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

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 403 | Reviews: 174
Photo of rlee1390
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber two finger head, some lacing.

S-Earthy with slight floral notes.

T-Almost the exact same as the nose and with not much bitterness.

M-Light, a little carbonation and a little flat.

O-The first of the deconstructed I've had. Wasn't impressed at all with it. Hopefully the other one will be better. I did like how I was able to pick out the Earthy and Floral tones and the bottle listed them as characteristics of the hop variety. So it is nice to know that I have an idea of what I am doing.

Photo of therica
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= light tea-colored amber, modest head, plentiful lacing and rimming.

S= lots of Goldings nose pushed to their limits, some sweet roasted malts, a slight metallic odor.

T= dry and tart, bitter and slightly sour. Abused Goldings. Decent roasted sweet malts but buried in the Goldings pushed beyond their intended floral-hops limits.

M= dry, slightly grassy, tart, I'd say crisp but the sweetness of the malts lingers in an annoying way.

O= okay so Sam Adams had an interesting idea to split out the individual hops from their superb Latitude 48, great-- but this one is just in the "okay" zone, a modest step below the Hallertau version.

Photo of akorsak
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, one-sixth of a mixed six pack from Wegmans Mechanicsburg.

A: The IPA is dark, a golden brown amber color. Translucent is the term of the day, clear and accentuative of the bubble stream (is accentuative a word? it is now). A finger of white head is leaving a few bands of lace behind.

S: The nose earthy, grassy with herbal aromas. The aroma, frankly, isn't much to get excited about, mostly caramel malts.

T: The caramel stands out, a bready sweet base that holds the hops in check. The hops that are present have a soft herbal flavor, peppery even. The hops struggle to get past the malts. As a side note, those malts have a thickness that could easily pass muster in an amber or Scottish ale. Doesn't work well in an IPA though.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-centric, losing the individuality of the EKG hops. The caramel sweetness in the finish is a nice feature.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally bought the Latitude 48 series after they got the gold in the GABF. This is the last one I tried (I don't know if I reviewed every Latitude 48 beer). I wish I was surprised by any of them, but it really let me down for a gold medal winning series.

The East Kent Golding looks good. It has nice coloring (amber) and foam (one finger). There is good looking lacing on the glass.

The smell is peat, earth, and grass. No other smells really come out.

The smells continue into the flavors. I don't get much more than the hop flavors. On top of that, there is a pretty sizable amount of bitterness. This wasn't a fun experience.

It wasn't bad... it isn't spectacular.

Photo of shand
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This brew pours an absolutely brilliant red-amber color with two fingers of head that quickly recede. The lacing is quite nice though. The aroma is a bit generic, caramel malts and earthy hops. There's a bit of frutiness as well. The taste follows this, it's quite smooth at first with the caramel malts and fruits, then the earthy, slightly musty hops rush in and knock things down a peg. The mouthfeel is spot-on. It's smooth, with a fairly high level of carbonation that really kicks in when the hops come in. The drinkability is probably this brew's best aspect, this one goes down smooth. Overall, an interesting brew, but not the best of the Deconstructed series.

Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latitude 3/5

12 oz -> Mustang Pint

A ~ Same Red/Amber as the others, but this one seems the "reddest" In my opinion. Maybe it's all mental, who knows, who cares. Wispy head. Good lacing.

S ~ Alot of moss and those vegetable-like flavors that I get from English hops. Slight pear essence in there.

T ~ Alot of Peat moss and Earth on the tounge, as well as various vegetable flavors (brussels, asparagus, etc).

M ~ Good strong American-ESB-like bittering with a dry finish.

D ~ Would absolutely love a bomber of this for after work on Sundays. While not the best balance of flavors with just one hop, this is still a very drinkable beer.

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Looks like the others in the series. Perfect clarity, amber color, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Not smelling like an IPA. Caramel malt. Some lightly fruity, floral, and somewhat earthy hops aromas. Decent smelling beer, but not IPA like.

Taste: Again, more malty than hoppy, but pretty good tasting. Caramel and some spiciness. Hops are not very bitter, but with pronounced grassy and dirty root flavors (in a good way I guess).

Mouthfeel: This is good. Well carbed, smooth. I feel the hops more than I taste them.

