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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

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

So this is my first of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 brews – Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

It’s copper in color. Looks crystal clear to me. There’s a bit of an orange tint with backlighting. The head is off-white in color and stands about a finger tall. It’s rather quick to recede, but leaves a nice web of sticky lacing trailing behind.

The nose is very average, especially for the style. It’s weak and needs quite a bit more strength. Malty notes seem to be strong up front and carry on throughout. Smells like caramel and toffee mostly. Definitely on the sweet side. There are definitely some hoppy notes, but they’re not all that strong. Pine and citric scents of lemon and orange are the most notable. That’s about it. Alcohol is blended well, for what it’s worth.

The flavor’s a little better. It definitely is malty up front. It is a mix of sweet caramel and a bit of cocoa-esque chocolate. Hops follow and add a mix of citrus and pine. Orange and lemon flavors are strongest. There’s honestly not much bitterness to discuss. The hop flavor is pretty good, but it’s balanced out to a large degree by the malts. There’s some earthy flavors on the tail that are attributable to the hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Finishes with sweet with a twist of citrus and pine.

The body definitely feels on the lighter side of medium. It honestly has a pretty decent feel. Carbonation seems dialed down nicely. It needs a little more body to be smooth, but it’s not bad. Goes down pretty easy.

This Deconstructed mix pack of Latitude 48 is going to be interesting. This one, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, is pretty decent. The hop flavor itself isn’t bad. If I recall correctly, it is a little more citric (and better overall) than that of the standard Latitude 48. But, it’s a little too balanced. Less malts, please. Overall, not bad. Not great, but not bad.

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

Deep amber orange, one finger of off white head, spots of lace. Smell is earthy, big pine notes, malt, lightly sweet in the nose, subtle mudded citrus. Taste is malt and pine initially, subtle citrus more so in the finish, lightly sweet, bitter in the finish, white grape qualities. Mild carbonation, med body, nice oils and resin at the end. Solid brew, feels more like an APA than an IPA but I did like this regardless.

Thanks Sammy

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, one finger head, not much carbonation either.

S-Some floral and citrus notes

T-Nothing here is overpowering, subtle and balanced. Citrus and floral notes start and it ends with some bitterness.

M-Light, crisp an some carbonation.

O-An average beer and so far seems about average for the Deconstructed pack. Still I can not say enough good things about the idea behind the single hop IPAs put out by BBC.

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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 connecticutpoet
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first of the Deconstructed series, chosen completely at random by a blind grab into the box. Poured into a pint, I got a one finger head floating on a clear amber body. The head subsided, but still had a substantial film that lasted throughout the glass.

Aroma was initially of some pine-like hops, but I was surprised at the strong grainy presence. I usually get that with lagers, so in an IPA it seemed out of place. Then some biscuit character came out, along with some mild bitterness and a slightly sweet honey note.

Taste... what the hell? I got some sticky sweet, cloying malt that coated my tongue, then some bitter and astringent character cut through, followed by a little spiciness and some odd metallic taste. I finished the glass with larger swallows, and that cut down on the stickiness, but it was still off.

Mouthfeel was wierd. I didn't like it. It left a film on my tongue and teeth.

Overall, I guess I am glad I started with this one. I can only see the prospect of the other ones being better than this one, because it would be hard to top this.

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

12 oz bottle from Wegmans.

A: A doppelganger for the EKG. Of course the same malt profile will yield the same color. See my other write up for more details.

S: The Noble hops are a little more, well, noble. They add an earthy, grassy aroma. Green onions and caramel round it out.

T: The hops make a little bit more of a difference, grassy a

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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 FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear orange color with a healthy head of foam. Nice lacing. ARoma is a nice light citusy smell.

This beer is probably the maltiest one in the mix pack. Bitterness is very subdued, the mix of five malts comes through a lot more on this beer. This is a very smooth beer... much more drinkable than others in the case. There is a light citrus hop flavor.

Again kudos to SA for putting this together. Worth buying the mix pack.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At best this seems like a light IPA. The hops are there very subtly. I pick up light flavors off the top.

Nothing wows me about this beer. I pick up the hops in the aroma, but the flavor doesn't carry much. I get maltiness... which was kind of weird.

I probably won't every pick this up again, but it was nice to try something new.

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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 msnow34
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber with a big head that dissapates quickly into a sam adams imperial perfect pint glass. Smells earthy malty with hints of raisins . Very intresting.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and light.
It has almost no bitterness, becoming very chewy. Reminds me a lot of yuengling, my least favorite beer. Very meh, I would almost classify this as a malt bomb. Came very close to drain pouring this one as it had almost no hop flavor or aroma. Not sure what this hop adds, but i will be staying away from it in the future.

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Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber in color with a foamy light brown head that reduces to a quarter-inch in my Samuel Adams glass.

Light aroma of metallic hops with a hint of biscuit.

Nice taste: Bitter but balanced with malt notes. I can taste the lemon-like flavors SA mentions on the label. Even though I love extreme hoppy, bitter beers, I think this is one of the best in the Deconstructed pack.

This is a very balanced IPA and one of the most approachable of the pack. Seek it out.

This variety pack is a must-try for hopheads. Kudos to Samuel Adams for selling something as cool as this.

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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 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 bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a transparent orangeish amber with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. The head sticks around for awhile, and laces real well. Gorgeous looking beer

S- getting a bunch of citrus, but the aroma is really weak. Disappointing.

T- tastes a lot like the simcoe...a lot of grassy citrus taste to this. The aftertaste is full of grass

M- body is fine. The sweetness makes it a little offputting, though

O- reminded me of the simcoe a little too much, honestly

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Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the mixed pack.

Appearance: Light amber color, very clear. Again, great off white head and lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly citrusy and slightly grassy/earthy hops. The same great sweet and caramelly malt bill of course.

Taste: I like this one a lot. Bitter citrus pith and a nice wet earthiness. Great balancing maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Feels creamy, smooth, and resiny on the finish.

Drinkability: Quite good. I think this hops variety is the reason I enjoy Latitude 48.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a slight amber haze. Head is slightly tan. Faint head linger throughout the session.

S-Very fresh smelling hops. Grassy fresh, freshcut jalepenos. A river rock type smell.

T-Lemon zest from the hops. slightly puckering. Kind of reminds me of Boston Lager. A very faint grassiness is detected in the background. Bitterness is well controlled and pleasent with a slight drying effect. A nice cereal grain is present at end palate. All ingredients used are very fresh.

M.F.- mouthfeel is proper for the style with a slightly below average carbonation.

O- I think Sam Adams introduced America to this hop. It is really distinct and I pick it up in a lot of beers. Now I know why this is a choice hop for many brewers.

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

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was an amber color with a thin tan head. There was a small amount of lace.

Aroma mostly lemon/citrus. Somewhat floral. Sweet malt.

Lemon and grapefruit taste. A bit of piney hops. Sweet malt background.

Nice balance. Crisp.

I've enjoyed the deconstruction of Latitude 48.

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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 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 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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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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