Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by AgentMunky:
Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervscence.

S: Strong caramel malt. Hint of dried apriot. Not very aromatic.

T: The damn label has got me looking for apricot everywhere, but it's not wrong. Otherwise, not very remarkable, hop-wise. Vegetal bitterness on the aftertaste. This is actually pretty pleasant, if on the sweeter side for 'IPAs'.

M: Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Interesting and worthwhile.

O: Interesting take, but not my favourite. More hops, please. (I think this is why they numbered them; to proceed by bitterness.)

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of the deconstructed series. I'm having a lot of fun with these.
In a SA pint lass the beer was an amber color with a thick white head and a lot of lace.
It had an earthy, herbal aroma. Peppery enough to tickle my nose.
Earthy, piney hops. A little malt. Surprisingly (to me) pretty spicy.
Medium-bodied. A little more spicy than I would have anticipated.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy Before" dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours a nice warm darker auburn, under a sturdy 1 inch medium tan head, that stays very well. Slowly fading and leaving rich webs of lacing and then a thick collar.

Mild grainy and floral notes in the nose.

Decent IPA, I say this one is more British in style, with the hops not really booming out, but instead providing a moderate earthyness and bitter base. Nothing special goin on here, but this is a respectable ale, thats easy drinking and would likely go well with some spicy food or hearty BBQ

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-copper color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some grassy hops. The flavor is very similar. The predominant flavor is bready malt and some grassy hops, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus - although it is fairly subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as several of the other Deconstructed Latitude 48 IPAs.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint (from the deconstructed pack).

Pours the same deep amber color with a small white/yellow head along with some fine lacing. Nose is pretty tame, the malt really shines through, but EKGs aren't super strong aroma hops so no surprise - caramel and maybe some light grassy notes.

Taste again is quite malty, lots of caramel. There is a light hop bite on the finish, but mostly bitterness rather than hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, more chewy and sticky than the others (so far). Good showing of what EKGs add the the flavor.

EDIT: 900th review! Cheers!

Photo of MattyG85
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Deep and slightly cloudy Amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: A light aroma of grassy hops with a bit of herbal tea. Caramel malt aroma is also mild and blends in well with the hops. Hints of apricot and honey. So far the lightest smelling beer in this pack.

Taste: Strong kick of caramel and toffee malts up front is followed by a light kick of earthy and citrusy hops. Hops taste floral with a light sweetness from the apricot. Finishes mildly bitter with more malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This one is ok but too mild to really be considered an IPA. Tastes ok but this hop doesn't stand out on its own.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, perfect head, good lace. Aroma was dull and earthy. Didn't pick up much in the way of hop aroma.

Not much for a hoppy taste either, more sweet than bitter. Good enjoyable sweetness, not overpowering, really liked how the KG brought out the malt sweetness, but still need something in the hop department to make this beer truly one worth recommending to the average ipa fan out this way. Can't really be like "dude, you'll love the malt sweetness," to most hophead ipa fans. Sweet caramel only goes so far. Balanced, sure. EKG need to be paired with another hop for an ipa is my say.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I had the Simcoe version it's amazing how much of an effect the hop variety has on a beer. Appearance wise these beers won't very much, pours a bright pale copper hue with a distinct light khaki tan head forming thick with speckled scattered lacing on the sides of my pint. Aroma upfront with a pungent earthiness mild vegetal green note as well. Combined with the malts a nice hearty bready note just melds with the earthy spicy even a touch of onion to the beer. Not overwhelming like the Summmit (garlic/onion experience), but it's there when I take a nice sniff of this version. Flavor wise more earthiness, I can see the label's apricot description coming out, especially with a mild fruity apricot pit note. Enough bitterness to carry me through, interesting to try a single hopped East Kent Goldings beer. Moderate carbonation medium bodied slightly texture with some trace hop oils, pretty clean compared to a resinous west coast version. Overall like I said this is an adventure into hops, it peaks my interest at more single hopped brews.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by Sept. 2011.

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: More earthy than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Some floral and fruit notes and ample malt aromas.

Taste: good flavor without flaws excepting the light hop/heavy malt balance and the less appealing (but still definitely appealing) hop flavor component (earthy and herbal).

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
But getting past comparison to standard Latitude 48 and expectations for an IPA, this is a very enjoyable brew that grew better with repeated tasting.

Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rich copper color with a nice big beige head on it. Ok lacing.

Smell is good although not hoppy enough.

Taste is also lacking hops. Good malt flavor but too much for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. This is an ok drinking beer but not great.

Overall not a good IPA. I wouldn't try this one again. Just not enough hops.

Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the fourth in my personal tasting of this series.

