Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2014) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yuenglingfan101 on 06-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Aug 2014. Sampled on July 21, 2014.

This is a highly attractive looking medium amber pour with a long lasting off-white head that stays to the end and excellent clarity.

The aroma is mellow and subtle with its earthy hop character enhancing the grainy and barley malts that introduce themselves first.

The body is definitely in the medium mouthfeel range.

The malts express themselves briefly in the taste but those earthy Mosaic hops take over in short order and penetrate the senses. Samuel Adams knows how to do these specialty brews right and since I cannot get similar brews from other parts of the country I am satisfied with what Sam Adams produces.

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found this recently in the singles cooler at Country Garden Six Pack here in Lancaster and decided to bring it home and give it a whirl. I am winnowing down my bottle backlog and look forward to a return to The CANQuest (tm) shortly.

From the bottle: "Explore this series of single hop IPAs - each begins with our Latitude 48 IPA recipe and deconstructs it to feature one of the unique hop varieties. To taste the unique character of each hop in a sampling flight[,] start from 1 to 5, saving Latitude 48 IPA for last to taste all 5 hops in one."; "A single hop version of Latitude 48 IPA"; "This single hop IPA is brewed using only Mosaic hops. These distinctive American hops contribute subtle fruit notes of pineapple & Mandarin orange along with hints of eucalyptus. These delicate notes are complimented by the sweetness of the malt. Growing Region: Yakima Valley, WA"

I Pop!ped the cap and employed a relatively gentle pour due to the relative age of the beer. I need not have been concerned as the clarity remained button-bright and I even got a finger of tawny head out of it, albeit brief. Nose was sweet, slightly minty, more malty than hoppy, but look at what the label said. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was pronounced in terms of its maltiness, but I was still experiencing a fruitiness that led me to wonder just how "subtle" it was in the first place. The finish was semi-sweet, which seemed odd for an AIPA, but again, the label's notes left me curious as to what they were trying to achieve.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale chalice: color is copper, head is tan and presents 1/2 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma is bitter and malty: hops are earth and pine, caramel malt notes with some toast.

Taste is cleaner and less malty than some of the other Deconstructed series, caramel flavor is toned down some and hops are piney but not overpowering with some earthy dryness.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice bitter presence and lingering malt and hop flavors, nice carbonation and drying qualities.

Overall one of the better of the series good malt flavor and a touch cleaner, dryer flavor.

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a clear orange/gold with some slight haze that might be from the temp then

the beer itself. There is a slight layer of foamy white head on the beer with a slight wisp of

lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity with a hint of pine but then pushes out with a citrus aroma. A touch of

tangerine mixed with pine needle aroma is pretty much the whole story here in the nose.

The taste is again fruity sweet with a sugary candy flavor. There is some lemon zing and

some mellow peaches in the background. The bitterness does have a nice presence toward

the end and that seems to just cut off the end with a slight bite.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a good drinkable feel that does have some

aftertaste that does hang for a brief moment but does not overwhelm the palate with a

weighted resin feel.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Light; golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Doesn't quite smell like the Mosaics I've known. Citrus topnote is pleasant, but where is the fruit and pine? Okay, there's the fruit, but also hints the caramel that dominate the East Golding single hop varietal.

T: Mmmmm. Sweet, sweet, fruit. Almost candy-sweet and juicy as all hell (watermelon Jolly Rancher). I could see canned peaches, strong lemon (both juice and zest), pineapple, papaya. Aftertaste is gently and pleasantly bitter, but without any real bite.

M: Smooth, light, and tongue-coating.

O: I do like Mosaic, but I wish the malt base were a bit drier to really highlight hop. Ah, well, still recommended.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive off-white amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is quite heavy of a tropical fruity nature with lots of mango. tangerine and papaya there. Along with the tropical fruits comes some lighter bready and caramel smells as well as a little bit of a floral and pine aroma. Overall the aroma is quite pleasant and smooth.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and bready flavor with a good deal of tangerine. Along with these flavors comes a little bit of a grapefruit hop upfront. As the flavor advances, more and more breadiness comes to the tongue along with some other tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and mango. Other hop flavors of a floral and grassy nature also join the tongue, but with these remaining rather light. While the floral and grassy that join remain rather light, a pine hop taste which joins the taste at the end, actually gets somewhat stronger, and mixes with the sweeter and maltier flavors of the brew to leave a nice smoothly hopped, sweet, and malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is above average in its thickness with a carbonation level that is average. The thicker body and average carbonation create a nice base for the mix of sweet and hop and create a rather easy drinking, malty, and sweet IPA.

