Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/27/14 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark yellow/white gold hue. Cloudy body with visible carbonation. Pours to a one-finger, bright white, foamy head which laces and retains fine.

Smell: Tropical fruit juice but with distinct herbal presence.

Taste: Mosaic seems to be the trendy hop of the moment, and for good reason – it’s versatile in that it smells and tastes both tropical and herbal. An odd combination but it always works well. It’s such a great hop it really doesn’t need help, though Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA also includes Simcoe and Centennial hops which definitely add to the flavor profile of the beer. So yes, it’s plenty juicy… at first, but contains a strong herbal component of basil, pesto and black tea, plus an astringency of cat pee on the finish from the Simcoe hops. You wouldn’t think that would work, but it does – surprisingly well, actually. In fact, this character is so strong I can feel it in my sinuses after each swig. The malt component is, not surprisingly, quite light. Notes of lemon cough drops and a hint of honey. Without the hops, this would probably be a pretty boring blonde ale.

Drinkability: There’s definitely a difference between a hoppy pale ale and a session IPA and this beer is a great example of that. The body is rather light with a thin, but very crisp mouthfeel. It’s refreshing while crossing the tongue, but bitter enough to scrub it clean each time. It finishes mostly clean with just a residual starchiness. Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA might technically be a little too big to live up to its name consider it’s 4.8% ABV in weight, though an experienced drinker should have no problem with it. 
Grade: 7/10

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