Founders Mosaic Promise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 23
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: qcbrewer on 08-22-2013

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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Founders Brewery - Grand Rapids, MI

A - golden, with clarity. No lacing or head

S - Huge hop aroma, all mosaic. Definitely dry hopped.

T - Mosaic hop bomb. Its great!

M - Highly carbonated

O - an awesome mosaic hoppy pale ale. Lets the mosaic hop shine because thats all its got!

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -0.7%

I picked up a six pack of Founders Mosaic Promise a couple days ago for $8.99 at Meijers. I was a fan of the Black IPA that they released last year for Artprize so I made sure to pick up a couple six packs of this years Artprize beer, I like mosaic hops and I'm interested to see how this turns out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on August 16th 2014. Poured from a shorter 12oz bottle into a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice stained glass window look to it and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus hops, light tropical fruit, light pine and a nice dank weed like aroma that ties all the aspects together. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice pale malt, sweet malt and light biscuit like aromas that show up nicely in the background. This beer had a good aroma, the Mosaic hops seems to impart a fairly complex hop aroma especially for there being no other types of hops in this brew.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time the fruity aspects are toned down a little and the piney aspects seem to stick out a little more. Up next comes the malts which are on the light side and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and there's just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the hops weren't as bright as they were in the aroma, but they were still pretty nice.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style and I thought it was a very nice example of a single malt and single hop IPA, it showed that you don't need a ton of different hops to impart a fairly complex hop profile and sometimes maybe less is more. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling at all and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these with no problem and I think it's just about as easy drinking as All Day IPA. What I like the most about this beer how well the hops were showcased, this beer does a great job at showing you what Mosaic hops are all about. What I liked the least about this beer was that hops weren't as bright or as fruity as they were in the aroma, but when it came down to it that wasn't that big of an issue. I would buy this beer again, I already got two six packs and I might grab another one if I see it around. I would recommend this to anyone who likes an easy drinking hoppy beer, I think it's almost on session IPA level. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, this beer proves that you can make a recipe very simple but still impart a lot of nice flavors and aromas. This beer reminds of of mix between All Day IPA and New Belgiums Accumulation. This isn't my favorite beer from Founders or my favorite IPA, but it is now my favorite single malt single hop IPA. Good job guys, I really like this yearly Artprize series and I can't wait to see what kind of beer you go with for next year, keep up the hard work.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a founders snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent orange yellow with a nice foamy head that is gone in seconds leaving some bubble slicks on the surface and a few streaks of lace.

s - nose is wet and ripe dripping hops. Really fresh, really nice.

t/m/o - this is an easy drinking beer, forget all day IPA, this is the all day beer. Soft and refreshing with a great flavor. Those mosaic hops are fresh and taste like they were picked and popped right into my bottle. Subtle bitterness and nice citric notes, but most of all very fresh wet hop flavor. Would definitely drink this one all day long.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dank. In a kinda pleasant way.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Hazed lighter amber, moderate off white head, goes to a minor film , collar and minimal lacing.

Pine, and citric hop nose,

Biting hops, again both some pine and citric notes on the palate.

Tasty ale that boasts a better the average hop bite and crunch. Worthy and well worth a try

Photo of PaulBater
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste and smells like grapefruit. Light and easy to drink yet hoppy enough to please an IPA fan.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders shaker glass. Bottled on 08/16/2014.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and floral balanced aroma with good hints of citrus and floral hops with bready biscuit. Upfront citrus hops with hints of mango juice, orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with hints of pine and grass. Solid malt presence with bready hints of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smells hints at, a very juicy and floral taste that is balanced but leans a little more in favor of juicy hops. Big citrus presence with notes of mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and melon. Also some floral, earthy, and herbal hop notes with some pine and grass. Good malt balance with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good juicy ale. Very nice citrus and floral hop flavors with a solid crisp malt presence.

