Depending on what part of the world you live in, the weather is finally heating up, the sun is shining, and the outdoor festivities are getting started. To me, this is a clear call to crack open the crushable, refreshing beers. Mosaic from Random Row Brewing, fits that bill perfectly.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin McElroy, Founder and Head Brewer of Random Row in Charlottesville, VA where we talked about how he got his start in craft brewing, and the lessons he has learned along the way. During our conversation, we also talked about his award-winning Hazy Pale Ale, Mosaic, so I’ve been excited to open this one ever since.
Cracking open the can and pouring out the beer, I was hit right away with those tropical and floral aromatics that the Mosaic hop variety is known for. It’s the kind of smell that awakens your senses, as cheesy as that sounds. The beer poured a light, slightly hazy orange color, topped with a moderate head that hung around throughout the drinking experience. There was noticeable lacing as I continued to enjoy the beer, indicative of a clean brewing process.
I was quite surprised by the mellow fruit flavor after that overwhelming aromatic experience.
On the first sip, I was quite surprised by the mellow fruit flavor after that overwhelming aromatic experience. I pulled a lot of grapefruit and mango flavor profiles from Mosaic, but this hazy pale ale has very low bitterness, which is welcome for those who might not be into the super hoppy IPAs that plaster the shelves these days.
The mouthfeel of Mosaic is very smooth. It’s light to medium-bodied, it has a creamy texture, and it goes down very easily with little to no bitterness lingering until the next sip. It’s less of the mouth-coating experience that you might expect from some heavier IPAs, and at only 5.6% ABV, you can put a few of these away on a hot afternoon without having to end your night early.
Overall, I’m super happy with the Mosaic hazy pale ale from Random Row Brewing. It certainly lived up to its expectation after talking to Kevin. It’s a very enjoyable brew, fits the definition of an “easy-drinker” to a tee, and is the perfect crushable craft beer for the warmer season.
If you can find this Mosaic hazy pale ale from Random Row Brewing near you, I highly suggest you pick some up for yourself!
Check out our conversation with Kevin McElroy to learn more about Random Row Brewing!