Mosaic IPA
Caldera Brewing Company

Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
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Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,518
Ranked #24,236
3.65 | pDev: 17.53%
Mar 25, 2022
Jul 09, 2015
Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
Notes: 100% Mosaic hops, importing tropical flavors such as mango, passion fruit and papaya.

Go biking. Go fishing. Go skiing. Go boarding. Go rafting. Go Mosaics.
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4.43 by minterro from California on Mar 25, 2022
3.81 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Mar 18, 2021
4 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon on Jan 28, 2021
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1.82/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
by Goofster from Sweden

Can from Systembolaget in Sweden.

Foams so badly it takes 30 minutes pour it. Taste is really off. Smells like sphincter seepage, and that's not a compliment. Tried multiple cans and all were equally bad. Avoid at all cost. Without doubt the worst IPA I've had in a few years.

May 01, 2020
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Apr 17, 2020
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1.17/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by vitALEity from California

Can from a systembolaget in Sweden.

Pours a burnt orange. Smells like absolute sh_t. Like gasoline, scorched earth, minerals and cleaning products. Taste is the same and mouthfeel is like Im being poisoned.

Apr 05, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Always an interesting experience when you see one of your old school breweries picking up the proprietary hop sack. Picked up a single of one of these at a Total Wine. Will they be dank Mosaics or lesser Mosaics? Began to notice even with the same hop variety, sometimes you'll get noticeably different results.

Pours a familiar amber color, 1/3" white head. Really looks like it could be a red/amber ale as much as an ipa. Aroma was hoppy, tropical, but not "bursting" with Mosaics. Comes off more like a beer cut with other non aromatic hops.

The taste has a bit more caramel and maltiness than most Mosaic hopped beers. Usually breweries want to show off the hops, not drown them in clashing caramel. Still enjoyable, but it also makes you realize the beer could have been even better if they didn't drown out its namesake. A little more bitterness than a 100% Mosaic ipa would make me think it was.

I dunno if they just felt they needed enough malt to boost this up to 7.5% or what, but clearly if they wanted to make this beer better, they would go to a simpler, lighter malt base.

Oct 01, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
by Adriwn

Immediate taste and impression was a fruity black tea flavor which I loved. Very nostalgic and reminiscent of sipping some delicious tea. Very mellow hop flavor which I don’t mind. Goes down easily

Sep 30, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ddean from Massachusetts

Enjoyed a few pints of this during my past few visits to Humbrews in Arcata, CA (great tap beer selection there). Mosaic IPA had a clear, copper color. Not many notes to my sense of smell other than a pleasant, sweet black tea aroma (smells nice, just I generally like piney hops in my IPAs). Taste is very good: the black tea again is up front, even some light brown sugar, orange/grapefruit, lighter hop profile than my usual fare (to me, this one has very light pine and not tons of citrus), but very well balanced with the tea/malt. Feel is very nice, with the sweet tea lingering for a while. Definitely recommend.

Aug 21, 2019
4.03 by desint from Belgium on Jul 18, 2019
3.62 by Donkster46 from Washington on Jun 08, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by monkist from Hungary

Again a bullseye from Caldera, OR. The hops grown up there are just awesome, along with their brewing mastery, the beers from Oregon state are always unique and different, they are truly an experience one by one.
Mosaics have a trademark aroma, sour zestiness that smell sour - remind me almost of sour cabbages but in a good way (don't get me wrong, this beer is quite fresh and all okay). Taste quite fruity with a distinct citrus fruit bitterness at the end, but altogether very well balanced and pleasant. As it warms becomes the aroma more flowery and open, I love this smell! Also the taste, though might be a single-hop IPA, it tastes quite complex, supported by a malt-heavy body and malt sweetness. It is a remarkable example how good a single-hop IPA can get by a master brewer's hands, who can turn hops into tropical fruits, beer into juice!

