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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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BA SCORE
82
good

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


Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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dfillius

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear bronze-amber liquid. Pretty though a tad browner than other IPAs.
S: Sweet peach/apricot, caramel, slight apple ester, slight pine hop. Pleasant but not remarkable.
T: A sweet biscuit malt front is followed by increasing bitterness that holds strong and steady. Hops show up as piney and well proportioned. Subtle yet strong. Nice Noble IPA.
M: Full, modestly bitter, warm but restrained.
O: Very nice. I'd order another and might buy this one before I'd buy regular Latitude 48.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:08:40 | More by dfillius
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brother_rat

New York

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 18:20:04 | More by brother_rat
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seem to recall reading that Sam Adams used a lot of Hallertau in their beer? Is that right? Well, anyways. On to this beer.

This beer seems a bit tame to me. Oily and smooth, but lacking a real distinct flavor profile. The hops don't really come through with much punch, though they do work enough to make this one drinkable. This is decent, but really not worthy of sticking around on the scene.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:26:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber topped with a medium off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S- Mild grapefruit, citrus, and pine resin

T- Notes of tart lemon immediately that transitions to a bitter sweet grapefruit note that carries on till the finish. The finish is a balance of caramel malt and bitter hop notes with a lingering final bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation. Not as clean as the first two in this series there is some hop oil and a slight viscous feeling left on the palate.

O- I've tasted this variety of hop before as a blend in lots of other beers, nice to have it as a stand alone variety. The 6% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 08:42:33 | More by ToddT
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Herbaceous, leafy hops with some subtle dried lemon. In a roundabout way, it reminds me of a slightly bumped up SABL, in terms of ABV and IBU's, and, of course, the yeast. Is there a particular order I'm supposed to do this in? This is third after Ahtanum and Simcoe as is, so far, my fav of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 18:22:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:22:35 | More by chinchill
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aggiearcher13

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:20:43 | More by aggiearcher13
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a nice hazy copper, with a white head that turns into a rim of lace.

It's got a softer smell. Flowery and a bit piney.

This is a malty sweet beer. The hops lend a nice floral flavor with a lot of pine on the back side.

It's medium bodied with a carbonation that was all right by me.

This beer seemed average. This Deconstructed IPA 12er is getting tiresome. Zeus is the last one and the one I've been looking forward to the whole time. Come on Zeus!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:45:21 | More by TippySelenoid
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber with a huge foamy head. took a few pours to really get a good sense of the beer. lots of carbonation kept it looking very lively.

aroma is lots of light citrus and light grains, hints of orange peel, lemon, and touches of grapefruit and a nice and well balanced light malt mid palate. very light body and flavor, clean with a nice light dry after taste that begs you to drink more from the first sip you take.

overall a really solid beer

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:40:06 | More by mikesgroove
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with thin tan head. Aroma is citrus fruit rind. Taste is fresh lemon up front, followed by some dark caramel. The finish is piney and again more lemon. Mouthfeel is average, a bit high carbonation. Overall very good. I really like the lemony characteristics of the Hallertau hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:18:31 | More by tronester
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BeardedRiker

Texas

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
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 18:28:32 | More by justintcoons
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mactrail

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite of the Deconstructed IPAs. Rich flavors without total hop overdose. Warm and even malty. Bitterness is the aftertaste, but the rich malt carries on well. Nice nose of flowers and the golden buds of Yunnan tea (sorry to be esoteric but it's a spicy, malty aroma). Less of the pine and turpentine and more deep mellow flavors. I will definitely look for this hop if SA or others give it star billing. Golden orange in the glass.

I recapped a 12 oz bottle and the next day it poured smooth and well carbonated, with nice lacing in the big tulip. Whatever you think of Sam Adams recipes, they are totally on top of the technical aspects of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 05:16:49 | More by mactrail
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ikats

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with nice off-white, sticky head. Aroma is full to the brim with wonder pine notes of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. I was never big of actually figuring difference between hop varieties, but now I have a name to put to the aroma, and I must say that I really like these hops. Taste is sweet (biscuity malty base), but hops are very subdued. You can feel them, but there is definitely no pronounced bitterness (as opposed to the East Kent Goldings hops for example). Makes it fairly smooth and very drinkable.

