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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber with a huge foamy head. took a few pours to really get a good sense of the beer. lots of carbonation kept it looking very lively.

aroma is lots of light citrus and light grains, hints of orange peel, lemon, and touches of grapefruit and a nice and well balanced light malt mid palate. very light body and flavor, clean with a nice light dry after taste that begs you to drink more from the first sip you take.

overall a really solid beer

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Photo of tzieser
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. two finger head that has staying power.

s: notes of pine, citrus and grass.

t: the hallertau hops are awesome. gives it a great grassy, citrusy and piny charater with minimal bitterness. like the others, the malt balance is noticeable and pleasant. gives the brew a good body. i'm very happy with this, especially for the price.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

another great brew in the pack. surprised at how much i loved this one.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Copper orange body decent retention on a soapy cap and some lacing on the sam Adams perfect pint.

Smell. Bready malts and a bit of grassy hop. Slightly floral.

Taste. A well balanced ale, tea like complimentary hop presence, caramel malt base and a mild bitterness. Somewhat earthy and herbaceous. Still, very clean, crisp , refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall. A german ipa. Surely too mild for the modern hop head, but this is a very unique and satisfying beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting concept, something every home brewer has wanted to do at some time. Glad I was able to land a 12 pack of this, at least I say before my first sampling.

Hallertauer not being a hop you equate with IPAs, but one I'm very familiar with, I chose this as the first of the batch to try.

A -- Clear, deep gold to orange color with a very dense, light tan head.

S -- Typical spicy, almost soapy Hallertauer nose. Pretty pleasant as a dry-hop, but I wish there was more malt up front.

T -- Good balance of earthy, spicy hop and grainy malt character. The bitterness of the hops make the backbone. This sort of reminds me of a smoother, drier Boston Lager. Finishes mildly citric and spicy with a bready aftertaste. A bitter spiciness lingers in the aftertaste too, very appetizing.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O -- Overall, this is not what I'd expect in an IPA, but the recipe and delivery results in a very tasty brew. I can imagine this pass for an English style IPA that could have used Kent Goldings, but I don't want to over-think what this really is; an experiment. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper to light brown colored, small cream colored head. Caramel nose with a touch of lemon and light bitterness. Caramel start, nice light hop presence in this version. Lemony, piney, light bitterness. Kind of a cool hop that i dont recognize from too many beers, although due to its ligth characteristics i could see it used in conjuction with other varieties, or in ligher summer type brews.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruity aromas and some bready smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus hop flavor and some lemon zest flavor. There is some caramel malt sweetness in the background. There is some mild bitterness and even a touch of tart. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and a touch of bread flavor come through. The finish is a mix of some bitterness and some lemon and citrus flavor and a bit of malt that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and crisp. The finish is a bit lacking with only a touch of dryness.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and well balanced overall. The hop flavor is nice and balanced with the malt. The only real downer was that the finish was a bit too plain.

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottle from the Deconstructed 12 pack. Best by Sep 2011.

Deep copper body. Clean and clear. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Nice lacing. Grassy, minty hop nose, with a cookie and fruit malt background. Pretty well-balanced.

Grassy, herbal hop bitterness up front. Sugar cookie and light fruit (apple?) malt fill in. Hop bitterness remains moderate throughout, with pleasant mint, grass, and orange flavors. Dry finish, with lingering grassy hop notes. Not bad. The Hallertau hops are an interesting hop to use in this style, and although not my favorite, they kind of work.

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Photo of ikats
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with nice off-white, sticky head. Aroma is full to the brim with wonder pine notes of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. I was never big of actually figuring difference between hop varieties, but now I have a name to put to the aroma, and I must say that I really like these hops. Taste is sweet (biscuity malty base), but hops are very subdued. You can feel them, but there is definitely no pronounced bitterness (as opposed to the East Kent Goldings hops for example). Makes it fairly smooth and very drinkable.

This is beer two of day one of the Latitude 48 series tasting. Enjoying it!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice coppery color with a stack of white foam. The aroma is flowery, almost a perfume like character. Medium bodied with plenty of the scrubbing power. The caramel malt is balanced by the flowery hops. A fine beer overall. Not overpowering with hops, but very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark copper with a cream colored head consisting of small fizzy bubbles that dissipated a bit more than other beers in the series.

A- Sweet floral bouquet aroma a bit earthy. No bitterness.

T- Very little bitterness, perceived it more in the background and aftertaste. Sweet malt with a slight earthy taste.

M- Medium body with moderate low carbonation.

D- Enjoyable. Not as bitter or hoppy as the others in the series.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled across these in the store the other day and figured they might be a good way of breaking back into reviewing.

12oz bottle poured into a 6oz pint glass.

A: Pours out a wonderfully clear, deep amber that really shines in this beer clean glass. Head starts out as two fingers of off-white foamy goodness and subsides into a thin cap. Classic looking English or Euro IPA to be sure.

S: After many years and many beers I really think I've finally opened up my nose and tastebuds to truly appreciate the genius of the modestly hopped, non-USA IPA. Aroma is softly floral, with a healthy dose of malt sweetness. Hallertau really seems to be of the earthy variety.

T/MF: Taste reflects the aroma and the earthiness takes on a newer, fuller dimension. On the finish the hops make themselves apparent with just a touch of light citrus (ie. lemon peel maybe) but on top of everything is an earthy, slightly piney taste that is very hard to lock down. Feel is medium bodied, tastes almost naturally carbonated (boy will my face be red if that turns out to be true).

