Saint Archer Mosaic IPA
Brewed by: Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Imperial (Double)
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 9%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: First bottled in 2015
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Here at Saint Archer Brewing Company, we are excited to brew with one of our favorite hop varieties, Mosaic. This Double India Pale Ale showcases the wonderful characteristics of this hop. With complex aromatic notes of citrus, berry, tropical fruit, and pine. We have also layered in Amarillo, Simcoe, and Chinook to highlight the wonderful hop that is, Mosaic.
Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Chinook
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Artwork: Follows the Saint Archer brand label template, using tennis ball green for the label color.
Color: Deep, vibrant gold.
Aroma: Initial citrusy grapefruit, and juicy sweetness of pineapple.
Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle
Served in: Specialty IPA glass
First, let’s take a second to quickly recap Saint Archer’s India Pale Ale offerings. The red label IPA is one of the best singles brewed in San Diego, and a top 5 effort for sure. In a crowded local market of DIPAs, their brash and bold Double IPA is also one of the better choices in town.
Saint Archer Mosaic IPA is the newest addition to the bloodline. This limited release was Saint Archer’s love letter to Mosaic hops, and their most complex offering yet. Just to be clear, it’s not a Mosaic single hop. They rely on Amarillo, Simcoe, and Chinook to accentuate the Mosaic experience, which was executed almost perfectly.
After noticing how aromatic this IPA was in a goblet, we switched over to our specialty Spiegelau glasses for a second helping. Mosaic IPA had such an intense bouquet to it, the cone glass really amplified its aroma. It changed from lemon and grassy with melon notes in the goblet, to initial citrus with more pronounced tropical fruit like pineapple and mango.
Regardless of what glass we drank it out of, Mosaic IPA’s color was beautiful. It poured a vibrant gold that shimmered in the light, with an uneven, minimalistic cap of foam. Much like its creamy head, Mosaic IPA featured a light and fluffy mouthfeel, especially for its medium body. It seemed to evaporate when we drank it.
With a slender malt bill, Saint Archer showcased every bit of this ale’s hop forwardness. Mosaic IPA may have been a little unbalanced, but do you really care when it’s such a flavor bomb?
There was so much tastiness swirling through this ale, it was really difficult to put a finger on it. Just know this – Mosaic IPA was fruity, juicy, and delicious. Sara may have put it best — it was like a fresh, hoppy fruit salad.
Mosaic IPA began with sweet grapefruit, and mildly bitter citrus pith. When you finished your sip, the bitterness dropped off and headed to the tropics, with dominant pineapple and hints of melon. From there, it transitioned to some grassiness with a piney snap. As its drying effect took hold in the finish, Mosaic IPA built a slow rolling, tingle of pine that lingered on the tongue.
Saint Archer brewed an intricate India Pale Ale that any hop head should crave. This was such a dank IPA with complex flavors, we hope we did it justice.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Saint Archer Mosaic IPA was an explosion of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with a pine kicker. This IPA won’t be around forever, and you’re making a mistake if you don’t get your hands on some. Now.