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

Nice clear amber upon pouring. Thick, creamy head of bone-white suds. Lace is thick and loopy, but not detailed.

Sweet citrus and floral aroma. Very pleasant.

Flavor is sweet and mild, with orange citrus and some pine accents. There is a hint of bitterness at the final finish, but it's negligible. A tasty and easy-to-drink IPA, and sadly only a limited edition.

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

A: Pours a mostly clear orange-amber color. A decent-sized, amber-tinted head pops up with a fairly dense texture. Retention is sturdy, and a solid amount of lace sticks to the glass.

S: Some moderate caramel notes. Hop aromas are primarily citric, with a firm secondary presence of herbal/leafy notes. Ahtanum is supposed to be pretty similar to Cascade, possibly with more citrus personality, and this seems to be on the money for the most part. There are some mild mineral aromas as well.

T: Some chewy caramel flavor up front, but with relatively restrained sweetness. Bitterness is robust. Citric (orange oil, grapefruit) and leafy flavors are prominent, as expected. Some faintly tealike and mineral flavors add some depth.

M: Medium-firm body. Some light chewiness. Carbonation is average. Hop bitterness adds a very dry finish.

D: An enjoyable single-hop take on a very solid IPA. I'm digging the aroma and flavor contributions a bit more than the bitterness, which lacks a bit of smoothness, but this is still an interesting take.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a medium creamy tan head. Smells of fresh lemon pith and some toffee. Taste is a sweet caramel up front, followed by some rye bread in the middle, finishing with some lemony, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium, medium carbonation as well. Overall a good beer, though not my favorite Latitude 48 hop.

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Photo of therica
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= copper amber, modest to little head, modest lacing.

S= very nice, a blend of pine and citrus and light florals. Light malts, slightly musty. The best nose of the 5.

T= decent but a disappointment after the nose. Somewhat modest on the malts, unfortunately. A bit of a zip from the hops but the nose scents don't seem to follow through in balance or in distinction. Some roasted sweet malts seem to come through as it warms but not enough to rescue it. The hops bitterness seem to dominate yet they lack the flavor promised in the nose.

M= somewhat grassy dry, bitter, tart. That's about it.

O= one of the better 5 Deconstructed Latitude 48's, started with great promise but fell into mediocrity as far as flavor and balance.

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

Last 12 oz bottle of the mixpack.

Appearance: Same. Clear amber. Nice head and lacing.

Smell: Very little. Faint citrus, floral. Some sweet malt and caramel. Boring for an IPA.

Taste: Sweet malt and some balancing citrus hops. This is not at all like an IPA, more like a pale ale or a hoppy brown. Malty with some hops, not a real hoppy beer. Tastes good though.

Mouthfeel: Well done. Perfect carbonation as always. Soft and smooth.

Overall: Its a good beer, but not a good IPA. Not much to set it apart. Fine, but nor exciting.

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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 damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by Sept. 2011) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a persistent 1/16" light tan head. Persistent strands and lacing all over the glass. Just like the rest of the beers in this series.

Smell: Floral and faintly piney. Probably the weakest in aroma from this series so far.

Taste: Orange and citrus, with a hint of resiny pine at the end. Well balanced with malt with bitter citrus finish. Not deep in flavor, but the simplicity is nice and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, maybe a little bit more carbonated than the others I've tried. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth with this one.

Overall / Drinkability: Again, a good beer in appearance, and a nice showcase for this single hop. A very drinkable beer - not overpowering and enjoyable to sip and have a larger swallow as well.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright orange color with a full finger of foam that laces the glass. Aroma is mainly citrusy fruit, grapefruit, orange hoppiness.

First sip has a nice hoppy flavor, with substantial lingering bitterness. The malt is a lot less prevalent in this one vs. the EKG one I just had. There is a nice grapefruity hop flavor and strong lingering bitterness. Malt backbone is present, but takes a backseat to the hoppiness.

As with the other beers in this series, this is not a fantastic IPA, but it is a great learning tool. This is the second one that I've reviewed, and I prefer it greatly over the EKG one. Ahtanum definitely has the prototypical Pacific Northwest hop flavor, which I like a lot.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, amber-orange, clear, rising bubbles, with a nice, lasting two finger head, pretty good lacing.

Smell is light, with floral hops and grapefruit meeting a smidge of pine.

