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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013)Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013)

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; clear, deep orange with a sizable white fluffy head that fades after a bit leaving chunky lacing.
Smell is very nice; dank herbal scents and bitterness along with some lighter notes of citrus and other fruit.
Taste doesn't have that awesome hoppiness that the smell had, but it's a nice standard IPA flavor, more west-coast style. Clean generic malt base with a very nice dose of hops; mostly earthy bitterness with some herbal qualities, unfortunately the fruit in the nose doesn't come through very well.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-light bodied.
Overall, I think I actually enjoyed this one from the bottle more than the glass. The fruit seemed to come through better; when this one is poured out, the nose writes checks that the taste can't cash. Still a step up from what other SA beers I've had though.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by Aug 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large fairly dense off white head. Leaves some decent lacing all the way down. Lots of tiny bubble visible in the body. Head takes a while to dissipate.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma, the mosaic is an aromatic hop. Not an overdose like more IPA's, thinking this will be more balanced than a hopbomb. Malt adds some sweetness and breadiness.

T: Mosaic hops do pull through for a real pleasant citrusy hop. Bittering flavor is fairly dominate throughout which is good.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A bit sticky but sort of expected from these hops. Fairly easy drinking though.

Overall a real nice entry from Sam Adams. Love the focus on mosaic hops as they are an amazing new hop. Give this one a go.

Photo of samtrillo
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Pretty deep amber and some lacing.

Bit of a tropical fruit head. Not too strong.

They went pretty malty on this one. The Mosaic hops I get that orange mandarin. Some grassy dirty bitterness.

Overall this one is a goo IPA. Looking for more fruit flavor maybe.

Photo of mintjellie
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New copper penny in colour with a well-formed, moderately retentive, and lacy off-white head. Gentle grapefuit and pine aroma with a hint of nuts. Hop-forward with bright grapefruit and lemon notes, with the malts contributing a barely noticeable nutty character. Citrus lasts long into the finish, being joined by a leafy bitterness. Moderately bitter. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, slightly slick mouthfeel. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a good easy drinking American-style IPA with a clean and simple citric profile.

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Attractive clean amber, with a large head of off-white bubbles. Brilliant, showy, and intricate lace.

Nose is crisp citrus and pine hops. Quite appealing.

Taste is nicely hopped, with plenty of grapefruit and lemon citrus tones. I also get some peppery spice and some earthiness. Overall, a well-balanced and highly drinkable IPA -- not a hop bomb, but a well-done and session-worthy brew. Superb!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mosaic Version of the Lat 48 is great. The beer is very well balance and carries a nice pine scent and taste with a slight oily resin to it. The color clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is another winner by Sammy A!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Pint glass.
A- clear copper, foamy slightly off-white head, leaves considerable lacing.
S- citrus, piney hops, caramel malts
T- hops ,sweet malts, citrus hops
M- Body is medium with a low/medium carbonation and some bitterness
O- easy drinking. Nice IPA. Would get again.

Photo of jploving
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The mosaic hop....never heard of it...so when I read on the bottle this IPA was made with the mosaic hop I gladley picked it up for $7.97 at my neighborhood grocery store....(it was on sale)...
I waited until I installed a new sump pump under my house before I opened the first bottle..it was a way to reward myself for a successful home project...
I did not get a lot of aroma when i initially opened up the bottle...a little more when I poured it in a pint glass....a little more sweet (maybe some citrusy notes) than I remember the last time I drank a Sam Adams Latitude IPA.
This is a very well balance beer. There is a nice malty backbone-firm but not strong like the older IPA--but the hop characteristics are more pronounced and better defined. The cliche grapefruit and piney flavors are certainly there, but for some reason I tasted a bit of peach and sweet apple...that is what i enjoyed the most. To me, this Latitude IPA is much better than the elder.
Once again, Sam Adams matches body and ABV with great accuracy....and just enough bitterness lingers after the swallow to make you want another sip...this is a nice IPA for snobs and rookies alike.
I rate it 3.75

Photo of Brewsephus
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager specialty pint glass.
Enjoy by date on bottle 6/2013.

A- Pours a robust 2 finger, off-white head, with small/medium bubbles. Leaves 1/2 inch of lacing around inside of glass. Brilliantly clear, with many bubbles in suspension. Copper colored.

S-Very nice bouquet on the nose. Pine, tropical fruits, cherry, blueberry.

T-Strong malt character, but seems very balanced in conjunction with the hops and alcohol. Lovely pine character lends itself to the finely metered bitterness. The late addition hops seem to be more earthy than floral. There is a slight amount of fruit, albeit muted. Blueberry, sweet cranberry and a tinge of mango.

M- The mouth-feel is spot on. Very balanced malt usage and dialed in hop scheduling make this beer a master craftsman's product. The carbonation is exact; not over or underdone. The beer has a wonderful body and is very round.

