The Great Cosmati is an IPA using Mosaic hops, and it ought to be fantastic.
It starts off well, coming on like a big fruity beast of a beer that pours a rich amber.
But the smell is nowhere near as punchy as I’d have expected it to be, with only a little bit of apricot and caramel to sniff at.
Things appear to get better as you drink, there’s a nutty malt that’s round and thick and heavy with toffee and flaky pastry, candy apple and white pepper.
And the hops aren’t bad either, the Mosaic packing a bitter grapefruit skin, mango and kiwi punch, along with lots of resinous pine stickiness, sherbet Bonbons and some lime juice at the edges.
But in the finish there’s a slightly odd and off-putting petrol aftertaste that grows as you drink, sticking to you like glue and frankly, spoiling what should be a brilliant beer.