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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 MrOH
2.16/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper with a single finger off-white head. Some slippery lacing.

Caramel malt, some floral and citrusy hops.

Malt, mainly. Definite floral impression, some citrus. Nice, neutral bitterness. Meh

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carb.

Not my favorite IPA by any stretch of the imagination. I'm guessing Ahtanum would be great blending with C hops, but its pretty lackluster on its own.

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Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of khaki head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lacing. Color is a dark amber copper.

Aroma: Has a bready/biscuity malt profile. One of the maltier versions in the pack. Some floral hops and orange citrus show through, but mainly malty.

Taste: Again, this beer is pretty malty for an ipa. It is bready and biscuity. It does have a floral hop kick after the malts, but they don't show as much as they should. Floral flavors and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but pretty creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was way too malty for me. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. This was one of my least favorites of the group.

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Photo of msnow34
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Last in the series for me. Pours identical amber to the others, with a thin head. Smells watery and sugary. Head dissapears quickly. Very soft and light mouthfeel. Slight bitterness and almost no flavor to speak of. Not familar with this hop and wouldn't seek it out again. Im not sure what it adds.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

As soon as the pour hits the glass it exploded into a large, parchment colored head. It nearly got out of hand. The head is frothy and meringue-like. Lots of lacing is the obvious result. The beer is a minimally hazed copper-red with brass highlights. It really looks much like the East Kent Goldings version, this one has a thicker head.

The aroma is weak, but what's there is nice. Spicy orange peel and an herbal grassiness. Malts are strong, giving off a toasted bread aroma.

This beer is really a tease. The hops seem nice, they are just not strong enough. Right up front, the tongue catches a really nice fresh orange flavor. Things get very spicy after that with lots of dried herbs. The rest of the flavor experience is a malty, toasty one. Bitterness rounds it out and is the last flavor to be tasted.

Carbonation is a bit higher than the East Kent version and the body is dryer. Ultimately, though, it carries similar weight, clocking in towards the full side for the style.

This one is decent, but it seems all of the wrong aspects are more focused. But it is easy to tell the differences between Ahtanum and East Kent Goldings.

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Photo of AmberMan22
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my least favorite of the 5 deconstructed IPAs. The color immediately startled me, seeming rather dark for an IPA. An crystal clear amber hue was the result, and there has been no lacing to speak of.

The smell put me off, and the taste only made it worse. I think I know what made Latitude 48 such a flop as an IPA -- Ahtanum (likely along with the Zeus hops).

The smell was very bready (slightly reminiscent of what I'd expect in a doppelbock), biscuity, caramelly. Maybe a hint of pine, and bitterness graces the nose.

The taste seems predominantly malty, which is not what I look for or want in an IPA. The aftertaste leaves me with some bitterness and piney hop flavor, but it is too little too late.

I think the deconstructed idea is a cool one, but ahtanum just doesn't hold its own.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Once again, a nice deep, shiny copper with creamy white, slightly tan head fills the pint glass. Head retention is fairly impressive. Ditto with lacing, thick and sticky.

Sweet maltiness,some grains,grassiness and finally hops comes through the nose.Pleasant but relatively weak nose. Very pleasing but underwhelming scents.

Same palates on the nose hit the tongue, good but minimal hop bite/presence. Well-carbonated, but can do a lot better in the hops and malt taste department. Thin to medium bodied.

Another nice but mediocre effort by SA in the IPA category. Here's wishing they up the ante next time around.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Such a strange and unpleasant smell. Mild pepper, some floral notes, and a strange funkiness. Quite a lot of sweetness of caramel and toffee as well as some bready malts.

T: Strange floral flavors up front with a bit of a tea-like flavor. Only a hint of bitterness, lots of bready malt and a slight candy flavor and sweetness to it.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Back to the overly sweet and sugary IPAs.

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Photo of aficionado
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Every beer in the Latitude lineup looks like Pliny the Elder, but a few shades darker. Translucent with a deep orange color, almost amber. Small white head and lots of lacing.

Ahtanum smells like barf and burped up citrus. It has the worst smell of the Latitude lineup.

Strong flavor of orange zest and weak pine notes with some floral accents. It would taste better if it smelled better. But at least it tastes better than East Kent Goldings.

The mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation. Not too cloying or thick.

This is my 2nd least favorite of the Deconstructed lineup. The only one worse than this is East Kent Goldings, which tastes like a real bad earthy lager.

