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Mosaic IPA - Community Beer Company

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Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

405 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Community Beer Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pastramionrye7 on 07-31-2013

IBU 85
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Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of pnelting
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/copper color. Full Head and heavy lacing.
S: Citrus hop aroma. Wonderful smell.
T: Bitter citrus hops and some sweet malts to keep it together.
M: Sticky medium feel.
O: I love that I can get this beer super fresh in my own backyard. This one is almost too easy to drink with that 8.6% abv. More people need to know about this beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

It's got a dark amber body with perfect clarity and a few occasional carbonation bubbles visible. The head is frothy and lasts a while before leaving traces of lace. 4.25

Hints of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, but it's not as big or aggressive as other IPAs I've had lately. There's resinous hop aroma, sweet caramel and toffee, and a touch of booze. 4.0

Not too much varies from nose to tongue, as it's still got a good fruity profile with citrus and maybe passionfruit. There's still a good malty element providing sweet caramel flavor. 4

It's smooth, mellow, medium-bodied and finishing with a quick bitter bite. The sweetness is also understated but with a bit of creaminess makes for a dessert-like quality. There's no sign of booze to be found. 4.25

This is a sleeper. I hadn't heard much of it before but I won't soon forget it. 4

Photo of boodz85
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a well kept secret, very drinkable for such a high ABV.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy copper with a tinge of orange. Caked off-white head is foamy and tops my chalice. Thick lacing evident already. Great-looking.
Smells lightly of zesty citrus and light sweet bread, a hint of pineapple, and a hint of pepper.
Taste is a burst of fresh citrusy (orange) hops with a sweet malt backbone that plays well in the overall balance so as to let the hops shine. Caramel, biscuit. Solid.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, with medium carbonation and a spicy bite at the end. A classic ipa taste with some earth to it. Recommended to all ipa fans.

Photo of brurevu
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber with a full and fluffy white head that left generous lacing. The aroma was that perfect Mosaic hop of big tropical and citrus fruit with some sweetness holding it all together. The taste followed with the same fresh, big and bright tropical fruits and orange citrus with a subtle sweetness carrying all the fruity bitter hops. The flavor left a slick and bitter resinous coating on my palate that made this an incredible IPA. A phenomenal all around IPA and a wonderful beer from Community in Dallas.

Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: Mosaic is clear copper with a dense initial head that leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is particularly nice, with resiny, floral hops, and a slightly nutty maltiness. The flavor is also great: strong, drying bitterness from start to finish, toasty, crackery malt, and of course lots of hop flavor, tending towards the pine-resin. This is a big, savoring IPA, with a lot of body, akin to a dogfish 90: something to drink at the end of the night, where it makes a great finish.

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy and golden, something like raw honey. A thin head persists, along with some good lacing.
Smell: not too aggressive on the nose. I'm getting more of a yeast smell than anything.
Taste: the first thing that comes to mind is juicy. Citrusy hops dominate, and any bitterness is offset by the body and flavor of the residual yeast.
Mouthfeel: rounded, smooth and full-bodied
Overall: a nice unfiltered IPA that's low on bitterness and high on fruit-flavored hops. Very pleasant. Definitely would order again.

Photo of rjp217
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (no date unfortunately) poured into my teku...

A - Dark orange in color, hard pour but half finger head is gone instantly with a nice sticky lace

S - Orange zest, pez candy, lemon/lime, grassy

T - Tropical fruits, starburst, caramel with a slightly malty finish. Really awesome balance

M - Light body, buttery smooth, mild carbonation

O - Received this as an extra in a trade and sure glad I did. Really needs a bottle date though. Although the appearance and muted aroma were a disappointment, this beer has a spectacular balance between fruits and malts with a nice bite and a great mouth. Highly quaffable and a solid showcasing of mosaic hops, well done!

Photo of Ryan8625
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome!! Very smooth. Test like 90 min but cost way less and its a local DFW beer. Community one of my go to favorites. Always good beer from them.

Photo of mjmay12
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one is a keeper. My new go to in Dallas. Always fresh and fresh matters above all. I have had awful Pliny the Elder, Firestone Double Jack, sculpin, stone ruination, etc. because they weren't fresh. The fore mentioned are all great IPAs, some of my favorites, however that is when I am out west and getting them fresh. mosaic is right up there with them. Anytime you are in Dallas and can find this beer try it. If you don't like it... Well, that just leaves more for me to enjoy. Mif you don't like the classic west coast IPAs, this may not be for you. I like my IPAs in the 85-95 IBUs in general. If that sounds like you, it sounds like you need to get some Mosaic.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Techichi (sweet extra, thanks!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku. Note: abv on the label is 8.6, not 7.5 as listed online.

