Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.33/5 rDev -34.9%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Very much like the other beers in this pack. They all look pretty nice. A deep copper beer with a big, sticky head.
Well, this is not the aroma you'd want from an IPA. Its not very hoppy. I realize Noble hops aren't as pungent as many American varieties, but this beer is not centered around hop aromas. All that is mentioned of hops is an iced tea aroma. The malts are big, biscuity and buttery.
There's barely any hop flavors here. Its mostly lots and lots of biscuit and buttered toast. Only faint suggestions of tea with lemon and pine. Bitterness tries to build on the finish, but (thankfully) doesn't get very far.
Medium bodied and smooth, if it weren't for the sharp carbonation.
This is not really an IPA. Its more like a subtly hopped amber ale.
06-10-2011 05:16:38 | More by MbpBugeye
2.38/5 rDev -33.5%
Pours a deep amber with a big head that dissapates quickly into a sam adams imperial perfect pint glass. Smells earthy malty with hints of raisins . Very intresting.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and light.
It has almost no bitterness, becoming very chewy. Reminds me a lot of yuengling, my least favorite beer. Very meh, I would almost classify this as a malt bomb. Came very close to drain pouring this one as it had almost no hop flavor or aroma. Not sure what this hop adds, but i will be staying away from it in the future.
06-30-2011 04:34:27 | More by msnow34
2.53/5 rDev -29.3%
Nice, deep and clear orange/copper with elegant,fluffy white head. Leaving impressionable sticky and bubbly thick lacing. If only all IPAs looked this good.
Faint nose of malt sweetness, some grains and barely noticeable hops. Hmm, wish this would live up to the appearance. Disappointing nose for IPA.
Taste is more on the sweet side, more emphasis on barley and grains. Could use more hops, big time. More thin-bodied than usual.
A big disappointment from SA. Hope some of the others in the SA IPA sample pack are better.
06-04-2011 21:01:08 | More by happy4hoppybeer
2.78/5 rDev -22.3%
My first of the Deconstructed series, chosen completely at random by a blind grab into the box. Poured into a pint, I got a one finger head floating on a clear amber body. The head subsided, but still had a substantial film that lasted throughout the glass.
Aroma was initially of some pine-like hops, but I was surprised at the strong grainy presence. I usually get that with lagers, so in an IPA it seemed out of place. Then some biscuit character came out, along with some mild bitterness and a slightly sweet honey note.
Taste... what the hell? I got some sticky sweet, cloying malt that coated my tongue, then some bitter and astringent character cut through, followed by a little spiciness and some odd metallic taste. I finished the glass with larger swallows, and that cut down on the stickiness, but it was still off.
Mouthfeel was wierd. I didn't like it. It left a film on my tongue and teeth.
Overall, I guess I am glad I started with this one. I can only see the prospect of the other ones being better than this one, because it would be hard to top this.
07-14-2011 02:06:00 | More by connecticutpoet
2.8/5 rDev -21.8%
Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, kind of smells like a standard Sam Adams lager. In the taste, pilsner like hops in an English based ale. A small hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pilsner like aftertaste. More like a malty pilsner than an IPA.
05-21-2011 17:22:19 | More by OWSLEY069
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.
Aroma is soft pine, floral and something that reminds of bugspray. Caramel and biscuit malts like caramel popcorn.
With the soft pine and grapefruit hop character and caramel malt character it's almost like drinking a sweeter, hopier, ale version of Boston Lager. Not enough hops, this could easily pass for a pale ale.
My fifth and final deconstructed Latitude 48. That fact that this beer is underhopped is very Sam Adams and that it's like an ale version of their flagship lager is again an appropriate finale. Hallertau is an appropriate hop.
05-30-2011 00:48:10 | More by donkeyrunner
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Pours a slightly hazy burnt amber with a quarter inch foamy white head with good retention of lacing. Aroma is very light- slightly flowery, slights hops, some pine and grass. Mouthfeel is light with fair carbonation. Taste is minimal- some light piney hops, lightly floral, a hint of spice, and finishes fairly yeasty. Not really a beer I care to try again.
05-21-2011 20:59:40 | More by surprenant1138
2.88/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
05-22-2011 01:30:26 | More by zimm421
2.9/5 rDev -19%
Reviewed on 05/02/2011. Best before September 2011 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear, deep copper color with a thin, off white cap of foam for a head. At times the head seems to have an almost orangish tint to it. Perhaps it's a delicate head and the liquid color is showing through.
The aroma is pretty balanced, though not terribly strong. There is some citrus and pine along with a decent amount of malt sweetness to balance it out. At second glance, the brew is probably more balanced that first realized. Still not overpowering. Perhaps even below average, but balanced.
The taste is not as balanced as the nose and is a bit bolder. The sweet malt character comes across first and is present throughout each sip. Some light, citrusy hops come through towards the end before it's rounded out with a slight bitter finish. The sweet malt character is what stands out most though.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slight bitter finish that doesn't linger. Semi-dry.
Overall, it's a decent IPA. It does a good job of showcasing the single hop, which is what it's supposed to do. That being Saidsaid, there is probably a reason it's the first and only Hallertau Mittelfrueh single hop IPA I have seen.
08-03-2011 03:21:36 | More by ms11781
3/5 rDev -16.2%
A: Pours a clear amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation and good lacing.
N: Valencia orange, black tea, caramel and floral notes.
T: Citrus, floral, green tea, Fruity Pebbles, and caramel.
M: Medium bodied, creamy and dry.
O: This is not bitter enough to be considered an American IPA. This would probably make a better German Pilsner. Smooth, crisp and one of the better 48s.
09-30-2011 18:28:32 | More by justintcoons
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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