Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA | Castle Danger Brewery

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Fresh Hop Mosaic IPAFresh Hop Mosaic IPA
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Fresh Hop Mosaic IPAFresh Hop Mosaic IPA
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:
Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA is brewed with fresh Mosaic hops, picked fresh off the vine and immediately shipped to the brewery and put into the beer. Hops grow in a way to protect the Lupulin glands, which produce the hop flavors we love. Hops are traditionally pelletized which lock in the majority of oils for long term storage but removes some of the delicate flavors they can offer. Fresh hopped beers are a way for brewers to use hops in their purest form. Enjoy this farm fresh beer in fall just weeks after the hop harvest.

Added by gatornation on 10-19-2014

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#1,242
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30
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101
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on November 17, 2018. Brewed with fresh Mosaic hops. Smell is strong yet very pleasant. Tastes of citrus fruits are somewhat more subdued.

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Photo of adosen01
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LostHighway
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awesome stuff, there is a reason everyone in minnesota is talking about this beer as one of the best wet hops in the game, i have to agree, maybe my favorite beer from these guys so far. its clear and rich brassy golden and frothy white headed from the tap, with a stunning aroma, even shocking, of mosaic, cleaner and fresher than i have really ever known it to be. they must use a ton of hops here, its oily and west coasty and kind of rich to me, loaded with lupulin and myrcene and all the other goodies in here, concentrated and intense for a wet hop, with just a pale malt base it seems, thats all that needs to be there. i get none of the now tired mosaic fruitiness, its elevated way beyond that pineapple citrus thing, and none of the cat pee character i sometimes get when its over dry hopped, its perfect here, a wonderful version of itself, an example to others i hope, so darn good. some bitterness to which is nice, but this drinks like a california pale ale to me, and i mean that as a high compliment. worthy of the hype, this is next level hoppy beer. others from outside the state have no idea what they are missing here, this should be in the national conversation. it really took my by surprise. ill look forward to this each fall when i am up north! as good as mosaic gets.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours clear golden color with big fluffy white head that settles to a fairly thick cap. lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Really getting the light fresh hop aroma, mild citrus, grapefruit little bit of floral aromas as well.

Taste - Nice hop flavors, slightly grassy, melon, citrus peel on the finish.

Feel - Medium bodied slightly creamy with a mild dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty light flavorful IPA.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light Amber. Tall foamy, Whitehead the Fades fast with light lacing.

Smells tropical, melon, pineapple, Peach and a hint of grassiness.

Taste grapefruit, pineapple, Pine, grassy, bready malt and tropical. Finish is dry with a tropical and bready linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours on the yellow side of a clear amber with a white head. Good retention and lacing. Floral and slightly spicy hop presence on the nose with a touch of citrus. The taste is grapefruit and grassy notes in abundance, with a sweet malt presence to back it up. Drinks more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied. Great beer as always from Castle Danger.

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

Photo of Metalsnota
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ian_graf
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ksolekjr
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_New_Normal
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how people could rate this beer poorly. If this is you, you need your taste buds revoked.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mosaic IPA pours a copper color, with a big long lasting and lacing head. Big fresh hoppy aroma, that can fill the room. Taste is big, hints of earth, lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit and big hop flavors that finishes sweet. Good body and feel. Overall fantastic IPA, big flavors, complex, does finish sweet.

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Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Golden orange color. Clear. White head. On tap.

Very tropical and fruity. Mango, melon, and papaya. Light citrus. Medium bodied. Great drinkability. Full of flavor.

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Photo of JoshJ4625
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_Swig
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a pint can 2 weeks fresh. Aroma is of melon and floral notes. Taste is Intense and pure mosaic at its best. One finger spongy head dissipates soon but laces nicely. Amber and slightly opaque. This may beat Sosus for the best mosaic I've had. Flavor matches the nose but is more intense. Creamy mouth feel with appropriate carbonation bordering Niro feel. Now having a second the next day and this is legit. The flavor is insane--one that the nose hints toward, but the nose isn't huge.

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Photo of grover37
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly murky orange with a large, uniform head. The aroma is bold and vibrant, with huge guava, passionfruit, honeydew, pineapple, mango, candied pineapple, and overripe apricot and peach. The flavor is still vibrant, but not overly assertive, with soft guava, papaya, candied pineapple, mango, and overripe peach. The mouthfeel is soft with creamy carbonation. Overall this is a pretty wow beer - the aroma is huge, but the flavor much more demure, all leading to a very drinkable, sensuous beer.

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Photo of evanschaaf
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First purchase (10/17/17) of the 2017 offering (stamped canning date is 10/10/17).
Poured from 16oz can into glass.
Very slightly hazy, golden orange colored body, long lasting white head and cap, medium lacing.
Bright and prominent aroma, complex with citrus and pine, stone fruit, and blueberry.
Taste is also complex, with blueberry, bubblegum, piney, dank, citrus, and stone fruit.
Mouth feel is very pleasing, very quaffable at 6.8 ABV.
A well done fresh hop IPA. Difficult to remember from year to year but 2017 I judge to be better than 2016 and comparable to 2015. At the top of the Minnesota fresh hopped IPA's tried in 2017.
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10/19/2018

I bought a four pack of cans of the 2018 edition.
The taste has a lot of earthy flavors, and does not have the berry flavors from last year.
Overall, the beer is mellow, but has lots of good flavors involved (fresh earthy hops, and some contribution from citrus hops). Very low in bitterness.
This is an easy drinking IPA.

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Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 101 ratings