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

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - AhtanumSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 312
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Pine, lightly resiny. Faint brown sugar sweetness. Bready backbone.

T – Resiny pine, but not overpowering. Green bell peppers. Less bread and citrus than the full Lat 48.

M – Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering pine bitterness.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with over an inch of off-white head that leaves some terrific lacing. Lemon, orange, and pear top the list of fruit that dominates the aroma. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pith, pear, and pineapple dominate the flavor with pithy, pulpy, and caramel notes. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very good. One of the best, if not the best, of the bunch!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear amber with 1 finger of off white head and a few small patches of lace.

S - Citrus and grapefruit with sweet caramel.

T - Sweet caramel with candied citrus and grapefruit. Very light touch of pine that lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body and creamy.

D - Hops are more evident than the others I tried. Nice balance. Tasty.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The nose is familiar in a generically hoppy sort of way. Which is not to say that it isn't good, because it is. It is just to say that it seems like the perfectly average PA/IPA hop bouquet, giving small notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit.

T - In comparison to the rest of the 'Deconstructed' series, Ahtanum contributes lighter, more sugary flavors like candied tangerine and lemon, zesty pink grapefruit, and mellow sappy pine notes. It is very drinkable, quite hoppy in the balance, but not tremendousy bitter.

M - The feel is more soft than the other 'Deconstructed'; perhaps it is because the softer hop notes do not suggest the crispness which in turn lends the impression of sturdiness and tooth.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber with a decent head, like the rest of the series. This particular hop lends gentle flavors of earth, grass, and a leafiness, but with a fairly defined bitterness. You pick these notes up both in the nose and in the mouth. The base beer overwhelms the hops a bit with some sweet malt. Perhaps not the best single hop beer hop, but pleasant enough, and an education as always.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part III. Sam Adams has been amazingly consistent in how these beers are presented. Each has poured a golden amber with a finger or so of dense head.

Smell is gaining more citrus as we reach the ahtanum. Still a bit malty. Taste seems a bit more piney than citrus, bitterness is starting to come through, though still more pale ale than big IPA. Did not pick up as much malt in this one.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly.

Decent, but would have liked a little sweetness to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of budgood1
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1st sample out of the deconstructed 12 pack.

pours out a dark amber colour with an inch high off white head with nice retention and lace. nice looking beer. resiny, piney hop aroma with a twist of orange peel. sugary malt nose. sweet and malty flavour...caramel, toffee and brown sugar are at the forefront. the ahtanum hops only play a bit part in the overall picture rather than dominate. rather than bringing the juice...it brings some resinous herb, spice and grassy notes that aren't all that enjoyable backing up the sticky sweet malt profile. a good deal of bitterness is present, and it lingers long on the palate. a hint of alcohol spice gives way to a pretty dry finish also. big sticky body; with a dry, grating and strangely empty mouthfeel. not digging this one. not really drinkable on it's own, i would recommend a beer related munchie or snack to accompany this IPA.

overall i'm not impressed. but...as a way to highlight the hops used in latitude 48...maybe i picked the wrong one to start with (i'm doing it alphabetically).

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle from northyorksammy

brownish copper, one finger of white head and light lacing. Smell is pine and orange, quite malty, slightly earthy and fairly hoppy. Taste is largely malty, floral hop, pine, mild citrus, lightly earthy, citrus tangerine finish. Med high carbonation, light feel and slightly watery. Good not great, drinkable though, so far the weakest of the bunch.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a amber colored body with a nice 1"thick white creamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of citrus notes(grapefruit). The taste starts off sweet and by the end it kicks a good bitter hop flavor. the mouth feel is good, smooth, is a easy drinker. Overall this almost at the top out of this case.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper orange, a finger worth of head but doesn't stay around for too long.

S-Mainly some citrus notes and a few floral.

T-Very citrus and grapefruit, a sweet IPA. Some bitterness is in the finish as well.

M-Light and lacking a lot of carbonation

O-It has been interesting to see the set of Deconstructed coming together. The hop is a sweet citrus one easily.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, little hops, grass,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: average ipa rather boring. 1 more and then I will get rid of the other 6 to some lucky bidder.


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Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronze colored body with picture perfect dollop of thick foam. The smell is nice and familiar, and makes me think it’s hard to believe there’s just one hop present. Ahtanum seems to both an herbal/earthy quality and also a slight citrus kick. Along with the hop, there’s a doughy/sweet malt component. Taste is pretty nice and balanced. It might be a one trick pony, but I’d have no complaints if this was just a new offering and I wasn’t any wiser to how many or how few hops were in it. I like how the Ahtanum bit kicks off the flavor with a fairly bracing earthy bitterness before riding out the wave of caramel maltiness into a slight citrus finish. Pretty good stuff here. The body is really nice, with an appropriate fullness and medium level of carbonation. Those five types of malts are working together well. With the slightly sweet malts, darker color, and unique hop characteristics, this is striking me as a more British ale than American. I could be off base though. Either way, I’m enjoying this beer quite a bit and would like to try the others.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.