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

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews by Justin23060:
Photo of Justin23060
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber as are the others in the deconstructed series. Head seems to be the same as well, with a light tan head that dissipates and laces. Smell is pine, malt, citrus... in that order. Taste is mostly pine and with a fair amount of malt. Goes from a nice semi-sweet to a nice dry, but not puckering. Texture is creamy. This is my 3rd favorite in the pack. Again I'm looking forward to picking this out of the original Latitude 48. Now if only I knew how to pronounce Ahtanum.

Justin23060, Aug 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was an orange/amber color with a thick tan head and a lot of lace.
Earthy aroma, some herbal and citrus hops. Caramel malt.
Caramel taste, earthy. Citrus and piney hops.
Nicely balanced.
This was a nice beer to drink.
Last one of the deconstructed 12 pack that I tried. I thought this was a most interesting concept. Really enjoyed tasting how the parts made up the whole.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +9.6%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

generallee, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, from the Deconstructed box set. Nice job S.A. here, good job on the beer education effort. Also "enjoy before end of" notching on side of the label.

Pours clear medium amber, under a typical khaki head, showing retentive powers then leaving a thick film, collar and minor lacing.

I get just a hint of some malts and some smokey orange peels on the nose.

Easy drinking and pleasant enough ale, grainy and moderatly citric hops run the show. The hops are quite drying in the finish. Nothing too special going on here, but this is a solid and slightly better then middle of the road AIPA.

Enjoying this one and its cousins in the box.

Billolick, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange citrus and pine hops. I also get a little bit of bread in the aroma from the malt. The flavor is more of the same. In addition to some malt notes that taste somewhat like iced tea, I get a lot of juicy orange and pine from the hops. The bread from the malt keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JC333, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -11%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint (from the deconstructed pack).

Pours the same light amber but this time with a huge two finger fluffy head that's really sticking around. Nose is quite nice, light grassy and fresh fruit, really nice but still balanced by a light sweet malt.

Taste is also a bit nicer than the others, there's almost a bit of a belgian spiciness to it, fresh and almost tart hop bite. The malt backbone seems a bit hidden compared to the others making it slightly less balanced. Finish is a bit dry and sharp. Overall a unique addition to the series, I'm surprised I haven't heard more about this hop!

kingcrowing, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Hops are very citrusy and floral with good hints of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and lemon. Also a decent amount of caramel and toffee malts. Smell is fairly hop forward.

Taste: Good kick of citrus and pine up front with pineapple and orange. Caramel and toffee malts follow giving a nice bready background. Finishes with some mild bitterness and a little herbal tea.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This one came out pretty well. More citrus driven than the other hops I've tried so far from this pack. This one hop holds up well with the malts.

MattyG85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9.6%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty much all these beers have the copper/orange appearance thing with lots of clarity and average head. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, imparted more sweetness than hoppiness.

Same with the taste, mild hopping, sweetness stood out more, came off as an English ipa. Mild citrus flavor, very mild. Orange. Drinks more like a pale ale. Good caramel presentation. An east coast/English pale. Enjoyable, but kinda on the low end of the 5 single hop varieties. Pretty smooth, kept the bitterness down.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These have all been solid good beers, that highlight certain hops. This one appears a pale copper color with a light khaki tan head forming thick with fine scattered lacing between sips. Aroma has a nice floral/piney/citrus combo of hops goin on, malts bring on a touch of caramel breadiness. Flavor, well after your first couple sips this one gives great hop burps. Rolling bitterness in the flavor these are American hops, citrus pith/pine/floral aspects really greet the palate nicely. Each sip is easier than the next, with this more aggressive hop I find less straight caramel bread within the malts but just a subtle biscuit flavor that balances the beer just enough, yet it finishes bone dry. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with hops and carbonation is moderate really well drawn out for me. Medium bodied not cloying in anyway a nice representation of how nice these single hopped beers can be. Overall pure quality great exploration through the different hop flavors, I'm glad someone with this much distribution decided to put out a sampler full of single hopped beers...to my knowledge it's never happened before.

WVbeergeek, May 01, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear orangish amber in color with an ample head that lasted a long time. Plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: sweet , fruity, piney and floral.

Taste: caramel malt nicely balanced with a citrusy hop component that turns more piney and bitter in the finish - a excellent dynamic flavor profile that almost earns a 4.5

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a notably dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like this single-hop version about as much. While lacking some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, this one is quite appealing and provides a drier feel. I'll keep an eye open for beers made with this fine if unfamiliar "newer variety" of hops from the Yakima Valley (WA).

chinchill, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bronze color with slightly off-white head and below average lacing.

Smell is decently hoppy with a hint off some spices.

Taste is pretty good. I like this one more than the other deconstructed latitude 48s. Seems quite a bit more hoppy than the others - more like a full IPA.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down smooth and easy.

Overall a very good beer. I wouldnt mind drinking this one again but probably won't because I think you can only get it in the 12 pack with all the others.

richkrull, May 27, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Trashcat, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

LXIXME, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in a personal Latitude 48 Deconstructed tasting. I'm just compiling all my notes to put all the reviews up together.

This beer is a deep, clear dark amber that's almost copper but not quite. A frothy off0white head forms just over a finger tall and exhibits good retention. Lacing is left in patches consistently as the beer recedes.
This hop isn't one particularly familiar to me on its own, and it brings out a mix of more than just one common hops component on the nose; floral, citrus and pine are all present here. The citrus is a bit more of an orange than lemon, perhaps with a bit of rind edge to it. The malt offers breadiness and just a light touch of sweetness. There's also a spicy bite in the aroma I have to think is from the hops.
In this beer's flavor, the prevalent spiciness is balanced by the malt, the bready character of which is a nice balance to the citrus. Pine is still strong here, and floral notes aren't lost. It seems that this hop variety itself has a bit of complexity to it, which certainly adds to the overall complexity of the beer. As it finishes, I get a touch of a clean minty note.
The malts add some body to this beer while the hops keep it dry. Essentially, the feel is semi-dry leaning on the dry side with ample but not heavy carbonation. The pepper may b part of it, but there is a nice crispness on the start, then smoothness fills it out.
I thought this was one of the better ones in this series.

Brenden, May 26, 2011
Photo of ABokononist
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The ahtanum version looks the same as the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is a little more floral and citrusy.

Flavor is more pronounced with more lemon and orange, floral, almost perfumey.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, like the others, overly carbonated for me.

Overall pretty good but not as good, for me, as the simcoe.

GilGarp, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Same good looks as the others. Bronze topped with a healthy dollop of buttercreme.
The baseline caramel and bready maltiness shows through more on the nose, with the Ahtanum adding backing notes of orange peel and pepper. The aroma suffers from a lack of assertion and definition.
Playing off the malt template, the Ahtanums fare slightly better in the mouth, bringing a pronounced florality, orange peel, pepper, and mint hues, particularly in the finish. Bitterness is low to moderate.
While mildly interesting as a laboratory on Ahtanum, it's clear that this hop won't headline any solo tours.

cokes, May 12, 2011
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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