Mosaic Promise
Founders Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #151
Ranked #5,141
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Mosaic PromiseMosaic Promise
Notes: 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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, little else is present. Taste is citrus, malts, a bit of dankness, bitter for a pale ale. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent but unspectacular beer.

Jul 10, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh...heavy on the hops and a nice malty body. IMHO, this was a decent pale-ale, but kinda thin. I would like to try fresher (canned 4/27/20)..will revisit.

Dec 11, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow/golden color with a soft white head. SRM of 6-7. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong juicy aromas of grapefruit, tropical peach, tangerine, greenness. Some green pineapple and banana too. Sort of imparts some bubblegum, but mostly green banana rather I think. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows more with more vibrant grapefruit citrus, green tropics, unripened peach. Mostly grapefruit citrus, but a definite tropical green banana flavor. Maybe not banana, but that's what I'm getting. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Good carbonation, but still soft. Clean but leaves a pleasant green astringency. (4.00)

Compared to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 11/23/20: Pours a lighter color. More grapefruit, green peach and tropical banana. Less orange citrus and soap. A lighter malt profile. Juicier overall.

Overall: A very delicious and juicy pale ale. For how long this beer has been brewed, it's impressive. Today, it's nothing extraordinary. But back when this one was released, I'm sure it was something spectacular. Nice and juicy grapefruit, green tangerine/peach, and tropical green banana. Hard to describe, but it has some really great flavors. This beer was probably one to set the groundwork for some of the newer and juicer IPAs. (Final Rating: 4.04)
*Would probably compare to Surly X-tra Pale Ale*

Nov 24, 2020
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stcules from Italy

2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Veiled yellow appearance. White foam, not too beautiful.
In the smell al lot of fruit (peach).
Single hop. Ok. But it lacks some deepness. Monotone.
In the taste sweet note. Again oeach, tangerine. Only Mosaic. Unbalanced.
Not the best.

Nov 10, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, big head, looks good!

Smell: Mild danky aroma, followed with some citrus.

Taste: Moderate bitterness throughout, citrusy, some mild berry fruit, medium body.

Overall: Finally got around to reviewing this mosaic-focused beer. The berry notes I often get from mosaic are present, but not too strong. It is a good one for easy drinking to get your mosaic fix on!

Sep 27, 2020
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, tulip, canned 8/7/20.

Pale gold with a smallish white head. Scant lacing.

All Mosaic all the way. White grapes, peaches, slightly resinous, crisp green apple.

Very juicy and a great showcase for Mosaic, one of the best I’ve had. The Golden Promise lends a touch of class with a fresh, fluffy roll flavor. The finish has a unique bitter malt flavor that I can only attribute to the Golden Promise.

Light-medium body with active carbonation. It comes off as crisp and even refreshing.

This is an awesome pale ale and single hop beer. The flavor is killer.

Sep 13, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $1.99. Canned on 7/14/2020, so this is a day shy of 7 weeks old.

Look: Slight chill haze. This is essentially a clear, medium golden colored ale. Has moderately lively carbonation with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing. Looks appealing.

Smell: Very pleasant mosaic hop aroma - fruity (I get peach fuzz, pineapple, and blueberry) and earthy/dank. Smells delicious.

Taste: A nicely balanced pale ale. Not very fruity in the taste...compared to a lot of the other new school beers, it seems to me that this beer has a relatively high ratio of boil hopping compared to dry hopping as it has a significant but not overpowering bitter finish. The finish is dry, but has some malty undertones, and alludes to candied grapefruit peel. This beer is so simple yet so good.

Feel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: There's really nothing special about this beer. And it's really not trying to be special. But that's the thing - it is so impressive because it's not even trying. It highlights the simplicity and beauty of its few ingredients (mosaic hops and golden promise malt) and clean manufacturing process. Consequently, it is greater than the sum of its parts so I will bump up the overall rating a quarter point. It's the cute girl that sits by herself at lunch time who is so approachable yet can also be so intimidating. An enjoyable, well-made beer that does not over-promise or under-deliver!

Aug 31, 2020
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EvershineDan from Michigan

1.27/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Overpowering creamed-corn aftertaste.
Tastes like an adjunct lager mixed with an adjunct lager mixed with a cheap IPA.
I love Founders, but this brew is awful.
I may never understand how this gets an "outstanding" score.

Aug 27, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/9/20 & poured into pint glass as soon as it was adequately cool. Beautiful golden with a slight head but nice lacing. Hoppy aroma & taste highlighting the single hop Mosaic as it should. Mouthfeel is clean & balanced - not too thin & not too heavy. Such a nice change from the Hazy IPA's that have been the norm when looking for fresh beer in this area.

Jul 21, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an off white head. Smell is citrus and p[ale malts some baked bread. Taste is floral and tropical some herbal hops with a nice malt finish. Earthy clean hoppy and malty.

Jun 28, 2020
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Beerboe from Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer from a can of a 6-pack, poured into a standard pint glass. The cans were dated 08/05/19, over nine months ago. It foamed up quickly and dissipated quickly also. The smell was nothing unusual. The flavor to be hoppier than I expected, with very little sweetness. There was a strong, lingering bitter after-taste. I had it with a hamburger and sides so I finished it no problem, but it's not a beer I'd enjoy much drinking by itself. This was disappointing since I've had Mosaic hop beers before which I enjoyed. I can't see why it's rated so highly. I will not repurchase it in its present form.

May 17, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 15 pak at TW for 13.99! Let’s give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of sweet malts apricot and honey. Pours to a bright cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy head that stays up. Taste is super zesty up front, sweet and bitter lots of grapefruit and orange finish that is still zesty through the aftertaste. This is a nice selection for an ale.