Overall: I like this fine, but would not reach for it if I was in the mood for an IPA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear off-orange color with a finger of foam that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is definitely fruity... peach, maybe pear, and a bit of mustiness.

First sip is actually pretty malty, with a earthy hop flavor that fades into a lightly bitter fruity aftertaste. The sweet maltiness really stands up to the hops, and makes a good canvas to really learn the different flavors imparted from each. The earthy, musty flavor is something that I've tasted before, but never attibuted to EKG.

Overall, rated as an IPA, this falls a bit short of great. However, as a learning tool, this gets an A+. This is a great idea for a mix pack and I bought one for myself even after my homebrew club (WHALES) did a tasting of all the beers in the pack.

Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber in color with a big off-white head that's sticky like sea foam and doesn't vanish.

Light fruity hop aroma with notes of biscuit.

I agree with Samuel Adams that this hop gives an apricot flavor. This Lat 48 version is one of the less harshly bitter ones, but that doesn't mean it isn't very good. The biscuit aroma carries over to a good biscuit flavor.

Nice body with plenty of substance.

Overall another winner from the excellent Latitude 48 Deconstructed variety pack. Seek it out.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze colored and crystal clear, lots of small rising bubbles, with a one finger head that dissipated into a sheen, leaving nice lacing in sheets.

Lightly earthy in its hoppiness, plenty of fruitiness, lots of caramel malts, and some grains round out the smell.

Taste wise it's quite fruity. There's a very subtly blended array of tangerines, apricots, and peachy fruit flavors. Maltiness is plentiful, but smooth and subtle at the same time. Caramel malts seem to dominate the malt profile, and in a lot of ways the taste. Honey seems to make a slick sweetness that rounds things out.

The feel is slick and light to medium in body, with brisk carbonation.

Overall it's a nice brew but not particularly outstanding. Still, it's easy to enjoy and drink, which ain't bad.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a perfectly transparent orangeish amber with a one finger offwhite head. The lacing doesn't go high, but it's solid all the way across

S- very grassy hops. Getting some sweetness in the nose as well, but the aroma isn't very strong. Smells good, though

T- starts off grassy. The finish is very sweet. The aftertaste is a little bitter. The taste lingers for awhile. It's actually pretty good

M- the body is just kind of there. Not too thick, not too thin...just right

O- real solid beer. Not sure why it has such low ratings...the hops are more mellow than in your face, but I really like it

Photo of msnow34
4.56/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first of the deconstructed series. I think its a great idea. Picked up the 12 pack for 13.98 at greens in mb.

Pours with a two finger head into my free imperial perfect pint glass I received with my purchase, however the head disapates to a thin ribbon quickly. Perfect Amber color.

Very piney earthy smooth flavor, almost like i am eating the hops. The malt really stands out in this brew. It finishes dry.

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.

Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle BB 09/11

A- pours a clear copper color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing as you consume the brew.. looks good

S-malty and bready with slight citrus

T- is malt forward with a bitter front followed caramel and baked bread..bitter citrus hops follow

M- was overly bitter with medium carbonation

O- my least favorite of the single hop series

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

12oz bottle (best by Sept. 2011) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a light tan head. Foam initially was 1/2" thick upon pouring, but died down to 1/16" across the top. Plenty of lacing (strands, sheets) noted. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Well this is an interesting one. Sweetness of the malts combined with the hops make me think of an apricot danish. It's very desserty in a way. With a swirl the sweetness goes away and the smells are more herbal, piney, and floral all at the same time. The fruit smell only shows up once the foam has died down a bit. Very appealing smell.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt flavors quickly moving into a piney + English bitter finish. More bitter than anything else, but that is kind of the point with this beer, isn't it? Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation on the tongue, but that's okay - it does not take away from the beer. It's not flat, but the carbonation is just barely there, so it allows the thickness of the beer to show through. Slick and just a bit chewy. A little bit of the hop oils still stick to the teeth though.

Overall / Drinkability: Normally I enjoy an AIPA but need to stop at one as the bitterness I can only take so much of. I like those bitter flavors, but after awhile I need a break. This one is different - I could easily have another. The smells plus flavor make this one nicely enjoyable. Apparently I really like East Kent Goldings. Kudos to Boston Beer to accentuate a single hop like this - a good beer all the way around.

