A Pale Mosaic | Hops and Grain Brewery

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A Pale MosaicA Pale Mosaic

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Hops and Grain Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of donspublic
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip, 1 finger cream colored head, so so lacing and retention. Cloudy whitish/golden in the glass, visible yeast chunks floating around. Smells of pineapple, biscuit, some mild dankness hanging around. Taste is initially caramel sweetness on the front, flows into pineapple, mango and finishes with a mild bitterness on the end, crisp semi sweet finish. Great tasting beer, and good mouthfeel. Can't believe I have gone this long without getting my hands on this. Definitely a beer that is easy on the palate, no bitter after taste, very clean finish.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark and hazy gold with a nice one finger white head. Subsequent glugs left lots of Belgian lace and the head persisted. Beautiful dank, piney nose. This is the kind of dank I like...kind of cannabis-like from the bottom of your grandmother's cellar. None of the Cedar Creek Dankosaurus almost-rotted-fruit dank. Enough malt to balance but not overpower or cloy. Great Texas IPA that I would rate barely under Jai Alai and Yellow Rose. Mosaic fans will not be disappointed!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The golden body is topped by a virginal white shroud of foam that sits atop its throne at almost a finger's height. Plenty of sediment in the body.

Nose begins fairly bright with floral and tropical sweetness. Gets grassy on further inspection with some country peaches and straw/biscuit maltiness.

The malts dominate the early goings on the tongue primarily of straw, though there's some texas barbecue that must just be in the water. Continuing down the garden path the hops begin to blossom and show. Some of those same floral and grassy notes with a shimmer of peach and a whisper of citrus..

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste

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Photo of Virsaldiv
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

His was a great beer the aroma caught me off guard. It has distinct smell. Very hoppy with grapefruit. The fast is a bit flowery. Overall a great beer. Different flavors that mesh well together

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Photo of wineshop
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA. I really am surprised it only scores an 89 here. In my opinion it's between a 94-97. It's hoppy, but also very floral-like in it's taste. Not sure if that makes sense. It has a nice, but subtle aroma. If you've ever had Yellow Rose or Mosaic Promise and enjoyed them you'll definitely enjoy this. I'm afraid I'm not very good at describing beer, but all I can tell you is this is a really, really. Community Mosaic gets more love on BA (and it is good, also) but I think A Pale Mosaic is better. If you can get some do it, or find a trader in Texas to send you some.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a Mason jar.

Appearance: A onefinger headwas poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Grassy, peach, stone fruit, toasted, biscuity, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Hoppin flavor comes out a little more on the palate than the nose. Nice malt bill, light bitterness, and light chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, light bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice mosaic pale ale. Looking forward to the rest of the six pack.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold pour from tap, with thin white head; no cap or lace to speak of. Dank, earthy hop nose. Dank and very oniony; strong earthy/weedy hops, with the slightest suggestion of bitter lemon zest. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall, the onions overpowered everything else.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hay light amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. There is quite a bit of sediment at the end. Fruity grapefruit aroma with some hints of piney resin. More of a malty taste with slight dank citrus to it. There is a decent piney resinous hop at the end. Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. It is a decent beer but definitely not the best offering from the brewery. I tend more towards the west coast style.

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Photo of alexpcat13
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, excellent IPA. Probably my favorite from Austin. I am a little bit shocked it is only rated an 88.
Good balance, nice juicy notes throughout.

Do yourself a favor and go grab a 6pack.

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Photo of ccheng9
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium head. medium low carbonation. I'm two cans in and there has definitely been some sediment that settles on the bottom in both cans. Not sure if this was intentional, but I would guess no. Smells like a great fruity IPA. Definitely get the mosaic from it. Taste is not very strong, but definitely more flavorful than the metamodern IPA from Oasis.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazy orange gold with a frothy white head of soapsud foam. Spotty and streaky lacing and a cap of whispy foam persist.

Smell: Juicy tropical fruit, melon with some dank, pine and herbal notes.

Taste: Melon and tropical fruit abound, if a bit muddled. Clean, pale malt base with some grapefruit and a gently bitter, minty herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, smooth with creamy carbonation.

Overall: Light but satisfying modern IPA; like a little brother of Yellow Rose.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow color with white head. Pine, citrus, resin, dank, and deliciousness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dank hop flavor, pine, resinous, grass and citrus fruits.

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Hazy golden pour, small wispy head. Flowery piney aroma, tangy hops bite at first, but then a rather unexciting finish. Nice flavor, hops linger.

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Photo of tpgraham
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic IPA from the guys at Hops and Grain. They continue to put out great beers and this one follows the trend. Great tropical nose with a taste that follows it. The finish has just the right amount of bitterness to balance this beer out. Along with Lone Pint's Yellow Rose and Saint Arnold's Art Car, there is less and less of a reason for Houstonians not to buy local.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had twice yesterday (at Franklin's and Barley Swine). Really enjoyed it. Great recommendation by Erica; pairs well with the food I had (namely the charred octopus and hot chicken). Not as strong hoppy like their Green House, but really floral. Very glad this is happening in Austin now

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden/yellow with some haze. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Just a fantastic fruit juicy bomb of a nose. Pineapple, melon, and berries. A bit of pale malts and grains in the background. Though the juicy fruits are the entire show. Which never becomes bitter.
T: That juicy mango, passion fruit, pineapple, berry flavor is up front and center. Sweet honeydew like melon is fantastic. Again, a touch of pail malts, and maybe a slight bitterness in the finish. Well done, well balanced, and excellent.
M/O: A light to medium body. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Really refreshing. So enjoyable and easy to drink. I will be getting many more six packs of this.

