Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau MittelfruehSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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

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Photo of shand
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a fairly transparent amber color with a finger and a half of head. Retention and lacing are good. The smell here is a pretty nice dose of hops, pine and citrus, there's definitely no shortage of IPA aroma here. The taste here is very interesting, I can taste the hoppiness for sure, but it's a different kind of hoppy than almost any other IPA I've had. It's got a piney, yet floral taste with a fairly substantial amount of resin and a bit of a zestiness. The malt backbone lets the hop ease it's way onto the taste buds. Very good.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation level is dead-on. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, I found this a very different and unique IPA that's a great showcase of it's hop. I'm personally a big fan of the base beer, and am now really looking forward to working my way through this twelve pack.

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Photo of dfillius
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear bronze-amber liquid. Pretty though a tad browner than other IPAs.
S: Sweet peach/apricot, caramel, slight apple ester, slight pine hop. Pleasant but not remarkable.
T: A sweet biscuit malt front is followed by increasing bitterness that holds strong and steady. Hops show up as piney and well proportioned. Subtle yet strong. Nice Noble IPA.
M: Full, modestly bitter, warm but restrained.
O: Very nice. I'd order another and might buy this one before I'd buy regular Latitude 48.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the regular Latitude 48 in the mix pack before having this one. It has a smell of grassy hops and some lemon citrus notes and some slight pine just as the description says. This to me tastes like a more powerful Boston Lager. More hops and a sweeter, maltier and creamier beer. The taste starts off with a bit of hop bite and the malty bready sweetness like the regular Latitude 48 starts off with and then ends with the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that give of a slight citrus, some pine and tea like flavors and a bitterness that is a more of a tea like than anything.

The original Latitude 48 has more bitterness but I can tell now how this hop strain plays a role in the original beer. Like I said before it's like their Boston Lager but hopped up and with more malts. I definitely like this beer and its pretty unique because I've never had a single hopped Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA ever...very cool. It adds such an appealing hop taste that mixes perfectly well with the sweet malts. Can't wait to try the other ones in the mix pack.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- clear coppery amber, and mysteriously the structure of the beige foam appears to resemble a hoppy german plslner... lice is delicate, nice, and crusty.

S- clear, citrusy, floral, and grassy. the same floral notes i get from noble pils. toasty and somewhat sweet malt background.

T- malt is up front in this one with toast, burnt cookie, and a touch of caramel. pleasant mild bitterness creeps through but is very refined and nuanced. this is probably the least hoppy of the deconstructed bunch. finishes with apple skin, orange pith, grapefruit zest, a little lemon peel, and oregano bitterness.

MF- kinda slick, apple-juicy and beautifully carbonated. somewhat dry but not all resinous and hoppy feeling. deceiving weight.

D- the HMSAL48IPA goes down like a gatorade on a hot day. a session winner.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing the hops only. For the traditional beer review check out the regualar Latitude 48 review.

Haller hops smell like fruit to me. A nice tropical fruit smell. Excellent pineapple smell comes from the right blend of malt and hops. Really works well for this beer. I feel like Sam Adams uses Hallers the best. Tropical fruit and some peppery zest to it. The taste matches the odor to a tee with the fruit and zest. Works in excellent harmony. My favorite of the series so far.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last one of the "Deconstructed Series" to review.... this name's a tongue twister, eh? Anyway, this one tastes a lot like the Noble Pils to me, which is a pretty good thing. This is one of the better single IPA's in the mixed case, nice balanced, some nice caramel malts come through. Decent hop bite and really drinkable and stands well on its own. Good beer, the mixed 12 pack is a must get and this is one of the ones to look forward to.

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Photo of afdempse
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color - looks like iced tea. Thin layer of foam that barely covers the beer, and scant lacing down the glass.

Some pine in the nose, but not much else. Flavor of slightly earthy malt that plays nicely with the resiny noble hop flavor. Bitterness is very smooth, with a faint citrus tang.

Finishes mildly astringent, but dry and not bracing. Bready malt and caramel notes in the breath. Carbonation on par for style.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and probably enjoyed it the most of the beers in this series.

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden amber and brilliantly clear, with a modest off white head with decent retention and sparse lacing.

Aroma-Fresh noble hop aroma, with zesty, green, floral notes. Smells light, perfumy, and elegant, but with the slightest sulfur/vegetal notes. Malt smells softer than in some of the other examples, with some grainy, bready notes in addition to light toast and caramel.

Flavor-Soft bready malt flavors provide a nice backdrop for the noble hops to express themselves, and in the end this one ends up tasting a little like a german pils with a touch of toast and caramel in the finish. Hop flavors are similar to the aromatics, and I find them somewhat difficult to describe beyond "noble", but they are spicy and slightly floral, with a character that almost strikes me as "soft pine"-not in your face like American piney hops, but just a pleasantly light pine flavor. In the flavor, there's a hint of light fruit and some toasted malts appear. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I wouldn't reach for this one if I were going for an American IPA, but as far as single hop expressions of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop go, this is pretty good. As I said in the flavor, this strikes me as similar to a German pils, but a little bit richer, with a bit more malt character, and a touch of fruit at the end.

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Photo of MadCat
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, short white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, lemon, some malt sweetness, some earthiness

Taste: Resinous pine up front, but not abrasive. Some lemony citrus and earthiness. A generous amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Some balancing malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: I think this is a better IPA than the regular Latitude 48, but I don't think it is complete. I love the concept, as it helps me understand a single type of hop better. I also enjoy that these aren't as intense as your standard West Coast IPA.

