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

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 tapman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden, orange, copper body with a chestnut head of dense foam. Clear, filtered and has great head retention.

Soft and floral hop character; aroma of stone fruit and dark sugar.Also, dark bread.

Pretty sweet taste, though not sticky, just full. Hearty bread and earthy hops with a low bitterness.

Crisp, full and a little dry in the finish.

Interesting to taste a single hop brew and while this one isn't necessarily bland, it is a bit dull compared to the regular Lat IPA.

tapman, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Soft and sweet; yellow raisins and orange zest.

T – Slow ramp-up to a soft orange pith bitter. Cilantro and a soft wood note in the finish. Definitely the most complex of the single hop IPA’s in the Lat 48 deconstruction pack.

M – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

vfgccp, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear amber with a thin off white head and small spotty lacing.

S - Sweet caramel with earthy, herbal, grassy hops. The grassy/earthy combo create a light green onion aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt and earthy, grassy hops with a bit of spice. The green onion flavor comes out again as in the aroma.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Somewhat dull and boring. A little more earthy than I remember this hop.

brewcrew76, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a clear amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head that persists leaving some decent lacing. Herb, pine, grass, and fruit notes comprise the aroma. Pine, herb, and grass share the flavor with caramel, biscuit, graham cracker, and just the slightest hint of raisin. Light in body with medium body making for a drinkable beer. Not bad. More balanced than the EKG version. A good showcase for Hallertau hops.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber like all of the beers in the series. Decent head and some lacing. The malt pretty much overwhelms the hops in this one. Lots of sweet malt in both the nose and the mouth. There is some bitterness from the hops, but not a lot of flavor. You get some leafy, mild, herbalness, and a late citrus pith note. Even less of the hops in the nose. Definitely not a hop for a single hopped beer beyond the education it offers. For that, at least, I'm grateful.

Georgiabeer, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the Latitude 48 Desconstructed 12 pack. After having the multi-hop version first, I'm now trying the German Hallertau single hop beer.

Poured into a pint glass, it ha the same unusually dark redish amber color with thick, sticky, lacey head, just like the original.

Aroma is less hoppy or at least more subtle. I have to wonder at this point if they used the same hopping schedule (additions, quantities, timing) for all 5 single hops beers.

Flavor is the same caramel-forward malt base. The hops are slightly spicy and floral. Unfortunately the malts seem to dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Overall not as hoppy or balanced as the original Lat 48. I'm afraid the malts are just too strong and not allowing the hops to shine.

GilGarp, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

nandemo1, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Kendo, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label.

Pours typical almond amber, clear, fairly minor lt. tan head, leaves just a smattering of fine lace. Grainy hop nose.

Another respectable and well crafted but unoutstanding IPA from this box set. Grainy hops with some citrus noted. Some sweet malty under tones add some balance.

Eh, not real crazy about this one.

Billolick, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Clydesdale, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd review of the deconstructed 12 pack.

pours out the same clear dark golden amber colour with about the same amount of off white head and same amount of wispy lace. rose petal and floral hop aroma, quite pleasant with the repetitive sugary sweet malt profile shouting out a bit of nougat and brown sugar notes. the flavour profile comes into a delicate balance with the use of this hop, the noble HM variety. after getting used to the malt bill used in these singular expositions, i would be of the opinion that the lemony, slightly citric, moderately spicy, and overall flowery and less bitter HM variety works well in this attempt at a single hop IPA. actually i wish they would have amped up this hop a bit because i find this incarnation pretty enjoyable despite the lack of outrageous bittering. the sweetness of the malts used compliment this type of hop used rather well. again...full bodied...with a pleasant, mostly easy going mouthfeel. nice drinkability...due to the hopping nuance.

overall...the best of the three i've had so far...very nice attempt at isolating a single hop profile. after drinking this, and i've sampled many ales using the HM hop, i can understand more why SA emphasizes the noble hops and this one in particular.

budgood1, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in appearance, with a thick white head of micro-sized bubbles, and extensive spiderweb lace.

Nice citrus nose.

