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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Not all that much in the aroma, but flavorwise I found this excellent. Some bittering hop notes, but still a very smooth character. Actually a bit creamy with a light bitter finish. First "ahtanum" beer for me; sign me up for more.

4.2
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Ahtanum - This is a crystal clear amber ale with a dense off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a grassy, leafy aroma with a note of perfume. It’s medium bodied and smooth with a very clean, dry finish. It’s reasonably bitter with notes of wood resin and citrus. It doesn’t seem to be blatant pine and grapefruit. It’s kind of leaning toward oak and lime. This hop really blends with with the malt to the point where I can’t pick out the caramel like I could in the others in this series. This almost seems like a session version of Arrogant Bastard. I really like these Sam Adams IPAs. I’d like to savor them more but they just go right down.

4.1
adam42381 (627) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label. Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing which leaves rings of spiderwebs on on the glass. Smell: Nice even mix of pine and citrus with sweet malt and dried fruits in the background. There’s also a floral touch thrown in there as well. My favorite aroma of the whole Deconstructed pack. Taste: Malty sweetness up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle before ending with bitter lemon peel at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth. Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem. Goes down very easy. Overall: Good beer overall. The flavor is a huge contrast to the Deconstructed Zeus I just had. That one was very bitter and this one is pretty sweet. I like it and am still amazed at the way a single hop changes a beer completely. I’d recommend giving this one a shot.

4
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle: This version of the L48 has a little more earthy aroma, and a juicier floral well-rounded bitter ending.

4
wlajwl (7209) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Dry pine in the aroma, the flavor is slightly complex, with the pine mixing with the citrus and the malts to create a balanced flavor. A pretty good IPA.

4
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head (not as chunky as the hallertau though). Active carbonation and some lacing (again not as much as the hallertau. Aroma has wood, orange, and caramel malt. Taste is bitter with some juicy hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish. This is a nice IPA. Nice job SA.

4
BostonBeerGuru (1) - - NOV 26, 2011 does not count
A near superior IPA. It pours nicely with excellent head retention and a lacing indicative of a high quality beer. A floral and hoppy scent hint at a bitterness which is present throughout each sip. It’s balanced nicely with a malty copper-colored sweetness that awakens the front of the mouth. It’s not a great finisher as it leaves a sticky and hoppy acidity in its wake. Overall, a very good beer which you can be proud to bring to any party.


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