Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleMosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale
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3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleMosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong, grainy aroma, some citrus. Bright red, clear color. Tastes is rye, bread, cranberry, grapefruit . Touch of yeast. Mosaic hop gives a great flavor; blends with malt and other flavors well. Excellent.

Dec 23, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgundy red, fairly clear, with a few fingers of foamy tan head that leaves thick, clumpy lacing. Sweet aroma of oranges, tropical fruit and light pine, with a little rye spiciness mixed in. Fairly thick bodied and somewhat chewy mouthfeel, with strong carbonation. The flavor is more muted than the aroma. The malt sweetness and touch of tropical hop flavor is present up front, followed quickly by a twang of herbs and rye pepperiness, and then a fairly watery backend. Moderately bitter. Looked and smelled great, but for me, the taste didn't quite close the deal.

Feb 25, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Brown reddish color semi clear decent off white head excellent lacing.

Smell - Hoppy smell little earthy I also get some oak and a little citrus.

Taste - The hops stand out more than anything, little bready and bitter as well.

Feel - Medium body slightly dry and bitter.

Overall - A decent beer glad I got a chance to try it not sure I would have it again.

Feb 07, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark hazy copper color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention leaving sporadic streaks of lacing behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with spicy rye and a prominent sweet malt backbone. The peppery rye sweet malt presence unfortunately overpower the hops. Strong rye character along with caramel, toffee hazelnut and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle earthy pine character but there is also some citrus/topical fruit sweetness as it opens with hints of melon and grapefruit. Smells decent enough for a hoppy beer that focuses on a particular variety, but it's too malty overshadowing the more interesting characteristics.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry, earthy hop bitterness that compliments the strong peppery rye flavors. The bitterness and peppery spice linger over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Again, the rye and malts are prominent but they don't overwhelm the hop profile like in the nose. Plenty of dank resins, earthy pine and spruce tip along with subtle tropical fruit sweetness. A bit more grapefruit than in the arom as well as some tart citrus peel. Peppery rye is most prominent flavor lingering over a sweet caramel backbone with hints of toffee, toasted bread and hazelnut. Easy to drink with more hop character than expected but it's still a bit one dimensional and overpowered by the rye and dark malt sweetness.

Dec 01, 2015
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this ale, esp when my local WOB tapped it accidentally a day prior to their Brewers Night! Me and another dude lucked out, everyone else had to wait till next day as they took it off! :)

Apr 17, 2015
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, but by no means assertive, rye spiciness pairs nicely with the aggressive sweetness of the red malt found in this nineteenth volume of Terrapin Side Projects. Billowing around those elements is a slightly winey yeast funk, which—though it may be partially a result of this beer having aged about ten months after purchase—is not surprising given the healthy sediment that pours with this ale.

Still, despite the potentially suboptimal aging prior to consumption, the sharpness of the mosaic hops cannot be altogether held down, and this pleasing bitterness cuts across the other components of the flavor-profile to clean everything out as best it can; likewise, although mellowed, a clean quasi-sour florality peeks through too. Unfortunately, many of these notes have not been retained in the nose, which has—as aforementioned—taken on a boozy, wine-like carriage, due to the highly sweet malt content and the additional bottle-conditioning.

Having previously had a bottle of this Side Project in a fresher state, but having failed to take anything in the way of notes, I can nonetheless write that—though cellaring might not be ideal—at least some of the better qualities aren't utterly devastated by time.

Sep 27, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of melon with a touch of citrus
Head small (< 2 cm), tannish, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing – none
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor – begins with melon flavors followed by rye spiceness. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5625. Final weighted score: 3.7125
I wish I had found this earlier when it was fresher – although the hops are not bad at a year old. This is a pretty darn good rye IPA – flavorful with the hops allowing the rye to shine through. The small head and lack of lacing effects the score detrimentally.

Sep 04, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a willybecker.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with crimson hue and thick tan head with fine bead and spotty lace sticks. The smell is fruity, herbal and slightly sweet with a nice rye maltiness in the aroma with slight citrus orange-like scent with light toast. The feel is moderately carbonated with medium body and slight sweetness with a hop bitterness that starts low and builds but does not take away from the balance of malt with mild alcohol and semi-sweet finish.

