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 womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Not quite as sweet as the other varieties. Some caramel and bready malts to it and a little brown sugar. Grassy and floral hops with a touch of spice to it. Mild citrus zest and yeast.

T: Good hop flavor with lots of floral and mild spice notes. Hints of sweetness on the back end of it and some bready malts. Only a mild bitterness. A tiny bit of citrus and citrus zest on the back end.

M: Medium in the body and carbonation.

O: Thus far the least offensive of the variations. Still not something I'd necessarily care to have again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber like all of the beers in the series. Decent head and some lacing. The malt pretty much overwhelms the hops in this one. Lots of sweet malt in both the nose and the mouth. There is some bitterness from the hops, but not a lot of flavor. You get some leafy, mild, herbalness, and a late citrus pith note. Even less of the hops in the nose. Definitely not a hop for a single hopped beer beyond the education it offers. For that, at least, I'm grateful.

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SAMs hallertau
Copper, red-orange, clear. Light tan head, 2 finger head. Leaves good lacing.

Milder aroma than simcoe. Earthy, piney, candied lemon. Seems like this beer could use a lot more dry hopping, aroma is pretty weak, it smells good, but just not enough there.

Taste. Tastes more like a pale ale to me. Just not enough hops. The hallertau have some slightly spicy, herbal lemony notes. Some sweet malt in the background that balances nicely.

Maybe I'm crazy but it seems a little thinner than the simcoe I had a little earlier. Average body.

Overall, it's definitely drinkable but not my favorite. A fun way to learn about different hops, really makes me realize how more more I prefer American hops.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best by Sept. 2011) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a persistent 1/16" thick light tan foam - just like the others in this deconstructed series. Persistent sheets and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus combined with some malt sweetness and just a hint of pine. Stronger pine and lemon smell with a good swirl. Not bad, but still a bit faint.

Taste: Quick up front lemony citrus moving quickly into some malt sweetness/backbone and then a lingering mild bitter/pine finish. Everything is blurred together such that the finish is really the only flavor that stands out on its own.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, some residual hop oils on the tongue and teeth. Thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: Not sure about this one. Next to Zeus this might be my least favorite of the series. The lingering bitterness brought by this hop, even though it's mild, got annoying after awhile. There are some interesting flavors in there, but like some of the others in this series, either more malt, or a different malt, is needed to bring out the flavors. Good beer to try and experience the single hop effect, but maybe each hop needs a different malt profile to really showcase it. Or at least I think this one does.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label.

Pours typical almond amber, clear, fairly minor lt. tan head, leaves just a smattering of fine lace. Grainy hop nose.

Another respectable and well crafted but unoutstanding IPA from this box set. Grainy hops with some citrus noted. Some sweet malty under tones add some balance.

Eh, not real crazy about this one.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a clear copper with a finger or two of foamy whitish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The nose is all hops and has some interesting grassy aromas and remind me of a bit like the smell of a potted plant. There is a there is a slight bready aroma as well.

The taste is fresh hops, grassy taste at first but there is a dried bread flavor that makes me long for something to bread on the flavor. There is some sweetness that mixes well with the hops then slides down the pallet and gets bitter toward the end.

The feel of this beer is lighter then expected but this has a reasonable amount of alcohol. There is a nice bitterness going down that leaves a nice aftertaste and does not too coarse.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/13/11

Enjoy before September 2011

Looks to be a bit lighter in color than the other two I've tried thus far. Browned and paled sunburst. Two finger head thins to about 1/8th inch and remains poofy. Clumpy rings of lace stick up top and form a wall later on.

A layer of grassy hop aroma supports a prominent lemon note. As it warms, it takes on a bit of o pine-sol character. The hops smell pretty sharp and give the bready and dusty, dry biscuit malt notes a run for their Latitude 48 series money.

The hops stack up pretty well from the first sip on. The flavor profile is expressed exactly in line with the nose. Pine-sol with a distinct lemon bent. Dried resin notions. Bitterness is a bit punchy but isn't the focal point. The hops obscure much of the toasted bread malts. A bit of caramel as it nears room temperature.

Medium body with sticky resin that hangs on throughout and leaves a lingering bitterness and hop residuals. Moderately high carbonation is suited to the hop profile. Coating. Really dry finish.

Though this may not be my choice single hop profile, I think they did a good job pairing this particular variety against what I feel is too much of a malt backdrop (that's my opinion of all the Latitude 48's I've had so far).

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a full thick cream head. Surprisingly rather sweet aroma, not really picking up much hops at all. A little pine perhaps, but not really much. The flavor is very similar being very mild with hops and mostly sweet caramel malts. Interesting.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, piney, grassy hops balanced by caramel malt and some fruity notes. Finish is medium and dry. Very mild hop character for AIPA.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Mostly sweet malt, a little citrus and earth from the hops.

T: Starts with sweet malt up front, transitioning quickly to bitter grapefruit hop finish. Touch of pine in the finish as well.

M: Light mouthfeel, a bit soda-like.

