Mosaic Promise
Founders Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #134
Ranked #4,182
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
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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Krisp09 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: clear, gold with 1/2 finger head. Aroma: pineapple, mango, citrus, floral...mosaic bomb! Taste: tropical notes first with minimal malt then floral at end. Mouthfeel: light and crisp. Overall: Really good session IPA with lots of tropical aromas and flavors

Dec 06, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/29/16.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great Mosaic hop presence that makes this one super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 05, 2016
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hello again, long time no review, but I'll keep this one as less wordy as possible. I took a break from reviewing to get back to basics..(lose a few pounds and that thing). So I'm going to break my hiatus with this brew. Knowing Founders they make Good to exceptional beer. So let's get down to business. This muv pours Almost perfect... Big Golden body that arrays Sunset orange in its tint. Big soapy white head guards this body like a mighty tower. The aroma is a Wow for me! First smashes the senses with Lychee and Grapefruit. Back end of delicate floral, like daisies flowing in the wind. Then a slap of Hop Resin greets the nostrils with hostility...I like it! On the distant shore a better picture of malt comes through. With a dash of toasted cracker heartiness. Banging!

The flavor? First hits with a body slam of grapefruit, tangerine pith and lychee fruitiness. Then a quick flash of Subtle melon and Hop Vine resin. The malts are subtle with that toasted cracker earthiness. This finishes wet with a creeping bitterness like the shadow of Nosferatu. Dense Resin coats the tongue and lingering Grapefruit Flavors dominate the aftertaste. The feel is damn near perfect as well. Medium-Light body with ample carbonation that helps the flavor profile "pop" on the palate.

Overall: Founders did a great job executing this beer. Humble and modest in ABV but brings the punch of a bigger Hop Assault to the senses. I really enjoyed this offering for being a single Hopped Pale Ale, I believe it showcased the Mosaic Hop brilliantly. This beer is Recommended!

Sep 02, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark burnt orange, with a very small head, and a small amount of lacing.

This smells like grapefruit, blueberry, orange, and little bit of honey-ish malt.

This is fairly simple, but very clean, and very nice. There's a nice clean piney and slightly grassy bitterness on the finish, with some nice Mosaic-y hoppiness on the front, grapefruit and blueberry mainly, with some slightly sweet honey-ish pale malt. Simple but tasty.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

One of Founder's best hoppy beers for sure.

Oct 28, 2015
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scream from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried to find one attribute where I felt that this beer really worked for me, but it didn't happen. Just average across the board. I would not turn one down if offered but neither will I seek it out again. Fresh bottled 8-15-17.

Aug 29, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head, decent lacing. Fruity, tropical fruits and light pine, some citrus as well on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with lingering resinous hoppy notes, fruit, and a little pine.

Mar 17, 2016
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Karnivool1 from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one fantastic beer. I'm a sucker for Mosaic hops, and that's the only one used. This might be my new favorite American IPA. Super clean finish. Kudos to Founders for making another kick ass brew.

Apr 02, 2016
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BodiesLexus from New York

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Translucent pale gold, very light in color, reminds of a pils. Eighth-inch soapy-white head that lasts. Looks unassuming but fine for a pale. Active carbonation.
Smell is lime juice, lemon candy, some danky straw or hay that smells a bit weightier than expected from the light color.
Taste matches the nose extremely well. Juicy light lime, lots of non-specific citrus, and a minimum of sourdough pale malt. Citrus is more bitter than sweet. The lightness of body makes it drink like a session ale.
This is a good light-bodied pale that is a nice choice for warm months when you still want some bitter hops in your lighter ale.

May 01, 2016
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surfcaster from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man do I love this one.

Aroma is just incredible. Flavor almost up to the nose. Citrus/tropical fruits abound and perfect bitterness.

I scored higher than many--love that a lot of flavor below 6%


Apr 18, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a pint.

The color is deep golden with light haze and thick rocky head of white with fine bead and great retention w/ a lace that sticks. The smell is great -lots of hop aromas with some citrus and mild tropical qualities. The feel is a nicely balanced mix of hop bitterness and malt with dry body and finish.

The taste is excellent -lots of hop flavor not exceedingly bitter light lemon/lime flavor with slight herbal hop tastes with mild spice and gentle malt sweetness. This is a great pale ale, I was very glad to try this.

