Friday, July 7, 2017

Pelican Brewing Mosaic Single Hop IPA

Beer Name: Mosaic Single Hop IPA
Brewery: Pelican Brewing Co. (Pacific City, OR)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $4.49 for 22 oz bottle

Date Bottled: February 23, 2017
Date Purchased: April 1, 2017
Date Opened: April 8, 2017
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Released and seen on shelves from January through March.
IBU: 65

What's on the Bottle/Website: "To showcase the glory of the Mosaic hop, our brewers built a simple malt bill of two-row malted barley and a touch of malted wheat—then added loads of prized Mosaic hops. This minimalist approach lets the incredible tropical citrus hop aromas and sweet pine hop flavors come through with clarity and focus. On the finish, the clean bitterness is balanced by just enough malt character to ensure that the next sip is a foregone conclusion."

Where distributed: Pelican Brewing ships to select states. It can at least be found in the Pacific Northwest.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear pale golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head, some lacing on the glass. Sediment collects at the bottom of the bottle, so the final pour will have a lot of it. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Lots of tropical citrus and pine, with malty notes. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Wonderful tropical citrus and pine from start to finish. The middle of the drinking experience may have a slight floral nature. Aftertaste is citrus peel. Bitterness is pleasant. At the end of the day, I seemed to want a bit more of the tropical, if that's possible. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Dry tongue. Nice citrus peel bitterness, but not overwhelming. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Being a huge fan of Mosaic hops, this was a must-get. As expected, a lovely tropical citrus experience all around. I was given a Pelican Brewing pint glass a few months ago at an event, so I felt it was appropriate to deviate from my usual Oregon Trail beer glass this time. Definitely worth the price tag, not to mention it's a solid local pick. Wish it was made more often than just seasonally. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.263/5

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