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Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nicely decent spicy hoppiness. Went down quite well indeed, with just a bit of roughness from the hops.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 clear amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head that persists leaving some decent lacing. Herb, pine, grass, and fruit notes comprise the aroma. Pine, herb, and grass share the flavor with caramel, biscuit, graham cracker, and just the slightest hint of raisin. Light in body with medium body making for a drinkable beer. Not bad. More balanced than the EKG version. A good showcase for Hallertau hops.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells sweet, floral earthy and herbal. Flowers mixed with hints of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty with a buttery and floral/herbal bitterness that survives long after each sip. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and level of carbonation. This one seems to be the smoothest of the bunch. Floral herbal bitterness goes down quite smooth. This one is also the least IPA like.


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Photo of pzrhsau
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hey nice rich golden color with an amber copper hue? Very robust head? Hey, such is the toll of doing business rating a group of beers with essentially the same ingredients save for the hops.
S: Clearly the hops the provide the esters and aroma to the beer (as a whole). It really has a good bitterness and full balanced aroma.
T: Nice bitter biting hop flavor. Classic Hallertau hops with crispness and bitterness really bringing out some floral flavors in the malt.
D/O: Very much an aromatic beer that adds to the combination to make the overall latitude 48. Very great smell and good bitter flavor.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

And now review # 4 of 6 for the Deconstructed Series. Enjoyed on 8-18-11 in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance is a rusty orange amber color under a hefty sudsy head. Aroma takes on a full and resinous sweet candied pine and citrus blend. Really flavorful pine and lemon citrus dominates the palate from opening to ending with an even bitter balance and a friendly bitter cling. Very nice malt support for the hops on stage. Nice to know that everything bitter I'm tasting is from a single noble hop.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Herbaceous, leafy hops with some subtle dried lemon. In a roundabout way, it reminds me of a slightly bumped up SABL, in terms of ABV and IBU's, and, of course, the yeast. Is there a particular order I'm supposed to do this in? This is third after Ahtanum and Simcoe as is, so far, my fav of the bunch.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - This is a crystal clear amber ale with a soft, dense, yellowish off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a fruity wooden aroma, soft and noble, resiny and spicy. The medium body is smooth and the finish is very clean and dry. This is like a Pilsner/IPA mash-up. The bitterness is mellow and wooden. There's almost a hint of sweetness toward the finish, like a caramel apple. The aftertaste is kind of herbal. This is kind of an odd setting for this hop, but it tastes good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and some tea. Then an earthy, strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a bit better than the regular version of Latitude 48 IPA and overall a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a copper color body with a thick white head that has decent lacing, carbonation and very good retention.
S. Caramel, lemon and pine stand out nicely in the aroma.
T. When tasting this brew I taste some caramel followed by some lemon, floral and pine hops taste. Also has a nice spiciness mixed in and together all the flavors are well balanced and gives off a pleasant taste.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a soft creamy feel that finishes off slightly dry, but overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/5 Deconstructed

12oz -> Young's Pint

A ~ Caramel/Amber with see-through clarity and Nice scrape-able lacing, but overall looks way less impressive than it tastes.

S ~ Muscatel... Spicy Floral hops, Black Tea & a hint of comb honey. Very herb-y and pleasant. Far from the citric/forest flavors of American hops.

T ~ Bark & More Earthy herbs (Cannabis, Tarragon, Basil, Oregano, Peat Moss) with a splash of Yard Beans, Spruce, Cherry and a hint of Peach/Apricot. Incredibly tasty.

M ~ Smooth and very cleanly bitter. Hops coat roof and sides of mouth, then procede with much flavor til a very sharp bitter toward the back of the throat. That's when the Oils hit the throat and you know what you've been drinking long after your done sipping.

D ~ This is pretty impressive. Reminds me of an American ESB combined with an EIPA. Very complex and German. Would buy a 12 of just these.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell: Hops smell earthy with a slightly piney quality. Has a fair amount of citrus aroma. Big presence of caramel malts give a very biscuity aroma. Smells a lot like Sam's Noble Pils. rus

Taste: The hops are a lot stronger in the taste. A good kick of piney lemon citrus bitterness up front is followed by a moderate bready presence of caramel malts. Light hints of honey. Finishes with another mild kick of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This single hop works pretty well with the malts. This beer is a lot like a Noble Pils with a stronger bite from the hops.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in appearance, with a thick white head of micro-sized bubbles, and extensive spiderweb lace.

Nice citrus nose.

Taste is mild, with a more subdued citrus hops presence. This one is balanced and not at all bitter. I get some pine notes in there, but overall this is an easy-drinking IPA without the bite of its' siblings in the Lat 48 series. Enjoyable.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a SA Sensory Glass.

A - Clear, dark amber with a 2-inch creamy off-white head that leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Moderate hop aromas of pine resin, lemon zest, and flowers with that signature Latitude 48 amber malt backbone. Very unique hop aromas here, nice to see an un-heralded hop like Hallertau getting some love.
T - Floral hop flavors dominate, along with a bit of lemon and pine resin and the typical sweet amber malt backbone. Like the East Kent Goldings version, this one is more on the malty side due to the subdued hop strain, but the flavors are nice and different from your usual IPA.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderately crisp carbonation. Nice and sessionable, a good mix of bitterness and sweetness.
O - This may be my favorite of the Deconstructed pack so far, the (relatively) obscure Hallertau hop just adds such unique, floral qualities that you don't get in an everyday IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a two finger head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: floral, earthy, with a slightly spicy hop aroma. Some citrus tones come through but are soft.

Taste: caramel, mild grapefruit, pear, a hint of pepper, some earthy tones, grass, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: for those that like more earthy and spicy IPAs, this one will do. Easy to consume.

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