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 outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
Part of the latitude 48 Deconstructed series.
A: pours a brilliant 2 finger white foam head, crystal clear dark copper body, carbonation, heavy stringy lacing in the beginning
S: tangerines, soft warm alcohol, fresh pine needles, other tropical fruit notes
M: medium creamy body, coats the tongue
T: tangerine, grapefruit rind, pine resin, malty, soft alcohol taste as it warms, slightly sweet finish
O: great hop, it's from Bavaria, Germany, easy drinking ipa single hop that has a soft bitterness like the bottle label says. Try it. 3.95 stars

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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 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 plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden amber and brilliantly clear, with a modest off white head with decent retention and sparse lacing.

Aroma-Fresh noble hop aroma, with zesty, green, floral notes. Smells light, perfumy, and elegant, but with the slightest sulfur/vegetal notes. Malt smells softer than in some of the other examples, with some grainy, bready notes in addition to light toast and caramel.

Flavor-Soft bready malt flavors provide a nice backdrop for the noble hops to express themselves, and in the end this one ends up tasting a little like a german pils with a touch of toast and caramel in the finish. Hop flavors are similar to the aromatics, and I find them somewhat difficult to describe beyond "noble", but they are spicy and slightly floral, with a character that almost strikes me as "soft pine"-not in your face like American piney hops, but just a pleasantly light pine flavor. In the flavor, there's a hint of light fruit and some toasted malts appear. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I wouldn't reach for this one if I were going for an American IPA, but as far as single hop expressions of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop go, this is pretty good. As I said in the flavor, this strikes me as similar to a German pils, but a little bit richer, with a bit more malt character, and a touch of fruit at the end.

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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 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 BeerdedEric
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the forth one I have tried of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed.

Sporadic slow moving bubbles. Light copper body. Off white head turning into a film.

Fruity citrus aroma with some pine and bready buscuits. The smell is not strong, it's a little on the weak side.

The taste fallows the aroma. Citrus, some fruit, pine but I'm going to say the bready malt has made its presence known; yet, this is a average tasting IPA. There is nothing about this beer to make me want to have another one.

Light to medium carbonation, light body, leaves the lips a little sticky as the beer dries, slightly dry feeling in the mouth.

With the aroma and taste muted, this is nothing more than a average tasting IPA. It's not horrible, it's just something I won't be missing.

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

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head. Already getting some lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, bread, and some buttery citrus. Taste is bitter, like citrus pith, with a semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Bitter finish. Different, but not too shabby.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a nice amber color with 1 finger off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowery, sweet caramel, pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then a mild piney hop profile, nicely balanced.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a good IPA, the Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops are somewhat mild but make a very balanced IPA. This one is not as good as Mosaic but better than East Kent Goldings. I would not hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of crusian
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

Nose is actually malty on this one... with a little bit of peppercorn coming through. Hops, though... not too much when I think of an apa. Hope this tastes better...

Taste is a traditional bittering hop. It seems like this would last years and still have some bite to it. It has a lot of honey flavor and sweetness that the others didn't have... which was unexpected. The more I drink it the more I like this one... interesting... by still not that great.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hey nice rich golden color with an amber copper hue? Very robust head? Hey, such is the toll of doing business rating a group of beers with essentially the same ingredients save for the hops.
S: Clearly the hops the provide the esters and aroma to the beer (as a whole). It really has a good bitterness and full balanced aroma.
T: Nice bitter biting hop flavor. Classic Hallertau hops with crispness and bitterness really bringing out some floral flavors in the malt.
D/O: Very much an aromatic beer that adds to the combination to make the overall latitude 48. Very great smell and good bitter flavor.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the regular Latitude 48 in the mix pack before having this one. It has a smell of grassy hops and some lemon citrus notes and some slight pine just as the description says. This to me tastes like a more powerful Boston Lager. More hops and a sweeter, maltier and creamier beer. The taste starts off with a bit of hop bite and the malty bready sweetness like the regular Latitude 48 starts off with and then ends with the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that give of a slight citrus, some pine and tea like flavors and a bitterness that is a more of a tea like than anything.

The original Latitude 48 has more bitterness but I can tell now how this hop strain plays a role in the original beer. Like I said before it's like their Boston Lager but hopped up and with more malts. I definitely like this beer and its pretty unique because I've never had a single hopped Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA ever...very cool. It adds such an appealing hop taste that mixes perfectly well with the sweet malts. Can't wait to try the other ones in the mix pack.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

And now review # 4 of 6 for the Deconstructed Series. Enjoyed on 8-18-11 in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance is a rusty orange amber color under a hefty sudsy head. Aroma takes on a full and resinous sweet candied pine and citrus blend. Really flavorful pine and lemon citrus dominates the palate from opening to ending with an even bitter balance and a friendly bitter cling. Very nice malt support for the hops on stage. Nice to know that everything bitter I'm tasting is from a single noble hop.

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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 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 MrOH
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper with a finger of off-white foam that lingers. Slippery lace

Mostly caramel maltiness, grass, floral, and spice from the hops.

Again, mostly malt, but the hops show up a bit more. Great herbal spiciness that lingers. That great hop bite from a German pils? It's very evident that it comes from the Hallertau.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carbonation.

Interesting. I think that this variety of hops just doesn't stand up to something so malty. Great lesson in understanding not only how ingredients taste on their own, but also what they are and aren't necessarily good for.

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Photo of ikats
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with nice off-white, sticky head. Aroma is full to the brim with wonder pine notes of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. I was never big of actually figuring difference between hop varieties, but now I have a name to put to the aroma, and I must say that I really like these hops. Taste is sweet (biscuity malty base), but hops are very subdued. You can feel them, but there is definitely no pronounced bitterness (as opposed to the East Kent Goldings hops for example). Makes it fairly smooth and very drinkable.

This is beer two of day one of the Latitude 48 series tasting. Enjoying it!

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

The cleanest tasting of the single hop line-up. Very herbal, floral, and light on the palate.

It tastes like a hoppy German Pilsener and smells like it even more.

Not bad Sam Adams. I would happily drink a bunch of these in the Summer heat on the back of my boat; much more so than Sam's Summer Ale.

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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 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 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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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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