The Saturday before last we had a couple friends over and after the little man went to bed we all drank a few beers and played some board games. I purchased a selection of beers for the occasion, leaning a little towards hop-heavy selections due to the tastes of the group. My friends brought a complementary selection up from Providence and supplemented with a stop at Trillium in Canton. As we tasted different beers from this collection it was interesting to note the diversity of opinions about which beers we liked most. It really drilled home how much the distinct hop profiles of IPAs effects how they are perceived by different drinkers. For example, I am not a huge fan of Galaxy hops, I get a little raw onion flavor, but others rave about it. On the other hand I love the tropical and citrus fruit flavors and aromas of Mosaic hops, while some find them a little too fruity/out of balance. Since I buy the majority of beer for my household, we get a lot of beers with Mosaic hops. One of my new favorites is the eponymous single hopped Mosaic IPA from Lost Nation Brewing Company. Lost Nation Mosaic IPA is available year round on draft and in 16 oz. tallboy cans.
Lost Nation Mosaic IPA pours a murky light orange with a small white head. The scent is a big burst of tropical hops, just what you would expect from a beer featuring Mosaic hops. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of mango, melon, pineapple and grapefruit along with the mild bitterness you expect in a New England style IPA. There is a little malt character for balance, touches of crackers and white bread. Mosaic IPA is medium bodied and super drinkable. At 5.5% ABV it is a little lower alcohol than many of it’s contemporaries, but not quite a session beer. The finish is crisp with a lingering hop flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Lost Nation Mosaic IPA has quickly become a regular beer in my house, I almost always buy it when I see it, and I highly recommend giving it a try if you are a fan of Mosaic hops! Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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