Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleTerrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chefmikeanderson on 03-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 372
Photo of Randomblitz
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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! :)

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Photo of Paincane
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber/red when held up to light. A finger of head dissapates but leaves behind some really nice, chunky lacing.

S: Fresh hops and malts - well balanced.

T: Bitter hopping present up front - really fresh, piney and grassy - stays bitter throughout but picks up a nice spiced, rye malt towards the end. Excellent.

M: Good body.

O: Well done and wish I had more of this brew.

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Photo of godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of JonAdams
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of tmm313
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red/orange, almost brown in color. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Sticky, soapy lacing.

S- Raisins, caramel, dark fruits, grapefruit, tropical fruits, floral and earthy hops with some pine thrown in.

T- Again with the raisins. Sometimes I think its caused by the malts, others I think its tropical flavors from the hops mixing with the malts, and then I remember there's rye in there. Either way, raisin is what I get up front, followed by caramel, roasted malts, grapefruit, earthy hops and pine. A touch pepper comes in at the end and spices things up. Tropical flavors become more pronounced as it warms. Very nice.

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Slick and oily feel with a nice drying effect.

O- This is a damn good beer. It really should warm a bit before you drink it. The flavors become much more pronounced and balanced as it does. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a ruby-brown with a 1-2 finger head and alot of lacing.
Smells: Smells awesome, lots of passion fruit and grape fruit. Generally super fruity.
Taste: at first there is the malt has a cnadied sweetness, lots of grapefruit with a hint of spice, and then it fades to a hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium thickness and is substantial but not heavy.
Overall: very good, one of my favorite terrapin beers.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue snifter. Dark, deep copper body, beige head, moderate retention. Mostly clear, sticky lacing. Aroma dominated by fresh, piney hops with some background caramel malt sweetness. Taste is intensely bittered, mainly grapefruit, pine and grass. I assume this is the Mosaic hop being showcased and it is delicious.

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Photo of robofreak
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first, Mosaic seemed like a bit of an odd choice for what I was assuming was a single-hop IPA. Mosaic is a fairly sweet and fruity hop - then I saw that it's a red ale, and things made ore sense. Mosaic pours a very attractive deep red color. The aroma is sweet, with a big dose of the trademark berry sweetness I get from Mosaic hops, along with a touch of citrus and pine that they also impart. There's also a nice dose of rye on the nose - this smells like a few of my favorite things. The taste is nice and sweet from the malts and hops - and wisely kept in check by the rye. The trademark berry flavors of the Mosaic hops are present, but are never fully let loose to shine. It's a tasty beer though. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and creamy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, Mosaic is a tasty, hoppy red rye.

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date though it does state a volume #.

Epic head drop down to an even more epic lacing, clear garnet color is alluring. Hop resin, spice, biscuity, rye, hint of caramel, mild tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol all make for an amazing nose. Soft hop resin, very smooth, creamy full-ish body, slightly dank, spicy rye, herbal hop, suggestions of cedar chips, peppery, biscuity, fresh cut hay, and a long lingering hoppy grainy finish.

There is so much going on there, thankfully it is well balanced and stays quite drinkable. Complex but still approachable. Someone worked some magic here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into Pint glass

Appearance- Deep red, clear, light tan head falls nicely

Aroma-Spicy earthy rye, caramel, pine, herbal, minty, tropical fruits, dank, its a big aroma for a 6.6%

Flavor-A lot of pine, rye earthiness, spicy snap, juicy, still some tropical fruit although not as much as the aroma, pretty bitter but not over the top, hop resin, some grass

Mouthfeel- Full, smooth, nicely carbed

Overall- I like Mosaic a lot , considering I like nugget and simcoe its not suprising. There is a minty, almost like actual mint leaves type flavor mixing with the tropical fruits and pine to make this hops interesting enough on its own. The rye is nice mix with it as well. Nice brew

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, chunky, frothy stout-like head. Looks outstanding.

Singular, lupy-hopped nose, a bit of spice biscuity, caramel, but more subtle than I might assumed for a beer with a hop in its name.

