Mosaic Session IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Mosaic Session IPAMosaic Session IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #219
Ranked #3,384
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
Mosaic Session IPAMosaic Session IPA
Notes: Formerly Mosaic Session Ale

Before the Mosaic hop even had a name (back when it was just known as “HBC 369”), our brewers couldn’t wait to get their hands on some. Mosaic Session IPA is bursting with vibrant grapefruit aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Our signature dry-hopping technique delivers an incredibly drinkable lower ABV beer without sacrificing hop appeal. From a small test batch to the bottle you now hold in your hands, this isn’t a one-and-done beer. Sit back, have a few, and enjoy your session.
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3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

February 29th, 2016 - We're sessioning Leap Year with Karl Strauss, with offers a nice, bubbly and blonde brew with a slight hop dankness (because would it be a San Diego beer without some of that weedy stank?) There's also a bit of wet cloth smell to it that edges dangerously close to milder, as well as some pineapple brightness. That pineapple reflects more strongly in the flavor, with the foamy and light palate and a short taste. The flavor, like the aroma, is hoppy but only mildly so, with most of the flavor experience concentrated up front, and fading quickly by the mid-taste.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Apr 21, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look and smell didn't let on how good this was going to be. Very bland looking and the smell is something like unripe mango and honey, but the taste is great. Mango, pineapple, lemon, wheat, and more all dancing around in my mouth. Great mouthfeel too.

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timon from California, Jan 31, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper and clearly filtered with moderate carbonation and a half finger of white head.

Smells of malt, and a touch of caramel and children's aspirin.

Taste of light tropical fruit, blueberry, and caramel.

Light body with a little foamy carbonation.

I got this in Roseville, CA and am drinking it in Redding today. Decent, light, and perhaps I got a bottle past its prime.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Jul 21, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great session IPA. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a small foamy head. Average head retention and thick lacing. Aroma is very good. So much tropical fruit aroma that you would describe it as much floral in addition to citrus. Flavor is good too!!! Average IPA bitterness and a variety of tropical fruit flavors including passion fruit and mango. Mouthfeel is crisp, mildly bitter and rich enough for an IPA, without having to say "session". I had it on tap at the Sea Salt restaurant in Torrey Pines CA. Would look forward to drinking it again.

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JayQue from Virginia, Feb 27, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped 3378. Golden body with slight chill haze, frothy white head hangs around for a minute or two. Juicy Mosaic aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Juicy hop flavors hitting bright notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon-lime, and tangerine; malt base is mild but adds sweetness by means of light caramel & biscuit. Medium body, tart bitterness, fairly clean and balanced finish. Great flavors, easy drinking, and a good one when you want to sit and have a few.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Feb 17, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is very light yellow/amber with minimal head. Notes of melon, tropical fruits (guava, papaya, pineapple, etc.), pine, hops, and perhaps lemon grass. Taste is very light with bitterness well balanced. Very clean, light, crisp IPA. Great for a hot summer afternoon.

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bokaba from California, Jul 15, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

massive white foam but with coarse bubbles, seemingly a little overcarbonated - do they bottle condition? yellow with orange, lots of carbonation, slight haze when sediment is poured.
Good Mosaic hop aroma, sweet mango, blueberries, vanilla even
Taste is rather simple with clear hop long lasting hop bitterness with some fruity touch to it. The malt is hardly noticed.
Quite fizzy but not watery thin which is nice for a session beer.
Remarkeable session ale.

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safaricook from Netherlands, Dec 03, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tan gold color. There's a nice almost melony note to it with a crisp finish. Easy drinking and enjoyable. I wouldn't mind drinking another one of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on July 10th 2017.

L: Pours a clear, light gold, with a big fluffy off white head that retains quite well.

S: Aroma is mainly the Mosaic, giving off very fruity and herbal notes, seems as if there is a nice malt backbone for this too.

T: Again, there is a lot of Mosaic present here, nice clean and refreshing flavors, of grapefruit, light herbal grass flavors, and a nice light biscuity like malt. Very nice.

F: Light, crisp and semi-dry.

O: Definitely sessionable, the hops don't hit you in the face like many IPAs today, they are nice and light flavors. I have always loved Mosaic hops and Karl Strauss used them very well in this brew.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderately high hop aromas of tropical fruit, berries, and slight earthiness.

A: Light golden color, totally clear with a thick white uniform head. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate hop flavors of tropical fruit, berries and earthiness, there is a light malt presence, coupled with a moderately light bitterness. The beer finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid; the beer has a light clean malt presence and really lets the mosaic hop shine.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Feb 01, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at CoCheese in Shanghai, China.

A: the beer is a clear golden color with an off-white head that last a minute or so.

S: Citrus hops, honey, light grass, bread. Very fresh!

T: Very balanced. Floral hops, fresh taste with some light bread and a little sweetness

Overall: I usually don't like lighter beers like this but this beer has a great balance and a refreshing lightness while still retaining a lot of flavor.

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BucBasil from South Carolina, Nov 25, 2016
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From XXXII. In Teku glass. After dinner. Body, bittermess and fruityness at perfect levels, in both mouth and nose. What envy give me those yankies that can have easy access to it!

