Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum
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IPA - American
3.66 | pDev: 12.02%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - AhtanumSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum
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iguanodon from Utah

2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2011-06-12] Coppery color with a thin tan head. Aroma is faint but there’s a little bit of citrus in there. This one tastes more like an IPA than the East Kent or the Hallertau, with a nice grapefruit presence.

Oct 03, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper color bordering on orange. 1/2" white head. Aroma was giving up more of the sweet malt accents moreso than anything hop oriented.

Taste followed the lack of aromatics, sweet malt, low hop flavor, low bitterness. Some caramel and toffee notes come out. This is tough to stretch into an ipa, comes off more like a British mild.

At least they're relatively inexpensive.

Mar 13, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. Orange, and orange peel nose. Floral and fragrant. Citrus flavor. Fruity. Orange malt flavor. Interesting hop direction.

Dec 05, 2015
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dfillius from Iowa

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Chill-hazy dark amber. Dark for an IPA, but typical of Latitude 48.
S: Bright citrus with a wave of caramel, some pineapple. Quite nice.
T: Subdued flavor that has pronounced bitter points and some dark fruit esters. Slight off cardboard flavor. Decent, though slightly astringent.
M: Effervescent, maybe a tad too much. Smooth otherwise. A tad phlegm inducing.
O: Fairly good. I'd order another, but wouldn't buy 6 of these.

Dec 03, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of the single hop beers from Sam Adams I am trying.

This one has a nose of a lot of oils, but could stand to be a bit more vibrant. Flavor profile is smooth with earthy tones joining for a smooth and mellow ride. It isn't abrasive or outlandish. I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a single hopped beer, so there is going to be a different outcome than what would come from other multi-varietal IPAs. Based on that, I like this one. It strikes me as somewhat English in execution. Smooth feel. Easy drinkability. It's nice and a good way to start.

Aug 25, 2012
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ToddT from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber topped with a medium off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Mild citrus and pine hop notes, there is a hint a caramel malt in the back ground too.

T- Notes of orange and tart grapefruit from the hops right away. The caramel malt balances this out to a degree but the hops continue to be felt through to the finish. The finish is dry and clean with a lingering final note of tart grapefruit and pine resin.

M- Medium in body and a little above average in carbonation. Clean for an IPA but the hop oil does build up a bit on the palate, doesn't distract for the enjoyment but worth noting.

O- A decent IPA, nothing memorable, but nice to be able to taste a single hop 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.

Mar 16, 2012
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plaid75 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront piney hop spice with an Darby caramel.

The taste was clearly hop driven with piney and earthy elements. Nice residual spiciness.

The mouthfeel was of typical fullness.

Overall a tasty earthy IPA. Nice change of pace.

Feb 16, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. The Ahtanum hops give it an earthy, fruity dehydrated bitter orange peel scent and flavor.

Jan 26, 2012
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aggiearcher13 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear to hazy amber, frothy white head that hangs around and leaves excellent lacing. Looks like a little more caramel malt than I care for in my IPA, but it's not a bad start.

S: Big aromas of orange with a hint of pine.

T: Well balanced, hoppy and a little sweet. Flavors of citrus, mostly orange, and pine.

M: Good body to it, definitely rounds it out nicely.

O: Pretty nice beer when you accept it for what it is. Not a big bad IPA, but a decent balanced one.

Dec 02, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a big off white frothy pillow like head. Nice slow fade and good visible carbonation gave an always great look. Big citrus hop profile, orange, tangerice, pineapple express, mixed with a bit of a pine resin feel. Some decent malt balance to be found as it warmed. The flavor always hits the spot here again. This is just such a nice well rounded hopped up session beer.

Nov 15, 2011
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TippySelenoid from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It was a hazy copper with white head that left some nice lace.

Smells pretty faint. Grassy and piney.

This beer is very sweet, the malts aren't cut much by the hops. The hops are mostly grassy and herbal.

This beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this beer. Kind of ho hum. I've liked the simcoe one best thus far.

Nov 07, 2011
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MayLattimore from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had planned on writing a much longer review but my connection shut down and it was lost. So, here's a condensed version: Pours yellow-orange with off-white head. Nose is orange rind, dried orange, malt, and a hint of pine. Flavor is similar with orange all around and a bit of mellow pine bite in the mid.

