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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
189
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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7
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20
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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 coz
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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 WynnO
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 GFD400
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 mvanaskie13
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.52/5.00

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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 tedho21
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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 bum732
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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 tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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