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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 402
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
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 pzrhsau
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hey nice rich golden color with an amber copper hue? Very robust head? Hey, such is the toll of doing business rating a group of beers with essentially the same ingredients save for the hops.
S: Clearly the hops the provide the esters and aroma to the beer (as a whole). It really has a good bitterness and full balanced aroma.
T: Nice bitter biting hop flavor. Classic Hallertau hops with crispness and bitterness really bringing out some floral flavors in the malt.
D/O: Very much an aromatic beer that adds to the combination to make the overall latitude 48. Very great smell and good bitter flavor.

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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 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.

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

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of khaki head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lacing. Color is a dark amber copper.

Aroma: Has a bready/biscuity malt profile. This one is pine flavored similar to the zeus. It also has a big lemon citrus kick.

Taste: This one start out with some sweet malts. Caramel and bready flavored. Then comes the lemon citrus flavors followed by the piney earthy hops. More malty than the zeus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter-similar to zeus. More bitter than the East Kent Goldings. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me like the Kent. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. This one is a bit behind zeus due to the malts showing a bit more.

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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 Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy/rocky, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent slick that coalesces around the edges. Thick swaths of lacing form a web-like semicircle around the bowl. Nose expresses primarily sweet malt and a trace of citrus zest towards the back. Taste consistent with nose. The flavor profile is fairly malt forward here and the hops character really only comes out as a suggestion of citrus. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, not the most exciting IPA; however, I found it really quite drinkable with a pleasant mouthfeel and texture.

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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.

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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 PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a translucent orangey gold with virtually no head. Zero lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral. Taste is sweet and floral as well. Maybe a bit of orange peel near the end. Has somewhat of an oily hop feel to it, but it works well. Flowery finish. The mouthfeel has a bit of that oily quality as well. Overall, its a decent IPA.

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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 womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Not quite as sweet as the other varieties. Some caramel and bready malts to it and a little brown sugar. Grassy and floral hops with a touch of spice to it. Mild citrus zest and yeast.

T: Good hop flavor with lots of floral and mild spice notes. Hints of sweetness on the back end of it and some bready malts. Only a mild bitterness. A tiny bit of citrus and citrus zest on the back end.

M: Medium in the body and carbonation.

O: Thus far the least offensive of the variations. Still not something I'd necessarily care to have again.

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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 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 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.

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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 rrski198
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent sized white head with decent lacing. Dark amber to brown translucent color.

S: Odd, the first thing I thought of when I smelled it was iced sweet tea. Candied lemon zest. Very pleasent. Unique.

T: Sweet malt up front followed by big lemon and earth hop flavor. Again I get a big tea flavor. The bitterness is actually fairly mild but lingers nicely.

M: Oily and creamy. Mild bitterness on the back of the tongue.

O: Interesting scent. I haven't had an IPA like this before. I really enjoyed it. It is quite different from some of the melt your face off west coast IPAs, but welcome.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tell me, fellow BA's, that this isn't totally cool. Custom made for our style brewmania! I chose to start with the more delicate hallertau hop to see what happens....

Typical look--copper amber color, clear. Good initial ring lace. A fine head that settles to a thin bubble layer.

Absolutely beautiful aroma that reminds me of the finer Czech pilsners, not that that is surprising. Floral and succulent. Excellent darker pale malt base. In short, a superb smell.

The taste is harshly bitter with almost a hot pepper bite. The swallow is particularly dry-ish and lip-smacking. The aftertaste seems to last forever and is like sucking on a hop pellet. Not very balanced. I like the body--a bit above average with a carbonation level to match.

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

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. two finger head that has staying power.

s: notes of pine, citrus and grass.

t: the hallertau hops are awesome. gives it a great grassy, citrusy and piny charater with minimal bitterness. like the others, the malt balance is noticeable and pleasant. gives the brew a good body. i'm very happy with this, especially for the price.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

another great brew in the pack. surprised at how much i loved this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper color with a large white head. The aroma is somewhat faint and filled with bread and grass. The flavor is a little more pronounced. I get some grass and orange notes from the hops, as well as some iced tea notes and some bready malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as good as the Zeus.

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Light head, no real lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Light earthy hops, slightly fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Light bitterness, bit spicy hops, light fruity touch of chewy hops, gets pretty bitter and spicy on the finish, chewy green hop flavor on the finish.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Nice hoppy flavors, gets pretty bitter, a nice hop that kinda goes through both bittering and a bit of flavor. I love this hop, not a heavy huge hop, but really nice aromas and flavors, subtle and good hop.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one starting off isn't going to be my favorite a strong distinct lemon note goes through my nares and across my palate it's pretty rough within the structure of this malt base. Nose is actually nice a full on lemongrass experience with hints of pine, malts seem a bit dull here and less expressive than the other versions I've had thus far. Flavor is much less expressive than I thought it was going to be, finishes grassy/mild pine with lemon throughout. The caramel malt and overall breadiness really takes over within the dominant flavor profile. Some astringent bitteress in the finish, doesn't work well with the hops so far this one isn't working for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation this one really has a lingering citrus peel bitterness that's hard to get past. Overall experience is that certain hops really work well with certain malts, this isn't a catch all work for every situation hop and to my knowledge it's usually combined with other hops.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Sits amber red in the glass and has a medium head with medium lacing. looks darker for an IPA

S- sweet and malty off the bat. the malt is surprising me.

T- fruity. pretty fruity off the bat, im getting mixed berries up front that gets mellow in the middle and followed by a light sweetness to the finish.

M- light and not too much carbonation on it.

O- im not too impressed with this one. The berry flavor threw me through a loop, although not horrible, not a first choice.

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden amber and brilliantly clear, with a modest off white head with decent retention and sparse lacing.

Aroma-Fresh noble hop aroma, with zesty, green, floral notes. Smells light, perfumy, and elegant, but with the slightest sulfur/vegetal notes. Malt smells softer than in some of the other examples, with some grainy, bready notes in addition to light toast and caramel.

Flavor-Soft bready malt flavors provide a nice backdrop for the noble hops to express themselves, and in the end this one ends up tasting a little like a german pils with a touch of toast and caramel in the finish. Hop flavors are similar to the aromatics, and I find them somewhat difficult to describe beyond "noble", but they are spicy and slightly floral, with a character that almost strikes me as "soft pine"-not in your face like American piney hops, but just a pleasantly light pine flavor. In the flavor, there's a hint of light fruit and some toasted malts appear. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I wouldn't reach for this one if I were going for an American IPA, but as far as single hop expressions of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop go, this is pretty good. As I said in the flavor, this strikes me as similar to a German pils, but a little bit richer, with a bit more malt character, and a touch of fruit at the end.

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