Mosaic IPA | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
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4.33/5
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Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
saintarcherbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mosaic is the first born child of Simcoe. Some have described it as Citra on steroids, but it’s much more than that; rich in mango, lemon, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit, herbal and stone fruit notes. With Mosaic hops and a compelling trio of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Chinook – this Mosaic double IPA is to be a sure winner in any double IPA enthusiast’s book.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#888
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
343
pDev:
7.39%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
109
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Ratings: 343 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of stephenlee
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevepat
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich pale straw color, with a vibrant, active, pale white head.
The nose is amazing and dominates as soon as the can begins to empty into the glass. Tropical blossoms, guava, passion fruit, pineapple wildflower honey, it's a hot hot mess of delights that leads the mind into a labyrinth of bee like euphoria.
Taste is, to me, the quintessential mosaic flavor. If you think you love mosaic hops, and you think you love them in west coast IPAs, then I think this is the beer for you. The beer is sweet, but it's not malty sweetness, it's the flavors of tropical fruits that come from the hops. It's those guavas and passion fruits and unseen tropical weirdness you tasted in that market in Panama, and just that flavor that lets you close your eyes and BE at the beach. In a word, YUM.
Mouthfeel is nice enough, it's edges are a bit fuzzy as opposed to the truly crisp feel I associate with a perfect west coast IPA, but it's quite nice enough.
This might be my new favorite IPA. I love Mosaic hops and I don't think I've ever tasted them displayed so wonderfully. This is a great bridge between the two popular IPA styles of today, it is crisp and clear and yet the wonder of the mosaic hop gives it a juicy, fruity flavor up there with many a hazebro can. Plus it comes in a stovepipe (19.2 oz) can! Get it, love it.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been drinking this DIPA every time I find it. Yeah, it's that good. Superb, in fact. Ralph's Supermarket here in California informed me this DIPA is winter seasonal only, but then I find 3 sixers today at Target. Go figure. Bought all 3. No hesitation.

This DIPA pours a beautiful straw color. Moderate carbonation with 1 finger of white foam. Smell is out of this world -- hops, pine, tropical fruits, citrus, grass and the perfect dank -- frinkin' heaven. The taste is the same -- smoothest damn DIPA you'll find for the price. I paid $6.99/sixer at Ralphs with their discount (buy 4 or more). Target was $4 more per sixer -- yeah, pricey -- I get that. Still, this DIPA is nearly half the price (at Ralphs) and vastly better tasting than either of Ballast Point's overpriced DIPAs (i.e., Manta Ray and Dorado).

Can't say enough good things about this DIPA. If you truly love DIPA's, this one's a keeper. Epic, in fact, for the price. Yeah, disagree all you want; it's a free country. Last comment -- buy the green six-pack cans, not the overpriced bombers, for the best freshness. The cans preserve this DIPA's freshness superbly.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold color and clear with a few fingers of ivory head... Aromas of pine fruit preview a nice Mosaic profile, plenty of juicy tropical and orchard influences, but a tight bitterness keeps the sugars in check... Smooth but with a little shellac, taut on the palate, soft on the tongue... Impressed...

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Photo of garrusthegreat
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJTOBY
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at California Burger South Lake Tahoe Feb 2018

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Photo of Avatar113
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ctg42
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Fresh hops. Smooth.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can produced on 10/2/17. Pours bright orange with a finger of white fluffy head. Smells of pine and citrus. Slightly sticky feel, well carbonated. Big, tropical fruit flavors. Bitter, but not excessive. Kind of a hop bomb, but true to the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy and golden colored with a one finger head; nice retention and strands of lacing hang around

Smell: Tropical fruit salad, with pineapple, melon, mango and lime; very floral

Taste: Tropical fruit forward, with the pineapple and melon playing a prominent role; through the middle, the mango and lime bring on some stronger flavors; the bitterness builds to a crescendo, after the swallow; underneath, there is some shortbread malt from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: More bitter than I typically like these days, this is a good example of a West Coast IPA with a Mosaic hop bill to bring in the tropical flavors

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Photo of Bigf74x
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a half inch of creamy off white. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of floral hops, but is not as prominent as anticipated for a double IPA. I'm tasting an intense burst of floral hops with some grassy hops and some light crackery malt. The mouth is very dry, lightly sticky, and dense.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear gold with a small white head. Smells is insane, mangoes and other tropical fruits, and some hops. Tastes of mangoes, other fruits, bitter hops, and some malt. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-25-16 for $2.79. Canned on 10-5-16. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has good hang time.

Nose is tropical forward, very nice.

Taste initially was bitter but as my pallette assimilates the tropical notes come out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a nice beer that is worth a shot. Would like to try a fresher version though.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp golden orange color. Beer appears a bit oily. Super thick frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of white foam and lots of sticky white lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite dank with some grass, pine and hoppy notes. Touch of orange and lemon also comes through.

Taste follows the nose with lots of dank pine, grass, with some citrus notes coming through. Bitterness is not a strong as you'd expect. Strong biscuit malt comes through on the back end. Flavors are pretty balanced. However, you start to get a bit of alcohol burn on the back end as you sip the beer and it warms up. Thats the only inkling that this beer is a 9% beast - drinks more like 6.

Fee is what you'd expect for an IPA - pretty drinkable. oily with a Dry finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall a really well-crafted dIPA - nice balanced flavors. Not sure its outstanding, but its well worth trying.

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Mosaic IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 343 ratings