Jan 05, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

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

12 oz. bottle into an IPA Glass

A - This beer pours a a clear, albeit every so slightly hazy, golden copper color that seems to glow around the edges. Head is 2 fingers tall and off white in color (ever so slight copper tint). The head takes forever to dissipate. Moderate carbonation with bubbles rising fairly quickly. 4/5

S - Pronounced grapefruit aroma with a very light malty undertone. Other notes that serve more as undertones than anything are honey, lemon, pear, and orange peel.

T - A very light cereal malt hits the palate right off the bat but then the grapefruit really comes into it's own with bits of honey, lemon, pear, and orange peel (just like the aroma). There is a slight caramel sweetness that acts as an undertone throughout the entire profile. The taste finishes bitter and lingers but it is not a crazy bitterness. Fairly simple and straightforward for a Founder's beer, which is what they were going for according to the bottle. 4/5

M - Very light and crisp beer with a bit of drying on the back end but not so drying as to be unpleasant. Dryness lingers a bit. Moderate carbonation burn right in the middle of the sip. Easily a sessionable pale ale. 4/5

O - As stated in the taste review portion of this review, this is a very simple and straightforward beer. For those who love grapefruit and citrus hopped beers this will be an exceptionally pleasing beer for the palate. A nice light feel is maintained throughout that leads this to be a sessionable beer that does not sit too heavy in the stomach and is not overly bitter (which also allows it to be paired easily with various foods). 4/5

Dec 06, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a founders snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent orange yellow with a nice foamy head that is gone in seconds leaving some bubble slicks on the surface and a few streaks of lace.

s - nose is wet and ripe dripping hops. Really fresh, really nice.

t/m/o - this is an easy drinking beer, forget all day IPA, this is the all day beer. Soft and refreshing with a great flavor. Those mosaic hops are fresh and taste like they were picked and popped right into my bottle. Subtle bitterness and nice citric notes, but most of all very fresh wet hop flavor. Would definitely drink this one all day long.

Sep 21, 2014
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 10, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden pour with 1.5 inch creamy, pocketed, white head, that settled slowly to 1/4 inch. The nose is hoppy and enticing with malt pushing through. Medium to medium-full body and lingering bitterness on the palate. I do not know if it is the single hop, but while the bitterness is enjoyable, I seek more complexity on the palate. The malt is excellent, soft, and persistent. Hints of ginger? The Belgian lace appears at every sip. In sum, the Mosaic Promise makes me think of a composite of IPA, ginger beer, and a blond ale. I will have it again!

Nov 02, 2015
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Jesterr44 from Canada

3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden which would be transparent save the fine uniform sediment. There is a small overly active head which fades rather quickly. Little lacing during drinking. Aroma is mild hops with some malt & hints of macrolager metallic. Taste offers a little hop but you really need to keep it on your tongue to even taste it. There is some citrus & maybe melon, then a bit of grassy but it's all rather bland & mixed with a metallic lageresque bland flavouring. Disappointing. I'm often a fan of IPAs which use Mosaic & with Founders on the label I was hoping for a nicer beer.

Dec 05, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

I picked up a six pack of Founders Mosaic Promise a couple days ago for $8.99 at Meijers. I was a fan of the Black IPA that they released last year for Artprize so I made sure to pick up a couple six packs of this years Artprize beer, I like mosaic hops and I'm interested to see how this turns out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on August 16th 2014. Poured from a shorter 12oz bottle into a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice stained glass window look to it and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus hops, light tropical fruit, light pine and a nice dank weed like aroma that ties all the aspects together. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice pale malt, sweet malt and light biscuit like aromas that show up nicely in the background. This beer had a good aroma, the Mosaic hops seems to impart a fairly complex hop aroma especially for there being no other types of hops in this brew.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time the fruity aspects are toned down a little and the piney aspects seem to stick out a little more. Up next comes the malts which are on the light side and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and there's just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the hops weren't as bright as they were in the aroma, but they were still pretty nice.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style and I thought it was a very nice example of a single malt and single hop IPA, it showed that you don't need a ton of different hops to impart a fairly complex hop profile and sometimes maybe less is more. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling at all and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these with no problem and I think it's just about as easy drinking as All Day IPA. What I like the most about this beer how well the hops were showcased, this beer does a great job at showing you what Mosaic hops are all about. What I liked the least about this beer was that hops weren't as bright or as fruity as they were in the aroma, but when it came down to it that wasn't that big of an issue. I would buy this beer again, I already got two six packs and I might grab another one if I see it around. I would recommend this to anyone who likes an easy drinking hoppy beer, I think it's almost on session IPA level. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, this beer proves that you can make a recipe very simple but still impart a lot of nice flavors and aromas. This beer reminds of of mix between All Day IPA and New Belgiums Accumulation. This isn't my favorite beer from Founders or my favorite IPA, but it is now my favorite single malt single hop IPA. Good job guys, I really like this yearly Artprize series and I can't wait to see what kind of beer you go with for next year, keep up the hard work.