Taste is mild, with a more subdued citrus hops presence. This one is balanced and not at all bitter. I get some pine notes in there, but overall this is an easy-drinking IPA without the bite of its' siblings in the Lat 48 series. Enjoyable.

secondtooth, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- clear coppery amber, and mysteriously the structure of the beige foam appears to resemble a hoppy german plslner... lice is delicate, nice, and crusty.

S- clear, citrusy, floral, and grassy. the same floral notes i get from noble pils. toasty and somewhat sweet malt background.

T- malt is up front in this one with toast, burnt cookie, and a touch of caramel. pleasant mild bitterness creeps through but is very refined and nuanced. this is probably the least hoppy of the deconstructed bunch. finishes with apple skin, orange pith, grapefruit zest, a little lemon peel, and oregano bitterness.

MF- kinda slick, apple-juicy and beautifully carbonated. somewhat dry but not all resinous and hoppy feeling. deceiving weight.

D- the HMSAL48IPA goes down like a gatorade on a hot day. a session winner.

hustlesworth, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

prototypic, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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

peensteen, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

rlee1390, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

chefhatt, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first of the Deconstructed series, chosen completely at random by a blind grab into the box. Poured into a pint, I got a one finger head floating on a clear amber body. The head subsided, but still had a substantial film that lasted throughout the glass.

Aroma was initially of some pine-like hops, but I was surprised at the strong grainy presence. I usually get that with lagers, so in an IPA it seemed out of place. Then some biscuit character came out, along with some mild bitterness and a slightly sweet honey note.

Taste... what the hell? I got some sticky sweet, cloying malt that coated my tongue, then some bitter and astringent character cut through, followed by a little spiciness and some odd metallic taste. I finished the glass with larger swallows, and that cut down on the stickiness, but it was still off.

Mouthfeel was wierd. I didn't like it. It left a film on my tongue and teeth.

Overall, I guess I am glad I started with this one. I can only see the prospect of the other ones being better than this one, because it would be hard to top this.

connecticutpoet, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SAMs hallertau
Copper, red-orange, clear. Light tan head, 2 finger head. Leaves good lacing.

Milder aroma than simcoe. Earthy, piney, candied lemon. Seems like this beer could use a lot more dry hopping, aroma is pretty weak, it smells good, but just not enough there.

Taste. Tastes more like a pale ale to me. Just not enough hops. The hallertau have some slightly spicy, herbal lemony notes. Some sweet malt in the background that balances nicely.

Maybe I'm crazy but it seems a little thinner than the simcoe I had a little earlier. Average body.

Overall, it's definitely drinkable but not my favorite. A fun way to learn about different hops, really makes me realize how more more I prefer American hops.

ElmerBruisery, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.


THECPJ, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

therica, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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

akorsak, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best by Sept. 2011) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a persistent 1/16" thick light tan foam - just like the others in this deconstructed series. Persistent sheets and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus combined with some malt sweetness and just a hint of pine. Stronger pine and lemon smell with a good swirl. Not bad, but still a bit faint.

Taste: Quick up front lemony citrus moving quickly into some malt sweetness/backbone and then a lingering mild bitter/pine finish. Everything is blurred together such that the finish is really the only flavor that stands out on its own.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, some residual hop oils on the tongue and teeth. Thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: Not sure about this one. Next to Zeus this might be my least favorite of the series. The lingering bitterness brought by this hop, even though it's mild, got annoying after awhile. There are some interesting flavors in there, but like some of the others in this series, either more malt, or a different malt, is needed to bring out the flavors. Good beer to try and experience the single hop effect, but maybe each hop needs a different malt profile to really showcase it. Or at least I think this one does.

damndirtyape, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear orange color with a healthy head of foam. Nice lacing. ARoma is a nice light citusy smell.

This beer is probably the maltiest one in the mix pack. Bitterness is very subdued, the mix of five malts comes through a lot more on this beer. This is a very smooth beer... much more drinkable than others in the case. There is a light citrus hop flavor.

Again kudos to SA for putting this together. Worth buying the mix pack.

FickleBeast, Jul 03, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.