Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.85/5 rDev -17.4%
Dark orange/light amber-copper with thick,creamy white head. Impressive sticky white lacing.
Obvious malt , on the caramel side, with slight grassiness, with slight trace of hops. Very mild aromas, and for an American IPA, quite weak.
Caramel malt, then slight hop bite hit the tongue at the same time the heavy carbonation comes through. Not much of a hop bite, not lingering at all. Light,maybe medium body.Slightly more hop bite than an English IPA, not enough for American
Again, pretty underwhelming IPA effort by SA. Very nice appearance wise, too bad the rest doesn't live up.
06-06-2011 21:08:48 | More by happy4hoppybeer
2.75/5 rDev -20.3%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
This beer is really on the dark side of the IPA style. Its a semi-clear, deeply burnt orange. Lots of copper and rusty hues. The head is nice and large, with what already seems to be good retention. A couple coarse, broken rings of lace are quickly formed. Before long the whole glass is coated in foam.
Lots of honey-and-biscuit sweetness is the first thing that jumps out. An herbal tea aroma comes out quickly thereafter. The label speaks of apricot notes, and I find that to be an appropriate descriptor.
Things start off malty with a nice, even toastiness. Right at mid-palate hops kick in and give a quick and strong bitterness. The nice apricot and tea flavors the hops bring are quickly stripped away, leaving only a bitter shell. Maltiness comes back, but is much more grainy this time. The finish is long and overly bitter with a penchant for medicinal flavors.
Carbonation is nicely dialed back and remains fluffy. The body is smooth with very little signs of dryness.
This one is quite odd. The hops aren't fully out in the forefront, but their bitterness leaves its mark well into the aftertaste.
06-06-2011 20:00:58 | More by MbpBugeye
3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Amber/gold in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint earthy hops, toasted malt
Taste-All subtle flavors of toasted malt, earthy hops, and faint citrus peel. Faint underlying sweetness. Nothing to blow your doors off here. Very understated and pleasant. An easy drinking IPA very much in the English tradition.
06-06-2011 17:19:14 | More by hosehead83
3.73/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Pours a copper color with red hues. About 1/2 an inch of off-white head that leaves decent lacing
S: A nice earthy and floral hop presence along with a nice malt sweetness
T: Earthy hops start out and finish this one off, with a nice malt backbone to straighten things out. Not too bitter to begin with, and doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste. Floral notes come out towards the end as well
M: Medium body with fairly high carbonation. No oily hop resins found here
O: Again, achieves what it set out to do. I certainly would want something more in terms of the hop department, but EKG hops typically add to an already hopped-up brew and aren't really intended to be in a single hop beer
06-05-2011 00:03:54 | More by BEERMILER12
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a dark dirty penny copper color with a strong white head nearly overflowing the top of my pint glass. Great job on the head for an IPA IMO.
Aroma of rich caramel crystal malts and light floral noble hop aroma mixing with pale malt .
I really can enjoy East Kent Goldings, I just think they belong more with lighter base beer. I get a good strong bittering presence from a long boil on the hops. First sip I get a slight floral taste which is quickly taken over by malt. Mid body I taste more caramel than anything else. Aftertaste is slightly astringent / tannic dry tasting.
Good mouthfeel for the style, medium body with a high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Overall pretty good. I Love a goldings only beer, but think the base beer here is not ideal for them.
06-03-2011 22:38:07 | More by alpinebryant
4.05/5 rDev +17.4%
Wow they used 5 malts in this? impressive
A - Pours like every beer in this set a solid dark amber with tons of carbonation resulting in two inches of sticky white foam.
S - This one smells more sweet with touches of grapefruit and apricots. Bready good malt as well.
T - Starts and finishes very sweet and clean with only a mild twang of the hops in the center. Very good.
M - Light to medium. A great beer.
Overall it was definitely better than the "Hallertau Mittelfrueh" could have maybe used a touch more bitterness but drinkable overall.
06-02-2011 23:22:49 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev +13%
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.
06-02-2011 03:23:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-01-2011 01:08:13 | More by WesWes
3.38/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a medium copper orange with one finger off foamy off-white head. Good retention and lace.
S: Floral aromas with some mild fruit and sweet malt underneath.
T: Well, very little hop flavor noticeable, mostly just the malt. Just a pinch of piny/fruity bitterness on the finish. By itself, this hop would not make an IPA. It does, however, reveal the quality of the malt base, which is tasty.
M: Medium light, ample creaminess. No complaints on the feel.
O: As a beer unto itself, not so hot. For the value of getting to taste the different hops in isolation, I appreciate this. Would be nice if they brought it back maybe every other year to re-tune the palate. Love the idea and I am enjoying the journey onward through the 12 pack.
05-31-2011 23:39:52 | More by AmericanGothic
3.1/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark amber color with an off-white, bubbly head. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass.
