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Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPATerrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin "Mosaic"
12 oz. can, coded "484.98.99 6.10.151355" ...best by 6/10/15? That's in 10 days.
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Nice looking glass of beer. Clear deep amber/crimson body beneath a short head of light tan foam. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Malty/earthy/caramelish, piney, gently citrus fruity, spicy, and mildly toasty.

Flavor: As suggested by the aroma but with additional fruit (apple, pineapple, underlying berry), a tea-like character, some grassiness, and a more distinct rye flavor. A solid bitterness balances between the malt base and hop flavors. Dry, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a gently crisp carbonation. Smooth once warmed.

Overall: As far as rye IPAs go, very nicely balanced so as not to be too spicy. Pleasantly balanced for bitterness as well. The hops and rye flavors both come through. A solid offering that's hard to beat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz cann with a BB date stamp on the bottom of June 2016. Served in a lager glass.

Aroma: moderately strong with nothing but hops and some spicy rye.

Flavor: rye and hops still dominate, but it's more balanced, so the bitterness is tempered (moderate) and there's a hint of baked brown bread. Spicy notes linger on in the hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body with lively medium+ carbonation.

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

I bought a can of the Mosaic Red Rye whilst in Fort Lauderdale to take on a cruise. It poured an amber with thin white head that left some lace. The scent was black cherry. The taste was nice mix of grenadine and grapefruit with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is of hops, rye, some citrus, a strong malt backbone. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An average aroma of rye, malt, and hops. Not very surprising.

T: Tasted of grassy hops, malt, rye, and a little caramel as well. The combination of the grassy hops and an overall thinness make for a less than interesting flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the greatest example of a rye-infused IPA. Could have been better than it was.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Served in a pint glass 3/1/2015

A- Darker red-amber body, one finger white head with average retention, nice lacing.

S- Spicy rye, passion fruit, caramel, hop resin.

F- Passion fruit, caramel, toffee, resin, a bit of rye. On the sweeter side, slightly juicy. The mosaic hops do a nice job complementing the amber base.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, good carbonation. Easy drinking and not overly harsh or bitter.

O- Solid IPA that's a decent change up. A bit like Founders' Red Rye.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, stamped best by 6/06/16 on bottom

clear red amber in color, off white head. good lacing. nice fruity hop aroma, earthy. taste is well balanced, a little sweetness, some herbal, and pine - clean aftertaste. nice slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark amber rocky off white head good lacing.

Aroma: Hop forward tropical fruit and pine sol. Some nutty spicy malt character in the back as well.

Flavor: Pretty intense rye spice and pine. I do usually like this comb, but both are a bit more astringent than I recalled in previous batches.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a lingering hop and rye bite.

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark copper red in color. Almost brown. Still a bit translucent. Clear from what I can tell. Forms a smallish, bubbly, odd-sort-of-green-brown tinted colored head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma smells sort of like a fart. (my mosaic home-brew smelled something like this when it got to be about 6 months old) There is a bit of blueberry, citrus, caramel malt, and wheat bread.

T: The taste is no better. There is a distinctly "fermented" taste to this beer. Caramel malt, molasses, berries. Faint sweetness. Raisins. Even a little hint of chocolate. Slight rye spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Light sweetness. Restrained bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Sort of an odd beer. As I mentioned above, my personal experience with Mosaic is that this is how it tastes when it gets old. Not sure when this one was bottled so I don't know how old the beer is, but the bottle says it's good until 7/14. Thankfully I was able to pick this one up as a single.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink before 6/5/15. 12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top that retains for a while

S- Earthy & leafy hop aroma up front with notes of pine, red berries, grapefruit & mango. Slightly bready malt with some spicy rye on the close

T- earthy hop flavors start up front with notes of pine and citrus quickly following. The rye adds some nice spicy notes before a bready malt undertone closes it out slightly sweet

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- the aroma was more complex than taste, but still a well balanced IPA

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Amber-red with 1 finger of bone white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, light rye, passion fruit, and dankness.

Caramel, rye, and honey. Dank greens, pine sap, honeydew, and light notes of passion fruit.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, and smooth with a light bitterness.

Easy drinking with well blended flavors.

