Single Hop Pale Ale #6


Time for another Single hop beer! This time it’s the super popular Mosaic being using in my standard pale ale base recipe. Mosaic seems to be a hop really suited for single hop beers as I’ve seen a good number of commercial examples out there. YCH describes the hop as having flavors of “…blueberry, tangerine, papaya, rose, blossoms, grass and bubble gum”. That’s a pretty diverse flavor profile and no wonder why it’s able to stand up alone in a beer. During dry hopping the aroma out of the fermenter was super fruity and pretty potent. The base beer is the same as Holman Pale #16 and the gravity sample post fermentation was as hazy as I’ve seen yet from one of my brews.

OG: 1.047
FG: 1.007
ABV: 5.3%
Mash: 150 (45 min.)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 78
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 96
Cl: 67
BiCarbonate: 15
Mash pH: 5.3

26.7% Superior Pilsen Malt – Great Western
17.8% Pilsen Malt – Briess
17.8% Goldpils Vienna Malt – Briess
17.8% Red Wheat Malt
17.8% Flaked Oats
2.2% Acidulated Malt

7.00oz Mosaic – 0 min.*
9.00 oz Mosaic – Dry Hop

Imperial A31 – Tartan

Pitched yeast at 68 and held temperature there for all of fermentation, including the dry hop. Did a slow and long temperature decrease before kegging and the beer was still super hazy.

Kegged on 6.26 and finished nice and dry at 1.007.  A little less attenuation than the last batch with this yeast but this is more in line with what I’d expect (85% attenuation).

Tasting notes – 8.16.17

Aroma: Blueberries and some tropical fruit in the nose. Even after nearly 6 weeks the aroma is big and inviting.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden with a little white head that fades away.

Taste: Well rounded hoppiness up front – notes of blueberries, tropical fruits, little bit of grass. Absolutely zero bitterness and a well round body to support the hop flavors. Finishes clean and dry, hops really come through.

Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation.

Overall: Considering Holman Pale #16 was such a success, this beer is right in line with that one. A cream body supports the hops and finishing dry makes the beer very easy to drink. Mosaic is an incredible hop for single hops beers. I’m picking up blueberry, tropical fruit and a little bit of grass mostly but it’s flavor is really well rounded. Zero to change on this one, easily the best single hop beer yet (although Simcoe isn’t too far behind). Cheers.

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