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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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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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Photo of sommersb
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 09-14-2013
Freshness: Best by 10-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

Appearance is a clear and bright copper color, with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves a very good lace on the glass and shows good retention.

The smells are of citrus and pine hop notes with tropical fruits thrown in as well.

The taste features hop bitterness in the medium range, with a piney flavor. The hops do seem a bit unbalanced and somewhat astringent, but overall drinks pretty good.

Mouthfeel is prickly from a high carbonation level and has a medium body. The aftertaste is bitter with hints of grapefruit.

Overall I'd say a good IPA, but suffers a bit from being one-dimensional.

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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 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 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 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 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 JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 Botulizard
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 Caj1
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers off-white foam over a transparent body of amber with a moderate amount of visible carbonation, patchy lace

S - citrus, floral, pine, bready malt

T - big grapefruit/citrus character, notes of pine, hop spice, wheaty/bready backbone; dry floral/citrus finish

M - smooth medium body, high carbonation

O - a well-rounded IPA; 2013 release is fairly similar to the previous recipe, but more grapefruity

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Photo of nsheehan
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Latitude 48 IPA (hopology)
SA (Boston BC)
12oz to Adelbert’s snifter
6% ABV
Best by Jun 2013, bought ~4/3/2013

A – Poured nicely with one finger of head, which subsided quickly. A clear amber/garnet color. Pretty transparent.

S – Tropical fruit like pineapple and mango with orange. Wet pine and a little grass. A tiny earth slightly, buttery smell. Doesn’t really detract.

T – First sip was buttery. Wet pine, a little grass, and buttery. Not really getting any tropical fruit tastes. Not very bitter. Getting a little orangey-plum flavor now.

M – Medium, smooth, low carbonation (not very tingly), finish isn’t dry. A bit syrupy at times, not what I’d expect, though I don’t think it’s bad.

D – Pretty good but the buttery taste detracts. The ending isn’t super bitter or piney, which I like. Mouthfeel is good but not to style. I think I may have waited too long to get around to reviewing it. The buttery taste and extra thickness and smoothness are I think a result of excess age. Though it was refrigerated the whole time.
4, 3.75, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75.

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Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like an English pale ale, with it's copper hue, but has the had of an American ale. It's white foam leaves lacing around the glass, and I am a sucker for a rich copper color.

The mosaic hop has been described as smelling of blueberry and I definitely get something fruity and blueberry like in the smell. More like a blueberry popsicle rather than the actual fruit, but it is fruity, none-the-less.

There is a firm bitterness initially, that is balanced by a fruity caramel sweetness. As I drain the glass, the bitterness loses its effect, and the beer seems a little sweet. Perhaps it could be drier?

This beer is a nice showcase for Mosaic. If it could dial the sweetness back, it might be more drinkable, but it is a really nice beer as is.

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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 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 mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of SSS
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, this beer is a good reliable beer, for when I am feeling down.

A-Nice dark amber color
S-Smells like heaven, hoppy, pine, citrus
T-Takes incredible, great balance between bitter and sweetness.
M-Full yet light, nice head that doesn't overcrowd the beer
O-What an IPA should be.

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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 Redrover
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic (2013) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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