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 WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks exactly the same as all the others in the series so far.
Now here is a smell I can enjoy: Black pepper dusted on top of lemon and orange citrus, its very strong and masculine in feel. In fact, I think I feel my chest hair growing with every sip I take! :)
The grassy notes that others describe come across more in the flavor than in the nose for me. Underneath all of the hop flavor lies the same standard caramel malt and texture as all the other ones in the series so far, but this...this one I like a lot better than the others.

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

Poured; appropriately enough, into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Like other beers in the series, Hallertau has a brilliant amber hue. The cap on this one has a cream tint and falls to a patchwork film, while leaving good lace.

As I was expecting, Hallertau brings a pronounced, but not overpowering lemon, pepper and fresh cut grass aroma that's ever so slightly musty. It's bitterness is quite peppery and get's a touch metallic late. The bitterness level here is moderate and lets the toasted sweetbread malts come through nicely. The pepper bitterness lingers after each sip. The medium body is slightly dry and little bit puckering.

This hop's tendency to get metallic when used in large quantities is very apparent here. In lighter quantities, I like this hop a lot. Here, it's a bit too much.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: clear copper orange; moderate head; decent carb action; very nice lacing
S: lighter smell than the other deconstructed beers; light, malty, carmelly
T: woah, very different tasting than the rest of the deconstructeds; orange, floral flavor dominates; mildly bitter; this puts a really nice curvature to the hops profile in the full 48 IPA


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

I have always wanted to try a beer that had only the Sammy Lager Hallertau Hops and boy what a treat. The appearance was a rich copper without much head, but good carbonation. The smell had hints of grapefruit/citrus and not much else. The=is beer was dry to the taste copmapered to the others. It also came off the pallet clean. Pretty decent beer as a whole with good balance a subtle fruit and pine. Maybe not as good, but still very tasty!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop variety no. 5. Poured into my Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a big, light tan head. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice rocky cap of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of a mild, earthy, spicy bitterness. Good caramel malt backbone.

Flavors of clean, floral, earthy bitterness, caramel malt. The weakest and softest in hop bitterness of the 5 varieties used in Latitude 48. Finish is very short, with a floral bitterness lingering lightly.

Mouthfeel is medium with thin bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite of the bunch, but a lot better than Zeus. Hop flavor is a little off for an IPA.

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Photo of Damian
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep, orangey-amber color. A two-plus finger tall crop of light beige froth topped the liquid. The head had excellent lasting power and it deposited a thick, drippy blanket of lacing along the top half of the glass.

Even though this beer is classified as an IPA, I could not detect any hop presence in the nose. I did however pick up some sweet, doughy and bready malts. A bit caramel-like. Slightly skunky. A small amount of orange peel was detectible as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was far more impressive than the aroma. The Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops contributed a surprising amount of hop potency. A tart, lemony flavor came through strong. Somewhat herbal and spicy. The finish was crisp, bitter and refreshing. Piney and dry. For a single hop beer created from a noble hop variety, I cannot image much more complexity.

The mouthfeel was a bit disappointing however. It was thinner than anticipated. Frothy and somewhat airy on the palate with a crisp, sprightly effervescence.

Hallertau Mittelfrueh, or any noble hop for that matter, is definitely not a variety beloved by hopheads. For this reason, I applaud the Boston Beer Company for having the gall to include it in their Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series. Overall, a noble (no pun intended) effort.

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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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA poured out as a dark golden color, almost like a burnt orange. Couldn't really see through the glass either once the beer was in it. The head was about one finger in thickness and lasted for the majority of the time I was drinking it. The lacing was light but did show itself nicely on the glass. The smell of the beer was more mild than I expected it to be. The malts and hops worked well together here. The taste of the beer was nice and hoppy, the flavors of lemon zest came to mind along with some pine notes. The aftertaste was mostly malty and dry. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and tingles the tongue with each sip. Overall I thought this was a very enjoyable IPA. I'd consider drinking this one again one day if I come across it.

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

Sampled May 2011
Same color head and body, more careful two-finger thick head in large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip. Orange rind and berry aromatics lead the way, but are much accentuated by a caramelized malt character. Herbal and spicy notes are much more subdued than I was expecting; it makes me wonder if they put the wrong beer in this bottle. Toasted malt notes add a whole grain toastiness and biscuit like character to the nose that plays a secondary role. A touch of lemon like character is noticeable once I really start digging & my wife pointed that the nose smells quite floral, and now that she has mentioned it I completely agree; a floral, almost distinctly rose like note seems to be the biggest aromatic component in this beer.