I like Simcoe and Hallertau. Zeus is a little better than the regular Latitude 48. Ahtanum and EKG suck.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/8/11

Best before September 2011

9:25am tick? Don't judge.

Looks nice. Sunburst and deep honey hues. Two fingers of smooth foam drops to a modest layer, though it leaves decent enough lace.

Similar to the others, the aroma is heavy with the malts, at least compared to the hops. A light layer of caramel sits atop a lofty bread note. Has a bit of dry spice akin to rye. Floral hops and overtones of bubblegum. Vague hints of pine resin. The nose become airy as it warms.

The flavor profile it a tad more balanced, but not by much. The best way I can describe the Ahtanum here is like a carnival-ready hop intended for a broad range of consumption. Bitterness is contained but stays assertive, all the while hints of citrus zest and pine pepper a salt water taffy notion. It isn't sweet but has a candy-like flavor. Solid bready malts and some dry biscuit.

The feel is a shade over medium body. Carbonation is moderate and not distracting. Smooths out as it opens up. Dry resin underpinnings are especially notable on the finish.

This one is interesting but not particularly good. It seemed a bit of a novelty at first but the bottle doesn't grow tiring.

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Photo of Phelps
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of September 2011, into a tulip.

Perfectly clear and the color of burnt sugar. The head‘s a little less than a finger tall, fuzzy and off-white. It quickly becomes a soapy top layer, leaving sticky thin walls of lace as it descends.

The nose is a mix of pine and orange, with some floral notes. Sugary honey and biscuity malt are there, though the malt sweetness isn’t as substantial as in other variations. Kind of subdued.

The flavor: a light mix of pine needles and orange peel, lightly resinous and bitter. There’s not much malt to back it up, but what’s there tastes like lightly toasted bread and biscuits. Snappy finish, crisp and clean.

The medium carbonation is slightly painful and results in a very softly fizz. The body, medium-light, is just a touch thin.

Surprisingly, Ahtanum might be my least favorite of the Latitudes. It doesn't seem to be a hop that can stand up on its own.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty much all these beers have the copper/orange appearance thing with lots of clarity and average head. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, imparted more sweetness than hoppiness.

Same with the taste, mild hopping, sweetness stood out more, came off as an English ipa. Mild citrus flavor, very mild. Orange. Drinks more like a pale ale. Good caramel presentation. An east coast/English pale. Enjoyable, but kinda on the low end of the 5 single hop varieties. Pretty smooth, kept the bitterness down.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the fifth one of the five Latitude 48 de-constructed.

Creamy off white color head. Light copper color body. Reminds me of a carbonated Apple Juice. Tiny bubbles towards the bottom but they move upward quickly turning into bigger bubbles.

I get mostly bready malt in the aroma with some copper penny smell from the hops.

Bready malt, light caramel flavor, slight toastiness but the hop flavors are mainly subdued by the malt, hardly any bitterness.

Mouth feel is not bad. Carbonation is present but not distracting. Light body and a refreshing feel. Doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry at all.

Overall, the aroma and taste are on the weaker side. It's not a bad brew just a little bland for my tastes. The mouth feel wasn't bad, it felt decent. The look of the beer was probably the best part; creamy head leaving soap-like lacing on the glass.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops and quite malty. In the taste, dry maltiness and ends with a dry pine like hop. Quite smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite English, pine hops in the nose and in the end of flavor, other that that, kind of English ale like.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear copper, with finger thick off white head that settles to a thin layer.
S: light floral hop, just a touch of grapefruit. The aroma is mostly the caramel malt.
T: hops are more upfront, a very short almost nonexistent hop aftertaste. Hops have light pine but are mostly floral. Same caramel malt as the others in the group.
M: good carbonation, smooth on the palate, though seems a bit thin.
O: not much to this hop variety, at a minimum it is knowledge to the variety if I decide to homebrew with it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second in the Lat mixed pack. Compared to the Simcoe version is tamer. I like the comparison and contrast of single hop beers, and am glad someone besides Mikkeller is doing it...cheaper this way too.

Copper color pour, some dark amber in there. Nice head, good lacing and retention.

Aroma is a good blend of malt and hops. Semi-sticky sweet, drying hops. Pine. Caramel. Some alcohol or medicinals.

I'm assuming the malt bills on each IPA in the pack are the same. If this is the case, then the interplay between the Ahtanum accentuates the caramel in the malt. It combines the pine/earth with the grain and almost seems conflicting. Yet, it's not. I'll also assume the ahtanum hop is more for bittering...I've never had it (that I know of) and the flavor is a bit raw, earthy, wet-brown-twig type thing.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Pine, lightly resiny. Faint brown sugar sweetness. Bready backbone.

