Beer Review: Mikkeller Mosaic Imperial IPA

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A couple posts back I did a review of Mikkeller’s Imperial single hop Citra IPA, as you know if you read my reviews regularly I really like Citra and Mosaic hops. So this time I have Mikkeller’s single hop Mosaic IPA. Mosaic comes in at 8.9% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy orange copper color with a pillowy 1 finger head and some great sticky lacing down the glass as you drink. Love the art on the bottle.

Nose: Fruity, juicy Mosaic nose. Tropical fruit and some earthy notes as well. Ripe mango and pineapple dominate out of the fruit.

Taste/Mouth: Really nice drinkable imperial IPA. Lots of fruit from the nose, pine and earthy hop flavors. Malt sweetness and some heat from the alcohol are present but do not hinder the experience. Good balanced and drinkable beer, only complaint would be its a little sweeter than I like.

Price/Availability: Rotating and around $4 for a single 12oz bottle, key as usual here is to get it fresh and not after its been sitting on a shelf for months or years.

Overall: Similar to Citra from Mikkeller its a pretty damn good Imperial IPA. Some more sweetness than I would like but the aroma and hop flavors are really nice and certainly compensate. Unfortunately like most Mikkeller beers its the price point and freshness that are a concern and kind of drag down its rating.

Grade: B+

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