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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

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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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 Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from most recent road trip.. English style red ale. Generous head.Well malted, with hoppy finish. The hops are not at palate erasing mode yet a new beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.Not as citrus hoppy as the aroma would suggest. Not a bad take on a red beer, though not the best I have had.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Light mahogany body, dirty brown hue. Thin tan head, adequate retention. Darker than most red ales.

S: Above average Earthy, pine hops. Clean caramel sweet malts. Nutty caramel covered apple.

T: Metallic on the pallet and finish. Sweaty old fish. Not pleasant.

M: Lighter body, moderate bitterness.

O: Aroma is amazingly balanced between potent hops and sturdy malts. Taste is gross, very confusing with a distinct metallic (quarters/dimes) taste.

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Photo of argock
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark ruby red with 1-finger of rocky, oatmeal-colored head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: The aroma is strong with spring onion and honeydew melon with a lot of herbal earthy notes in the hops departments, which segues into the grassy, earthy, somewhat dirty rye note.

T: THe flavors of the rye and Mosaic don't work well together, as the herbal and melon notes of Mosaic disintegrate into a lot of oniony, earthy, dirty flavors, with just a little melony fruitiness in the finish. I would like to try a Mosaic beer on a lighter, pale malt background.

M: Fairly slick with medium body and low-medium carbonation.

O: A very disappointing first try of a Mosaic beer but I will try another. The earthy, herbal character of the hop is reinforced to a super-dirty, oniony weird flavored amber beer. An odd choice by Terrapin to go with a red rye beer to try to showcase Mosaic.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in a surprise box from 67couple. Thanks a lot Jon! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my 7venth Sun tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep amber or hazelnut brown, with two fingers of creamy beige head. Bits of lacing stick here and there, rather than forming concentric rings around the glass.

S - A spicy fruit character dominates the nose, with deep caramelly malts and earthy hops fully in control. A pine hop character as well.

T - Taste largely follows the nose, but with the spice asserting itself even more. A very interesting hop, that isn't used as frequently as many others. Unique bite to the bitterness that is almost peppery. Some tannin aspects, like grape or berry skin.

M - Medium-bodied with a relatively low carbonation level. It really dries out the mouth after each sip.

O - I think this beer does a good job of showcasing what it intends to, the unique character of this hop varietal. However, I'm just not sure that I'm such a big fan of it -- perhaps additional hop complexity would have toned down this otherwise one-dimensional beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Red body. Clear. Off white head. Not much left after a while. Thin collar.

Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, pine. Nutty malts.

Taste - Bright and citrusy. Nutty malt. Tastes like rye a bit. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Too thin. Surprising for the malt taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Really nice hop flavor. Enough malt to keep it interesting, but a bit more depth to the malt flavor would be nice.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a gorgeous dark ruby-plum color with a small white creamy head with good retention but no lace

S- lots of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit juice and orange zest, sweet malty notes provide a bit of breadyness and a touch of dark fruit, peppery and wheaty spice from the rye

T- sweet and malty, the citrus hop is there but doesn't match the aroma, the finish does have a nice citrus kick with some peppery spice, dry and slightly bitter finish

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- I really enjoyed the aroma of this one, it was well balanced and the rye provided just enough spice

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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 babaracas
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear orange-brown with thick tan colored head, settles to a quarter inch cap with fingers of lace on the glass. Smell: subdued! pine, herbal, dank... melon, caramel backing. Taste: caramel, nutty note; the mosiac is herbal with light pops of pine, citrus peel, and tropical fruit. Silky, medium bodied. Dried tropical fruit in the finish, which is nice. This could have been a homerun, except that the mosaic doesn't pop - it's too balanced / sweet.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark amber with a thick, off white head that has good retention

S - herbal, piney

T - dark malts, some rye, peppery, herbal hop character

M - medium bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a bit disappointing. I was excited to try a single-hop beer with a hop strain that I never tried before. Unfortunately, this one just didn't deliver for me. The hop character is decent but not as forward as I would have liked. The addition of rye added some comlexity to the mild malt character. The mouthfeel came across as a bit thin at times as well. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but it's not as flavor-forward as I was hoping it to be. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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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 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 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 superdedooperboy
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA Glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful ruby-bronze hue with good clarity, showing just a faint cloud of haze. The thick, frothy beige head rises high and recedes slowly, settling down into a thick, bubble-ridden topping and leaving behind fat rings of stickage on the walls of the glass as it falls away.