Photo of chinchill
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Grand Rapids. 6.5% ABV

An aggressive and highly hopped ale. Light golden in color with an unimpressive head and minimal lacing. The aroma reeks of hops, perhaps some fresh hops at that. Tropical fruit mixes with earthy pine. This mix is stronger and less pleasant in tasting, but with a clear impression of somewhat skunky weed.

O: A disappointing offering but likely only because I didn’t care for the specific hop (Mosaic) used.

Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear yellow pour with a decent bone white head that recedes to scattered lacing and a wispy top.

Smells very dank and bitter. Tropical fruit medley. Sweet malt and a touch of sourness.

Bitter hop leaf. Malt sweetness ensues enveloping the mouth. Pine needles.

Light, crisp and quite refreshing.

Bitter brew indeed yet leaves me satisfied with enough sweetness and malt. Definitely would buy again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Tried this at Haymarket and it was ok. Certainly would drink this again.

Photo of qcbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a single hope IPA, using Mosaic hops. Had on draft at the brewery. Served (in my case) in an 11oz glass.

A: pale yellow/orange hue. Crisp and clear. Minimal head, and with little lacing.

S: wonderful aroma with huge citrus mixed with a small quantity of pine notes. Slight grapefruit. Fantastic.

T: huge orange with grapefruit bite. Crisp. Extremely small amount of pine, much as the aroma anticipated, but still sweet. Not overly bitter, very well balanced.

M: crisp and refreshing. Coats the the tongue as the aftertaste expands. Certainly geared towards the center of your taste buds, but fades within 10seconds to the sides as the malt takes hold.

O: this would be a fantastic beer to snag a growler of and sit on the deck during a hot day. This is very refreshing and pleasurable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass

Appearance - Light golden body. A bit of haze. Nice white head. Great lacing.

Smell - Bright citrus hops. Cracker malt. Smells great.

Taste - Tropical fruit and orange hops. A hint of spicy malt. More of a cracker flavor after that.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Overall - Simple and delicious.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Clear pale yellow with active carbonation. Frothy white head with great retention and cascading lace.

Great aroma of lemon, stone fruit, pineapple, and bready malt.

It drinks light and is bursting with tropical fruit and pine. White smarties. Great showcase of the mosaic.

Light and crisp mouthfeel. Very clean.

A fantastic beer that shows off mosaic very well. Easy drinking and quenching.

Photo of BKotch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

On tap 11/01 at The Three Monkeys in Midtown Manhattan. Very fresh with the mosaic hop character really shining through. If this really is a one-and-done effort by Founders, they need to reconsider. I could drink this beer all day, every day.

Photo of larryarms847
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, sun gold yellow with a quickly dissipating head and pretty lacing that leaves quickly.

Very floral, some slight citrus, and some passionfruit.

Light like a pilsner, but the floral and slightly citrus hops give some bite to balance the bright and crisp malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, goes down like a lager, flavor like an ale.

Beautiful brew, light but damn refreshing and damn tasty. Would drink again.

Photo of DougT
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

From a bottle dated 6/16/14 poured into a lager glass.

Clear golden hue with a small white head. Head died to an even layer that lingered and left long lasting lace.

Smell of hops is strong in this one. Sweet grain like corn, somewhat skunky, pine and citrus from the hops.

Flavor is full on hops. Bitter, but with a sweet layer that blends well. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium body, effervescent, smooth. Very drinkable.

Apparently I like Mosaic hops. The smell is a little different, but I like the flavor. That said the beer is a little one dimensional, but delicious. I would drink more but it's hard to find in my area.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This pours a bright golden yet hazy body with a thin carbonated head. Nicely fruity in the nose this holds pithy grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, mango and honeysuckle. There is an earthy tone in the scent as it has a leafy, herbal and bitter aroma.

The flavor seems to cut the palate in half as it melds a strong earthiness with an orchard fruitiness. The earth tones include cannabis leaf, chives, skunk weed and a bit of cattiness. It's melded with a stream of apricot, oranges, tangerines and honeysuckle. The finish is bitter and dry but full with a caramel malt.

