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

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 405
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 405
Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear orange-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lace in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of floral/piney hops and some sweet caramel malt. There is some lemon in the background and a touch of other fruit.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt and some mild pine hop flavor. Bit of fruit in the background. Through the middle, some stronger hop flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of hop flavor, some bitterness, and some sweet malt that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp. The finish is just a bit dry which feels nice.

D - Very drinkable. The beer could use a bit more power from the hop but the mild pine and bitterness is nice and smooth. The balance of malt and hop is okay.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden copper color with amber notes and a great head.
S: Flowery with some slight bitterness.
T: Slightly bitter with some notes of dried fruits like raisins or apricots. Very balanced and sweet with the malt.
D/O: Very drinkable but not quite as floral and fruity as I was expecting. The beer was drinkable but lacked the hop strength that I got with the others.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-transparent amber with a thick frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing.

S-smells like pine and lemon zest. also smells bitter...if thats possible.

T-hits the tongue with dry, bitter piney hops. the bitterness continues to the after-taste of spicy herbs. the after-taste is definitely the best part of this IPA. i can understand though, why these hops don't show up a lot in IPAs, they don't seem to be great to rely on for flavor. they seem to work best when paired with other hops.

M-full bitter medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-its not too bad of a beer to drink, but its really not a good IPA. its seems to more raw and dry than the latitudes that i've had so far.

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Photo of tzieser
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. fairly thin head that sticks around for a while

s: earthy notes with hints of apricot and fruit. sweet malts are noticeable in the back but not prominent at all.

t: not nearly as bitter as the others, earthy notes again, hints of apricot and fruit. not bad but just not as flavorful as i was hoping.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

probably my least favorite in the Deconstructed pack. not horrible though.

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Photo of MrOH
2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper with a single finger off white head. Slippery lace.

Faint, earthy, grassy hops. Caramel malt comes through easily.

Caramel malt more than anything. Little bit of the earthy hops with just a hint of lemon. Good bitterness, though.

Medium bodied, good carb.

Definitely the least impressive of the series so far. Hop aroma and flavor never seem to be too aggressive in most British beers, is it because their hops are low on aromatics? I'll be interested to see if I can even pick out the EKG in the normal Lat48.

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Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper color with a decent head into my glass. Some lacing. The usual. Not much different in color from other variations.

Floral aroma with little or no hints of any other flavors. This is kind of disappointing because I was expecting a stronger smell.

Earthy and musty with only a hint of apricot. Malt is very buttery for a change. Certainly tastes like an english example of the style, right down to the hop profile.

Lingering citrus/hop grassiness on the tongue. Again, nothing impressive here.

Middle of the road. Then again, I'm not much of fan of english IPAs.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still a gorgeous pour - deep amber with nice white head. Stunned that some folks don't score it high on appearance. Oh well. Palate has a nice black tea-like flavor to me, earthy & herbal, with some dirty fruit flavors. Mineral-like spritzy quality too. Interesting.

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Photo of AndersonGT
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh, just ok.

A-Strong amber color however clear and "thin" look to it. Average head.

S-Not much there, maybe some caramel and bread.

T-Fairly descent. Nice roasted malt taste.

M-Good carbo, easy going down and leaves room for more.

O-This grew on me as I had my first bottle. I actually would rather have this over the Latitude 48.

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Photo of silentjay
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks like the others, a nice sizable head lasts a while and laces well.

herbal tea, flowers, a bit of pepper overtake the caramel malt sweetness in the aroma.

earthy, herbal, spicy hops with a bit of stickiness on top of the sweet malts. not my favorite flavor profile.

medium bodied and just a bit sticky with average carbonation and a lingering dirty bitterness.

meh. not my favorite hop, and this variation does not work for me. would never visit again if this was the only hop used in the regular latitude 48.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very famous hop, let's see how it does on it's own in an IPA.

A- Amber bodied with a nice two finger, creamy head. Good retention and a nice pillow is left behind. Good webs of lace down the glass.

S- Grassy, floral, earthy and somewhat fruity hops above a light caramel malt backbone. Bread, dark fruit.

T- Hop profile to me is mostly floral and earthy, with an herbal grassy feel. Certainly a bit of fruit and zest as well. Light malt backbone. Fairly sweet honey hint, yeast bread.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation. Finish has a good bitterness to it.

I definitely prefer this hop with English yeast and used in combination with more hops. The bitterness here seems unchecked and the actual hop flavors aren't balanced to me, too much floral and herbal. Just lacks a certain smooth feel.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  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.

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Photo of vangambrel
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my favorite of the deconstructed 48 Latitudes. I like the IPA pretty well (the regular one). It's a good deal where I live at $8 for a six pack. That makes it reasonably cheaper than a lot of the other micro IPAs out. I haven't tried this on tap anywhere, but I would like to soon.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Enjoy before September notched on the label. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim and a band around the edges. Nose is earthy/musty/grainy - not really digging it I have to day. Taste is thankfully much cleaner than suggested by the nose. Flavor profile expresses light, piny/earthy hops on a malty backbone. Finish expresses a residual grainy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant, even carbonation and a trace of oiliness to the texture. All and all, not a bad single hop; however, nothing overly spectacular resonates for me.

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Photo of crusian
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

Nose is pretty empty actually... there is a old British hop presence, but those were never really heavy on the nose, they could just stand up to time.

the taste is similarly boring and lackluster. it seems like a hop that is meant to bitter a beer and that is pretty much it... not really add much to the beer except perhaps preservative. it is just a generic battering hop. This version seems a lot more malts than the others as well... it may not be as strong a hop as the others. glad they did this though... but this hop is just Meh.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light golden into the cup and looks pale amber/orange. Some light carbonation bubbles buzzing up to the head that is pretty big that has big retention. Theres lots of lacing on this one.

S- very light scent of flowers and a bigger scent thats i dont know how to describe exactly, maybe slightly yeasty..

T- pretty malty up front with the hops coming through closer to the middle. The bitterness follows through to the finish which is dry and has a subtle lingering of bitterness.

M- lighter carbonation that has a lighter mouthfeel

O- not too crazy about this beer. I'll definately drink the other on in the mix pack but wont miss it.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12-pack today (30APR11) at Ayottes, and opted to dive into the EKG offerings first.

Sitting out in the 'Zebo on a cool, sunny April Saturday... This one poured a clear, medium copper color, with sparse carbo meandering topside. The head was frothy and light-tan to off-white, rather mousse-like and lasting well at 1/4". Lacing was very nice, as well. The nose was semi-sweet, good malts leading the way with some mild hops in the background. The feel was medium-smooth on the tongue with minimal effervescence, and the body was a decent medium.

Solid semi-sweetness hits the palate, with some tasty caramel malts present, making for a rather pleasant start. Hops move into the neighborhood next, with lots of floral action lingering long and hard. Mildly bitter, the hopping has some earthiness in the lasting finish. Quite solid, all around! Cheers!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#3 with Inflatablechair.... Pretty much resembles the Hallertau.... good off white head ... nice lacing... clear orange brew.

Nose is earthy and mild fruity and sorta grassy hay combines with a slight toasty malt element...

Hop components are pretty tricky on this one... very smooth and tough to nail down.. but definitely the easiest to identify on nose alone for me... flavor structure is very well elemented with none of the grassy or subtle fruits jumping out... instead it is a good culmination of the whole.

Body is the same ... lite medium... descent carbonation.


Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

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