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

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 shand


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a fairly transparent amber color with a finger and a half of head. Retention and lacing are good. The smell here is a pretty nice dose of hops, pine and citrus, there's definitely no shortage of IPA aroma here. The taste here is very interesting, I can taste the hoppiness for sure, but it's a different kind of hoppy than almost any other IPA I've had. It's got a piney, yet floral taste with a fairly substantial amount of resin and a bit of a zestiness. The malt backbone lets the hop ease it's way onto the taste buds. Very good.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation level is dead-on. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, I found this a very different and unique IPA that's a great showcase of it's hop. I'm personally a big fan of the base beer, and am now really looking forward to working my way through this twelve pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:31:46 | More by shand
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:16:38 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of DannyDan


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a copper color body with a thick white head that has decent lacing, carbonation and very good retention.
S. Caramel, lemon and pine stand out nicely in the aroma.
T. When tasting this brew I taste some caramel followed by some lemon, floral and pine hops taste. Also has a nice spiciness mixed in and together all the flavors are well balanced and gives off a pleasant taste.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a soft creamy feel that finishes off slightly dry, but overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:58:49 | More by DannyDan
Photo of DoctorDog


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "Best before / Sept / 2011" is notched on label.

A- Clear, copper/amber appearance. Pours with 2+ fingers of very light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing...very nice looking beer.

S- Spicy, floral hops with a bit of lemon zest. Caramel malt sweet notes follow as the hops fade.

T- Lemon zest and grassy hop notes provide a sturdy bitterness, well balanced by caramel malt sweetness.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a medium body.

O- Good. Again, nothing stands out tremendously, but the overall result is a pleasant, easy drinking experience.

Future outlook: Chapter 3 of the SA "deconstructed" theme for me now in the books.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:15:31 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of Phelps


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:51:21 | More by Phelps
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:07:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of chocosushi


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/5 Deconstructed

12oz -> Young's Pint

A ~ Caramel/Amber with see-through clarity and Nice scrape-able lacing, but overall looks way less impressive than it tastes.

S ~ Muscatel... Spicy Floral hops, Black Tea & a hint of comb honey. Very herb-y and pleasant. Far from the citric/forest flavors of American hops.

T ~ Bark & More Earthy herbs (Cannabis, Tarragon, Basil, Oregano, Peat Moss) with a splash of Yard Beans, Spruce, Cherry and a hint of Peach/Apricot. Incredibly tasty.

M ~ Smooth and very cleanly bitter. Hops coat roof and sides of mouth, then procede with much flavor til a very sharp bitter toward the back of the throat. That's when the Oils hit the throat and you know what you've been drinking long after your done sipping.

D ~ This is pretty impressive. Reminds me of an American ESB combined with an EIPA. Very complex and German. Would buy a 12 of just these.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:42:29 | More by chocosushi
Photo of AmericanGothic


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a two finger head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: floral, earthy, with a slightly spicy hop aroma. Some citrus tones come through but are soft.

Taste: caramel, mild grapefruit, pear, a hint of pepper, some earthy tones, grass, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: for those that like more earthy and spicy IPAs, this one will do. Easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 16:31:00 | More by Gavage
Photo of ocelot2500


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BEERMILER12


3.95/5  rDev +10%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:07:15 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:01:08 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of alpinebryant


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:54:49 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of DrDemento456


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks decent enough with a nice dark amber and two inches of foamy sticky head.

S - Smells of a well bodied IPA with mostly a lemon rind kind of citrus pine and touches one bitter pine and sweet malts.

T - Not very good in my opinion. The taste of the lemon is two abrasive giving it a kind of Summer ale kind of taste which eventually got easier to drink as I got halfway through.

M - Light to medium. Pretty drinkable body.

Overall my least favorite of the Latitude 48 pack. Ugh I still have three more...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:18:42 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and some tea. Then an earthy, strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a bit better than the regular version of Latitude 48 IPA and overall a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:16:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of betsona


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Same as the others. Shiny clear copper color with finger worth of white head. Dissipates into a thin ring around the glass and lttle protein pools. Random bits of lacing.