The taste is good with nice malt presence which is more toasted than sweet with slight hint of caramel and mild citrus from the hops with a more herbal flavor and mild spice aspect. The flavor is good with malt supporting the mild orange flavor in the hops with a smooth yeast adding to the hops which are lightly piney toward the finish which has a mild alcohol warmth yet is more dry than sweet. Overall I like this but expected more from the Mosaic since the beer is named for it, but I understand it is a single hop and perhaps it might work better in a blend. I like the full malt and would not hesitate to try this on draft or purchase it again.

May 21, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paid $3.50 for the single. Into a mason jar pint glass.
A - Wow thats a deep dark beer with a ruby brown color clear with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Solid lacing.
S - Smelled in the bottle very hoppy and nutty. In the glass more rye bread type smell and juicy hops. Diving in.
T - A very mixed hop experience I get bread rye malts, dye bittering hops that leave a soapy feeling on the palate, and sweet citrus hop rind with a cracker like mix.
M - Very slick each sip coats the mouth with dry bread clashing with soapy west coast hop bitterness but it all comes to a medium bodied drink experence.

Wow I have not had a beer so tasty and complex in a bit. Well worth the experence. One of the better rye IPA's I had next to RYEpa from founders.

May 09, 2014
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robofreak from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) clear red/amber color, small white head

S) grapefruit, honey, chamomile/herbs, floral, rye

T) malt that's darker than I expected from the nose, subtle floral/grapefruit middle ,rye and nutty finish

M) medium body, medium+ carbination

O) Delicious, not as fruity and sweet as I was expecting. Very delicious.

Apr 11, 2014
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CloudStrife from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by the third week of July in 2014.

A: Pours a clear deep red with a white head on top. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates in a minute or so.

S: Up front malty rye blended nicely with a the tropical nose of mosaic hops. Pretty tropical nose on this one.

T: Nice balance in this beer, a blend of tropical fruits and a hint of spice from the rye. The bitterness of the hops is harnessed by the malt backbone so it never overwhelms. Real clean flavor on this one.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. For an IPA is has a fairly clean finish with no unwanted stickiness from the hops.

Overall I'm a huge fan of rye malts and mosaic hops so I went into this with some high expectations. It is a very solid beer that I could drink all night.

Apr 07, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of ruby amber hues into our Hop City pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of chunky latte colored foam, showing solid retention into knit ropes of spidery lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be very light. The aroma shows big mosaic headiness to it, with sweet and nectary, fruity, floral, and lightly citric hop zest, warming toast of rye and amber grainy grit, vanilla wafers, fumy booze, floral petal dust, lightly singed buttered white toast, and generous fruitiness of guava, passion fruit, and mango syrups. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as hoppy as the nose would suggest, but it is still clean, fun, and easy drinking. As we sip, the taste begins with thick caramel and rye graininess, candy corn, caramel popcorn, dry fruit loops, wheat breadiness, and mosaic hops like crazy, although they show more sweetness than bitterness at this point. The middle comes to a peak with a thinning of flavors, with tropical fruitiness of pineapple, mango, and guava, with added cloy of strawberry, lactic acidity, mineral water, and lightly herbal and citric hoppiness. The end allows for the rye graininess to take full, dramatic, bittering effect, while the hop profile deepens and bitters into a more earthy and citric bite. This is otherwise accompanied by honey, biscuity warmth, warmed milk, gravel, light phenolic plastics, and gentle booziness. The aftertaste breathes of bitter, herbal, and earthy hop wash, light boozy burn, chalk, dried granular baking yeastiness, dried herbal blend, tannic unsweetened teas, amber, rye, and raw caramel graininess, lemon wedges, and fruitiness, of peaches, pears, mangos, and red apples. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lighter. Slurp and smack are light but wetly satisfying, while cream and froth are lesser. The mouth is lightly coated and crinkled under a quickly drying tannic astringency, with gentle puck to the lips and face. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its nose. We actually felt that the whole concept behind this beer, of throwing a single hop varietal, and one so robust as the mosaic, over a dirty rye beer, was excitingly unique in and of itself. Very cool. The nose shows this off the best, with big fruity hoppiness and general depth of grain. The taste, on the other hand, doesn’t stand up to this, or do as good a job of exemplifying the idea behind this brew. The grain is a touch overpowering and warming, with too much cloy spread through the middle to box out the inherently sticky niceties of the hops. That said, the flavoring is all there, but just thins a bit too much. This is not helped along by the thickness and chewiness of feel, thanks to the grain, as this unbalanced form is pounded home, rather than left to simply float by. While we were hoping a big hoppy balance would elevate the rye beer to the next level, we were a bit disappointed here, and feel the hops could have used a little more strength in their corner.

