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

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 404
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 7.76%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of dry ops with nice floral notes is quite amazing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with loads of floral notes with a dry but not astringent hoppy finish. East Kent Goldings are probably one of my favourite hops when they are by themselves. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really love this one and probably at par with the single hops Mikkeller version. (495 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Aaron for this one!

Bottle notched OCT, served in a tumbler glass.

Pours a bright copper orange, creamy head of foam with concentric rings of lace in the glass. Skim never breaks, even after close to 30 minutes, which is pretty impressive. Ever present trails of rising carbonation visible.

Aroma is tea-like, earthy and mildly floral, caramel malt sweetness.

Flavors of slightly earthy and bitter greens with some sweet flashes of dried apricot and multigrain bread throughout. Mild and English-style, light lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall it was nice to try a fresher bottle of this, i'm usually getting my inlaws leftovers around Labor Day, which is too close to the October best by date, imho. (759 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and malty. Not much else.

T - The smell reminded me of an English IPA and it tasted like one, too. Biscuity malt with a grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is not the best of the series. (426 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Smells like puke. Just bad. Cheesy and stale hops with a mild citrus note and some floral notes. Sweet bread and caramel with a slight brown sugar note.

T: Floral and grassy hop notes with a little bit of bitterness. The sweetness is definitely there. Sugary and a bit of toffee and caramel. At least it doesn't taste like puke.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe the worst of the series. Just awful. (522 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. Last but not least, the EKG's! Leafy, soundly earthy aroma with subdued floral, peeled lemon hints. It was enjoyed, and, as it is the final Deconstructed brew (I donated their duplicates to KP), let's put'm in order from top to bottom:

Hallertau, EKG tying with the Simcoe, followed by Ahtanum and, lastly, the Zeus (is loose). (1,442 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of citrus. The hops bitterness seems to be the weakest out of all the Latitude 48 variations but there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer and although it’s not as hoppy as the other beers in the series, it appears to be the most balanced. (853 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Decent fluffy head, bit of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Spicy grassy almost herbal hops, floral, light fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Hops add almost no flavor, light almost no bitterness, very light fruity hops, slightly bitter finish.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Almost all aroma here, just a touch of flavor addition. A decent nose though. (514 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Loving this IPA deconstructed series from Sam Adams, had a hunch this would may be a tad different than the rest though.

Well, I couldn't have been more right, definitely the weakest one of the bunch. Reminds me of weak pale ale, very little to no hop character. It is drinkable and well balanced, quenches the thirst for sure, but you'd be hard pressed to even guess it was an IPA. For whatever reason, the "British IPAs" just taste too weak to me. Still above average for a beer, but the other 4 individual IPAs in the mixed pack far surpass this one. (555 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, malty mouthful of a hoppy lager.

Rather mellow and on the sweet side. Or else it's just the highly fruity character of the hops make it seem sweeter. Anyway, it's a pleasant alternative to the very bitter IPA while providing a big dose of hops. Color is orangey amber in the chalice topped with a nice but restrained head. Long nose of fresh cut apples. Aftertaste is just moderately bitter with a juicy sweet malty edge.

Another well-made beer from Sam Adams. Glad to see this kind of hop clinic in a box. Anything for research. (538 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured chilled and allowed to gradually warm in a sample glass, refilled.

The color is copper and clarity is great, the head retention is good off white with small bead. The smell of the EKg is more herbal with slight caramel malt showing through and light woody scent as it warms. The feel is decent, but the sweetness is tipped toward bitter soon after the first sip and seems out of whack.

The flavor is mild at first with caramel and herbal hop tinges interwoven until the balance is tipped in favor of bitterness not flavor after the first taste. The hop taste is pretty one dimensional and flatlines for me so I am glad the others were waiting to be tried. I liked this 'ok', but it helped me decide that I would use this for bittering and skip it for aroma and flavor as a homebrewer. (900 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This seems a bit one dimensional. Decent (at best) character from the hops. Kind of tangy with a minimal earthy tone. It's "ok." Not my favorite of the series. Single hopped beers seem to often dwell in mediocrity, and this is a typical example of a resident. (259 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful domed head that leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass. Crystal clear. Dirty copper color.

Okay, this beer has a dirty, pungent earthy smell. Presuming the deconstructing series is constant except for the hop variation, I'd say that EKG hops have a horrible smell.

The earthiness continues in the taste but it isn't as powerful. Far more malty than most IPA's. The hop is almost unnoticeable until the aftertaste which is bitter but non-descript. Body is solid and the carbonation is pleasant. (507 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams signature pint glass. I was trying to get through all six in one night but fell asleep when I finished the fifth, oh well.

Beer is red / amber and clear with moderate carbonation, a decent head, small white bubbles, some lacing on the glass. Looks fine, a little dark for an IPA.

I started the night with the always underwhelming Latitude 48 parent beer, then moved onto the variants, this was the second single hopped one I pulled out of the fridge. The aroma is grainy and mildly sweet with almost no hop character, did you guys forget the hops in this one?

