Sunday, July 12, 2015
Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale
Greetings on this breezy and warm Sunday afternoon. I've got the BBQ warmed up and a brined chicken is rotating away on the rotisserie. Opened up one of my new GoTo beers - Karl Strauss' Mosaic Session Ale.
This beer clocks in at 5.5% ABV (wait - doesn't a session ale need to be below 5%? - no matter). It pours a light amber color - sort of a pilsner shade of yellow - and has a nice 2 finger white head. The aromas from the beer are filling the room. Let's see - Pineapple, Grapefruit, a bit of Pine and a strong note of the Ganga. Nice! The taste is wonderful - light with a bit of hop bite, but mostly hop aromas. Nice crisp finish with an abundance of carbonation. Smooth as hell and highly recommended!
The Karl Strauss Brewery has been crafting beers in San Diego for 27 years and were one of the first "micro-brews" in the area. Now, I have tried some of their beers, namely the Red Trolley Ale, and they are great, but this Mosaic Session Ale just hits it right out of the park! Yes, I admit it, I love the Mosaic Hop and, hey, if you don't, you probably won't like this one. But if you do, or if you like a great smooth easy drinking Ale, you need to try this one out.
The Karl Stauss Website (Mosaic Session Ale) -----> Three Medals
Barley Blog Review -----> Sessionable?