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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 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 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 ONUMello
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Light brown with crystal clarity, short head that dissipates quickly.
S: I honestly can't smell a thing on this nose. As bland as water.
T: Very nice, with notes of dried apricot, a bit of pine and a bit of citrus.
M: Fairly average, not too heavy or light. Nothing stands out good or bad.
O: I wish this had some nose, as the taste is very pleasant. Overall enjoyable to drink.

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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 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 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 pburland23
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Variety Pack.

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

Again, beer pours a clear, bright copper. About a finger of white head again. However, the lacing isn't as pronounced as with the Simcoe variety.

Smell is underwhelming. It not much of an IPA smell. The hops are muted and earthy. There's also some lemony citrus notes as well.

The taste is much more herbal and malty than it is hoppy. There's a strong caramel sweetness running through the beer. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes noticeable and a little prickly.

Another medium bodied brew. Seems less carbonated than other beers in Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack, but perhaps that's my imagination. The drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a disappointing beer. I like noble hops but this one misses the mark. Medicinal, herbal and sweet. Not exactly my definition of an IPA.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good

Nose is very nice, bright, sharp and crisp. Grassy and herbal, smells like a freshly opened bag of hop pellets on brew day. The distracting malts and SA yeast get in the way of fully enjoying the Hallertau though.

Taste is very leafy and I dont know if it goes well as a standalone bittering hop for this beer. Finishes a bit harsh, must have been alot of hop poundage to bitter this beer to IPA standards. Caramely malts are ok with the hop flavor, but this one fits right about in the middle for me on the deconstructed pack.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12pk.

A- Pours a nice copper color with a huge white sudsy head that leaves really nice lace.

S- Definitely picking up some earthy hop aroma and a bit of lemon zest.

T- Nice bitterness upfront with some spice and pine coming through. A touch of earth and floral flavors that pair well with a nice caramel malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Certainly not thick but a bit syrupy in flavor.

O- Not quite as bitter as I would have expected from a regular IPA but I can definitely see what SA was after. The hallertau hops do have alot of nice qualities and its cool to see them isolated like this.

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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 MbpBugeye
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Very much like the other beers in this pack. They all look pretty nice. A deep copper beer with a big, sticky head.

Well, this is not the aroma you'd want from an IPA. Its not very hoppy. I realize Noble hops aren't as pungent as many American varieties, but this beer is not centered around hop aromas. All that is mentioned of hops is an iced tea aroma. The malts are big, biscuity and buttery.

There's barely any hop flavors here. Its mostly lots and lots of biscuit and buttered toast. Only faint suggestions of tea with lemon and pine. Bitterness tries to build on the finish, but (thankfully) doesn't get very far.

Medium bodied and smooth, if it weren't for the sharp carbonation.

This is not really an IPA. Its more like a subtly hopped amber ale.

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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 DoctorDog
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "Best before / Sept / 2011" is notched on label.

A- Clear, copper/amber appearance. Pours with 2+ fingers of very light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing...very nice looking beer.

S- Spicy, floral hops with a bit of lemon zest. Caramel malt sweet notes follow as the hops fade.

T- Lemon zest and grassy hop notes provide a sturdy bitterness, well balanced by caramel malt sweetness.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a medium body.

O- Good. Again, nothing stands out tremendously, but the overall result is a pleasant, easy drinking experience.

Future outlook: Chapter 3 of the SA "deconstructed" theme for me now in the books.

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Photo of Phelps
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of September 2011 into a tulip. Been working my way through the Latitude 48 variety pack as an educational journey through hops. This one’s brewed with Hallertauer Mittelfruh, from Deutschland.

Like its brothers, the color of this beer’s lovely: a shiny, perfectly translucent copper tone. The cream-colored head is fuzzy and only about a finger thick, descending to a frothy ring within the span of a minute. Some thin tracts of lacing are left behind as I drink.

The aroma exhibits the telltale spiciness of German hops, though they’re a bit overshadowed by malty qualities. I get hints of lemon peel, pepper and earth behind stronger aromas of biscuits, honey and caramel.

