Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Double IPA with raw wildflower honey. Malts – Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine and C-15. Hops – Mosaic
Brewer Description: (from website) Cutting Tiles is an exploratory series of Double IPA’s featuring a range of aromatic single hop varietals brewed with raw wildflower honey. This version is dosed with 100% Mosaic in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. The local wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine character on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. Initially, Mosaic Cutting Tiles was called Artaic. We enjoyed the beer so much that we wanted to experiment with different signature hops (i.e. Galaxy, Citra) with the base beer. We felt the name “Artaic” would lead to confusion as it sounds so similar to “Mosaic”, so we renamed the beer to Cutting Tiles as a nod to the original name (honoring an innovative business in Fort Point that uses robotics to create dynamic tile mosaics). The same recipe for Artaic is what we use now for Mosaic Cutting Tiles.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9
Intro: A 1 pint can, with strangely no visible canned on date (looks like it got cut off the side of the can). Can was also quite severely deformed on the top (my fault), which made it extremely hard to open, although I somehow managed it in the end. Doesn’t appear to have affected the beer with no leaks. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Orange, mango and pineapple with a hint of grass, caramel malt and booze.
Taste: Grapefruit and citrus rind light bitterness, with some pineapple, honey and malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice, but sweeter and maltier than expected, and just didn’t feel as balanced as the Galaxy version.