I'm starting off my series of hop tasting notes with Mosaic. Mosaic is an offspring of Simcoe and has rapidly become a favorite of both craft and homebrewers. You can refer to my previous posts for more details about my recipe and methods for brewing single-hopped beers to trial hop varieties.
The hops I used were 12.3% AA whole cone hops that I got from Freshops. The raw hops smelled
grassy, with some sweet fruitiness and a hint of tomato vine.
nose on the Mosaic beer was very powerful with citrus (I picked up both
grapefruit and lime), mango and some pine/dank notes. I also got a hint
of onion, but just faintly.
On the palate I get citrus and
tropical fruit notes balanced with dank & piney notes. I also pick
up faint herbal notes, some anise and a hint of onion/BO. Again, the
onion is there, but not overpowering. Bitterness level seems to be
I've used Mosaic in quite a few brews before trying it out in this single-hopped brew. It's interesting
that I've never noticed the onion in any beers using Mosaic prior to
this. I'm not sure what to attribute that to, but it's something I'll be
looking out for in the future.
It's no wonder that Mosaic has
become such a huge hit. It just screams "IPA". It's a powerful, oily,
complex hop and it tastes fantastic. Every homebrewer who's into hoppy beer
should have a pound or two in their freezer.