Founders Mosaic Promise | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mosaic PromiseFounders Mosaic Promise

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity.

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 2,048
Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Reading JHTP Ch36. Very citrusy, lemony and bitter, with grassy notes and a really pleasant zesty feeling. 2 months after bb date and still great.

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Photo of drmeto
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours a cloudy golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Great SH Pale Ale with some minor flaws.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Mosaic Promise | Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a hazed golden body.

Smells like mellow/less-pronounced pale ale notes.

I taste a tart, yet juicy element with an extremely refreshing finish. The malt does a knockout job balancing.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll give Founders Mosaic Promise | Founders Brewing Company an overall 4.5.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A foamy off-white froth peaks well above this golden brew.

Aroma consists of light fruits, grain, and faint hops.

Plenty of sweet malt up front along with a hint of orange and lemon and finishes with a wave of herbal, spicy bitterness.

Light, crisp and oh-so easy pure goodness.

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Photo of moodenba
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founder's Mosaic Promise bottle retrieved from a chilly garage and poured into a half pint nonic. Beer sampled Jan. 2017. Beer was possibly past its prime (brewed Mar. 2016), but didn't seem much the worse for wear. An initial hoppy aroma accompanied by a high, rocky head. Slight haze in the attractive amber body. Flavor features the hops, with an interesting flavor (mosaic hops?) and lasting tasty bitterness. The malt is just assertive enough (I'd have liked a little more malt body). Possibly a slight sour note. This is a "single hop ale" that reminds me more of a Czech Pilsener than most of the pils's on the market.

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Photo of c_tails
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper

bottled a few months ago so perhaps not getting as much hops as i should but...

smell is a bit subdued. mostly earthy and malt

taste - earthy, a touch of floral pine and grass, the slightest citrus. most dominant part of the hops might be the bitterness here. nice and crisp. malt is definitely coming through, more of a dry biscuit than bread.

feel - light, small bubbles, lots of carbonation. a nice light mouthfeel, not thin, but soft and delicate.

overall excellent. again maybe this was slightly too old to rate but i really enjoyed it. not really juicy, more earthy, balanced, malt coming through, there's definitely bitterness. its not complex but its also not basic or boring by any stretch. quite satisfying. i want to try it again fresh.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A hazy, bubbly golden color. Lots of unfiltered floaties and a moderate white foam cap.

I really like minimal ingredients, one hop strain, one malt. The aroma is very interesting with a sweet and sour wheatie malt thing along with a mostly spicy, herbal zing from the unique Mosiac hops.

A wonderful zingy, zesty bite from the very crispy Golden Promise barley malt. Light golden wheat, slight spice and grainy, earthy herbs make this flavor vety heary but simple. The hops add the crazy earthy-spice bite. I'm very into mostly dry, earthy, herbal and spicy hops right now, it this one is just that. Simple yet somehow very complex and crushable. These hops never get fruity, or really bitter, which is a very nice change.

Absolutley love this.

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Photo of Richcraft
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly a perfect beer. Such balance. The aroma is phenomenal! Truly the perfect SMaSH example from a craft brewery. The beer I always try to get close to when brewing my IPA's at home. Powerful Founders!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of July 27th 2016 into standard pint glass.

L: Hazy honey yellow color, finger width white head that is quite fluffy. Good lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with a slight floral aroma as well, toasted biscuit malt hint hiding subtly in there too.

T: Good citrus hop flavor that is shortly mellowed out by the malt. Good clean taste and finish.

F: Light body and refreshing on the palate.

O: Another solid beer from Founders.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Mosaic Promise brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with and ABV of 5.50% This American Pale Ale pours out a slight cloudy amber color with a thick foamie white head. The head to this APA sticks around, also a nice amount of lacing to this brew. Just the look of this brew is great. The smell of Founders Mosaic Promise is rich with hops bitterness, some mild sweetness. You also pick up on some nice grins and malts in the smell of this American pale ale. The look and smell are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with hop bitterness, kinda bitter sweet , I will say this it is different, but in a good way. You do pick up on some grassy grains notes and some malts, but for the most part this APA is hoppy with citrus bitter sweetness. Mosaic Promise , goes down nice and smooth. If you are into hoppy brews look this one up. Half way down the glass this brew really is enjoyable to drink. Overall I'm giving Founders Mosaic Promise 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again, givin the chance to. Founders Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. This was bottled a few months ago, so may have lost a little freshness, especially since I love Mosaic hops. Overall, still a great pale ale, and would love to try again fresher.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is straw colored with very little head. Not a very strong nose. Biscuits and faint citrus. Taste up front is lightly bitter crackers, with a long, hoppy, less bitter finish with complex citrus and notes of orange blossom. Mouthfeel is good. Not heavy, and moderately carbonate. Overall, a very nice IPA. It's a straightforward beer that allows the mosaic hops to do their thing.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber/golden with 2-finger off-white head, nice retention.
Smell - mosaic at its best - tropical fruits, earthy, floral, grapefruit.
Taste - well-balanced, grains, tropical fruits + medium hop bitterness.
Light and drinkable.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with 1/2 finger of head.

