Cutting Tiles (Mosaic)
Trillium Brewing Company

Cutting Tiles (Mosaic)Cutting Tiles (Mosaic)
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
100
Ranked #106
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,357
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Cutting Tiles (Mosaic)Cutting Tiles (Mosaic)
Notes: Formerly Artaic.

Artaic Double IPA is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. Local raw wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. Artaic is an innovative Fort Point business that creates dynamic mosaics only possible through innovative robotics.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: Mosaic
Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 1,357 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PathofChaos
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pours a thick, pulpy, pollen yellow. Offers up a docile, white foam that exhibits persistent, webbed lacing.

Bouquet:
A mid-summer’s breeze of juicy peach slices, ripe pineapple, and a big, bold burst of citrusy, white grapes

Feel:
A medium body that’s soft and cushy as a goose feather pillow. Silky carbonation.

Taste:
What’s this? A double IPA that’s floral and fruity and sweet? That doesn’t sear the hair from your nostrils and singe the edges of your tongue with a brutal, hallucination-inducing, 9 million IBU? And it’s brewed with something BESIDES JUST HOPS?

Instead of an eye-watering, oral enema of barbaric hops, Cutting Tiles presents a deeply delicate palate of candied peaches, tender nectarines, and a dry, strawberry liquor finish. All wrapped up in a woolly blanket of raw, wildflower honey. A meteoric wad of hops, with a screaming comet’s tail of booze heat, crash lands with an earth-shaking BOOM at the very end; but the lead up to this crescendo is so sensual and sweet that the normally abrasive blast of hops comes across as palate-arousing piquancy.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on 9/19/2019. Traveling hotel beer - this was an excellent treat after a 12 hour day at work. Sweet, light, and fragrant. Beautiful orange, opaque pour, very hazy. Quite good.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenomenal beer, and my favorite Trillium IPA (or APA, or IIPA) to date.

Had on tap with lunch at the beautiful new (ish) Fort Point location. Beautiful, hazy, golden-orange body of pure juice, soft soft, off-white lacing (almost no head with a to-the-brim pour).

Aromas and flavors are absolutely stunning with massive citrus, mango, pineapple, and white grape. Fairly grassy but massively juicy with absolutely no astringency or hop burn. The honey sends it over the top for me, as I like a little extra sweetness in my big IPAs. But there's some honest, resiny, pithy bitterness in the background that keeps things semi-grounded and lingers quite nicely along with the fruit juice sweetness. So many bold notes at play here, and they come together amazingly. Dangerously poundable for an 8.5% beer.

Feel is actually a touch thin for a IIPA of this size, but still very smooth and silky.

Absolute winner.

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Photo of stoumi
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cutting Tiles (mosaic) pours a hazy, golden honey color with a well formed, tight knit, one finger head that sticks around. The smell is backed by a big floral note and juicy citrus fruits with a scant sweetness. The taste has an excellent mouthfeel, soft and smooth over the palette with citrus and tropical fruits shinning through. There is a rich sweetness from the wild flower, raw honey and just enough hop bitterness to balance this double out.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 3 week old can gotten from my daughter who mulled it from Boston. Thanks K! Poured into my Tired Hands teku glass.

L: A super cloudy medium golden with hints of orange color. Decent glass lacing they recedes.

S: Notes of huge tropical fruit with mango, pineapple, guava and some honey sweetness.

T: Fruity hops pound you with loads of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, guava, some slight citrus and a little bit if earthy herbal flavors. Sweetness comes from the honey as the finish turns fruity and dry. This is a great beer.

F: smooth, fruity and a bit of alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: I’ll say this only. Awesome beer, world class.

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Photo of Arjen
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can (one off from De Bierkoning) @ home, 24 days after canning. Murkey yellow golden colour Somewhat frothy off white head. Aroma's of dank hops, onion, resinous bitterness. Retronasal it's somewhat sweet, (very) dank hops, resin, juice. Flavour is moderate sweet with light bitterness. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Long finish, light moderate bitter and orange soda (?). Great stuff (and a good burp).

