Mosaic American Pale Ale

Sound Brewery

Today we are going to be talking about Mosaic American Pale Ale from Sound Brewery.  Sound Brewery is found in a small town of about 10,000 people an hour or so north west of Seattle.  First of all, there is very little put out from this brewery that I don’t like.  I am a fan!  From the Mosaic, to Bevrijder, Humulo Nimbus, and Monks Indiscretion. 

This craft beer is named after the prominent, hop they use.  It pours clear and golden, almost a light copper but a very vibrant colour.  The head is thick and white.  It sticks to the glass with every sip, leaving great lacing.  Right away you get a big whiff of tropical fruits.  Melon, pineapple, mango, lots of mango.  There is a little under lying pinyness, that makes me think that there is Simcoe hops in there as well.  Is “pinyness” a word, and if it is, I’m not sure how to spell it, but neither does my spell check, which makes me think it’s not a word but you get it.

As you put this beautiful nectar in your face, there is a good deal of earthiness that compliments the fruit.  On top of all the fruit notes I mentioned about, when I taste it, I get a lot of raspberries, and stone fruit.  I can’t tell if it’s peaches, or maybe nectarines?  There is a little caramel malt flavour lingering in there as well.  The pine, resin hop flavour is there, but is a backseat flavour to all the wonderful fruit. There’s a citrus flavour, I think lime, or maybe grapefruit that’s cuts through as well.

This is a great north western American Pale ale.  A good amount of hop backbone, with a great fruity, floral aroma.  I’m pretty sure I know what I’m drinking after work today.

Stop by either of our Winnipeg restaurants for a pint.