The hops take over more in the flavor, showing off with lemony, piney bite. Some floral lavender is also apparent. As strong as the malt seemed in the nose, it’s comparitively weak here — I get a bit of honey and some biscuity notes, but that’s it. High attenuation leads to a dry, bitter, snappy finish.

The soft, pillowy medium body is similar to the other variations of this beer. Carbonation is kept to a tingly minimum, but there’s a small amount of fizz as it moves about.

It’s amazing how beers that only vary in hop additions can be. This version seems to me both thinner in body and drier than the Simcoe variation as well as the original.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good orange pour with lots of clarity, average head, not much for lacing or retention, but pretty nonetheless. Aroma was mild, grassy, floral.

Caramel first, a little bit of that mild, low bitterness hop with a grassy feel to it. Tough to call this an ipa, or at least not qualify it with an east coast or english descriptor in front of it. Balanced. Mild citrus.

Very easy to drink. Give this to the mild ipa lovers, give the simcoe to the ones who like hops and bracing bitterness. Has a summer ale lemon vibe to it.

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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 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 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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a firm white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy and floral hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with some caramel sweetness. Hops have a floral and grassy character with a fair amount of bitterness. Some caramel sweetness cuts through along with toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good tool for helping with hop characterizations, but if you are just looking for an IPA to knock back, this might not be worth it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that leaves some lacing

S: Pine and lemon zest are the major aspects of the smell, with a touch of malty sweetness

T: A nice mix of the lemon zest and pine, neither really dominating the other. Malts round things out nicely

M: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation, same deal as most of them in the pack

O: Again, does a nice job showcasing the single hop and what it brings to the overall beer

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice, deep and clear orange/copper with elegant,fluffy white head. Leaving impressionable sticky and bubbly thick lacing. If only all IPAs looked this good.

Faint nose of malt sweetness, some grains and barely noticeable hops. Hmm, wish this would live up to the appearance. Disappointing nose for IPA.

Taste is more on the sweet side, more emphasis on barley and grains. Could use more hops, big time. More thin-bodied than usual.

A big disappointment from SA. Hope some of the others in the SA IPA sample pack are better.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dirty penny copper color with a strong white head nearly overflowing the top of my pint glass. Great job on the head for an IPA IMO.

Aroma of rich caramel crystal malts and light pine and light citrus hops.

As an American IPA, this could use more hops. I know this pack is more of a comparison tool than how each beer would be brewed individually by SA, but this one is not my favorite of the bunch. I get a good strong bittering presence from a long boil on the hops. First sip I get a slight floral taste which is quickly taken over by malt. Mid body I taste more caramel than anything else. Aftertaste is slightly astringent / tannic dry tasting, similar to the EKG Lat 48 but not as good IMO.

Good mouthfeel for the style, medium body with a high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks decent enough with a nice dark amber and two inches of foamy sticky head.

S - Smells of a well bodied IPA with mostly a lemon rind kind of citrus pine and touches one bitter pine and sweet malts.

T - Not very good in my opinion. The taste of the lemon is two abrasive giving it a kind of Summer ale kind of taste which eventually got easier to drink as I got halfway through.

M - Light to medium. Pretty drinkable body.

Overall my least favorite of the Latitude 48 pack. Ugh I still have three more...

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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 betsona
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Same as the others. Shiny clear copper color with finger worth of white head. Dissipates into a thin ring around the glass and lttle protein pools. Random bits of lacing.

S- Strong lemon citrus notes with some pine. The lemon overpowers the bready malt. The nose reminds me of camping.

T- Lots of citrus lemon with grass tones mix hit the very front of the palate. Some sweet caramel in the middle gives way to a vary minimal hop bitterness that is also pretty lemony in tone.

M- Medium body with good carbonation that really doesn't add or detract from the taste. Lasting lemony linger. No off flavors.

O- Has the flavor of a shandy--really lemon based that kind of hides most of the traditional beer flavors. A good beer, just not exactly an IPA. I would pick up a few more of these for a bbq.

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