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

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BA SCORE
83
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309 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 309
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

Loaf31, Sep 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

pschul4, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of MrOH
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper with a single finger off-white head. Some slippery lacing.

Caramel malt, some floral and citrusy hops.

Malt, mainly. Definite floral impression, some citrus. Nice, neutral bitterness. Meh

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carb.

Not my favorite IPA by any stretch of the imagination. I'm guessing Ahtanum would be great blending with C hops, but its pretty lackluster on its own.

MrOH, May 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

kcopelan002, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. One of the maltier versions in the pack. Some floral hops and orange citrus show through, but mainly malty.

Taste: Again, this beer is pretty malty for an ipa. It is bready and biscuity. It does have a floral hop kick after the malts, but they don't show as much as they should. Floral flavors and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but pretty creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was way too malty for me. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. This was one of my least favorites of the group.

mothman, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance
As soon as the pour hits the glass it exploded into a large, parchment colored head. It nearly got out of hand. The head is frothy and meringue-like. Lots of lacing is the obvious result. The beer is a minimally hazed copper-red with brass highlights. It really looks much like the East Kent Goldings version, this one has a thicker head.

Aroma
The aroma is weak, but what's there is nice. Spicy orange peel and an herbal grassiness. Malts are strong, giving off a toasted bread aroma.

Taste
This beer is really a tease. The hops seem nice, they are just not strong enough. Right up front, the tongue catches a really nice fresh orange flavor. Things get very spicy after that with lots of dried herbs. The rest of the flavor experience is a malty, toasty one. Bitterness rounds it out and is the last flavor to be tasted.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is a bit higher than the East Kent version and the body is dryer. Ultimately, though, it carries similar weight, clocking in towards the full side for the style.

Overall
This one is decent, but it seems all of the wrong aspects are more focused. But it is easy to tell the differences between Ahtanum and East Kent Goldings.

MbpBugeye, Jun 06, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

spelletier, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of msnow34
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Last in the series for me. Pours identical amber to the others, with a thin head. Smells watery and sugary. Head dissapears quickly. Very soft and light mouthfeel. Slight bitterness and almost no flavor to speak of. Not familar with this hop and wouldn't seek it out again. Im not sure what it adds.

msnow34, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of AmberMan22
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my least favorite of the 5 deconstructed IPAs. The color immediately startled me, seeming rather dark for an IPA. An crystal clear amber hue was the result, and there has been no lacing to speak of.

The smell put me off, and the taste only made it worse. I think I know what made Latitude 48 such a flop as an IPA -- Ahtanum (likely along with the Zeus hops).

The smell was very bready (slightly reminiscent of what I'd expect in a doppelbock), biscuity, caramelly. Maybe a hint of pine, and bitterness graces the nose.

The taste seems predominantly malty, which is not what I look for or want in an IPA. The aftertaste leaves me with some bitterness and piney hop flavor, but it is too little too late.

I think the deconstructed idea is a cool one, but ahtanum just doesn't hold its own.

AmberMan22, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Once again, a nice deep, shiny copper with creamy white, slightly tan head fills the pint glass. Head retention is fairly impressive. Ditto with lacing, thick and sticky.

Sweet maltiness,some grains,grassiness and finally hops comes through the nose.Pleasant but relatively weak nose. Very pleasing but underwhelming scents.

Same palates on the nose hit the tongue, good but minimal hop bite/presence. Well-carbonated, but can do a lot better in the hops and malt taste department. Thin to medium bodied.

Another nice but mediocre effort by SA in the IPA category. Here's wishing they up the ante next time around.

happy4hoppybeer, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Such a strange and unpleasant smell. Mild pepper, some floral notes, and a strange funkiness. Quite a lot of sweetness of caramel and toffee as well as some bready malts.

T: Strange floral flavors up front with a bit of a tea-like flavor. Only a hint of bitterness, lots of bready malt and a slight candy flavor and sweetness to it.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Back to the overly sweet and sugary IPAs.

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
Photo of aficionado
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Every beer in the Latitude lineup looks like Pliny the Elder, but a few shades darker. Translucent with a deep orange color, almost amber. Small white head and lots of lacing.

Ahtanum smells like barf and burped up citrus. It has the worst smell of the Latitude lineup.

Strong flavor of orange zest and weak pine notes with some floral accents. It would taste better if it smelled better. But at least it tastes better than East Kent Goldings.

The mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation. Not too cloying or thick.

This is my 2nd least favorite of the Deconstructed lineup. The only one worse than this is East Kent Goldings, which tastes like a real bad earthy lager.

I like Simcoe and Hallertau. Zeus is a little better than the regular Latitude 48. Ahtanum and EKG suck.

aficionado, May 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

IdrinkGas, Jan 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

chrispoint, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

TonyT013, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

jaidenjb, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

jlenik, Dec 11, 2011
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.