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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beertunes
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of adams82
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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!

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best Before date: July 2013.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber/orange with an off white finger and a half tall head. The head dies down fairly quick and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma: A very floral smelling IPA, definitely getting more European hops than American; fresh cut grass, some pine, and a little bit of grapefruit, lemon and red berries(The new Mosaic hop varietal). Underneath the transcontinental hop profile is some flowery yeast on top of sweet smelling bready yeast.

Taste: Hops upfront; grapefruit, lemon, pine, grass and a little bit of melon from the mosaic hops. The hops are stabilized by a substantial, bread-like chewy malt backbone. The beer finishes a tad watery, but still dry with a lingering, gentle hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied, with moderate carbonation. Sligtly chewy.

Overall: A decent, widely distributed IPA from Sam Adams. I'm happy that Sam Adams has updated this recipe to include the new Mosaic hop varietal. This is nothing mindblowing, but it is a nicely balanced beginner's IPA that is easy drinking, yet still offers enough complexity to pick apart the different hop flavors.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Orange copper body with an off-white head that lasts a little bit.
Citrus notes mainly grapefruit and some pine
Good hop character balanced IPA matches aroma.
Good carbonation slight aftertaste.
Enjoyable IPA overall. Pretty sure this is the first beer I've had with Mosaic hops and I would say they are a good American hop.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a one-finger white head with a blood orange colored body.

Smell: Smells of bitter, piney, resiny hops and some citrus peel.

Taste: Indeed it tastes like bitter, piney, resiny hops with a bit of a citrus backbone. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is creamy and a little chewy.

Overall: Overall this is a good beer. The thing is, I prefer my IPAs to be more on the citrus side than the piney. I recognize that this is a good beer, and I'm not putting it down because it is crisp, refereshing, and pretty full-bodied. But it would maybe be an occasional kind of beer for me.

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Photo of kots84
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with long retention and tiny bubbles. Foamy and clean looking with some white lacing. A light amber color with high clarity.

S- Bitter, West Coast hops. Got that bitter, metallic Northwest aroma. Spicy as well.

T- Bitter and earthy Northwest hops with spicy golden malt backbone.

M- Light bodied with active carbonation that adds a thicker dimension. Bitter, wet finish.

O- Ok IPA. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a golden amber color supporting a fairly thin but steady head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balanced aroma between the caramel malt and citric floral hops present. Taste is geared more toward the bittering making it obviously an IPA, but leaving an unbalanced after bittering over the malt. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation.

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Photo of Averwo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rich copper color. 1 finger head.

Smells subdued hoppiness. A little caramel.

Taste is a rich piney hop taste with a little caramel. A bit of that grapefruit bite.

As far as IPA's go it's very average. Not over bitter or malty. But nothing very extraordinary either. Fits the Sam Adams brand well. Might be a great beer for someone that is getting into IPA's for the first time.

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Photo of Rdc67
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with ample carbonation that settles to a thin layer of foam with some lacing left behind. Smells of melon and lychee with some heavy grassiness when the glass is swirled. There's also a little bit of peach and definitely some orange in there. Quite a complex hop aroma and flavor...all sorts of stuff comes out eventually; pithy orange, black pepper and an earthy, woody character towards the finish. Slighty soapy, almost waxy mouthfeel. Weird (clean glass.) The hop flavor is bigger and complex than I expected. The bitter finish isn't evident at first, but shows up late and builds on the palate. An interesting IPA.

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Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a modest off white head that recedes quickly. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is piney floralhops with some fresh turned earth. A slight whiff of cat later on.
Taste is piney grapefruit resinous hops. Good amount of malt support.
Mouthfeel is smooth fairly modest carbonation. Medium bodied and easy drinking in spite of the resin quality. Finish is dry piney bitter finish. Just a touch of sweet malts to smooth it a bit.
Overall a fine AIPA. I like the hopology latitude 48 hop rotation. Keep them coming.

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Photo of mnrider
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Second Review, this one with Mosaic Hops. I really liked the

A: Same, less carbonation, less lacing.

S: Better, More hops, mosaic is nice. Fruits and citrus seem stronger.

T/M: More hops which are stronger and more bitter. Has a strange taste. Not sure
if this is the mosaic hops or what.

O: Not as good as the original. Has an overall strange taste that I am not used to.
Still drinkable but runs in the middle quality wise.


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Photo of rangerred
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I had reviewed the first Latitude 48 last Spring but figured since the hops are different in this one, I'd give it a review.

Pours a clear deep copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention and even better lacing. The last few Sam Adams beers I have had had great lacing.

Much more citrus in the aroma compared to the last version although this one still retains some pine and earthy notes. The citrus that is there is mostly orange and tangerine.

The hop flavor is not quite as great as I was expecting. Some initial citrus then a bigger punch of pine and earth. It is all fairly mild, however. Some nice caramel and toffee flavors that are typical of Sam Adams beers but it goes well with the hops. Bitterness is moderate with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, I do prefer this Latitude 48 over the original. There is a better hop/malt balance and a nicer hop profile overall, It is still not an extraordinary IPA by any means but decent if there is nothing else available.

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Photo of LoveMyBeer1991
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown color with a nice head that slowly disspates with moderate lacing.

S-Smell consists of pine and citrus.

T-Taste of pine, citrus, and hops. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.

M-Moderate carbonation

O-Not a bad beer but not the greatest in my opinion. This is my first IPA so it will take some getting used to. Would I buy this again? Maybe.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Brewsephus
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager specialty pint glass.
Enjoy by date on bottle 6/2013.

A- Pours a robust 2 finger, off-white head, with small/medium bubbles. Leaves 1/2 inch of lacing around inside of glass. Brilliantly clear, with many bubbles in suspension. Copper colored.

S-Very nice bouquet on the nose. Pine, tropical fruits, cherry, blueberry.

T-Strong malt character, but seems very balanced in conjunction with the hops and alcohol. Lovely pine character lends itself to the finely metered bitterness. The late addition hops seem to be more earthy than floral. There is a slight amount of fruit, albeit muted. Blueberry, sweet cranberry and a tinge of mango.

M- The mouth-feel is spot on. Very balanced malt usage and dialed in hop scheduling make this beer a master craftsman's product. The carbonation is exact; not over or underdone. The beer has a wonderful body and is very round.

O- I think this beer is one of Sam Adams' best offerings. Not being very impressed with this nauseatingly long resume, I feel like they miss the mark a lot of the time. While they MUST have great brewers under tenure, it is seldom that they are given a portion, let alone, free reigns to make something memorable. Latitude 48 with Mosaic is exactly that. It is a fantastic beer that has been toned back by commercial interests. This is the work of a brewery that does not operate with any sort of reckless abandon. This is a beer that is very session-able, ringing in at a modest 6.0% ABV. I love what this beer is trying to be, but it doesn't quite reach that mark for me. Tasty, with room for improvement.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 cratez
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Cylinsier
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a clear amber color, golden tint, with a fine white head that retains as a film.

Biscuity malt aroma with a light fruity hop accompaniment, grassy and citrusy. Also some honey.

Dry biscuit malt flavor with a dry grassy hop bitterness, hints of light citrus and a nutty element.

Medium body with tingly, coarse carbonation.

Enjoyable mild hoppy ale, not sure if I think it's better or worse than the previous Lat 48. It's a bit drier and lighter to me I think which is maybe preferable if one were to session this.

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