Mosaic Pale Ale
pFriem Family Brewers

Mosaic Pale AleMosaic Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #61
Ranked #2,156
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Mosaic Pale AleMosaic Pale Ale
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 105 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of spelingchampeon
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper colored..crystal clear, sticky lacing. Light head.
A: Floral, tropical and light citrus.
T: Heavy on the citrus side. Surprisingly low on the tropical.
F: Light to medium. Smooth, with a good bite of bitterness, which doesn't linger.
O: There is a mild, mild bit of hop burn.. but it does not deter from the quality of this beer.

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Photo of warrenc
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can find no fault with this beer. Pours pale gold with a fingers width of off white head, lace the depth of my glass. I get lime, orange and a little red liquorice on the nose. Taste is a wonderful thing, very much like the smell. I could give more detail but I just finished my glass!

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Photo of digboy
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange gold and clear with an off-white one finger frothy head.

Aroma is pungent citrus and pine

Taste is more mellow than expected but similar to the smell with nice citrus and pine notes coming through. Clean pale malt behind the hops

Feel is crisp and light and moderately bitter.

Very pleasant beer - liked this one a lot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear skinny half pint glass
From: Hoffer’s Cigar Bar in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $4
Purchased: March 23, 2018
Consumed: March 23, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: N/A

Had heard of this beer (and brewery), mainly from some Untappd friends recently rating it. I’m a sucker for Mosaic and a sucker for single-hop beers, so was really looking forward to it.

Was kind of dark at Hoffer’s, but poured a pale-to-gold clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class spotty foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Mosaic, bubblegum, tangerine, grapefruit, stone fruit and mixed berry. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted Mosaic, mixed berry, bubblegum, passion fruit, papaya, tangerine and grapefruit. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Juicy, abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just an excellent pale ale. Would like to have again for sure. (Overall - 4.25)

4.24 | 94 | A-

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light golden pour. From the thick, tight head,up comes a well defined and clean aroma of floral hops, exactly what you'd expect from Mosaic. Right down the alley for a Pale Ale, this one has it all. Good solid malt base, pleasant bitterness and just a touch of lingering sweetness. A Pale Ale that's not an IPA-light and makes no effort to be one. An excellent offering, our best from them so far.

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Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle (bottled on 1/1/18.( C'mon, y'all made your folks work New Years Day? ;) ), poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a mostly clear, a bit of chill haze, light gold color with about an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

A nice hop blast burst from the bottle upon uncapping. In the glass the hops were still well focused, and there was enough malt for some contrast. Similar on the tongue, hop dominant, with light malts. The body was light and crisp, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer was smooth and went down easy. Overall, a very nice take on a single-hop brew. Borders on a must-try if you see it.

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Photo of rarigney
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is light amber with near perfect clarity. A generous white head recedes slowly leaving big patches of sticky lacing. The aroma is pine and citrus. Lemon, light malt sweetness, and mild resinous bitterness on the palate. Maybe the best pale ale I’ve had.

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Photo of mac31
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word: fantastic.

Dank, light pine, guava, bright, citric, GF, berry/fruity, stone fruit in that order. What a great exhibition of single hop use. Bitterness is light to medium in intensity. Malts are obviously pale. They are also a touch on the softer, bready side (definitely a NW brewers trait/style.) The malts provide the balance and "pillow" for the hops to land on. It's an excellent marriage of hops and malts. Body is appropriate (a little soft) with a juicy, sweet(ish) finish. It's a phenomenal iteration of the style. One of the best pale ales on the market. It's definitely a refined pale. It's a sit back, relax and enjoy pale ale versus a really nice lawn mower pale ale (if that makes any sense.) I love it. I will be on the hunt for more. I would take this over just about any session IPA, any day. A nice claim for the understated style that is pale ale. Don't pass this beer up!

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Photo of Zythophile
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2/9/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is a clear light gold. Not much head, but okay lacing.

The smell is sweet grapefruit, but white instead of the usual red. It also has some sweet pine resin. Not that either sweet scent is overwhelmingly so. There's also a little citrus and butterscotch, of all things.

The taste is much earthier than the nose. Ash wood chips and less sweet white grapefruit. Bitterness is definitely increased from the nose. It's not particularly complex, but fairly good because of the depth of the flavors that are present.

Carbonation is fairly well integrated, and the aftertaste is mostly bitter grapefruit, with not much sweetness remaining.

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Photo of mudbug
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the freshness dated (32 days old) 500 ml bottle into a perfect pint glass results in a very pretty light golden body capped by a nice head that stays around for quite a while.
Aroma is superb with tropical fruit notes, ripe mango comes to mind
Taste is also very good light malt sweetness balanced perfectly with the tropical fruit forward hops slight bitterness is evident.
Very easy to drink, surprisingly light body that just goes down fast
Obviously a very carefully crafted beer, just one hop varietal leaves no room for flaws, this has none.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber in color, clear, with an off white head. Sheet lacing. Aroma is floral and fruit. White grape and peach. Flavor is tangerine, grapes, and grass. Earthy and floral with some light malt. Crisp and dry like a white wine. A very smooth and refreshing beer with nice flavor.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug. Bottled on 3/3/16, so pretty fresh!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam that leaves a good lace on the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: herbal, grassy hops, even a bit minty, against a lightly sweet malt backbone. A heady and enticing aroma.

Taste: malt is slightly toasty, I'd say, and the hop character remains herbal with a little bit of a raspy bitterness. The whole effect is rather autumnal. Good, but not as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: the aroma on this one is really nice, and while the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, it's still a nicely quaffable beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a tight foamy head fed by a heavy carbonation. Crystal clear.