D: This beer is more fun to talk about than to describe. Really quite an interesting beer and I feel like I had to get through nearly 600 reviews to really appreciate a non-in your face IPA. The complexity this beer is able to display using only a single hop is quite remarkable and also happens to be quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent bitterness and drinkability. The bitterness is somewhat complex, lemony,pineapplely,spicey.Average mouthfeel. Cloudy yellow with a little retained head. Mild hoppy aroma. Sweetness slightly cloying. A median IPA, maybe better than others in the series, but interesting.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had two bottles of this today (08MAY11), which were the last of the five new offerings in the Latitude 12-pack.

Like the previous offerings, this one was a clear, bright copper color, with scattered carbo meandering slowly topside. A creamy, 1/4" light beige head sat atop the liquid, and lacing was very nice. Aroma was restrained, with some bready malt and light flowery hops present. Medium bodied and fairly smooth on the tongue, the mouthfeel did not fail.

Had a touch of sweetness, with some caramel and light toasty malt hitting the taste buds. Subtle citrus and soft, flowery bitterness come into play with this bier, which is quite gentle on the palate. Not bad, but perhaps my least fave of the five offerings presented in this deconstruction.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears clear and orange to copper in color, with a dense inch of off-white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the pint glass. The aroma offers hops, lemon zest, malt, pine. Decent flavor, with additional notes of toasted bread. Another balanced IPA, this one has a healthy malt presence. Lingering bitterness, with pine, toast, and dank hops. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but not a great IPA. One of the better beers in this series, in my opinion.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear copper, with finger thick off white head that settles to a thin layer.
S: sweet bit of caramel malt, and mainly floral hop, with a light tinge of grass.
T: very interesting, because of the hop it seem almost a hybrid between an IPA and a pilsener. The pale ale malt sweetness is there but also the floral and grass of the hop.
M: good carbonation, smooth on the palate, though seems a bit thin.
O: it is a good example of this hop's profile, but not an everyday beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another real time review since I don't have a notebook handy, hope this stays put. Poured chilled into a a double walled tumber.

A deep copper color, the cap is a full 2 finger cap of rocky beige with tight beading. The clarity and retention are both good. The smell is very light, a nice herbal aroma emerges as it warms slightly with a mild pine accent. The delicate Hallertau is interesting in an IPA, but it is a familiar hop for pilsners and it almost tricks me into thinking that's is what I am about to drink based on aroma alone. Very interesting, yet not exactly bitter, moderate bitterness which provides a resinous body, the malt is somewhat sweet and adds a moderate creamy feel with the relatively high carbonation.

The taste is pleasant, with herbal and almost spiced hop flavors on first sip. The herbal taste is not quite grassy, but definitely has some floral elements. The taste has a slight fruitiness with a tinge of earthy twiggy flavor from the Noble hops, the malt seems to blend with the hop well, not really standing out except to give a little sweetness to the IPA, there is a mild peppery taste accenting the taste into the finish. Overall I like this but can't say this is what I think of when I think of an American IPA, but it isn't that bad, I like it well enough and think I admire Samuel Adams for continuing to do unique offerings. The Style is not necessarily their forte, but at least they will give us a chance to try Latitude 48 with several single hop versions. I recommend trying it if you enjoy hoppy beers or noble hops in general.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 – Soft and sweet; yellow raisins and orange zest.

T – Slow ramp-up to a soft orange pith bitter. Cilantro and a soft wood note in the finish. Definitely the most complex of the single hop IPA’s in the Lat 48 deconstruction pack.

M – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

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Photo of rrski198
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent sized white head with decent lacing. Dark amber to brown translucent color.

S: Odd, the first thing I thought of when I smelled it was iced sweet tea. Candied lemon zest. Very pleasent. Unique.

T: Sweet malt up front followed by big lemon and earth hop flavor. Again I get a big tea flavor. The bitterness is actually fairly mild but lingers nicely.

M: Oily and creamy. Mild bitterness on the back of the tongue.

O: Interesting scent. I haven't had an IPA like this before. I really enjoyed it. It is quite different from some of the melt your face off west coast IPAs, but welcome.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery and clear with a decent head and nice sticky lacing.

The hops aromas are floral and slightly grainy. There's some caramel malts in there and a bit of citrus peel as well.

Taste wise it's quite floral in the hops department. Just a touch tangy with spiciness. There's a smooth malts profile to balance things out, primarily caramel, and a light sweetness too.

Feel is light to medium bodied and well carbonated, with a slightly slick feel and a lightly floral bitterness.

Overall it's quite drinkable. The 12-pack of mixed latitude 48s with different blends of hops is a great idea!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of light dry hops with some light floral notes with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt that are overshadowed by some dry and slightly astringent hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting experiment with more citrusy notes then I would have expected even though it is not the dominating flavour.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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Photo of ToddT
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber topped with a medium off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S- Mild grapefruit, citrus, and pine resin

T- Notes of tart lemon immediately that transitions to a bitter sweet grapefruit note that carries on till the finish. The finish is a balance of caramel malt and bitter hop notes with a lingering final bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation. Not as clean as the first two in this series there is some hop oil and a slight viscous feeling left on the palate.

O- I've tasted this variety of hop before as a blend in lots of other beers, nice to have it as a stand alone variety. The 6% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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