Reuben's constantly surprises me with the consistent ratio of quality to quantity. They always have a huge list at the taproom and it feels like every time I go in there's something new. Currently, they have a taproom release going called the Crush Series. Starting with the Galaxy Crush, they moved onto the Loral, and now the Mosaic (the later two which have been invented and bred by Hop Breeding Company in Yakima, WA).
As the craft beer scene has exploded over the past 20 years, so has hop production and breeding. Us hop heads in the Pacific Northwest have easy access to the largest region of hop agriculture, the Yakima Valley. And as the demand for more IPAs and hop-forward beers has increased, so has the ingenuity and breeding of varietals by botanists. The term "hoppy" or "hop bitterness" has entered a new level of complexity as new varietals are constantly developed. Reuben's has taken advantage of the abundance of strains and introduced the Crush Series devoted to the recognition and flavor profiles of these hops.
Mosaic Hops: a newer hop breed introduced in 2012. It's science name is HBC 369 (damn she fine) and it's known for its tropical and floral properties. The Mosaic has been bred and engineered to contain an array of flavors and enhanced drinking experience, giving it versatility in how it can be used. Liked for both it's high alpha acid percentage and aromatic assets, it can be used in several types of beers from IPAs to saisons. The popularity of the Mosaic has increased dramatically with growers in Yakima increasing their production over 300% in the past 4 years. And there's good reason for it.
Reuben's Brews // Mosaic Crush IPA // Seattle, WA // 6% ABV 47 IBU
Color: A pale and slightly hazy straw yellow.
Smell: Tropical fruits, peach, blooming flowers, and citrus groves.
Taste: Peach rings and underripe mango. Bright hops shine in the beginning of the profile but it goes down easy with a light mouthfeel. A juicy body with a dry finish.
Overall: The Mosaic Crush drinks like a session with the ABV of a standard IPA. Floral and fruity, it's light on the tongue and easy to throw back - totally crushable.