RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
12oz bottle, courtesy of our friend Nathan. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep, clear orange color; significant, fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice retention and lacing (much more than the last few). Comparatively balanced aroma next to the preceding versions: restrained orange notes, a pine and herbal quality; a mineral crispness. Medium body; medium carbonation; plenty of mineral and piney bitterness, and a much relaxed candied core relative to most of the other versions; surprisingly balanced, with a muted hop flavor and tempered core sweetness. Oddly ok relative to the last four, and while not as charismatic as the Hallertau or East Kent, equally enjoyable. Medium-length, mineral finish: toasty crystalline core, with some lasting pine and floral bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle. Amber body with a fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of orange, pine, caramel, sweet malts, flowers and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning velvety, lively carbonation. Good balance between the orange in the hops and the biscuit in the malts. Beer imparts some sweet caramel tests and well as some floral notes. Good hops. Good beer. My favorite of the deconstructed beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
12oz bottle from Picks poured into a shaker. Pours a dark orange with about a half finger of off-white head. Slight aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste is lightly bitter. Light bodied with a thin oily texture. Lively carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, probably my least favorite of the series. Just no much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
An off-white, foamy head with a standard IPA golden color. standard balanced hop taste that is slightly sweet. A very hoppy variety. The bitterness and floral/citrus stand out more in the taste.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5257) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
And now for the last of the mixpack... Fairly pungent aroma, dominated by the hops but with some caramel and orange. Definitely a mellower brew than the Simcoe. Had a bit more of an English quality to it, but still a distinctly American IPA. A little starchy in the mouthfeel. Strangely bitter finish - not sure quite how to describe it - not overpowering, but akin to a slow burn. Decent enough. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
Common rating for all 6 Latitutes in the Deconstructed IPA mix pack
In short: Six biscuity semi-dry IPAs that are moderately hoppy. Some are bland, some pretty good
How: Bottle 12oz. Part of the Deconstructed IPA mix pack. Consumed fresh a few weeks after the mix pack was release.
The look: Dark dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The malt backbone has grainy toasted malts that are moderately caramelized and also have a strong honeyed cookies sensation. Sensation of dry bread crumbs and honeyed cookies. Nice full mouthfeel, a bit fluffy, appropriate active carbonation. Hopping is far from intense, these are not hop bombs, all the variations of this beer are more about balance. Some honeyed cookies in the comeback
Latitude 48 IPA (7-3-8-3-16= 3.7): Refreshing citrusy signature that focuses on fresh oranges and grass with a tiny bit of spiciness. Bitterness level is mild-medium and the finish is moderately dry. This was actually a pretty decent session IPA, underrated imho.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings (6-3-6-3-13 = 3.1)More grassy and spicy. Finish is a little more harsh and dry. Less refreshing
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ahtanum (6-3-6-3-14 = 3.2): Hopping is smooth, a bit apricots, a bit grassy. Probably the smoother, rounder and more fruity of the bunch. Bitterness level is mild-medium. A little too smooth
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Zeus (7-3-7-3-12= 3.2): More high-alpha acids. Bitter grapefruits sensation. A bit acrid and it somehow makes the mouth less enjoyable and also the beer a little less sessionnable than the other entries in this series
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh (6-3-6-3-11= 2.9): A bit more yellowed grass than the other variations. Somehow this one felt more caramelized and with more sweet soft-candies than the others. Im sure it isnt sweeter than the other variations but it did feel sweeter and did not feel well balanced. My least favorite one of the bunch.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Simcoe (7-3-7-3-16= 3.6): Not surprisingly my favorite of the single hop versions. More piney, more sandy and drier than the others. More assertive bitterness than any of the other versions. I liked it just as much as the non-Deconstructed version.
Conclusion: This was a rewarding exercise and I was surprised at how much I preferred some over others, I expected to given them similar scores. Drinking these six beers was a fun thing to do, and I can safely say that I havent had that much latitude since my wife let me chose what household chores I could do first.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, orange, slight caramel, and slight grapefruit. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, grains, hops, light wood, slight caramel, and Earth. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Earth, hop, caramel finish is lightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
355 mL bottle. Lovely copper-orange, crystal-clear, with a nice, small, beige head. The aroma is citrus and spice, and quite appealing. This hop brings more flavour and bitterness than the others in this line (so far). The hops are sweet orange in the flavour, which works with the sweetness from the malt. The bitterness is apparent without being pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pine and citrus in mild forms here. Very drinkable, lower abv IPA. Id drink this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours copper/orange, with a white head. Aroma is piney hops, caramel, and some citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, not really citrus or pine standing out. Also some caramel and malt. Medium body. Nothing special about this hop variety on it own

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