Seriously did you? There is a mild malt sweetness and some really subtle earthiness and fruits but the finish isn't really bitter and there isn't any hop flavor to speak of. This is not an IPA, the Noble Pils is more of an IPA than this is. (834 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mildly bitter hop scent that's grassy to the nose. The malt aroma is well represented as well. Pale and crystal malts dominate the scent. The taste is decent as well. It has a balanced flavor that boasts not only of pale and crystal malts, but also of bitter Kent Goldings hops. It has a mild bitterness that goes down smooth and finishes with a dry, caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. I like the one hop concept. E.K. Goldings just isn't my favorite. (673 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of khaki head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lacing. Color is a dark amber copper.

Aroma: Has a bready/biscuity malt profile. Very earthy and grassy as far as the hops go. Maybe a touch of floral flavors. I also pick up an extremely light fruitiness to it. Kind of sweet.

Taste: I definitely get an apricot sweetness that I was picking up in the nose instantly. Then the bready/biscuity malts kick in followed by some earthy grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but kind of creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. I like the hops, but the malt backbone is too large. (776 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange and appears mostly clear. The off white head begins about an inch thick, settling at a quarter inch, leaving plenty of lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers toasted bread, floral notes, subtle tea scents, as well as some earthy hops. The flavor is a balance of hops and malt, as is consistent with the other beers in this series. Earthy pine and resin. Decent. The finish offers some lingering hop notes. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation level. Another mediocre IPA from Sam Adams. (515 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: East Kent Goldings; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: East Kent, UK; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 East Kent Goldings IPA is brewed with only East Kent Goldings hops, a variety first used in brewing in the 1700s in East Kent, England. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. East Kent Goldings hops contribute a mellow bitterness to this brew, along with earthy, floral, and apricot notes, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the second of the six.

I had barely popped the cap when a modicum of head began to form and push its way up through the neck of the bottle. I began to scramble for a glass when it inexplicably stopped, leaving just a little bit of foam sticking out of the top of the bottle. I ran my tongue over it just for kicks and it tasted like earthy, woody hops. Now, I was ready! It was like a tease for me and I fell for it! The beer now flowed from the bottle like one of my old girlfriends running down the pier as my ship pulled in. We were equally anxious to meet one another. I was faced with a finger of dense, medium-tan head that was slowly sinking, a la the Titanic. I took comfort that only heavy, sticky lacing was left in its wake and not dead and dying passengers. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity and I have to hand it to the brewers - color is difficult to mirror in hops varietals. Nose was, well, EKG. It is a varietal that makes its way into a lot of beers, especially Samuel Smith's, and has an exquisite earthy aroma that its both unique and pleasant. It is like having Mother Earth for your girlfriend and if you have ever had a neo- (or original-) hippie chick for your girlfriend, you will dig what I am trying to impart. Terroir? This is terroir in beer, amigos mio, and it is like coming home to a familiar friend. Baby, I know you, I know your scent and none of it ever gets old. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, with a flavor of grass, earth (think a freshly-mown or plowed field) and the apricots that I never thought of, but now noticed, especially on the finish. The finish was more mellow than Mellow Mushroom (a pizza chain in the southeast that I really miss) and I found myself falling into the arms of Morpheus. For the unaware/uninitiated, hops are in the same family as marijuana (gasp!) and if you ever needed proof, EKG will give it to you. This is mellow on a grand scale. This is spooning after exquisite lovemaking mellow. This is easy (and mellow) like Sunday morning. Catch my drift? I think I am going to lay down for a moment at this point. Man, I am so mellow ... Dig? (3,492 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2011
2-fingers, same color beer. Sweet tea crystal malt, lots of biscuit like malt notes, citrusy juniper notes, some sort of hop muskiness that I can’t quite place, and a herbal note that is mixed in with the juniper, some pine like notes and even some peppery notes. This is by far the most different of theses Latitude Deconstructed 48 IPAs. The malt plays a much bigger role in the nose than in any of the other beers, almost to the point of this seeming like a reasonably hoppy, amber type ale.

There is an oral-nasal juniper / menthol like character as I take my first sip. The beer has a fairly solid bitterness to it in the finish as well as a finish of bitter orange zest. Up front there is a lot of toasty, biscuit like malt and a big caramelized malt character. The hops provide a peppery, a touch of piquant pine and just a mellow herbaceous quality. This has a chewy, viscous body just like the others, and with the mellow hops this is a bit more noticeable

I was expecting this to be a lot more interesting than it is; for me, this beer is a huge let down, and in many ways quite conventional. This really makes me think of a hoppy amber ale more than an IPA. I will say this, I would have enjoyed this beer more if I hadn’t been thinking it would be hoppy enough to be an IPA. The EKGs are just a mellow, smooth enough hop that it integrates very well with the malt character; a little too well to be an IPA. (1,441 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orange with a big head that creates some nice lacing.

Smell: light woody and earthy tones are mellow.

Taste: caramel, orange, and grapefruit with some earthy and woody bitterness. The flavors are mild but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrives late.

Overall: a decent beer but probably my least favorite in the deconstructed pack. Easy drinking. (425 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (577 characters)

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