A Pale Mosaic
Hops & Grain Brewing

A Pale MosaicA Pale Mosaic
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #451
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,910
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.6%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
195
From:
Hops & Grain Brewing
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  48
SCORE
90
Outstanding
A Pale MosaicA Pale Mosaic
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retension fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew heaviest of a citrus aroma of tangerine and orange along with some tropical fruits of pineapple and mango. Along with these aromas comes a bit of bread and pine.
Taste- The taste begins with a crisp cracker and tropical fruit taste that has a nice grapefruit hop flavor mixed within. As the taste advances some more grapefruit hop and a bit of herb comes to the tongue and leaves one with a crisp and clean pale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is normal. For the style and flavors the feel is great and makes for a good refreshing brew.
Overall - A rather tasty pale with a nice easy drinking feel!! Good hoppy taste with a clean taste.

Oct 28, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was no Yellow Rose from Lone Pint, or Electric Jellyfish from Pint House Pizza, so this was suggested. Its in the same category as those others, but this is a bit more hoppy, with a little lower ABV, and with less of the grapefruit coming through. Still, it is very enjoyable.

May 24, 2019
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Premo88 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. on tap poured into standard American shaker pint glass at Spider House, Austin, TX

L: yellow to almost pale gold, topped by thin head of offwhite foam that sticks at the top, keeps

S: sweet grapefruit up front with a much greener/bitter hop aroma as you continue to pull in through the nose; fantastic mix of hops and malt with the hops forcing the grapefruit issue

T: grapefruit, slightly bitter grapefruit with a thin layer of biscuit malt to sweeten; the bitterness really lingers, turns into citrus fruit peel and pith, even borders on earthy

F: light middleweight filled out nicely with carbonation; arguably perfect, right in that sweet spot between too thin and too thick

O: what a show! it's a bit one-notish, for the flavor doesn't evolve as you get into the glass, but if you're looking for a good American hop fix, you could do so much worse; it's a lovely grapefruit bomb

Jun 07, 2018
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good beer, but not the best I've had from hops and grain. I'm rating it as I am because it's a bit out of balance. I think it's a bit excessively hopped given the body and ABV. Leaves a bit of a feeling of pungent dryness aftertaste. Not bad tho. IPA chasers who have already burned all their taste buds off won't notice a thing

May 14, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. Piney, fruity smell. Citrus grapefruit taste with a bit of earthiness. Went well with pizza!

May 12, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can

Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrus complex (orange, tangerine). The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrus complex (orange, tangerine). Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Mar 24, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light orange color, ok head. Smells like mild Mosaic hops, juicy berries and pine. Grain up front on the flavor, hops dancing in and out and a hoppy finish. It's got good hop flavors but I do not like the graininess.

Oct 15, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with no discernible best by date; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold with swirling champagne bubbles and floating sediment; head is a large, soapy mass that leaves a nice streaky, sticky lacing across the back of the glass!
Smell - sweet caramel and earthy hops.
Taste - strong earth tone flavor profile with a touch of rye and cracker malt.
Feel - interesting mouthfeel, from the initial hop forwardness that suddenly makes way for a much more balanced midpoint, but a finishing bitter kick!
Overall - this is listed as an IPA, but there are far more APA characteristics in this beer. A really attractive price point to go with some nice qualities make this a really nice offering, only I'd lean more toward a balanced APA, as opposed to classifying as an IPA!

Oct 07, 2017
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BEER88 from Bahrain

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date is 09/08/17. This is an easy and fun drinking pale ale. Mosaic is showcased well. The smell was muttled but I think it's because I've been drinking NE style juice bombs for the past month straight.

Jul 06, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright golden color with lots of chill haze. The head is 1.5 fingers, fluffy and bright white. Retention is moderate and there are some sticky chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is mango, grapefruit, dank earthiness and pineapple. There is also a good deal of bready malts to keep the hops in check.

Taste is the same. Bright, fruity hop flavors rounded out nicely by the bready malts and earthiness. I'm surprised this is classified as an IPA and not a pale ale.

Feel is light side of medium, smooth and clean. The finish is crisp and dry.

Overall this is a really good beer. A modern take on an American Pale Ale. Super easy drinking and also very refreshing.

Jul 01, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an easy drinking, juicy, fresh, and highly agreeable pale ale here, this is good stuff, drinkable for miles, and a pretty solid showcase of mosaic. they were smart to keep the malt bill and flavor so light in this, there s just a crackery dry pale malt background. a lot of these single hopped beers lose their essence to an overly substantial grain bill, and this steers clear of that pitfall. the mosaic tastes fresh to me, but it also tastes a little one dimensional compared to the beers that feature it best. notes of tangerine and pineapple are there, and there is in fact a nice bitterness in the finish, its not all new school dry hopping even though the nose is just bursting with it. it finishes quickly and on the dry side, with a huge rush of refreshing carbonation, and it warms up reasonably well for the style too. this is a nice simple clean hoppy beer that should have rather wide appeal among hardened beer nerds and newcomers alike, nothing offensive here at all. i have liked what little i have had from these guys, it all seems to be rather professionally done...

Jun 28, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

Nov 11, 2016
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PhilsPils from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Nov 10, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Oct 06, 2016
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Virsaldiv from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Sep 24, 2016
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wineshop from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Sep 08, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -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.

Jun 23, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

May 14, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

Apr 06, 2016
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alexpcat13 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mar 24, 2016
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ccheng9 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Mar 22, 2016
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HipCzech from Texas

4/5  rDev -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.

Mar 17, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev -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.

Mar 06, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Feb 10, 2016
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tpgraham from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jan 25, 2016
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