brokensail (9828) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks, orange haired guy. Bright orange pour with a white head and spotty lacing. Nose is dank grapefruit, pine, and tangerine. Pineapple, light bready malt, and excellent floral notes. The flavor is crisp, dry, and bitter. Plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. Light pineapple juice, some floral notes, and a touch of bread. Drinks pretty good.
oneeighthcuban (106) - - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is very earthy and piney. Taste is very crisp and clean. Very light in color. Taste isnít overly bitter for a double IPA, nicely balanced. Really good.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour thanks to the Hoff! After having two pounds of these guys sitting in the freezer, as soon as the bottle was opened the Mosaic Hop profile was easily picked out. HUGE dank oniony hops, somewhat garlicy, skunky and dank. Very earthy aroma with some nice tropical and citrus note lingering in there as well. Taste does not have the same skunky flavors (I donít mean that as a flaw, but rather just part of the mosaic "experience".), but is rather dominated by the tropical citrus notes fighting for a place in the aroma. No real malt character to speak of, this one really highlights the hops. Surprisingly little bitterness for the hop character, which is a wonderfully refreshing thing. After having more 100% mosaic brews, I just feel that this hop doesnít take well to lots of kettle additions. I like it, but think that dry hopping is where this thing is going to shine...at 13+ AA%, I see the appeal for it as a bitering hop, but do not like the onion/skunky character that I am getting out of some of these beers.
Bacterial (1059) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the Hoff - thanks! Clear yellow pour, thick white head. Nice floral nose, citrus and just a little bright pine. Smells translate perfectly into the taste of the beer. Really nice!!
bnielsen13 (210) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home. Pours orange/yellow with a white head. Aroma is pine, resin, maryjane, grapefruit. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, lemon, orange, resiny. Very good beer.
TheHOFF43 (1609) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Randomgarbage. Pours a nice copper with a little white head. Aroma is terrific grapefruity hops, incredibly clean. Flavor grows on you with every sip. Great DIPA.
cbfobes (2094) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line, thanks Adam for sharing, Iím pretty sure this is a bottle from randomgarbage, so thanks to Andy too. Pours a clear golden with a thick white head and lacing, as soon as this started being poured people started paying attention because you could smell it from freaking 30ft away. Tons of tropical notes filled the air, so good, grapefruit mixed in as well, the flavor didnít disappoint either, tons of pineapple mixed in with other tropical fruits, really smooth, the malt is noticeable but is so well done and balanced, one of my favorite things we opened up today, freaking awesome.
BoostIPA (1052) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottle from randomgarbage. Thanks a TON, bro!!!
Pours the color of bud light. Nice!
The aroma is something that I have only smelled in the top tier beers coming out of California. Straight up tropical fruit. Really, really amazing. Throw away all your preconceptions about what kind of beer can be made in Iowa these days, because this thing gets it right in every category that matters. Tropical, juicy, low bitterness, alcohol completely hidden.
This is literally God Nectar.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of randomgarbage. Thank you, Andy. 3 days since bottling tops. Pours a richer orange amber hue, faint haze and cakey bright white head atop dies to a firm layer, sticks around ok and laces the same. A good golden orange glow throughout the body. The aromas.. are just ridiculous. Fresh rich Mosaic hops preach grapefruit, big tropical fruit presence, melon and white grape. Big florals, papaya and mango, grapefruit rind and fruit. Lemons, oranges, and big bitter dry florals. Tiny maltbill stays in the back. Just a really rich fruity nose explodes from the pour, from the glass, mangos and tropical fruit, citrusy grapefruit and lemon meld well and throughout. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, surprisingly dry off the bat. Smaller body shows some crisp dry bready and cereal grains, firm dry bitterness, some fuzzy fruit, citrus, but bigger floral and earthy bitter slant. Some white grape, mango, and firm to strong dryness. Iím pretty surprised by how small the malt body is here, light and dry, quite easily consumed. Middle shows some fruit, citrus rind, lemon, and touches of melon. Some firm dry and bitter elements take off into the backend. Earthy dry slant, crisp and clean dry and bitter finish is quite enjoyable. Nothing is overstated here. Itís clean, dry, and bitter. Some good flavors of grapefruit juice, faint pine, firm bitter dry finish cleans up well. I dig this. The nose explodes while the beer, instead of preaching a boatload of sweetness is clean, finely tuned, firmly dry and bitter without getting clunky and turn into a big fruit bomb. Very well done here. Itís not just the hop here. The base really is a good one. This slots into my Top 5 DIPAs with the heavy hitters of the category (Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Three Floyds). Thatís a statement Iím comfortable making.
Morehouse (1) - - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Freshest beer Iíve ever had. Like ever. The aroma is pure hop. I admit, Iím not very familiar with the mosaic hop, but if I were a beer, Iíd want to be this beer. So good. I know Iím from Iowa and this will come off biased, but TG consistently impresses me.