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Black Diamond MOESaic Session IPA



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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (414) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Pours a clear medium golden with an off white head. For some reason the head doesn’t look great. It is made of pretty large bubbles and is reminiscent of Busch Light or something. Nice citrus aroma that smells very tasty. Flavor is slightly hoppy and bitter with some honey and wheat. Pretty good flavor for a session beer. More non-hop flavor than many session IPAs I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9783) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle @ home. Slightly unclear orange color, huge thick white head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts and quite fruity with fruity hops and tropical fruit influences. Taste malts, light to moderately hoppy, lightly floral, some fruit hops and general fruityness but not as clearly present as in the aroma. Soft bitterness, easy drinkable, suitable carbonation. Decent. [Note: probably way better when fresh, unfortunately I had a bottle with a best before date of July 2015].

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1599) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2015
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. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (5247) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2015
35cl Bottle from drankgigant.nl. Clear golden amber colour, big frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine, melon, passion fruit, some toast, malts, pineapple. Flavour is medium sweet, malty, toast, pine, quite fruity, melon, some tropical stuff, bitter finish. Light bodied, over-carbonated, making it un-sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (188) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 3, 2015
Amber colored, a bit cloudy, off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, flowery and fruity (elderberry comes to mind), bit citrus. Taste again floral and fruit hops with caramel malt background. Mediumish bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1581) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Draft. Unclear orange amber. Small, creamy off-white head. Citrus. Earthy, herbal, bud. Bigger light body. Not watery. Low bitterness. Mild dryness. Clean. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottled 355ml. -at O’Hara Zagreb. Clear golden coloured, medium sized white to off-white head, pleasant greapfruity/piney hoppy nose. Moderate malty, grapefruity fruity, light passion fruits and hint of herbs with decent hop bitterness in the finish. Rather fruity brew...and tasty indeed...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (4482) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Nice darker pour of off yellow. Taste is initially a really big dull old ipa thud, borders on viscous. Who wants a big ipa hoppy bitter beer without the alky? Why punish eyrself? If you want a soft beer without the smoothness? What-ev.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4208) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottled, with Ribafish, at O’Hara Zagreb (enormous thanks Marin & co!). Poured a lovely clear amber body with a thick, quite big white head. Candied peach aroma, slightly more malty than expected, sugary, some lovely peach tea and dry figs. Very interesting. Lighter, and much more as expected hop dominated taste, herbal, peachy, slightly sweetish, notes of grapefruit, vague herbal tartness. Lovely aromatics really. A very good Session IPA, and a great addition to the Croatian market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2015
On Tap Skep & Skein - Olympia
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Super easy drinking flavor. This was filled with good hops and a light alcohol it was very tasty.

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