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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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Reviews: 79
Hads: 358
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 02-02-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
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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Photo of SSS
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me,enjoyed chilled from a 1/2 pint froma 12 oz brown bottle.

The color is a familiar medium amber with very good clarity and thin cream of light beige with small bead and good retention. The smell is very pleasant with some grapefruit and herbal notes and mild sweet piney elements with light malt ester. The feel is good with mostly bitter texture but has nice resinous oily almost creamy body with a nice malt foundation allowing the bitterness to be cushioned somewhat. Moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish.

The taste is very hop influenced with some mild tangerine notes and slight simcoe-like herbal earthy tinges with some mild herbal and tangy hop flavor with yeast gently supporting the mild caramel tinge from the malt. Overall I loved the taste and it was gone too quickly. I would look for this if you are at all appreciative of Latitude 48 in the original formula because this is a lot better IMO.

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Photo of tmm313
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber, almost red color. Poured a nice creamy 1 finger head with aggressive pour. Really nice lacing.
S- Big caramel up front. Orange, tropical fruit, floral, and earthy spice round it out.
T- Sweet caramel, citrus and pine up front, then joined by earthy hop spice mingling with grapefruit. Fairly hoppy bitterness on the finish leaving some grassy and woodsy notes behind.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Slick and oily on the tongue. Drying finish.
O- Much better than I thought it was going to be! The only thing that threw me a little was the big bitterness on the finish. That being said, I would definitely drink this again if offered.

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Photo of Caj1
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of nose4beer
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An east coast attempt at a west coast style ipa with nice head good color and citrus hoppy tones. Very drinkable and widely available in New England. My go to six when selection is limited. It is available everywhere around here in the markets around here Massachusetts and great specials are offered in neighboring New Hampshire .

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Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, if modest head. Starts with some webby lace. The color is light amber/dark gold color.

Pleasantly mellow crystal malt/floral hop aroma.

This is a very easy to drink IPA. It has all of the traditional elements--strong malt start to the taste, notable white-pepper hop swallow and finish, and a decently full body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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!


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Photo of allengarvin
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This orange-amber beer features a pretty small head--looks just like the previous deconstructed one I poured. The aroma is definitely better than the hallertau though--this mosaic has a really nice kind of toasty, spicy nut character. It's a delight to smell. I haven't encountered this before. Definitely better tasting too, with high bitterness, delectable hop flavor. Malt is present but the drying effect of the hops keeps it from the sweet overall character of the hallertau. Dry finish.

Now this is a decent beer. Better than the original Latitude by a long-shot. I've still got a simcoe to try tonight, but I doubt it will top this. SA should definitely make this a permanent edition.

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Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like an English pale ale, with it's copper hue, but has the had of an American ale. It's white foam leaves lacing around the glass, and I am a sucker for a rich copper color.

The mosaic hop has been described as smelling of blueberry and I definitely get something fruity and blueberry like in the smell. More like a blueberry popsicle rather than the actual fruit, but it is fruity, none-the-less.

There is a firm bitterness initially, that is balanced by a fruity caramel sweetness. As I drain the glass, the bitterness loses its effect, and the beer seems a little sweet. Perhaps it could be drier?

This beer is a nice showcase for Mosaic. If it could dial the sweetness back, it might be more drinkable, but it is a really nice beer as is.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear light amber color with less than 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of bubbles, there was some lacing on the glass with somewhat lighter carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel, pepper, pine, flower.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel and flowers then a nice bitter piney hop profile that lingered in a good way.

PALATE: medium body, lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: I liked the Mosaic single hop much better than the East Kent Goldings. The Mosaic hops can stand alone and it's just fine by itself. This is just a nice solid IPA that I would buy again no problem.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Mosaic hops as having a "subtle fruit notes of pineapple and Mandarin orange along with hints of eucalyptus."

I’m getting the pineapple in the nose. Citrusy notes are also present in the flavor profile especially on the finish. There is also a dry character to the finish. Eucalyptus (what?) is nowhere to be found.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear amber with a smooth, creamy, quickly receding whitish head. Once the head settles, a moderate amount of lace is present on the sides of the glass.

S: At first, this ale was very neutral on the nose, but as it settled and warmed in the glass, a complex mélange of aromas hit my nose. Subtle hints of pepper, tea, grass, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, fresh herbs, caramel, cream, biscuit, and moist earth were most noticeable. Very interesting.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, papaya, pine, elderberry, black currant, spruce, grass, pepper, herbs, black tea, caramel, biscuit, moist earth, moss, and cream swirl across the palate. The finish is intense and relatively bitter with notes of citrus, currant, pepper, tea, caramel, and biscuit making the most lasting impressions.

M: Medium in body and relatively dry to start, though it quickly becomes resinous. Carbonation is firm and crisp. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Very drinkable with just enough malt heft to underscore the complex aromas and flavors of the hops. This is how an American IPA should feel.

O: I liked the previous iteration of Latitude 48 IPA more than most, and I am very happy to report that this new incarnation does not disappoint in the slightest. Very well crafted, accessible, and a great way to introduce people to the new Mosaic hops. I would not hesitate to recommend this ale to even the most skeptical of hopheads.

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Photo of bmwats
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a tumbler.

A: Deep, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Prominent continually rising effervescence. Head slowly settles to a consistent, thick foam blanket; characterized by a distinct buildup around the rim of the glass. Thick, persistent, peak and valley lacing. Effervescence continues to matriculate to the surface, throughout. Head renews with each pour.

S: Floral pine, with a light but hearty and distinctive malt. A little herbal note of oregano or clove in there, too.

T: Nutty roasted malt goodness, balanced with a subtle bittersweet peaty hop bite.

M: Hearty and full with the slightest touch of sweetness to accentuate the malt, and contrast the bitterness. Pungent, peaty finish.

D: Not much resistance, but a savoring experience.

Atmosphere is great. Great hue, solid head, consistent carbonation, and tons of lacing. Nose is a full, well balanced combination of malt, floral pine, and herbal components. Flavor is a roasted malt with a pungent hoppy bite, balanced with an almost undetectable but appropriate hint of sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy before Oct 2014
L - creamy ivory head fades to a foam atop a brilliant deep amber colored ale
S - sweet, juicy, fruity tropical fruit with bread and caramel
T - sweet and juicy; caramel and bready malt backbone with juicy, floral, tropical, hops. A bit earthy and peppery spice on the finish. Eucalyptus flavor does come though, but I don't think I would have named it without the hint that the label noted
F - medium body, creamy, smooth, finishes clean
O - I like this one more than the East Kent Goldings single hop, but that was a given.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Had this as part of the "Deconstructed" 12 pack out of the bottle, and looking through my reviews I realized this is my fifteenth Sam Adams review. I should branch out more. Anyway, of the 12 pack, this was one of my favorites of the hop varieties. It was a little stronger than some others, which I enjoyed. Great aftertaste. Really liked it.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 10/2014. Pours crystal clear orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of peach, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, tangerine, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice single hop IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.