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Mosaic Session IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by alyssapowers on 04-22-2014

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41
Ratings:
192
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
20.1%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 192
Photo of josanguapo
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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Photo of Grunchy
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could rate the aroma higher I would. Tastes of very ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit citrusiness, mild sweetness and very little lingering bitterness. Big mouth feel for a session. I've had too many light bodied, zero mouth feel sessions. Super crushable.

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Photo of yesmynameisjosh
5/5  rDev +21.1%

My absolute favorite Karl Strauss beer. Tastes best paired with lean meats like fish and salads that aren't too salty. Don't wreck your palate or you'll not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of chavy24
4.96/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I/we had one pint of this beer this past weekend at the California State Fair. it was the best tasting beer I have ever had! went back for seconds and possibly thirds.. Guess what. they were out! never got to taste it again. we were disappointed. We want more please.

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Photo of sjzeeb
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer this year: very pale and golden in color, tropical aroma with subtle piney smell: the taste is phenomenal: a big punch of flavor: pineapple, little grapefruit, extremely citrus and I want to pound the beer! Very crisp on the palate and clean finish that suits a perfect afternoon drinking session. I am loading up on these bombers!

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Photo of ImperialSour
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

(2) 12 oz. bottles from Vons poured into a 16 oz. Ballast Point tulip glass.

A: Golden colored with a mostly clear/slightly hazy appearance. Well distributed steady stream of tiny bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass reminiscent of Champagne.

S: Juicy Grapefruit aroma comes through as soon as the top is opened and intensifies as it is poured into a glass.

T: Hops taste is a Tropical blast of Mango and Guava with and Earth and Water Finish.

M: Mouthfeel is Clean and Refreshing.

O: Mosaic is the star here and it really shines in this Session IPA definitely one of the best beers ever brewed by Karl Strauss and one of my favorite beers from San Diego. If you like this beer you should try the Mosaic DIPA from Saint Archer.

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Photo of crvcac
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great session beer, aka, highly hoped pale ale. Huge flavors and aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit and lemon dominate. The beer is balanced by a mellow malt backbone - just enough to provide balance while letting the hops dominate. A good addition to their lineup and a beer that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best session ipa i've ever had. The mosaic nose produces pineapple, mango, berries, pine, grapefruit. The malt bill on this beer is very clean and stays out of the way of the massive dry-hopping. Drinks very satisfying for a session ale. I love that this is single hop ipa...mosaic delivers something for everyone. Great lawnmower beer here. get it while its fresh and drink lots of it.

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Photo of DennisD
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Poured from 22oz bomber, purchased at their tasting room. It poured nicely out of the bottle with a thick head and golden hue. The aroma of the Mosaic hops are amazing. The flavor is just hoppy enough with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. The mouthfeel is delightful and lingers perfectly. A true session ale without discounting good aroma or flavor. Nice job brewers... I can't wait to get more!

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Photo of tprinzing
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow do I love this one!

L: pours a light golden color with a 1 finger head and reasonable lacing.

T: grapefruit comes across very strong without any sweetness. It reminded me a lot of easy jack, except that its grapefruit flavor came across in a really interesting way I can't seem to describe.

F: feels light and refreshing like a session ale should.

O: I wish Karl Strauss was more widely distributed. I no longer live in California, and this one just isn't available to me anymore which is a shame because I really like it!

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Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly phenomenal beer from Strauss. Passionfruit and grapefruit like a motherfucker, juicy as hell and extremely crushable. Best beer they've made, hands down.

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Photo of volcom858
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Mosaic Hops definitely come through in the aroma with bright tropical fruit and citrus notes. The color is straw, with a nice white head. This is an extremely drinkable and flavorful session IPA. You can definitely drink 2-3 without feeling it too much. Overall, this is a solid session IPA. Perfect for the warm summer months. If you live in California, it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of murphy1ryan
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy. Great aroma with tropical notes of pineapple, guava and citrus. Lots of stone fruit going on from the Mosaic hop. Great taste. All that tropical aroma comes through in the flavor. Nice full clean body but with out the malty-ness in too many big IPA's that weigh your tongue down. Makes me want to drink more, especially on a hot day. Love the session style of an IPA that has hit the market lately and this one holds up on the top of my list. I can drink this and not feel it in my head when I've had a few as well. Overall, a great beer that Karl Strauss put out. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
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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Photo of dtumminelliob
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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Photo of jjh19
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Bright golden color with with a beautiful, tight bubble head. It just looks good.

