Mosaic IPA
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #66
ABV:
6%
Score:
98
Ranked #306
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 5.61%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
387
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Notes: An American pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops—a Simcoe offspring—you'll find mango, lemon, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit, herbal and stone fruit characteristics.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alan for this one. I've wanted to try this for several years.

12oz can - dated 12/02/19 - poured into a classic tulip at 45°F.

This can is 4 months and 2 days old, so I may not be giving a fair review here if it turns out this has really degraded. Let's see.

Pours a deep, dark, juicy apricot orange - substantial haze with good translucency, topped with two fingers of pure white head - puffy and creamy, with good retention and leaving remarkable sheet lacing. Absolutely stunning appearance with a showstopping colour.

Nose: This is so pungently Mosaic, it's hilarious. Absolutely candied lychee and strawberry draped over way overripe navel orange and a faint note of pineapple. Diving a bit deeper, there's that signature herbal tea note that Mosaic often lends, but it's so intense here, it's nearly spicy. Beneath the tea note is maybe the dankest, stankest garlic note I've ever encountered in a beer. It's faint, and it's beneath everything else, but man oh man is it none other than garlic. Really complex aroma here.

Palate: Wow. Judging by the aroma, this could have been a little out there, but it does in fact go in a slightly different direction on the palate. Sodr, grainy pale malt kicks it off, with just a kiss of some crystal malt sweetness and some rustic wheat. The hops come in with a complex shape-shifting form of sweet melon, orange peel, white grape, a hint of passionfruit, and a huge explosion of classic Mosaic green, herbal, herbaceous notes. Definitely some of that overstepped rooibos tea as well. The "garlic" note is there, but not like on the nose. On the nose, it is GARLIC - the flavour though, is more subdued, and rather translates as a sort of dank fresh chive or leek note. There is a firm bold bitterness that lends a respectable IBU number, and provides a grippy pithiness that nicely offsets the malt sweetness. A little bit of hop acidity (just a whisper) brings some juicy tangerine wedges and a touch of lemonade before that pithy bitterness turns resinous, slightly dank in a more earthy sense, and even brings a touch of pine, working to give this ale a finish that is very reminiscent of a world class West Coast double IPA. This is 6% ABV? There is way more flavour and presence here than there should be. Lingering whisper of blueberry and chive.

Mouthfeel/Body: I am shocked this beer is 6%. Flavour bomb aside, the beer has the presence of an 8.5% beer. It's medium-full bodied with a noticeable malt softness to it. It isn't fluffy, thick, chewy, or stodgy, but it has a little bit of malt weight, which lends just a touch of caramel stickiness. It's so crammed with hops that it's quite oily and resinous as well. Despite its bold stature, it still drinks incredibly crisp, and you could really tip it back quick if you wanted. Effervescence is medium - squarely medium, and quite fine in nature, lending a nice fuzzy softness to it. Juicy up front, finishing with resinous dryness.

Overall: This is a truly outstanding IPA. The Mosaic used here is truly the toppest of notches, and unlike some Mosaic SHIPAs that only showcase the green grassy side, or the herbal tea side, this encapsulates everything from grass, herbs, citrus, garlic, pine, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, melon... The whole nine. The base beer is truly a work of art, and stands outside any classification. It's not a New England or a West Coast IPA. This is a Hill Farmstead IPA.

Apr 04, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this when I went back to the New England area at the end of October 2019. Was at the end of a day spent at HF. Fun but pricey.

Pours a hazy yellow. 1/3" white head. Big ass dry hop aroma, bubblegum, dank passion fruit, guava, weed. A showcase of the immortals as they say.

Taste ah man, something so simplistic, yet done so right. Its just waves of that soft pillowy haze body of flaked and toasted malt, whether it be barley, oats and wheat and a heavy crashing tide of weed, papaya, orange, tangerine, passion fruit goodness. The carbonation was right where it should be. They even last pretty well. Bought at the end of October, just had one yesterday (Jan 12) and it was still delicious. Bitterness is where I like it too, the Goldilocks zone, not a flat haze trub beer, but not a 200ibu all bittering hop crystal malt 90s ipa either.

Man I wish I could just grab these at Safeway on the regular. Its world class 1st tier stuff competing in the most prolific category.

Jan 13, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a bright orange color, honey hues with a bit of gold and a finger of white head that has modest retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is nice, wonderfully expressed Mosaic hops, big tropical fruit punch of oranges, pineapples and mango undercut by strong grassy and raw bitter green hop leaf with some pillowy dough and mineral water. The flavors are nice, juicy orange, tropical and tangy pineapple with a nice floral character and grassy and green hops, bitter pine, resinous and sticky with a great pale dough backbone and lingering mineral water. The mouthfeel is great, coating and thick with a medium body, super smooth with just enough liveliness and a dry finish.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Hill Farmstead. Delicate but packing a punch with flavor. The mosaic is expressed very well and it's a very clean and crisp beer.

