Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - AhtanumSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Ahtanum

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can definitely taste the difference between the American hop versions and English hop versions of this beer in the variety mix pack. This one definitely has a different aroma and taste from the Hallertau Mitterfrueh version I just had. It has a piney, orange peel floral smell exactly how it's described on the bottle. This smells similar to the original Latitude 48 IPA as well. They definitely used this one as an aroma hop in the original version plus a bittering hop as well. It has a nice crisp hop bite with the sweetness bready caramel malt and ending with the a citrus and pine bitterness that builds and lasts maybe even more so than the original Latitude 48 version.

These beers taste different from the different single hop versions in the variety pack but always have that one particular taste you'd get in the original version. This is a very good example of an American hoppy beer. If they lowered the roasted malt this would be even more bitter.. but with Samuel Adams they still balance the high alpha American hop with the classic Samuel Adams malts. Very nice single hopped beer that could stand pretty well on its own as a release.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best of the deconstructed pack by a mile. Nice color, wonderful aroma, and crisp floral finish to this beer. Makes me wonder why the origianl lat 48 beer isn't that great, obviously the other hop varietals don't do this one justice. I have never been one of those people that actually ask what kind of hops are in my beer, but if is see this kind being used in an IPA or DIPA, i will make sure to try it.

Jason D

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 crystal-clear amber body with over an inch of off-white head that leaves some terrific lacing. Lemon, orange, and pear top the list of fruit that dominates the aroma. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pith, pear, and pineapple dominate the flavor with pithy, pulpy, and caramel notes. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very good. One of the best, if not the best, of the bunch!

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Photo of lazy8
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Tan-brown with small head. Lacing on glass

S - Hop smell overshadows malt aroma

T - Pronounced hop flavor. Properly bitter but very drinkable

M - Goes down nicely, appropriately carbonated

O - A very good IPA, not too hoppy, good flavor

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Photo of JamesS
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!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Variety number 3. Poured into my Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a huge, rocky light tan head. Head is slow to drop, leaving a nice cap of foam and some nice lacing.

Aromas of pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Flavors of grapefruit and orange hop bitterness, nice caramel malt. Bitterness seems a little heftier with this one, or else they're all piling up on me. Long bitter finish, with grapefruit and orange lingering long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky malt, good mouthcoating bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, it's a tie between Antanum and Simcoe. I like the Simcoe flavor, but the Antanum bitterness seems more pronounced and assertive. I'm loving this hop vertical tasting.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a amber colored body with a nice 1"thick white creamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of citrus notes(grapefruit). The taste starts off sweet and by the end it kicks a good bitter hop flavor. the mouth feel is good, smooth, is a easy drinker. Overall this almost at the top out of this case.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Ahtanum - This is a crystal clear amber ale with a dense off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a grassy, leafy aroma with a note of perfume. It's medium bodied and smooth with a very clean, dry finish. It's reasonably bitter with notes of wood resin and citrus. It doesn't seem to be blatant pine and grapefruit. It's kind of leaning toward oak and lime. This hop really blends with with the malt to the point where I can't pick out the caramel like I could in the others in this series. This almost seems like a session version of Arrogant Bastard. I really like these Sam Adams IPAs. I'd like to savor them more but they just go right down.

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Photo of MadCat
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, short white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Pine with a little orangey citrus. A little bready with spice.

Taste: Resinous pine up front, a little grapefruit, a little orange. Decent bitterness, with a little malt sweetness. Some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: This could stand alone as a good IPA. Not world class, but no slouch either.

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Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear orangish amber in color with an ample head that lasted a long time. Plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: sweet , fruity, piney and floral.

Taste: caramel malt nicely balanced with a citrusy hop component that turns more piney and bitter in the finish - a excellent dynamic flavor profile that almost earns a 4.5

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a notably dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like this single-hop version about as much. While lacking some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, this one is quite appealing and provides a drier feel. I'll keep an eye open for beers made with this fine if unfamiliar "newer variety" of hops from the Yakima Valley (WA).

