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

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis tower pint glass.

The color is a clear deep amber with a finger or two of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty, there is a bit of pepper flavor with a little vegetable aroma. Some sweetness is there with some slight bready aroma but then falls back before I can really identify it.

The taste is malty there up front with some slight hope bitterness coming out. There is a bit of a caramel background hanging here with some bitterness pushing forward. Some greens flavor that is all a bit green. Some bitterness toward the end.

The feel of the beer is medium bodied and a good drinkable feel that goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of trappistlover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head (not as chunky as the hallertau though). Active carbonation and some lacing (again not as much as the hallertau. Aroma has wood, orange, and caramel malt. Taste is bitter with some juicy hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish. This is a nice IPA. Nice job SA.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent copper color with a two-finger head into my glass that is quick to fade. I think I'm getting bored with reviewing this particular beer.

Just a slight hint (if any) of citrus/grassiness in the nose. Otherwise, nothing to write home about aroma-wise.

Buttery malt compliments grassiness from the hops with not much else to be found. Solid.

Mouthfeel? More malt than hops/bitterness. Ok.

I'm not sure if it's my tastes or what but I'm not sure why they bothered making one beer with several different hops. I appreciate the premise but I don't think I can possibly drink any more Latitude 48 IPA.

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops with some grapefruit notes. Also some sweet caramel malts, light fruity aromas and some floral notes.

T - Starts off with fairly strong citrus hop flavor with a lot of grapefruit flavor. There is some strong bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some bready malt flavor and some light floral notes come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and citrus hop flavor with bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp and feels fairly dry. The finish brings a nice dry kick as well that feels refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop flavors are really nice and have a nice profile. The malt and hop balance also feels pretty good. The dryness is really nice.

Photo of babaracas
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of off-white head, settles slowly to a quarter inch leaving a sheet of delicate lace. Smell: floral, soft pine, biscuit, a little caramel. Nice but too subdued. Taste: orange peel, sweet pale malts, sweet caramel and mildly toasty, a touch of pine, lemony towards the finish. Sweet, but a decent bitterness emerges as it warms. Interesting to know that this variety really brings the orange peel/zest flavor, but overall not great. Marked best by Sept 2011.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of pzrhsau
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tzieser
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AndersonGT
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of cokes
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrOH
2.16/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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