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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 403
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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 MbpBugeye
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of msnow34
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Pencible
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like bready malt and wild honey, with a little earthy copper hops.
T: It tasted like earthy copper and mild resin hops, with some bready malt. It had a clean slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a great brew, with barely noticeable scent and taste. The body was a little weak too, although the finish was smooth, so it was at least easy to drink. Not worth trying more than once.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of surprenant1138
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ms11781
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of zimm421
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light yellow color with small head and very slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Slighty piney smell.

Taste: bitter and malty not very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very dry finish.

Overall: Average IPA good for one but not special enough to drink all night.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At best this seems like a light IPA. The hops are there very subtly. I pick up light flavors off the top.

Nothing wows me about this beer. I pick up the hops in the aroma, but the flavor doesn't carry much. I get maltiness... which was kind of weird.

I probably won't every pick this up again, but it was nice to try something new.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the forth one I have tried of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed.

Sporadic slow moving bubbles. Light copper body. Off white head turning into a film.

Fruity citrus aroma with some pine and bready buscuits. The smell is not strong, it's a little on the weak side.

The taste fallows the aroma. Citrus, some fruit, pine but I'm going to say the bready malt has made its presence known; yet, this is a average tasting IPA. There is nothing about this beer to make me want to have another one.

Light to medium carbonation, light body, leaves the lips a little sticky as the beer dries, slightly dry feeling in the mouth.

With the aroma and taste muted, this is nothing more than a average tasting IPA. It's not horrible, it's just something I won't be missing.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Light; golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Toasty. Like all the other Latitude single hop series, a touch of caramel. Hint of lemon and not much else.

T: Really unassuming. My least favorite Latitude so far. Kind of awkwardly sweet with a murkish wishy-washy hop character. Aftertaste is ever so slightly herbal.

M: Rather sticky for such a beer. Thoroughly meh though.

O: Not my thing. Hallertau Blanc was SO good and this is SO ehhh.

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Photo of brother_rat
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this bottle chilled in storage for some months, so let's see how it turns out.

A: Pours a beautiful deep copper, with nice carbonation (still bubbling while drinking). The head disappointed--it poured out white, one finger tall, but quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing. 2.5/5

S: Opens with a burst of spicy, floral hops, with a wet sweetness. 2.5/5

T: The first flavors mirrored the scents: hoppy, floral, very bitter citrus, pine, grapefruit, but that melts into a mellowed citrus that's chewy and sweet. A sweeter, maltier finish, with solid yet integrated bitterness. 3.5/5

M: A very light but chewy feel, which was perhaps the beer's strongest and best feature. Had a very crisp opening and a full finish, and yet it drank very well. I thought the carbonation would be too much, but despite the continued glass carbonation it was perfect. 3.5/5

O: Perhaps my favorite of Sam's Deconstructed series. Great flavors, nice body, and it was very drinkable. 3/5

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#2 in the "Monday of Single Hop Beers" with inflatablechair

Pours with a frothy 2 finger sorta yellowish head... great retention and lacing... the brew is crystal clear orange.

Nose immediately reminds me of lemongrass... and something sorta herbal.. like a ludens lemon honey cough drop.

Flavor has a bit of floral component that meshes oddly with the above hop notes... lite pale malt presence with lite toast element.

lite-medium body... crisp small bubble carbonation.

Weird... I swear it smells and tastes like I remember the Ludens cough drops taste like.


Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok once again got to hand it to SA for their idea here. This is the 2nd of the series I tried and I have to say I'm not impressed. Good to know what hops are respomsible for this taste. I recognize it now and it's not for me. People tend to call this taste earthy but I find it taste like rust (or iron). Yes it's bitter but more in a unpleasant rusty metal way than a natural grapefruit like bitterness of the simcoe hops.

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Photo of Phelps
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of September 2011 into a tulip. Been working my way through the Latitude 48 variety pack as an educational journey through hops. This one’s brewed with Hallertauer Mittelfruh, from Deutschland.

Like its brothers, the color of this beer’s lovely: a shiny, perfectly translucent copper tone. The cream-colored head is fuzzy and only about a finger thick, descending to a frothy ring within the span of a minute. Some thin tracts of lacing are left behind as I drink.

The aroma exhibits the telltale spiciness of German hops, though they’re a bit overshadowed by malty qualities. I get hints of lemon peel, pepper and earth behind stronger aromas of biscuits, honey and caramel.

The hops take over more in the flavor, showing off with lemony, piney bite. Some floral lavender is also apparent. As strong as the malt seemed in the nose, it’s comparitively weak here — I get a bit of honey and some biscuity notes, but that’s it. High attenuation leads to a dry, bitter, snappy finish.

The soft, pillowy medium body is similar to the other variations of this beer. Carbonation is kept to a tingly minimum, but there’s a small amount of fizz as it moves about.

It’s amazing how beers that only vary in hop additions can be. This version seems to me both thinner in body and drier than the Simcoe variation as well as the original.

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Photo of MrOH
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper with a finger of off-white foam that lingers. Slippery lace

Mostly caramel maltiness, grass, floral, and spice from the hops.

Again, mostly malt, but the hops show up a bit more. Great herbal spiciness that lingers. That great hop bite from a German pils? It's very evident that it comes from the Hallertau.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carbonation.

Interesting. I think that this variety of hops just doesn't stand up to something so malty. Great lesson in understanding not only how ingredients taste on their own, but also what they are and aren't necessarily good for.

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Photo of crusian
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

Nose is actually malty on this one... with a little bit of peppercorn coming through. Hops, though... not too much when I think of an apa. Hope this tastes better...

Taste is a traditional bittering hop. It seems like this would last years and still have some bite to it. It has a lot of honey flavor and sweetness that the others didn't have... which was unexpected. The more I drink it the more I like this one... interesting... by still not that great.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber, like the rest of the series it has a nice frothy head that hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

S: Quite floral, and a little musty.

T: Malty and sweet with a hoppy floral backbone. A little bit of pine to it.

M: Good, full body, adds quite a bit to the beer.

O: Not that great on the whole, but it's a unique beer to experience. I would definitely try it again to see if my opinion would change.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dirty penny copper color with a strong white head nearly overflowing the top of my pint glass. Great job on the head for an IPA IMO.

Aroma of rich caramel crystal malts and light pine and light citrus hops.

As an American IPA, this could use more hops. I know this pack is more of a comparison tool than how each beer would be brewed individually by SA, but this one is not my favorite of the bunch. I get a good strong bittering presence from a long boil on the hops. First sip I get a slight floral taste which is quickly taken over by malt. Mid body I taste more caramel than anything else. Aftertaste is slightly astringent / tannic dry tasting, similar to the EKG Lat 48 but not as good IMO.

Good mouthfeel for the style, medium body with a high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Overall pretty good.

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