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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau MittelfruehSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%

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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of AmericanGothic


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Mostly sweet malt, a little citrus and earth from the hops.

T: Starts with sweet malt up front, transitioning quickly to bitter grapefruit hop finish. Touch of pine in the finish as well.

M: Light mouthfeel, a bit soda-like.

O: The last of the deconstructed series. Of the five single-hops, this is one of the least interesting on its own. However, it's been great fun seeing how the pieces fit together. Would love to try this again in a year or two if they bring it back.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:45:11 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= amber with a very active frothy head, plentiful lacing and large islands of pooling.

S= a bit singular, some dry grassy hops, nice red malts.

T= dry, with some cloyingly sweet malts. Somewhat singular and one-dimensional. Not bad. Not quite balanced in this extracted-version of the original Latitude 48. My first of this 5-beer series, more to follow shortly.

M= dry, not quite grassy, some slight but annoyingly over-sweetness in the finish. A tartness on the tongue afterwards.

O= interesting, creative but.... Trying to make an IPA out of a light floral Hallertau Noble hops is a bit too much. But that means that hopefully the more bold hops singles will shine through!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:43:57 | More by therica
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, caramel, malts, hops,

taste: sweet, caramel, malts, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This one has a tad more flavor then the others but not enough to bump up the grade. I wish they would of sold this in a 6 pack not a 12 pack it's just not worth it.


Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:08:08 | More by THECPJ
Photo of gatornation


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle notched BB 09/11

A- pours a clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind sticky lacing

S-im getting sweet caramel malts 1st,than lemon-citrus/floral hops a lemon peel grass smell

T- follows nose... malt forward with caramel sweet baked bread..its followed by pine and citrus lemon hops some wet grass

M- is medium carbonation a little bitter on the finish more malts than hops

O- tasty malt forward with more malt tastes but hops are present in a bitter way

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:35:22 | More by gatornation
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the Deconstructed concept is great from Sam Adams. Hallertau Mittelfrueh will be my first try

A- the brew pours a cleat amber with a head that recides to a touch of foam. Not much lacing on the bottle

S- some caramel malt scent is at the forefront. Even a little spicy and earthy in the profile, but it's very faint

T- good caramel malt flavors that are surrounded with an herbal flavor and some spices. Not overly hopped, but ends with a strong bitterness

M- good carbonation with a smooth theme of flavor on the taste buds

D- I didn't get the ipa experience I wanted with this try. There is a good presentation of the malt showing, but that is almost it

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:57:09 | More by lovindahops
Photo of chefhatt


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a snifter glass, it has a copper body with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell has some pine and notes to it, but not very strong. The taste is first starts with a sticky sweet flavor then the bitterness of the hops comes through. The mouth feel is ok, a little weird feeling on the tongue, like it left a film on my tongue. Overall this is a ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:33:40 | More by chefhatt
Photo of woodychandler


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfrueh; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Hallertau, Germany; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Hallertau Mittlefreuh IPA is brewed with only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops, a traditional variety of Bavaria's Hallertau in Germany. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops contribute a soft bitterness, along with delicate lemony citrusy and resinous pine notes, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

I am about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of smell and taste, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Hoppy Zone! This was my first of the six.

My pour netted me a finger of dense light-tan hops with good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odd - very sort and slightly lemony citrus, but it also had another aspect that I simply could not place. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavor on the tongue was lemon candy-like. Think Lemonheads. It was very sugary sweet and the bitterness was not at all what I had expected. Suddenly, I felt upside-down and my worries of adult-onset diabetes kicked in and the monkey shut his yap! This is not what I want to have happen when I am drinking an AIPA, lemme tell you. In the interim, some lovely sticky lacing that would eventually need a jackhammer to remove began to form. Finish was still sticky sweet with the lemon citrus as the dominant flavor and I completely missed on anything remotely like pine.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:04:26 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Vonerichs


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:02:00 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of BeardedRiker


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:07:33 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:29:45 | More by Gmann
Photo of jera1350


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thinner, but creamy head and some sticky lacing.

Juniper, citrus and pine on the nose. Caramel malt in the background. Reminds me of Noble Pils a bit.

Pretty nice flavor. Lightly bitter with pine notes and a touch of citrus peel. Quite malty which makes this pretty much balanced. More hops please.

Very soft and smooth feel with moderately dry finish.

A nicely drinkable beer, but I really wish they would have made the hops stand out more. Too much malty backbone for the hops to really stand out. This is one of the better ones out of the sampler thus far though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:23:57 | More by jera1350
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly clear orange-amber color. The tall, amber-tinted head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and an attractive smattering of lace deposits on the glass as the head fades.

S: Some mildly toasty and slightly sweet caramel malt aromas. Rather grassy and spicy hop aromas predominate, with some mild floral undertones. A soft mineral quality is also detectable. The nose is pleasant, but somewhat subdued as IPAs go.

T: Equal parts toasty and caramel-sweet malt flavors up front. Hop bitterness is firm. Floral, spicy, and earthy hop flavors are prominent. Some lightly fruity (lemon zest?) flavors make it through, along with light mineral flavor.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is above average. Dryness builds gradually into a rather dry finish.

