Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise

Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise

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Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise, a single mosaic-hopped brew, marks another wonderful creation from a brewery that already has several hall-of-fame type beers on its resume, such as Founders KBS, Harvest Ale, and All Day IPA.

You may have noticed that Mosaic hops are all the rage lately. If not for the influx of sours and Gose beers on the market, Mosaic hops might be all anyone discusses. The new hop strain, developed roughly in 2012, is a complex hop comprised of robust, aromatic and flavor profiles that are challenging to describe. However, the most easily recognizable aspect of Mosaic hop involves its utter lack of any pine, herbal, or earthy qualities; it’s almost purely fruity in nature. Flavors range from subtle berry notes to a citrusy character. Nothing demonstrates those aromatic and tasting qualities more than a single hop variety, such as with Founders Mosaic Promise. There’s no hiding the Mosaic hops in this beer – it’s a one-hop show!

While West Coast IPAs are known for their in-your-face bitterness and East Coast IPAs are a bit more floral, Colorado and Midwest breweries have often produced IPAs that are somewhat in between, in my opinion. To me, Mosaic hopped beers personify that “in-between” nature, minus the aforementioned pine and herbal notes. It’s bitter, but it’s mostly about flavor – lots and lots of flavor.

Leave it to Founders to make the most out of a single hop. Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise not only celebrates Mosaic hops, but it also offers beer drinkers an opportunity to appreciate the qualities of beer that many sometimes forget to notice. Beer is more than just hops; there’s an array of available malts and a little thing we like to call carbonation. I think beer aficionados often forget the significance of carbonation in the beer, and what it does to the palate. If you don’t believe me, have a flat soda and tell me if it is good. This is not to say all beer needs carbonation, because they do not. Some beers are perfect without any semblance of bubbles, but some beers need it. To be sure, carbonation changes the nature of the beer and should not, and cannot, be ignored.

Moreover, as mentioned, malts are different, sometimes way different. Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise showcases Golden Promise Malt, which is regularly found in Scottish Ales that are often light, low hopped, and are brownish in color due to the caramelized malt used in the brewing process. Mosaic Promise does not possess caramel malt notes, but the gentle sweetness of the malt that provides the backbone to that Scottish-ale-brewing process plays perfectly with the highly aromatic and tasty notes associated with the Mosaic hops. Throw in the carbonation, which deftly cuts through the sweetness, and one gets a light, crisp, easy-drinking, highly flavorful beer. Founders Brewing Mosaic Hops is perfect for summer — nice hops flavor, a touch sweet, a little acidic and bubbly, and…well, it’s just incredibly good.

Like any good brew, a recipe involves numerous variables, and if those variables are in the hands of a skilled brewer, the result is deliciousness — that is Founders Brewing Mosaic Promise.

Mathew Powers

Mathew Powers

Forever part of the Sommbeer family, Matt's journey from beer geek to beer writer has included regular contributions to Chilled Magazine, Thrillist.com, and his blog, "A Pint of Chicago," for the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He's also published non-beer-related items on various magazines, "webzines," and Ebooks. But, Sommbeer was, is, and always will be his home.
Mathew Powers