Oct 08, 2011
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ikats from New York

3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber in color, clear, with very light brown head. Lacing is there, but this beer seems less sticky than the other ones in the Latitude 48 series. Aroma is light - floral notes, some pine notes, light sweetness. Taste is similar to aroma. There is certain lightness in the hops. Light bitterness comes up in the aftertaste, but overall the beer is fairly smooth and lightly sweet. I guess Ahtanum don't have much of a bite (comparing to others in the series). This beer seems lighter. Easy drinking (half of it is already gone).

This is beer five (second session) in the series - last one based on individual hop variety. This is the third beer in this session, and I'm guessing it's my limit for the IPAs in one sitting. All varieties start to blend together.

Oct 02, 2011
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BeardedRiker from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't often drink Samuel Adams beers. I used to when I first started getting into better beer because they brew a wide variety of styles. That's a great positive for Samuel Adams. When I walked into my usual place and was told the 12 pack of the Latitude 48 IPA "Deconstructed" was $14...I had to buy it. Hopefully as I drink the different beers using different hops my palette will be good enough to tell the difference. :P

This is a damn good-looking brew. The head is thick, creamy-foamy, and off-white. It also keeps its retention well. Each gulp leaves some good lacing. Underneath is a clear, copper-colored beer.

It's a bit phenoly (yes, that's a word) but lemon citrus and grain come out strong. Tropical fruits make a presence as well.

The hops aren't overly bitter but are pretty citrusy. Toasty malts come in there too with some caramel sweetness. It's a bit piney too.

Medium carbonation adds some bite. It's a bit syrupy and smooth at the beginning but the finish is dry.

Sep 29, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear and copper to orange in color. The head is off white, and measures just shy of a half inch.

The aroma is earthy and malt, first and foremost, followed by some pine and resin and a light floral presence.

As I have stated in my previous reviews of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Series, the malt profile is too bold and overshadows the hop character. Not bad, but unexciting. This is a beer to be thrown back with spicy wings or bar food, not one to be sniffed and/or savored.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering flavors of malt and pine.

Overall, mediocre.

Sep 24, 2011
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Really nice light copper, crisply transparent, under two fingers of lumpy, porous head. Foam sticks to the glass in clumps. Nice-looking brew.

Smell is very evocative for me, personally: Fresh-baked bread, doughy & kind of floury, with a sweet, grape-like fruitiness. That adds up to communion as a kid for me, & I love it when a beer pulls out that sense memory element. Further whiffs equate to a sugary baked goods character with some citrus, like lemon bars. Good stuff, but definitely on the sweet side.

Sweet, orangey tea character up front in the flavor, followed quickly by a pithy bitterness. Again, an herbal tea kind of dryness in the middle & finishing with a warm little bit of sugar & a minty quality, equating to a little bit of candy cane.

Medium-bodied with a mild flinty crispness that gets overshadowed afterward by the sweetness.

Not bad overall, but again, the sweetness kind of gets in the way of some of the subtler aspects to it. I'd be interested in trying out Ahtanum again in the future to see what all the hop is capable of.

Sep 18, 2011
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JamesS from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a wonderful hop citrusnesss. Went down quite well indeed!

Sep 16, 2011
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prototypic from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last stop on the Deconstructed Latitude 48 tour – Ahtanum.

The Ahtanum variety looks very similar to the others. It’s a nice looking copper color. It’s very clear. A little light gives it a nice crimson look. An off-white head covers it and stands almost two fingers tall. It was very slow to recede, leaving a sticky web of lace behind. Looks good.

The nose is very average for an American IPA. It’s malty up front. Caramel and toasted malts are the base. I’m not crazy about the toasted scent, but it doesn’t do too much damage. The hop notes are subtle and faint. There are hints of pine and citrus orange. They seemed to be buried in the wealth of malt. Too bad. Alcohol is buried. Not bad, but not exactly good.

The flavor’s a little better. The base is a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s a little sweet. The toasted variety seems to equal the caramel in terms of strength. There is definitely more evidence of hops in flavor. Pine and citrus orange are the most notable hop flavors. It’s a little bitter, but is balanced out quite a bit by the malts. Alcohol is very light and goes unnoticed. Finishes malty with a touch of piney hop flavor.

