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Mosaic Hop United States of America Hop

Mosaic Hop

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Purpose:Dual
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:MOS
Cultivar/Brand ID:HBC 369
Ownership:® Hop Breeding Company

Purchase Mosaic Hops

Mosaic hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.

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Origin of Mosaic Hops

Mosaic is the daughter of the Simcoe (YCH 14) hop and a Nugget-derived male which had a linage including Tomahawk, Brewers Gold, Early Green, and an unknown variety. It was released to the public in 2012 by the Hop Breeding Company (HBC).

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Mosaic Hops

Mosaic is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Mosaic has quite the complex flavor and aroma profile, which lends to its name. This hop is most noted for its blueberry and tropical aromas, but is also known to have citrus, grassy, pine, spice, tangerine, papaya, rose, earthy, floral (blossoms), and bubble gum descriptors.

The aroma/flavor descriptors for the wildly popular Mosaic hop commonly include fruity (blueberry), citrus (tangerine, grapefruit), tropical (mango, guava), floral, and earthy. The combination of these aroma/flavor descriptors with the relatively high alpha-acid levels allows this hop to serve a dual purpose, as both a bittering and flavor/aroma hop in the brewing process. Ultimately, Mosaic provides flavor and aroma profiles in beer that simply cannot be accomplished with other hop cultivars.

As for growing properties of this hop, Mosaic has a tight-knit appearance with a compact cone. Mosaic has a unique aroma combined with high α-acid content, powdery mildew tolerance, and exceptional yield.

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Brewing Values for Mosaic Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Mosaic hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness.
11.5-13.5%
12.5% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3.2-3.9%
3.6% avg
Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.3:1 - 4:1
4:1 avg
Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.24-26%
25% avg
Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »1.0-1.5 mL
1.3mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 48-55%
51.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 10-15%
12.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 3-8%
5.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 21-39%

Hop Pairings with Mosaic Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Simcoe, El Dorado, Amarillo, Galaxy & Azacca hops are commonly used alongside the Mosaic hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Mosaic:



Beer Styles using Mosaic Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Mosaic hop include American Pale Ale, IPA, Double IPA & Stout.

Mosaic is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Mosaic hops in their recipes are SweetWater Hatchery Mosaic IPA, Founders Mosaic Promise, Other Half Mosaic Dream & Trillium Mosaic Cutting Tiles.

Mosaic Hop Substitutions

If the Mosaic hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with one of these other hops for a similar outcome:

Is Mosaic available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Yes! There is a version of the Mosaic hop in lupulin powder form. Mosaic lupulin powder is suggested to be used at about half the amount as you'd normally use with pellets. The Cryo/LupuLN2 (Yakima Chief Hops) and Lupomax (Haas) products are pure concentrated lupulin powder, which add big flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.

Mosaic Hop Statistics

We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports[2] and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Mosaic hop:

  • Mosaic was the 3rd fastest growing hops in terms of production between 2014 and 2019.
  • In 2019, Mosaic was the 4th most produced hop in the United States.

If you see an error in our data, please let us know!

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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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