Hops in the Spotlight
Mosaic is one of the hottest, new hops on the market. What is unique about this hop other than its amazing earthy, tropical fruity flavors and aromas is that it also has fairly high alpha acids and low cohumulone, this makes it perfect for bitterness/flavors and aromas.
Most hop varietals are used like grape varietals where they are blended with other hops to make a perfect beer with balanced bitterness, flavors and aromas. Certain hops are higher in alpha acids and are used for bittering purposes while others that aren’t as high are used for aromas and flavors. When bitterness hops are added into the boil early, alpha acids absorbs into the wort almost immediately. Hops with lower alpha acids are added later in the boil to add flavors and aromas. If they are added to early they will boil those delicate volatiles off.
Mosaic was developed in 2012 and started out being called HBC 369 as an experimental hop. It is bred by the same people who started Citra, Warrior and Simcoe hops. It got its name because of the artistic range of aromas and flavors that it has and that it compliments. You can pick up flavors of citrus, pine, herbal, mint, lime peel and even blueberry. This hop is generally used in pale ales, IPAs and even some stouts, because of the versatility you will find breweries using only this hop in their beer such as the current seasonal from Founders -Mosaic IPA.
Other great beers to try with the mosaic hop utilized in it: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red, Coronado StingRay IPA, Hangar 24 Betty IPA.