The body is medium and feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is definitely dialed down to just the right level. It’s relatively easy drinking. It’d go down easier if I liked the flavor just a bit more.

The Ahtanum version of Latitude 48 is pretty good. It honestly isn’t materially better or worse than any of the others in the series. Its faults are rather consistent as well – a little too much malt and too few hops. The bottom line – Latitude 48 Ahtanum (as well as all of its siblings) is a rather mild-mannered, balanced IPA. If that’s your thing, check it (or them) out.

Sep 10, 2011
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hustlesworth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty copper with orange highlights, consistent with the rest of the series. ecru foam is wiggly and forms a nice skin on top and settles by way of big opening craters. big old cobwebs of lace cling everywhere.

S- yup, typical american smell. smells like amarillo. big orange and grapefruit with a hint of pine and white lilies, just like the label says. a bit of sweetly toasted malt in the background along with football leather and holiday spice.

T- earthy citrus bitterness strikes a nice balance with the malt. toasty and fresh grains, grapefruit, orange, something near lemon-lime, pine tar, tannic, leathery, sharply bitter near the end but relaxing some in the finish.

MF- medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium dryness, medium everything.

D- fours across the board for me with a slight edge to aroma.

Sep 04, 2011
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carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing which leaves rings of spiderwebs on on the glass.

Smell: Nice even mix of pine and citrus with sweet malt and dried fruits in the background. There's also a floral touch thrown in there as well. My favorite aroma of the whole Deconstructed pack.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle before ending with bitter lemon peel at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem. Goes down very easy.

Overall: Good beer overall. The flavor is a huge contrast to the Deconstructed Zeus I just had. That one was very bitter and this one is pretty sweet. I like it and am still amazed at the way a single hop changes a beer completely. I'd recommend giving this one a shot.

Aug 25, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and it was interesting to discover this new type of hops though it is somewhat similar to other West Coast hops.

Aug 23, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Ahtanum; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Ahtanum IPA is brewed with only Ahtanum hops, a newer variety from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Ahtanum hops contribute a balanced and typically "American" orange peel, piney, and floral flavor and aroma to this brew, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the third of the six.

My pour garnered two fingers of tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Redheads with this shade of hair really send me, so I was equally digging the beer. I really caught the pine scent on the nose, but not much else in the way of hops. It had a light malty sweetness, but the focus was supposed to be on the hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was more caramel malty sweetness than bitter, although I did get some citrusiness and a light pine quality on the tongue. I felt like I had ripped open the curtain only to find Caspar Milquetoast cowering in a corner. Where are the hops?!? If this beer had shoulders, I would be shaking them in a junkie's frenzied desire to get his fix. Finish was still kind of weak, but the citrus/pine taste lingered well after the swallow. Man, but now I needed some hops and in no small measure. I hate being off of the wagon. It may be time to ramp The CANQuest (TM) back into full swing.

Aug 21, 2011
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusty amber color and clear body. Two fingers of frothy off white head.

It's fairly aromatic. Orange peel and resinous pine. There's a sweet caramel balance.

The flavor leans towards the orange hops, but with a substantial balance of sweet malt. The flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft. Cabonation is weak.

This beer starts off strong but loses momentum quickly. It's a drinkable beer, but nothing exciting.

Aug 21, 2011
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albertjr21 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 3 of 6 in the Deconstructed Series. Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint on 8-8-11.

A clear and brilliant ruby red copper under a dense frothy head fills the glass. Nose carries a cool and inviting floral, citrus, and fresh sweet n tart berry blend. Hop bitterness tingles the taste buds with a tame citrus and mild pine zing. Balance is set with an almost velvety malt sweet feel. Bready orange noted finish.

Aug 20, 2011
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afdempse from Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel color with a lace head.

Nose is subdued with slight hop notes.

Smooth hoppy flavor; straight bitterness up front with pine coming after. Citrus flavors give way to a balanced, roasty malt base that finishes dry.

Carbonation is excellent. This beer is extremely quaffable and I'd recommend seeking it out.

Aug 19, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 315 ratings