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

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Ratings: 305
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of StaveHooks


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Pours a a clear rusty copper with a 1 finger off-white head.

S - Grapefruit citrus, caramel malt, some berry fruit, along with some floral aromas.

T - Follows the nose, grapefruit oil, sweet malt, floral notes, some light berry fruit, citrus bitterness dries the mouth and clings to the back of the tongue and finishes bittersweet. Citrus hops hang on the tongue for awhile.

M - Moderate carbonation, slick, medium bodied.

The hops are citrus driven and provide good flavor and with a dry bitterness. A nice clean hope profile.

05-17-2011 00:44:08 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of hosehead83


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Ahtanum" on label, into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney hop note
Taste-Soft, piney hop bitterness, faint orange peel, leading to a pretty smooth finish for an IPA. Well-balanced and almost sessionable in its smoothness.

05-16-2011 17:27:07 | More by hosehead83
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +32.9%

You can definitely taste the difference between the American hop versions and English hop versions of this beer in the variety mix pack. This one definitely has a different aroma and taste from the Hallertau Mitterfrueh version I just had. It has a piney, orange peel floral smell exactly how it's described on the bottle. This smells similar to the original Latitude 48 IPA as well. They definitely used this one as an aroma hop in the original version plus a bittering hop as well. It has a nice crisp hop bite with the sweetness bready caramel malt and ending with the a citrus and pine bitterness that builds and lasts maybe even more so than the original Latitude 48 version.

These beers taste different from the different single hop versions in the variety pack but always have that one particular taste you'd get in the original version. This is a very good example of an American hoppy beer. If they lowered the roasted malt this would be even more bitter.. but with Samuel Adams they still balance the high alpha American hop with the classic Samuel Adams malts. Very nice single hopped beer that could stand pretty well on its own as a release.

05-16-2011 01:51:36 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of jjanega08


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Just gonna describe the hops...

The hops are sort of light. Pretty average AA% making it not exceptionally bitter. The flavor is somewhat fruity with a bit of grassy notes. The other parts of Latitude 48 are pretty much the same. Decent malty character with a nice hop presence.

05-16-2011 00:36:31 | More by jjanega08
Photo of jera1350


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Crystal clear copper color with a thinner off-white head that retains well and provides some nice lacing.

Sweet caramel malt with a touch of spice and hint of hop bitterness.

Big caramel malt presence with some decent hop bitterness and spiciness. Lingering bitterness and spice.

Medium feel with soft carbonation. Overall, quite smooth. Dry finish.

Overall, a decent IPA. Really casually hopped, but it does present the ahtanum pretty well. Drinks easily, but isn't hopped up enough for the style in my opinion.

05-15-2011 21:22:59 | More by jera1350
Photo of gatornation


4/5  rDev +9.6%

from 12 0z bottle notched BB 09/11

A- pours a beautiful mostly clear copper color with a 2 finger fresh tan head..sticky lacing coates the glass

S- abundant hop smells of pine and citrus along with a caramel/toffee malt smell

T- very piney hop start with grapefruit and citrus hop..it also has a sweet toffee and caramel malt taste with a touch of baked bread in the finish

M- is a little bitter with medium carbonation ,full flavored

O- a very nice ipa at 6%..its a strong pine hop profile which i liked..its just a good ipa solid

05-14-2011 21:29:35 | More by gatornation
Photo of PicoPapa


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a translucent amber color with a very thing layer of head. Almost no lacing. Aroma is piney and floral with some small hints of citrus. Taste is very much like the aroma. Mostly flowery and piney flavor. Some signature Sam Adams maltiness as well as some sweet flavor. More pine at the end. This one doesn't have a lot of bitterness, but there is some. Overall, this is one of the lesser beers in the pack. It's alright but nothing special.

05-14-2011 14:58:27 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of yemenmocha


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Handsome appearance with this amber to golden color, and generous white head. Nose has mixed citrus and pine. Quite fresh. On the palate I get a pleasant citrusy hop focus with some floral stuff coming around. Malt seems more muted in this example in the Latitude 48 pack. Body is smooth and a little oily, and the finish has a floral aftertaste which is pleasant.

05-14-2011 02:40:56 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber/rich golden color with an off-white colored head.
S: Nice bitter pine aroma coupled with some citrus sweetness like a pineapple aroma.
T: Has a really big bitterness too it almost like a woody flavor. The malt gives it some sweetness and the beer definitely finishes with some mango passion fruit type twinge on the end.
D/O: Very crisp and refreshing. Not too hard to see that this beer will include a lot of the same characteristics of the other 48s. Good bitterness and still great balance with the alcohol content.

05-14-2011 02:25:04 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of AdamBear


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

A-transparent amber with a thinner frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing. head is noticeable thinner than other 48s

S-oo i like this smell. this is that citrusy hops aroma that i look for in IPAs. i like this a lot. its not a strong scent but it smells wonderful!

T-hits the tongue with smooth citrusy hops that are slightly bitter. it lasts quite awhile before the after-taste comes. the after-taste is of spicy malts. the whole experience has a nice smooth bitterness to it. every so often, the citrusy hops make up the after-taste. its fairly well balanced and not as boring as the others.

M-full creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish. the mouthfeel seems to be much more smooth than the others

O-so i'm learning that this might be my most favorite of the deconstructed so far. i have 2 more varieties (simcoe and zeus) to try though. this seems to be a better IPA than the original Lat 48, however it isn't as complex or refreshing, therefore not catering to the typical BMC crowd. i like this though a lot.

05-14-2011 01:43:36 | More by AdamBear
Photo of cbutova


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Amber body with a creamy white head. Good size and retention.

S- Hops seem to be mostly floral and citrus fruit with some earthy and herbal hints. Light caramel malt and bread.