O- I think this beer is one of Sam Adams' best offerings. Not being very impressed with this nauseatingly long resume, I feel like they miss the mark a lot of the time. While they MUST have great brewers under tenure, it is seldom that they are given a portion, let alone, free reigns to make something memorable. Latitude 48 with Mosaic is exactly that. It is a fantastic beer that has been toned back by commercial interests. This is the work of a brewery that does not operate with any sort of reckless abandon. This is a beer that is very session-able, ringing in at a modest 6.0% ABV. I love what this beer is trying to be, but it doesn't quite reach that mark for me. Tasty, with room for improvement.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best Before date: July 2013.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber/orange with an off white finger and a half tall head. The head dies down fairly quick and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma: A very floral smelling IPA, definitely getting more European hops than American; fresh cut grass, some pine, and a little bit of grapefruit, lemon and red berries(The new Mosaic hop varietal). Underneath the transcontinental hop profile is some flowery yeast on top of sweet smelling bready yeast.

Taste: Hops upfront; grapefruit, lemon, pine, grass and a little bit of melon from the mosaic hops. The hops are stabilized by a substantial, bread-like chewy malt backbone. The beer finishes a tad watery, but still dry with a lingering, gentle hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied, with moderate carbonation. Sligtly chewy.

Overall: A decent, widely distributed IPA from Sam Adams. I'm happy that Sam Adams has updated this recipe to include the new Mosaic hop varietal. This is nothing mindblowing, but it is a nicely balanced beginner's IPA that is easy drinking, yet still offers enough complexity to pick apart the different hop flavors.

Photo of marcobrau
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with ample carbonation that settles to a thin layer of foam with some lacing left behind. Smells of melon and lychee with some heavy grassiness when the glass is swirled. There's also a little bit of peach and definitely some orange in there. Quite a complex hop aroma and flavor...all sorts of stuff comes out eventually; pithy orange, black pepper and an earthy, woody character towards the finish. Slighty soapy, almost waxy mouthfeel. Weird (clean glass.) The hop flavor is bigger and complex than I expected. The bitter finish isn't evident at first, but shows up late and builds on the palate. An interesting IPA.

Photo of Caj1
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The new formulation of Latitude 48 IPA with new Mosaic hops is described by the blurb on my Fall sampler package as being more citrusy, and it's true. Poured from the bottle with a January freshness date into my favorite pint glass, this is much like the Latitude 48 that I remember, a light copper-gold with two fingers of thinnish-foamy head, very good retention for SA (~15 minutes and I still have a finger of head) and decent lacing. Moderate carbonation bubbles rise lazily to the surface. Looking good so-far.

Smell is floral, citrusy and slightly earthy hops on the front of the nose, sweet malty bread on the back of the throat. Very moderate and not overpowering. Taste is again hops at the front, and there's a more citrusy note than the old Latitude 48, which had more tannin and pine quality. This makes for a much more refreshing beer. The tannin/pine flavors are still present but more subdued, and the sweet bready taste of the beer more readily filters through. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; this is definitely a summer beer, which makes me wonder why SA wanted to include it in the Fall release, but whatever, it still tastes good.

This is a small but substantial improvement over the old formulation of the Latitude 48, which makes for an overall lighter, crisper flavor that goes well when you need an easy-to-drink beer that strikes a good balance between bready flavors and hops. This also makes a good primer for hoppy IPAs and would be a good introduction to the style for beer newbies. I'm giving this a relatively high score; I could drink this all day.

To good health and good beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops with some grassy notes. Taste is a great mix of floral hops notes of fruit with light lingering sweet notes and with light bitterness which can be found in the aftertaste. Body is about average with great carbonation. I really enjoyed the Mosaic hops which to me present some similarities with New Zealand hops type.

Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a modest off white head that recedes quickly. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is piney floralhops with some fresh turned earth. A slight whiff of cat later on.
Taste is piney grapefruit resinous hops. Good amount of malt support.
Mouthfeel is smooth fairly modest carbonation. Medium bodied and easy drinking in spite of the resin quality. Finish is dry piney bitter finish. Just a touch of sweet malts to smooth it a bit.
Overall a fine AIPA. I like the hopology latitude 48 hop rotation. Keep them coming.

Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clarion coppery gold topped with a solid, frothy eggshell head. Drippy sheets of lacing plaster the glass. Floral, melon, pine needle, and light grapefruit aromas on top of some sweet, cracker malt. Green, perfumy hops upfront leading to peach, pine, mint, lemon and some malty sweetness. Medium bodied and crisp with a satisfactory bitterness. Pretty interesting. I'm looking forward to trying all the other Mosaic hopped beers that spring up this year.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a very nice cream colored, pillowy head with great retention and chunky lacing. A light aroma of slightly citrus, quite floral hops and light bready yeast. Flavor is sweet malt, floral, piney hops and light fruit juice with that tapers off abruptly to a lingering light floral hops and sweet juice finish. The citrus and floral hops leave a long lasting lingering aftertaste. Medium bodied with nice mouth feel from carbonation. A quite pleasant, somewhat sweet IPA with a enough light malt to support and present the Mosaic hops. I like the idea of a single varietal being presented this way and this was a non-challenging, but pleasant way to taste the hops.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of melon.
T: The taste has initial flavors of caramel malts with a little bit of associated sweetness. Notes of citrus and melon hops are also noticeable and contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little maltier compared to other IPAs but it is easy to drink and the flavors of the Mosaic hops could be enough of an incentive to make me want to try this again.

