Beer Review: TERRAPIN SIDE PROJECT VOLUME 19: MOSAIC

Beer Review: TERRAPIN SIDE PROJECT VOLUME 19: MOSAIC
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Terrapin Side Project 19: Mosaic, an exploration into the world of hops, particularly the Mosaic variety, offers a distinct American Red/Amber experience. With a nod to Brewer “Spike’s” fondness for rye malt, this beer promises a unique journey into the heart of hoppy indulgence.

Brewing Artistry with Mosaic Hops

Freshly harvested from the Hop Breeding Company, LLC in Yakima Valley, the Mosaic hops used in Terrapin Side Project 19 were sourced directly from Perrault Farms. Formerly known as hop HBC 369, Mosaic, born from the union of Simcoe (YCR 14) and a Nugget-derived male, brings a flavor and aroma extravaganza. The brewing process, employing 100% Mosaic, ensures an exploration of the full spectrum of this world-class hop.

A Visual and Olfactory Symphony

Appearance: The pour reveals a hazy iced tea reddish brown, crowned with a delicate microfilm of white.

Aroma: Dank simcoe/amarillo notes permeate the air, with grapefruit undertones adorned with a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

Tasting Notes – A Hop Showcase

Taste: Initiating with a grapefruit hop bitterness, the experience takes a slightly piny turn, accompanied by a touch of light toasty malt. Despite these nuances, the hop remains the undisputed star, with a subtle red fruit skin lingering in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, the texture leans towards the rough side, contributing to a dynamic drinking experience.

The Verdict – A Mosaic Hop Delight

Overall: Terrapin Side Project 19: Mosaic proves to be a very palatable creation, offering a delightful introduction to the Mosaic hop. The beer successfully captures the essence of this hop variety, showcasing its unique characteristics. For those enamored by this brew, the suggestion to explore Terrapin’s Big Hoppy Monster is extended—an enticing invitation to further delve into the brewery’s impressive repertoire.