T- Floral, grassy and earthy mainly with some citrus and pine. Backbone of caramel, bread and yeast spice.

MF- Highly carbonated light body. Fairly bitter finish.

A solid hop but it doesn't have anything that really pops out at me.

05-13-2011 02:30:42 | More by cbutova
Photo of alexgash


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz. bottle. Part of the Deconstructed 12 pack.

Dark amberish copper body. Clean and clear. Pinkie finger of thick, light beige head. Some lacing. Mild hops on the nose. Some vague citrus and pine. Toasted caramel and apple malt notes.

Some mild herbal bitterness up front. Soapy, fruity malt follows. Melon apple flavors underneath some piny, grassy, slightly minty hop bitterness. Toasted marshmallow in the finish, with lingering moderate hop bitterness. Slightly citrusy in the end. Interesting. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad, but not as good as some of the other varietal IPAs in the pack.

05-13-2011 01:13:57 | More by alexgash
Photo of tzieser


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. nice two finger head that sticks for a while.

s: hop character is there but not as bold as in some of the others in the pack. notes of citrus and pine.

t: has a great crisp, citrus character with very little bitterness. subtle pine notes as well. as with the rest, the maltiness balances things well.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

one of my favorites in the pack.

05-12-2011 23:16:02 | More by tzieser
Photo of AndersonGT


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

A-Very nice deep amber color. Pours well with a small head.

S-Not so good. Not much there....

T-Very good but small hop hit. Long lasting bitter ending. Great malt balance.

M-Extremely easy to drink. Medium bodied. Balanced carbo.

O-Probably my favorite of the sample pack. To each, his own. Would be excellent with a burger and fries!

05-12-2011 22:35:15 | More by AndersonGT
Photo of cokes


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

Same good looks as the others. Bronze topped with a healthy dollop of buttercreme.
The baseline caramel and bready maltiness shows through more on the nose, with the Ahtanum adding backing notes of orange peel and pepper. The aroma suffers from a lack of assertion and definition.
Playing off the malt template, the Ahtanums fare slightly better in the mouth, bringing a pronounced florality, orange peel, pepper, and mint hues, particularly in the finish. Bitterness is low to moderate.
While mildly interesting as a laboratory on Ahtanum, it's clear that this hop won't headline any solo tours.

05-12-2011 06:00:17 | More by cokes
Photo of womencantsail


2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

05-12-2011 05:13:44 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent slick of foam. Some residual spots of lacing adhered to the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus and an earthy quality. Taste follows nose with a pleasant, malty backbone interspersed throughout the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a slightly oily quality. Not a complex IPA, but really quite drinkable.

05-10-2011 23:24:02 | More by Jwale73
Photo of MrOH


2.15/5  rDev -41.1%

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.

05-10-2011 23:05:31 | More by MrOH
Photo of Beejay


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Medium amber in color with a rose tint. Gloriously clear. And a nice light tan head on top.

S: Grainy with some grassy notes. Perhaps a touch of a floral note. Something else in there that I can't quite put my nose on.

T: Pine and floral notes. The smell if somewhat muted, but the flavor comes through. Good bit of bitterness at the finish. There is still something in there I can't quite place it. `

M: Medium Light in body, carbonation is fairly high. A bit of an oily texture in the finish.

O: Very nice, but there is something in the finish that I can't place. Overall very enjoyable. It is nice to get the flavor of a single hop, simple and tasty.

05-10-2011 01:03:06 | More by Beejay
Photo of silentjay


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

pours a nice amberish copper with a nicely sized eggshell colored head that last and laces well.

caramel malts and citrusy herbal tea and some fresh flowers in the aroma.

malts again dominate, but are taken over by herbal and floral hops. very little citrus, but a bit of lemon zest is detectable.

medium bodied, very little resin, with ample carbonation.

my least favorite of the three single-hop varieties Ive had so far, but its not bad, I just understand why they use this particular hop in conjunction with others now...

05-08-2011 04:30:50 | More by silentjay
Photo of Mora2000


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-07-2011 20:26:40 | More by Mora2000
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

05-07-2011 17:23:05 | More by smcolw
Photo of edrachman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

A - A finger of head that stays for a while. Head is dense and very light khaki coloring. Transparent amber color with a nice dose of carbonation bubbling up.

S - Bright and flowery with the malts in the background. I thought the smell was the best characteristic.

T - Malty upfront and throughout with a nice dose of bitterness. Earthy, piney flavor comes in from the hops, but could use a bit more.

M - Despite the bitterness, there is a smoothness to the overall mouthfeel. Less carbonation than appears, but enough.

O - I like the beer overall - very drinkable.

05-06-2011 00:12:35 | More by edrachman
Photo of jlindros


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

05-05-2011 02:56:54 | More by jlindros
Photo of plfahey


3.98/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Rich copper color with brilliant clarity and a thin off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-I find it very interesting how in each of the deconstructed IPAs I find the malt aroma and flavor to be quite different, even though I believe they were all brewed with the same base beer. This one smells like biscuits and bread, with a dab of caramel. Hops are fresh and zesty, with a distinct American character. It only translates as a hint of floral citrus, but it is definitely American.

Flavor-Flavor follows aroma, opening with bready/biscuity malt and just a touch of caramel to sweeten the deal. Hop flavor shows as citrus (oranges and some lemons) with some definite flowery/earthy overtones. Moderately low bitterness rises to moderate in the finish. The aftertaste is quite pleasant-a nice blend of base malt flavors with earthy floral hops carrying out quite far.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth on the palate.

As with most of these deconstructed IPAs, I'm not blown away by anything, but this one is pretty damn tasty. The flavor is quite good and the finish makes me want to drink more-always a good thing.

05-03-2011 04:37:56 | More by plfahey
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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