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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

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187
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405
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Photo of MikeB20
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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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 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 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.

Eric

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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 MarkQ617
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 57md
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 brother_rat
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this bottle chilled in storage for some months, so let's see how it turns out.

A: Pours a beautiful deep copper, with nice carbonation (still bubbling while drinking). The head disappointed--it poured out white, one finger tall, but quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing. 2.5/5

S: Opens with a burst of spicy, floral hops, with a wet sweetness. 2.5/5

T: The first flavors mirrored the scents: hoppy, floral, very bitter citrus, pine, grapefruit, but that melts into a mellowed citrus that's chewy and sweet. A sweeter, maltier finish, with solid yet integrated bitterness. 3.5/5

M: A very light but chewy feel, which was perhaps the beer's strongest and best feature. Had a very crisp opening and a full finish, and yet it drank very well. I thought the carbonation would be too much, but despite the continued glass carbonation it was perfect. 3.5/5

O: Perhaps my favorite of Sam's Deconstructed series. Great flavors, nice body, and it was very drinkable. 3/5

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seem to recall reading that Sam Adams used a lot of Hallertau in their beer? Is that right? Well, anyways. On to this beer.

This beer seems a bit tame to me. Oily and smooth, but lacking a real distinct flavor profile. The hops don't really come through with much punch, though they do work enough to make this one drinkable. This is decent, but really not worthy of sticking around on the scene.

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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 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 chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: More floral than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Aroma is also rather subtle.

Taste: unusual and rather pronounced rose-petal flavor! Otherwise, as expected from this brewer, no brewing flaws, but the flavor is a bit floral for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
Still, an interesting and pleasant beer that provides the sensory experience derived from a single hop variety that, I imagine, is seldom used on its own.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber, like the rest of the series it has a nice frothy head that hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

S: Quite floral, and a little musty.

T: Malty and sweet with a hoppy floral backbone. A little bit of pine to it.

M: Good, full body, adds quite a bit to the beer.

O: Not that great on the whole, but it's a unique beer to experience. I would definitely try it again to see if my opinion would change.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a nice hazy copper, with a white head that turns into a rim of lace.

It's got a softer smell. Flowery and a bit piney.

This is a malty sweet beer. The hops lend a nice floral flavor with a lot of pine on the back side.

It's medium bodied with a carbonation that was all right by me.

This beer seemed average. This Deconstructed IPA 12er is getting tiresome. Zeus is the last one and the one I've been looking forward to the whole time. Come on Zeus!

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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 tronester
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with thin tan head. Aroma is citrus fruit rind. Taste is fresh lemon up front, followed by some dark caramel. The finish is piney and again more lemon. Mouthfeel is average, a bit high carbonation. Overall very good. I really like the lemony characteristics of the Hallertau hops.

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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 justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation and good lacing.

N: Valencia orange, black tea, caramel and floral notes.

T: Citrus, floral, green tea, Fruity Pebbles, and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and dry.

O: This is not bitter enough to be considered an American IPA. This would probably make a better German Pilsner. Smooth, crisp and one of the better 48s.

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