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

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Sammy, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13%

djrn2, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -31%
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.

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Knapp85, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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).

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

emerge077, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

zeff80, May 27, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Slatetank, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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

russpowell, May 22, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

jlindros, May 05, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

mactrail, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

WesWes, Jun 01, 2011
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.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

smcolw, May 07, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 04, 2011
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.