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.