Pours a deep orange with two fingers of rocky white head. The foam slowly crumbles away to a small ring around the edges that deposits some sizeable cakes of lace.

Fruity aromas of oranges, grapefruit and berries with a little sweetness in the background. Smells quite nice

Tastes great with notes of oranges, cantalope, grapefruit, berries, cracker, caramel and a light boozy heat. There is a much more fruity than bitter hop presence and its dangerously easy to drink for the 8.6% abv.

Body is on the fuller side of medium with a nice moderate zing of carbonation. The finish is fruity with citrus peel and a little malty sweetness.

Community Beer has a winner in their Mosaic IPA. Flavorful and well balanced, this was a pleasant surprise that I would definitely enjoy drinking again sometime.

Photo of JZEN7
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, filtered appearance with nice bronzey color. Smells of splendid sweet, fruity hops. The flavor of a damn good West Coast IPA, better than most of the IPA's out of Lagunitas for example.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Clear copper pour with a white one-finger head and medium carbonation. Really big citrus hop aroma. Taste is very bitter with flavors of pine, citrus and tropical fruit upfront. Medium bodied with a good malt and spice backing to achieve a good balance in the overall flavor. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that has a bit of citrus and pine.

Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy yellow, min head, min lace
S very floral and fruity bubblegum.
T floral bubblegum, like fruit stripe gum (the one with zebras on it), very subtle hops
M velvety highly carbonated but in a good way
O very good very fruity, but not much hops, had in shaker pint at East Side Social Clubs opening night

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Yellow-orange and a white bubbly head.

Orange and grapefruit. Also some citrus and strong pine notes. This smells great!

The dankness of the hops kicks in up front. Delicious. Then the grapefruit and citrus come in to brighten things up. There's a slight malt character - butter and caramel.

A solid medium body with nice and even carbonation.

I like the flavors of this IPA. This one is not on the sweet side, but rather on the "dank" side. It's juicy and grassy all at the same time!

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Bulldoza. Thanks, Nick!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. One inch thick head of foam quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Color is a nice copper with bits of golden. Smells fantastic. The mosaic hop really shines through on the nose. Nice and fruity floral boquet. Hint of sweetness from the malt. Taste is nice and crisp. Malt and hops are nicely balanced, leaning slightly more towards the maltier side. Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy.

Overall, another impressive beer from Community and another outstanding texas beer. Cheers!

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazed orange color. Eventually, the white head rises to about two fingers. As that gently recedes, spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Orange and lemon zest, with a big piny aroma lingering. Some caramel sweetness in the nose, but not really enough to balance the big piny aroma. While nothing is wrong with that, just a little unbalanced for my tastes.
T: A sweetness hits me up front, which is kind of opposite from the nose. Though that quickly fade, and the orange zest and pine bitterness take over. The bitterness lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry, but to thin. The bitterness is a little to strong for me. It is taking me a little longer to finish this than I want.

No freshness date on the bottle or six pack, but seems fresh enough to me. I am not a hop head, but do appreciate IPA's. This is just to much lingering bitterness for me. Hop heads mileage may vary.

Photo of jdshep
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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Upon poor I noticed the nice amber coloring with the sound of the head fizzing. The aroma was citrusy, leaning towards grapefruit, but not too prominent. I get more of the citrus on the initial flavor and then the bitterness of the hops on the finish.

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expectations are high given this is currently #37 on the Southwest Top 100 list.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generic label design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. No bottling date or best before date is listed, but I acquired this recently from a reputed Austin, TX bottle shop so I can only assume it's fresh.

8.6% ABV. 18.2 P OG. 85 IBU.

Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2.5 inches wide. Off-white colour. Has a creamy even consistency with nice fullness and thickness. Decent frothiness. Retention is pretty good - ~5-7 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Copper of average vibrance. Surprisingly devoid of rising carbonation bubbles. Translucent and transparent, but wisps of mucky yeast do reduce the clarity of the beer, and even suggest a lack of filtration.

It's a pretty typical appearance for an IPA. Not unique or special, but certainly inviting in a general sense.

AROMA: Pleasant pale malts provide all of the perceived sweetness; I find no caramalt. The hop profile offers the subtle blueberry of Mosaic hops (better showcased in beers like Lone Pint's Yellow Rose than it is here), a hint of pine, reticent mango/tropical touches, and a tinge of lemon. It's nicely floral, but overall the hop profile is a bit underwhelming. I'd like to see the blueberry played up more. It could come off more fresh to boot. It's also filled out simultaneously by a hint of English bready malt and light touches of crystal malt, which don't really belong in an American IPA.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No off-notes, overt yeast, or booze is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The blueberry is easily the best aspect of this beer, subtly present for the first two acts until the unfortunate dry coarse third act is reached, which offers only harsh over-assertive pine and generic floral hop character, leaving the beer's finish wanting. Indeed, the rough scratchy feel of the third act parches the drinker and drags on the palate, tanking any potential for this brew to come off refreshing.

