Mosaic Red Rye IPA
Terrapin Beer Company

Mosaic Red Rye IPAMosaic Red Rye IPA
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IPA - American
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3.82 | pDev: 8.9%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Mosaic Red Rye IPAMosaic Red Rye IPA
Notes: Like a fine piece of art, "Mosaic" Red Rye IPA
is masterfully created by using 100% Mosaic™ hops throughout the brew. With its aesthetically pleasing ruby red color and spatial depth from the rye malt, this hand crafted masterpiece leaves your palate's canvas open
to interpretation.
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a slightly hazy rusty amber, with small head that dissipated quickly and slight lacing that did not stick around either. Nose was muted, but what I got was some grapefruit and pepper. Taste was decent mix of citrus and spice (pepper) similar to a rye whiskey. Likewise, mouthfeel was medium bodied and a peppery aftertaste. All and all a pleasant red IPA

May 29, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.99/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a magnificent Beer, Has a tremendous amount of flavor. Lets begin with the looks. Poured into my favorite Tulip Glass revealed a deep and rich Amber appearance. Little to no head even when swirled. I might have had this beer too cold to tell. Moving on to Smell. On the nose, the aroma is typical IPA. A nice aroma of Tropical fruits; citrusy in character. Along with the fruitiness there is the underlying yeasty goodness. Now for Taste. Well done Balanced all the way through. In the front, A pleasant Sweetness with notes of Pineapple and maybe slight mango or Guava. subtle and smooth Citrus notes follow into a gradual bitterness. The Rye malt is not so much a highlight of the beer but it must contribute to the mouth feel. the finish is refreshingly dry no overwhelming sweetness to speak of. Moving on to Feel. Almost perfect mouth feel. Full and creamy on the pallet, medium bodied. this is what really pulls a Beer together for me. This beer aces it in the Mouthfeel. Overall, Id say this Beer is a winner!

Apr 22, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is ruby red. The taste is peppery rye, mild grapefruit, mild hop resin, & some dank bitterness leading towards the finish but it's nothing overly sharp & bitter. This is one of the best rye IPA's that I've had, the mosaic hop really shines in this beer. Cheers! B

Apr 22, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75


Doesn't showcase either Mosaic hops particularly well, but I do like the spicy rye malt and its treacle-y amber malt leanings which help make it more interesting than your typical rye IPA. Floral and a bit resinous, which aren't characteristics I'd normally associate with Mosaic. Oddly, the usual tropical fruit and subtle blueberry Mosaic brings is absent here.

Toasted malt. Caramelized sugars. Dried grapefruit. Bread crust. Scintillae of herb.

Medium-bodied. Overcarbonated. Smooth. Coating. Wet. Unrefreshing.

No Troeg's Nugget Nectar, but it's a drinkable and enjoyable red IPA that I'm glad I nabbed a sixer of once even if I see no need to ever buy it again.


Feb 23, 2020
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good. Never heard of it before but got it in a mix and match six pack. Good tasting nice feel I would get again given the opportunity. Love terrapin so I’m glad to see them putting out good stuff.

Jan 12, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can pour. It says its one of their "seasonal sessions" but it's way above session strength.

Dark red pour with a large, offwhite head.

Smells much more strongly of rye than of mosaic... it's actually pretty hard to suss out the hops. It's a sharp, pleasant aroma.

Tastes, again, very rye-heavy. It starts off tasting bitter and bready, it's a tiny bit fruity in the middle, but then ends sharp and bitter. It's not bad, but you kind of wonder what they were going for. The rye completely overpowers the mosaic.

Sep 17, 2017
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mcsst44us from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Calling this one an IPA is a bit of a disservice - it is much darker and perhaps more complex than the typical IPA offering. The color is a deep red - almost brown. The aroma is heavy on the rye. The taste is complex, with elements of the rye well balanced with sweeter notes. An unforgettable glass!

Jul 29, 2017
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scootny from New York

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking beer with a tall thick khaki head that stays and leaves generous amounts of lacing as it fades and as I consume. Lovely ruddy red color with decent clarity. Maybe a hint of resiny cloudiness.

Aromas of grains. Light sweety malt. Steely rye. Lush tropical fruitiness with mangos and pineapple. Some alcohol and pine.

Taste is toasted malt with rye and steel. Hops come in quickly after. Grapefruit and tropical fruits. A mild bit of toffee and light caramel sweetness. Finish is dry and hoppy with a long lingering hop oil coating of the mouth.

Feel is crisp and quenching with a lush creaminess.

Super tasty and easy to quaff a few without thinking. I love what the rye brings.

