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

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BA SCORE
82
good

396 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last one of the "Deconstructed Series" to review.... this name's a tongue twister, eh? Anyway, this one tastes a lot like the Noble Pils to me, which is a pretty good thing. This is one of the better single IPA's in the mixed case, nice balanced, some nice caramel malts come through. Decent hop bite and really drinkable and stands well on its own. Good beer, the mixed 12 pack is a must get and this is one of the ones to look forward to.

oriolesfan4, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Gavage, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfrueh; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Hallertau, Germany; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Hallertau Mittlefreuh IPA is brewed with only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops, a traditional variety of Bavaria's Hallertau in Germany. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops contribute a soft bitterness, along with delicate lemony citrusy and resinous pine notes, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

I am about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of smell and taste, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Hoppy Zone! This was my first of the six.

My pour netted me a finger of dense light-tan hops with good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odd - very sort and slightly lemony citrus, but it also had another aspect that I simply could not place. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavor on the tongue was lemon candy-like. Think Lemonheads. It was very sugary sweet and the bitterness was not at all what I had expected. Suddenly, I felt upside-down and my worries of adult-onset diabetes kicked in and the monkey shut his yap! This is not what I want to have happen when I am drinking an AIPA, lemme tell you. In the interim, some lovely sticky lacing that would eventually need a jackhammer to remove began to form. Finish was still sticky sweet with the lemon citrus as the dominant flavor and I completely missed on anything remotely like pine.

woodychandler, Aug 21, 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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 10/2014. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

LXIXME, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

mothman, May 13, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light yellow color with small head and very slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Slighty piney smell.

Taste: bitter and malty not very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very dry finish.

Overall: Average IPA good for one but not special enough to drink all night.

ejimhof, May 27, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears clear and orange to copper in color, with a dense inch of off-white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the pint glass. The aroma offers hops, lemon zest, malt, pine. Decent flavor, with additional notes of toasted bread. Another balanced IPA, this one has a healthy malt presence. Lingering bitterness, with pine, toast, and dank hops. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but not a great IPA. One of the better beers in this series, in my opinion.

Huhzubendah, Sep 13, 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 Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 30, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tdm168, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: More floral than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Aroma is also rather subtle.

Taste: unusual and rather pronounced rose-petal flavor! Otherwise, as expected from this brewer, no brewing flaws, but the flavor is a bit floral for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
Still, an interesting and pleasant beer that provides the sensory experience derived from a single hop variety that, I imagine, is seldom used on its own.

chinchill, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Zaphog, May 29, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

4/3/3/3.5/3

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.

JohnGalt1, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rolltide8425, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 08, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.