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Mosaic Session Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Mosaic Session AleMosaic Session Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alyssapowers on 04-22-2014)
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Photo of Trombone69
2.26/5  rDev -45.8%
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
3.46/5  rDev -17%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap for the 2014 Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival held in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the Karl Strauss tasting room. Pours pale gold, a touch towards straw colored. Big fluffy head reaches two and a half finger with excellent retention. Pour carefully. Thick ring of chunky lace but little else after.

Pungent and floral aroma. Wild flowers with a underlying pine and generic melon and berry kick. Very balanced and not too hop forward, malt provides sweetness that is not the least bit grainy.

Pale malt provides some nice balance for the Mosaic hop festival that exudes pungent floral characteristics. Passion fruit and berries dominate the palate with some late pungent but bright herbs and pine. Bitterness is subdued as is the alcohol.

Easy to drink body with high carbonation. Alcohol is a non factor, doesn't dry terribly well either.

A nice surprise by Karl Strauss and one of the better session beers out there. Full use of the Mosaic hops really carries through with the berry and melon fruitiness aso is quite pungent and herbal as well. Better when cold.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Mosaic Session Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.