Spicy, bitter hop notes greet my palate as I take my first sip, this is followed by a caramelized and biscuit like maltiness in the finish and again a clean, spicy, bitter hop character in the finish. Lightly sweet tasting, though I have a feeling after eating dinner that my perception of sweetness is a bit reduced, with a chewy malt middle that is more savory than sweet. The flavor is much more herbal and spicy than the aroma was, but there is still a big floral, rose / carnation like character here in the flavor as well. The bitterness here is quite spicy and quite smooth and not nearly as biting as the regular Latitude 48. The floral character is really quite spicy, almost peppery in a green way. The floral hop character has a certain fruitiness to it that is sort of berry like and perhaps a touch of citrus. The body has a fullness to it that is a bit chewy and definite has some viscosity to it.; I definitely prefer a lighter, crisper body in my IPAs (as well as ones that are much lighter in color), and for some reason this extra heft just doesn’t work for me as well as it did in the regular version.

Interesting, this tastes a fair amount different than what I expected; it even is quite a bit different than the lemon and pine character that the label says it should taste like. This works as an IPA hop much more than I would have expected with the floral and spicy characters being a really nice addition; I could even see myself using this particular hop (assuming I could actually get some) as part of the hop blend in my own American IPAs. This beer is certainly quite a bit more interesting and tasty because of this particular hop.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber again. Light beige head that both stuck around clung well. Smell is shared by pine and malt in about equal portion. Hop is very drying in this one but not in a bad way. In my minds eye the hop taste more like an English ale (but with a stronger hop presence) than something from the Northern Pacific. I'll have to research that to see if my gut feeling is accurate regarding the use of Hallertau Mittelfrueh. I think the presence of at least some malt taste is a refreshing change from the hop dominating I.P.A.'s that we're all familiar with. Though... I like those too. Though I have only had 3 of the 5 single hopped beers in the deconstructed series I can tell this will not be my #1 pick. Not bad though. I can't wait to see if I can pick this flavor out of the Lat. 48 original.

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Photo of ms11781
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/02/2011. Best before September 2011 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a thin, off white cap of foam for a head. At times the head seems to have an almost orangish tint to it. Perhaps it's a delicate head and the liquid color is showing through.

The aroma is pretty balanced, though not terribly strong. There is some citrus and pine along with a decent amount of malt sweetness to balance it out. At second glance, the brew is probably more balanced that first realized. Still not overpowering. Perhaps even below average, but balanced.

The taste is not as balanced as the nose and is a bit bolder. The sweet malt character comes across first and is present throughout each sip. Some light, citrusy hops come through towards the end before it's rounded out with a slight bitter finish. The sweet malt character is what stands out most though.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slight bitter finish that doesn't linger. Semi-dry.

Overall, it's a decent IPA. It does a good job of showcasing the single hop, which is what it's supposed to do. That being Saidsaid, there is probably a reason it's the first and only Hallertau Mittelfrueh single hop IPA I have seen.

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Photo of tapman
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden, orange, copper body with a chestnut head of dense foam. Clear, filtered and has great head retention.

Soft and floral hop character; aroma of stone fruit and dark sugar.Also, dark bread.

Pretty sweet taste, though not sticky, just full. Hearty bread and earthy hops with a low bitterness.

Crisp, full and a little dry in the finish.

Interesting to taste a single hop brew and while this one isn't necessarily bland, it is a bit dull compared to the regular Lat IPA.

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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 brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear amber with a thin off white head and small spotty lacing.

S - Sweet caramel with earthy, herbal, grassy hops. The grassy/earthy combo create a light green onion aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt and earthy, grassy hops with a bit of spice. The green onion flavor comes out again as in the aroma.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Somewhat dull and boring. A little more earthy than I remember this hop.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a clear amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head that persists leaving some decent lacing. Herb, pine, grass, and fruit notes comprise the aroma. Pine, herb, and grass share the flavor with caramel, biscuit, graham cracker, and just the slightest hint of raisin. Light in body with medium body making for a drinkable beer. Not bad. More balanced than the EKG version. A good showcase for Hallertau hops.

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

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is quite floral, with a scent in the range of jasmine or gardenia - except that it is mild - and not pungent in the way that those flowers are. There is also a tea-like element to the nose.

