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Fractal Mosaic | Equilibrium Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Equilibrium Brewery
New York, United States
eqbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fractal Mosaic is the first release from our small-batch Research Series. A fractal is something simple at the core yet can produce wonderful and amazingly complex results. The fractal series will have only pale malt and a single hop (simple). We will use these beers to investigate how different hops manifest through our processes, allowing us to optimize both our use of hops and our hopping techniques. Fractal Mosaic pours a resinous-hazy-straw yellow releasing complex aromas of dank citrus, earthy grass, tropical melon, and a hint of berries (complex). The taste is highly resinous, piney, juicey, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a firm but rounded bitterness. The medley of characteristics makes the name “Fractal Mosaic” warranted indeed.

Added by EquilibriumBrewery on 11-18-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,965
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
30
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by plaid75:
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of PEBKAC
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three's Brewing.

Stemware... Why?

Slightly hazy, straw-colored body. Wishy-washy lace.

Smell is insanely curious. Lemon-lime & cotton candy & orangey hops come to mind.

Taste throws me a little. A touch sour and malty, but with a definite tropical edge to it. Thin, with a little residual thickening it up. Quiet carbonation. I'm not so sure about this one.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first beer from Equilibrium, so I'm very excited. It pours a resinous-hazy-straw yellow, with a bone-white head. The Mosaic hops are all OVER the nose, juicy dank citrus notes dominating.

The taste is the best part of this beer - the dank citrus is the primary note, but there's also some resiny pine and some tangy sweetness. I wish the feel was just a bit sharper. If it was, this would be worthy of shoving a relative aside to acquire.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twizzard
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boccu
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours huge White bubbly head. Cloudy golden color. Aroma of orange peels, pineapple and mango. Taste follows the nose with lemon peel, citrus, melon and earthy tones. Look forward to more from them.

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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy, yellow, with big fluffy head.
Smell: Lemon, grape, and orange rind.
Taste: Lemon, grape, dank, and tangerine.
Mouthfeel: Full for the abv.
Overall: A great flavorful IPA from equilibrium.

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Photo of CHickman
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold color with a massive 2+ finger bright white colored head that was foamy and looked like soap from a bubble bath. The head dissipated very, very slowly (like minutes, literally...) and left excellent foamy rings as it went down. NE IPA looks from an Upstate NY brewery, nicely done.

Smells of grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, flowers like a rose , fresh cut grass, tropical fruit, melon, herbs and peaches. Very faint peppery or floral spices trail and some brown sugar peeks through, but this is mostly citrus fruit in the nose.

Tastes of juicy citrus fruit, similar to chewing Juicy Fruit gum with a mouth full of grapefruit juice. This is a mix of orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, peaches, lemon, papaya, fresh cut grass, tropical fruit, melon, herbs and orange juice. There is more malt in the flavor with biscuit and/or Ritz cracker showing up for balance, as well as minor piney notes and some light peppery spices like coriander or tea leaf. The citrus is most dominant but the flowery taste like a rose petal is present as well and brings out nice dynamics and an interesting flavor twist. A really well crafted IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, to the point that it feels soft like whipped cream. Carbonation is low, the bitterness is low, it flows down smooth and hides the 6.8% ABV, this is crush-able and a definite session beer for me. Really easy to drink and very tasty overall. Simple, complex, delicious.

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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott112180
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers loads of navel orange, pulpy, peach, bubble gum, lots of yeast, sweet bready malt, a medium sweet herb bitterness as a theme of the beer. The beer is soft and surprisingly on the citrus instead on herbs and dank green qualities.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer by this widely praised brewery and I was extremely impressed. So much so that I took down the entire 32oz growler in short order. It fits the NE IPA style very well, but without going overboard on its more distinct characteristics, so that it's hazy but not at all turbid or ugly like many attempts I've encountered - no muck in suspension and so forth; the body is moderately light and creamy but not excessively so and there's still a crisp and clean feel to the carbonation and overall drinking experience.

Mosaic in all its glory; this isn't a one note hop tea without any support from the malt. It's there in an unobtrusive way but still propping things up and giving some sense of beery balance. Aroma is very good and continues in the flavor, where everything is amped up and in full relief. Lots of tropical fruit, melon, and so forth, with just a hint of dank character and very light bitterness. It's cliche to say but this is indeed extremely juicy. Is this perfect? No but for my dollar it's close. I could stand maybe the slightest increase in bitterness, countering dank and resinous notes, and maybe in body, but that's splitting hairs. A fabulous beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moestavern
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours cloudy hazy yellow gold with a dense thick creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh passionfruit, sliced mango, tropical melon, berries, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet lemon, bready caramelized pale malt, with floral resinous dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Taste follows with fresh passionfruit, sliced mango, tropical melons, pineapple, berries, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet lemon, bready caramelized pale malt, with floral resinous dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice Mosaic hopped IPA.

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Photo of cfalls
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - yellow-orange, medium haze, thin head of small bubbles

S - fruit loops and flowers

T - passion fruit, very floral, somewhat sweet, almost no bitterness, subdued

F - medium carbonation and thickness

O - nice easy to drink NE style IPA

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Photo of hoponit
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerMama2014
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught at the brewery. 16 oz. pour served in a tulip glass. It pours an opaque tangerine color with one finger of creamy, bright white head and lacing that lasted through the entire pour. I have to say that all of Equilibrium's IPA's have a similar appearance. The nose features lemon peel and Mosaic hops that are subtle. The smell is more subdued than other Equilibrium offerings. The taste is Mosaic hop forward with a tart lemon peel. There is also a hint of caramel and some subtle spice at the finish. The feel is super creamy with moderate carbonation and it as a reasonable ABV of 6.8% that allows for easy drinking. Overall, this is another superb American IPA from Equilibrium Brewing. There are really no negatives for this offering.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Threes Brewing.

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Fractal Mosaic from Equilibrium Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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