Taste is better than the smell, oranges, piney hops, grapefruit, and a nice floral quality are rounded off with a touch of caramel malt.

Feel is light to slightly medium, easy to drink, well carbonated, leaving a lightly floral bitterness behind.

Overall it's a pretty good beer, on par with this series.

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

A lovely amber in color with a big sticky head that reduces to about a quarter-inch in my glass with lots of lacing.

A fruity hop aroma.

Big bitter flavors of pine and citrus peel. This is one of the more bitter of the Latitude 48 variety pack. It's quite good. There's a nice amount of malt sweetness to provide some balance.

Nice hefty body.

Overall another fine beer and continued proof that you need to go and get this 12-pack. Go on, go.

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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 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 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 bigfnjoe
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an orangeish shade of amber with a super thick one finger offwhite head. The head sticks around forever...real nice

S- slight citrus coming out of these one, but the aroma is really weak. Disappointing

T- the bitterness is strong within this one. Starts off with some citrus flavors, then fades out to the piney bitterness. It's actually not horrendously bitter, but it's there...I'd prefer a little more flavor, honestly

M- this one has a decently thick body to it....not syrupy. Just seems kind of there

O- it's not bad. About typical for the Sam IPA series....never had ahtanum before, and I have to say, it's a pretty boring hop. Mild and unoffensive

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of hop flowers mixed with a bit of caramel and bread. Light hints of apricot and citrus in the aroma as well. Taste is much the same as the aroma. A bready caramel base with hints of floral earthy hops and hints of fruit. Sweet bubbly mouthfeel with a medium body and level of carbonation. My first real experience with this hop. I enjoyed this one a bit, its probably my second favorite behind the zeus.

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

I had this along with 3 of the other 'deconstructed' latitude 48 single hop beers and the original.

Enjoyed cool and allowed to gradually increase in temp in the taster glass. I split these w/ BA Carlos.

the color is similar to the others with copper shade and good clarity the head is white and retention is good with tiny bead and semi-clinging lace. The smell is very aromatic which I would compare to Amarillo -a nice orange-like scent or orange tea type citrus/herbal quality with mild vegetal and floral accents. The feel is good but favors the malt which I actually enjoy because the balance is there and the bitterness is not as high as Zeus, EKG and Simcoe.

This flavor is mellow bright and citrusy with enough resinous body to hold up to the malt and yet seems to blend in at times with the caramel malt giving a synergystic effect which is pleasant. I enjoy a light orange rind and hint of mango perhaps that I get from this hop, but its weakness is in the bittering realm it fulfills the duties of the flavor and aroma well which is why I favor it slightly. I think this is a great beer, probably my second choice of the 5 we tried including the original. I am a fan of Amarillo and this has a lot of similarities to that hop so I recommend this if you enjoy the orange notes of that hop.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last of the Father's day triumvariate.

It poured to a ruddy amber. The lacings nice on the glass, but the overall appearance is nothing special.

The smell and taste are decent, but this is nothing to write home about (which avails me to criticism about why I'm writing on here). I taste orange and pine, with minimal bitterness afterwards.

You could try this out, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

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

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with one finger of sandy colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty & bready, some leafy hops as well

T: Follows the nose, some persimmons, pears & apricot mingle with woody & earthy hops. More of the same as this warms, a touch of figgyness as well. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, some tangerine & pear & fig notes

MF: Medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, but nothing earth-moving here. Slightly better than most of the Lat 48s IMO

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

A- Clear copper body with moderate sized cream colored head and a lively carbonation.

A- Sweet malt. Piney and a faint orange smell.

T- Bitter bite up front with sweet malt in the background. Finishes leaving a nice bitter feeling in my mouth.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

D- Check out the series if you enjoy beer. I really enjoyed this one, very balanced.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This one looks like Latitude 48. Copper color, finger and a half of head, decent retention and lacing, you know the deal. Aroma is nice floral and citrus hops, backed by a solid caramel malt presence. The taste is quite nice, if unremarkable. It's basically a solid, smooth, floral forward American IPA. There's not really anything to the taste that doesn't manifest in the nose, except for perhaps a bit of pineyness on the backend. The mouthfeel is nice, it's got a nice, smooth body. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid IPA, but nothing special. I'm getting that Ahtanum is pretty similar to the IPA standby hop, Cascade, though - grapefruit, citrus, and a bit of a floral aspect. So maybe that's why this brew isn't standing out.

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