Suburb - Mosaic | Barrier Brewing Company

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Suburb - MosaicSuburb - Mosaic

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BltByKrmn on 01-12-2017

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Wesmaze
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazed bright gold with an enormous foamy white head. Excellent long-lasting retention, with sheets of lacing.

S: Really bright, fruity and floral Mosaic aspects. Tart pineapple, lemon zest, white peach, cracker malt, guava, clover. Very fragrant.

T: Big pineapple, lemon, peach, and guava upfront. Followed by cracker with a hint of honey. Trails off with green tea, honeydew melon, and that typical earthy dankness, although only mildly. Just a hint of bitterness. Deceptively crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

F: Medium-light, well carbonated, crisp, clean, and crushable.

O: An excellent showcase of Mosaic hops, huge aroma, and one of the best Barrier IPAs I've had thus far.

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Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a very long time to die down, eventually leaving a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus, grass, and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy and tropical fruit hops along with hints of herbs in the finish. There is only a slight amount of associated bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There wasn't anything about this IPA that blew me away, but I thought that the Mosaic hops did contribute a nice variety of aromas and flavors to the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knickfan3
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAinBK
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duff96
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on date of 04/05/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and pale, golden yellow with an off-white, frothy two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, with broken sheeting tapering off to spotting.

Smell - Lightly juicy and fruity, with hints of citrus and stonefruit.

Taste - Soft, tame notes of peach and orange upfront. Yeasty character. Light earthiness hits mid-taste before it develops a grapefruit pith bitterness as it approaches the finish, and it becomes the prominent flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair carbonation. Soft, silky mouthfeel with a slightly dry and faint chalkiness in the finish.

Overall - Decent beer that drinks better than it tastes. Not that there's anything off with the flavor, it's just not particularly stand-out or interesting.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twizzard
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philosoraptor1354
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Khaack
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewtallyHonest1
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We got 4/5/17 on the bottom
Right away it looks great poured into a tulip glass. Nice off white fingernail sized head that disappeared pretty quickly. Body resembles a dark orange juice getting lighter towards the edges. Smell didn't blow me away but definitely got a few floral notes. The taste made up for it. Super juicy with your typical grapefruit peels or citrus peels that give you the bitter bite at the end. Incredibly fresh beer that leaves behind some gorgeous white lacing on the glass. Excellent well rounded brew overall. Nice mouth feel as well, perfect for a gorgeous spring day in the North East

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been a sucker for Mosaic-hopped IPAs ever since Lone Pint's Yellow Rose revealed their potential. Nabbed a can of this at Alphabet City for $4.29 USD earlier today. Canned 04/05/17.

7.60% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Hazy murky copper body. ~10-12cm worth of off-white froth. Head lasts a good 8-10 minutes.

AROMA: Fresh-hewn grass, floral hop aromatics, vague tropical fruit (papaya, I guess). No Mosaic-derived blueberry, unfortunately. Pleasant nonetheless, with pale malts keeping it balanced and enjoyable.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a soft refreshing brew with a pleasant nonaggressive hop profile.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft, coating, refreshing, smooth, wet, and ideally carbonated. Mouthfeel is exemplary.

Hints of berry join more dominant floral hop flavours and grassiness to pleasant effect, though hop pungency is quite limited and hop flavour isn't particularly deep or vivid. Fans of Mosaic's signature subtle blueberry will be disappointed; it's largely absent here. But there is some Mosaic-derived faint tropical fruit, and any hop bitterness is erased by pale malt sweetness (save for a bit of scratchy almost resin-like hop bitterness right on the finish).

Very pleasant and approachable albeit timid fare for an IPA. Its reticence is its biggest flaw; more hop pungency and frankly more hop flavour is needed for this to really succeed in the style. This is nice enough for a simple straightforward IPA, but more intricate and expressive examples of the style are widely available.

OVERALL: If one is to judge this on its own merits, taking into account whether or not it fulfills its aims, it's worth noting that it fundamentally fails to showcase the Mosaic hop well - particularly compared to 100% Mosaic hop IPAs like the abovementioned Lone Pint Yellow Rose.

The American IPA is arguably the most popular style of beer in the U.S.A., and the fast growing style worldwide. Given how (over)saturated the market is with IPAs, you've really got to bring a lot to the table in order to stand out. The New York (City) market in particular demands even more given the high pricing of IPAs (and the problematic 16oz can culture that's emerged), forcing brewers to deliver IPAs that are not only good enough to stand up to well-priced outside competition from the likes of Lagunitas, Victory, Troegs, and the like, but also to be good enough to justify their $4+ per can pricetags.

With Suburb Mosaic, Barrier delivers a beer that ultimately fails to set itself apart in spite of being a nice beer in its own right. Easily well above average within the IPA style, but being merely above average doesn't cut it - especially at $4.29 per can.

Price has no effect on my rating, but I'm scratching my head wondering who'd shell out $17+ for 64oz of this when 72oz of Lagunitas IPA can be had for $11 and 72oz of Sculpin can be had for $13...nevermind the similarly priced but vastly superior expressions of the style one can purchase from local breweries like Equilibrium, Other Half, Single Cut, et al.

I'm glad I got to try this and I'll continue giving Barrier's beers a fair shake, but I couldn't justify a second purchase of this and it's far from a world class expression of the American IPA style. I guess though in a way it does live up to its name - after trifling about in the suburb, one can't wait to get back to the big time.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BeerIsland51631
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best barrier beers ever... sooo juicy!

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a 1-finger foamy (slightly) off-white head.

S: Nice nose - not the strong type of nose that jumps out of the glass at you, but a pleasant IPA nose with floral notes, tropical fruit and a bit of citrus. Berries come to mind as well.

T: Tropical fruity hops are noted - a bit of pineapple and maybe some under-ripe mango. Hint of stone fruit as well (i.e., apricot), and some citrus - lime and grapefruit peel. Also some garlicky or onion flavors, which, while not strong, detracts from the more juicy, fruity taste/ Finishes with a good drying bitterness that at times seems a bit chalky. That 7.6% ABV is not evident at all, which is surprising.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft; body is appropriate to showcase this hop (more malt would overwhelm it), but the lack of malt substance makes it light and a bit unbalanced.

O: A very good American IPA, but not a great one.

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Suburb - Mosaic from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 34 ratings