Sep 17, 2014
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ScottishStoutMan from Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Gold-bronze colour, pretty highly carbonated, including into the head, which was about two fingers worth. Lots of bubbles still clinging to the sides of the glass after head dissipates. Smell is of hops first and foremost, but there is also a prominent peach aroma. There's some citrus smell too, with maybe a bit of pineapple. Taste is, again, firstly hops, followed by a little bit of a grainy taste. On the third or fourth sip, the peach flavor does appear again, but it's definitely concealed behind the others. Also a little bit of spicy creeping in there too. True to its name, this beer is a mosaic: a lot of small pieces that don't make sense on their own, yet the larger picture is mildly enjoyable. Based on the ABV and the look, this should be a sessionable beer. Maybe I got a bad dose of carbonation, but I'm feeling one and done after it. Not the worst beer I've had by a long shot, but I sort of expected better from Founders.

Sep 26, 2017
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden in color, clear in appearance
Smell - Tropical, berries, citrus, sweetness.....MOSAIC!!!
Taste - Dank, berry notes, some pineapple, weed, slight citrus
Feel - Dry finish, light and super easy drinking

Overall - Loving this offering from Founders!!!

Nov 10, 2015
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SUPER DANK!!!! got a growler fill of this and man am i pleased (subsequently had it fresh in bottles which was definitely not as good). unintentionally consumed the entire growler in one night... super drinkable and refreshing. nose is absolutely amazing - candied fruits with pine and a big citrus character. also some floral and grassy notes, and a subtle hint of malt and yeast. the smell is complex - beautifully sweet, but still somewhat spicy and bitter. taste isnt quite as good as the smell but its a really nice and very hoppy ipa with grapefruit, orange, and other citrus flavors taking the front stage. its ridiculous how flavorful and crushable this beer is. i would drink this beer every single day, one of the best.

Dec 25, 2015
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jkrich from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear, golden hue with a foamy, quickly receding white-head. Nothing exceptional here.

Now that aroma is powerful - pungent and dank tropical fruit. This one promises to be a wonderful hop bomb.

And it is true - very astringent grapefruit and mild lemon flavor yet there is a complementing sweet malt that keeps this one from going over the top. This is the strongest single hop ale I can remember trying. This could easily qualify as an aggressively hopped, American IPA.

The mouth feel is very refreshing and palate cleansing with a lot of zesty carbonation. Unfortunately, the tropical, bittersweet flavor quickly dissipates from the tongue, but it always remains thirst-quenching.

Since I moved to Florida a year and half ago, I have had very few opportunities to try some of Founders' new products. I am glad I saw this one in the cooler. Since it is a seasonal, I'll have to grab a few more six packs.

Apr 10, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Kings Convenience in early April for $1.79. Bottled on 2/29/16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is tropical with some citrus.

Taste is tropical and citrus hops with a touch of rind.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer that I would recommend.

Jun 28, 2016
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Gavilan from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you like Mosaic hops this beer is a great showcase. Great tropical @[email protected] At $8.99 a six this beer in amazing value!

Oct 07, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours cloudy pale gold color with a one-inch fluffy white head. Light lacing down the glass.

Big mosaic hop bouquet in the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Just a touch of bready malt, otherwise completely dominated by the hops.

A little more pine/herbal character in the taste, with bitter grapefruit on the finish. Bready malt base is present throughout (and comes through more than in the nose). No alcohol heat, very balanced.

Light, dry, and crisp on the palate.

Excellent IPA.

May 09, 2016
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Christov from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Oct 21, 2014
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Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

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

Apr 23, 2016
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