This is beer two of day one of the Latitude 48 series tasting. Enjoying it!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:20:32 | More by ikats
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:22:03 | More by Sammy
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JamesS

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a nicely decent spicy hoppiness. Went down quite well indeed, with just a bit of roughness from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 18:51:16 | More by JamesS
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears clear and orange to copper in color, with a dense inch of off-white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the pint glass. The aroma offers hops, lemon zest, malt, pine. Decent flavor, with additional notes of toasted bread. Another balanced IPA, this one has a healthy malt presence. Lingering bitterness, with pine, toast, and dank hops. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but not a great IPA. One of the better beers in this series, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:54:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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afdempse

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color - looks like iced tea. Thin layer of foam that barely covers the beer, and scant lacing down the glass.

Some pine in the nose, but not much else. Flavor of slightly earthy malt that plays nicely with the resiny noble hop flavor. Bitterness is very smooth, with a faint citrus tang.

Finishes mildly astringent, but dry and not bracing. Bready malt and caramel notes in the breath. Carbonation on par for style.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and probably enjoyed it the most of the beers in this series.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:20:45 | More by afdempse
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albertjr21

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

And now review # 4 of 6 for the Deconstructed Series. Enjoyed on 8-18-11 in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance is a rusty orange amber color under a hefty sudsy head. Aroma takes on a full and resinous sweet candied pine and citrus blend. Really flavorful pine and lemon citrus dominates the palate from opening to ending with an even bitter balance and a friendly bitter cling. Very nice malt support for the hops on stage. Nice to know that everything bitter I'm tasting is from a single noble hop.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:28:52 | More by albertjr21
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adam42381

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with golden-orange highlights and a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing

Smell: Nice mix of grassy hops and malt. Smells similar to a pilsner.

Taste: Sweet herbal notes with lemon up front followed by fairly sweet malt in the middle before ending with bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. I love the way different hop varieties can change a whole beer. This tastes nothing like the other Deconstructed beers and that's the point. This doesn't really taste like a traditional IPA (at least not what I'm used to), but I really like this one and definitely recommend giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:47:20 | More by adam42381
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of light dry hops with some light floral notes with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt that are overshadowed by some dry and slightly astringent hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting experiment with more citrusy notes then I would have expected even though it is not the dominating flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 18:09:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Transparent light copper with some brassy, gold highlights under three fingers of dense, sticky head. Beautiful color, nice composition. Lookin' good. Head drops slowly & lumps, leaving tenacious patches of lace.

Smell at first was strongly Hallertau, with that combination of field greens or arugala, pepper, & a little sulfur. Love that smell, same as with their Noble Pils. Sadly, I went back for a second whiff a half-minute later & found it had vanished. In its place is a much sweeter, orange candy character with a sweet tea background. Not bad, but way sweet & I miss that peppery zing.

Sweet citrus up front that drops to a lightly pithy bitterness, ends with a little bite & rounds back up to caramel sweet & kind of lemony. Where's my Hallertau?! Still getting hints of tea leaves, a dry tannic quality.

Pretty crisp at the start, but the sweetness in the end makes it feel a little thick, sugary.

I feel robbed! I was so loving that Noble hop character & then it just disappeared. Definitely wasn't bad after that, but a little on the sweet side & not too distinct from many other East Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:29:49 | More by OneDropSoup
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nppeders

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - reddish coper, real clear. nice lacing again

smell - hay, grass, maybe a little lemon. tough to get much aroma out of this. Caramel creeps through.

taste very grassy hops. finish's with caramel, and a punch of bitterness. mouth waters with bitter sweet sensations. Floral and resinous as it warms.

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, and light to medium body.

overall - pretty good english ipa coming from the hallertau hops. I could drink more of this. This hop stands alone better then I expected. Not a crazy citrus punch like american C hops, but enjoyable, yes.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:16:03 | More by nppeders
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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