Smells of a creamy pine with a grapefruit citrus. A weak showing on the nose, just not getting much out of it.

The taste on the other Hand is a wonderfully bright lemon and grapefruit citrus with a crisp fresh clean pine finish. This has a wonderful flavor, albeit a little one dimensional.

Good texture, light and slightly creamy. Crush and sharp from the carbonation and the hops and a medium dry finish that is more welcomed as it balanced out the crisp flavor.

Overall, yeah, it's false ad ertising to call this a pale ale. This is definitely more IPA than anything. A pale is more dark malty and dry where this is lighter and crisper. Classification aside, I really did like this brew. Full flavored yet easy to drink and nicely balanced. Pfriem has been hit and miss in my book, but this one is a winner.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I don't know why I'm not giving this a perfect 5. Maybe it just isn't a classic example of a Pale, and almost more like an IPA. Anyway, beautiful golden color, huge papaya and mango aroma and flavor, crisp and clean. I could drink this all day, everyday. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden brew with plenty of white foam in the nonic. Lemony aroma. Lovely sudsy mouthfeel. This is so fruity, yet with a sharpish edge. Modest malt with the crackery taste and a distinct lime peel note.

Spicy and resiny. Very likable brew for sipping rather than quaffing. Not overly bitter, but definitely hop-centric. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at IGA market in downtown Seattle. Bottled date is 12-29-15.

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Photo of Jbagel1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one hell of a beer. I enjoy most Mosaic beers. This single hop mosaic is awesome. It goes smooth with a nice mossic hop punch. I have yet to have a bad beer from pFriem. This beer has some great flavor with the mosaic hops. Its a awesome beer. I would write more but I'm tired, sorry not sorry.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing really special in appearance other than being typical to style so I rated that accordingly. The real bright spots come when you take a smell of this as you pour it. Simply a wonderful aroma of citrus, fresh, and 'dank' of an amazing APA. Truly a bit sweet in the end for the aroma but comes off tasting just as light, refreshing, citrusy, and clean as a great APA should. Truly a wonderful example of the style for 2016. Finishes clean and smooth. Very drinkable. IMHO a truly great APA worthy of a 90+ overall rating.

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Photo of EltonSean
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dank and citrusy. Notes of apricot, hop bitterness with juicy mangos, stone fruit and pine. Hints of spice and pepper with a nice malt Sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of Christ111111
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citrusy, juicy. Unbelievable beer. Nice fresh grapefruit and oranges with a hint of spice and pine. Ridiculously flavorful and refreshing. Pick this beer up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Hop aroma on opening the bottle. Aroma of citrus hops, tropical fruit, a bit dank, light caramel malt and apple juice. Inviting. Flavor of light caramel malt with light biscuit, citrus and mild piney hops, tropical fruit (leaning towards papaya and mango rather than pineapple), light stone fruit, apple juice. Medium bodied with a quite nice creaminess and mouth feel. Pretty much everything I want from a pale ale; flavorful malt body with several malt flavors in good balance, nice fruit oriented hops and a lingering finish that is amazingly well balanced between malt and hops. I love intense hop bombs with long lingering hop bitterness, but this reminds me of what's possible with a great integration between the malt and hops that lingers. There is also a hint of Belgian yeast that fits this quite well. Excellent.

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Photo of Archdukecollins
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear burnt orange with a finger of white head. Sheets of lacing left throughout.

Aroma: very citrusy. Grapefruit, oranges, orange peel, mangos and pineapple. Hints of pine and grass.

Taste: Hop forward. Excellent citrus bitterness on the front end. Very fresh tasting and juicy. There's big notes of grapefruit, pineapple and ripe mangos. Hint of pine and yeast on the back end.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a nonic pint. Bottled on 12-29-15. Label says, "Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale" -- a year or two ago, I was blown away by a pFriem pale ale at a restaurant. I hope this is it.

Pours clear with a smallish head and moderate carbonation. Color is straw golden. Smell is mild but grassy, tropical, and attractive.

Taste is a little tropical, a little pineapple tartness, a little bitterness, a little fresh straw like I get from a lot of pales, nice pine finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and airy. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of ricke49
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Flavorful, and then some. Have drank very beers which I'd consider more tasty. Bottled only 5 weeks ago, so fresh as heck. Thanks pFriem for clearly labeling bottled-on date. As compared to other local (Oregon) Pale Ales, this stands out. Brilliant fluffy head - well retained. Near perfect balance hip to malt. Packaged in sturdy 500 ml bottle. Mosaic hops provide outstanding flavor profile.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 29 Dec 2015, consumed 16 Jan 2016. $3.99 at Trader Joe's

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and a little lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a bright and fruity hop character with melon, papaya, mango, passionfruit with mild bitterness. With such a fruity and perfumey nose, it's critical that the hop expression be clean without any grassiness and this beer delivers. Malt character is minimal. The palate opens fresh, fruity, clean and mildly bitter. Passionfruit, mango and a little papaya are noticeable with some orange peel bitterness. Clean and fruity through the mid-palate which has a mild floral character before a crisp and refreshing finish. Unlike other Pfriem beers i've had, this beer hovers on the edge of being sufficiently mineraly to be noticeable as opposed to being distractingly so. Alcohol is well-hidden (but arguably higher than necessary. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These guys are killing breweries in oregon. Just crushing them. This beer is perfection. Pored from bottle with a date of a week ago huge aromas of citrus and a crystal clear almost macro color with a closer look revealing slight particles suspended could it be hops well hope so. Taste is tropical all the ways dare I say juicy. For a mosaic hopped beer this is what you will want and what you will expect.

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