Mar 26, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i adore this beer, wonderful use of the rye, as well as a little something special with mosaic, which are now extremely in vogue. instead of just building an ipa for this hop, terrapin has gone above and beyond, and made an interesting and successful grain bill to match it, the rye is just the right addition. mosaic hops are so soft and subtle, fruity without some of the usual attendant bitterness, so the addition of rye to the mash adds some punch and kick that might be lacking otherwise. the result is a sturdy malt driven beer with a gorgeous and now familiar mosaic hop finish, in all of its tropical fruit and summery glory. this is beach beer for beer geeks, it just takes me to the ocean somehow, and i love that. still a big beer, i mean, full body and a long hoppy finish, robustly composed, but still takes me there. good carbonation level on it, layers of well integrated flavor, a nice marriage of a sometimes difficult grain, and a unique and vibrant hop. this is exceptional beer that i would love to be able to buy here in denver.

Mar 23, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer with a good nose. Flavor profile really bursts through as it warms. Nice hoppy tones with a slightly almost sweet thing going on as well. Nice balance. I think it may come down to preference for the style. If you want smooth and easy to drink, you'll love this one. If you want more of a punch to the mouth, not so much.

Mar 22, 2014
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a dark, mostly opaque, amber with some nice red hues when the light hits it. A pretty small off-white head comes up after the pour, but fades to a film pretty quickly.

Smell is warm, toasted rye playing nicely with the cat-pee & onion aromas from the mosaic hops. Not a ton of hop presence on the aroma, but I feel like I can never really smell mosaic hops that much anyway.

Taste is sweet, grainy, spicy rye at first. At mid-palate the hops begin to assert themselves with some onion-grass flavor, and then by the swallow the mosaic hops really steal the show. The rye makes a tiny comeback on the aftertaste, but even that is dominated by the mosaic hops. Nicely choreographed from start to end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, and highly carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again, but I may not necessarily pick up a 4-pack every year. I know it's supposed to be a single-hop ale and all, but I feel like some citrusy hops would have rounded out the flavor nicely.

Mar 17, 2014
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby copper color with a nice two finger tan head. Head falls to ringed pond scum that leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is nice caramel malts, spicy rye, deep pine. Smell is nice but not over aromatic.

Taste is like the nose but better, good malt base caramel, toffee hints, some spicy rye notes. Has good deep hop presence tobacco like with some pine notes, also deep citrus. Pretty nice red ale with good rye and hop notes.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with average carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable brew, good flavors. Aroma good be more intense but very drinkable.

Mar 16, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a very dark ruby background. However, the final pour from the bomber is almost opaque with flocculants. Full head and lacing that has very good retention. The nose is a bit subdued, but is toffee, caramel and biscuit over slight alcohol and dark fruit notes. The body is medium and somewhat slick with a normal level of carbonation. The flavor profile is complex, balanced and laid back - it's there, but doesn't hit you in the face. This quite drinkable ale begins with the flavors of the nose then flows to the spice characteristics of the rye and mosaic hops. Bitterness is almost imperceptible, but of a citric nature. The finish is clean, not quite crisp, but leaves no aftertaste beyond a few seconds.

