Mosaic Session Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Mosaic Session AleMosaic Session Ale

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: alyssapowers on 04-22-2014

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Nice all-around session. I will have it again in the future.

Photo of dannydetox
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one drinks somewhere between a session ipa and a west coast pale. pale gold in color with crystal clarity, plus a small, but persistent white head and light lacing remain in the glass. aroma is tame, and i would have liked to nose more of that red grapefruit/tropical fruit quality mosaic can lend. i find that i get more of the aromas after swallowing down the beer. clean, crackery malt provides a little more to the mouthfeel than the typical session ipa, but lacks the robustness most pales bring to bear. some might say 5.5% is too high for a session beer, but i think it squeaks by. it certainly is refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of pkalix
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an awesome aroma!!! this is a great brew!

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very tasty lawnmower beer!

Photo of mac31
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super piney, earthy/woody, danky, tropical nose.

Taste follows nose of pine, wood, tropical/ pineapple, grapefruit, some stone fruit as well. Huge hoppy, fresh flavor, followed by soft bitterness in the finish. Cracker like malts with a touch of sweetness. Malts are clean and give way to the hops. Body is thin, crisp, and refreshing. Easy drinking. Would love to have this on tap. I'm going to have to give this a slight nod over Easy Jack.

Photo of rob99er
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Prolly the best session IPA I've had.

Photo of Celtics17
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I get a big wine/sparkling character from this session IPA. I also get some berry flavors as well.

Photo of Vlaminck
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like Mosaic hops, I've home brewed with them many times and love the flavor and aroma especially when single hopped. But this one did not do it for me. Sure its a session ale but I would have liked more hop flavor. The aroma is nice but the flavor just isnt there for me. Bottle expiration of 7-15 so its somewhat fresh

Photo of sgameroz
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ho. Lee. Shit. That is tasty.

Photo of mobrado
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is special and, at $10/6er, terrific value.

Photo of djjacobsen
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best session ipa i've ever had. The mosaic nose produces pineapple, mango, berries, pine, grapefruit. The malt bill on this beer is very clean and stays out of the way of the massive dry-hopping. Drinks very satisfying for a session ale. I love that this is single hop ipa...mosaic delivers something for everyone. Great lawnmower beer here. get it while its fresh and drink lots of it.

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color with a picture-perfect head; plenty of lacing lingers

Smell: White grapefruit and tropical fruit tones

Taste: Rather mild, even for a session IPA, though there are grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors; the hops fade quickly leaving a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation; rather aqueous

Overall: I have had better session IPAs, though the hop flavors on this one are nice; just a bit too timid and watery

Photo of jooler
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smell. Initial taste is very citrusy and fruity. This is sort of like grunion from BP but more lighter.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date

Look - Pours a light straw yellow with fluffy white head. Good retention, clinging, and distribution. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Lots of big fruity mosaic hops. Notes of mango, blackberry, kitty litter, green onion, honey, and grass. Very nice. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Big and fruity up front with a slightly bitter finish. Tastes of mango, papaya, green onion, strawberry, watermelon candy, and honey. 4.25 paws.

Feel - Very light bodied, almost watery. The ABV is a bit high to be called a session ale, but the mouth feel is right. 4.25 paws.

Overall - Not quite sure what to make of this beer since the ABV is a bit high to be called a session. As a session IPA I'd say its the best I've had, as an IPA it's definitely above average, but not quite elite. 4.25 paws.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear, pale and golden with a white head that peaks at a finger's width before dying down fairly to a thin, consistent layer of suds. Lacing is mostly spotty with thin streaks, displaying good stick.

Smell - Tropical, juicy aroma with a plethora of orange, pineapple and mango notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Big, juicy notes upfront and throughout. Orange, grapefruit and a light pineapple zing. Mild spice, pine and pith bitterness develop mid-taste. Mild mango notes hit near the finish and carries with it a faint trace of banana skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with light, tingly carbonation. Smooth drinker with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good beer. Reminds me of a baby version of Fresh Squeezed. At 5.5% it's pushing the boundaries of "session" but it's easy to drink and has a flavor that's interesting enough to do so repeatedly.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.91 overall rating is accurate.

