MOEsaic Session IPA | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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MOEsaic Session IPAMOEsaic Session IPA

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
When we first got our noses in and hands on the experimental hop, then known only as HBC 369 CV, we knew it was something special. We wanted to make a lower alcohol IPA that didn’t drink like many others we tried. There was good hoppiness to most of them, but the body seemed lacking. We went to work on solving this, and it took a bit of time. When we were finally convinced our session IPA was ready for prime time, HBC 369 had been named: Mosaic. We employ this chameleon cone -with its exceptional palette of flavors- at each stage in the hopping process. Paul has actually created a lower alcohol session ale with the flavor and body of an American IPA. This beer has developed a following in the active lifestyle crowd, especially with cyclists, but it’s also a great beer when you just want a little more hang-time with your IPA. Dedicated to our hop-loving friend, David Moes, we brew this beer for true hop heads.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 72
Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach. Dark amber in the tall nonic. Nice foam that leaves rings down the glass as you sip. Flowery aromas. Nicely carbonated. This Mosaic hop seems to instill a lot of flavor without so much pain.

Warm and toasty taste with a restrained fruity hoppiness. Moderate bitterness. Some resiny notes. Thin bodied but tastes plenty malty. Dark grainy notes. Another really good lower alcohol and lower biterness IPA. A great mellow quaff with nothing "lite" about it.

01-17-2013 update: Had this on tap at Toma Sol and liked it even better. This has a nicer foam than most tap beers, seems to me. Sensationally drinkable, quite malty, nice mango and pineapple tangy flavors, and just the right modest bitterness. On my favorites list.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by December, had it in on August 11th. Clear amber color, beige head. Aroma had some old hop notes at first but after it sat a few minutes in the glass, it opened up to nice a white grapes bouquet and some fresh cut grass. Taste starts with grassy hops, white grapes, almonds, guava and finishes with medium hop bitterness with a somehow tea-like/medicinal flavor but not necessarily in a bad way. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. It's a bit weird. It has some old hop notes but also fresh flavors. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy coppery amber with an attractive two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, bready malt, stone fruit, nice. Flavor of grassy hops, biscuit malt, light fruit, finishes a bit dry with a slight metallic element. Medium bodied. Not bad at all. Finish is slightly off, but the overall hop and malt bill are nice and well balanced. Expected Mosaic flavor and light bitterness. A worthy session IPA.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Dark orange pour, clear, with a medium height white head. The smell is overwhelmed by tropical fruit, pineapple, tons of overripe mango, oranges and honey. Smooth mouthfeel, bitter-sweet and balanced with the tropical fruits dominating the taste, as well. Medium bodied, with a sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste. Right up my alley.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is sappy pine with some nice pineapple and mango.
The taste has a strong pine bitterness upfront, then mellows out toward the end.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from BevMo in late May for $1.79. Bottled in January 2014.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of tropical and citrus.

Taste is mango and grapefruit with some pine. Malts intitially had a biscuity grainy taste but in the end the tropical lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and decently carbonated for a refreshing feel.

Overall this is a pretty nice session IPA. Would not mind trying a fresher version in the future.

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Photo of drmeto
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours a hazy amber-orange with a small,frothy,offwhite head
-orange,Blood orange,Peach,resin,grapefruit,tangerines,honey,blackberries
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Surprisingly good Session IPA from a lesser hyped American Craft Brewery.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

As expected, pours a mostly clear amber body, wearing its carbonation level on its sleeve. Well-retaining head is light tan, fine, and chunky. Decent lacing, as well. First aroma to hit you is strong, sweet (sweeter than usual) grapefruit. A whiff later, after it's had a chance to sit, it is resinous, herbal, and spicy, but after letting the old olfactory senses renew, there's that grapefruit again. Flavor profile is more complex (mosaic?) than those of many other session IPAs out there. Caramel and cracker or pasta make an effort, but hops steal the show with mild grapefruit, a touch of rind, spice and herbs, and notes of black pepper as you let it linger and then finish (this always combines well with crackery malt in my opinion). Pasta-like aftertaste, one of my favorite sensations in certain Pale Ales, occasionally found in IPAs. Medium-bodied with medium to high (but gentle) carbonation, very smooth, but could stand to be a lot more crisp and dry.

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Photo of errantnight
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Looks beautiful, nice creamy head with solid lacing and retention, and this carries through on the body, medium with nice smooth middle and a crackling, bitter finish.

Unfortunately, the rest of the beer is disposable. Barely a whiff of earthy hoppiness with ester notes playing up just as much. On the palate this is malty and grainy, biscuity finish. Feels warmer than aberr of this abv should be. Minty hop notes are nice.

This would have been passable five years ago as an English/American hybrid pale. These days in the increasingly crowded LA market a merely ok (or slightly worse) stab at a hyped style using a hop-of-the-moment had better be better than this.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit this doesn't taste ur mom a normal session ale. It's a bit more assertive than most, which is good, but it just misses the mark for taste to me.

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Photo of mxchap
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Diamond Mosaic Session IPA (about 4 months old, so I have given it the benefit of the doubt across the board)

Appearance: Beautiful light amber-orange color, slight haze. Great lacing. White, medium sustained head [5].

Aroma: Same as flavor for the most part. The aromatics have clearly died down. Difficult to render a rating. [3.75]

Taste: Overly malty, but there is a nice herbal and citrusy hop presence. The blueberry is particularly noticeable. The malt flavor is light and biscuity. Probably also wheat present. [3.75]

Feel: Overall a little thin, starts out a little acidic but finished creamy. Bitterness is only noticeable at the start, doesn't last. [3.5]

Overall: Likely too old, but there is a pretty good beer in there. I did enjoy the biscuity and wheat malt flavors [3.5]

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Photo of wrb357
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six-pack from Safeway. Bottle label design is awesome, really punchy and memorable. The beer packs the same punch too!

Pours a dark orange color, real nice lacing and a minimal foamy head (standard for IPA I have found).

Smells really strong of citrus hops, some of the bread of the malt, but a really pronounced hop citrus/ lemon smell. Considering the name I can only guess that's from the Mosaic profile. Would've liked a bit more pine notes, or more floral to balance it out.

Tastes similar to the smell. It is a strong punch of citrus mouth feel. The taste is where the pine comes in, especially in the finish. Oily and lingers, but in a good way. Closest comparison would be lemongrass.

Mouth feel is nice. The taste really lingers. Means less sips required to enjoy! You still want to keep sipping, though. Reminds me of the feeling you get by drinking something tart: your tongue begs for the sting after it's gone!

I enjoy this beer. It's not my favorite, and I wouldn't choose a session with it (it's almost too strong of a flavor for me to want to session) but for a low abv IPA that still has a lot of flavor, this is a great option.

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MOEsaic Session IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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