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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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In his most notable mosaic work, Sosus of Pergamon depicts doves sunning atop a golden chalice. The image was said to be so enticing that real birds flew into it while trying to reach their stone companions. This single-hop showcase is inspired by the beauty of divinity of the Sosus mosaics. Just as the doves discovered their golden nectar, discover the irresistible nature of the Mosaic hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Burnished golden. Thick and foamy white head clings to the glass after each sip. Expressive but nauseating, hop-driven aromas of grape bubblegum, rubber cement, matchstick, chalk, Lemon Pledge, white grape, pinesap, kumquat, white grapefruit, pineapple marmalade. Thickly resinous, initially, as stinging acids inundate the palate with an excessive amount of grass clippings. Quite bright and succulent, though the incessant resinous onslaught gives way to a chalkiness which shortens the hop vitality. Gooey oils follow up with an unrefined astringency which further stifles much of the brightness. Loads of hop flavor agreeably dovetails with the well-composed bitterness, though. Malt quietly looms in the background with a very light, white bread dryness. Mild note of sulfur accompanies a matchstick harshness which further deadens much of the hop vibrancy, though a pineapple marmalade suppleness does persist nicely. Alcohol lends considerable causticity which exacerbates the chalkiness. Fatiguingly acidic after a few swallows, and the hops become limp, akin to wet grass clippings. Finishes intensely grassy with uncured hay flavors fused with white grapefruit and a splash of nectarine. Quite a mixed bag. On the surface, it seems quite lovely. But once you sit with it and do some delving, a number of blemishes are difficult to overlook. I prefer DIPA tilted toward hop flavor rather than unruly and bitter, and this has plenty of tropical-fruit allure to hold your interest for at least a few sips. But the hops used here fare poorly when used to points of excess, as flaws like chalk and matchstick start to become apparent, not to mention grapefruit and pinesap, ick. Kudos to the brewer for using mostly pale malt and keeping the sweetness at bay, but ultimately this is another unrefined DIPA (to my tastes, that is) with a misguided hop treatment. Thanks to heykevin for the generous gift.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2355) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Grapefruit and mild citrusy hop notes. Good balance with just enough of caramel malt backbone to keep Sosus honest. Above average mouthfeel and body. A very good double IPA that is eerily Hill Farmsteadish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
budznsudz (561) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours hazy golden with a ring of white foam. Aroma is citrus, pine, and lemon. Taste is bitter hops, citrus and pine. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22oz from madbeerbaron thank you sir pours a afternoon sunshine yellow orange frothy white head nice flora nose with a huge grapefruit presence wet and piny taste was hoptastic nice pungent up front then the sweet grapefruit ending my first TG beer man iowa is differently on the beer map now for me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7563) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Huge pine smell. Flavor is mild, some pine, fruitiness. The simcoe hops are better than mosaic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (606) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Dank, sweet, and aromatic hops dominate the aroma and flavor of this delicious IPA. Smells very dank and orange/grapefruit, backed by a heavy, sweet malting. I think that TG is a very good brewery and look forward to more unique beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1276) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Mosaic label is a nice touch. Straight up juicy Mosaic hops tickle the senses. Sweeter than most DIPAs but I really like this. Damn, Toppling Goliath is killing it.

Drinking this again fresh, I’ve gotta up the score from 3.7. Gorgeous appearance, sticky lace, perfectly carbonated (not too high :D). Billowing Mosaic aroma knock my nose on its back. Freaking delicious; still a touch sweet (objectively), but this is a home run for me. A top-tier DIPA from one of the absolute best breweries in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle from theAlum. Thanks! Pours a hazed deep gold with a sticky white head. Nose is some green onion, faint garlic. Mangos and peaches come through, along with some old-school resin. Light kerosene. On tasting, really smooth bitterness. Has an odd full-bodiedness to it that is a bit offputting to me. Almost oily. Really clean fermentation with a big fruity hop flavor. Again, kicks out some of that parafin stuff that is odd. Good, not great.Thanks Adam!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in GTMW ticket line - Pours clear golden with a bubbly white head. Nose is dank onion hops, garlicy with a bit of tropical fruit. Taste is similar, real dank and fruity, with a clean malt base. Soft, fluffy body. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3762) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Damn Ed! Thanks for sending this bottle poured an orangish yellow color with huge aromas of pineapple and some light citrus. Flavors were citrus, pineapple and light bitterness. Jesus christ was this beer awesome. Please send more asap Ed!

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