Mar 14, 2014
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JonAdams from New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathead's Southside. Color was a nice russet, mouthfeel clean, with a real clean hippiness and little malt, nice nose. just the lightest hint of rye. Clear and nice presentation. Served in a standard pint glass. Alcohol low enough to not knock your socks off. Will have again!

Mar 06, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy copper color. The head's about a finger high, with a pale khaki shade. It's also wonderfully creamy, though retention isn't fantastic. Good lacing is left behind, though.

S: Immediately, I pick up hints of grapefruit and berry from the hops. The malt backbone is fairly evident with its healthy dose of toffee, caramel, and rye. Aromatically, it's straight forward, but does a good job of showing off the rye, the Mosaic hops, and the red. Whatever that means.

T: It opens pretty malty, with toffee and rye notes intermingling with some piny dankness. I'm not getting much grapefruit, but there is a subtle suggestion of berries near the back end. Similar to the nose, it doesn't really blow me away, but the balance is nice and the Mosaic usage is fairly evident.

M: Good crispness on the feel, and good body, too. Maybe a bit too much body for me, but that's nitpicking. It goes down - if not quite as effortlessly as I like - pretty easily. Carbonation is gentle.

O: Subjectively, I'm not a fan of this style. Having said that, this IS a good example of a style I'm not particularly fond of. It's well balanced and shows off its advertised components well.

Feb 26, 2014
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gentlystewed from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Mosaic
Poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body has a dark whiskey ruby hue to it, topped off with a frothy beige head that could probably hold on for week, perhaps longer.
The aroma leaps up into your honker and explodes with spicy hops, citrus, caramel, tropical fruit, and slightly burnt sugar cookies.
The flavor sizzles with a rye peppery spice, balanced with a sweet malt punch that smooths it all out nice and easy.
The mouthfeel has a moderate to light carbonation.
Overall this is another fine brew conjured up by the brew wizards and warlocks at Terrapin.

Feb 23, 2014
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godog from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark copper, 1 finger tan head, very little lacing
S- Piney with a little caramel as it warms
T- Follows smell with hops upfront, I don't get the typical rye bite like Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
M- Medium

I'm a huge Terrapin fan and this beer didn't disappoint.

Feb 19, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle served in a lager glass.

A great looking ale, it is deep red-brown with excellent clarity and a creamy tan head that has great endurance and lacing.

Aroma: spicy, herbal and pungent.

Not terribly familiar with this hop variety but I get a clear impression that the rye grain is a great match for this hop. Simultaneously seems balanced yet very spicy. Impossible to separate the hop flavors from the rye flavors, excepting the tropical fruits. Spicy notes linger on in the hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation.

(revised with 12 oz bottle in July 2014)

Feb 19, 2014
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Paincane from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown hued body with thick tan lacy head and nice lacing.
S: Fruity nose with pine, citrus, rye, grapefruit & pineapple notes.
T: Hoppy flavors combine and balance with malt backbone.
M: Smooth and dry with a clean finish.
O: Absolutely delicious rye IPA. Awesome brew that has become one of my favorites and most anticipated seasonal releases of the year.

Feb 18, 2014
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Weavah from Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lovely clear copper.

S: Sweet caramel and butterscotch on the nose.

T: Taste to me is somewhat disappointing. The rye doesn't come through as much as I'd like. It's got some subtle caramel and mild hop tang.

M: It's a little thin on the palate. But it does leave some residual stickiness.

O: I wanna really like these guys, but I've yet to meet one of their beers that blows me away.
Overall this is an ok example of a rye. Nothing magical. But at the price it's worth picking up. It's an easy drinker.

Feb 17, 2014
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Deep woody garnet color with a nice bubbly beige head. Lace is shifting, spotty and stringy. Aroma is lightly sweet, crackers, rye, fleshy fruits, earthy, root veggies, crisply dry, dusty, melon, and a hint of white wine. Taste is pretty mellow. Hops seem to be at pretty chill levels. What is most noticeable is the rye character and steely dryness. Hop flavors that are there seem to be pine, melon, mystery berries, and peach. Mouthfeel has some nice qualities. Overall though a little more to mingle with the rye would be preferred.

Feb 15, 2014
Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 373 ratings