Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was an amber color with a thin tan head. There was a small amount of lace.

Aroma mostly lemon/citrus. Somewhat floral. Sweet malt.

Lemon and grapefruit taste. A bit of piney hops. Sweet malt background.

Nice balance. Crisp.

I've enjoyed the deconstruction of Latitude 48.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label.

Pours typical almond amber, clear, fairly minor lt. tan head, leaves just a smattering of fine lace. Grainy hop nose.

Another respectable and well crafted but unoutstanding IPA from this box set. Grainy hops with some citrus noted. Some sweet malty under tones add some balance.

Eh, not real crazy about this one.

Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper color with a large white head. The aroma is somewhat faint and filled with bread and grass. The flavor is a little more pronounced. I get some grass and orange notes from the hops, as well as some iced tea notes and some bready malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as good as the Zeus.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint (part of the deconstructed pack).

Pours a nice deep amber color with a generous light amber head. Nose is quite malty, a bit grassy and some caramel - hops aren't big on the nose - no surprise.

Taste is Grassy and lightly bitter, but well balanced and fairly drinkable. I'd say this shows that this isn't a good hop for an IPA (single hop anyways) but again, it showcases the flavor very well.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell: Hops smell earthy with a slightly piney quality. Has a fair amount of citrus aroma. Big presence of caramel malts give a very biscuity aroma. Smells a lot like Sam's Noble Pils. rus

Taste: The hops are a lot stronger in the taste. A good kick of piney lemon citrus bitterness up front is followed by a moderate bready presence of caramel malts. Light hints of honey. Finishes with another mild kick of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This single hop works pretty well with the malts. This beer is a lot like a Noble Pils with a stronger bite from the hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good orange pour with lots of clarity, average head, not much for lacing or retention, but pretty nonetheless. Aroma was mild, grassy, floral.

Caramel first, a little bit of that mild, low bitterness hop with a grassy feel to it. Tough to call this an ipa, or at least not qualify it with an east coast or english descriptor in front of it. Balanced. Mild citrus.

Very easy to drink. Give this to the mild ipa lovers, give the simcoe to the ones who like hops and bracing bitterness. Has a summer ale lemon vibe to it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one starting off isn't going to be my favorite a strong distinct lemon note goes through my nares and across my palate it's pretty rough within the structure of this malt base. Nose is actually nice a full on lemongrass experience with hints of pine, malts seem a bit dull here and less expressive than the other versions I've had thus far. Flavor is much less expressive than I thought it was going to be, finishes grassy/mild pine with lemon throughout. The caramel malt and overall breadiness really takes over within the dominant flavor profile. Some astringent bitteress in the finish, doesn't work well with the hops so far this one isn't working for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation this one really has a lingering citrus peel bitterness that's hard to get past. Overall experience is that certain hops really work well with certain malts, this isn't a catch all work for every situation hop and to my knowledge it's usually combined with other hops.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: More floral than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Aroma is also rather subtle.

Taste: unusual and rather pronounced rose-petal flavor! Otherwise, as expected from this brewer, no brewing flaws, but the flavor is a bit floral for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
Still, an interesting and pleasant beer that provides the sensory experience derived from a single hop variety that, I imagine, is seldom used on its own.

Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly darker copper color with about a finger worth of head. Decent lacing as well.

Smell is citrus hops throughout.

Taste is fairly good. I taste a big malt backbone with a slightly bitter hop finish. Could be more of that for my liking.

Medium mouthfeel and beer is very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall a good quality IPA. Could be a little more hoppy, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fifth and final of my personal tasting of this series.

This beer doesn't separate from the others in appearance, being a very similar coppery color with a very similar one-finger-tall off-white head that retains itself similarly well and leaves similarly good lacing behind.
The nose is nice, soft without being understated. I know that's the kind of thing super extreme beer geeks don't got for, but it brings out subtleties and really makes for better balance. Something of a grassy/lemony mix comes off at the front. A little pine also comes out, and the same bready caramel malts are in this one as the others, though there's a bit of a toasted note that somehow seems slightly more pronounced.
A medium body with an adequate carbonation and a balance of crispness and smoothness in the feel is par for the series and just as evident with this beer.
I felt this was one of the better ones out of all. All the elements worked well together.

Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev -2%

It's crazy how much this tastes like a belgian IPA. I don't know if Samuel Adams used the same malt base for the Deconstructed series but it would make sense in my mind.
Either way, this tastes Belgian. That crisp bitterness on top of a bready malt biscuitness. Some orange zest in there and some...pine. I'm ok.

Photo of nicnut45
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a slight amber haze. Head is slightly tan. Faint head linger throughout the session.

S-Very fresh smelling hops. Grassy fresh, freshcut jalepenos. A river rock type smell.

T-Lemon zest from the hops. slightly puckering. Kind of reminds me of Boston Lager. A very faint grassiness is detected in the background. Bitterness is well controlled and pleasent with a slight drying effect. A nice cereal grain is present at end palate. All ingredients used are very fresh.

M.F.- mouthfeel is proper for the style with a slightly below average carbonation.

O- I think Sam Adams introduced America to this hop. It is really distinct and I pick it up in a lot of beers. Now I know why this is a choice hop for many brewers.

Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the Latitude 48 Desconstructed 12 pack. After having the multi-hop version first, I'm now trying the German Hallertau single hop beer.

Poured into a pint glass, it ha the same unusually dark redish amber color with thick, sticky, lacey head, just like the original.

Aroma is less hoppy or at least more subtle. I have to wonder at this point if they used the same hopping schedule (additions, quantities, timing) for all 5 single hops beers.

Flavor is the same caramel-forward malt base. The hops are slightly spicy and floral. Unfortunately the malts seem to dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Overall not as hoppy or balanced as the original Lat 48. I'm afraid the malts are just too strong and not allowing the hops to shine.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the others, this pours a polished bronze with a sturdy cap of off-white suds. Good retention and lacing, though maybe a tad less here.
The nose gets a caramel sweet, bready malt base, then dried flowers, lemongrass, and pine from the Hallertaus.
It travels through the mouth with a sturdy, toffee and (lightly) toasted bread maltiness. Even though it's the same as the others in the series, the malt profile seems a little different here, an interesting trick of perception. A touch of fruitiness in the middle, something akin to orange jelly. This hop experiement bring wildflowers, pine bark, lemon zest, talc-like minerality, and a lingering herbal tea bitterness.
Interesting, in a good way. This brings out a few things that I don't usually associate with Hallertau, specifically the resiny pine notes. I doubted whether it could star solo in an IPA, but this works.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent bitterness and drinkability. The bitterness is somewhat complex, lemony,pineapplely,spicey.Average mouthfeel. Cloudy yellow with a little retained head. Mild hoppy aroma. Sweetness slightly cloying. A median IPA, maybe better than others in the series, but interesting.

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in appearance, with a thick white head of micro-sized bubbles, and extensive spiderweb lace.

Nice citrus nose.

Taste is mild, with a more subdued citrus hops presence. This one is balanced and not at all bitter. I get some pine notes in there, but overall this is an easy-drinking IPA without the bite of its' siblings in the Lat 48 series. Enjoyable.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now it's time to try a very German Latitude IPA, with the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops.

This looks damn good. The head is frothy and creamy, off-white, and has decent retention. Yummy. The beer is an amber-copper color.

Hops are a bit citrusy and earthy. Not too strong. Sort of a sugary sweetness. Pretty phenoly. Graininess. I get some pine resin too.

A nice medium bitterness comes from the hops with a bit of lemon citrus. Pine resin adds sweetness. Grain and a pretty strong phenol flavors give it more flavor. Not bad but not great.

Light-medium-bodied with a lower medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Meh...not much special about this. A decent IPA.

Photo of Ezone024
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This deconstructed ipa pours a nice clear amber color with a 2 inch creamy head., it is the 1st of the deconstructed latitudes im trying, this brew has a very clean aroma up front and has a sweet malt in back, i taste some bready pale malts mixing with the earthyness of the hops. the hops leave a dry feel on your tongue, and the pale malt has a slight booziness to it... i tried this brew at about 65 degrees a bit warmer than i usually drink, that may have an effect on the booziness, try it a little colder and it will be smoother.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always wanted to try a beer that had only the Sammy Lager Hallertau Hops and boy what a treat. The appearance was a rich copper without much head, but good carbonation. The smell had hints of grapefruit/citrus and not much else. The=is beer was dry to the taste copmapered to the others. It also came off the pallet clean. Pretty decent beer as a whole with good balance a subtle fruit and pine. Maybe not as good, but still very tasty!

