Mosaic Session Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
4.29/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Bruski Burgers in Mira Mesa
Full pint – 05/23/2014
A: Straw gold with some nice clarity and a slightly burnished look. My pint arrived with a smallish finger high layer of ivory cream. Good retention on it with some light streaky swaths of lace left behind.
S: Brilliant hop medley of peach and mango sherbet on the nose. All flowery and tropical with some lesser notes of pine and melon. No malt coming through here. Just really fragrant and expressive with a nice tropical fruit character.
T: Tastes much the same only not quite as tropical. Albeit still very solid. I get mango and peach mixed with green melon, tangerine citrus, and pine saplings. There is a high amount of hop bitterness there too with a small bready malt tug towards the finish. Has a good amount of dry cracker bits to it. Flavors start to fall off a touch without the excess sticky sugars to carry them through but this is still a great sessions. Nicely done.
M: Super light body and mostly creamy with a dry crisp finish. Moderate to upper amount of perceived bitterness and slightly resinous. A touch watered down feel at times.
D: It is 2014, year of the Sessions IPA and of all the breweries out there Karl Strauss shows up with this gem. Mosaics were a great choice for a sessions IPA. That hop really delivers in all arenas. Definitely worth seeking this one out and getting your crush on!
Serving type: on-tap
06-06-2014 21:11:16 | More by Nugganooch
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2.26/5 rDev -45.5%
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.
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.
Later Karl. I'll be shopping elsewhere.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 06:06:39 | More by Trombone69
3.46/5 rDev -16.6%
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
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 20:36:04 | More by chinchill
Mosaic Session Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.