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Seven Peaks Mosaic IPA

Rating: 3.85

A sixth Drygate beer now and yet another IPA from the brewery, I think four of their beers that I’ve tried thus far fall under the broad category of India pale ale with this one being the third American IPA. The beer will be my first from the brewery since reviewing their Ax Man Rye IPA on draught at the brewery at the end of last year and their Crossing The Rubicon American IPA around October time so it’ll be my first from them for 2016. This one is actually a beer that I’d been hoping to stumble across at some point after it was recommended to me around this time last year as being a good beer but by the time I made it to an Aldi supermarket it seemed that they had stopped stocking it sadly; hopefully this one can outdo the other Drygate beers that I’ve tried since none from the brewery has really blown me away yet, we shall see though.

Seven Peaks Mosaic IPA

Appearance (4/5): Orange-amber in colour and quite cloudy, this one is topped with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that is quite thick looking and holds relatively well over the opening couple of minutes. There is a tiny reduction is head size initially but after that the beer holds well with little further movement for a couple of minutes before it settles at about half its original size.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh and lively on the nose with a good burst of pine and some solid citrus notes to start things off. There is a tropical fruit backing to this one that comes through with some mango and a little grapefruit with some apricot not far behind as well as some oranges. A very inviting aroma that is well-balanced and hints at some sweetness coming off the caramel malts around the middle but these take somewhat of a back seat to the hops and fruits; there is also a moderate bitterness on the nose right at the end.
Taste (7/10): Start with some pine and mango, the beer is toned down a little from the aroma and doesn’t seem quite as strong or in your face which is a bit of a shame if I’m honest, although it’s a nice enough start to the taste on its own. I got some citrus and tropical fruits with the caramel malts and sweetness seeming slightly more pronounced than with the nose without being what would be considered strong. There was some citrus flavours in there as well with touches of apricot and some grapefruit in particular coming into its own towards the end along with some light alcohol and floral flavours.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and fresh with a lot of bitterness coming through thanks to the pine and citrus hops. The beer was well carbonated and floral with a nice sweetness from about the middle onwards, not to mention the subtle grains and alcohol that appears towards the end of the taste. The mouthfeel in general was a sticky sweet one that was well balanced, particularly the nose, and had an oily feel near the end.

Overall (15/20): A very nice American IPA from Drygate and one that opened up really well with a nice appearance and an excellent aroma, there was an early burst of pine and citrus hops that really set the tone for things to come. The beer settled down a little and became more subdued come the nose with a less pronounced flavour than I’d expected given the nose but it was still a nice offering with nice mango and apricot as well as various other tropical fruits sneaking through. The caramel malts and sweetness helped to balance the middle and end of the beer out well with it going down easily, if only the taste had matched the nose then this one might have been a classic, although even in spite of this the beer is still the best that I’ve tried from the brewery to take and I’m looking forward to my next from them all the more now.

Brewed In: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Drygate Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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  1. March 10, 2016 at 08:37

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