Mosaic hops have a unique and noticeable personality and this single hop single malt IPA does an excellent job showcasing it.

Photo of pjkelley82
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malt - Golden Promise
Hop - Mosaic

Had to look that up cause I'm a stickler for knowing. I really enjoy these single hop, single malt brews these breweries are releasing. Had a few so far and it really let's the beginner pallette of mine dial in on a hop/malt/combo that I really enjoy.

Overall it's a solid brew made by a solid brewery. Nothing that will garner it to be number one on the top 250 list. Not overly bitter or a long lasting bitterness but bitter enough to let you know it's an ipa. Bitterness fades into a really really nice dry finish. The show stealer for me was the smell. Nice citrus fruity scent with a dash of pine in there. I would pick this beer to give as an introduction into hoppy beers as it won't overpower a noon and it smells pretty enough to keep them around. The body and finish is nailed by the Brewers which is another strong point. It doesn't suck. Try it.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Summery: super simple, solid and delicious~

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

A: deep golden amber, slightly hazy, capped with a finger of ivory foam

S: floral aromas, citric and bright, muddled with darker, danker aromas; suggestions of pale malt grain

T: mild chew of pale malts gives platform and sweetness to the Mosaic hop - single malt, single hop approach brings fairly predictable flavors

M: medium-light feel, moderate carbonation, mild bitterness

O: unremarkable as an IPA, but for fans of the hop, it'll rate higher - basic approach and basic product - still Founders, but no "wow" factor.

Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is golden colored and slightly hazy. It is capped with an inch of off-white head with virtually no lacing.

S - The first thing I smell is a metallic, dank weed smell. At least that is how I perceive it. Then I get a some honey and light tropical fruit.

T - The taste has that perceived metal and green vegetable taste at first. That gives way to some tropical fruit with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - Moderate to thin

O - This is an interesting beer. I did not get the metallic vegetable taste on draft. I think it's in my head. Glad I got to try this year's ArtPrize beer.

Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. An enticing nose and flavor of grapefruit and other citrus fruit with a nice toasted malt backbone. Nice!

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 08/16/2014 printed on the bottleneck. The new IPA creation from Founders, acquired the single bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice bright juicy lemon-orange colored body with about a finger of thick soapy white head. Good thick lacing that slowly cascades back down the glass into the beer. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks pretty nice. 4

S - The smell is very fresh and floral. Lightly grainy / grassy / wheaty, but mostly a floral bomb.

T - Taste follows the nose - fresh and floral like a handful of flowers. Light piney / herbal hop presence, but mostly all floral again. Some bready crackery malt presence to round things off. 4

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Leaves a nice lightly bitter, floral finish. Very fresh and refreshing, even. Medium-light bodied with excellent carbonation. 4.5

Overall, a very nice showcase for the mosaic hops from Founders; definitely a beer I would have again and again if this was more readily available. Very recommended.

Founders Mosaic Promise -----4/5.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Interestingly, I've brewed a SMaSH beer, with this exact combination. Right around the same IBU and ABV as well. Weird! I guess monkeys and typewriters and whatnot. Golden Promise is my favorite base malts and Mosaic very well be my favorite hop, so I just had to try this one.

Good clean pale ale that finishes dry and really showcases both malt and hop well. I have brewed with a lot of mosaic and I love it in conjunction with Amarillo, Citra, and the piny old-school hops, but like Citra, I just am not going to jump on the single hop wagon with it, although both Zombie Dust and Annica are very good.

Definitely a tasty, easy drinking sixer and i always feel like SMaSH and single hop beers are 'homework' opportunities for homebrewers.

Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Comes across as the typical Session IPA. Hops of grapefruit, citrus, some vegital notes also present. Malt is very light. It's fine, but boring and I'm glad that this was free.

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Founders Mosaic Promise from Founders Brewing Company
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