May 14, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass, purchased at total wine in Charleston SC.
A: pours a 1 finger white foam head that quickly fades to the perimeter, the body is an ice tea orange brown, carbonation, minute wisps of lacing
S: sweet malt straight up, mild aroma of tropical fruit, hints of spicy rye finish out the rear.
M: medium body, with semi dry finish on the tongue
T: juicy rye to sum up a few words, malt, stone fruit like apricot, white grape, hints is caramel, smooth spicy rye, dash of white pepper, herbal like or grassy in the finish
O: solid brew, nothing over powering, I love rye so this ranks high on my list and I may have rated this a tad lower now thinking on my ratings.

Apr 16, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using the kaleidoscope of flavor found in the Mosaic hop varietal, the brewing team at Terrapin layers these hop derived intangibles with spicy rye grain and a deep, toasty and caramelized of stewed barley kernels. All these pieces and parts come together in a seamless, artful taste.

Mosaic Rye IPA pulls from a dark copper, bronzen body with an aromatic array of citrus, tropical and herbal freshness. Toast and grain swirl about the beer's sepia stained froth before a taste of caramel, dry toffee, toast, nuttiness and bread crust applies the first malty layers on the tongue.

While sweetness recedes on the middle palate, the hops charge in and complement the remnants of malt with grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pear, melon and white grape. Tangy, juicy and lightly plump, the beer's hop forward attitude trends bitter with fresh grassiness, muddled pine needles and an herbaceous hemp-like quality.

Toasty, peppery and bitter, the beer's waning moments favor hop resins and rye spice. The grain's husken grit is of a woods, nuts and with a peppercorn zing. Lightly tannic from grain but smoothened by creamy structure, the beer's malty dry finish is bitter but balanced, fruity but spicy, malty but refreshing. Its mosaic of tastes cover all the bases.

Apr 13, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Pours a deep red golden color that is mostly clear. I ended up with two fingers of tan head that eventually settled to half a finger that left behind decent lacing. The nose was moderate and tropical, dominated by mango but had a sweet matly presence as well. Sweet and spicy up front then moderately biiter with a clean dry finish. Not as hoppy as I expected but still fairly balanced. Light to medium in body it drinks smooth and easy.

Overall a good ale. One I could drink a few of but not one I have to have.

Apr 05, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark red like an aged barleywine. It's probably the darkest non-black IPA I've ever seen. The head is dark beige and with a retention of about a couple of minutes (not much in the way of lacing). Piney aroma but also sweet notes of caramelized sugar. The taste is not overly bitter. In fact it starts somewhat sweet, only for the bitterness to kick in midway through and continue all the way to the finish. Fairly carbonated.

Mar 30, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 7/05/17.

Creamy off white head that stands a half finger tall with moderate retention and sticky lacing.Ruby red colored body with very good clarity.Low on carbonation.

On the nose I get floral hops,cherry fruit,caramel malt,some pine hops,and earthy malt notes.To be honest it smells alot like their Walking Dead blood orange IPA,but with cherry instead of blood orange.Very pleasant aroma.

On the palate I get sweet malts,ginger,and piney hops up front.On the back end I get floral and spice hops with earthy malts,ginger,toffee,and caramel.The taste is pretty complex,I feel like each sip tastes a little different as the beer starts to warm.I'm even getting some coffee characteristics on the back end.Very nice.

The mouth feel is medium with a chewy texture,and light amounts of oxidation on the tongue.Smooth finish.

Overall this is a very nice IPA.Everything from the look to the feel.I would recommend,and definitely would drink this one again.

Mar 21, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Right spice is how I'd characterize this great take on Rye IPA.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish, amber body that sports a big head of tan foam. Ample lacing.

Aroma: Too tame compared with the taste. Spicy. Malty, earthy caramel, gooey, tarry, pine with toast.

Flavor: Follows the aroma but is a big flavor treat with big spice, rye, dark toast, with additional fruit spread (jammuy apple and berry), landing in a bitter, drying, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Tea-like, smooth. Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Better as it warmed.

Overall: Right Spicey. As good as Rye IPA gets. An a-list, solid American rye indian pale ale.