Photo of gpogo
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper body with large cream colored head. Lively carbonation.

A- Caramel toasty biscuit malt smell. A slight earthiness as it warmed.

T- Caramel and biscuit malt flavors with a faint light bitterness. Heavier bitterness on my tongue in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D- Very little bitterness and hop flavor. Again check out the whole series.

Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best before date of Sept. 2011, into a tulip.

Pours perfectly clear and the color of pennies, with a frothy one-finger head that looks like the inside of a Cadbury egg. It soon becomes a silky top layer, with sticky walls of lace left behind.

Smells like a spicy biscuit. Lots of lightly toasted bread slathered with honey, with earthy hops on the side.

Classic East Kent flava. Earthy and spicy, with light hints of apricot. Heavy flavors of lightly toasted morning biscuits and subtle hints of caramel. Tangy sweet.

Light, prickly carbonation produces just a bit of fizz amidst a silky medium body. Nice heft. Gentle bitterness sits on the tongue after the swallow.

A nice, spicy display of English hops. This isn’t the best of the single-hopped Latitudes, but it’s also far from the worst.

Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - East Kent Goldings - This is a very clear, sparkling amber ale with a thin, dense, off white head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of slightly sweet caramel malt and herbal, leafy hops. It's medium bodied, very smooth and foamy with a dry, crisp finish. It's well balanced with herbal, medicinal hop flavors and sturdy caramel malt. For some reason, I kind of taste pilsner malt. The flavor gets more bitter and resiny at the finish. This is the oddest of this series of beers. It seems a bit like an ESB. I would gladly drink any of the Latitude 48 IPAs and this one is no exception. Well done.

Photo of projectflam86
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deconstructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a slightly smaller foam head than the others (which is kinda strange). Some lacing left behind.

S- Of the five other single hopped latitudes, the hoppiness doesn't come through in the nose nearly as much. Mostly caramel malt and toffee. Not what I would expect from an IPA.

T- A slight bitterness upfront with an overly-sweet caramel malt finish. Tastes under hopped and under attenuated. Not offensive, just definitely not characteristic of an IPA.

M- Medium bodied but a little low on the carbonation.

O- It's quite surprising how much different this beer tastes than the others. By far my least favorite of the bunch.

Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in my series sampling. Closer to an English style with the Kent Goldings.

A -- Clear, deep gold to orange color with a very dense, light tan head. Pretty much the same as the Hallertauer, as you'd expect.

S -- Biscuit malts at first whiff, some mild breadiness, then spicy, slightly piny - slightly citric hops. Even some of the trademark earthiness of Kent Goldings.

T -- A mellow earthiness at first taste, blending into biscuit malts with a vague caramel note, finishing with spicy and piny hops in a nicely bitter balance to the rest of the beer. Aftertaste is mildly citric and spicy.

M -- Soft and smooth, near syrupy, mouthfeel with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O -- Pretty much inline with an English style IPA, maybe tending toward more bitterness. Very well done; balanced, but showcasing the hops nicely. To the experiment: a very different beer than the all Hallertauer (also interesting, looking at my review of the Hallertauer, that I scored identical with no intent).

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 ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Crystal clear amber, very short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Somewhat muted, but very earthy. Unusual but appealing.
T: Also very earthy. Lacks any of the hop characteristics I'm familiar with, but is very complex, kind of like adding shaved truffle to a dish.
M: Smooth and balanced, pleasant.
O: One of the more interesting beers I've tried, may not be for everyone because of how earthy it is, but to me that is very intriguing and enjoyable.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

East Kent Goldings are one of my favorite hops. Unfortunately it seems like they didn't use enough hops on the aroma end in this version of Latitude 48. Mostly malt (toast and caramel) but without the balance of the original version. The hops add an earthy element, along with a bit of leaf and fruit. I'm wishing the balance was focused more on the fruit elements of the hops. Bitterness seems a bit softer than the original version, which was already on the low side. Mouthfeel finishes with a lingering, tea like sensation but without being tannic. I like the contributions of EKG's to the Latitude 48, but it doesn't work well on its own in this case.

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