D: It's definitely noticeable that this is a single-hop IPA made with a Noble hop variety, which definitely lends an atypical flavor profile. It's enjoyable, but it's a little unusual to taste such aggressive use of a hop style that's normally used in mildly-hopped beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:29:53 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of silentjay


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks like the others in the series, but a bit smaller head, though it retains and laces well.

not as strong an aroma as the simcoe or zeus varieties, but what is there is pleasant. floral and citrus with a bit of pine needles.

again, a subdued flavor in comparison, as the hops again sit behind the sweet caramel malt base. a bit more hop bitterness and spiciness in this one than the others, while the hop flavor/aroma is in the background. probably the most bitter of the bunch to date. reminds me of a thicker bodied Boston Lager, as it has the prototypical Sam flavors.

medium and slightly resiny body with a good carbonation level and a lingering bitterness and spice.

not bad, but this particular hop seems to be better for bittering than for flavor, so it needs something. Perhaps with a lighter malt body, the hop flavors could come more into dominance.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:34:55 | More by silentjay
Photo of AdamBear


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-transparent amber with a thick frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing.

S-smells like fresh zesty lemony hops. there's a tint of grass in there as well. medium strength

T-comes in with grainy hops that are decently bitter. the bitterness lasts throughout the experience. there is some lemony zest here that lasts throughout the taste and in to the after-taste. as expected, its not as complex as the latitude 48, but it is also more boring. the after-taste is fairly malty reminding me more of a typical Sam Adams.

M-bitter, medium, creamy carbonation with a dryer finish

O-As i already mentioned, this is more boring than than the original latitude 48. its more like an average craft brewery's IPA. not something i'd bother getting again, but it definitely isn't a bad beer. i'll take this if given to me for free, but i wouldn't buy more of this if offered in a different way other than the 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 19:58:39 | More by AdamBear
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium copper with a foamy white head that leave little lacing. Good clarity, some bubbles rising.

Malt-forward in the nose with toasty bread and grain, some caramel and fruit.

This is an IPA? Caramel and light bitterness. Not hop heavy at all. Fruit, sweet, transitioning to bitter with a lingering malt finish. Smooth brew for sure, but the hops are too mellow here.\

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

This is good beer for sure, I just would not select it if I was in the mood for an IPA. At face value, smooth and balanced. But missing more hop assertiveness. As part of the 12 pack, a good drinkable beer, but nothing breathtaking.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:37:17 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of ocelot2500


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a firm white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy and floral hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with some caramel sweetness. Hops have a floral and grassy character with a fair amount of bitterness. Some caramel sweetness cuts through along with toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good tool for helping with hop characterizations, but if you are just looking for an IPA to knock back, this might not be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:49:09 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a transparent orangeish amber with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. The head sticks around for awhile, and laces real well. Gorgeous looking beer

S- getting a bunch of citrus, but the aroma is really weak. Disappointing.

T- tastes a lot like the simcoe...a lot of grassy citrus taste to this. The aftertaste is full of grass

M- body is fine. The sweetness makes it a little offputting, though

O- reminded me of the simcoe a little too much, honestly

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:08:58 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of akorsak


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Wegmans.

A: A doppelganger for the EKG. Of course the same malt profile will yield the same color. See my other write up for more details.

S: The Noble hops are a little more, well, noble. They add an earthy, grassy aroma. Green onions and caramel round it out.

T: The hops make a little bit more of a difference, grassy a

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:44:27 | More by akorsak
Photo of nandemo1


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber, really a reddish gold. Was well carbonated, giving a dense one finger head with plenty of bubbling well into the beer.

Smells malty, a bit bready with some flowery hints. Taste is bready too, with a very mild bitterness and some hop spicyness and earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit bubbly.

Overall, a decent, session English style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:02:47 | More by nandemo1
Photo of bum732


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Subtle floralness, pine tea, soft lemony citrus, some apple blossoms.

L: Clear amber orange, 1/4 inch head, off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

T: Spicy malt with some pine bitterness. Medium high spicy bitterness leads to more lemongrass and pine. Finishes quite dry with some lingering pine/lemon resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, kinda interesting but not great for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:08:28 | More by bum732
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper body with extremely good clarity, topped by a level five fingers of slightly beige densely packed bubbles. Mild lacing.

Pleasant grassy aroma but it requires a really strong sniff to register anything.

Sweet malt beginning flows softly down the tongue. Soft bitter bite, not huge but firm. Light fruitiness, piney finish.

Medium aybe medium plus mouthfeel is a bit chewy.

Overall, a not bad IPA, in the east coast tradition.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:48:53 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper color with a two-finger head into my glass. Lacing forms as the head slowly fades.

A light hint of lemon and citrus in the nose with a mild piney feel to it.

A strong, piney essence grips the tongue, leaving behind a relic consisting of tart citrus. Very mild though and hard to notice unless you really pay attention.

Ditto on the mouthfeel, which contains a lingering bitterness and a slight buttery finish.

Not much different from the regular Latitude 48. The difference is the use of a single hop and personally, I feel that the Hallertau Mittelfruh hop has more of a place in a well-crafted pilsener. That's just me though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 11:15:19 | More by Brad007
Photo of hosehead83


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Hallertau Mittelfrueh" on label, into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop note
Taste-Subtle earthy, leafy hop note, some citric fruitiness, medium bitterness. Nicely balanced, with subtle flavors and earthy hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 17:17:29 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Ezone024


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:43:46 | More by Ezone024
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and light crystal malt scent along with a mildly bitter hop aroma. There is a faint bread-like character. The taste is decent as well. It has a pretty aggressive hop flavor that blends nicely with the pale, biscuit, and crystal malts. It has a grassy/floral character; much like a typical East coast IPA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. I'm not a huge fan of this particular hop character, but it doesn't turn me off as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:22:41 | More by WesWes
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.