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Photo of dsa7783
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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mosaic hops, wow !!. This beer poured a deep amber color with average head and spotty lacing all over. The aroma is amazing, with lots of fruitiness, peaches, plums, pineapple and such coming forth. Also some breadiness in the nose. Taste is awesome, with flavors of nectarine, pineapple, overripe plums and other assorted citrus. Also a nice hop bitterness that balances this beer almost perfectly. This feels great in the mouth and going down, like fresh picked stone fruits. End flavor is greatly balanced and you get fruits and hoppiness in a wonderful balance at the end. Will definitely look for more brews with predominately Mosaic hops in them now that I have tried this one, WoW !!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can
A - poured amberish color with a fingers worth of cream-colored fizz.
S - some spiciness from the rye, a bit of dank, resiny hops, passion fruit.
T - pretty malt-forward with the caramel, spicy rye, some fruit.
M - medium-bodied, fairly creamy feel with a little hop bitterness on the back end.
O - Not the greatest but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice color, I'll say that.
Coppery red with a beige small head. Moderate carbonation.
The aroma was rich and hoppy and hard to describe. Let's call it dank and earthy, but mosaic hops were used through out in the making of this beer so shouldn't I be smelling tropicial aromas.
Taste is malty with only a slight kick of spicy rye malts. Hops are borderline absent and quite lean.
This beer was a bit disappointing really on all fronts. Not that it was bad tasting.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mosaic pours a reddish copper color with a nice lacing head. Big hoppy aroma. Big hoppy flavor, big hoppy and spicy malty backbone. Nice flavors, good body. Overall bold and spicy.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a best by date of late 07/14

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, deep red copper with a near 2-finger khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Hmm, smell is a bit odd. Earth and a light tart tropical fruit; kinda like a pineapple slice that's been rolled around in some dirt. Not a good combo.

Taste - Flavor is a bit hollow; touches on citrus and pineapple hops with a sturdy caramel backbone, but the bulk of the flavor is lost almost as quickly as it hits, leaving behind only faint traces of said character and an almost too-easy-to-miss peppery rye aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Nothing too notable, but a decently smooth drinker.

Overall - Yeah, not feeling it. Seems to lack cohesive flavor, and what is there is quite fleeting. Probably not the best use of mosaic hops, which seemed overwhelmed by the malts... but then those seemed a bit subdued as well. Hmm.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two 12 oz cans BB 6/10/15 at 40 degrees into 1 L glass mug
Aroma of pine and generic fruit
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to broken froth layer between 2 mm and 8 mm thich
Lacing OK – large islands of bubbles varying from tiny to karge in size
Body red-amber, clear
Flavor begins with some rye spiciness and some hop bitterness. The rye fades but the hops remain. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper penny to brown in color with a solid inch of densely packed beige foam resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is an interesting mélange of fragrant mosaic hops and earthy, spicy rye. The taste is more in the rye malt realm with some caramel notes. The mosaic hops reveal themselves at the back of the palate and finish with a moderately bitter flourish. The mouth is rather resinous and the finish is fairly dense and yet dry.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. Most of their beers were quite good but something was amiss with this one. Even though it was fresh and good until July of this year, It felt a bit too weak and watery without being notable when it came to the taste or mouthfeel.

This had a dark pour to this - much more so than I would has expected, as the ruddy reddish-brown hue was not quite clear. Not a thick head to this and the carbonation was more present in the taste than to the eye. Some tropical fruits in the nose with a lot of rye and caramel malt behind it in the taste. Both of those didn't linger long as the mouthfeel felt quite watered-down and the hops only came out a bit in the aftertaste. Was this skunked? Probably not but it almost tasted that way and the IPA just seemed to be missing from all of this once I finished it and let it sink in.

There's a slight alcohol presence here but nothing that blew me away in terms of taste or strength. While not a bad beer, this was underwhelming and with so many IPA's out there, the only distinctive aspect to this beer was the rye. While not grainy, there could have been more "bite" to this and had there been, I would have enjoyed it much more so. It's fine to try once but certainly not the best of what Terrapin currently brews.

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Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep reddish brown in color, with a light tan head.

S: Lovely hop aroma. Tropical fruits, orange peel, and grapefruit.

T: Hoppy goodness with a wonderfully deep bread flavor. Hops come out in tropical flavors, with tangerine notes, and perhaps a touch of onion. Slight spice note in the finish

M: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation. A good bit of lingering bite in the finish.

O: Overall a damn tasty beer. Fine work.

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Photo of SebD
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, pine resins, some grass, spicy rye, sweet caramel and light toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit, pine resins, grassy undertones, spicy rye, toasty/buiscuity malts and some sweet caramel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber red with a large frothy tan head.

Strong red ale caramel malt base and earthy aromas. Slight hop nose with a little bit of rye.

The mosaic hops are a lot more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Also bready, with some toasted notes. A little peppery on the back end and a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice body. Very full and smooth.

I am a fan of this. It drinks a little more like a hoppy amber than an ipa, but the rye and mosaic hops are both distinctly noticeable, and pair well together.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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