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

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 312
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and it was interesting to discover this new type of hops though it is somewhat similar to other West Coast hops. (419 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a big off white frothy pillow like head. Nice slow fade and good visible carbonation gave an always great look. Big citrus hop profile, orange, tangerice, pineapple express, mixed with a bit of a pine resin feel. Some decent malt balance to be found as it warmed. The flavor always hits the spot here again. This is just such a nice well rounded hopped up session beer. (385 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus with a burnt toast nose.

T - It tasted of sharp burnt toast maltiness with a bitter citrusy hop presence. There was some pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. It's not the best of the Deconstructed series but it is still quite good. (488 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. The Ahtanum hops give it an earthy, fruity dehydrated bitter orange peel scent and flavor. (1,204 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but isn’t quite as good as the other Latitude 48 variations. (761 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Big fluffy head, bit of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Light earthy hops, slightly fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Light bitterness, bit spicy hops, light fruity touch of chewy hops, gets pretty bitter and spicy on the finish, chewy green hop flavor on the finish.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Nice hoppy flavors, gets pretty bitter, a nice hop that kinda goes through both bittering and a bit of flavor. (572 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second crack at the SA "IPA Deconstructed".

This one pours a light orange/red color, medium sized head to it. Nice aroma to it, like it better than Zeus. Taste is nice and bitter up front, but one again like the last SA IPA I had, the back-end seems lacking. Tongue gets hit with all the bitterness but but the time it gets to your throat you have a watery beer with no malt backbone. Don't get me wrong, it's a delicious beer... but just not complete it seems. (465 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big hop amber brew with a touch of fruit.

Beautiful coppery color. Faultless head and carbonation. Warm flavors of malt seem to be more forward in this one. The Ahtanum hop seems to have more fruitiness to it. Dried mango and a touch of gummi worms. Bitterness is prominent and long-lasting. Flavors end with a touch of burnt caramel and dark raisins, so it's got a little balance.

When tasting hops, it is easy to tell them apart but hard to describe. This one is fairly drinkable. would be interesting to see what brewers use it for-- would be at home in an Old Ale or some of the winter ales with more roasted malt. (620 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this along with 3 of the other 'deconstructed' latitude 48 single hop beers and the original.

Enjoyed cool and allowed to gradually increase in temp in the taster glass. I split these w/ BA Carlos.

the color is similar to the others with copper shade and good clarity the head is white and retention is good with tiny bead and semi-clinging lace. The smell is very aromatic which I would compare to Amarillo -a nice orange-like scent or orange tea type citrus/herbal quality with mild vegetal and floral accents. The feel is good but favors the malt which I actually enjoy because the balance is there and the bitterness is not as high as Zeus, EKG and Simcoe.

This flavor is mellow bright and citrusy with enough resinous body to hold up to the malt and yet seems to blend in at times with the caramel malt giving a synergystic effect which is pleasant. I enjoy a light orange rind and hint of mango perhaps that I get from this hop, but its weakness is in the bittering realm it fulfills the duties of the flavor and aroma well which is why I favor it slightly. I think this is a great beer, probably my second choice of the 5 we tried including the original. I am a fan of Amarillo and this has a lot of similarities to that hop so I recommend this if you enjoy the orange notes of that hop. (1,308 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of the single hop beers from Sam Adams I am trying.

This one has a nose of a lot of oils, but could stand to be a bit more vibrant. Flavor profile is smooth with earthy tones joining for a smooth and mellow ride. It isn't abrasive or outlandish. I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a single hopped beer, so there is going to be a different outcome than what would come from other multi-varietal IPAs. Based on that, I like this one. It strikes me as somewhat English in execution. Smooth feel. Easy drinkability. It's nice and a good way to start. (575 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am unfamiliar with Ahtanum hops so I'm very curious what to expect here.

The head is impressive--thick and tight and ample. Dies slowly leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass.

The smell is more neutral than most IPA's (and certainly the Hallertau version). This is more heavily malt based. There is a mild floral hop, but it is in the background.

The tastes also tilts toward the malt (for the style). The hop is peppery. The swallow leaves the feel of white pepper but doesn't last too long. The flavor is more of moderate crystal malts. Like most of this series, I like the well-balanced body. (605 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and why shouldn't I?

This is the final one from this six pack of doomed IPAs from Sam Adams. I now know the answer to the question what happens when you deconstruct a mediocre IPA into 5 lesser versions of the original...you get 5 more mediocre IPAs.

Beer is red / amber with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, head has some retention, looks like beer. Perhaps a little dark for an IPA.

Aroma is malty with a mild hop earthiness to it. I actually like the aroma here. Not quite as in your face as some IPAs but you might actually guess this beer is an IPA from it's aroma alone.

