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Mosaic Session Ale - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Mosaic Session AleMosaic Session Ale

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 5
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:
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(Beer added by: alyssapowers on 04-22-2014)
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3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

largadeer, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

SocalKicks, Apr 23, 2014
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3.46/5  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

chinchill, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

HopHead84, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

akang, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Smarty_Pints, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

2beerdogs, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

CoolEthan, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

rawfish, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ortie, Jun 19, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Nugganooch, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

fox227, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JCam9981, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mecmd, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Beerswag, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rand, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

cherche, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

WCW, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BeerGreg, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ThePaleRider, Jul 25, 2014
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Mosaic Session Ale from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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