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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
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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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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium copper with a foamy white head that leave little lacing. Good clarity, some bubbles rising.

Malt-forward in the nose with toasty bread and grain, some caramel and fruit.

This is an IPA? Caramel and light bitterness. Not hop heavy at all. Fruit, sweet, transitioning to bitter with a lingering malt finish. Smooth brew for sure, but the hops are too mellow here.\

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

This is good beer for sure, I just would not select it if I was in the mood for an IPA. At face value, smooth and balanced. But missing more hop assertiveness. As part of the 12 pack, a good drinkable beer, but nothing breathtaking.

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Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Hallertau Mittelfrueh" on label, into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop note
Taste-Subtle earthy, leafy hop note, some citric fruitiness, medium bitterness. Nicely balanced, with subtle flavors and earthy hops.

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Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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 bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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 GFD400
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 generallee
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Says it was bottled oct 2016 and it's the middle of may so ratings could be low due to age...
Look - solid copper color slight head
Smell - resin bitter and malty
Taste - bitter piney taste
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - not a fan

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Photo of tedho21
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of budgood1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 bum732
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Subtle floralness, pine tea, soft lemony citrus, some apple blossoms.

L: Clear amber orange, 1/4 inch head, off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

T: Spicy malt with some pine bitterness. Medium high spicy bitterness leads to more lemongrass and pine. Finishes quite dry with some lingering pine/lemon resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, kinda interesting but not great for an IPA.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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