Overall – Quite a tasty IPA. About as good as the original latitude 48 (maybe just a touch below the original), While I am kind of partial to mosaic hops and would highly recommend this brew, it may not be quite as balanced as the original, but even said it is very easy drinking and delicious overall.

Photo of ZAP
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Getting berries and floral notes from the aroma...some pine...taste takes on some herbal notes along with blueberries and blackberries...

Interesting flavors. I don't get pineapple or oranges as suggested but a unique, yet subdued flavor and aroma to this. I've had other Mosiac beers I loved and was looking forward to tasting it isolated in this beer. In the end the malt base may be a bit too heavy handed to allow the single hop to shine in this beer.

Drinks like a solid APA in my opinion

Photo of MikeB20
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with a two finger light tan head. Looks identical the the EKG version of this beer. Lacing, again, is sparse.

S: Much more hop forward than the #1 beer in this series. Very ripe pineapple and orange-like citrus aromas. Caramel malt is still present but it's not longer in the foreground. Mosaic is the hop I'm least familiar with out of the bunch but if I were guessing I'd say it's described as tropical. The aroma is inviting for a nice cold beer on a warm summer afternoon.

T: The pineapple and orange aromas carry over to the flavor but the orange is more in line with rind than flesh. They're both strong flavors and they've really pushed the malt flavors to the finish. Sweet malt helps to offset the hop bitterness and it all works nicely.

M: Moderate body and carbonation but the body does seem to be lower than with the East Kent Goldings version of the beer. My guess is it's an illusion created by the increase in hop intensity.

O: The #2 Mosaic hop makes this much more of an IPA than the #1 EKG hop. This would make a solid IPA on it's own even if it does lack a little complexity. Headed in the right direction with this being a better beer than the first. I'm looking forward to trying the others and then revisiting Latitude 48 to finish things up.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy and herbal;

T: earthy up front; pink grapefruit explodes at mid-palate; moderate bitterness with some residual grapefruit at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; nice complexity; the whole deconstructed concept is great;

Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only Mosaic hops. These distinctive American hops contribute subtle fruit notes of pineapple & mandarin orange along with hints of eucalyptus. These delicate notes are complemented by the sweetness of the malt." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Released as part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA variety pack, available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory Pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam biscuity white head over a maple orange body with high clarity, flecks of sediment in tow and ample lively carbonation. Retention is above average. 3.75

(Smell) The Mosaic hop generates a bold dose of uncommon tropical fruit and citrus notes, mango, pineapple, tangerines and oranges, with lesser notes of grapefruit, lemon and pine. The hop itself is a very potent and strong hop and dominates the nose, leaving very little space for the paler malt body to be noticed. Potency is medium/high. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is a bit more muted on the hop front than the aroma would suggest, with mild juicy tropical fruits and less citrus character shining through. Mango, tangerine and mild grapefruit form an enjoyable but relaxed hop profile, and what was an aromatically repressed malt base is now able to shine through, a fairly simple pale malt base with some caramel syrup sweetness and a pinch of bread malt for body, equally flavorful. The Mosaic hop steals the show, as expected. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly oily, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and moderate crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off flavors. 3.5

(Overall) I love the Mosaic hop for its very wild and unique flavor characteristics and feel that it's the next big thing in hops if it isn't already here. Many breweries local and big names are finding ways to integrate Mosaic into their hop selections, and Latitude 48 IPA was retooled about a year ago to integrate this cutting-edge hop into the flavor. The only downside to this hop is that it fades quickly with time- so enjoy it as fresh as possible. This is one of the more enjoyable beers in the Deconstructed pack for its flavor potential. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Mosaic IPA

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with some off white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and sweet grapefruit, with some floral hops and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like pineapple and apricot and grapefruit, with some honey malt. It had a clean bitter and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great IPA, with delicious tropical scent and taste. The body was weak but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. By far the best piece to the Latitude 48 puzzle.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2014) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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