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

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of jsanford


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a SA Sensory Glass.

A - Poured a dark amber with a creamy, 2-inch khaki-colored head that fades to a thin haze, leaving a bit of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Gentle hop aromas of spice, pine resin, and grass with the typical Latitude 48 amber malt backbone. No the most impressive of the hop aromas, but this is obviously a more subdued hop strain.
T - Quite similar to the nose, a very English-type IPA, the hop flavor is moderate, with spicy notes of pine resin and fresh-cut grass. Leans a bit to the malty side when compared to the other beers in the Deconstructed pack.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, particularly this version, the mild hops mean a more sessionable brew.
O - Not my favorite of the Deconstructed pack, but a very fine single-hop IPA nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:20:39 | More by jsanford
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: amber, 1 finger head, sparse lacing

S: mild pine, hint of malt

T: mild pine, grassy with mild bitter long finish

M: med/light body, big carbination, mild slicky/oily mouth

O: Loved smelling these hops at tasting in raw form, BUT
was a tad disappointed at the body of this brew. Seems a little
weak in the body for the flavor and aroma profile.


Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:49:20 | More by BeerLover99
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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:05:35 | More by russpowell
Photo of alexgash


3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Deconstructed 12 pack.

Pours a clean, clear light orange copper. Tall, thick, dense, light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of yeasty malts: fruit (apple, pear), caramel, and shortbread. Very light citrus and herbal hop presence. One of the unhoppiest smelling IPAs I've tried.

Light citrus rind bitterness and toasted malt up front. Shortbread and fruit malt, with light sweetness, follow. Orange marmalade is the dominant hop flavor, but the bitterness is pretty subdued. The beer comes out more malty than hoppy, which isn't necessarily bad, but it doesn't work too well for this sample. Finish has some minty bitterness and lingering butterscotch and fruit malt. Moderate body with a mostly creamy feel. Probably my least favorite of the deconstructed IPAs from SA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:54:42 | More by alexgash
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow pine hops and English like maltiness. In the taste, pine like hops and a gingerbread like malt, and the ending with some citrus. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Very east coast, nice and pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 17:25:20 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells sweet, floral and fruity. Apricots and citrus mixed with hints of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty with a buttery and herbal bitterness that survives long after each sip. I know it sounds weird but try it and you will see what I mean. Fairly dry finish with that long lingering harsh. Medium body and level of carbonation. I will go out on a limb and say that this will be my least favorite beer from the 12 pack. I am glad Sam Adams made this 12 pack its so frikin geeky I love it, but this beer not so much.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:24:20 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of krisandajt


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

Big thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with a sixer of Sam Adams. It's been a rough week, this'll hit the spot...

Appearance: With a good pour into my DFH Chalice, the beer I see before me is a clear, amber color with a good inch worth of white soapy/foamy head. The retention is pretty impressive, as is the lacing.

Smell: Some nice, clean, lemony citrus hops with just a little bit of malt tossed in for some balance. Actually I'm slightly impressed with the beer thus far.

Taste: My enthusiasm towards this brew has diminished slightly. While the nose has some nice hop-forward notes to it, the taste is unfortunately leaning more towards the malt side of the house. The hops are still there, but they really are not as potent as they should be.

Mouthfeel: A medium body that's a little undercarbonated and has a slight slick oily feel to it.

Overall: Well, the beer started off with high marks, but it went downhill from there. Hopefully the others in the sixer fare better...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:46:41 | More by krisandajt
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow very fresh smell of apricots and citrus notes. You would swear they put some sort of apricot in here but they don't. I'm very surprised the East Kent Goldings give off this type of smell and flavor...very cool. It's crisp and has that sweet malt taste and then ends with dry earthy herbs and apricot flavors from the hops come in leaving a bitterness that isn't too bitter but definitely the least bitter out of every beer in the deconstructed mix pack.

To best describe the the bitterness it leaves is a delicate one. This beer actually reminds me of Dogfish Head Aprihop that they put out ever spring. Even has the same color and almost same malt taste. Not to mention the apricots and hoppyness. Aprihop just is stronger in alcohol and hoppyness thats all. Is it the best beer in the mix pack? no but I will say its the most interesting smelling and tasting because I've never had a straight IPA with nothing else added but East Kent Goldings in it before and it have this apricot taste that it gives. Very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:39:15 | More by thebrood1987
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:24:03 | More by bum732
Photo of jjanega08


3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of Sept is stamped.

Review of the hop character only and not the beer itself. To see beer review check out the original Latitude 48 review.

