Nice clean entry, medium bodied, carbonation is right on. Long finish full of fruit.
Really nice DIPA, really nice.

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Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, white foam with medium low retention. Mellow, dark fruit, melon, light herbal aromas and light dankness with medium malty and caramel malts. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pleasant creamy smooth feel through the middle with light warmth near the end. Earthy and lightly herbal flavors up front with subdued fleshy fruit flavors in tow. Medium, herbal bitterness through the middle followed by mellow, over-ripe citrus flavors and maltiness. Finished with herbal hop and malty flavors with light bitterness. Well balanced with mellow, yet complex hop character and solid maltiness. Loving this single hop series.

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Photo of teromous
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 073118C06:50"

Appearance: The beer has good clarity and a medium shade of gold for its color. It maintains a low-profile of white foamy head but it leaves behind a nice sheet of snowflake lacing.

Aroma: There is a moderate amount of cabbage and a light bit of garlic on the nose. Retronasal activity is slightly piney but mostly grassy. Overall it is less than impressive and below average.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of gummy peach ring flavor. This is followed by a bit of hop bine oil flavor and it tapers sharply to a bit of a rotten peach, but peachy nonetheless, finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty smooth texture with a nice and refreshing finish. There is a slightly bitter end but it is pleasant overall.

Overall: I once had a beer that used artificial flavors that did this shtick better, and that is unfortunate. On the plus-side there is a lot of peach character to this beer, but on the down-side it just wasn't executed very well. This might be a single hop beer but that leaves a lot of variables in the equation, such as the grain bill and the ratios. It is a bit peachy which is nice but there is nothing to support the beer.

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Single Hop Mosaic Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 33 ratings