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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 Duhast500
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is a clear copper with a finger or two of foamy whitish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The nose is all hops and has some interesting grassy aromas and remind me of a bit like the smell of a potted plant. There is a there is a slight bready aroma as well.

The taste is fresh hops, grassy taste at first but there is a dried bread flavor that makes me long for something to bread on the flavor. There is some sweetness that mixes well with the hops then slides down the pallet and gets bitter toward the end.

The feel of this beer is lighter then expected but this has a reasonable amount of alcohol. There is a nice bitterness going down that leaves a nice aftertaste and does not too coarse.

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

A - Copper amber body with an active off-white head.

S - Buttery croissant bread, grassy hops, orange citrus.

T - Lemon grassy hops, peppery spice, toasted grainy malt, hints of artificial fruit in the background. The malt turns bready and sweet toward the end with the grassy hops holding on strong through the finish.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.

This reminded me of an English bitter except for the malt. Doesn't hold up as an IPA but good and interesting beer nonetheless.

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

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, short white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, lemon, some malt sweetness, some earthiness

Taste: Resinous pine up front, but not abrasive. Some lemony citrus and earthiness. A generous amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Some balancing malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: I think this is a better IPA than the regular Latitude 48, but I don't think it is complete. I love the concept, as it helps me understand a single type of hop better. I also enjoy that these aren't as intense as your standard West Coast IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled piney and grassy with some burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted piney and woody with a sharp burnt toast maltiness. Good bittersweet balance of flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is pretty tasty. I like this version of Latitude 48.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Sam Adams perfect pint glass and I had a marathon session last night sessioning these session IPAs from Session Adams. I wanted to power through all 6 but alas I tapped out at 5, what a wimp...I know.

Beer is red / amber with a soft white head of small bubbles, some retention, not as much as the simcoe, nice lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

The aroma on this one is really really fruity, like fruit flavored gum, it is sweet like gum too. These hops do the best job covering up the Sam Adams malt aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and the hops do not result in a bitter beer but rather a sweet malty beer followed by a sweet fruity hop midpalate cornucopia of esters, perhaps some yeast contribution here. Eh...probably my second favorite but that sticky sweet hop flavor with no bitterness isn't really jollying my roger.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Hallertau Mittelfrueh" on label, into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop note
Taste-Subtle earthy, leafy hop note, some citric fruitiness, medium bitterness. Nicely balanced, with subtle flavors and earthy hops.

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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 thebrood1987
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the regular Latitude 48 in the mix pack before having this one. It has a smell of grassy hops and some lemon citrus notes and some slight pine just as the description says. This to me tastes like a more powerful Boston Lager. More hops and a sweeter, maltier and creamier beer. The taste starts off with a bit of hop bite and the malty bready sweetness like the regular Latitude 48 starts off with and then ends with the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that give of a slight citrus, some pine and tea like flavors and a bitterness that is a more of a tea like than anything.

The original Latitude 48 has more bitterness but I can tell now how this hop strain plays a role in the original beer. Like I said before it's like their Boston Lager but hopped up and with more malts. I definitely like this beer and its pretty unique because I've never had a single hopped Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA ever...very cool. It adds such an appealing hop taste that mixes perfectly well with the sweet malts. Can't wait to try the other ones in the mix pack.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle notched BB 09/11

A- pours a clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind sticky lacing

S-im getting sweet caramel malts 1st,than lemon-citrus/floral hops a lemon peel grass smell

T- follows nose... malt forward with caramel sweet baked bread..its followed by pine and citrus lemon hops some wet grass

M- is medium carbonation a little bitter on the finish more malts than hops

O- tasty malt forward with more malt tastes but hops are present in a bitter way

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