O: The last of the deconstructed series. Of the five single-hops, this is one of the least interesting on its own. However, it's been great fun seeing how the pieces fit together. Would love to try this again in a year or two if they bring it back.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= amber with a very active frothy head, plentiful lacing and large islands of pooling.

S= a bit singular, some dry grassy hops, nice red malts.

T= dry, with some cloyingly sweet malts. Somewhat singular and one-dimensional. Not bad. Not quite balanced in this extracted-version of the original Latitude 48. My first of this 5-beer series, more to follow shortly.

M= dry, not quite grassy, some slight but annoyingly over-sweetness in the finish. A tartness on the tongue afterwards.

O= interesting, creative but.... Trying to make an IPA out of a light floral Hallertau Noble hops is a bit too much. But that means that hopefully the more bold hops singles will shine through!

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, caramel, malts, hops,

taste: sweet, caramel, malts, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This one has a tad more flavor then the others but not enough to bump up the grade. I wish they would of sold this in a 6 pack not a 12 pack it's just not worth it.


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Photo of lovindahops
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the Deconstructed concept is great from Sam Adams. Hallertau Mittelfrueh will be my first try

A- the brew pours a cleat amber with a head that recides to a touch of foam. Not much lacing on the bottle

S- some caramel malt scent is at the forefront. Even a little spicy and earthy in the profile, but it's very faint

T- good caramel malt flavors that are surrounded with an herbal flavor and some spices. Not overly hopped, but ends with a strong bitterness

M- good carbonation with a smooth theme of flavor on the taste buds

D- I didn't get the ipa experience I wanted with this try. There is a good presentation of the malt showing, but that is almost it

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now it's time to try a very German Latitude IPA, with the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops.

This looks damn good. The head is frothy and creamy, off-white, and has decent retention. Yummy. The beer is an amber-copper color.

Hops are a bit citrusy and earthy. Not too strong. Sort of a sugary sweetness. Pretty phenoly. Graininess. I get some pine resin too.

A nice medium bitterness comes from the hops with a bit of lemon citrus. Pine resin adds sweetness. Grain and a pretty strong phenol flavors give it more flavor. Not bad but not great.

Light-medium-bodied with a lower medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Meh...not much special about this. A decent IPA.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber body with two fingers of white fluffy head and moderate lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, orange, and caramel malts.

The hops are slightly bitter. Lemon and orange are the dominant flavors. It's also pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is light.

Overall, this was a slightly better than average IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle notched BB 09/11

A- pours a clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind sticky lacing

S-im getting sweet caramel malts 1st,than lemon-citrus/floral hops a lemon peel grass smell

T- follows nose... malt forward with caramel sweet baked bread..its followed by pine and citrus lemon hops some wet grass

M- is medium carbonation a little bitter on the finish more malts than hops

O- tasty malt forward with more malt tastes but hops are present in a bitter way

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfrueh; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Hallertau, Germany; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Hallertau Mittlefreuh IPA is brewed with only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops, a traditional variety of Bavaria's Hallertau in Germany. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops contribute a soft bitterness, along with delicate lemony citrusy and resinous pine notes, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

I am about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of smell and taste, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Hoppy Zone! This was my first of the six.

My pour netted me a finger of dense light-tan hops with good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odd - very sort and slightly lemony citrus, but it also had another aspect that I simply could not place. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavor on the tongue was lemon candy-like. Think Lemonheads. It was very sugary sweet and the bitterness was not at all what I had expected. Suddenly, I felt upside-down and my worries of adult-onset diabetes kicked in and the monkey shut his yap! This is not what I want to have happen when I am drinking an AIPA, lemme tell you. In the interim, some lovely sticky lacing that would eventually need a jackhammer to remove began to form. Finish was still sticky sweet with the lemon citrus as the dominant flavor and I completely missed on anything remotely like pine.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a snifter glass, it has a copper body with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell has some pine and notes to it, but not very strong. The taste is first starts with a sticky sweet flavor then the bitterness of the hops comes through. The mouth feel is ok, a little weird feeling on the tongue, like it left a film on my tongue. Overall this is a ok beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color, almost amber like. The head is small and dense settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a lightly toasted bread, some malty sweetness. There is a hint of limey hops, slightly grassy.

The taste is of a sweet toasted malt, light honey. This is followed by a grassy bitter hop as well as a limey hop. Perhaps a touch of pine towards the end. Not super hop flavorful but the flavor is present. The bitterness stands out more but it isn't a bitter bomb. Produces good hop burps.

Moderate feel with tingly carbnation. Fairly balanced but does finish with a significant bitterness, but not harsh.

A well rounded IPA, good play between the hops and malt. Hops aren't super flavorful but they are enjoyable.

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Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thinner, but creamy head and some sticky lacing.

Juniper, citrus and pine on the nose. Caramel malt in the background. Reminds me of Noble Pils a bit.

Pretty nice flavor. Lightly bitter with pine notes and a touch of citrus peel. Quite malty which makes this pretty much balanced. More hops please.

Very soft and smooth feel with moderately dry finish.

A nicely drinkable beer, but I really wish they would have made the hops stand out more. Too much malty backbone for the hops to really stand out. This is one of the better ones out of the sampler thus far though.

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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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