Oct 21, 2018
3.71 by h4ger from Connecticut on Aug 17, 2018
3.75 by mpenske from California on Jul 10, 2018
3.59 by UCLABrewN84 from California on May 29, 2018
3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 15, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/9/2017. Pours fairly murky medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Never overly aggressive. Balanced juicy/dank hop complexity, good sized dark/bready malt backbone. Maltier than I expected, but i didn't mind it. Not overly sweet with nice lingering bitter dryness. Great Mosaic hop showcase. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 27, 2018
3.5 by sonofliberty2 from South Carolina on Jan 20, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bilbobrewer from Oregon

12oz can from a PDX grocery store. Canned on Jun 14/17 (almost 3 months old....)

Pours amber , w a bit of a frothy, off-white head. Dissipates to a skim. Some glass lacing.
Taster is crisp, tangy, a tad dry. Some astringency and bitterness on the tongue.
Slight resiny feel.
Reminds me a bit of Buoy IPA.
I like it as is. If I can find a fresher 6er somewhere, I'll surely pick it up.
[Note: FWIW, an "85" score here is what the most rancid swills I've ever tasted seem to get. So....utter nonsense.]

Sep 06, 2017
3.8 by jakecattleco from California on Aug 08, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 6/1/17.

Appearance: rich, dark orange hue with a little bit of haze and a finger of frothy dark-ivory foam. Deep and enticing.

Smell: dank and grassy hops atop a somewhat sweet malt base. It's not bad, but it's rather sweet and one-dimensional.

Taste: grassy and sweet; there's a fairly strong bitterness that comes up in the middle and then fades again toward the end. A tasty-enough beer, if not one that blows me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I loved the looks of this beer right out of the gate, and while it is totally serviceable, I don't think I'll seek it out again.

Jul 23, 2017
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by SuomiHobbit from Connecticut

Filled with floating stuff - chunks of something that shouldn't be in there.

Jun 27, 2017
3.27 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Jun 26, 2017
3.67 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Jun 19, 2017
3.73 by Darkmagus82 from Texas on Jun 02, 2017
3.57 by dertyd from California on May 21, 2017
3.51 by djrn2 from New Jersey on May 19, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by VashonGuy from Washington

12 ounce can, best by Sept 2017

This beer is a dark amber, with a big fluffy white head, and lacing that coats the glass and lasts. The aroma is dank and piney. The taste has a big hop kick, quite a bit of caramel malt, and an appropriately bitter finish. It's really a classic NW IPA, with the added twist of the caramel malts. Solid job by Caldera.

May 12, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TheSixthRing from California

Canned best before date of 08/28/17

Appearance - Pours fairly clear and reddish copper in color with a sandstone colored, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds with a thick, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing with spotting left around the glass.

Smell - Fruity orange, earth and a hint of pineapple. Faint caramel.

Taste - Tea leaf bitterness, lesser orange character and a light pine spice. Malts are more grainy and bready than caramel. Lingering earthy bitterness and some citrus pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth, slick texture with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Decent brew but a bit too earthy, especially for a 'Mosaic IPA'. My first, and likely my last time trying this. There are simply too many great IPA's out there.

Apr 22, 2017
3.91 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Apr 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Skrumpy from Oregon

Poured from 12 oz can. Coppery color, mostly clear. Foamy head with some streak lacing. The aroma is dank herbs and mild fruit. The flavor has a citrus hops bite and some bitterness - just the right amount. Well balanced with some caramel malt. Moderately carbonated. Watery mouthfeel. Overall a good example of a NW style IPA. I would buy another.

Apr 10, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Reidrover from Oregon

12 oz can from Lifesource in Salem OR. $1.79 Pours a darker copper colour with a large thick and creamy ,light beige head. Nice looking beer. Very strong fruity/papaya/peach-skin type hopping on the nose. Its very attractive and the mouth waters. All the fruity flavours are in the taste but there is an attempt to balance it out with strongish caramel type malts. But tropical punch hops win! Mouth feel is pretty nice..smooth and thick but easy to drink. Long bitter after taste..also welcome. I liked this beer a lot..solid "4" for me

Apr 04, 2017
3.81 by Deltoro from Florida on Apr 27, 2016
3.5 by tjcamm from Oregon on Jul 29, 2015
3.77 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Jul 27, 2015
3.87 by DrMindbender from South Carolina on Jul 23, 2015
4 by sharpski from Oregon on Jul 09, 2015
Mosaic IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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