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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2011

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Last of the "Deconstructed" 12 pack I got last summer and let sit in my fridge since then, thinking I mioght conduct some grand tasting of all 6 at a time. Instead, I just done two at a time, and as the odd bottle out, I’m comparing it to the full L48° bottle. Poured into a shaker, it hits a big head over the same pleasant amber body as the others. Head dwindles to rocky foam. Still a slight orange citrus smell to it, while the hop nose on the full Lat.48° is almost gone. Taste on the Ahtanum has more of an orange zest note, overlaid with dried hops. Another interesting American varietal at work, that I’ll try to find a fresher single-hop version. Still a pretty good and distinctive hoppy beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2012
Usual malt feel and fermentation characteristics from this beer Hops a nice balance of pine, citrus and some earthy herbs. Drinks well

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from BevMo: Poured a dark amber hue that had a tiny layer of film head which eventually broke down to some patches a ring shaped O. In the nose, a bold aroma of floral hops that smells fruity and sweet. Flavors were succulent with a sweet yet bitter taste of honey, orange peel, dried tangerine, pollen from flowers, and a faint background of pine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Deep copper pour with some off-white head. Nose of earth and herbal hops - flavors of caramel malt, floral hops, and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
aroma pineyness comes up into nose, some tropical criutsy notes, some malt too color, slight cloudy amber hue same lacing head as expexted with IPAs taste, mingles pine with flora hops mild well balanced malt finish overall, this series is awesome each one is different Iam waiting for it come back out!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MotherBrother (744) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2012
Pour deep amber, with a large white foamy head. Aroma is slight fruity, citrussy and piney. Taste is subdued sweet, with a dry bitter finish. Medium watery body, with a fizzy carb.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
From notes: Pours clear orange-amber, with a nice, thick off-white head. Aroma was mildly of citrus, with earthy notes. Medium-thick with a mild depth. Piney hops flavor, with some earthiness mixed in.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Part 2 of vertical (Next to the Simcoe, Zeus and baseline Lat 48): As expected all three beers have pretty much identical appearances, however the Ahtahum seemed to have an over carbonated head and gets a deduction of 1. "Nice deep golden hue with a big frothy slightly off-white head and streams of lacework."

Aroma: Equal parts piney/resiny with a fruity and slightly spicy nose. This seems to smell the closest to the base beer has any of the 5 different single hops.

The taste of is sort of hodge podge as well... right down the middle with some resiny and leafy notes, some grassy and herbal notes, and some fruity and rind notes. That said it is the most approachable palate of this vertical.

All three offer an "alpha strong" mouth feel that has metallic, tea bag and boozy notes. Hard to distinguish one from the other with maybe the Simcoe being slightly softer.

Overall, this single hopped brew is simply okay... right down the middle and because of that a very low overall score for being lame. My least OVERALL fav of the Lat 48 brews.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
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.


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