Big Rock Mosaic Lager

Reviewed by on April 26, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Big Rock Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 26, 2016

  • Best Before: October 22, 2016

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Pale Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Mosaic Lager is currently part of the latest Big Rock Swinger variety pack, and appears to be destined for regular bottled production. Made with, obviously, solely the Mosaic hop varietal.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, musty generic citrus, a hint of cat pee, somewhat spicy yeast, and some minor leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness. The taste is crisp, crackery pale malt, a twinge of grainy caramel, underripe red grapefruit, aged lemon peel, an ethereal uric acid essence, some faint earthy flintiness, and more genial leafy, grassy, and herbal hop bitters.  The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes jocular frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of that hop acridity the price of admission here. It finishes off-dry, a lingering crackery graininess contending with the remains of the fruity, verdant, and still slightly catty hop bitterness.

Yeah, I’m getting more than a passing feeling like I’m drinking Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with this one (sans the north of 10 points of heat, of course). Once again, a brew out of Big Rock’s West Coast operation comes off very well, and welly, welly, welly.

Brady White

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