Photo of prototypic
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is my first of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 brews – Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

It’s copper in color. Looks crystal clear to me. There’s a bit of an orange tint with backlighting. The head is off-white in color and stands about a finger tall. It’s rather quick to recede, but leaves a nice web of sticky lacing trailing behind.

The nose is very average, especially for the style. It’s weak and needs quite a bit more strength. Malty notes seem to be strong up front and carry on throughout. Smells like caramel and toffee mostly. Definitely on the sweet side. There are definitely some hoppy notes, but they’re not all that strong. Pine and citric scents of lemon and orange are the most notable. That’s about it. Alcohol is blended well, for what it’s worth.

The flavor’s a little better. It definitely is malty up front. It is a mix of sweet caramel and a bit of cocoa-esque chocolate. Hops follow and add a mix of citrus and pine. Orange and lemon flavors are strongest. There’s honestly not much bitterness to discuss. The hop flavor is pretty good, but it’s balanced out to a large degree by the malts. There’s some earthy flavors on the tail that are attributable to the hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Finishes with sweet with a twist of citrus and pine.

The body definitely feels on the lighter side of medium. It honestly has a pretty decent feel. Carbonation seems dialed down nicely. It needs a little more body to be smooth, but it’s not bad. Goes down pretty easy.

This Deconstructed mix pack of Latitude 48 is going to be interesting. This one, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, is pretty decent. The hop flavor itself isn’t bad. If I recall correctly, it is a little more citric (and better overall) than that of the standard Latitude 48. But, it’s a little too balanced. Less malts, please. Overall, not bad. Not great, but not bad.

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden amber and brilliantly clear, with a modest off white head with decent retention and sparse lacing.

Aroma-Fresh noble hop aroma, with zesty, green, floral notes. Smells light, perfumy, and elegant, but with the slightest sulfur/vegetal notes. Malt smells softer than in some of the other examples, with some grainy, bready notes in addition to light toast and caramel.

Flavor-Soft bready malt flavors provide a nice backdrop for the noble hops to express themselves, and in the end this one ends up tasting a little like a german pils with a touch of toast and caramel in the finish. Hop flavors are similar to the aromatics, and I find them somewhat difficult to describe beyond "noble", but they are spicy and slightly floral, with a character that almost strikes me as "soft pine"-not in your face like American piney hops, but just a pleasantly light pine flavor. In the flavor, there's a hint of light fruit and some toasted malts appear. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I wouldn't reach for this one if I were going for an American IPA, but as far as single hop expressions of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop go, this is pretty good. As I said in the flavor, this strikes me as similar to a German pils, but a little bit richer, with a bit more malt character, and a touch of fruit at the end.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: leafy & floral notes, some pear notes lurking in the background

T: Follows the nose, apricot, some breadyness & woody hops also up front. Dryness & leafy hops take the lead as this warms, some pear & apricot as well

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & fair balance

Decent IPA, but not one I would ever buy again, unless I found it on draft. I really only liked the simcoe iteration

Photo of zimm421
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Appears an amber to color copper with a bubbly off-white head.

The aroma contains notes of grassy and earthy notes, as well as some slight bready/biscuity smells. Not too much going on in the nose though, kind of subdued. The taste is far too sweet for my tastes. Lots of bread and biscuit again, some buttery flavors. There is a slight hint of bitterness towards the end, with some slight earthy notes.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick, low carbonation and just doesn't feel like an IPA. Overall, not too impressed. First one of the "Deconstructions," and I'm hoping the rest are better. Far too sweet, thick and creamy for me.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber body with two fingers of white fluffy head and moderate lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, orange, and caramel malts.

The hops are slightly bitter. Lemon and orange are the dominant flavors. It's also pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is light.

Overall, this was a slightly better than average IPA.

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color, almost amber like. The head is small and dense settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a lightly toasted bread, some malty sweetness. There is a hint of limey hops, slightly grassy.

The taste is of a sweet toasted malt, light honey. This is followed by a grassy bitter hop as well as a limey hop. Perhaps a touch of pine towards the end. Not super hop flavorful but the flavor is present. The bitterness stands out more but it isn't a bitter bomb. Produces good hop burps.

Moderate feel with tingly carbnation. Fairly balanced but does finish with a significant bitterness, but not harsh.

A well rounded IPA, good play between the hops and malt. Hops aren't super flavorful but they are enjoyable.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.