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Photo of adam42381
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head that lasted a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: some light grapefruit, soft pine, and a bit of floral bitter quality.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and some fruity sweetness lingers softly in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a dry aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume.

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Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bronze color with slightly off-white head and below average lacing.

Smell is decently hoppy with a hint off some spices.

Taste is pretty good. I like this one more than the other deconstructed latitude 48s. Seems quite a bit more hoppy than the others - more like a full IPA.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down smooth and easy.

Overall a very good beer. I wouldnt mind drinking this one again but probably won't because I think you can only get it in the 12 pack with all the others.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Ahtanum hop deconstruct was weakest smelling of the group. The appearance of theis beer was more rich amber to the others copper. This beer had good head retention and laced quite well. The smell was more of sweet malt with spice than pine or citrus. This beer was very light in body compared to the Zeus and Semcoe beers. There was hints of citrus and spice thaty made this beer nice. The lightness helped this beer come off the pallet clean and should be a very easy session beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 nose is familiar in a generically hoppy sort of way. Which is not to say that it isn't good, because it is. It is just to say that it seems like the perfectly average PA/IPA hop bouquet, giving small notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit.

T - In comparison to the rest of the 'Deconstructed' series, Ahtanum contributes lighter, more sugary flavors like candied tangerine and lemon, zesty pink grapefruit, and mellow sappy pine notes. It is very drinkable, quite hoppy in the balance, but not tremendousy bitter.

M - The feel is more soft than the other 'Deconstructed'; perhaps it is because the softer hop notes do not suggest the crispness which in turn lends the impression of sturdiness and tooth.

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 JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronze colored body with picture perfect dollop of thick foam. The smell is nice and familiar, and makes me think it’s hard to believe there’s just one hop present. Ahtanum seems to both an herbal/earthy quality and also a slight citrus kick. Along with the hop, there’s a doughy/sweet malt component. Taste is pretty nice and balanced. It might be a one trick pony, but I’d have no complaints if this was just a new offering and I wasn’t any wiser to how many or how few hops were in it. I like how the Ahtanum bit kicks off the flavor with a fairly bracing earthy bitterness before riding out the wave of caramel maltiness into a slight citrus finish. Pretty good stuff here. The body is really nice, with an appropriate fullness and medium level of carbonation. Those five types of malts are working together well. With the slightly sweet malts, darker color, and unique hop characteristics, this is striking me as a more British ale than American. I could be off base though. Either way, I’m enjoying this beer quite a bit and would like to try the others.

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Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the deconstructed 12-pack (Latitude 48 series)

Poured into its proprietary Sam Adams scientific bulbous glass a very familiar Sam Adams Boston Lager aged copper color. Brilliantly clear with ultra fine visible carbonation rising up to support the loose and creamy 1 1/2" off-white settled head. Decent craggy rings of dripping/sagging lace all the way down the glass.

Very sweet nose, possibly prefacing a malty backbone? The hop variety is from the Yakima Valley of Washington State, and it does give-off those west coast fruity/piney notes (just like the rear label indicates). A few swirls of the glass evoke a even balance of soft malts and fragrant, citric hops.

The first element that stands out (to me) is more of a leafy, earthy hop entrance with a timid attack. As the flavors bloom and develop after taking a few seconds to slide down the gullet, it tastes very balanced with a perfectly soft and sweet (just like I perceived in the nose) malty foundation with a chalky, semi-piney and a smidgen of (as advertised) orange/citrus hop note.

Mouthfeel is sheer perfection, well almost. The fine carbonation is airy and lifting with a mind blowingly creamy softness that feels so heavenly in my mouth. The chalkiness is inviting to offset the sweetness.

Overall a great ale for sure. This tastes like one heck of an American Pale Ale due to its masterful balance of malts/hops. I do realize the intent of showcasing this singular (Ahtanum) hops and I do respect that. I also appreciate Sam Adams for allowing us to savor the ONE hops on its own merits. I like the flavor of this hop and I would drink more if I came across it on tap (highly, highly doubt this will happen though).

