Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh
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IPA - American
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ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,935
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.7%
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Ratings:
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau MittelfruehSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hoppy brew, but not overly hoppy like some. Still, it's a hoppy brew. So your mileage will vary. It goes on my list of beers to "remember, it's hoppy, so think twice before drinking!" 2010/07/01

Nov 20, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Says it was bottled oct 2016 and it's the middle of may so ratings could be low due to age...
Look - solid copper color slight head
Smell - resin bitter and malty
Taste - bitter piney taste
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - not a fan

May 19, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber producing 1.5 inches of frothy, beige, moderately lasting head that recedes to a nice thick surface cap leaving a thick collar & sheets of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, a cereal hint, lemon heavy citrus & pine with grass hints. The nose is slightly light for an IPA, more like an English bitter. Taste is similar with a heavier malt backbone which is biscuit with a caramel note & an earthiness entering the hop profile. Finishes peppery & dry with lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly & dry in the finish & aftertaste.

Sep 28, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Surprised to see this one come out a orange color, 1/2" of head. White, average in the lace/retention department. Aroma was real mild, some floral hops, toasted crystal malt.

More caramel in the taste, still hops take on a real mild grassy approach. Doesn't come off as an ipa really. The malt bill does, the hop variety and quantity/impact do not. Somewhere between American pale ale and English ipa I guess.

Jan 13, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. Citrus, pine, soft nose. Malty light syrup taste. Modest bitter back. Sweetness is not cut through by the hop. Naked compared to the original.

Dec 05, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops from the Hallertau region of Bavaria. These hops create a soft bitterness, along with delicate citrus and resinous pine notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness & body." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack, entry number 3. Available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden white hue of a frothy foam consistency over a sunset orange body with mild haziness and abundant lively carbonation. There is less visible sediment in this beer than the previous two installments. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) The Hallertau Mitteltfrueh hop generates a lot of fruity aromas, mild peppery spice, light resins and mellow citrus notes of lemon and faint grapefruit. These pair as equally relaxed against a mildly grainy caramel syrup body. Altogether these make a light but aromatic backbone ideal for a more complex multiple-hop IPA. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor that the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop generates is notably more peppery, earthy and less fruity and citrusy than the aroma suggested, but with a more striking bitterness than anticipated. It pairs fairly well with the biscuity and bready malt profile but the hop flavor is fairly one-sided. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture of this beer is medium slick, moderately oily and resinous and medium dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a moderate frothiness and a soft crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is moderately bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) While the Hallertau Mittelfrueh can give a tasty and bitter cutting edge to many traditional German beers, I don't think that its limited flavor potential makes it a great candidate for the IPA by itself. The hop itself came off to me as a quarter flavor and three quarters bitterness, and so I think it would do a good job in most IPAs for accenting earthy, peppery and mild fruity notes while beefing up the hop bitterness. Not my favorite in the series, but I didn't expect it to be going in. Regardless, it's still worth the experience to anybody looking to expand their hop knowledge and find their favorite hop characters. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
3.52/5.00

Feb 04, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like bready malt and wild honey, with a little earthy copper hops.
T: It tasted like earthy copper and mild resin hops, with some bready malt. It had a clean slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a great brew, with barely noticeable scent and taste. The body was a little weak too, although the finish was smooth, so it was at least easy to drink. Not worth trying more than once.

Dec 28, 2014
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a nice amber color with 1 finger off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowery, sweet caramel, pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then a mild piney hop profile, nicely balanced.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a good IPA, the Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops are somewhat mild but make a very balanced IPA. This one is not as good as Mosaic but better than East Kent Goldings. I would not hesitate to buy again.

Oct 12, 2014
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
Part of the latitude 48 Deconstructed series.
A: pours a brilliant 2 finger white foam head, crystal clear dark copper body, carbonation, heavy stringy lacing in the beginning
S: tangerines, soft warm alcohol, fresh pine needles, other tropical fruit notes
M: medium creamy body, coats the tongue
T: tangerine, grapefruit rind, pine resin, malty, soft alcohol taste as it warms, slightly sweet finish
O: great hop, it's from Bavaria, Germany, easy drinking ipa single hop that has a soft bitterness like the bottle label says. Try it. 3.95 stars

Oct 11, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2014. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Lovely looking copper pour with a big off-white head just like the others in the set.

Aroma of roasted malts with an earthy and semi-bold hop character. Not in my face but noticeable.

Medium to full body.

The taste is a nice mixture of roasted malts and bitter hops that are not to floral or grassy. They balance out right.

Sep 20, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

A: slight haze; bronze colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly;

S: hops are up front with caramel malt in the background;

T: balanced up front with the hops building to a lightly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: more hop presence than I expected;

Sep 17, 2014
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samtrillo from California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

It's crazy how much this tastes like a belgian IPA. I don't know if Samuel Adams used the same malt base for the Deconstructed series but it would make sense in my mind.
Either way, this tastes Belgian. That crisp bitterness on top of a bready malt biscuitness. Some orange zest in there and some...pine. I'm ok.

Aug 17, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of this one is rather hop light overall consisting of some more subtle grapefruit citrus and light pine smells. Along with these smells comes a decent showing of a tropical fruit and bready nature with the tropical fruits being a mix of tangerine, mango and pineapple.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent showing of a fruity tropical fruit nature of tangerine and pineapple. At the start there is a light grapefruit hop flavor that gains a bit of strength as the taste moves on to the end. A little bit of apricot and caramel come to the tongue with the tropical fruits fading a little bit as the taste advances. Some lighter pine and earthy hops develop at the very end, leaving a rather smooth and malty sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is above average with the carbonation level a little above average. The slightly thicker body does a decent job for the malty flavors of the brew and does help accentuate the lighter hop flavors, which overall was needed as the hops are fairly light overall.