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Photo of VTbrewfan
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/1.

Hazy orange color, like mango nectar with off-white lacing and some minimal effervescence. Juicy tropical fruit on the nose: mango, pineapple, some undertones of dank hops. Big flavors of peach and stone fruit to start, some topical fruit. Really mellow finish, perhaps due to the addition of honey. I might even get a hint of sweetness on the aftertaste if I’m not imagining it. Chewy smooth mouthfeel. This is a really enjoyable beer. It packs a punch but really hits on all cylinders.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/2016 - Massive Mosaic presence on the nose, with earthiness popping front and center, plus some honey; body is a bit creamier, nice honey notes too; intense hop bite at the end.

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Photo of TommyfromBeantown
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at trillium in boston 10 days ago and drank one of them that night. It was very good but a bit bitter. Had another one tonight and it was bursting with juiciness and flavor. My mouth is watering. Might be worth leaving in the fridge for a week or two. This is one of the best trillium beers, thus the best beers ive ever had. Definitely the best double ipa ive ever had

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Photo of JzBeerlover913
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite double IPAs. Trillium in Mass. got this one right. Brewed with raw local honey, the hop flavors in this hazy are amazing. Citrusy heavy.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold beer with a light haze and a few fingers of ivory white foam... 3/21/18 canning... One can produced a lot of chunky sediment, while the other did not despite being from the same batch... Go figure...

Anyway, fantastic brew - right up my alley: a DIPA coming in at 8.5% abv featuring the mighty Mosaic hop and raw wildflower honey... Soft and smooth and fruity, with honey imparting a richly flavored sweetness to the floral, tropical, and orchard fruit impressions... bitterness is very mild, in the typical NEIPA style, although this was not a fruit smoothie sort of IPA, as it did have a very subtle hint of dank resin buried under the soft ripe fruits and honey. Really dug it...

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Photo of Beeraphernalia
1.36/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It tastes like beer mixed with copious amounts of honey. A friend of mine drove all the way to Boston, snagged a bunch of Trillium beer, brought them back to CT, and a sampling we did do. I wish Cutting Tiles wasn't the first one I tried. It reminded me of drinking Dundee's Honey Brown Lager back in high school. I was tempted to "accidentally" spill my glass off his deck to avoid further punishment, but there were kids underneath playing laser tag, and I was afraid of spilling it on them. Imagine having to rescue them from a bee attack or a bear attack if they were laced in Cutting Tiles. I thoroughly enjoyed the other varieties, but the 4.5 point World Class reviews for this beer are completely misleading. I think the beer is just riding the coattails of Trillium's other quality recipes. I desperately want to blind taste test some users on this site. This beer is terrible. Save yourself the drive, buy a double Mosaic IPA that somehow tastes like a pilsner, and stir in about a half a cup of honey and there you go, Cutting Tiles. Also, if you like tea and honey, try tea and Cutting Tiles. Oh, and I heard they're partnering with General Mills to make Cutting Tiles Nut Cheerios. Honey Boo-Boo is changing her name to Cutting Tiles Boo-Boo.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glows a beautiful golden orange hue - check
Aroma of gorgeous tropical fruits - check
Tastes of wild flowers, exotic fruits, and honey - check
Right now, all Raul needs is Miranda Kerr on his lap and he would be in perfection

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery.
Presents hazy gold with a minimal head or retention. Dank and fruity in the nose. Garlic and onions with tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a tacky, slightly slick mouthfeel. Garlic-rubbed chives with ripe tropicals on the palate. Finishes with a lingering dankness, a medium bitterness, and a hint of sweet honey.

Nice beer but a bit heavy on the garlic and onions.

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Photo of Choppin-Banana
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with nice lacing... small head .... tastes of honey, mango, light pineapple... very juicy and smells all same .... ever so slight bitter finish more sweet honey ... great overall beer and can’t wait for more .... first trillium experience and couldn’t be happier

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A hazy lemon color with accents of tea. 1 finger of bubbly, puffy head that recedes to a line of bubbles.

