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

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Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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ikats

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber in color, clear, with very light brown head. Lacing is there, but this beer seems less sticky than the other ones in the Latitude 48 series. Aroma is light - floral notes, some pine notes, light sweetness. Taste is similar to aroma. There is certain lightness in the hops. Light bitterness comes up in the aftertaste, but overall the beer is fairly smooth and lightly sweet. I guess Ahtanum don't have much of a bite (comparing to others in the series). This beer seems lighter. Easy drinking (half of it is already gone).

This is beer five (second session) in the series - last one based on individual hop variety. This is the third beer in this session, and I'm guessing it's my limit for the IPAs in one sitting. All varieties start to blend together.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:54:23 | More by ikats
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:33:48 | More by BeardedRiker
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:50:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Really nice light copper, crisply transparent, under two fingers of lumpy, porous head. Foam sticks to the glass in clumps. Nice-looking brew.

Smell is very evocative for me, personally: Fresh-baked bread, doughy & kind of floury, with a sweet, grape-like fruitiness. That adds up to communion as a kid for me, & I love it when a beer pulls out that sense memory element. Further whiffs equate to a sugary baked goods character with some citrus, like lemon bars. Good stuff, but definitely on the sweet side.

Sweet, orangey tea character up front in the flavor, followed quickly by a pithy bitterness. Again, an herbal tea kind of dryness in the middle & finishing with a warm little bit of sugar & a minty quality, equating to a little bit of candy cane.

Medium-bodied with a mild flinty crispness that gets overshadowed afterward by the sweetness.

Not bad overall, but again, the sweetness kind of gets in the way of some of the subtler aspects to it. I'd be interested in trying out Ahtanum again in the future to see what all the hop is capable of.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 17:55:21 | More by OneDropSoup
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JamesS

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a wonderful hop citrusnesss. Went down quite well indeed!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 18:48:42 | More by JamesS
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:33:54 | More by prototypic
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty copper with orange highlights, consistent with the rest of the series. ecru foam is wiggly and forms a nice skin on top and settles by way of big opening craters. big old cobwebs of lace cling everywhere.

S- yup, typical american smell. smells like amarillo. big orange and grapefruit with a hint of pine and white lilies, just like the label says. a bit of sweetly toasted malt in the background along with football leather and holiday spice.

T- earthy citrus bitterness strikes a nice balance with the malt. toasty and fresh grains, grapefruit, orange, something near lemon-lime, pine tar, tannic, leathery, sharply bitter near the end but relaxing some in the finish.

MF- medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium dryness, medium everything.

D- fours across the board for me with a slight edge to aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:35:56 | More by hustlesworth
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adam42381

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:24:23 | More by adam42381
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:08:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 14:36:29 | More by woodychandler
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:08:17 | More by Vonerichs
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albertjr21

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 3 of 6 in the Deconstructed Series. Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint on 8-8-11.

A clear and brilliant ruby red copper under a dense frothy head fills the glass. Nose carries a cool and inviting floral, citrus, and fresh sweet n tart berry blend. Hop bitterness tingles the taste buds with a tame citrus and mild pine zing. Balance is set with an almost velvety malt sweet feel. Bready orange noted finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 18:42:23 | More by albertjr21
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afdempse

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel color with a lace head.

Nose is subdued with slight hop notes.

Smooth hoppy flavor; straight bitterness up front with pine coming after. Citrus flavors give way to a balanced, roasty malt base that finishes dry.

Carbonation is excellent. This beer is extremely quaffable and I'd recommend seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:00:40 | More by afdempse
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nppeders

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smell is piney and citrusy. Grapefruit is what comes to mind. nop real powerful in the nose.

Start of the sip starts with prickly sweet caramel. Middle of the sip is full and juicy with some citrus and caramel. End of the sip finishs bitter with piney hops. The bitterness only hits you on the end of the sip and isn't really strong at all. Not the best bittering hop IMO.

Overall, not as bitter as I'd like it to be. This hop seems like it doesn't stand very well on it's own and definitely would benefit from other complementing hop varieties.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:07:31 | More by nppeders
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep copper body, excellent clarity, topped by four fingers of level off-white bubbles of assorted sizes that rose above the rim. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy on orange, backed by some pine and floral.

Extra sweet caramel beginning. A little too sweet. Juicy fruit follows, along with a bitter blast that balances the sweet and pushes the mix to the bitter side overall. Fruit drops off and just the bitter makes it to the aftertaste.