Overall – A maltier brew that is a little light in hop flavors for an IPA. It does however have a decent hop taste with a blend of citrus, pine and earth there, all from the single hop, and with the nice malty body creates a fairly easy drinking more pale ale style brew.

Aug 11, 2014
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MikeB20 from Delaware

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A golden amber pour with a nearly two finger light tan head. Good lacing, the best out of the three Deconstructed IPA brews so far.

S: Mild, sweet caramel malt and citrus hops. Slightly fruity with perhaps a touch of pine in the finish? I'm having a hard time nailing down the aromas in the finish.

T: Much more malt up front than with the Mosaic hop brew but it has a nice bitterness in the finish that wasn't there with the East Kent Goldings. More sweet than bitter and the hops fail to add any real distinct flavors to the beer. They seem to add a pleasant, earthy bitterness. Caramel flavors from the malt are muted but it's still the easiest malt flavor to taste.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Right for the style.

O: Hallertau Mittelfrueh is the bread and butter hop for Boston Beer. They use it extensively in their brews and it's the main hop in Boston Lager. It sems like a rather simple hop, nothing really stands out about it but it adds a nice all around bitterness, flavor and aroma so I can see why it would be used in a variety of brews. Not as good as the Mosaic only beer but a bit better than the EKG version.

Aug 10, 2014
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before Oct 2014
L - amber body, nice clarity, beige head fades very quickly
S - sweet, caramel, bread, earth, pine, fruit
T - similar malt notes of caramel and bread as the first 2. Earthy pine, faint citrus, and black tea come to mind for hop notes.
F - medium body, creamy, fairly dry finish
O - more like an English Pale Ale here. I get what they're doing here, but as an IPA this isn't that good. Still very interesting to try.

Jul 28, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Light; golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Toasty. Like all the other Latitude single hop series, a touch of caramel. Hint of lemon and not much else.

T: Really unassuming. My least favorite Latitude so far. Kind of awkwardly sweet with a murkish wishy-washy hop character. Aftertaste is ever so slightly herbal.

M: Rather sticky for such a beer. Thoroughly meh though.

O: Not my thing. Hallertau Blanc was SO good and this is SO ehhh.

Jul 19, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into a "pint" glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Tastes of piney hops with citrus and slight sugary notes. Beer is light-medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, good finish. Overall, a very good beer.

Jul 15, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear amber-orange beer with a slight head. Aroma is downright disappointing...sweet malt mostly with some very faint hops (smells like generic homebrew pale ale). Taste is a little bit better, with moderate bitterness and some floral hops, but it still tastes like an underhopped pale ale, rather than an IPA. The SA house yeast makes a flavor contribution as well.

Jul 14, 2014
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neenerzig from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams beer glass. This beer pours a very clear, medium amber color. Has a nice thick, creamy looking head about 1/2-2/3 inch thick when first poured. Eventually settles to a nice 1/4 inch with very nice lacing and a nice thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Excellent head retention here. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness followed by citrus and pine hops and settles out with a hint of spice. the taste is pretty much the same, slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to piney, earthy, citrusy hop goodness. Not too bitter. A nice balance of the malty sweetness and the bitterness from the hops. Rounded out with a bit of a peppery spice bite. Has a crisp, smooth, slightly prickly, slightly stick and chewy, resinous mouthfeel. This one really coats the inside of my mouth and does not want to leave. The mouthfeel is also medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Worth a try for sure.

Eric

Jul 13, 2014
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TempeBeerMan from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a one-finger off white head with little retention. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Healthy aroma of mixed fruits, spruce, and a slight vegetal odor.

T - Earthy and fruity, with hints of onion and garlic mixing with grapefruit and candied orange. Slightest hint of lime. A little pine in the finish, but this is more sweet than bitter. This hop and the caramel malt base beer work very well together.

M - Medium bodied, with standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation. A hint of creaminess in the mid-palate and it works. Finishes dry.

O - Pretty solid overall. Probably the most balanced IPA of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed series.

Jul 08, 2014
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought this was a slightly above average IPA, definitely nothing special. Tried it as part of the Latitude 48 "Deconstructed" pack like I assume everyone else did. Kind of a cool idea from Boston Beer. Anyway, this was probably the one I liked the least out of the bunch. It was kind of weak and herbal, just not really what I'm looking for in an IPA.

Jul 03, 2014
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a real assertive hop presence to this on the aroma or the taste but enough to get a feel for this hop in this beer...kind of an oily, herbal impression....I like the flavor....definitely Hallertau which I love in Pilsners. It certainly works fine here as well as a single hop in this IPA but the overall drinkability is more like an APA than an IPA.

Overall this hop seems better in a beer with a cleaner malt profile like a pilsner but I think this is decent enough as a pale ale. Scores though reflect it as an IPA.

Jul 02, 2014
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. whiskey colored beer. Pretty mild for an IPA. Not much bitternes or citrisy but a very drinkable beer. one could drink this beer over and over again on a hot day and quench your thirsty. A bit of a thick head but thats okay by me

Jun 25, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops as having a "soft bitterness along with delicate citrus and resinous pine notes."

This version is certainly subtle - too subtle in the nose and flavor profile. The resin is mild. The body appears to be heartier than Latitude 48. Perhaps the hop character of this one accentuates the malt profile and makes the beer appear to be heartier than the parent beer.

Jun 19, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 10/2014. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper/pine, caramel, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jun 18, 2014
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 410 ratings