Mosaic Pale Ale
pFriem Family Brewers

Mosaic Pale AleMosaic Pale Ale
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pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #55
Ranked #2,279
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Jan 31, 2022
Mar 11, 2013
Mosaic Pale AleMosaic Pale Ale
Notes: You'll think you've landed in the tropics when you open this bottle of pFriem Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale. Sit back and let the wafts of mango and citrus tease the senses.
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Photo of TheBricenator
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Almost clear burnt orange with a frothy pure white head that builds up and holds as a pillow, slowly settling to reveal great lacing clung to the glass
Aroma: Mango, mandarins, passionfruit, lime, blueberries, sugar-dusted strawberries, papaya, wafts of Cannabis, and sweet bready malt
Taste: The initial hit up front is a pure tropical fruit salad and quickly filtering in to join are limes, oranges, and berry notes. The bready malt is ever-present and provides a nice balance throughout and closes with a little dank and more tropical fruit
Mouthfeel: Full, pretty clean, medium-high carbonation, and a lightly smooth and soft finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. Not only is this beer a great showcase of the multi-dimensional Mosaic hop but it is a really good and well-made Pale Ale as well. I love what these folks do and try and look forward to this one each and every year. Recommended.

Jan 31, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Golden amber body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, sculpted head, white and creamy in texture. Nice mild and somewhat muted aroma; earthy fruitiness; a touch of citrus. Outstanding bready malt base infused with a moderate dose of hop bitterness; a bit of biscuit, a touch of wheat; pine-like hop note, too. Medium body; crisp and prickly on the palate; some residual sugar stickiness; a bit of alcohol dryness; cross between sweet and dry on the palate.

This beer balances the malt base and hop presence in a very nice manner. I love the prominent malt base character and certainly won't complain about the moderate hop bitterness. The smell, perhaps, was a bit on the quiet side, but everything else was top notch.

Apr 14, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

APA #300 and it was a beauty! Dark golden clear pour with plump white head, left plenty of lacing. Huge mango and lemon nose with pineapple, light guava, earthy and grassy hops with hints of lemongrass. Taste is sweeter than the nose let on: lemon water-ice with huge mango, pineapple, orange cream, before lemon pith, grassy and earthy hops finish in an elevating way. Feel is bright, light, malty is very present but hops have character, not very pale though. Still, a well balanced and flavorful beer

Apr 12, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Cashbail from New Hampshire

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Dank mosaic smell. Medium carbonation with a piney tingle. Crisp and clean with a slight hop burn. A great example of the style.

Mar 26, 2021
4.2 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Mar 11, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon


Aug 14, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Yet another beer from the Firestone Walker Festival Pre Party 2017.

Pours the most common beer color of golden yellow, bountiful clarity. 2/3" white head. Aroma goes Mosaic, but I dunno, not hard, these aren't super danky Mosaics, but they are nice, still pushing that lush tropical fruit and weed vibe, but in a more restrained way than the elite tier Mosaic dry hoppers will drop.

Taste revealed way more grain presence than I was expecting, like full on waves like in the song, you know, the one that did the thing. Enough Biden in this review. Stood out like it was top end pilsner malt. Keeps the orange and mango notes pushing. Carbonation appropriate. Light bodied, moderate 55ibu levels of bitterness.

I suspect the difficulty here is the 500ml format size for a pale ale, with everyone going full on 473ml (pints), this seems similar to the price per ounce difficulties the bomber format found. But then again, Russian River pulls off the 500ml size, but I dunno if their existence can be the norm expectation for another brewery. We'll see how this goes in the future.

Jul 28, 2020
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 29, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a burnished golden color. Clear and effervescent. This pillowy white head collapses steadily leaving behind tons of lacing, but just a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

The aroma on this is really bright with notes of orange, mango, citrus and a nice piney aroma on the finish.

The taste follows the nose with a profile that places the mosaic hops front and center on a palette of clean pilsner malts. The hops provide notes of orange, pine, dank herbal notes with a lingering bitterness into the finish.

Feel is light, and drinkable. Vibrant carbonation that produces an immediate and lasting prickle on the tongue.

Overall, its a great IPA - incredibly well crafted and executed.

Mar 23, 2020
3.98 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a very wide collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors of mangos from the Mosaic hops. Some hints of citrus and herbs are also present along with an ever so slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is neither bitter nor crisp, although the single use of Mosaic hops does provide enough complexity in the taste and lots of mango aromas in the smell. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 12, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

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.

Sep 09, 2019
Photo of warrenc
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by warrenc from Oregon

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!

Jun 12, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 13, 2019
4 by goalie35 from Canada (AB) on Apr 01, 2019
4.09 by Jschwartz23 from Oregon on Mar 30, 2019
4.09 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Mar 27, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by digboy from New Hampshire

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.

Apr 11, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BucannonXC5 from California

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-

Apr 06, 2018
4.34 by Beerasaurus from Virginia on Mar 26, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NickSMpls from Washington

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.

Mar 24, 2018
4.1 by MattSn from Oregon on Feb 24, 2018
Photo of BBThunderbolt
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.

Feb 23, 2018
4.25 by twelveinches from Washington on Feb 03, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rarigney from Washington

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.

Jan 22, 2018
4.25 by TrojanRB from Texas on Dec 23, 2017
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 03, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mac31 from California

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!

May 12, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

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.

Apr 02, 2017
4.26 by NappyB from Illinois on Mar 28, 2017
4.25 by DamienI from Washington on Mar 23, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by mudbug from Oregon

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.

Mar 11, 2017
4.31 by DallasK from Oregon on Mar 09, 2017
4.32 by Budlum from Maryland on Mar 04, 2017
4.4 by grittybrews from Washington on Mar 01, 2017
3.75 by cherche from Washington on Feb 25, 2017
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 18, 2017
4.31 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 18, 2017
3.93 by 22Blue from Kansas on Feb 18, 2017
4.41 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire on Feb 07, 2017
Mosaic Pale Ale from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 116 ratings