Feb 01, 2020
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers of all time. Clean, bright, citrusy. For being a SMASH beer it is not 2 dimensional. I will drink this beer again and again.

Jan 06, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with moderate head. Aroma is citrus and hoppy. The taste follows, with bitterness at the finish. Light-is mouth feel and a hop dominated aftertaste. The aroma is the show stopper on an outstanding brew

Nov 24, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 08/05/19 so 3 months of age and poured into a nonic glass. Nice thick lasting head. A light amber color with lots of carbonation. Great hop aroma. Taste follows the nose and it is excellent. I like the lighter style of the Pale Ale and it's lighter malt backbone. Very pleasant. The right amount of hop bitterness dances on the tongue. Just right. Overall a most likeable beer I will be searching for. Easy to drink one and want another. 3 months of age doesn't appear to hurt this beer at all.

Nov 03, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Not quite crystal clear golden yellow color. Fluff, white head that faded to a nice cap eventually and left excellent lacing.

S---It smells like mosaic hops. Citrus is dominant, with grapefruit & lemon most noticeable. Slight pine is there as well as a prominent malt backbone, mostly dough/bread.

T---Citrus, as in the nose. Some pineapple and pine. The dough from the nose comes through as well.

F---I want to say medium bodied, but I think it's heavier than that. Nice carbonation. A slight bit of pucker, perhaps from the citrus.

O---A really nice beer from an excellent brewery. A whole lot going on for the fairly low ABV. I'd definitely get this one again.

Oct 09, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a little bit and leaves behind a foam ring and a lot of patchy lacing. It's a beautiful, clear, pure gold color. 

Smell: It's a wonderful, fruity aroma of fresh grapefruit, blueberries, peaches, pineapple and zesty citrus peel in the background. There's a mild, earthy dankness in there as well towards the end but the fruitiness is the star of the show. Easily the best aspect of this beer.

Taste: Just like the smell, it's very fruity with a some bitterness to balance things out. There's orange peel, grapefruit pulp, peach, pineapple and some earthy pine in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp and refreshing but with a heftier than average medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It looks good and tastes good too, but the scent a is just on another level. A fantastic showcase of what the Mosaic hop has to offer when it comes to intensity and diversity of aromas all by itself. Very enjoyable and simply a wonderful beer.

Oct 04, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a truly breathtaking crystal clear golden yellow with a wonderful pillowy head of snow white foam that subsides hesitantly, like a pancake ready to flip, leaving delicate lacing in it's wake.
Nose has bright tropical and floral aromas, papaya and citrus blossoms dominate for me. Delicate and delightful
Taste has those delicate citrus blossom and jasmine notes paired nicely with crisp meyer lemon bitterness and a bittersweet unripe melon flavor. Very pleasant and clean balance of bitters and sweets
Mouthfeel is super crisp and clean, just about perfect for me.
Overall I am always amazed at how good this beer is. It's an insane value too and less than 18$ out the door for a 15 pack. Gotta jump on these fresh

Sep 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/1/16; drank 4/25/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; frothy lace.

Dry grass, pine, honey & ganja notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pine & dry grass flavors up front; mild honey & faint ganja notes on the finish.

This is the opposite of my hop profile; I've had my last.

May 20, 2019
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy gold color with a decent white head that settles down to a light cap but continues producing some decent lacing.
The aroma is mostly piney hops with some tropical fruit notes.
The taste is more pronounced tropical fruit - grapefruit, mango, pineapple -with a light caramel malt base and plenty of pine resin overtone.
The body is light/medium and smooth.
Overall a very pleasant and refeshing brew.

Apr 19, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This fine ale pours a moderately
murky amber tinged golden color with a nice head of white foam that
settles down to a robust ring, thin light layer, and shows nice lacing.
Nose of mango, pineapple, pine, and heavy herbal hops with light
sweet honey malts. Flavors expand on the nose with mango and
lemon zest with touches of pineapple and pine balanced with light
honey touched malts and herbal notes. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, medium light carbonation, and a medium dry finish.

A solid brew from a great brewery!


Mar 17, 2019
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a hazy bright gold with two fingers of bone white head that leaves coral reef splotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells of underripe mango, orange peel, grapefruit zest, pineapple chunks, bready caramel malt and citrusy, piney hops.

Tastes of more mosaic hop goodness. Pink grapefruit, orange rind, more pineapple and mango, mildly sweet bread and more pine resin.

Feels soft and fluffy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Nice and light with a ton of hoppy flavour.

Mar 17, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - bright hazy yellow color. Thick foam head and some lacing on glass
Smell - bursting with hop aroma, i really like this a lot. It's like a fresh herb and pine garden smell.
Taste - Lots of hop juiciness. On the light side but i don't know if it's a session Pale ale, it probably could be. The hop flavor lingers on the tongue afterwards. Not too bitter but it's more hops than malt. Carbonation medium.

Overall, very impressed. It reminds me of Lagunitas IPA though which is strange because these are supposedly different styles. Will look for this again. Grade is an A-

Dec 20, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Nice and clear medium gold color with some creamy white lacing on top, moderate carbonation.

S - Aroma is very faint with some mango and citrus.

T - Citrus, mango, spicy citrus rind, and ends with a slight pine bitterness and some sweet citrus.

M - Full bodied for a low ABV beer.

O - An easy sipper that hits the spot. The faint nose brings the score down a "smidge".

Dec 04, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is all hops. Citrusy grapefruit and mixed tropical fruity note dominate with light malt in the distant background. The flavor has mildly sweet light malt notes with grapefruit and pineapple hoppy notes throughout. The finish is light with only mild bitterness. The overall feel is light and extremely drinkable.

Nov 03, 2018
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