Community Beer Co. Mosaic IPA – American IPA at 8.6% ABV | 85 IBU

Community Beer Co. Mosaic IPA American IPA at 8.6% ABV | 85 IBU (US$2.73 at Specs Main Houston, 355 ml, packaged on 25-Jan-2018, acquired 3-Mar-2018, reviewed 9-Mar-2018)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of rocky ivory head, good retention and stringy moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, caramel & toffee, tropical fruit, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly sticky body, moderate carbonation, medium duration lingering and building bitter finish. (4/5)

Pours darker than expected for an IPA, and the flavour follows suit to some extent. It’s certainly not an E/IPA, but the way they’ve balanced the big bitter makes the malt presence greater than one might expect for a modern A/IPA. Mind you, given the massive ABV and bitterness, I don’t know why this wouldn’t be considered a DIPA. Think old-school DIPA made with modern (Mosaic) hops and you’re probably not far off the mark. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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