Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA | Castle Danger Brewery

BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.32 w/ 76 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castle Danger Brewery
Minnesota, United States
castledangerbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gatornation on 10-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,852
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
76
Liked:
71
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
8.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seangibbs60
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This isn't a great fresh hop ale, but it is good. An enjoyable fruity hop aroma with a juicy quality. Fruity and flowery with a background of the herbal/grassy quality, which never shows strongly. Cloudy amber and fully airy white cap.
Small hop flavors with a soft bitterness that tapers nicely on the finish and leaves some hop flavors allowing to linger too. Just enough malt backbone but no particular caramel sweetness. A smoother flavor than the aroma with less intensity of the fruit and flower and less juiciness too, but a pleasant hop flavor.
A bit less than moderate feel with a carbonation that enhances the flavor.
As noted earlier. Enjoyable but not outstanding.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaeserTits
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned 10/10/16.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden reddish-orange color with a small, foamy, paper white head with minimal retention. Very small amounts of thin white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus consisting of pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

T: Nice juicy fruitiness with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange rind followed by a nice mild piney hop bitterness.

F: Light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a great IPA. Nice fruity juiciness, but well balanced with a mild lingering hop bitterness. Super drinkable. Would like to try this fresh after canning it's probably amazing. Definitely will try this again.

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Photo of M-Jez84
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giving this a solid 4.0 but it is a tale of 2 different years, I never did review it last year. 2015 was bomber and 2016 is a pounder can. Both were good 2015 was superb the difference is the hop the mosaic hop used each year and/or amount.2015 was so fruity fresh and danky in the bomber the can not so much it is smooth and hoppy but showcases way to much malt. 2015 was delicate and so tasty with the hop(mosaic). The difference to me is that i wanted another bottle after finishing 2015 and went out and bought more, the 2016 one 4PK will be it for me not interested in another.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanvans
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blueberry, tropical and citrus taste that screams Mosaic hops, but is a little more subtle than I expected from a Wet Hop IPA. The mouthfeel is insanely creamy and smooth with a dry finish that is also surprisingly clean for a Mosaic driven beer. Very tasty and easy drinking, even if a titch too mild.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JV_SaintPaul
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Timing is everything. I recently read an article about the rise in "wet hopped" beers -- those made with fresh, as opposed to dried, hops -- when I spotted this beer at the liquor store. I was already a Castle Danger fan; and figured they'd get it right. I was pleased beyond expectation.

The aroma? Wow. The first smelled mildly floral, something I don't remember ever noticing in a beer smell before. It smelled like fresh hop flowers, more earthy and flowery and somehow fresher.

I cannot say much interesting abut the look, it's a IPA on the lighter end of the IPA color spectrum, more yellow than amber. I like Castle Danger's beers; and this had the look and feel I expected.

The taste, however, was great. That earthy, flowery, fresh stuff from the aroma was right there in the flavor at just the right level -- not a whisper or a shout, just there improving the beer.

I should say I found the second bottle I bought to be a disappointment, suggesting there was some variability in the process. I bought six more bombers over the run and found all the rest to be wonderful. I experienced none of the sediment or cloudiness or off flavors discussed in other reviews.

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Photo of warmbier804
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very hazy and a dark amber color. Lots of sudsy head that sticks around for a while. Smell is mild but hoppy. Hints of bitter citrus and green apple, with a slight detergenty scent too, and a bit of wet, slightly mildewed blanket. Taste is equally mild. Pine resin comes out a bit but overall, not a ton going on here. Only slightest bitter aftertaste, but I would almost prefer a stronger one if it meant a stronger flavor. It's a perfectly enjoyable beer and has some nice grassy undertones, but I must say I'm glad it was just an extra in a trade box, and not something I spent real money on.

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Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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