Dec 14, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy/cloudy orangey/yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and light tropical notes hoppy floral undertones. Taste is also a mix of citrusy and light tropical floral hoppy undertones with a dry finish. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but dryer and less juicy than expected.

Nov 29, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at HF in Oct of 2015. I just found this on some notes I had made. I am putting in some review numbers so I can keep a list on BeerA so I can find what I have had at HF. So this rating really doesn’t count if you read this.

Aug 02, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect appearance, Golden and hazy with great retention of 1/2 finger white head. Smell is delightfully fruity with some allium, one of those where the aroma leaps out of the can when you crack it open. Flavor is very juicy up front, but aftertaste is much more west-coast-bitter than I expected for a mosaic beer, but it stops shy of being a palate wrecker and is quite enjoyably bitter. Actually kind of refreshing to have a bitter IPA again! Malt is gentle and subdued, mostly cracker flavor. Wowie, wow, wow!

Jul 10, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. Reviewing the IPA, not the pale ale. Pours a hazy bright orange. Smells of pungent mosaic hops in the form of grapefruit and garlic. Tastes of grainy malt, bitter orange and garlic hops, and a tinge of doughy malt. Back end is garlic and a touch of melon. Light and very drinkable, but pretty low carbonation. This can could disappear quickly.

Jun 26, 2019
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DCbeerhead from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is good but not my favorite from Hill. Nose is nice , tropical as you would expect with mosaic. Taste has notes of grass, onion, citrus rind, various tropical fruits and a little spice. soft mouth with dry balanced finish. Drinkable yet complex and refined as you would expect from Hill.

Jun 20, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a single can in a trade. This is my sixth brew from these guys, all outstanding. Canned-on date of 1/28/19. Great brew, wish it wasn't 4 hours away, & would like to see transition to 16-oz cans.

Mar 02, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head embedded with ringlets. Copious tiny bubbles are present adhering to the walls of the glass. Nose suggests pith, citrus and essence of tropical stone fruits. Taste consistent with nose - subtle flavors with the addition of some crackery malts. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. A solid offering overall, but not my favorite from Hill.

Feb 17, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of growler 4 days after buying. Nothing fancy here, just a simple but beautifully crafted single hip ipa that checks off all the boxes. Terrific!

Jul 24, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz pour at the brewery last week.
For a single hop ale, this was fantastic. Mosaic sure can hold its own. As is typical with HF, this ale was golden, hazy, with a big white head. The beer was clean and fresh and the mosaic hops really showed their stuff with nice tropical smells and taste. The body was smooth and it was easy to drink. My wife loved it. Enough said.

Jul 20, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the last of the Hill Farmstead cans that I traded for in front of Other Half not too long ago. Loved the others that I had and this one might have been the best of the bunch. The Mosaic Hops were showcased so beautlfully here without being too overpowering or one-dimensional. At the end of the day, isn't that what good beer should do, without hitting you over the head?

Of course, the pour to this was quite lovely as the liquid was a muted goldenrod with plenty of head to top everything off. Lots of lacing was left behind as it was more of a coat than actual rings. Lovely aroma of dank pineapple, cabbage, stone fruit, and rustic yeast to go along with the wonderfully aromatic Mosaic Hops that served as this beer's hallmark. A light citrus pith, stone fruit presence, and bright grassy undertone tied this all together as the liquid warmed up with hints of orange cream and lime zest underneath everything else. An earthy bitterness and juicy slickness could be felt once the liquid fully went down, though it was there throughout my session.

For a beer that felt so subtly strong, this really wasn't that much to take. The amount of alcohol was spot-on and the carbonation was present but not overly lively. Such a winner of a beer, this might be the best one from Hill Farmstead that I've ever had. Canned on 4/2 and having a drink by date of 5/12, this was so wonderful fresh that it left me wanting more - a lot more, to be honest. Quite possibly the epitome of what an All-America IPA should be, without any aspect of it being overt. Easily one of my favorites from here on out...

Jun 07, 2018
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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great mouthfeel, good nose, great lacing, smooth and soft with approachable hop level. This could be an everyday beer without a doubt, of course only if you lived in Vermont.

May 22, 2018
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Really dank west coast smelling beer. Onion, garlic, peppercorn. Some juicy fruitiness underneath the dankness. Blueberry, mango, peach, orange peel, lemon. A faint hint of sweet crackery malt and yeasty bubblegum. The beer smells really west coast, but with some Northeast influence.

Taste: Right away I’m hit with a flash of tangy lemon juice, and orange zest. The lemon transitions into the mid palette into a sweeter candy like quality, which mixes along with juicy tropical fruits like mango and peach. There is also a malty and yeasty bubblegum note that accentuates the tropical juiciness. The juiciness and sweetness is quickly sucker punched by a big wave of dankness that dominates the finish. The finish is pure west coast With the mosaic showing its teeth. Big onion, garlic, peppercorn, floral grassy bitterness with just a touch of blueberry to help bring the beer to a fitting grand finale. The beer finishes pretty dry with that big dankness lingering with a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium bodied, really dry in the finish. The dryness and low ABV make this a beer I want to keep drinking. It’s extremely crushable.

