Beers from Terrapin are not yet available in Louisiana, but I saw this one at Hopjacks Filling Station in Pensacola the last time I was there, and had to grab one. As a side note, Terrapin beers are available in 10 states throughout the southeast and the east cost. They recently ramped up production in part due to a small Miller-Coors investment in the company, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them in Louisiana very soon. Mosaic is one of an ongoing series of beers produced by Terrapin, called “Side Projects.” I didn’t know much about them, but I figured they were probably comparable to what New Belgium does with it’s “Lips of Faith” series.
This particular “Side Project” is labeled as Volume 19, Terrapin Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale. This marks the first time that Terrapin has used Mosaic hops in any of their brews. It was released in March of 2013, and as of this writing, is most likely very scarce in the retail world, although I did pick one up in August of 2013.
This beer poured a dark mahogany color, much darker than your average red ale. The head on this pour was pretty thin, less than 1 finger. Retention was average, with light lacing.
As for the aroma, it gave off a very sweet, citrus smell, with a strong sweet maltiness mild hoppy undertones of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine.
The taste is very similar to the nose, very rye heavy, with less amounts of hop bitterness. There are hints of citrus in the taste as well.
The mouthfeel is medium, with light carbonation. I’d say the maltiness is heavier than the slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but it all balances out fairly well. The alcohol is not really noticeable.