Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tree House Eureka! (with Mosaic)

The Stats
Style: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.2%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.18/5
- RateBeer: 3.88/5
- Untappd: 4.17/5

"A delicate yet pungent showcase for Mosaic hops, this riff on our favorite blonde ale has just the pale malt bill in common with her sister beer, Eureka. Delicate and pleasantly hoppy, with aromatic and flavorful notes of fleshy papaya, orange juice, and mango, you'll have a hard time believing this one is so sessionable. Refined and bright, this is the perfect beer for any occasion."

This is my 2nd dance with a Eureka beer from Tree House. The can art doesn't say it has Mosaic, so how can I be sure?

Oh, too soon.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with two fingers of bright, white head.

A crisp aroma is highlighted by subtle amount of lemon and lime with even some grass. Bready malts throughout are pleasant as is this bubblegum aroma I am getting.

The lemon-forward taste makes for a refreshing beer. A heavy grassy influence is the overall theme, but it makes room for fruitier notes of blueberry and grape must. Those bready/doughy malts add a layer of complexity and I get small portions of black pepper and cedar. There's a touch of bitterness as it moves towards the back, but the finish goes back to some lemon zest and a tiny bit of citrus acidity.

Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. It does tend to get dry at some points, but it's not a big deal. A good amount of carbonation and no alcohol presence make for a crushable beer.

Eureka with Mosaic was very much like my prior Eureka! experience. The mosaic didn't turn this into a completely different beast, but I did pick up on the influence from those hops enough to distinguish it from its Citra counterpart. A light body with refreshing flavors makes this one ideal for these hot months.


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