Mosaic IPA
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #210
Ranked #1,284
4.31 | pDev: 7.89%
Jun 11, 2022
Mar 06, 2015
Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
Notes: 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.
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4.54 by USAF-Mike from California on Jun 11, 2022
3.89 by BaconFingers from Washington on Aug 26, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gatch from Massachusetts

111620, which I assume is the “best by” date. Tall cans with an attractive and simple design. I don’t like the background story of this brewery but I couldn’t pass up a Mosaic DIPA at 9% for $2.99. It’s a heavy hitter, no doubt. A hop bomb with massive sticky resin throughout. Drinkable yet boozy. Burns the nostrils but goes down smoothly. A good beer but probably overrated/scored too high.

Jul 25, 2020
4.5 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by starstar11 from Thailand

This review relates to several amazing Saint Archer Mosaic encounters from July through September 2019 in Southern California. I bought my first cans of Saint Archer around July 8th at a great little beer wine minimart behind The Residence Inn LAX on Century Blvd. based on Beer Advocate ratings.

If you love Mosaic centric IPA/DIPA beers, this is ONE OF THE TOP 5 on the West Coast. Hopefully they’ll be more mosaic hops available in June 2020 so I can stock up on Saint Archer Mosaic without having a mandatory 2 week quarantine to enter the US.

May 09, 2020
3.85 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MJwheat from Illinois

Great beer. Well balanced.

Jan 02, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Can: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy undertones with light tropical notes is enticing. Taste is also dominated by citrusy floral undertones with some light tropical notes with a pretty dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid IIPA with nice use of Mosaic hops with a dryer finish than expected.

Oct 15, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Mister_Faucher from Washington

19oz can purchased at Safeway in Bothell, Washington.
10/21/19 dating. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Brilliant, clear golden amber color. Almost no head, light pock marks on the surface. No retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell- Pretty danky, tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango, pineapple), light peach/nectarine, citrus (tangerine and lemon/lime), light berries, grassy pine, floral and herbal spice. Some nice honey/bready malt in there too.

Taste- Follows the nose, a pleasant moderate bitterness in the finish. Nice malty backbone but the hops dominate.

Feel- Medium bodied. A light carbonation pop on the tongue. Clean, crisp and semi-dry.

O- This was my first time seeing this one and thought I'd give it a shot. Easy drinking for a 9% brew but rather mundane. Surly Axeman style over rated IPA.

Sep 13, 2019
4.34 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 25, 2019
4.17 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Aug 19, 2019
4.11 by michiganmatt from California on May 11, 2019
4.04 by Donkster46 from Washington on May 10, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

I am a big fan of Saint Archer's ownership, corporate or otherwise increasing the distribution footprint here without sacrificing any quality/freshness while maintaining an affordable price point. But wait, there's more!

Pours a golden color amassing a 3/5" white head. The aroma is definitely mosaic, gives off that dank citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of amarillo supplementing the aroma too in the herbal notes.

Taste, this is what I'm talking about people, let's combine more of those familiar C hops (Chinook) giving some pine to compliment the fruit. Good firm Chinook and Simcoe bitterness, you get a full panoply of hop flavors, dry and crisp pale toasted malt body. Really amazing how light the body is, but it carries the alcohol so well, this is a dangerous beer at 9% because you really can drink it like its 5% without noticing until the buzz arrives. Beer pretty much does everything very well to great. Wouldn't hesitate to pick up another 6 pack of this next time it comes out.

May 09, 2019
3.52 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 09, 2019
4.05 by Peter_M_Morris from California on May 06, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jrockdaily from Arizona

Pretty strong for the IBU, I was expecting it to be a little less hoppy compared to other 85 IPA's. The taste is good, nothing wrong with this one.

May 04, 2019
2.75 by Acmother from New York on Apr 28, 2019
4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4.21 by stephenlee from England on Feb 12, 2019
4.09 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 07, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

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.

Jun 09, 2018
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on May 17, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by R_i_P from California

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.

May 09, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 13, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Greywulfken from New York

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...

Apr 11, 2018
4.25 by garrusthegreat from California on Apr 10, 2018
3.63 by DJTOBY from California on Mar 01, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

Had on draft at California Burger South Lake Tahoe Feb 2018

Feb 21, 2018
4.28 by Avatar113 from California on Feb 01, 2018
4.45 by rjd722 from Maryland on Jan 08, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by ctg42 from California

Fresh hops. Smooth.

Dec 12, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by detgfrsh from Texas

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.

Nov 10, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jul 27, 2017
4.61 by Bigf74x from California on Jul 08, 2017
3.52 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on May 24, 2017
3.75 by Stengelfoot from California on May 23, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

May 02, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by andrewh995 from Arizona

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.

May 01, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

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.

Mar 16, 2017
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