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

This beer was an orange/amber color with a thick tan head and a lot of lace.
Earthy aroma, some herbal and citrus hops. Caramel malt.
Caramel taste, earthy. Citrus and piney hops.
Nicely balanced.
This was a nice beer to drink.
Last one of the deconstructed 12 pack that I tried. I thought this was a most interesting concept. Really enjoyed tasting how the parts made up the whole.

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Photo of afdempse
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.

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Photo of albertjr21
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.

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

Handsome appearance with this amber to golden color, and generous white head. Nose has mixed citrus and pine. Quite fresh. On the palate I get a pleasant citrusy hop focus with some floral stuff coming around. Malt seems more muted in this example in the Latitude 48 pack. Body is smooth and a little oily, and the finish has a floral aftertaste which is pleasant.

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

These have all been solid good beers, that highlight certain hops. This one appears a pale copper color with a light khaki tan head forming thick with fine scattered lacing between sips. Aroma has a nice floral/piney/citrus combo of hops goin on, malts bring on a touch of caramel breadiness. Flavor, well after your first couple sips this one gives great hop burps. Rolling bitterness in the flavor these are American hops, citrus pith/pine/floral aspects really greet the palate nicely. Each sip is easier than the next, with this more aggressive hop I find less straight caramel bread within the malts but just a subtle biscuit flavor that balances the beer just enough, yet it finishes bone dry. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with hops and carbonation is moderate really well drawn out for me. Medium bodied not cloying in anyway a nice representation of how nice these single hopped beers can be. Overall pure quality great exploration through the different hop flavors, I'm glad someone with this much distribution decided to put out a sampler full of single hopped my knowledge it's never happened before.

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

The first in a personal Latitude 48 Deconstructed tasting. I'm just compiling all my notes to put all the reviews up together.

This beer is a deep, clear dark amber that's almost copper but not quite. A frothy off0white head forms just over a finger tall and exhibits good retention. Lacing is left in patches consistently as the beer recedes.
This hop isn't one particularly familiar to me on its own, and it brings out a mix of more than just one common hops component on the nose; floral, citrus and pine are all present here. The citrus is a bit more of an orange than lemon, perhaps with a bit of rind edge to it. The malt offers breadiness and just a light touch of sweetness. There's also a spicy bite in the aroma I have to think is from the hops.
In this beer's flavor, the prevalent spiciness is balanced by the malt, the bready character of which is a nice balance to the citrus. Pine is still strong here, and floral notes aren't lost. It seems that this hop variety itself has a bit of complexity to it, which certainly adds to the overall complexity of the beer. As it finishes, I get a touch of a clean minty note.
The malts add some body to this beer while the hops keep it dry. Essentially, the feel is semi-dry leaning on the dry side with ample but not heavy carbonation. The pepper may b part of it, but there is a nice crispness on the start, then smoothness fills it out.
I thought this was one of the better ones in this series.

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

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head (not as chunky as the hallertau though). Active carbonation and some lacing (again not as much as the hallertau. Aroma has wood, orange, and caramel malt. Taste is bitter with some juicy hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish. This is a nice IPA. Nice job SA.

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

The hump beer of the set. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The IPA is a golden brown color, darker amber but still transparent. A bit of a shine near the base of the glass. A finger of white head has laced around the mouth of the glass.

S: Citrusy, easily the best aroma of the three to date. Grapefruit is plentiful, matched against plenty of caramel. Still a little leafy, the hops are. Balanced.

T: Malts up front but the hops don't shy away. Grapefruit is sweet, abundant but not oily. Even some peppery flavors near the back. The maltiness has caramel, enough to scale down the hops. The best-tasting IPA thus far, the citrusy Ahtanum providing a nice finish.

M: The hoppiness is strong, leafy even, but never oily. Plenty of malts as well, keeping a watchful eye on the hops.

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