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In the last few months or so Equilibrium has become something of a hotspot for my friends in northern New Jersey.  Luckily for me, that means I got to come home with a few cans after we met up over the long weekend.

Beer Name: Fractal Mosaic

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, NY)

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.8%

Description: To summarize the website, this was the first installment in what has become a series of small batch brews created with pale malt and a single, rotating variety of hop.  As you probably guessed, the hop used for this one was Mosaic.

Appearance: Came out of the can with a bright, cloudy pale yellow body and a thin white head of foam.

Smell: Sweet and juicy upfront with hoppy resin creeping in on the back-end.

Taste: Very similar to the smell.  Light tropical fruit and berries made for a juicy sweetness upfront.  The finish was mildly dank and resinous hops, skirting a fine line between pine and earthy bitterness.  Earthy hops and berries lingered in the aftertaste, along with perhaps just a little bit of the pale malt.  The overall taste was smooth, balanced, and distinctly flavorful without leaning too heavily on either the juice or hop aspects.

Mouthfeel: Soft, fluffy roughly medium body with a slightly less than moderate level of carbonation.  Very smooth and easy drinking throughout, there was a subtle creaminess here as well.

Hype: I get the impression there is starting to be some excitement about this brewery.  Personally, I was pretty eager to try this.  My last beer from this place was absolutely fantastic and the stamp of approval my friend has given them was reason enough to be excited.

Overall: Really tasty and a very relaxing and chill drinking experience.  The beer’s somewhat mellow profile in combination with its smooth mouthfeel made this super easy to drink.  I went through my can pretty quickly and could have easily reached for another if there was one available.  Looking forward to trying out the rest of my goodies.