T - A strong tea-like element dominates the palate with bitter tannic notes atop a biscuity, lightly caramelized malt. Lemon appears on the finish briefly before returning to a strongly dry Earl Grey tea finish. It is very hoppy, if unusually so.

M - The feel is more dry than the other 'Deconstructed', but otherwise is pretty much the same sturdy medium-bodied brew.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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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 GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the Latitude 48 Desconstructed 12 pack. After having the multi-hop version first, I'm now trying the German Hallertau single hop beer.

Poured into a pint glass, it ha the same unusually dark redish amber color with thick, sticky, lacey head, just like the original.

Aroma is less hoppy or at least more subtle. I have to wonder at this point if they used the same hopping schedule (additions, quantities, timing) for all 5 single hops beers.

Flavor is the same caramel-forward malt base. The hops are slightly spicy and floral. Unfortunately the malts seem to dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Overall not as hoppy or balanced as the original Lat 48. I'm afraid the malts are just too strong and not allowing the hops to shine.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber, really a reddish gold. Was well carbonated, giving a dense one finger head with plenty of bubbling well into the beer.

Smells malty, a bit bready with some flowery hints. Taste is bready too, with a very mild bitterness and some hop spicyness and earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit bubbly.

Overall, a decent, session English style IPA.

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Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in to a SN Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is dark amber, almost copper with a 1-finger slightly off-white head. Leaves some lace behind.

S: Relative faint in the nose: some caramel and bready malts. Hops are of the leafy and floral type.

T: Decent, albeit mild, hop flavor - floral with a touch of lemony citrus - over bready malt. Bitterness is mild and restrained, making this one seem more like an English IPA than an American version. Slight minerally lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Body is medium in heft, carbonation softens, rather than sharpens, the overall perception.

O: When I did the head-to-head Pepsi challenge with the 5 new varieties, this one didn't stand out. But drinking it on its own, I like it. I wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but I wouldn't be upset if someone handed me a bottle of it either.

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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 Clydesdale
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly clear orange-amber color. The tall, amber-tinted head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and an attractive smattering of lace deposits on the glass as the head fades.

S: Some mildly toasty and slightly sweet caramel malt aromas. Rather grassy and spicy hop aromas predominate, with some mild floral undertones. A soft mineral quality is also detectable. The nose is pleasant, but somewhat subdued as IPAs go.

T: Equal parts toasty and caramel-sweet malt flavors up front. Hop bitterness is firm. Floral, spicy, and earthy hop flavors are prominent. Some lightly fruity (lemon zest?) flavors make it through, along with light mineral flavor.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is above average. Dryness builds gradually into a rather dry finish.

D: It's definitely noticeable that this is a single-hop IPA made with a Noble hop variety, which definitely lends an atypical flavor profile. It's enjoyable, but it's a little unusual to taste such aggressive use of a hop style that's normally used in mildly-hopped beer styles.

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Photo of budgood1
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd review of the deconstructed 12 pack.

pours out the same clear dark golden amber colour with about the same amount of off white head and same amount of wispy lace. rose petal and floral hop aroma, quite pleasant with the repetitive sugary sweet malt profile shouting out a bit of nougat and brown sugar notes. the flavour profile comes into a delicate balance with the use of this hop, the noble HM variety. after getting used to the malt bill used in these singular expositions, i would be of the opinion that the lemony, slightly citric, moderately spicy, and overall flowery and less bitter HM variety works well in this attempt at a single hop IPA. actually i wish they would have amped up this hop a bit because i find this incarnation pretty enjoyable despite the lack of outrageous bittering. the sweetness of the malts used compliment this type of hop used rather well. again...full bodied...with a pleasant, mostly easy going mouthfeel. nice drinkability...due to the hopping nuance.

overall...the best of the three i've had so far...very nice attempt at isolating a single hop profile. after drinking this, and i've sampled many ales using the HM hop, i can understand more why SA emphasizes the noble hops and this one in particular.

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

Deep amber in appearance, with a thick white head of micro-sized bubbles, and extensive spiderweb lace.

Nice citrus nose.

Taste is mild, with a more subdued citrus hops presence. This one is balanced and not at all bitter. I get some pine notes in there, but overall this is an easy-drinking IPA without the bite of its' siblings in the Lat 48 series. Enjoyable.

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