Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.03/5 rDev -18.3%
Poured into nonic. Poured a clean, clear copper color with 1/2 inch of light khaki colored head that had OK retention and light lacing.
The aroma was very subdued, especially for an IPA, light hops and a faint grain/malt scent. That subdued neutrality carried over to the flavors. A very light malt base supporting a mostly floral hop taste.
The body was slightly fuller than most IPA's, but not full or heavy. There was a slightly sticky finish that had the flowery notes lingering a bit too long for my tastes. Drinkability was good I suppose, my bottle was gone quickly enough, but I wasn't in a hurry to get to the second bottle in the sampler sixer. Overall, an OK brew, good, not great. Take a shot on it if you want.
05-07-2013 18:59:03 | More by beertunes
3.06/5 rDev -17.5%
12 oz bottle into a regular glass, because Friday.
A: Pours a copper color. The head is about a finger high, and off-white in shade. Great retention and plenty of lacing down the glass make this an attractive brew.
S: Smells malty - exactly what I expect from a Sam Adams IPA. I do pick up some grapefruit notes from the hops, along with some pine. But what's most dominant is the caramel-forward malt backbone. Aromatically, it's a perfect example of an average IPA, no more, no less.
T: The first flavor I notice on the tongue is a combination of bitter grapefruit and mango. While it opens nicely, I'm not that enthused about what it turns into - it finishes with generic bitterness and a lot of crystal malt (read: toffee). Way too much crystal malt, actually.
M: Remember how I said this has way too much crystal malt? Well, it also creates the unfortunate side effect of creating a coarse texture that tricks the palate into thinking it's more bitter than it is. Otherwise, it's fairly easy to drink if you can get past the moderately thick body. Carbonation is spot-on, at least.
O: It started off promising, but in the end became just another IPA that fails to stand out against its superior brethren. I really wish the Mosaic hops were showcased more strongly. It's not bad, though.
09-13-2013 17:57:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.08/5 rDev -17%
Probably on of my least favorite offerings from the Boston Beer Co and certainly one of my least favorite IPAs.
Pours a darker orange/copper than a "typical" IPA, so I'm assuming the crystal malt is a little higher on the lovibond scale.
Overall aroma and flavor is slightly sweet/malty and caramel (probably due to darker crystal malts), hop flavor is earthier than what I would expect for an American IPA. There is more of an herbal character to this beer rather than citric/piney.
Perhaps it's just this new Mosaic hop... It's just missing the typical characteristics of an American IPA; not citric or piney enough for my liking and the overall flavor profile is a bit too sweet as well. I prefer my (America) IPAs to be a bit drier, with more American hop character.
Not terrible, but not good either; just kind of "meh".
I do like trying the different hop varieties from SA, but this on just fell flat.
03-03-2013 20:45:08 | More by adams82
3.09/5 rDev -16.7%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The "best before" notch is on November 2013. The bottle code is P170316173??, where the question marks are two malformed characters that look like a backwards J and then a 1.
Pours ruby amber with a big fluffy head, clumps of which stick to the side of the glass, lots of active carbonation. Smell is a bit bready, fairly mild, but with some piney background.
Taste is bready with a bitterness that seems to come out of nowhere. Doesn't seem to mesh well. It seems kind of like a randomly hoppy amber.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy and smooth and pleasant. Overall, it's an OK beer. It doesn't seem to be put together terribly well.
09-16-2013 20:05:38 | More by snaotheus
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
This is for the Mosaic variant.
This pours a caramel malt color with thin foam.
There’s a light ginger-like aroma to it. Is that from Mosaic hops? It doesn’t excite.
Tastes overly malty sweet with a slight candied-orange bitterness. Finishes dry.
I don’t think “IPA” when I hear Sam Adams for exactly this reason!
09-12-2013 19:29:17 | More by elNopalero
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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