Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA | Castle Danger Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,155
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
90
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
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Photo of A_New_Normal
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +1.8%
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 -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_Swig
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seangibbs60
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaeserTits
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 90 ratings