Tons of citrus pummels the nose (in a good way, of course), with big juicy notes of tangerine, citrus oil, and grapefruit all melding with a pleasant grassiness infused with fresh mint. A decidedly delicious and enticing welcoming.

Light-to-medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a prickly mouthfeel. On the palate, a solid malt backbone is laid in place from the get-go, rife with spicy rye and grain husk, showing itself as a bit earthy. The Mosaic hops quickly come into play and accentuate the earthiness with a grassy, herbaceous character that transitions quickly to reveal that, without even reading up on the hop varietal, Mosaic is indeed kin to Simcoe, with a bit of that hop's unmistakeable green onion character taking hold. Some grapefruit peel swings in around the edges to accentuate the hop notes; the moderate bitterness is accentuated by a bit of a chalky hit as it all falls to the back of the palate, finishing very dry with a lasting chalky earthen quality.

Fairly drinkable, but the Mosaic hops here, while astounding on the nose, do not seem to play well with the spicy-earthy malt backbone of the beer. For fans of Simcoe, though, I would highly recommend this beer, and kudos are certainly in order for one of the most gorgeous pieces of label art I've seen in quite a while.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a likable, deep amber-hued body with a short (and short-lived), light beige head.

Smell: Slightly earthy, grassy with some citrus, stone fruit, and a hint of mint leaf atop the toasted malt and grainy rye with a thin, thin sliver of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malts edged by firm, crisp rye. The light initial caramel sweetness is soon eclipsed by the accumulating hop bitterness. Hops yield some competing tastes, tropical fruits bouncing against peach puree tripping over mint oil (though, it's putting the notion of Orbit's Tropical Remix gum in my head). Low grassy, earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Fruity, bitterish. minty-spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Once Mosaic put the thought of Orbit's Tropical Remix into my head, it stayed through to the last sip, as well as the sourness felt for it replacing my beloved Citrusmint.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy amber/red color with a thin line of bubbles on top. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Sweet toasted malt, caramel, and a big citrus hop aroma. A touch of alcohol in the nose too.

Sweet toasted malty flavor up front along with a peppery taste and fresh citrus hop and a bit of pine. There is a tart fruity sense to the beer. Finishes clean with a lingering citrus hop flavor and a touch of bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation. Good finish that leaves a fresh clean feel.

More for the hopheads out there than those that prefer red ales. Good clean hoppy beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich amber with a sticky half finger lighter beige head,nice full color and a well defined head.Fresh citrusy hops in the nose with not much malt presence,there is light spiciness from the rye used as well.The beer is suprisingly light in my opinion,not a bad thing really just an observation as I start drinking it.Flavors of fresh citric hops are nice and they linger,some earthiness also comes through,light spicy rye is there but not big,some light roasted malt flavors and caramel maltiness beneath the hops.An interesting easy drinking amber here,not your typical amber, a nicely hopped fresh tasting one.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy, Atl GA

A - A deep amber red, with no head and little sticky lace left on the glass. Rich mohogany.

S - Smeels great from the 1st crack off of the bottle cap. Hoppy! Smell is more pugent out of the bottle then when in the glass.

T - A nice hoppy rye taste, but rather mild. A rye amber ale with a nice hop kick.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O - A good take on an amber ale. I am not a big fan of amber ales, but this has a nice twist with the rye and mosaic hops. I wish it had a bigger taste, maybe more hoppy. The nose is better than the taste in this one.

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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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Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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