Greeting on this fine Sunday afternoon. Another week where my Sunday plans will leave me out of the house and away from the vinyl. Alas, a good dinner will be had at the in-laws tonight, so don't worry about me too much. Plus, hey - I bring the wine, so I'm good. No wineing until later today, so it's back to some Mosaic goodness at Noon. Apparently, I am not the only one who loves the hop, as beers emblazoned with MOSAIC are appearing everywhere, including a local West Sacramento brewery called Bike Dog.
The beer pours a very pale straw-gold color (hey - it's a pale ale) and has a nice white head. The smell, well - it's damn good!. For some reason, beyond the normal dankness and fruitiness of the Mosaic aroma (that you can smell half the room away...) I'm getting a distinct Orange smell - like someone just put their thumb into the peel and started pulling. I kinda like that. The taste - hmmm - not as good as the Karl Strauss, but it is different. Subtle this beer is. Lighter than the Strauss, and with less of a malt forwardness, this one puts the Mosaic front and center. A bit out of balance for me but, hey , I'm gonna finish it. Well done Bike Dog!
Below you will find links to the brewery and an interesting article on the MOSAIC SHORTAGE! Dang, just when I was getting a bunch of mosaic beers to try.....
Bike Dog Brewery -------> Slightly Skewed
Sac Bee article on mosaic hop -------> SHORTAGE!