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Monday, November 4, 2013

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety is an IPA brewed by the Berryessa Brewing Company of Winters, CA. It's a single hop IPA that uses the new mosaic hops. Mosaic hops have raised the bar on flavor.

I brought this home in a growler from the brewery.

The aroma has strong distinct fruit, mango, apricot, lemon, and the flavor I've found to be called "earthy pine" by others. Although its almost like a subdued mint or juniper. Faint caramel malts in aroma. The flavor has the tropical fruit up front and the earthy pine at the end. The malts play a back role by just holding up the full range of mosaic hop flavor. There's a light bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of resin and it's medium light in body.

This is an amazing beer that puts to use every flavor that mosaic hops can muster. More breweries are getting their hands on mosaic hops, but Berryessa is the only one in northern California to do a single hop version. This is definitely a Must Have It.


  1. Black Diamond makes one too

    1. Is it a single hop? I tried it and the mosaic flavors didn't really come through. Tasted like more of a blend.