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

pours a nice amberish copper with a nicely sized eggshell colored head that last and laces well.

caramel malts and citrusy herbal tea and some fresh flowers in the aroma.

malts again dominate, but are taken over by herbal and floral hops. very little citrus, but a bit of lemon zest is detectable.

medium bodied, very little resin, with ample carbonation.

my least favorite of the three single-hop varieties Ive had so far, but its not bad, I just understand why they use this particular hop in conjunction with others now...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange citrus and pine hops. I also get a little bit of bread in the aroma from the malt. The flavor is more of the same. In addition to some malt notes that taste somewhat like iced tea, I get a lot of juicy orange and pine from the hops. The bread from the malt keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am unfamiliar with Ahtanum hops so I'm very curious what to expect here.

The head is impressive--thick and tight and ample. Dies slowly leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass.

The smell is more neutral than most IPA's (and certainly the Hallertau version). This is more heavily malt based. There is a mild floral hop, but it is in the background.

The tastes also tilts toward the malt (for the style). The hop is peppery. The swallow leaves the feel of white pepper but doesn't last too long. The flavor is more of moderate crystal malts. Like most of this series, I like the well-balanced body.

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Photo of edrachman
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of head that stays for a while. Head is dense and very light khaki coloring. Transparent amber color with a nice dose of carbonation bubbling up.

S - Bright and flowery with the malts in the background. I thought the smell was the best characteristic.

T - Malty upfront and throughout with a nice dose of bitterness. Earthy, piney flavor comes in from the hops, but could use a bit more.

M - Despite the bitterness, there is a smoothness to the overall mouthfeel. Less carbonation than appears, but enough.

O - I like the beer overall - very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Big fluffy head, bit of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Light earthy hops, slightly fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Light bitterness, bit spicy hops, light fruity touch of chewy hops, gets pretty bitter and spicy on the finish, chewy green hop flavor on the finish.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Nice hoppy flavors, gets pretty bitter, a nice hop that kinda goes through both bittering and a bit of flavor.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Rich copper color with brilliant clarity and a thin off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-I find it very interesting how in each of the deconstructed IPAs I find the malt aroma and flavor to be quite different, even though I believe they were all brewed with the same base beer. This one smells like biscuits and bread, with a dab of caramel. Hops are fresh and zesty, with a distinct American character. It only translates as a hint of floral citrus, but it is definitely American.

Flavor-Flavor follows aroma, opening with bready/biscuity malt and just a touch of caramel to sweeten the deal. Hop flavor shows as citrus (oranges and some lemons) with some definite flowery/earthy overtones. Moderately low bitterness rises to moderate in the finish. The aftertaste is quite pleasant-a nice blend of base malt flavors with earthy floral hops carrying out quite far.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth on the palate.

As with most of these deconstructed IPAs, I'm not blown away by anything, but this one is pretty damn tasty. The flavor is quite good and the finish makes me want to drink more-always a good thing.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the two bottles of Ahtanum today, while laxing out in the 'Zebo and listening to some classic rock...

Another Yakima Valley hop leads the way here. Has the same clear, bright copper color as the previous two biers sampled. Slow, steady carbo is present, though the head here is thinner, a fine, tight layer of light tan bubbles. Lacing is still lovely. Aroma has a touch of malt, but is mostly piney, yet still restrined. Medium-bodied, the feel is fairly smooth yet again.

Nice toasty caramel malt leads the way, lending a mild, light sweetness to the proceedings. Hopping is plentiful and pleasing. Hints of fruitiness come into play, with a touch of orange/apricot present. It's a bit resiny, with a mellow bitterness lasting quite nicely in the finish. Probably above the EKG offering, yet behind Zeus in my personal rankings. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Gushue3
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden from the bottle and sits dark amber orangy. medium head with good ammount of lacing.

S- sweet and floraly.

T- Piney and bitter upfront with a nice floral note toward the middle. Finishes clean with a medium bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- I like this. Not that balanced but i like it.

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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 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 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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