Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

very good
373 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by chefmikeanderson on 03-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 373
Photo of awesomesound
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a once inch head, dissapates fairly quickly, decent lacing. The beer is a deep red-brown, typical of ryes.

Smell: Malt sweetness, some spicyness from the rye, citrusy hops. Very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste: Right in line with how it smells. Bitter hop bite right up front, some spicyness soon after, and a bit of malt sweetness and grainy aftertaste that lingers. A very nice tasting beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, well carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: Another great offering from Terrapin. This is an excellent interpretation of a Rye IPA and highly recommended! This is on par with Founders Red Rye and may even be easier to drink. Give it a try.

 775 characters

Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 769 characters

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

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of rye spiciness along with earthy, pine, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of rye spiciness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy, pine, and herbal hops. Light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this beer has a much lighter mouthfeel than I expected which makes it quite easy to drink and the flavors/aromas are quite refreshing. The beer has well hidden alcohol and is quite enjoyable.

 1,031 characters

Photo of BeerBeast
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 235 characters

Photo of mdcrouser
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

 619 characters

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber, ruby red color with an average width, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glasses.

S-Grassy. The rye comes through well as do the grassy hops. Sweetness balances the bitterness of the hops well. Caramel, rye, and grassy hops combine well.

T-Rye comes through strongest at the front as it fades into a bitter hop bite that is rounded out well with caramel sweetness. Finishes with a slightly spicy bite.

MF-Medium bodied with a crisp feel that finishes a bit dry. Body is more thick than most IPAs I've had, but the finish is similar.

O-Damn good brew. Terrapin seldom disappoints. Balance is exceptional on all fronts and it is highly drinkable.

 731 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 872 characters

Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pretty chestnut-red color with a dense, creamy head and solid sheets of lacing. Sweet toasted malt, spicy rye, and an oily hop aromas suggesting stone fruit and melon. Resinous melon and floral hop flavor balanced by nutty, slightly rye-like malt. Medium bodied and a little creamy. One is enough for me. I'd like a little more hop flavor from a beer with a big hop cone on the label, named after a hop.

 403 characters

Photo of tmm313
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

 903 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a very small kahki head. Very creamy looking head and lots of lacing. Sweet citrus and pine aroma, though a bit faint. Flavor is mostly straight bitter up front. Turns into a floral back end and some caramelly malt flavor. Bit of spicey dryness. Medium bodied woth medium carbonation. A bit of lingering citrus. Nice red ale, nothing mind blowing but a nice beer.

 383 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Freshly harvested from Hop Breeding Company LLC in the Yakima Valley, the hops used in Side Project 19: "Mosaic" came freshly picked from the fields of Perrault Farms, to our brewery, and into your glass. Known as hop HBC 369 before its official naming in 2011, Mosaic is the daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14) and a Nugget derived male. To get the best of all worlds from this new Humulus lupulus, we used 100% Mosaic throughout the brewing process to utilize all the flavor and aroma that this world class hop has to offer. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Rye Beer with a single hop Mosaic addition. Released in March 2013 as side project 19, this pilots Terrapin's first release with Mosaic hops, which have recently become a popular hop varietal to use in brewing. First available in 22 oz. bombers, this release is now scarce if available anywhere at all by the time of this writing.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served upwards of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick, creamy head of a caramel cream complexion over a deep burgundy red body, with high clarity and moderate excited carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and stringy. The appearance doesn't have any glaring setbacks and is actually quite visually appealing. 3.75

(Smell) This is a very enjoyable hop aroma, a citrusy grapefruit bouquet with tropical fruit undertones rounding out with a mild herbal and pine touch, it has high accessibility as well as a great deal of aromatic diversity for a single hop variety. Bitterness is moderate. The malt profile compliments well, there's a pleasing malt aroma to pair, with clean rye malt and medium toasted caramel grain for a subtle crystallized sweetness. Altogether it is a simple yet approachable aroma, led by the bright hop choice. 4

(Taste) The hop choice reveals a slightly more balanced hop character, with slightly less grapefruit and more enhanced floral, herbaceous and peppery hop characters, although there remains a significant tropical fruit profile to enjoy, and this is likely the most notable hop note to pick upon. Bitterness is medium at boldest. The malt profile is a bit rough around the edges with a note of grainy rye, husky caramel and a mild complimentary sweetness. Despite some expected complexity with specialty malts in this Rye-based beer, it comes off as a very quaffable ale, with an appreciated reasonable ABV devoid of any palate-wrenching bitterness nor cloying sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a very mild thickness, a mild carbonation presence for just a touch of air, and a body that is light/medium for a Rye Beer and just shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet, while the bitterness is mellow, the malt bill reveals a moderate depth of character but keeps rather tame on the sweetness level. There's nothing here to prevent me from returning to try this beer in the near future, should the opportunity again arise. 3.75

(Overall) Whether you just consider this an homage to a newly test piloted hop variety or an exploration of how well tropical and peppery hop notes bond with bready and light grainy malt bills, the Terrapin Mosaic Ale is an enjoyable, if not too ordinary and underwhelming trial that explores the usage of a charismatic and diverse hop variety. I am overjoyed that Terrapin didn't push this beer's malt nor hop profile any deeper than where it stands. It's a great treat to see a side project that focuses on simplicity and drinkability through a well-crafted beer. Overall, It's a success- I could see Terrapin incorporating this hop variety into many more of their Rye-based beer styles with great success, even snuck into some of their award-winning mainstays, perhaps? 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Terrapin Side Project Volume 19: Mosaic Single Hopped Red Rye Ale

 3,861 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle; one of a growing legion of good beer people far & wide who think of me & rye in the same sentence. Which I encourage. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is a liberal mix of mud & clay, leaning more towards the latter. Opaque, with minimal carbonation. This is one of those beers that I almost pull something trying to get a good whiff - just not much here. Faint caraceml malt, maybe rye. Touch of citrus is the only body I can positively identify. Meek.

Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale; say that fast six times. Rye dominates the beer, bringing both the spiciness & the grubbiness into play. The hops in the middle come off as tea-like, herbal, with only a touch of pine. Caramel & moderate bitterness arrives as the rather tame party is winding down. I'll give it one thing: it's easy to drink. Half the bomber won't last long.

Though a one-off, this might be a very good option to introduce someone to ryes. Not terribly aggressive or assertive, it runs right down the middle while still retaining the character of the rye. Safe, approachable, pretty good. In other words, a Terrapin beer.

 1,140 characters

Photo of lewzer99
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

 421 characters

Photo of Treebs
2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise.

A: Pours a semi clear reddish amber color with a creamy, off-white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick film that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Definitive rye on the nose with some grassy and spicy notes to it. Light citrus grapefruit with some herbal and piney notes.

T: Lots of rye spice with a cracker malt sweetness. Grassy herbal from the rye I'm missing that distinct Mosaic hop character. It's all but faded at this point. Just a light piney note remains. The finish has this off-putting iron like quality to it as well.

M: Medium low carbonation with a medium body. Odd finish.

O: The hops have all but faded and the rye was too dominate. The off-putting metallic finish didn't help at all.

 779 characters

Photo of Profchaos20
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/10/13, 22 oz bomber in DFH IPA glass.

A - Pours a brown/maybe reddish iced tea like color with a one finger tan head. Thin cap that hangs around.

S - Fruity hops strong upfront. Citrusy, apricot, peach, tropical fruit, maybe some mango. A lot going on here but I'm not loving it. Hint of spicyness, and pepper notes.

T - Rye is more prevalent here and the hops take a back seat. Malty sweetness and rye spicyness upfront, with some tropical/fruity hops in the middle, peach, apricot, and mango. Finishes with a light to medium bitterness.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Smooth

O - Tasty beer but wasn't totally feeling the aroma. Although I would definitely buy it again. Thinking I may not be a huge fan of mosaic hops but I still enjoyed this beer.

 786 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Deep brownish red, nearly clear. A few bubbles of visible carbonation rise to the thin white head.

S: A rich grainy malt is most obvious (I probably would have said wheat, but I'm sure it was the rye), and hops - grassy, a bit of citrus and dankness. Just a bit of rye spiciness.

T: Follows the nose, and it is quite rye forward with a more modest amount of hop bitterness and grassiness, herbs, and hints of citrus fruit.

M: Nice rich body, carbonation sensation on the low side but acceptable, and low alcohol presence.

O: This is a good beer. Great rye flavor - one of the better rye malt presence I've found in a beer. I'm not greatly excited by my first foray into a Mosaic-only beer, but not disappointed enough to cross it off my list. Worth a try.

 827 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like wild honey and dried apricot, with some citrus and earthy wheat bread and a bit of spicy rye.
T: It tasted like sweet wild honey and bitter citrus, with some dried apricot and earthy rye bread. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice rye IPA, with enjoyable scent and taste. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Ok to try once, but that's all.

 565 characters

Photo of Oakenator
4.54/5  rDev +17%
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.

 413 characters

Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep clean amber almost brown in color, 2 fingers of off-white head leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. i'm gettin a strong soapy aroma off of this one. i've had 2 mosaic single hop (carton and toppling goliath) beers and neither smelled quite like this. soapy, sweet caramel, bready, citrusy. the flavor seems pretty bland honestly.. i'm not sure when this was released but i'm starting to think this sat on shelves for a while. a slight citrusy soapy flavor, grapefruit bitterness, rye bread. medium in body, moderate carbonation. this is not a very impressive beer, especially coming from terrapin. it seems like the hops are very subtle and somewhat faded. it was worth a shot picking up i guess.. but i'm sure would have been way different when fresh. the mosaic hop is very easily identifiable, i'm almost certain this is an old release and the hops faded.

 868 characters

Photo of LI_PO12
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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

 688 characters

Photo of GPHarris
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was a dark reddish-brown color.
s - piney hops, rye spiciness, some caramel.
t - big juicy hops, rye, biscuits.
m - medium and slick.
o - good offering as this beer seems somewhat of a combo between rye pale ale (which i love) and big hoppy monster (which i also love). not sure if i'm just not a fan of the mosaic hop but this one falls a bit short for me.

 462 characters

Photo of watsonmd
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 483 characters

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a light mahogany color and poured a light tan head. A hoopy smell jumped from the tumbler so I knew what was next. Actually it ended up not being too bad. If you like a hoppy beer you will like this one. I do not really so I will not buy again. I do like a lot of other Terrapin products though.

 366 characters

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy muddy amber. Sweet caramel, earthy and spicy hop profile. Nice sweetness up front, lots of caramel, weird almost gum like flavor, sweetness offset by spiciness from the rye, herbal and spicy hop quality to balance as well. Touch of alcohol heat but deeply complex and very interesting. Would be fun to dive deeper into this beer but i'm having it with a sandwich and just enjoying it. Spiciness builds so does the alcohol heat but not in a bad way.

 453 characters

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 627 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.