The hops smell floral and grassy to say the least. Very flowery. The taste is the most muted of the series I've had so far. Flowery in a way but actually quite malty. Not my favorite and more of an APA than an IPA at this point.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:45:03 | More by jjanega08
Photo of trappistlover


3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with nice off-white head. Active carbonation and nice lacing develops. Aroma is dried apricots, some herbs and some pungent notes. Taste is semi-sweet with some bitterness and a bit of spiciness. Light bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but east kent is not my favorite hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:14:25 | More by trappistlover
Photo of PicoPapa


2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours that same dark amber with thin head as all the others. No lacing. Not much going on in the aroma department. Smells slightly sour as well as earthy and maybe a bit floral but this beer doesn't have much of a nose. Taste is earthy, sour and floral. Not very bitter and actually more malty than anything else. This is certainly the worst of the batch. Not a whole lot of flavor here and the flavors I do taste, aren't all that great. Doesn't taste like much of an IPA. Overall, I'm all set with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:17:27 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of jera1350


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thin tan head and some decent lacing.

Caramel malt sweetness with some earthy hops.

Pretty well balanced between earthy hops and malty sweetness. Some light bitterness and spice notes.

Pretty crisp feel and smoothly dry.

A decent beer, but I am finding a lack of hops and character from the beers in this series overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:27:06 | More by jera1350
Photo of babaracas


3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange fading to amber, two finger offwhite head settles quickly to a thin ring, spotty lacing left behind. Smell: earthy, a bit green, lightly floral, sweet. Right off of the pour there's a slight buttermilk smell, but that fades after a minute. Taste: toasted bread, caramel, earthy bitterness, tea, apricot and peach, especially in the finish, which is sweet and juicy and eventually drying. Not a bad beer, but didn't work for me as an IPA. Best by Sept. 2011.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 04:10:53 | More by babaracas
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third one I have tried of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed.

Very light copper body. Off white head turning into a film. Not a whole lot of bubbles in this one.

I really don't get too much of a smell here. Maybe some pine and that's it. Very boring.

The taste is not so much of pine, it is there, but is more floral, dry citrus, bitterness and bready malt. Not too big of a fan of the taste.

Medium mouth, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

The taste is a little too bland for me. Nothing really stands out about it. I won't be missing this one of the five.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:47:59 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of Beejay


3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice medium amber, a gentle rose petal tint to the color, and a nice off white head. Frothy. Good.

S: Bready with a nice biscuit scent in there as well. There is a touch of honey in there. The hops come out in a floral way, with perhaps a touch of evergreen. Smells good, simple, and clean.

T: Flavor follows the smell, biscuit notes and bread. The hops are gentle in flavor, but definitely show their presence in a solid bitterness. Floral, with some slightly earthy notes. Very well rounded. Although for an IPA it could do with a bit more hop flavor. Still very nice overall.

M: Medium mouthfeel, the carbonation seems a little high though.

O: Overall I think this is very well rounded, and a great hop for bitterness and a nice gentle flavor. Drop the carbonation, and you got a real good brew going on.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:17:00 | More by Beejay
Photo of StaveHooks


2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a red copper with an off-white head that forms a descent collar. No lacing.

S - Not much. Some muted pungent earth, sesame oil, toasted white bread.

T - Musty wet grassy, lemon rind, earthy and herbal, off peach tea, malt. Finishes herbal with light bitterness.

M - Full side of medium bodied, great smooth carbonation.

This was my least favorite of the Deconstructed series. Just didn't work well. Good looking and good mouthfeel though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:55:56 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, lots of white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaving generous lacing

Smell: Earthy and floral, with a hint of malt sweetness

Taste: Very earthy, floral, some apricot. Some bitterness and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: This is an interesting brew, who knew you'd see an East Kent Goldings IPA? It is pretty good, but is missing something. More of an educational beer than something I would want regularly. Also, does not have the feel of an IPA, just a pale ale with a little more hops than usual.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:57:54 | More by MadCat
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 19:47:51 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a finger of foamy white head with some think lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a mix of a wet grass and clay with some slight floral aroma and small funk like flavor.

The taste is somewhat bitter with a dried leafy flavor hitting the back of the throat and then seems to push forward into the rest of pallet. There is a slight buttery flavor that is slightly sweet with small tangerine flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a smooth drinkable feel that is a little creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:37:30 | More by Duhast500
Photo of ngeunit1


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:00:30 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:40:21 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of AdamBear


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:43:36 | More by AdamBear
Photo of tzieser


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:06:28 | More by tzieser
Photo of MrOH


2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:52:34 | More by MrOH
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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