Mar 18, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. 5/17/17 code date. Appearance: Deep ruby reddish Amber, brilliantly clear, with a thick light khaki head and nice lacing Aroma: Light toasted malt, some fresh cut grass, and finishes with a strong mango. Really nice. Taste: Rich toasted and peppery rye maltiness dominates the flavor profile, leading into a strong but balanced resinous and citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body for the style, with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Strong bitterness lingers, with a touch of dry roast Overall: A really well balanced IPA. Brilliant appearance and a complex aroma blends the malt backbone with a fresh grass and mango aroma. Rye and toasted maltiness balances the aggressive bitterness perfectly. Well done

Feb 11, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish pale brown producing 3+ fingers of beige, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves beautiful, clumpy, sticky webs & blothes of lace. Aroma is juciy & wet, heavenly citrus (orange & grapefruit), fruity & floral hoppiness balanced with rye spice, toast & caramel malt. Taste is up front citrus with some tropical fruit, black cherry & full bodied rye spice backed by caramel sweetness. There is a hint of melon in the finish. Sweet fronted but finishing dry with a bitterness that intensifies & lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, wet & juicy but grainy on the tongue. This brew very pleasant & very drinkable. A solid RyePA!

Feb 07, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Mosaic has a medium, ivory head, a clear, brick red appearance, bubble streams, and lots of lacing left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of tannins, red malts, some very faint rye spice, and bread crust. The flavor is of sweet, red malts, rye spice, bread crust, and substantial, but, in no way harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Terrapin Mosaic finishes crisp and easy going.


Jan 21, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice ambery copper color with a touch of chill haze and an off-white half finger of foam with tannish hues.

Rye lends a bit of spiciness to the citrusy and herbal hops character, but nothing shines.

Aroma translates directly to the flavor profile with notes of citrus fruit, resin, grass, and a bit of spicy rye.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, rye bitterness, and earthy dry finish.

Overall, it is my opinion that the wonderful Mosaic hop belongs no where near a grain such as rye that generally tends to overpower everything. Not a bad beer, but dominated by the malt bill.

Jan 14, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bonds Tavern. I was not truly impressed by this brew. The mix between hops and malts seemed a bit too unbalanced for me to really appreciate what was trying to be done here. Grainy and earthy flavor with a bitterness on the tongue. Not a huge fan.

Aug 12, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep reddish copper color that is almost brown. The 1/2" head is a light tan that recedes slowly to a think layer on the surface while leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping produces scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include hints of caramel, grapefruit, some pine and a bit of some sort of tropical fruit.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the caramel in the background while the grapefruit, pine and fruit play nicely with each other. This is also where the rye makes its contribution. Throughout there's also a nice touch of persistent bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as most of the flavors fade leaving the caramel, the rye and the bitterness behind to gradually fade into dryness with the almost herbal bitterness hanging around the longest.

Overall a nice beer which I'd be willing to have again. That said it's not going to become a regular thing for me because the caramel is just a touch too prominent for my tastes.

Jul 17, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a pint glass. It poured a lovely copper color with a finger of foamy, cream-colored head and extensive, attractive lacing. It smells of roasted grain, caramel, grapefruit, and mosaic hops. The taste features rye, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, and a touch of biting, mosaic hops. The tastes blend really well. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of 6.2% you can really drink it. Overall, this ale is well-conceived and crafted, and fun to drink.

Jul 13, 2016
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LF_Evan from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle

L: Clear, rusty brownish red
S: Caramel-covered pineapple
T: The rye imparts a dry lightness and spicy cleanup. The Mosaic hops (HBC369) bring piny citrus up front and finishes with pleasant lemon zest. The caramel malt doesn’t add a lot to the initial impression, but no doubt rounds out the bitterness of the hops and rye.
F: Dry, but not parching. Medium body with expected level of carbonation and lacing that seems to last for days.
O: I’ve had some brutal ryes and this isn’t one. It also isn’t overcompensating with the crystal malt despite the prominent addition (45, 65, and 85). The palate stays dry without the compartmentalized sweetness that accompanies other heavier beers in the category (Hop Rod Rye).

Pair with hash browns; fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella; spicy Thai noodles

May 24, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really like the head retention for this two fingers of beige goodness. The unique ruby orange color is another plus. Nose is hop oil pine and grapefruit.

Taste is a little more balanced than the nose, with pine and citrus offset by caramel malt and tones that scent of biscuit and rye. Generally tight in the texture and by no means a traditional hop bomb, this drinkability could get you in trouble.

May 08, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley, with some grapefruit and herbal hops.
T: It tasted like roasted barley, with some grapefruit and herbal hops and wild honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent red ale, but not a great IPA. The scent and taste weren't very bold, in favor of balance, but that diminished the goodness of the mosaic hops. The body was great, and the finish was smooth, so at least it was easy to drink. But not something I would try more than once.

May 07, 2016
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JordanlikesAles from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a delicious fruit punch & earthy aroma. The hop contributions are almost completely flavor oriented, with very little bitterness. The rye keeps this unbelievably smooth. Delicious!

May 01, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 504 ratings