Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleTerrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale
372 Ratings
Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye AleTerrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

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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Ratings: 372 |  Reviews: 71
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 372 ratings
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