What pours in my glass is a familar dark amber/nearly copper, though just a little different than Zeus and Ahtanum with a bit more of an orange hue. A light off-white head is about a finger tall and leaves good lacing.
The hops profile I'm pikcing up is a bit earthy and grassy with just a light hint of citrus, but a vegetal note to it mars the smell. The malts are very familar, offering breads and a light caramel note. There's a touch of grains underneath. This is the beer out of all in the series in which the malt profile may overwhelm the hops a bit.
There's not as much of an issue with the flavor, but the herbal and earthy mix in this hop varietal just makes it seem a little too much like compost. The vegetal flavor doesn't pull through so much, fortunately, and the malts, while not exactly laying off, don't overwhelm either.
The body is medium, not as crisp as some of the others but with a creamier smoothness. The lingering finish accentuates the herbal characters in the flavor.
This was my least favorite of the series. This is simply a hop that seems to need to be part of a whole.

Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

It's an attractive deep orange with a bit a lacing and a nice ring of white head.

The nose is stronger than the taste. Sweet citrus and orange and maybe some tropical fruits.

Taste is a bitter sweet tangerine. Kind of grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean slightly medium.

Overall the nose led me to believe it'd be more of a juice bomb. Closer to Big Daddy or something like that. It's not bad by any means but yeah I bit of boring after a certain point, but that's the point of these I guess.

Photo of nicnut45
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, pillowy mringue like white head. Fades to soft splotches. Coats the glass well.

S- Scotch tape aroma. Very faint hops. There is something that reminds me of aloe vera. What little scent there is is hard to discern

T-Soft bitterness, meaty like, tastes slightly stale. As it warms though different flavors begin to take hold and I taste strawberry sucker with a slight alcohol twang. The hops and malt seem to meld together and its hard to discern which one you are tasting.

M.F.-Carbonation is right on. Not at all dry. I would probably say it could be a bit drier for my tastes.

O-This hop is lacking for a single hop IPA. I really dont understand why you would use this hop in a multiple hop ipa like lat. 48. Seems to me like it would be crushed by the stronger hops. Other than that it was a smooth beer and has that signature Sam Adams flavor to it.

Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The EKG version looks the same as the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is a little more subtle with more earthy and grassy character.

Flavor is good but obviously with an English influence. I realize now that the flavor reminds me of Bass so that must be what they have in common. Earthy, a little musky, a bit floral.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation.

Overall pretty good but more interesting because of the unique hop character.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze hued with a tall stack of sandy white froth that sticks around and shows nice lacing.
Bready malt base with a trickle of caramelly sweetness. It provides a solid canvas to bounce the hop variations off of, if little else noteworthy. The EKGs are herbal, tea-like, with squeals of patina-ed copper, and peach marmalade. They aren't necessarily my favorite hop, but the aroma showcases what they bring to the table.
The mouth gets the same template of lightly sweet, bready malts. Solid but unremarkable, and it doesn't exactly jive with the English lean of the hopping. A dab of peach fruitiness midway, then the hops bring a bundle of bitter herbs, then fade fairly quickly. It rides outs with lingering caramel maltiness, heather, and black tea.
Moderately low carbonation Generally quaffable though there's a bit of awkwardness in the mouth and it comes off a bit like a karaoke version of an English IPA

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was of two minds on this beer, so to see such a variance of opinions just confirms my own feelings. This was a very drinkable beer, once. Bold orange citrus flavour above all else,hoppy though not a palate flattener. as good as it is for what it is, I think I prefer a melange of hops and something more balanced.

Photo of secondtooth
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, with a rich and frothy head. Ornate, detailed lace.

Nose is mild, with the hops receded somehow.

Taste is bold, with tangy citrus hops. I get orange, pineapple, and pine in the finish. This one seemed to have more malt character than the other Lat 48 series. Maybe my least favorite of the bunch.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up next with Samuel Adam's Latitude 48 IPA is their version using hops from Southern England, in East Kent. Hence the East Kent Golding version of this Deconstructed IPA. After drinking four of these I have to say none of them are that great, probably because only one type of hops is used in each, but I do find it interesting and educational in tasting each different hop type.

Like all of the Latitude 48s I've poured out this one looks good. Nice two finger, creamy-frothy and off-white head with good retention. I'm getting some damn good lacing on this one. Orange-copper color the beer is, as Yoda would say. There's some sediment swirling around in there too much not much.

It's hard smelling this knowing it's using English hops and not think it smells like that. Earthy hops bring out some orange-lemon citrus and bit of spice. It's very biscuity and a tad piney. Fruitiness is of peach and apricot. It's weird how I don't really like most fruits but I know what their smell is.

Nothing really to complain about here. Peppery, acidic, earthy, and citrusy hops balance out well with biscuity malt and fruit sweetness. A tad phenoly but not a put off.