Aroma is akin to ice cream, but with a dank, herbal, skunky aroma. Some rotting fruit rinds.

Flavor is very bitter, with hints garden dirt, rotten grapefruit rind, pine sol, lemon 409, herb, and harsh alcohol. Underneath, we've got the basic Cutting Tiles formula which is great - honeysuckle and ice cream. There is something very off about this beer's flavor - it's basically ice cream and lemon grout cleaner.

Feel is creamy and lush, with a nice electric carbonation.

Overall, I'm mega disappointed this one didn't pan out. I couldn't do it - had to dump it. El Dorado is leagues better, and currently my favorite beer...this one is just not stacking up at all. How different versions of Cutting Tiles could be both my favorite and least favorite Trillium beer is beyond comprehension. What happened?

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Photo of kitch
4.09/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 pint can, with strangely no visible canned on date (looks like it got cut off the side of the can). Can was also quite severely deformed on the top (my fault), which made it extremely hard to open, although I somehow managed it in the end. Doesn’t appear to have affected the beer with no leaks. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Orange, mango and pineapple with a hint of grass, caramel malt and booze.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus rind light bitterness, with some pineapple, honey and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, but sweeter and maltier than expected, and just didn’t feel as balanced as the Galaxy version.

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Photo of Danstaats
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was solid. Not sure its world class but def i great beer. something about the color made me give it a 5 not sure if its the honey or what

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Photo of Trevor11
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Trillium is an impressive brewer and this beer is well developed but in my opinion not their best. Pipeworks has devised beers with honey far superior than Cutting Tiles/Artaic such as Sure Bet and even Spotted Puffer. Orange haze, decent head, underwhelming in flavor based on hype. Light/lacking in a zing that I was expecting. Another great beer from Trillium but my conflated expectations spoiled my experience.

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Photo of sevywonder
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy orange, high level of opacity. Great fluffy head
S: Fruity to a fault. Piney quality all but absent; characteristic of Trillium's IPAs in my experience.
T: Delicious fruitiness, balanced, overwhelmingly hoppy but without the usual "hop bomb" bitterness. It might be confirmation bias, but the honey added during brewing adds a satisfying earthy sweetness.
MF: Pillowy; feels like it looks. It just feels good to sip this stuff- not heavy at all, but substantial in the most basic sense of the word.

Overall: One of the best IPAs I've ever had; succinctly states Trillium's case for the hype they receive. Were these beers not $9 for twelve ounces at their Greenway biergarten, it wouldn't be hard to tuck one away every fifteen minutes without ever getting tired of them.

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Photo of Rristow
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with white head. Aroma is tropical fruits and floral notes. Taste is very well balanced. Flavors of melon, pineapple, mango, caramel, floral notes. Very well done imperial IPA.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless pint.

Muddy look. Kinda dark too. Nose is citrus, starfruit and pineapple. Huge juicy dank tropical fruit notes. Beer opens citrus and starfruit. Sweet with a huge tropical citrus fruit presence. Aggressive with a touch of acidity in the middle. No hop notes to speak of. Finishes orange and pineapple juice. Real nice. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down aggressive. Super drinkable.

Very very good if a touch one dimensional. The drinkability is off the charts though.

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Photo of soze47
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not much to look at once poured into the glass. No backlit props - is just like to see a little more activity and vibrancy in the glass. Nose is wonderful - fruit bomb. I get pineapple and mango along with some nice true honey notes. Taste is almost overwhelming but the body keeps all those strong, sweet malts and late hops at bay.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its amazing to say this but as great as this beer is its not even in my top 5 from Trillium. That's why Trillium is one of my favorite Brewery's. So good every time and this is another winner. So tasty and smooth.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on delivery from a friend. Another fantastic offering from Trillium which is the best in southern New England the more I have of it. So many unique offers and this is another. Wish I had more!

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Cutting Tiles (Mosaic) from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1357 ratings