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Terrapin’s Mosaic Red Rye IPA

Posted by Alan Horton
Alan Horton
Al Horton retired after 27 years with Bob Hall LLC, a beer distributor in Upper
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on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 in April 2014 Editions

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Mosaic Red Rye IPA is a euphonious name for a beer. The name is quite a mouthful, and so is the beer.  This Rye based IPA is brewed by the award-winning Terrapin Brewery located in Athens, Georgia, which began brewing operations in 2002.  Terrapin brews a wide range of full flavored ales that are well balanced and not over the top in any way.

Much of Mosaic Red Rye IPA’s character is based on the use of Mosaic Hops – a new variety of hop. An offspring of Simcoe and Nugget hops, Mosaic derives its pleasant aroma and bitterness qualities from each of them. This new hop from the Northwest United States has a bright future and likely will become widely used in very short order.  

In addition to the unique hop, an interesting assortment of malts provides the foundation for this Rye IPA:  two row pale malt, rye malt, Munich malt and Crystal 45, Crystal 65 and Crystal 85 malts.  The combination adds to the beer’s hearty and unique flavor.

When poured, Mosaic has an appealing look with dark garnet color and tan head. While the head lingers only a short while, a steady stream of small bubbles continues to rise in the glass throughout the drinking experience.  The aroma is redolent of grapefruit, melon and pine and has an abundance of citrus overtones. The beer has a medium body and great mouth-feel, a product of the rye malt, but at 6.6% abv and 60 Bitterness Units, Mosaic is at the same time a hearty beer.

Do you have customers looking for something a little bit different, but not too over the top?  Mosaic Red Rye IPA is the perfect recommendation.  It has eye appeal; it tastes great; it is medium bodied with plenty of character and does not offend with either too much hops or off-putting aroma.  As with a piece of fine art, the interpretation and meaning of the beer’s character is left up to one’s own individual senses.  Besides, the name is fun to say and it’s an excellent beer to enjoy with friends.

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Al Horton retired after 27 years with Bob Hall LLC, a beer distributor in Upper Marlboro, MD. In addition to his journalistic duties for The Beverage Journal, Al is currently an Adjunct Business Instructor at Anne Arundel Community College.

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