Mosaic Session IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Mosaic Session IPAMosaic Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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21
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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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 sd123
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dtumminelliob
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 TimWakimika
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rabi
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Jarhead26
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of Bearman13
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.38/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of bkess8
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 kevitivity
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Verry refreshing. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rudy
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sirwootalot
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of PierceTheElder
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mosaic Session IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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