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

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185 Reviews
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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 Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
Same color head and body, more careful two-finger thick head in large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip. Orange rind and berry aromatics lead the way, but are much accentuated by a caramelized malt character. Herbal and spicy notes are much more subdued than I was expecting; it makes me wonder if they put the wrong beer in this bottle. Toasted malt notes add a whole grain toastiness and biscuit like character to the nose that plays a secondary role. A touch of lemon like character is noticeable once I really start digging & my wife pointed that the nose smells quite floral, and now that she has mentioned it I completely agree; a floral, almost distinctly rose like note seems to be the biggest aromatic component in this beer.

Spicy, bitter hop notes greet my palate as I take my first sip, this is followed by a caramelized and biscuit like maltiness in the finish and again a clean, spicy, bitter hop character in the finish. Lightly sweet tasting, though I have a feeling after eating dinner that my perception of sweetness is a bit reduced, with a chewy malt middle that is more savory than sweet. The flavor is much more herbal and spicy than the aroma was, but there is still a big floral, rose / carnation like character here in the flavor as well. The bitterness here is quite spicy and quite smooth and not nearly as biting as the regular Latitude 48. The floral character is really quite spicy, almost peppery in a green way. The floral hop character has a certain fruitiness to it that is sort of berry like and perhaps a touch of citrus. The body has a fullness to it that is a bit chewy and definite has some viscosity to it.; I definitely prefer a lighter, crisper body in my IPAs (as well as ones that are much lighter in color), and for some reason this extra heft just doesn’t work for me as well as it did in the regular version.

Interesting, this tastes a fair amount different than what I expected; it even is quite a bit different than the lemon and pine character that the label says it should taste like. This works as an IPA hop much more than I would have expected with the floral and spicy characters being a really nice addition; I could even see myself using this particular hop (assuming I could actually get some) as part of the hop blend in my own American IPAs. This beer is certainly quite a bit more interesting and tasty because of this particular hop.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells sweet, floral earthy and herbal. Flowers mixed with hints of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty with a buttery and floral/herbal bitterness that survives long after each sip. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and level of carbonation. This one seems to be the smoothest of the bunch. Floral herbal bitterness goes down quite smooth. This one is also the least IPA like.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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

I have always wanted to try a beer that had only the Sammy Lager Hallertau Hops and boy what a treat. The appearance was a rich copper without much head, but good carbonation. The smell had hints of grapefruit/citrus and not much else. The=is beer was dry to the taste copmapered to the others. It also came off the pallet clean. Pretty decent beer as a whole with good balance a subtle fruit and pine. Maybe not as good, but still very tasty!

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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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Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +10.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2014. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Lovely looking copper pour with a big off-white head just like the others in the set.

Aroma of roasted malts with an earthy and semi-bold hop character. Not in my face but noticeable.

Medium to full body.

The taste is a nice mixture of roasted malts and bitter hops that are not to floral or grassy. They balance out right.

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Photo of DrJay
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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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 DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.


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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before Oct 2014
L - amber body, nice clarity, beige head fades very quickly
S - sweet, caramel, bread, earth, pine, fruit
T - similar malt notes of caramel and bread as the first 2. Earthy pine, faint citrus, and black tea come to mind for hop notes.
F - medium body, creamy, fairly dry finish
O - more like an English Pale Ale here. I get what they're doing here, but as an IPA this isn't that good. Still very interesting to try.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good

Nose is very nice, bright, sharp and crisp. Grassy and herbal, smells like a freshly opened bag of hop pellets on brew day. The distracting malts and SA yeast get in the way of fully enjoying the Hallertau though.

Taste is very leafy and I dont know if it goes well as a standalone bittering hop for this beer. Finishes a bit harsh, must have been alot of hop poundage to bitter this beer to IPA standards. Caramely malts are ok with the hop flavor, but this one fits right about in the middle for me on the deconstructed pack.

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Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a real assertive hop presence to this on the aroma or the taste but enough to get a feel for this hop in this beer...kind of an oily, herbal impression....I like the flavor....definitely Hallertau which I love in Pilsners. It certainly works fine here as well as a single hop in this IPA but the overall drinkability is more like an APA than an IPA.

Overall this hop seems better in a beer with a cleaner malt profile like a pilsner but I think this is decent enough as a pale ale. Scores though reflect it as an IPA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of this one is rather hop light overall consisting of some more subtle grapefruit citrus and light pine smells. Along with these smells comes a decent showing of a tropical fruit and bready nature with the tropical fruits being a mix of tangerine, mango and pineapple.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent showing of a fruity tropical fruit nature of tangerine and pineapple. At the start there is a light grapefruit hop flavor that gains a bit of strength as the taste moves on to the end. A little bit of apricot and caramel come to the tongue with the tropical fruits fading a little bit as the taste advances. Some lighter pine and earthy hops develop at the very end, leaving a rather smooth and malty sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is above average with the carbonation level a little above average. The slightly thicker body does a decent job for the malty flavors of the brew and does help accentuate the lighter hop flavors, which overall was needed as the hops are fairly light overall.

Overall – A maltier brew that is a little light in hop flavors for an IPA. It does however have a decent hop taste with a blend of citrus, pine and earth there, all from the single hop, and with the nice malty body creates a fairly easy drinking more pale ale style brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Light; golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Toasty. Like all the other Latitude single hop series, a touch of caramel. Hint of lemon and not much else.

T: Really unassuming. My least favorite Latitude so far. Kind of awkwardly sweet with a murkish wishy-washy hop character. Aftertaste is ever so slightly herbal.

M: Rather sticky for such a beer. Thoroughly meh though.

O: Not my thing. Hallertau Blanc was SO good and this is SO ehhh.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fifth and final of my personal tasting of this series.

This beer doesn't separate from the others in appearance, being a very similar coppery color with a very similar one-finger-tall off-white head that retains itself similarly well and leaves similarly good lacing behind.
The nose is nice, soft without being understated. I know that's the kind of thing super extreme beer geeks don't got for, but it brings out subtleties and really makes for better balance. Something of a grassy/lemony mix comes off at the front. A little pine also comes out, and the same bready caramel malts are in this one as the others, though there's a bit of a toasted note that somehow seems slightly more pronounced.
A medium body with an adequate carbonation and a balance of crispness and smoothness in the feel is par for the series and just as evident with this beer.
I felt this was one of the better ones out of all. All the elements worked well together.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, kind of smells like a standard Sam Adams lager. In the taste, pilsner like hops in an English based ale. A small hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pilsner like aftertaste. More like a malty pilsner than an IPA.

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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.