Bull City Single Hop IPA: Mosaic (SHIPA #1)
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is the first in an occasional series of IPA style ales we are releasing to explore new hop varieties, experimental hop varietals and educate ourselves along with the best beer and burger eating customers on the planet. Mosaic is a new variety and the first off-spring from the parent hop and wildly popular, Simcoe. Its name is HB369 in trials and now itís just starting to make waves as Mosaic. Citrusy to the max, the Mosaic hop smells and tastes of Mango, Guava, Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon with Black Pepper. For the beer Geeks, Mosaic is fairly high in alpha acids at around +/- 12%, so itís great for both bittering and aroma. This batch came in at about 7.2% ABV with 68 IBUs. We plan to use the same simple base malt recipe with each batch of Single Hop IPA and vary only the hop variety. Served unfined and unfiltered. Letís drink to higher education! Hops: well, Mosaic of course

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Hot damn, this is the kind IPA aroma Iíve wanted locally but havenít really seen. Big fruity mango and papaya in addition to more common citrus and resin flavors. But really more fruity than anything else. Taste adds a bit of citrus zest and some malt backbone. A bit too sweet, but still wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2013
On tap at BCBB. Very handsome look, as is the case with most of their IPAs. Lustrious bright orange with a substantial presence and a nice filmy head. Very sweet nose, slightly more syrupy and less bracingly citric than my pals seem to have gotten. Smooth mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, comes across a bit slick overall perhaps. Flavors are brightly floral, with some bitter and acidic notes here and there. But while I appreciated the bounty of bright fruit, I found it a bit lacking in complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Murky glowing mango-skin orange pour with 1-2 fingers of dense khaki orange head. Beer smells like pure pink grapefruit juice, intense citrus zest, cracked pepper, and pineapple candy. Rich grapefruit note in flavor. Acidic fruit skins on the front of the mouth. Prickly zest/bitterness on the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Tap at BCBB. Pours reddish orange with a small off white head, sticky lace. Really nice nose; super tropical: guava, starfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, some light resin, light cotton candy caramel malt. Flavor is impressive as well, heat is more noticeable along with a bit of resin-y bitterness, but also a strong grapefruit and light tropical fruit presence. Iíve been waiting since BCBB opened for a beer like this. In the words of my boy emacgee, Bossome.

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