Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye IPA | Terrapin Beer Company

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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 DraconusDesanctus666
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


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Photo of larryarms847
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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 drtth
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of LF_Evan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of daliandragon
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Pencible
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 JordanlikesAles
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Red Rye IPA is the first of its kind that I have tried. It has 6.2% ABV and 75 IBUs. It is made with only Mosaic hops as well as 2-Row Pale, Malted Rye, Munich I, Crystal 45, Crystal 65, Crystal 85 malts.

Look-It pours a crystal clear dark copper color and an off-white khaki head which is thick and foamy.

Smell-It smells nutty and a bit fruity with some tangerine and caramel aromas.

Taste-The flavor is also nutty, fruity, citrus hops from the Mosaic, and a rich and creamy caramel malt background. This medium-bodied brew is accompanied also by medium carbonation and a muted alcohol bite. The rye comes out as an aftertaste which is cool.

Overall-This is a nice beer. Just be sure to drink cold and pour into a nice glass.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can (by 6/24/16) in a stemmed tulip.

A gentle pour from the can yields a nearly see-through blood-red or pure amber or burnt ruby red color with a nearly 2F fluffy tan cap that eventually settles to thick film. There's plenty of falling rings of lacing. Very pretty.

Pine oil and grapefruit rind, fresh and raw. There's also an earthy aroma of malt and cooked mushroom representing, it seems, the rye. A hint of dry alcohol, too.

Tangy rye malt followed by tart grapefruit. Pine oil and a touch of tropical fruit.

Juicy and resinous. Not at all sweet. Spot on body and carbonation. Rye bite, just right lingering hop bitterness and hop flavor.

I find it very drinkable and sneaky at 6.2% abv. The beer represents the one-hop premise very well.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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 gopens44
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange? Ruby? Either way, crystal clear. Fairly thick beige head to start, relaxing into about a quarter inch with generous and sticky lacing.

Nose is malty sweet to begin with a decent tropical overlay, like sweet mango.

Taste doesn't vary from nose much, as mango fading to grapefruit is what's going on here with only a touch of that sweetness that was so present in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Finish is mainly dry with just a bit of sweetness lingering on the tongue.

Not bad but I still prefer Athens, Ohio to Athens, GA when it comes to beer. Sorry, REM.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can date- best by 6/2016

Pours a very clean ruby red with thin off white head

Nose- caramel malt sweetness, soft pine, stone fruit, cocoa? Interesting.

Taste- explosion of juicy nectarine, peach, grapefruit. Nice caramel malt backing with some sweetness, pairing with accentuating the juiciness of the mosaic hop. Rye quickly interrupts with subtle earthy spice and evergreen-mint bite. Juicy mosaic and toasty sweet malt on the finish with a touch of rye dryness and spice

Feel- juicy, vibrant, bitey, light-medium bodied

I love this beer. IMO the Mosaic pair up perfectly with the toasty sweetness of the malt and the spice of the rye. Complex, vibrant, lots of flavor. Perfect for late winter.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep clean amber with finger off-white head, fades slowly leaving plenty of scattered lace. Sweet caramel bready aroma with citrus. Bold flavor in this one, big earthy hops all thru the sip and swallow with plenty of malt to keep it from being bitter, peppery rye comes through as it warms. Medium silky soft mouthfeel. This is a heavy flavorful red IPA by Terrapin, like it a lot, good one to have around.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Tuck_leepulin
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Can with a best by date of 06/16/16.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby with 1 finger of beige-colored head

Smell: Hop pine and citrus zest

Taste: Citrus hops with some pine and stone fruit, rye spice in the middle with a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium with some residual resin

Overall: Impressive use of Mosaic hops with plenty of balance leading to a complex IPA. Probably the best beer I have had from Terrapin.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Ruby red, with 1 full finger of head and lacing left all over the glass

S - Rye and hoppy

T - malty and ready, rye is prevalent, and citrus hops.

F - Well carbonated and oily

O - A very good single hop brew featuring the Mosaic.

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Photo of twage04
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red with a sweet smell and pungent fruity aroma from the hops. Taste isn't too sweet but plenty of chewy malt. The mosaic hops come off as dank with a hint of pine and fruit.

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