Pretty balanced between the hoppiness and malts - having never had a Mosaic-hopped beer, the hops are interesting combination of an almost cedar and earthy greenery, followed by some citrus and even herbal spiciness - there's a lot to love about that hop. That's then supported by a well-rounded malty rye.

Nice, smooth, silky even - what is this velvet?

Really enjoyed this beer, much more than I thought I would.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle with a foil wrapper into my nice Tired Hands stempiece; no bottle dating evident, but this came out around the beginning of the month, if I’m not mistaken, so it can’t be much older than about three weeks.

Appearance (4.25): Oof—this one is a beauty! Three fingers of light tan head made of very tight foam with patches of very fat bubbles crackling away audibly, caps a deep, garnet-amber body with beautiful red hues and near-perfect clarity. Shit damn. Pretty good retention, too, and decent lacing, leaving suds all around the glass and a few fat splotches of thin foam here and there, but the even distribution is very nice.

Smell (4.5): Lots of warm, sticky mango and peach with papaya undertones, matching a rich caramel-laced, rustic, multigrain bread malt character. Nicely toasted, spicy rye comes through, too, with very earthy tones adding a wonderful depth and complexity here.

Taste (4.0): And after all that, I’m thrown for a loop in the taste department. The hops character in the nose doesn’t translate to the palate quite as anticipated; rather, it comes through with a lime-like bitterness and flavor, really evoking the flavor of limejuice without so much of the harshly acidic bitterness that would come with—but all of that mixed with very clean, grassy, floral notes. Lots of lemon, lime, and strongly floral-grassy character hangs out on top of the malt base, which comes through as mainly very earthy and somewhat chocolatey with a light-roast coffee side to it, too. But it’s good. Just unexpectedly toasted for a not-particularly-dark beer. The finish is surprisingly clean, given that dirty-earthy rye malt and funky hops character: a light-side-of-moderate citrus peel bitterness helps wash out the rich, toasted malt, and the yeast is clean. No alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Quite nice mouthfeel: carbonation is full, evenly-distributed, and subdued, giving a nice, full foaming action on the way down without so much as a prickle. The body is medium-weight, somewhat oily, and finishes moderately on the dry side. This beer drinks like its weight and is satisfying going down (that’s what they both said, amirite?).

Overall (4.0): This is a really neat experiment, and I like it. This is a very solid beer overall, with a well-handled rye malt character and a novel hops profile that doesn’t disappoint. Is Mosaic the next Citra? I’d say no, but it’s interesting and plenty tasty in its own right, and hey—there’s a time and a place for everything, and I think this one will easily get its 15 minutes, and more.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: great amber mahogany color but very little head. Nice lacing coats the glass well

S: smells great! Big citrus upfront with orange and grapefruit. Splash of melon melds great with a malty caramelly sweetness. Touch of a more vibrant grain from the rye I assume. Nice cooling mint like astringency

T: With all those smells the taste comes off super clean. Very nicely balanced. The malt from the amber base gives just enough sweetness to compete with the mosaic hops. The bitterness is a little muted compared to the smell, although, in no way is it not hopped enough. Real light orange almost apricot is first then gives way to a more pine resin bitter then actually has a lingering citrus finish.

M: nice slick mouthfeel, which I enjoy with hoppy beers so it stays drinkable without food. What I really like is the slick gives way and finishes clean with that it burst of carbonation giving a helping hand

O: a nice enjoyable brew. This has been one of the best of the side project series especially of late. Real nice aroma, pretty nice taste and good finish. I'd for sure go for this again if available. Worth trying

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Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cooper color, bordering on light brown, and the head was a bit small, being one to two fingers thick. The smell was an aromatic mix of earthy and citric smells with whiff of resinousness. The smell reminded most of ripening mangoes on beds of straw, and transported me back to summers in Mumbai. The taste was very disappointing after that inviting burst of smells. For some reason, there was too little hop flavor, bitter or otherwise, left in the taste. There was a touch of citrus, and a hint of pine,but otherwise the taste was very dull compared to the smell. There was some toasted rye flavors coming through, but I was hoping for a Mosaic hop showcase here, and I didn’t get one. The mouthfeel was soft, and medium thick, and the finish was smooth, and clean. I was hoping for more.


