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

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by adam42381:
Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing which leaves rings of spiderwebs on on the glass.

Smell: Nice even mix of pine and citrus with sweet malt and dried fruits in the background. There's also a floral touch thrown in there as well. My favorite aroma of the whole Deconstructed pack.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle before ending with bitter lemon peel at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem. Goes down very easy.

Overall: Good beer overall. The flavor is a huge contrast to the Deconstructed Zeus I just had. That one was very bitter and this one is pretty sweet. I like it and am still amazed at the way a single hop changes a beer completely. I'd recommend giving this one a shot.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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 my knowledge it's never happened before.

Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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).

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.

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 48 Latitude box. Golden tinged body with about a half inch of off-white foamy head. Very faint aroma hop. Above average mouthfeel, smooth drinker. A light juicy orangeade taste, only slight ibu. Good drinkability. WOuldn't seek out again but not bad.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber upon pouring. Thick, creamy head of bone-white suds. Lace is thick and loopy, but not detailed.

Sweet citrus and floral aroma. Very pleasant.

Flavor is sweet and mild, with orange citrus and some pine accents. There is a hint of bitterness at the final finish, but it's negligible. A tasty and easy-to-drink IPA, and sadly only a limited edition.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't often drink Samuel Adams beers. I used to when I first started getting into better beer because they brew a wide variety of styles. That's a great positive for Samuel Adams. When I walked into my usual place and was told the 12 pack of the Latitude 48 IPA "Deconstructed" was $14...I had to buy it. Hopefully as I drink the different beers using different hops my palette will be good enough to tell the difference. :P

This is a damn good-looking brew. The head is thick, creamy-foamy, and off-white. It also keeps its retention well. Each gulp leaves some good lacing. Underneath is a clear, copper-colored beer.

It's a bit phenoly (yes, that's a word) but lemon citrus and grain come out strong. Tropical fruits make a presence as well.

The hops aren't overly bitter but are pretty citrusy. Toasty malts come in there too with some caramel sweetness. It's a bit piney too.

Medium carbonation adds some bite. It's a bit syrupy and smooth at the beginning but the finish is dry.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Ahtanum hop deconstruct was weakest smelling of the group. The appearance of theis beer was more rich amber to the others copper. This beer had good head retention and laced quite well. The smell was more of sweet malt with spice than pine or citrus. This beer was very light in body compared to the Zeus and Semcoe beers. There was hints of citrus and spice thaty made this beer nice. The lightness helped this beer come off the pallet clean and should be a very easy session beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last stop on the Deconstructed Latitude 48 tour – Ahtanum.

The Ahtanum variety looks very similar to the others. It’s a nice looking copper color. It’s very clear. A little light gives it a nice crimson look. An off-white head covers it and stands almost two fingers tall. It was very slow to recede, leaving a sticky web of lace behind. Looks good.

The nose is very average for an American IPA. It’s malty up front. Caramel and toasted malts are the base. I’m not crazy about the toasted scent, but it doesn’t do too much damage. The hop notes are subtle and faint. There are hints of pine and citrus orange. They seemed to be buried in the wealth of malt. Too bad. Alcohol is buried. Not bad, but not exactly good.

The flavor’s a little better. The base is a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s a little sweet. The toasted variety seems to equal the caramel in terms of strength. There is definitely more evidence of hops in flavor. Pine and citrus orange are the most notable hop flavors. It’s a little bitter, but is balanced out quite a bit by the malts. Alcohol is very light and goes unnoticed. Finishes malty with a touch of piney hop flavor.

The body is medium and feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is definitely dialed down to just the right level. It’s relatively easy drinking. It’d go down easier if I liked the flavor just a bit more.

The Ahtanum version of Latitude 48 is pretty good. It honestly isn’t materially better or worse than any of the others in the series. Its faults are rather consistent as well – a little too much malt and too few hops. The bottom line – Latitude 48 Ahtanum (as well as all of its siblings) is a rather mild-mannered, balanced IPA. If that’s your thing, check it (or them) out.

Photo of plfahey
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Rich copper color with brilliant clarity and a thin off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-I find it very interesting how in each of the deconstructed IPAs I find the malt aroma and flavor to be quite different, even though I believe they were all brewed with the same base beer. This one smells like biscuits and bread, with a dab of caramel. Hops are fresh and zesty, with a distinct American character. It only translates as a hint of floral citrus, but it is definitely American.

Flavor-Flavor follows aroma, opening with bready/biscuity malt and just a touch of caramel to sweeten the deal. Hop flavor shows as citrus (oranges and some lemons) with some definite flowery/earthy overtones. Moderately low bitterness rises to moderate in the finish. The aftertaste is quite pleasant-a nice blend of base malt flavors with earthy floral hops carrying out quite far.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth on the palate.

As with most of these deconstructed IPAs, I'm not blown away by anything, but this one is pretty damn tasty. The flavor is quite good and the finish makes me want to drink more-always a good thing.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with one finger of sandy colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty & bready, some leafy hops as well

T: Follows the nose, some persimmons, pears & apricot mingle with woody & earthy hops. More of the same as this warms, a touch of figgyness as well. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, some tangerine & pear & fig notes

MF: Medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, but nothing earth-moving here. Slightly better than most of the Lat 48s IMO

Photo of zimm421
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark amber to copper color with a bubbly off-white head. Some lacing, but not too much.

The aromas are definitely floral, as expected, as well as some biscuity/bready notes, same as the others. The taste starts out pretty sweet with the biscuity flavor as well. Then quickly moves to bitter, much more so than the others in the group. The bitterness is much appreciated here.

The mouthfeel is the same as the others, medium bodied and average carbonation. Overall, my favorite of the deconstruction. Finally has a good balance between the bitterness and the malt base. Not one that knocks your socks off, but it's still a decent IPA.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusty amber color and clear body. Two fingers of frothy off white head.

It's fairly aromatic. Orange peel and resinous pine. There's a sweet caramel balance.

The flavor leans towards the orange hops, but with a substantial balance of sweet malt. The flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft. Cabonation is weak.

This beer starts off strong but loses momentum quickly. It's a drinkable beer, but nothing exciting.

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a dense khaki colored head that quickly settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of a bready caramel malt with a spicy and floral hop aroma. There are some notes of citrus but they are light.

Sweet caramel malt is forefront. This is followed by a spicy, almost metallic, hop blast. There is a strong fruity presence to this hop. I couldn't quite place it until I read the label; its orange peel. The hop flavor ends with a piney bitter note. Quite a spectrum of flavors to this hop.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Starts sweet but ends with that piney bitterness that lingers just a tad too long.

I enjoyed this hop, though I think you need to be careful what you mix it with since the orange peel is quite bold. I agree that this hop does very well by itself.

Photo of bum732
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Pine and resiny, but pulled back a bit, some malty sweetness.

L: Clear amber orange, off white head with 1/4 inch retention and great lacing.

T: Pine and resiny hops up front with a malt sweetness. Medium bitterness leads to more dank resin with some citrus. Finishes semi-dry with hop oily texture on the palate.

M: Medium creamy body, resiny body, medium low carbonation.

Very resiny, citrus, but still restrained. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of trappistlover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head (not as chunky as the hallertau though). Active carbonation and some lacing (again not as much as the hallertau. Aroma has wood, orange, and caramel malt. Taste is bitter with some juicy hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish. This is a nice IPA. Nice job SA.

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