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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled on this in a dive/hipster bar in San Diego while traveling. Drank with some fish tacos. I knew it had to be hyper-local, but am a bit stunned it only has one other rating on here!
In any case, this is a great beer. The mosaic pale/ipa has become a popular sub-style these days and I'm a big fan of mosaic hops with all their citrusy goodness. These beers can go too far, though, becoming like IPA soda in their fruitiness. This beer, however, avoids that entirely. It has all the good of the Mosaic, but it stays within bounds. Smooth, tasty, and refreshing, as a session should be.

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dtumminelliob from Massachusetts, May 13, 2016
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow, slightly hazy, massive sticky off white head that left tons of lacing. Aromas and flavors of tortilla chip malts, grapefruit and lime-zest, pineapple...pretty much a dreamy mosaic ale. It's not the best mosaic ale I've ever had but it gets the job done nicely. Paired excellently with chips and spicy guacamole.

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crob3888 from California, Apr 28, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A little hazy; light gold/nearing straw. Copious tight head.
S: Ridiculous amounts of grapefruit. Some pale malt.
T: Goddamn; if I didn't know any better I'd say this was a radler. The mosaic is off-the-charts prominent with grapefruit...and more grapefruit. Very bright and flavorful with a kick of resin thrown in. Crisp and a forever finish.
M: Mid-weight on the palate; feels like a great West Coast IPA but a little lighter (go figure).
O: Super impressed. This is the fourth beer I've had of Karl Strauss and it makes me want more. Extremely well done if you like citrusy sessions.

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Rockjocknroll from California, Apr 27, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Call it a pale ale damn it! The smell is great but the taste doesn't follow. It's not bad, don't get me wrong. But the smell is really fruity with mango and litchee and the taste is more on the bubble gum

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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a bit surprised at the high rating this beer has received. It seems to promise a nice bright fruity offering of mosaic hops but it ends up just a so-so pale ale with some non descript bittering and over carbed malty finish. Not all that impressed with this one. It's not a bad beer - don't get me wrong. It's just that I don't taste any of the awesomeness of the mosaic hops. If you really want to taste true mosaic hops, try Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes.

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MeanMotaScootah from California, Mar 09, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer;

Below the big soapy head lays a yellow orange body with lots of perky bubbles racing to the top. Good head retention on top.The aroma hits you with generous doses of pine, pineapple, and mango with an alcohol percentage around the area of a pale ale. Mosaic Session Ale delivers the hoppiness commonly found in an IPA. I taste orange, pineapple, pine, clean and flavorful in character and it goes down very easy. Simply put, one of the beer world's better kept secrets in this category.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Feb 10, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as part of a Christmas bundle from a friend in Los Angeles.

Pours a bright, slightly cloudy orange with an almost gauzy head. It smells exactly like fruit snacks, which should be weird but is instead quite inviting. It's toasty, wheaty, and has a thick body of apricot and grapefruit zest - yum! Unlike most other hoppy beers (and it is QUITE hoppy), this stuff doesn't zap the inside of your mouth and is quite refreshing. The name is quite accurate, I would gladly knock back several of these puppies.

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Sirwootalot from Minnesota, Dec 29, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange color with white head. Fresh hoppy aroma with citrus fruits. Taste is also nice and fruity with a bit of dankness but mostly fresh and fruity. Body is crisp and slightly mineral. For a session IPA it's quite tasty.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 02, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Yellow with a haze, white thick head
S-Belgium yeasty smell, some banana
M-Light mouthfeel with high end carbonation
T-Bitter front end sweet after taste
O-A nice beer with Mosaic hops

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SSS from Quebec (Canada), Nov 06, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hued with somewhat murky quality that doesn't let much light through. A half inch of off white rests on top. The aroma is amazing mosaic floral hops. I taste a blend of the mosaic floral hops and tropical hops that are reminiscent of overripe pineapple. The mouth is slightly stick and chewy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Sep 26, 2015
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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First, 5.5% is a session ale now, eh? Hmmm. Also, no bottle dates? C'mon, Karl! This one tasted a touch dated, some honeyed malt coming through, not super unpleasant or anything but not adding to the beer either. Nose hints at something good, some light pineapple goodness. Body is a bit thin/hollow, especially for the ABV. I dunno. Heard good stuff about this, and I feel like lurking beneath the surface there's something going on (there's the faintest hint of an interesting herbal/savory malt finish), but this particular bottle, whether from age or whatever, just never quite got the motor revving.

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breadwinner from California, Sep 12, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good session ipa that is stellar showcasing the hop. Lots of citrus grapefruit comes thru. Body is fuller than most session ipas and at 5.5%, it isn't simply hop water. By far the best I've had from Karl Strauss and top 5 in session category, and probably the best

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IpaBeerDrinkers from California, Sep 01, 2015
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3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinking this one from a 22oz. bottle. Pours a thick tight head and a bright hue similar to Budweiser. Lots of grapefruit smell but there's something in the aftertaste (kind of a cardboard flavor) that keeps me from wanting to take another sip. This beer is not for me.

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OldSchoolBrewer from California, Aug 23, 2015
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