I'd say the mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste but it's syrupy and more dry than the others that I remember. Medium carbonation.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The East Kent Golding Hops Deconstruct was very good. I had a wonderful time tasting each one at the same sitting. The EKG brought floral nose with bits of citrus, especially when the beer warmed a little. The appearance was a clear copper color with good carbonation and thin head. The taste was mostly floral/potporri, I didnt get much pine or citrus. The body was very light and the beer cam off the pallet nicely. Overall the beer was well balanced and made of an easy drinker.

Photo of prototypic
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe this is my fourth of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 series – East Kent Goldings.

This one pours a deep copper color. It’s clear, and has nice orange highlights with backlighting. Not bad. A cream colored head sits on top. It rises to about a finger and a half in height, and takes its time receding. A really nice coat of sticky lace trails down the glass.

The nose is pretty average. Definitely on the weak side. It does feature the typical toasted and caramel scents up front. The East Kent Golding hops add a grassy, floral scent to the mix. It works pretty well with the malt base. More strength all-around would help though. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t noticeable at all. Average at best. More muscle would really help.

The flavor is also rather average. The malt base consists of toasted and caramel varieties. No surprise there. It’s alright. Not bad. The hops do add a very grassy, floral flavor. It complements the malt flavors pretty well, but isn’t all that strong. Not very bitter either. Very balanced. An American IPA definitely needs a stronger hop presence than this. It’s not overtly bad, but it’s not very good either. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes sweet and malty with just a touch of grass.

The body is light-medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t seem buzzy. It’s not exactly smooth, but it’s pretty good. Goes down easy enough. I’d probably just stick with a single bottle though. The flavor isn’t quite good enough to command multiple visits.

The East Kent Goldings variation of Latitude 48 is just okay. It’s not bad, but it really isn’t very good either. Frankly, it just comes across as a little too hop deficient. I don’t have a problem with the hops’ grassy, floral flavor. The problem is that they’re just too weak. Eh. It’s okay.

Photo of plfahey
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden amber with brilliant clarity and a wispy ivory head with fair retention.

Aroma-Pungent, earthy hops rise from the glass-there's almost a little bit of a funky mold-like aroma-like a stinky french cheese. Light toasted bread malts with just a hint of caramel.

Flavor-Flavor is relatively mild, with slightly sweet bready/toasty malt up front and a faint earthy hop flavor. Not much to be said until you hit the aftertaste, which is quite interesting indeed. Hop bitterness climbs to medium intensity, and interesting hop flavors begin to emerge-first earth and dirt, followed by green, pungent herbal notes. The finish continues to evolve and change on the palate for a couple of minutes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with medium low carbonation. Feels a bit thin and could probably use a bit more carbonation.

Not bad per se, but just kind of a weak offering. The finish is complex, interesting, and awesome, but it's not enough to save the beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops & pears

T: Biscuitty malt, pears, & woody hops up front. Mineral dryness, leafy hops, slight hints of honey malt & more pear> Finishes with woody hops, crisp pear & a touch of honey & tangerine

MF: Medium body with smooth carbonation, decent balance

This works as an ENGLISH IPA, pretty ho-hum for an IPA. I am not holding this all to AIPA style, so the score is a bit lenient

Serving type: bottle

Photo of zimm421
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark amber color with an off-white, bubbly head. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

There are laid-back, subtle hop aromas; mostly spicy notes. The malt really comes through here though - very bready and biscuity. Not impressed with the aromas, far too subtle for me. The taste is again overly malty. The hops are again spicy, lots of black pepper, along with some nice woody notes.

The mouthfeel is smooth and under-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, I'm underwhelmed again. Was definitely expecting more out of this 12-pack as a whole, but it has still been interesting to see the different hop profiles. As a standalone brew, this is nothing impressive, but having all 5 along side each other makes it interesting.

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a big frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

The aroma is of caramel malt, bready, with some candied tropical fruit notes. Very sweet in the aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. A bready caramel malt is combined with a grassy hop that provides some sweet tropical fruit notes. Hop presence is quite mellow, it mostly pops its head through as bitterness towards the end. Definitely not the most flavorful of hops.

A substantial mouthfeel, though it is not too heavy. Soft carbonation provides a creamy texture. Fairly sweet on the palate, finishes with a light grassy bitterness.

This is an easy drinking IPA since the hops don't blast your palate. Not a big fan of the apricot hop profile as it adds a candied fruit sweetness.

Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Slight floral notes, lemon blossoms, some tea notes, some earthy cinnamon, just a touch of light bready notes.

L: Clear amber orange, off white creamy head with 1/4 inch retention and great lacing.

T: Slight apricot fruit with some earthiness. Medium bitterness, earthy with some apricot peel. Finishes with some more subtle apricot bready malt. Dry finish with subtle earthiness.

M: Medium creamy bodied, medium low carbonation.

Nice and pleasant English IPA, apricot centered, hops definitely pulled back here.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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