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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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307 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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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.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

zeff80, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
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 russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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

russpowell, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Slatetank, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

drabmuh, May 17, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

jlindros, May 05, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

mactrail, May 23, 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 smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

smcolw, May 07, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Gavage, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

oriolesfan4, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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