This is up there with Yellow Rose IMO. A really well done Mosaic IPA. This will be a staple in my fridge, especially since Yellow Rose bottles are so inconsistent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours medium hazy gold, finger white head fades to a ring. Melon rind n citrusy aroma. Taste similar with melon n citrus peel, earthy with pepper in the dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, touch of oiliness. Very solid pale ale.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

November 24, 2015 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look is on point as is the aroma. Mosaic traits are there as this is melon-y, floral and tropical. I always love that mix.

Sweet, pungent, fermented pineapple flavor with touches of mango, flowers and melon. Takes on some zesty grapefruit the deeper I get into it. I really enjoy this flavor and the feel, but I do get a bit more sweetness than I want.

Still, this brew is juicy and light and easy-drinking. This would be excellent for the summer, lawnmowing, etc. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updating my previous score. This must be a fresh keg - super juicy mosaic hop aroma, hazy yellow color, thin white head. The taste is great, right in line with a mosaic IPA. Lovely mouthfeel. I'm glad to finally experience all the positive feedback people have given this beer.

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Photo of gman1602
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice American IPA (H&G claims American IPA, not a double or Imperial; ABV is also claimed at 5.93% as of 11/2/15) that has a ton of flavor and will probably appeal to a wide variety of people.
Pours a slightly orange gold with a decent head and some lacing on the glass.
Smell is pine and passionfruit interwoven together.
Taste has an almost equal balance to me of pine and passionfruit with some melon background. They say it has a blueberry taste which I get if I'm looking for it, but I can't claim to have thought of that on my own.
Feel is a little thin, but with this much flavor I may be expecting a double IPA. It's a solid regular IPA feel.
Overall a great beer and one to keep on hand for an every week drinker. Really well done Hops and Grain!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poors a murky orangish gold with minimal, slowly dissipating white head. I get a lot of passion fruit, watermelon, a cantaloupe in the aroma. There's definitely less passion fruit and more melon as far as taste. That sweetness is cut with some nice spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is very soft. It's a little thin and that's to be expected at this ABV. I wonder how much more lush this would be with more body. Overall, a very nice pale ale/low ABV IPA.

For the record, my can says 5.93% ABV. There doesn't seem to be multiple versions of this beer, so perhaps the entry is wrong or they've changed the recipe. I am definitely drinking A Pale Mosaic.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Hops and Grain. Reviewed live on a phone so bear with me.

A: Off white colour. Half a finger wide. Poor retention (30 seconds). No lacing.

Vibrant clear copper. No yeast is visible. Clean.

Looks average for an (I)IPA.

Sm: Dry. Pale malts, floral hop notes, vague fruit, a buried hint of Blueberry when I search for it, indistinct citrus. Has a nice hop profile, and seems balanced.

Aromatic intensity is average. No booze, yeast, or off-notes are detectable.

T: Has a pale malt base with some unbalanced hop bitterness on the climax. Hop profile is overly aggressive. A pleasant (stand-out) hint of Blueberry, some vague citrus, vague fruit, and floral notes. Not piney, oily, or resinous. Build is simple for an IPA, lacking much subtlety or intricacy.

Showcases mosaic only decently. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Mf: Scratchy and dry, with a rough coarse dragging presence on the palate that fatigues the drinker. Overcarbonated and too heavy on the palate for its lack of depth of flavour. Nicely clean on the palate, though.

O: Best described as a dollar store Yellow Rose. Its lackluster mouthfeel really holds it back, but the flavour profile is enjoyable in spite of its drawbacks. I wouldn't want more than one on account of its fatiguing dryness and Scratchy rough feel, but I'll enjoy finishing the glass. One of Hops and Grain's best recent efforts - which is to say it's above average, especially inasmuch as Texas-brewed IPAs are concerned. Won't impress discerning drinkers experienced with out of state (and country) paragons of the style, but it's a nice attempt at a tough-to-master style.


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Photo of marvelann
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow. just wow. this is exactly what you think it is and it's everything ypu want it to be. very well-balanced. hops for days but never too bitter. nice body to hold it together. great carbonation. tasted and procured at citgo on anderson lane in austin texas. thanked the brewer. yeah, wow.

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Photo of Grack_Attack
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best IPAs made Texas, if that means much.
Attractive on pour, not much head to speak of. Aroma is a pleasant, floral and grapfruit. The flavor is this beer's strength. Citrus, pine and blueberries hit you right away, very nice. Feel is light bodied and crisp. There's good balance here, pale malts are noticeable it unifies with the hop profile nicely (nugget, mosaic, simcoe). Not a very bitter finish, semi dry. I always want another. I feel like this is Hops and Grains best beer, head and shoulders better than their Greenhouse IPA series. Cans are coming out soon, can't wait, I want this on hand.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold body with a off white head.

Mosaic jumps out with that biting herbal quality and citrus.

Pretty big bitterness pops out with some effervescence behind it. Smooth and light bodied. Light malt character underneath the hops.

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