T – Resiny pine, but not overpowering. Green bell peppers. Less bread and citrus than the full Lat 48.

M – Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering pine bitterness.

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Photo of crusian
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | 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 a slight piney citrus, but less so than the Zeus. The nose on the Zeus was more prominent.

The taste is a bit weak, it tastes a bit like a watered down Zeus hop. There is a citrus presence, there is pine... but to be honest, it is weak. It does, however, taste very well balanced, when dealing with American ipas now, it seem like they are all over the top, and I like that too... this well balanced, but tastes a little weak...

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Photo of ikats
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.

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Photo of errantnight
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really the only beer from the Deconstructed group that I'm "disappointed" in, and it's not like there's anything that could have been DONE, per se, to improve it, it's just I don't think Ahtanum is dynamic enough of a hop for the solo spotlight.

Pours that rich, amberish hue that all the Latitudes do with a nice, frothy head with considerable lacing and retention.

On the nose this is citrusy and slightly floral, everything leans towards "orange."

On the palate this is just a touch one note, that slightly earthy orange notes highlighting a round, full, lightly toasted and caramel malt body, but finishing with a simple, too-clean bitterness.

It's not that this is poorly crafted, it's not, it's an above average beer for that, but the hop component is just disappointing in this one.

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Photo of budgood1
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1st sample out of the deconstructed 12 pack.

pours out a dark amber colour with an inch high off white head with nice retention and lace. nice looking beer. resiny, piney hop aroma with a twist of orange peel. sugary malt nose. sweet and malty flavour...caramel, toffee and brown sugar are at the forefront. the ahtanum hops only play a bit part in the overall picture rather than dominate. rather than bringing the brings some resinous herb, spice and grassy notes that aren't all that enjoyable backing up the sticky sweet malt profile. a good deal of bitterness is present, and it lingers long on the palate. a hint of alcohol spice gives way to a pretty dry finish also. big sticky body; with a dry, grating and strangely empty mouthfeel. not digging this one. not really drinkable on it's own, i would recommend a beer related munchie or snack to accompany this IPA.

overall i'm not impressed. a way to highlight the hops used in latitude 48...maybe i picked the wrong one to start with (i'm doing it alphabetically).

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Photo of cokes
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Same good looks as the others. Bronze topped with a healthy dollop of buttercreme.
The baseline caramel and bready maltiness shows through more on the nose, with the Ahtanum adding backing notes of orange peel and pepper. The aroma suffers from a lack of assertion and definition.
Playing off the malt template, the Ahtanums fare slightly better in the mouth, bringing a pronounced florality, orange peel, pepper, and mint hues, particularly in the finish. Bitterness is low to moderate.
While mildly interesting as a laboratory on Ahtanum, it's clear that this hop won't headline any solo tours.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#4 in our single hop brew shindig.... 1" off white head dies back pretty quickly... the brew is clear orange.

Nose is distinctly American... tangerine zest and hints of pine needles...

Flavor mirrors the nose, but seems more restrained than I was expecting.... pine is still there, but the citrus zest lends to more of a standard orange or even Meyer Lemon... seems to get a bit muted by the left over malt essence.

Lite-medium body... with descent carbonation..


Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and why shouldn't I?

This is the final one from this six pack of doomed IPAs from Sam Adams. I now know the answer to the question what happens when you deconstruct a mediocre IPA into 5 lesser versions of the get 5 more mediocre IPAs.

Beer is red / amber with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, head has some retention, looks like beer. Perhaps a little dark for an IPA.

Aroma is malty with a mild hop earthiness to it. I actually like the aroma here. Not quite as in your face as some IPAs but you might actually guess this beer is an IPA from it's aroma alone.

Beer is medium in body and has some serious bitterness at the back end. This is what confuses me about these beers. Did they just fragment the recipe here? These are the bittering hops so this version only got bittering hops and the others didn't because the other hops were used for aroma or mouthfeel or flavor? I would guess that this beer is an IPA based on the bitterness alone but the general hop flavors aren't quite there. The malt is winning across the board on the front half of the mouth.

These beers are unoffensive and I'll finish off the 12 pack because I have them and get bored easily but I won't buy more, in fact I'd be slow to buy another IPA from Boston beer company in the future.

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Photo of KTCamm
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.

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