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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 nose4beer
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An east coast attempt at a west coast style ipa with nice head good color and citrus hoppy tones. Very drinkable and widely available in New England. My go to six when selection is limited. It is available everywhere around here in the markets around here Massachusetts and great specials are offered in neighboring New Hampshire .

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jploving
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The mosaic hop....never heard of when I read on the bottle this IPA was made with the mosaic hop I gladley picked it up for $7.97 at my neighborhood grocery store....(it was on sale)...
I waited until I installed a new sump pump under my house before I opened the first was a way to reward myself for a successful home project...
I did not get a lot of aroma when i initially opened up the bottle...a little more when I poured it in a pint glass....a little more sweet (maybe some citrusy notes) than I remember the last time I drank a Sam Adams Latitude IPA.
This is a very well balance beer. There is a nice malty backbone-firm but not strong like the older IPA--but the hop characteristics are more pronounced and better defined. The cliche grapefruit and piney flavors are certainly there, but for some reason I tasted a bit of peach and sweet apple...that is what i enjoyed the most. To me, this Latitude IPA is much better than the elder.
Once again, Sam Adams matches body and ABV with great accuracy....and just enough bitterness lingers after the swallow to make you want another sip...this is a nice IPA for snobs and rookies alike.
I rate it 3.75

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber. Decent lace of head remains.
Smell: Grapefruit, pine, citrus, and maybe vanilla.
Taste: Malty citrus and pine.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

I like this IPA. The grapefruit and pine smell is so inviting, and the bitterness is decent. It's a bit too malty for my tastes, but definitely enjoyable. I would probably get this again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by Aug 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large fairly dense off white head. Leaves some decent lacing all the way down. Lots of tiny bubble visible in the body. Head takes a while to dissipate.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma, the mosaic is an aromatic hop. Not an overdose like more IPA's, thinking this will be more balanced than a hopbomb. Malt adds some sweetness and breadiness.

T: Mosaic hops do pull through for a real pleasant citrusy hop. Bittering flavor is fairly dominate throughout which is good.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A bit sticky but sort of expected from these hops. Fairly easy drinking though.

Overall a real nice entry from Sam Adams. Love the focus on mosaic hops as they are an amazing new hop. Give this one a go.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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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 Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack – BB July 2013
*Notes from 04/02/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Pours a clear caramel amber body with a half finger of choppy off-white resistant suds. Effervescent; leaving behind a near perfect trellis of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Smells of pines mixed with some light florals. There is a touch of caramel sweetness and a little crusty bread as well. Picking up more spice as I continue to draw in the aromas. Not bad but not nearly as fruity as I was hoping for.

T: Flavors open with a nice hoppy bitter bite of expressive pines. Real sappy with a spritz of citrus fruits and some musky herbs. Firm bed of bready pale malts and some accentuating caramel sweetness. Finishes with a mild hop spice kick. Alcohol is incredible well incorporated. A little light on the citrus notes but pretty nice balance and good flavors overall.

M: Perfect carbonation carries a moderately lighter body giving to a nice creamy texture. There is a nice crisping action towards the finish that dries out somewhat still falls a dash wet but not by much. Some residual hoppy oils and malt sugars coat the palate and linger on after the drink.

D: A real nice IPA offering from BBC and I do really dig on the whole Latitude 48 concept. This particular version features Mosaics but I don’t think they were utilized to its full potential. The beer was lacking quite a bit in that citrus juiciness. Still nice hop action going on over some bready pale malts. Like most of Sam Adams beers this was well crafted with some nice balance. Would have again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 bmwats
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New copper penny in colour with a well-formed, moderately retentive, and lacy off-white head. Gentle grapefuit and pine aroma with a hint of nuts. Hop-forward with bright grapefruit and lemon notes, with the malts contributing a barely noticeable nutty character. Citrus lasts long into the finish, being joined by a leafy bitterness. Moderately bitter. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, slightly slick mouthfeel. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a good easy drinking American-style IPA with a clean and simple citric profile.

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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 wedge
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 AdamBear
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-amber with a nice cream colored head

S-smells like sweet sugary hops. Somewhat biscuity. Faint scent

T-comes in with a taste of sweet herbal hops. Also a lasting flavor of biscuits. There's an aged herbal flavor to it. Not flawed, but very boring, especially for an IPA. Some sips seem to have a hint of passion punch to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-definitely an okay beer, but not so great for an IPA. It's missing a strong flavor of hops or a good bitterness. I love what SA is doing with this Lat 48 series by using different hops, I'm just wondering why they aren't choosing hops normally associated with good IPAs, besides the simcoe.

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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 secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - clear amber-red in color. 3 inch head which lingers, much lacing down the sides

S - smells loaded with hops - citrus as well as pine comes through most. smell some bready malts as well

T - Hops again, citrus and pine.

M - medium bodied. some stickiness to it but not much. properly carbed.

Overall - nothing too special here. not bad tasting, but doesnt stand out to me in any way,

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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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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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