The deep golden/light amber color of this IPA comes from the use of a blend of English Maris Otter and American pale base malts. Sparing use of English crystal malt lends some caramel sweetness to help balance the hefty bitterness. Heady aromas of blueberry, pine, citrus and tropical fruit are the result of blending Mosaic hops with several other delicious American hop varieties. For being a large, hoppy beer it is quite drinkable, in part due to the balancing act of alcohol, malt complexity, and enormous American hop character.”
I’m with them on the smell of pine, but I get a lot of floral hops in the smell also. It smells pretty much exactly like an IPA should in my humble opinion.
The taste has some similarities to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo, but it’s less bitter. You get more of that good fresh hoppy and grapefruity flavor than with the Torpedo.
Mosaic IPA is a shout out to some of the great IPAs that are brewed in the Northwest in the heart of the hop growing region. Somehow Community must have been able to fight some of the really good and really fresh hops away from those breweries.
This is definitely a big, heavy hitter of a beer, but it really might be the best DFW brewed IPA. I think that some other local breweries try to put their spin on the IPA (Lakewood Brewery), but Community really hit the nail on the head. This is what I want and expect when I pop open an India Pale Ale.
Thanks for the read. I’ve got 2 more Dallas brewed IPAs in the fridge, so stay tuned for those.