Tasting: October 27, 2014
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 637
What’s interesting about Mosaic Promise from Founders Brewing?:
In 2013, Founders signed a five-year deal with an organization called ArtPrize. ArtPrize holds the world’s largest art competition annually in the brewery’s hometown – Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year, the competition took place from September 24th to October 12th. Since brewing is an art that Founders has mastered, the alignment with an organization that strives to promote creative collaboration among the masses seems like a natural partnership. That and I guess artistic community can throw back beer with the best of them. Each year, Founders intends to release a beer for the main event. In 2013, they created a black IPA – this year a single malt, single hop ale. Proceeds from the sale of Mosaic Promise go to benefit ArtPrize and their endeavors.
· How did I get it: Since it was released in the greater New York City area, I thought that this might be available in New Jersey but it didn’t materialize and I’m thankful that I picked up a couple of bottles in Rockland County, NY a couple of weeks ago.
· Vitals: 5.5% ABV ale brewed with a single malt (golden promise) and a single hop (mosaic). 50 IBU.
· Name: No surprise here – comes from the combination of hop (mosaic) and malt (golden promise).
· Label: I love the label. Ninkasi is the Sumerian god associated with brewing and was depicted in a piece of stain glass that was created by Grand Rapids artists Matt and Elizabeth Kolenda, Adrianne Hollemans and Maria Orr of Kolenda Art Glass. The 2013 ArtPrize entry was displayed at the brewery and Founders ultimately bought the stained glass piece to make it a permanent part of their taproom. Really a beautiful piece and makes the perfect label.
· Availability: Mosaic Promise was sold only in Michigan, Wisconsin, the greater New York City area and the greater Chicago area in 12 ounce bottles.
· Other acclaim: 90 points Beer Advocate.
Simplistic ale – a bright and pleasant beer. It is a little thinnish and hop dominant. Not much in the way of tropical flavors, more of a lemon/grapefruit over very mild residual blossom nectar sweetness. I wouldn’t go out of my way to stock up my fridge – but it was enjoyable – 86 points