I tried another bomber again, and this one seems better than what I remember the beer to be. There is a lot more tropical fruit in the flavor, and the hops don't appear quite as subdued as before. There is also an excellent spicy note characteristic of rye. I am going to up the scores accordingly.

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Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin brew. I swear, these guys must brew about 50 different beers a week.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a very weird color indeed: Dark cherry with an overall brownish tinge, very murky, and a sticky beige head to boot.

S: Nice prominent hop and floral bouquet, with some red velvet cake batter thrown into the mix as well. Nice.

T: An amber ale through and through... no mistaking in that. The rye component added sort of a Wasa cracker-like breadiness to the mid and late taste (aftertaste). Delicious.

M: The carbonation was good, and the hops really started to pop the more sips I took. The lacing was car wash stuff.

O: Terrapin is hit or miss with me, but here lately, they've produced some really nice entries and this is one of them. Well done!

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in fact being brewed right now, my shop just got a fresh case of cans today!

Excellent Mosaic flavor with a nice rye bite. Looks great, looks very good. Very nicely done.

My second favorite terrapin beer, after Hi-5 IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 7.98. Released 03/13. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours ruddy amber mahogany with a finger and a half thick pale head. Maintains a thin layer of head that leaves pretty sheets of lace.

Smells fantastic. Citrus, sweet pine, earthy mint and caramel. I can't quite place what all I'm smelling but I can't stop coming back to take another whiff. I was almost reluctant to finish drinking this because it smells so freakin good.

Taste can't quite keep up with rhe nose but still quite nice. Earthy, spicey rye, semi-generic but tasty sweet citrus, faint peach, mild caramel and a dash of mint. As in the nose, I can't really identify all of the flavors but it seems to be typical in the few Mosaic hopped brews I've tried lately.

Just under medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean, dry, earthy citrus finish.

I'm starting to really dig this hop. It has a unique earthy, minty, citrus blend that does well in a red ale like this, particularly with the spicy rye counterpoint. The aroma seems to be where Mosaic hops really shine in my opinion but that's not to say that it isn't delicious too. Definately worth a try to better acquaint yourslf with this fairly new hop that I'm looking forward to seeing (& smelling!) in many more IPAs and red ales in the future.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Notches indicate Best if Enjoyed by the first week of July '14

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick, semi-resilient lacing leaves a bubbly ring behind.

S- Earthy, vegetal hops with some spicy rye behind it. I love the smell of Mosaic hops. Has a musty, borderline baby poop aroma when you take a big whiff. Slight booze fume.

T- A solid, yet subtle bitterness melds with the malt to make a nice balance of hop zestiness and rye spiciness. Alcohol is considerably well-hidden.

M- Sharp and a bit oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Mosaic hops and rye are two of my favorite beer ingredients so it was no surprise that I'd like this one.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 50 Degrees. Snifter,

A: Beautiful, deep red/amber color, short, light head, quickly dissipated to a lacing that coats throughout.

S: Hoppy, floral, peppery, some alcohol seeping through in the nose. Some smokey smell as well.

T: hoppy, rye, but with a nice toasty malt caramel sweet base.

M: dry, faint carbonation. slight bitter linger on the sides, but the sweet also hangs for a minute...

O: Interesting, enjoyable beer. Not something I will cellar, but worth trying.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and very red amber color with about a finger of toffee colored head, ok retention, strong lacing. Spotty foam/bubbles sit on the surface after 2-3 minutes with an uneven but overall thicker outer ring climbing up the edge of the glass a bit.

S - Sweet rich caramel, lemon/orange citrus, lightly spiced aroma.

T - Great lemon zest, orange, and mildly resinous hint of grapefruit up front, tons of sweet caramel malts and a nice heft of spiced rye mix for a real easy drinking tasty, unique brew. Finsish/aftertaste is mostly spiced rye and a hint of dry semi-citrusy hops.

M - Lighter bodied, well carbonated, fantastically drinkable. Drinks like a session brew.

O -Met/exceeded expectations, really awesome sweet+spice and citrusy characteristics.

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