Admittedly this beer is too old.

Aroma is rather grassy, with some tropical fruit notes. Lots of overripe mango and papaya.

Taste has a nice pop of bitterness that is rounded with sweet tropical fruits. A drying bitterness finishes the sip. I bet this would be substantially better fresh.

Overall, this is a good beer I will seek out again when fresh. Nice tropical fruit notes; an easy drinking beer. I see it pairing well with crispy fried calamari. It gets a 85/100.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer in several different platforms. Never had a beer so consistent. Maybe I just love mosaic hops, but I'm forever grateful for this beer. Perfectly balanced, with a crisp finish. Do yourself a favor and try it.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold-orange brew that holds a creamy white head. An inch of that stuff. Visible, streaming carbonation replenishing it. Solid retention. Good, sticky lacing.

Man is Mosaic fun! We got papaya, herbs, and digging deeper, a little berry. Malt aroma is subtle and simple, but a nice backdrop. Slight grassiness pops up, and as we keep drinking, that other fruit becomes easily identifiable as blueberry. Delicious, fresh blueberry comes even with the tropical fruit. Slight dank as well. Lot going on here, quite a treat!

Bright tropical fruit, mainly papaya, is the first impression. Herbs and that nice, subtle grainy malt props up like a stage the titillating tastes of that yummy blueberry and even a little bit of citrus. Medium + bitterness that increases on the tongue with the finish. Said finish and aftertaste are fruit, bit of dank, and a slight minerally character. Malt can take on a more bready impression as beer warms. Quite a show.

Medium-light body with a nice, cutting zip from carbonation in the middle of the palate.

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

35cl bottle. Clear pale orange with a thin white head. Dank, with notes of grapefruit, unripe tropical fruit, lemon zest. Bitter and refreshing, medium bodied with a sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grassy, grapefruit; a little floral;

T: follows the nose; finish is more grapefruit; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing; easy drinking;

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So, this bottle was packaged in May 2016, so the rating may not be fair, but they can change it on the next round. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. More of a dank, bitter hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus at the end. More dank malty taste initially. A little of a carbonated, bitter hop and a pale malty taste at the end. Definitely not my favorite. Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Yellow golden colored, white head. Good lacing. Nice floral, fruity, grassy aroma. A little sweet malt flavor with those same hop flavors. Lingering dry aftertaste. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy pale golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention, leaving some lacing behind

S- citrusy and earthy up front, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon. Undertones of toasted grain, hay

T- grassy and citrusy hop up front with notes of orange and grapefruit, earthy/herbal mid palate with some peppery notes, the finish bring clean toasted malt with more earthy hop on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi-dry finish

O- simple but effective, a nice showcase of one of my favorite hop varietals

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Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Sal's World of Liquor in Addison, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. I could not find a freshness date or bottled on date on my bottle.

The beer poured a hazy light gold colo rbut only made a thin white rim for a head and even that didn't last very long. Very little lacing.

Pleasant citrusy hop aroma.

Decent pineapple/mango hop flavor with some sweet malt underneath. Medium bitterness but overall kind of bland for me.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation, which I liked.

This was my first beer with mosaic hops in it so I looked them up to see what they were supposed to taste like. Introduced in 2012, they are a cross between simcoe and nugget hops and are supposed to impart flavors of pineapple, mango, lemon, and pine, so they definitely lived up to their profile. It didn't mention grapefruit but my experience with simcoe hops is that they're really heavy on grapefruit flavor so those who picked up grapefruit flavors were probably picking up the simcoe better than I did. Can't say that I'm a fan of the mosaics on their own but might be good in combination with other varieties.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355ml bottle, pours a hazey golden yellow with a small white head.
Aroma citrus, pineapple, dank, malt.
Taste sweet, citrus, pineapple, very fruity.

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Photo of Jeffrey-J10
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured in Imperial Pint
- Pale yellow to gold
- Translucent
- Thin head, quickly reduces
- Lemon rind
- Musty/Dank
- A bit sour, like overripe pineapple - unpleasant
- light
- bubbly carbonation
- not for me...didn't finish the glass
- I have a generally favorable impression of Founder's...hope this one was just bad out of the bottle

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mosaic Promise has a thin, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with powdery sediment suspended throughout, and a bit of lacing left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of fairly dank hop oil and sweet malt, and the flavor is of sweet white bread, hop oil, and citrus (pineapple?). Mouthfeel is medium, and Mosaic Promise finishes on the dry and drinkable side. It's another "been there, done that" ale.


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