Smell: I get a lot of sweet citrus and a touch of sharp hops in the nose.

Taste: This beer hits my tongue with refreshing orange and grapefruit-ish notes and finishes with some hop crispness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Drinkability: Smooth. Easiest drinking beer I’ve had this year. And tastiest too. Make Mine Mosaic.

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Photo of mac31
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super piney, earthy/woody, danky, tropical nose.

Taste follows nose of pine, wood, tropical/ pineapple, grapefruit, some stone fruit as well. Huge hoppy, fresh flavor, followed by soft bitterness in the finish. Cracker like malts with a touch of sweetness. Malts are clean and give way to the hops. Body is thin, crisp, and refreshing. Easy drinking. Would love to have this on tap. I'm going to have to give this a slight nod over Easy Jack.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bruski Burgers in Mira Mesa
Full pint – 05/23/2014

A: Straw gold with some nice clarity and a slightly burnished look. My pint arrived with a smallish finger high layer of ivory cream. Good retention on it with some light streaky swaths of lace left behind.

S: Brilliant hop medley of peach and mango sherbet on the nose. All flowery and tropical with some lesser notes of pine and melon. No malt coming through here. Just really fragrant and expressive with a nice tropical fruit character.

T: Tastes much the same only not quite as tropical. Albeit still very solid. I get mango and peach mixed with green melon, tangerine citrus, and pine saplings. There is a high amount of hop bitterness there too with a small bready malt tug towards the finish. Has a good amount of dry cracker bits to it. Flavors start to fall off a touch without the excess sticky sugars to carry them through but this is still a great sessions. Nicely done.

M: Super light body and mostly creamy with a dry crisp finish. Moderate to upper amount of perceived bitterness and slightly resinous. A touch watered down feel at times.

D: It is 2014, year of the Sessions IPA and of all the breweries out there Karl Strauss shows up with this gem. Mosaics were a great choice for a sessions IPA. That hop really delivers in all arenas. Definitely worth seeking this one out and getting your crush on!

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

No bottle date

Look - Pours a light straw yellow with fluffy white head. Good retention, clinging, and distribution. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Lots of big fruity mosaic hops. Notes of mango, blackberry, kitty litter, green onion, honey, and grass. Very nice. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Big and fruity up front with a slightly bitter finish. Tastes of mango, papaya, green onion, strawberry, watermelon candy, and honey. 4.25 paws.

Feel - Very light bodied, almost watery. The ABV is a bit high to be called a session ale, but the mouth feel is right. 4.25 paws.

Overall - Not quite sure what to make of this beer since the ABV is a bit high to be called a session. As a session IPA I'd say its the best I've had, as an IPA it's definitely above average, but not quite elite. 4.25 paws.

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Photo of DoubleJ
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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Photo of Rockjocknroll
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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Photo of sderenne
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from the Rocklin brewfest. This beer stood out from all the rest. A 100 degree afternoon this beer is perfect. I love hop bombs but at times you need something a little less bold. This beer is unique and delicious. looking foreward to see this in a bottle in Nor Cal.

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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have to go with the believers on this one. Here's a beer to try if you're sceptical of Karl Strauss. It may be a big brewpub chain with a lot of non-craft lovers to please, but their brews are totally professional and many are actually excellent.

LIght blonde color. Watery body, but in a nice way. So fragrant and flowery. The taste is like green mangoes plus piney and fruity notes. Honeysuckle nose.

A great quaff and what I hope is the new trend in lighter IPAs-- long on aromatics and short on bitterness. On tap at 57 Degrees at Washington St.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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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Photo of dannydetox
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one drinks somewhere between a session ipa and a west coast pale. pale gold in color with crystal clarity, plus a small, but persistent white head and light lacing remain in the glass. aroma is tame, and i would have liked to nose more of that red grapefruit/tropical fruit quality mosaic can lend. i find that i get more of the aromas after swallowing down the beer. clean, crackery malt provides a little more to the mouthfeel than the typical session ipa, but lacks the robustness most pales bring to bear. some might say 5.5% is too high for a session beer, but i think it squeaks by. it certainly is refreshing and easy to drink.

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