Still, it's aptly medium-bodied and boasts sufficient heft and weight on the palate to support its flavour profile. I just wish the mouthfeel was as delicate as the execution of the blueberry...

Then again, the blueberry is too shallow and reticent. Where Lone Pint's Yellow Rose showcases the blueberry element of Mosaic hops perfectly, this only hints at the new world hop's potential. The pine and warm tropical mango notes get in the way, leaving me wondering if this was fermented too warm to allow the blueberry to shine.

Or maybe the problem is the usage of other American hop varieties, which dilutes the Mosaic focus (in spite of the beer's name). In any case, there's a bit too much pale malt sweetness, throwing off the balance and taking the focus way from the hops when they should be the "stars of the show" (to quote the label's description).

Carbonation is overdone. There are no egregious off-notes, nor is there a troublesome booze presence, but the warmth of the tropical mango note amplifies the perceived booziness, to its detriment. This isn't a gestalt build for an IPA, nor is it the most intricate or subtly executed offering out there, and my biggest criticism is its extinguishing dryness, which lends itself naturally to a poor overall presence on the palate.

The above considered, I do like the beer in a general sense. It's just not quite dialed in.

OVERALL: While I'm not sure this is one of the best beers brewed in the Southwest region - or even in Texas - I think there's potential here if they can fix the mouthfeel and play up the blueberry - or just focus on the Mosaic hops alone like they should have been doing with a name like Mosaic IPA. This won't impress the discerning drinker, but I can see where casual beer fanatics in Dallas would see this as extraordinary given the unfortunate absence of good local IPAs here in Texas. Mosaic lovers are best off sticking with Lone Pint's vastly superior Yellow Rose, and those not loyal to Texan beers will do well buying tried-and-true out of state IPAs like Sculpin or Lagunitas IPA. I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends, but in the IPA wasteland that is Texas, sure - it's one of the better offerings on shelves.

High C (2.97)

Photo of Natedogg
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

I love this beer

Photo of greenbean3
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house. Great to see blossoming Dallas microbrew landscape. The beer is almost a dead ringer for Bells Two Hearted Ale. A favorite when I lived in Nashville. I really enjoy the light finish of this IPA. Definitely a hop lovers dream. The only complaint I have is the pricing compared to other local brews.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Big thanks to bigbear968 enjoyed from a snifter.

a - brew pours a murky amber orange with a thin IPA head and oily lace.

s - nose is dank and wet hop.

t/m/o - mosaic is such a wonderful hop and this beer really highlights it well. Wet and sticky hop and full bodied. Chewy. Rally great IPA. Surprised you don't hear more about the one.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a teku.

The down the middle pour results in a finger's width of white, puffy foam. A copper, clear body looks the part of a well made beer.

The nose explodes with sweet tropical fruits and honey. The candied orange, papaya, and berry scents are so enticing! There is a slight fusel quality buried under everything, with an herbal tinge.

The palate mimics the nose well, all the way through to the finish. The berry notes are even more apparent if anything. The bitterness in the finish sneaks up slowly. The beer is predominantly sweet on the palate from the tropical fruit hoppiness and caramel-like malts.

This Community offering has a nice medium-bodied heft with a creamy and slightly drying finish.

Mosaic is a heck of an IPA! The berry, tropical fruitiness of this beer is astounding. If you like your IPA's sweet, then this one will do the trick.

Photo of Stevotex
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color. Darker than many IPAs. Didn't pour a deep head at first, but on my second, I bottomed out the bottle and got s nice fluffy light beige head.

Mellow fruity aroma.

Nice balanced taste. Hoppy and clean. Caramel up front.
A little pine and a hint of grapefruit.

Felt clean in the mouth. No puckery residual. A little thick but not really syrupy. Nice feel.

A very nice local (for me) IPA. I'll keep getting it. Reinforces my trust of the Arlington Whole Foods beer guys (he recommended Mosaic after I described my favorite IPAs).

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very impressive head; plenty of squiggly lacing lines the side of the glass

Smell: Tropical fruit and resinous hops; a bit of a Juicy Fruit aromatics

Taste: Very fruity, up front, with tropical fruit (papaya, guava and kiwi) along with a resinous aspect that builds, into the mid-palate; biscuity malts underpin, but the finish is about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With a flavor profile somewhere between an APA and an IPA, this is a very drinkable beer that is well-balanced and should have broad appeal

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Mosaic IPA from Community Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.