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: 353
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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 metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (1,808 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (314 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (725 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sammy glass. Had a lovely, deep copper color. Was ever so slightly hazy, and had plenty of steady carbo. Head was a 1/2" layer of frothy, off-white foam, with nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was not too strong, but I did get some piney, earthy hops. It felt fairly smooth, though I found it a little on the thinner side of medium for body.

Tasted of some light caramel malt at the outset. Then it became piney and rindy. Also in the mix were some herbal, minty notes. Is that the Mosaic? Not overly complex, but still fairly drinkable. Prosit!!

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I noticed on the pour was how light in color it was. This beer for an IPA is very light and the color is golden. One could mistake this for a pils or blonde I bet.
The head was fizzy and short lifed. Carbonation was very robust so why the lame head.
Aroma was very weak. Mosaic hops are said to impart a fruity scent but I smelled a more floral aroma. The scent is quite weak so.
Taste is fairly malty. No sign of hops here but they're here for this beer is quite bitter. Malts are bready and yeasty.
Drinks light and with barely any flavor. For a beer so lacking it is really quite bitter.
This is something I would expect to see at all those chain restaraunts and luckily not my house. (703 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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! (328 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown longneck poured into my old Black Hook imperial pint glass.

The beer is a chill hazed bronze/copper with a thick and clingy off-white head. Tons of lacing, this is a looker.

I like the aroma of fruit and citrus.

The beer is slightly sweet with a bit of toffee but the mosaics add a fruity/citrus blend to the mix. This is the second single hop mosaic I have had in the past two weeks and both are good. As you work through the glass, there is a bit of an earthy element and some more fruit notes that remind me a bit of Wrigley gum.

The mouth is a bit slick but almost seems a bit brittle.

All-in-all, another interesting beer from Sam Adams. (663 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 13, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured a light copper amber semi-clear color with 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. Nice amount of uneven foamy lacing on the side. Really good thick retention all the way down.

Smelled a plethora of different hops. Got wet Cascade hops, citrus hops (light grapefruit, pine and lime) and rye hops. Definitely could smell the bitterness. Even got some pepper-like spices.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got unknown hops up front (bottle says Mosaic, I’ll go with that). Also wet Cascade hops, light citrus hops and light rye hops (and even some iced tea). Very bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average carbonation). Long, bitter finish.

Nothing too special. Now looking how I rated the regular Latitude 48 IPA, I may need to check that one again. (1,029 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (399 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (491 characters)

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