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

Third of the series. I think this is a Noble hop, a famous group.

A- Amber bodied with a frothy white head. Good size and decent retention. Nice coat of lace around the glass.

S- Right after the Zeus, this one smells much spicier (a definite pepper note), big pine and more floral, also floral and earthy. Background malt and yeast (bread) notes. Fades a lot with time.

T- Hops lend a lot of pine, spice, pepper and floral notes, as well as some earthy grassy, lemon zest hints. Caramel and nutty malt as well as some bread.

MF- Highly carbonated, creamy light body. Bitter in the finish. I feel like I could copy and paste mouthfeel from 90% of Sam Adams beers to the next, not a bad thing either, just consistent.

So far I think this one has been the most interesting for me. The Hallertau lend a nice variety of flavors from a single hop.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Gmann
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.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, one finger head, not much carbonation either.

S-Some floral and citrus notes

T-Nothing here is overpowering, subtle and balanced. Citrus and floral notes start and it ends with some bitterness.

M-Light, crisp an some carbonation.

O-An average beer and so far seems about average for the Deconstructed pack. Still I can not say enough good things about the idea behind the single hop IPAs put out by BBC.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had two bottles of this today (08MAY11), which were the last of the five new offerings in the Latitude 12-pack.

Like the previous offerings, this one was a clear, bright copper color, with scattered carbo meandering slowly topside. A creamy, 1/4" light beige head sat atop the liquid, and lacing was very nice. Aroma was restrained, with some bready malt and light flowery hops present. Medium bodied and fairly smooth on the tongue, the mouthfeel did not fail.

Had a touch of sweetness, with some caramel and light toasty malt hitting the taste buds. Subtle citrus and soft, flowery bitterness come into play with this bier, which is quite gentle on the palate. Not bad, but perhaps my least fave of the five offerings presented in this deconstruction.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottle from the Deconstructed 12 pack. Best by Sep 2011.

Deep copper body. Clean and clear. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Nice lacing. Grassy, minty hop nose, with a cookie and fruit malt background. Pretty well-balanced.

Grassy, herbal hop bitterness up front. Sugar cookie and light fruit (apple?) malt fill in. Hop bitterness remains moderate throughout, with pleasant mint, grass, and orange flavors. Dry finish, with lingering grassy hop notes. Not bad. The Hallertau hops are an interesting hop to use in this style, and although not my favorite, they kind of work.

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Photo of prototypic
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this example. Pours a beautiful amber with generous white head. Nose is pleasantly assertive with lots of pine, and grassy notes. Nice bitterness on the palate with the maltiness in balance, with more of that grassy flavor coming through that is quite nice. A little oily, in a good way.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear amber-orange beer with a slight head. Aroma is downright disappointing...sweet malt mostly with some very faint hops (smells like generic homebrew pale ale). Taste is a little bit better, with moderate bitterness and some floral hops, but it still tastes like an underhopped pale ale, rather than an IPA. The SA house yeast makes a flavor contribution as well.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head on top. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruity aromas and some bready smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus hop flavor and some lemon zest flavor. There is some caramel malt sweetness in the background. There is some mild bitterness and even a touch of tart. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and a touch of bread flavor come through. The finish is a mix of some bitterness and some lemon and citrus flavor and a bit of malt that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and crisp. The finish is a bit lacking with only a touch of dryness.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and well balanced overall. The hop flavor is nice and balanced with the malt. The only real downer was that the finish was a bit too plain.

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Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber orange, one finger of off white head, spots of lace. Smell is earthy, big pine notes, malt, lightly sweet in the nose, subtle mudded citrus. Taste is malt and pine initially, subtle citrus more so in the finish, lightly sweet, bitter in the finish, white grape qualities. Mild carbonation, med body, nice oils and resin at the end. Solid brew, feels more like an APA than an IPA but I did like this regardless.

Thanks Sammy

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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 jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a SA Sensory Glass.

A - Clear, dark amber with a 2-inch creamy off-white head that leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Moderate hop aromas of pine resin, lemon zest, and flowers with that signature Latitude 48 amber malt backbone. Very unique hop aromas here, nice to see an un-heralded hop like Hallertau getting some love.
T - Floral hop flavors dominate, along with a bit of lemon and pine resin and the typical sweet amber malt backbone. Like the East Kent Goldings version, this one is more on the malty side due to the subdued hop strain, but the flavors are nice and different from your usual IPA.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderately crisp carbonation. Nice and sessionable, a good mix of bitterness and sweetness.
O - This may be my favorite of the Deconstructed pack so far, the (relatively) obscure Hallertau hop just adds such unique, floral qualities that you don't get in an everyday IPA.

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Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 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 RonfromJersey
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that leaves some lacing

S: Pine and lemon zest are the major aspects of the smell, with a touch of malty sweetness

T: A nice mix of the lemon zest and pine, neither really dominating the other. Malts round things out nicely

M: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation, same deal as most of them in the pack

O: Again, does a nice job showcasing the single hop and what it brings to the overall beer

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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.

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

A: Poured in to a SN Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is dark amber, almost copper with a 1-finger slightly off-white head. Leaves some lace behind.

S: Relative faint in the nose: some caramel and bready malts. Hops are of the leafy and floral type.

T: Decent, albeit mild, hop flavor - floral with a touch of lemony citrus - over bready malt. Bitterness is mild and restrained, making this one seem more like an English IPA than an American version. Slight minerally lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Body is medium in heft, carbonation softens, rather than sharpens, the overall perception.

O: When I did the head-to-head Pepsi challenge with the 5 new varieties, this one didn't stand out. But drinking it on its own, I like it. I wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but I wouldn't be upset if someone handed me a bottle of it either.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is quite floral, with a scent in the range of jasmine or gardenia - except that it is mild - and not pungent in the way that those flowers are. There is also a tea-like element to the nose.

T - A strong tea-like element dominates the palate with bitter tannic notes atop a biscuity, lightly caramelized malt. Lemon appears on the finish briefly before returning to a strongly dry Earl Grey tea finish. It is very hoppy, if unusually so.

M - The feel is more dry than the other 'Deconstructed', but otherwise is pretty much the same sturdy medium-bodied brew.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.