Overall: A definite Hybrid between west coast and the Northeast IPA/Pale Ale. Super Dank and dry but still really juicy and crushable. An awesome pale ale that I would drink any day!

May 10, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours golden straw color with nice white cap that settles to a rocky film. Strings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of candied orange, grapefruit, pineapple, light pine sap those mosaic hops pop.

Taste - Same as the aroma orange, pineapple, light mango, grapefruit little less sweetness than I was expecting from the nose very balanced with the mosaic hops and the light malt and biscuit.

Feel - Soft soft soft, medium feel great carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is what the ideal mosaic single hop IPA should be, great flavors super soft feel.

Apr 21, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of floral, grassy hops with citrus and tropical fruit notes: tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple. Taste follows the nose, with a very hop-forward taste dominted by juicy citrus fruit: tangerine, grapefruit, with hints of tropical fruit: pineapple, passion fruit and a slight, undelying grassyness. Medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, with a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel. This packs an incredible hop punch for a 6% ABV beer that is not even dry-hopped. Great stuff.

Feb 16, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As it pours out of the 12 ounce can, it seems clear gold, but fills in the glass to a perfectly hazy yellow-orange with a moderate white foam head that settles in rolling hills leaving short peaks of garter lace.

I'm smelling smooth and juicy mango bubblegum not even a split second from bringing my nose to the glass. A slight pop of spicy orange and pine dance far in the background, as well as a little nougat and biscuit as it settles.

More malt is present on the palate, which helps envelope the characteristics from the aroma into a beautiful beer. Flavor starts with softened biscuit and orange-pineapple marmalade. That mango bubblegum is there as well, but shares the stage with a touch of evergreen

Body is moderate with a soft filling froth, finishing semi-dry.

This is one of the most deliciously drinkable IPAs I've ever had, and Mosaic isn't even a favorite hop of mine.

Jan 23, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderately hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells honestly great- the aroma jumps right out of the glass. There's some candied grapefruit, orange, blueberry, pine tree, and mango.

The taste doesn't quite hit the awesomeness that the nose provided, but it's still very nice. It's got a killer creaminess to it, a slight hint of crackery malt, and all the of the fruity goodness I elaborated on in the nose. It's only slightly sweet, and the fruit flavors meld well with the bitter piney finish. There's a slight buttery character, but I don't think it's diacetyl- I think it's just the water and the creaminess of the body playing tricks on me.

This is very creamy, with a good level of carbonation, and a high level of drinkability.

Mosaic is definitely low on my list of preferred showcase hops, but I think this worked out exceptionally well anyway.

Jan 17, 2018
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BatManCave from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had a few of these at the Armsby Abbey this weekend. Hands down, it’s by far the best IPA I have ever tasted. Beats Julius, Green, Congress St, Focal Banger, and all the major US labels (Stone IPA, Two Hearted, Rogue) etc.

Jan 08, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Hazy, but not muddy. The tropical aromas as you open the can are intoxicating. You know you're in for a good one from the crack of the can. There's some mango, raw sugar cane, mint, and tree bark. It's drier than S&S #6 as would be expected at this ABV. However, it's full bodied and flavorful in a way you wouldn't expect from a pale. Just another example of Shaun Hill flaunting the fact that he can make great beer in all styles and alcohol percentages.

Jan 07, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury VT. The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to orange color with a bar pour’s kind slim white cap of a little head, no lacing, but I’m not worried. The smell starts off with resinous bitter hoppiness with an underscore of pine to balance. The taste was just a tad sweeter than the bitter side in the respect of taking the resinous bitter hoppiness to lead into sweet citrusy bliss. A sliding citrusy aftertaste running into the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slick oily bitter semi-sessionable feel on my tongue. Overall, its a pretty good APA that I could come back to.

Jul 14, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Super hazy and bright yellow-orange, lots of lace on the glass. Aroma and flavor are almost all Mosaic hops, grassy, delicious. This is a fine beer and definitely a pale ale, not an IPA. Better than the Citra single hop. Nice but not growler nice.

Jan 16, 2016
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berto714 from New York

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantastic. One of the best, if not the best, tasting pale ales I've ever had. Smell is pure mosaic goodness, tropical and bright. Taste follows, although slightly muted compared to nose. Mouthfeel is typical HF great. Can't wait to have this again.

Jan 09, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an inch of dense white head. Great lacing. Smell is earthy, spicy hops, with citrus and pine coming in as well. Taste is similar, with layers of herbal spice, citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Feel is smooth and soft, with prickly carbonation providing a good counterpoint. Really great and tasty pale ale.

Jan 06, 2016
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