Mosaic Promise
Founders Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #133
Ranked #4,021
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
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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Photo of Beerboe
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Fermentalist1972
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of whynot44
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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!


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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.15/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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-

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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".

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Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magical beer from a Founders. Once again this is a long line of successful single hopped beer from Founders. They have a lot of these similar ones, they also have a great characteristic in this one, sweetness. This gives way to bringing the highlights of this hop in the foreground and the background. A single hopped beer sometimes is all you need and this one is also very balanced.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an attractive, classically trained, IPA with pretty head and lace and a pleasant, balanced flavor. I really like the crisp but not too carbonated texture. Very refreshing and drinkable. This is a solid brew that isn't too expensive or heavy on the abv yet is still full flavored and delicious. Terrific IPA.

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Photo of EMH73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a fairly well retained one inch white head that leaves spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of sweet malts, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, earthy notes and tropical flavors that I cannot identify. Light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry mouth feel with lingering bitterness.

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Photo of cuttysark
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I love the bitterness. I’m a big fan of bitter beers. I also like the average ABV. Strong beers are good. This been could be a session beer. Great for the summer. I kayak a lot. Wish it came out earlier in the year so I could drink it all summer.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into glass. Gold color, Inch of foam head, taking 45 to come down, leaving some lacing around the edges. Smell is of citrus, pine and hops. Taste agrees with the smell and a touch of bitterness. Feel is crisp. Overall excellent.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale near clear golden pour - 1 finger short lived head. Smell is pungent pine, grapefruit, a bit of dank sweatiness. Taste starts with a touch of grainy malt sweetness, quickly giving way to bitter grapefruit peel, piney hoppiness. The bitterness lingers on the palate through a medium light body into a dry finish. Delicious.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - so, my whirlwind tour this week of Founders offerings (from afar) ends here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent splatter pattern lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of dank pine resin, bready and crackery cereal malt, a bit of uric acid, faint orange and red grapefruit citrus rind, and more leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hops. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus peel, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more leafy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite restrained in its somnolent frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing a stir at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed frooty esters predominating.

Overall - this is a pleasant enough display of what the Mosaic hop varietal can do for you. Nice and complex, yet perfectly drinkable and enjoyable. Could definitely see crushing a number of these in a social (or hell, even anti-social) situation, should one suddenly arise.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow color; quite a bit of sediment; frothy white head that dissipates pretty quickly

Aroma: grapefruit; pineapple; hops; a bit of malt

Taste: starts with grapefruit and other citrus; decent grain bill through the middle; good hoppiness through the back; mango and pineapple; a bit of hop and pine bite

Mouthfeel: light bodied; crisp; clean

Overall Impression: this is a good beer; I would normally like an APA to be a little less intense with the hops and citrus with a bigger malt backbone; that said, it is a good beer with good flavors

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Photo of Winzlow
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple. Crisp. Mosaic! What is there to not love? And at only 5.5% a true all day ale (and wayyy better than All Day IPA). Another winner from the folks at Founders.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look. Two things besides my usual stupid point of view. Obviously Mosaic hops made Barrel Runner this year's second best beer. Huge tropical rum barrel alcoholic beer. Point to the stupid reviews, if you don't like that, then don't drink that. Second point, why would anyone need to buy a 15 pak of this? If you have a party, and need sessionable, flavorful, just go get a case of my old standby Yuengling Lager, or, as we prefer here in PA, lager. Duh. That being said ...

Smooth, drinkable showcase of Mosaic. But I only need to try it once. And never again. Because, as stated, why not just drink a Lager? Oh my, what I read around here is beyond me, and even my own stupid drunken thoughts.

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