S- Strong lemon citrus notes with some pine. The lemon overpowers the bready malt. The nose reminds me of camping.

T- Lots of citrus lemon with grass tones mix hit the very front of the palate. Some sweet caramel in the middle gives way to a vary minimal hop bitterness that is also pretty lemony in tone.

M- Medium body with good carbonation that really doesn't add or detract from the taste. Lasting lemony linger. No off flavors.

O- Has the flavor of a shandy--really lemon based that kind of hides most of the traditional beer flavors. A good beer, just not exactly an IPA. I would pick up a few more of these for a bbq.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 22:17:53 | More by betsona
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Copper orange body decent retention on a soapy cap and some lacing on the sam Adams perfect pint.

Smell. Bready malts and a bit of grassy hop. Slightly floral.

Taste. A well balanced ale, tea like complimentary hop presence, caramel malt base and a mild bitterness. Somewhat earthy and herbaceous. Still, very clean, crisp , refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall. A german ipa. Surely too mild for the modern hop head, but this is a very unique and satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 17:48:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of kingcrowing


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 16:58:58 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of DrJay


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, like the undeconstructed version - clear and coppery with a short cap and some lacing. Hop aroma was moderate in strength, a combination of grassy , lemony, and floral notes. Fairly strong bread and caramel malt aroma nearly overpowered the hops though. Soft bitterness that lingered in the finish. Malt sweetness was strong up front, ot leaving a lot of room for the hops until it faded. Hop flavour was a little bit muted, mild lemon and grassy flavours showed up in the finish. Slight alcohol towards the end, medium bodied with carbonation that was a bit creamy. I really like the idea of this experiment. Unfortunately, I don't think this hop could keep up with the malt sweetness present in the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 16:30:40 | More by DrJay
Photo of beergod1


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear, bright orange body with a medium sized off white head with some lace and decent retention. I am amazed that each one of these was quite different in color. Aromas of spicy lemon, Subtle noble hops. Malt aromas are bready, light caramel malt. First sip is bitter, spicy, and fruity. Hoppy with a nice bready, sweet malt profile. Light pine hints in the finish. Carbonation is pretty lively. Smooth, Medium bodied. So far all are pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:06:40 | More by beergod1
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:48:10 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of russpowell


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: leafy & floral notes, some pear notes lurking in the background

T: Follows the nose, apricot, some breadyness & woody hops also up front. Dryness & leafy hops take the lead as this warms, some pear & apricot as well

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & fair balance

Decent IPA, but not one I would ever buy again, unless I found it on draft. I really only liked the simcoe iteration

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:04:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled across these in the store the other day and figured they might be a good way of breaking back into reviewing.

12oz bottle poured into a 6oz pint glass.

A: Pours out a wonderfully clear, deep amber that really shines in this beer clean glass. Head starts out as two fingers of off-white foamy goodness and subsides into a thin cap. Classic looking English or Euro IPA to be sure.

S: After many years and many beers I really think I've finally opened up my nose and tastebuds to truly appreciate the genius of the modestly hopped, non-USA IPA. Aroma is softly floral, with a healthy dose of malt sweetness. Hallertau really seems to be of the earthy variety.

T/MF: Taste reflects the aroma and the earthiness takes on a newer, fuller dimension. On the finish the hops make themselves apparent with just a touch of light citrus (ie. lemon peel maybe) but on top of everything is an earthy, slightly piney taste that is very hard to lock down. Feel is medium bodied, tastes almost naturally carbonated (boy will my face be red if that turns out to be true).

D: This beer is more fun to talk about than to describe. Really quite an interesting beer and I feel like I had to get through nearly 600 reviews to really appreciate a non-in your face IPA. The complexity this beer is able to display using only a single hop is quite remarkable and also happens to be quite enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:51:59 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of bluejacket74


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the third one. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is bready malt and some pine and light citrusy hops. The hop aroma isn't strong at all, and the aroma in general is nice but weak. Taste is pine and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, and some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's well carbonated. It's an OK brew, but there's nothing that impresses me with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:25:20 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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)
81 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.