Firm medium mouthfeel.

Overall, starts a little too sweet and finishes a little too one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:54:18 | More by RonfromJersey
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Justin23060

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:01:49 | More by Justin23060
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Rayek

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my last stop on the Deconstructed tour. As with the others, Ahtanum is poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. It has the same brilliant amber hue as the rest of the series. Its cream tinted cap starts strong and falls to a patchy quilt of foam.

The nose on this one is fairly mild. Grapefruit and pine are the prominent aromas. Toasted sweetbread comes through as well. In the mouth, the sweet and toasted grains are quickly bolstered by a pepper and pine bitterness of moderate strength. The beer's bitterness lingers through the finish. A medium body with a slight dryness finishes the picture.

I think Ahtanum is my least favorite in this series. It's a nice beer, but this hop variety feels like it needs a little help from friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:03:33 | More by Rayek
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again this one looks exactly the same as all the other ones in the series...which is pretty nice!
Nose is a straightforward gentle perfume of grapefruit peel and absolutely nothing else that I can detect (aside from faint malt smell, of course) I've never had such a nakedly grapefruit nose ever before. I wish it were more complex than just that, however.
Taste is exactly as advertised on the nose, grapefruit peel that morphs into a long drawn out bittering made from grapefruit pith. I get the feeling that this hop variety, as one-dimensional as it is, was never quite meant to be left on its own. The flashes of caramel malt flavor that come through on occasion end up tasting like a sprinkle of brown sugar on your breakfast half of a pink grapefruit. I would have liked some more breadiness in there to supply the slice of toast for my more complete breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:32:50 | More by WastingFreetime
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:13:54 | More by WoodBrew
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Variety number 3. Poured into my Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a huge, rocky light tan head. Head is slow to drop, leaving a nice cap of foam and some nice lacing.

Aromas of pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Flavors of grapefruit and orange hop bitterness, nice caramel malt. Bitterness seems a little heftier with this one, or else they're all piling up on me. Long bitter finish, with grapefruit and orange lingering long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky malt, good mouthcoating bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, it's a tie between Antanum and Simcoe. I like the Simcoe flavor, but the Antanum bitterness seems more pronounced and assertive. I'm loving this hop vertical tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:22:39 | More by JamnesCameron
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 08:12:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, nice size cream colored head. Caramel scent, somewhat bready, hop scent is fairly light but has oranage and a bit of floral tones. Full caramel start and a bit bready, hops are nice and light but have various parts. Floral, some orange citrus, slightly bittering but as an afterthought. Im not sure if this one has more of a malt profile than the other 2 ive had so far, but from what i understand theyre just playing around with the hops. I think these hops are lighter which allows the malt to shine through more, however, these are nice hops that are, while subtle, fairly complex. I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:57:06 | More by Tballz420
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:19:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: clear copper orange; foamy, thick head; decent carb action; ok lacing
S: floral and hoppy smell that gives way, after a few seconds, to cotton candy
T: Malty (five kinds noted on the label) IPA features orange peel, rose, and pine in the hop profile.
M: This one seemed smoother than others in this series. Maybe the way I poured.

Overall, really a good IPA; nice to taste it in isolation from other hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 11:05:48 | More by Arithmeticus
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Damian

Massachusetts

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a glowing, deep amber color and was topped by a two-finger head of creamy, beige colored froth. Excellent retention. The head deposited a thick sheet of lacing all down the glass.

The nose was smooth and pleasant but not hoppy in the least bit. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Slightly biscuity and doughy. Some German malt character came through as well. As the beer warmed, the hops made some headway. Faint notes of candied orange peel were detectible.

The taste definitely packed a lot more hop punch than the nose. Crisp and bright. Leafy and tea-like on the front end with just enough malty sweetness to maintain balance. Herbal and earthy in the center. Lemon and orange notes came through strong. The finish was crisp, dry and semi-bitter with some pithy grapefruit rind. Quite drinkable.

The liquid contained a prickly, large bubbled effervescence. Medium bodied for the style. Frothy on the palate.

While I agree with the general consensus that the Boston Beer Company used far too heavy a hand with the malts in their Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series, I feel that the Ahtanum single hop version is far more impressive than the original Latitude 48 IPA. Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:56:25 | More by Damian
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.