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper orange, very little carbonation, slight haze, 4 fingers of slight beige white head with large and small bubbles and excellent retention.

S: Orange, orange candy, berry, caramel malts, it smells sweet and candied.

T: Orange, caramel, raspberry, toasted malts and yeasty dough bomb, dull fresh bitterness that lasts on the end. Slight blueberry, but its not anything like a blueberry flavoured beer or blueberry mead, just a tart berry like quality.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really well crafted and fresh beer. Could enjoy this many times over.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sam Adams continues to put out good product after good product - The Latitude 48 IPA, from the Hopology collection does not disappoint.

This is by far the best looking brew I have had, possibly ever. It's a gorgeous, light-roasted caramel color with hints of amber in the light. The head is thick, off-whitish mixed with a very, very light tan and the head and lacing have staying power all the way to the bottom. The smell is not the normal overpowering IPA scent, but other than that, it's a definite IPA odor. Mouthfeel is silky with plenty of carbonation. The taste is smooth - not the normally bitter IPA, but less so and it goes down fast, if you're not careful. Overall, this might very well be the best offering I have had from Sam Adams.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a nice amber color; with a thick head.

Smell - It has a flora, pine, and citrus( like a grapefruit ) smell to it.

Taste - The pine taste is the most dominant; with a grapefruit sourness to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, and it sticks to your mouth afterwards.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer, but the pine taste can be strong.

Photo of neenerzig
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams beer glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber color. Has a nice, fluffy white head that is about an inch thick when poured. Eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with quite a nice surface coating of foam and lost of lacing. Quite excellent in fact in the lacing department here! Aromas of nice, slightly toasted, caramel malt, some spicy nuttiness, and the distinct fruityness brought on by the Mosaic hops. Has a good, slightly toasted caramel malt sweet flavor front that gives way to the aforementioned spicey nut-esque flavor and is rounded out by somewhat bitter hops with hints of orange and pineapple for sure! Has a slightly crisp and prickly, smooth, slightly sticky, a bit frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation and a dry finish and somewhat bitter aftertaste. A very good, solid effort here indeed from the fine folks at The Boston Beer Company!

Eric

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a pure dark copper color, with hits of amber. A frothy cream colored head sits on top for a good while before settling to a nice film. Good thick lacing coats the glass initially. The aroma is straight forward and quite good with woody, piny hops coming in with notes of fruits and citrus to accompany. The beer tastes quite bitter up front with spices and wood laying a layer under the bitter grapefruit of hops. A subtle apricot note is found in the middle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this is good enough to session, despite the ABV.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy dark beige head that slowly reduces to couple of small medium thick patches, a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some slightly lighter tropical/melon hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of tropical/melon and citrus/grapefruit rind hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: An interesting choice of hops (Mosaic) make this beer one that is worth trying and even worth trying again. I found it to be slightly sweeter and slightly maltier than other examples of the style. Fairly easy to drink.

Photo of SSS
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, this beer is a good reliable beer, for when I am feeling down.

A-Nice dark amber color
S-Smells like heaven, hoppy, pine, citrus
T-Takes incredible, great balance between bitter and sweetness.
M-Full yet light, nice head that doesn't overcrowd the beer
O-What an IPA should be.

Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bottle during my recent foray to Mari's 6-Pac 'n' Mor in Reading and I have been waiting for a cold to kick to better sense this new strain of hops. I felt quite fortunate last year to get the Latitude 48 series in total and I am anxious to see what this newest addition is like.

From the bottle: "Our 2013 release features Mosaic (TM) hops, a new hop from the Pacific Northwest. They add a burst of citrus notes to the distinctive layers of German, English and other American hops, all from growing regions near the 'hop belt' of the 48th Latitude. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

I went with another aggro pour as I really wanted to get the scent of hops going in my kitchen. Guess what? It worked! It smelled like pine resin and my mouth instantly began to water. Gimme dem hops, man! The color was a deep-copper like an old girlfriend's hair and the clarity was beyond NE-quality. I could see what the Fates were about to weave into my future and it looked like beer. I could also see loads of tight, tiny bubbles of carbonation and I began to long for my SA glasses that broke in a recent kitchen cleaning mishap. As the finger of light-tan foam began to fall, it was already leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was soft, not at all abrasive as some IPAs can be, and the burst of flavors on the tongue was phenomenal! Pine, grapefruit, someone mentioned blueberry and I got that kind of light tartness. Wow. Finish was like deodorant - arid, and extra dry. Man, I caught the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara in my throat and all I could think to do was to take another sip, exacerbating the "problem". Ha! Yeah, some problem, all right. The blueberry flavor really began to take hold on the extreme finish. This is an AIPA for hopheads. All malt buffs need not apply.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.