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

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 02-02-2013)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with mild head and not very carbonated. Of course very hoppy aroma with citrus notes. Very smooth. Initial bitterness gives way to great flavor that quickly diminishes. A bit spicy also. Not too heavy on flavor and it sits a little lower on the palate than we might like.

Photo of still_thedragon
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 elNopalero
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

Photo of envinoveri
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Trex
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of vdub191
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kots84
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper body with a off white head.

Smell - Hops and a little citrus.

Taste - A little hoppy with a malt backbone and a little bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with good carbonation. Is a little dry.

Overall - It's not really that bad of a beer. Not a big hop present as I would like there to be but
Still a good beer.

Photo of yuenglingade
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mreatsum
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Botulizard
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams fall seasonal range, "Harvest Collection". Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark, rich amber color- almost red. The beer has a small head that dissipates quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing that remains at the top and coats the sides of the glass.

S: Robust citrus hops.

T: Bitter with citrus notes on the finish and aftertaste, with alcohol present in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and full with heavy carbonation.

O: No complaints here. This beer is quite pleasant and refreshing. It's not too complex and I'd recommend it to both novice IPA drinkers and seasoned hopheads alike. Entirely inoffensive brew with a wide appeal.

Photo of Aimo
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Madskill
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rdc67
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall I tend to like Sam Adams product. They may not represent the best example of a particular style, but at least they have some taste. Also, like a lot of people, they were instrumental in broadening my beer horizons. Lovely color, nice full head, enough of a hop "bite" to let you know it's an IPA with out being pretentiously over the top bitter. I'm not much of a hop head, but do indulge in an IPA on occasion.

Photo of Caj1
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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 bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rod_J
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of FIN
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Weavagra
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of rmjacobson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.