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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013)Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013)
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Average: 3.71 | pDev: 9.7%

Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 366

Ranked #5,943 American IPA and #34,081 overall.

ABV: 6.00% | Availability: Year-round

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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 | Ratings: 366
Photo of HoppyBastard
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 samtrillo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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 neenerzig
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +9.4%
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 Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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 MarkQ617
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TempeBeerMan
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a one-finger, off white head. Small amount of patchy lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of candied fruit, earthy pine, onion, and a hint of cat pee.

T - Strong flavor of candied fruit (mango, mandarin orange), mild spruce, garlic, fresh cut grass, and mint. I really like the flavor of this hop. Base beer doesn't come through much at all on this one; it's a Mosaic bomb basically. Packs a lot of hop flavor punch for it's ABV.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation. Drying finish.

O - I discovered I really like Mosaic hops. As a beer? Ehh....I'd drink it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 KSGearhead
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though I am not the biggest fan of Pale Ales (more often than not I am a lager kind of guy), this IPA did not offend my palate in fact quite the contrary: while most IPAs tend to be way too citrus-y (in some cases, to the extent that they're sour tasting) for my liking, this is quite refreshing. An excellent balance of caramel sweetness against just a light citrus influence. A nice "drink slow" kind of beer to enjoy while talking with the guys, watching a ball game, or reading. I wish I lived somewhere where there was a tavern that I could order this straight from the tap.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, caramel malt tropical fruits are balanced on the palate. Finish is medium, semidry. Easy drinking, balanced, tasty IPA, much better than #1 in the series.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Sizeable_Paladin
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours well and has a nice copper red color. Had a nice creamy head about half inch thick.
Smell: Had a eath type citrus smell. was very unique
Taste: tasted a nutty caramel flavor with a citrus flavor towards the back of the throat and I had a nice taste of smoothness. There is some bitterness not much but enough to be noticeable.
Mouthfeel:had a slight hit of bitterness in my mouth but went down smoothly I find this to be a smoother beer from Samuel Adams
Overall: Overall I highly recommend this beer, goes well with grilling foods

*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of cratez
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - 6% ABV - Consumed March 27, 2013.

A: pours a clear copper hue with a thick, off-white cap and strands of stringy lacing on the shaker glass. Lively bubbles in the body. Solid looking brew.

S: honeyed wheat cracker, peach, steeped tea, navel orange, herbal hops, slightly earthy and mineral-like aroma, jujube candy, biscuit, faint lemon. Very appealing nose, but closer to an ESB than a US IPA (too mild).

T: peach, honey, pine, green tea, mango, caramel, herbal and zesty hops, lemon, and bread crust. Tastes like an English/US IPA hybrid. Enjoyable and unique.

M: medium bodied, juicy-oily middle, zesty and citric hop bitterness with a clean, drying finish. Simple yet satisfying palate.

O: well-rounded, thirst quenching, above average IPA with some English IPA/ESB elements. Tasty and drinkable even though it’s not exactly on style.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Turbinator (hey, proper glassware for once)

A: Deep orange with active carbonation. the Turbinator's exciter ring of dots does its job. with a good stream that leads to a very tight head, almost looked nitrocharged. head is a nice rocky two fingers that settles to a slender girls' pinky of head.

S: Citrus, astringent Bitter melon. Cumin and earthy scents are presenting as gentle, not like other huge Mosaic DIPA I had lately. malt is similar to the Boston Lager profile, Caramel or Vienna probably, Yeast is not interfering but gives a light a light spicy backbone to the toastiness.

T: Citrus, melon, earthiness and yield to a spicy and then sweet, lightly toasted breadiness.

M: Smooth as expected, that feels like a nitro charge again. prickly on sides, puckery on sides. malted sweetness combines with elements to make a pleasant finish that is not overly bitter or dry, just nice.

O: This is a very good use of the new school hop Mosaic and does not beat you over the head with it, but the approach is well worth the time to sit with it and sip a spell.

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Photo of tmm313
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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 a0lbudman
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark copper with a large off white head that leaves a heavy lace
S-hops is intense and had a citrus smell along with a grassy pine note
T- hops is the main flavor although the hop taste is not strong and the hops aftertaste is a bitter grassy pine taste that goes into the finish
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-the smell had an intense hop smell and made me ready for this beer, but the hop taste was not there like the smell

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the Fall pack, seeing that this was slightly changed from the original version. This was a bit dry and easygoing for an IPA and unlike the first time around, this didn't taste as nuanced. i still like the idea behind this beer but if I was given this blindfolded and not aware of what it was, I would have had a hard time guessing that this was a different version. The hops seemed a bit more generic here without feeling terribly full, bitter, or earthy. It was fine on its own but didn't have anything memorable about it.

Like the original, the pour was light brown with a somewhat frothy head that faded quickly and hardly any lacing to be seen. Light earthy and grapefruit hops, with just a hint of pine that shone for an instant before fading away. No orange and not much tangerine to be found in the citrus and hardly any burning could be discerned either. The carbonation was somewhat light and the body and mouthfeel both had some resin to it, but nothing waxy that endured. Only a faint floral and earthy bitterness lingered in the back, before another sip was needed to rejuvenate the taste of this.

The ABV was the same as the original and had I had another one of these in front of me, I could have easily downed that in my session as well. I wanted to like this beer but for some reason, it wasn't an improvement over the original. It's a good addition to the Fall pack but a bit out of place, as I think a darker and spicier beer would have rounded it out better. With so many IPA's out there, this would only be worth seeking out for extreme hopheads or Sam lovers. Otherwise, it just averaged out the Autumn offerings that Boston Brewing released this year..

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of axellence
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Orange rind followed by ruby grapefruit. Peach wafts off the surface. A deep sniff uproots some pine and gets carried away in a basket of potpourri.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice up front with burnt/ caramelized sugar in the middle.

Finish: Bitter and a bit sticky and dry.

Mouthfeel: Creamy bordering on the lightly whipped.

Overall: Pleasant experience if you know you are going for a drink called "hopology"!

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Photo of bgillespie
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a hint of red. Off white head that remains through the whole beer and laces down the side.

Smell: Hoppy and pines.

Taste: Starts with a strong pine and floral taste before the hops kick in. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and bitter.

Overall: The pine was overwhelming at first, but fast improved. A good IPA. Would buy again.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6 pack picked up at LCBO for $13.70 CDN

Appearance- poured into pint glass. Nice 2.5 fingers of head rest on top of clear copper beer with red hues. Head is just off-white and fluffy looking and has some staying power leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Mild hops, some malty scents in there. A little bit of grapefruit, Pine needles and floral aromas. Nothing to complain about.

Taste - Hops don't really hit until beer has been in your mouth for a second but then linger for a while. Pines, grapefruit and touch of lemon zest present as well. Little bit of earthiness in there too. Pretty good flavors and meld together nice.

Mouthfeel - Very little carbonation, and plate scrubbing. Doesn't quite pop in the mouth the way you might expect but pretty good overall.

Overall - Pretty good beer with no obvious flaws. Quaffable.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 366 ratings