Mosaic IPA (Lost Nation Brewing Company)

Mosaic IPA (Lost Nation Brewing Company)

Style: India Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

65IBU’s

From: Morrisville, VT

Brewery’s Note: “Our single hop IPA is brewed and dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Clean and crisp with an incredible balance between juicy fruit flavors and hop bitterness.”

The beer pours out a murky copper with a fluffy, slightly-off-white head of bubbles that leave a nice, sheeted cling of lacing uniformly around my glass. The lacing creates a weird, dry bowl of bubbles in the glass. In body, the beer is clear, but murky and mostly opaque to the eyes. All said, it looks nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. On the nose the beer is decidedly Mosaic-accented (It would be weird if this beer wasn’t) with thick strawberry jam, blueberries, a touch of mineral water, and a gentle backbone of sweet caramel that seems almost on the verge of being diactyl, only I think that’s just the fruity hop character interplaying with the malt. There is a dankness to the overall smell, but it is wrapped up and shrouded under the rich jam scents. It’s not so much pine as wet grass, perhaps a touch of hay. It’s a big juicy fruit nose, somewhere akin to Clown Shoes’ Space Cake (which is also heavily accented with the Mosaic hop, surprise, surprise).  I’d say there is a little more gentle malt at play in this than there was with Space Cake, but it’s still lovely. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with fresh pine and citrus. Shivers of acidity wriggle at the very start and over the sides of the tongue, too, while a mild to middling sweetness blankets in the middle of the sip, but allows for the bitters to assert themselves properly in the mouth. There are glimmers of fruity-sweetness in the middle, and I still swear I’m getting diactyl in the middle of the sip (this becomes more pronounced as it warms), but it still drinks nicely and doesn’t ruin the beer in any way (this ain’t no D-bomb). It tastes pretty much identical to how it smelled. I get a little more fresh strawberry skin on the tongue, and perhaps less blueberry, the bitter hay also builds and lingers in the finish, wiping away any suggestions of butterscotch. In the mouth, the beer is on the light side of medium in body, with a fluffy, gentle-yet-full carbonation that helps to give the beer and overarching fluffy mouthfeel that still manages to end crisply, though with a bit of slickness as it slides by… When the beer leaves, the middle of the tongue is left with an open faucet of spittle pouring down it and filling the bathtub at the front of my teeth. There is the expected astringency, but it’s pleasant and slightly sticky-resiny, and overall the mouth feels like it has had a good IPA with in its orifice. Overall, this is a lovely little 100% Mosaic IPA. I got a little more blueberry flavor when I drank it from the can, but didn’t notice any major differences between the two vessels (this ain’t no Heady drink from the can shit…). It’s a great beer to ease your bitter craving while loading you with rich fruity Mosaic notes, but compared with the rest of Lost Nation’s arsenal, I wasn’t blown away. That’s not to say this was a bad beer in any way, it just didn’t stand on the same platform that their other beers have been holding for my tongue. It’s a great beer to have a couple of, and is delicious if only equivalent to quite a few other beers out there. It does need to clean up the diactyl a little though…

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