Mosaic IPA
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Mosaic IPAMosaic IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #93
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #843
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.85%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
357
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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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World-Class
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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Photo of starstar11
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of CJNAPS
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer, probably the best one I've had from them. Nice hoppy aroma, great taste. They got the Cali Double IPA right with this one. Will pick up again.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
2.97/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This may be the best definition of regional bias inflating a rating. This is a west coast IPA at its most extreme. A 9.0% dipa that tastes like a 3.5% session IPA. Entirely bitter with little flavor and non existent malt. This is a one dimensional palate wrecker and its 94 rating is baffling.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what a dense brew. As soon as I pick up a can, it becomes immediately apparent that this is noticeably physically heavier than your average beer. Into a chalice...

L: Clear golden orange with lots of soapy white head. Very well carbonated. Lacing is not profuse, but very sticky and holds nice patterns all along the glass.

S: Tropical fruit, tropical fruit, and tropical fruit. Let's see I get papaya, guava, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, plum and mandarin orange, washed over with a spicy, peppery floral note. Not much malt to speak of.

T: Papaya is definitely predominant (I'm not fond of papayas, so this is actually a big disappointment for me) but followed up well with guava, passion fruit, plumb, and just the slightest hint of grapefruit that gives way to a big mandarin finish, which respectively dies in a peppery, clovey aftertaste that thoroughly overpowers the little bit of roasty malt on the back end. That being said, it's a good, crisp finish and my favorite part of the beer.

F: Thick, frothy, and a lot less oily than expected. Excellent.

O: Not the tastiest brew in my opinion, but incredibly complex and certainly very drinkable for any DIPA fan.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bomber poured chilled in a glass.

The color is a beautiful golden amber with great clarity and thick white head with very fine bead. the smell is off the charts great tropical and floral with citrus attributes like lime with a slight malt aroma in the smell. The feel is excellent with a good texture of hops with semi-dry quality with light astringency and medium carbonation with resinous body and mostly dry finish.

This is a superb IPA which brings a layer of taste from the hops with citrus and tropical with some orange of Amarillo in the taste and light grapefruit flavor from simcoe and hint of ime in the mosaic with slight dank herb from Chinook the malt is low in the flavor because it is all about hops. This is a high quality double IPA with great hop flavor and doesn't overwhelm the palate with bitterness

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Photo of Scooter1027
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad I got my hands on this one. Light golden color with no haziness. My pour from the bomber produced fairly significant effervescent. Classic mosaic smell, stonefruit, guava....it's great. Taste is an ode to the mosaic hop, but a crackery malt presence and the other hops involved (Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook) keep it from being one dimensional. Hard to believe it's a 9% DIPA at times, very drinkable, relatively light feeling with good carbonation. Overall one I would go back to again and again.

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Photo of ktvton
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a bright golden color with extreme clarity. Moderate carbonation with sticky lacing.

S: Massive citrus aroma upfront, piney.

T: Follows the nose very nicely with a grapefruity bitter aftertaste that lingers on. The bitterness is definitely present, though restrained by the bright citrus notes.

F: Medium body, drinks very smoothly.

O: For a 9.0% ABV this is deceptively refreshing. The alcohol is masked very well by the bright, vibrant citrus taste. This is a superb DIPA.

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Photo of jciechoski
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- beautiful medium hued gold, very clear and well filtered, robust and fluffy one finger head dissipates into a solid lingering lace along the sides.
S- the aroma says it all- mosaic. Earthy, spicey, grassy, complex hints of underlying stone fruit and ganja.
T- very similar to the smell, just lovely, I dig the substantial amount of malt in the bill but not so much that negates any of the mosaics subtleties. Just a tad of lingering bitter juiciness that leaves you wanting more; otherwise is quite smooth.
F- perfect for the style, medium level of carbonation that lingers well. Very smooth and silky.
O- have gotten this a few times now and haven't failed to be impressed each time, that said, I am a huge fan of mosaic hops and I think that this beer is up with the very best of its style; well done Saint archer.

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Photo of Eldrad
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance: clearly a filtered product. not quite as dark as you would expect for an IIPA. aroma: citrus zest, some pine, hint of herbal/grassiness in background. taste: grapefruit bitterness, some pine come to the forefront, but not an immediate hop assault. the malt profile is very nice, close to being a sweet maltiness, without quite getting there. Excellent balance between the malt and hop flavors. harmonious, complex. feel: crisp, indicative of the west coast style we all know and love. overall: this is a must-try beer; it might not get the accolades of more established west coast brewers, but saint archer has put out a quality product that can go toe-to-toe with the big boys.

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Photo of Dakota_Homebrew
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Liquid Gold.

I understand Saint Archer was bought out and this beer comes out at least three times a year. But this beer is tremendous. Favorite IPA of 2015. Ill keep this short.

Look: Gold color. No haze what so ever.

Smell: Mosaic hops smell good

Taste: Stone fruits at beginning, middle, and end. All of this rounded out by a slight malty dry backbone.

Feel: Smooth.

Overall: Mosaic hops are good.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz, San Mateo) the hempy aroma jumps right out at ya with a tad of citrius too, hop/malt balance right where I like it, a dangerously delicious double ipa

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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a crystal clarity and a light effervescence. Head is a bit low, but overall not bad.

Smell: piquant hops atop a rather honey-sweet base. It's OK.

Taste: kind of green hops with that same almost over-sweet malt. Bitterness is good, but it doesn't wow me.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. Good!

Overall: not a bad beer necessarily, but it was really underwhelming for me, especially compared to many of the other reviews here.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ox bomber into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy pale yellow with a thick head made of little bubbles.

Aroma is lemon with orange. Sweetness the smell of orange juice with a slight honey.

Taste is citrus hops with a herbal resiny taste. Coats your mouth and completely takes over.

I could wake up and drink this beer to start my day fresh.

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Mosaic IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 357 ratings