Beer is medium in body and has some serious bitterness at the back end. This is what confuses me about these beers. Did they just fragment the recipe here? These are the bittering hops so this version only got bittering hops and the others didn't because the other hops were used for aroma or mouthfeel or flavor? I would guess that this beer is an IPA based on the bitterness alone but the general hop flavors aren't quite there. The malt is winning across the board on the front half of the mouth.

These beers are unoffensive and I'll finish off the 12 pack because I have them and get bored easily but I won't buy more, in fact I'd be slow to buy another IPA from Boston beer company in the future. (1,394 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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). (780 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear and copper to orange in color. The head is off white, and measures just shy of a half inch.

The aroma is earthy and malt, first and foremost, followed by some pine and resin and a light floral presence.

As I have stated in my previous reviews of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Series, the malt profile is too bold and overshadows the hop character. Not bad, but unexciting. This is a beer to be thrown back with spicy wings or bar food, not one to be sniffed and/or savored.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering flavors of malt and pine.

Overall, mediocre. (596 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | 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: Ahtanum; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Ahtanum IPA is brewed with only Ahtanum hops, a newer variety from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Ahtanum hops contribute a balanced and typically "American" orange peel, piney, and floral flavor and aroma to this brew, 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!

This was the third of the six.

My pour garnered two fingers of tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Redheads with this shade of hair really send me, so I was equally digging the beer. I really caught the pine scent on the nose, but not much else in the way of hops. It had a light malty sweetness, but the focus was supposed to be on the hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was more caramel malty sweetness than bitter, although I did get some citrusiness and a light pine quality on the tongue. I felt like I had ripped open the curtain only to find Caspar Milquetoast cowering in a corner. Where are the hops?!? If this beer had shoulders, I would be shaking them in a junkie's frenzied desire to get his fix. Finish was still kind of weak, but the citrus/pine taste lingered well after the swallow. Man, but now I needed some hops and in no small measure. I hate being off of the wagon. It may be time to ramp The CANQuest (TM) back into full swing. (2,330 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2011
Smooth, solid pour TK glass 3-fingers. Aromas of pine, quickly backed by grassy hop notes, bright tangelo zest and lychee are all noticeable easily up front. When you really dig, I get a lot of malt character that contributes an almost nuttiness, toasty crystal malt character and even some sweet tea crystal malt notes. My wife immediately notices a metallic note in the finish of the nose, she says I is quite noticeable, though I am only noticing it slightly; it has a slight tininess to it, perhaps even a touch of mustiness and even a touch of tangerine juice; the metallic character is a bit more earthy than I was expecting. Juicy fruit bubble gum notes are quite a bit more noticeable in my second pour

There is slight creaminess to this beer as my vigorous pour knocked out a bunch of the carbonation. A bright tangerine zest flavor is backed by a touch of lychee, some herbaceous pine character and a biting citrus oil component. The bitterness here isn’t nearly as biting as I might have expected, but does linger in the finish along with some tangerine notes. The citrusy hop notes are definitely that dominant part of the hop character, and thus this beer. The malt character is a bit less noticeable than some of the other versions, though it is still a bit maltier than I would prefer; flavors of crystal malt laden sweet tea, chewy whole grain flavors and a solid biscuit malt character. When cold the bitterness is a bit more accentuated, though this is also likely because of the prickly carbonic bite that is in my second pour. The pine and herbal notes are quite a bit more noticeable as well, though they never take on a dank, hemp like character that some other hops do. The pine and herbal notes remain fairly clean throughout. The crystal malt also contributes to the chewy, viscous, medium fullness that this beer has, which is a touch much for to be a quaffable IPA.

As with the others in this series, the heavy handed crystal malt character keeps this from being thoroughly enjoyable, but it still manages to keep my interest, especially since it is a single hop beer. The Ahtanum hops actually are fairly balanced by themselves and they provide a smooth pine / herbaceous character to compliment / balance the fruity, citrusy notes. The luster might be wearing thin a bit on these IPAs, for me at least, as the heavy handed crystal malt is a bit distracting from being able to interpret the individual hop differences. (2,467 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head that lasted a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: some light grapefruit, soft pine, and a bit of floral bitter quality.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and some fruity sweetness lingers softly in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a dry aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. (426 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second in the Lat mixed pack. Compared to the Simcoe version is tamer. I like the comparison and contrast of single hop beers, and am glad someone besides Mikkeller is doing it...cheaper this way too.

Copper color pour, some dark amber in there. Nice head, good lacing and retention.

Aroma is a good blend of malt and hops. Semi-sticky sweet, drying hops. Pine. Caramel. Some alcohol or medicinals.

I'm assuming the malt bills on each IPA in the pack are the same. If this is the case, then the interplay between the Ahtanum accentuates the caramel in the malt. It combines the pine/earth with the grain and almost seems conflicting. Yet, it's not. I'll also assume the ahtanum hop is more for bittering...I've never had it (that I know of) and the flavor is a bit raw, earthy, wet-brown-twig type thing. (818 characters)

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