Type: Draft
Glass: 10-oz. skinny glass
From: West Coast Barbeque & Brew in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.25
Purchased: March 27, 2015
Consumed: March 27, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white, rocky head when I got it. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice looking layered, foamy lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Mosaic, Citra, spicy Simcoe, light grapefruit, tropical, light mango, peach and pineapple. (Smell - 4.25)

The taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got tropical, Mosaic, grapefruit juice, Citra, pineapple, light mango and floral (wishful?). (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. This grew on me somewhat as it went down. (Feel - 4.00)

Not a bad session IPA. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88)

3.91 | 88 | B+

Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have to go with the believers on this one. Here's a beer to try if you're sceptical of Karl Strauss. It may be a big brewpub chain with a lot of non-craft lovers to please, but their brews are totally professional and many are actually excellent.

LIght blonde color. Watery body, but in a nice way. So fragrant and flowery. The taste is like green mangoes plus piney and fruity notes. Honeysuckle nose.

A great quaff and what I hope is the new trend in lighter IPAs-- long on aromatics and short on bitterness. On tap at 57 Degrees at Washington St.

Photo of Absolut
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the best thing about this beer was the aroma. otherwise i thought it fell flat.

Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly phenomenal beer from Strauss. Passionfruit and grapefruit like a motherfucker, juicy as hell and extremely crushable. Best beer they've made, hands down.

Photo of yesmynameisjosh
5/5  rDev +19.3%

My absolute favorite Karl Strauss beer. Tastes best paired with lean meats like fish and salads that aren't too salty. Don't wreck your palate or you'll not enjoy this beer.

Photo of Trombone69
2.34/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

BAIT AND SWITCH

Here's a question for all of you dudes who gave high reviews for this: Have you ever attempted to drink 2 or 3 of these?

This beer is is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination a "session beer". My buddy, who is not a big fan of the super-hopped-up beers was looking for a recommendation, and I picked this off of the the beer list for him. BIG mistake. He hated it. So I attempted to drink his 16 ounce draft beer and my own. I could not do it. I know what a session beer is, and this is not it.

Enough of the friggin' hops for the sake of hops. I have no clue how this scored a 91% on this site. This might be nice if I was splitting a 12 oz beer with 2 other guys. Can I drink 2 full beers of these? No chance. NOT A SESSION BEER. The name of this beer totally misrepresents the contents.

FAIL

If this were named "Hop-o-matic" or "the persuit of hoppiness" or "hoppy valley" or "Karl's Hoppy-ass-bull-crap", then I would know what I was buying, and maybe when I was in the mood, it would be good. But I am quite grumpy about this. Can you tell?

OK, so I'll try to give constructive criticism. The carbonation level is about right. The taste is too bitter and dry. Lots of hops. The head was nice enough when it arrived at our table, and it held up for a pretty long time. (I know, because it took a long time to choke them down.) The color was a bit cloudy and slightly orange. Way too hoppy to EVER be referred to as a session beer. (Have I been clear on that point?)

Did you put the word "session" in the name so someone would buy a full case? Nice call by the marketing department.

Done.
Later Karl. I'll be shopping elsewhere.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: lightly hazy golden color with a fine white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: fruity Mosaic hops with faint baked bread.

Flavor: moderately strong Mosaic hops with a faint, light malt background.

Feel: light body wih crisp, medium carbonation.

O: strongly flavored, well-crafted session IPA

Photo of DennisD
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Poured from 22oz bomber, purchased at their tasting room. It poured nicely out of the bottle with a thick head and golden hue. The aroma of the Mosaic hops are amazing. The flavor is just hoppy enough with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. The mouthfeel is delightful and lingers perfectly. A true session ale without discounting good aroma or flavor. Nice job brewers... I can't wait to get more!

Photo of volcom858
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Mosaic Hops definitely come through in the aroma with bright tropical fruit and citrus notes. The color is straw, with a nice white head. This is an extremely drinkable and flavorful session IPA. You can definitely drink 2-3 without feeling it too much. Overall, this is a solid session IPA. Perfect for the warm summer months. If you live in California, it's definitely worth picking up.

Photo of sderenne
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from the Rocklin brewfest. This beer stood out from all the rest. A 100 degree afternoon this beer is perfect. I love hop bombs but at times you need something a little less bold. This beer is unique and delicious. looking foreward to see this in a bottle in Nor Cal.

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Mosaic Session Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.