There are laid-back, subtle hop aromas; mostly spicy notes. The malt really comes through here though - very bready and biscuity. Not impressed with the aromas, far too subtle for me. The taste is again overly malty. The hops are again spicy, lots of black pepper, along with some nice woody notes.
The mouthfeel is smooth and under-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, I'm underwhelmed again. Was definitely expecting more out of this 12-pack as a whole, but it has still been interesting to see the different hop profiles. As a standalone brew, this is nothing impressive, but having all 5 along side each other makes it interesting.
05-30-2011 21:56:02 | More by zimm421
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A- Looks the same as the original Latitude. Shiny clear copper with a finger of white head. Dissipates almost completely minus a ring around the glass. Spots of lacing on the glass.
S- I got some caramel sweetness with some earthy barnyard smells. This kind of reminds me of a extract homebrew with its sweetness and very mild hop profile.
T- The earthy barnyard taste comes through at the very front but the primary note is apricot. It is almost like a weak Magic Hat #9 with less sweetness. In fact, most of the sweetness in the nose is not present in the taste. The sweetness comes through as almost after thought. Almost no bitterness.
M- Medium body that sits slightly on the heavy side on the palate. A lingering apricot taste on the tongue that has an almost alcohol taste to it. Nothing off putting.
O- Really the only redeeming quality of the Golding hop is the apricot taste. There is nothing all that interesting going on, but that one taste was enough for me to enjoy the beer this one time.
05-30-2011 21:12:03 | More by betsona
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
Looks good, clear and coppery with a short, light beige cap of fine bubbles. Decent head retention with a bit of spotty lacing. Mild aroma, sweet and bready, caramel, ripe stone fruit, earthy and slightly floral. Bitterness wa almost non-existant up front, but appeared once the malt sweetness faded and an herbal bitterness lingered in the finish. Fruity and sweet, caramel and a little spicy. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy. I like this hop, but the malts just didn't let it shine. I still enjoyed it though and appreciate this experiment.
05-30-2011 19:13:45 | More by DrJay
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
A. Pours out an amber orange body with a thin tan head that has good retention and lacing, also has light carbonation.
S. Has a caramel, sweet malt smell to it with a slight hint of hops.
T. Starts out with some earthy hops than gets some caramel and sweet malts and finishes with the earthy woody hops.
M. A nice creamy feel at first and than turns sticky in the mouth and ends with a dry finish.
Overall a decent IPA that is worth a try for fans of latitude 48.
05-30-2011 05:32:55 | More by DannyDan
3.4/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured clear amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that lasted with nice sticky lacing. Aroma has a nice earthy hop note with some graininess as well as a bit of light citrus and fruit ( peaches or apricot !? ) Taste is sweet and malty with and herbal bitterness that lasts long after each sip. Medium body with a smooth texture and light carbonation. Ehhh....not 1 of my favorites.
05-30-2011 03:55:04 | More by beergod1
2.8/5 rDev -18.8%
12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint (from the deconstructed pack).
Pours the same deep amber color with a small white/yellow head along with some fine lacing. Nose is pretty tame, the malt really shines through, but EKGs aren't super strong aroma hops so no surprise - caramel and maybe some light grassy notes.
Taste again is quite malty, lots of caramel. There is a light hop bite on the finish, but mostly bitterness rather than hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, more chewy and sticky than the others (so far). Good showing of what EKGs add the the flavor.
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05-29-2011 20:55:07 | More by kingcrowing
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz bottle > mini goblet
Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that settles to dish suds rather quickly, but deposits sporadic rings of lace. Carbonation appears minimal.
Nose: Some earthy hops but mostly pale malts
Medium to full mouthfeel. Chewy biscuit malts dominate the flavor, but get hit with a nice bittering hop blast which leaves this beer feeling balanced and very English IPA like, which i guess with a English variety of hop is too be expected.
The most balanced of the Latitude series i.ve tried thus far.
05-28-2011 23:18:49 | More by beerphan
3.43/5 rDev -0.6%
12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the first one. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly bready and caramel malt, along with some earthy and grassy hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the hoppy flavors are stronger than the aroma led me to believe. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with good carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew.
05-28-2011 21:15:48 | More by bluejacket74
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a crystal clear copper color with a big frothy white head that slowly dissipates.
The aroma is of caramel malt, bready, with some candied tropical fruit notes. Very sweet in the aroma.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. A bready caramel malt is combined with a grassy hop that provides some sweet tropical fruit notes. Hop presence is quite mellow, it mostly pops its head through as bitterness towards the end. Definitely not the most flavorful of hops.
A substantial mouthfeel, though it is not too heavy. Soft carbonation provides a creamy texture. Fairly sweet on the palate, finishes with a light grassy bitterness.
This is an easy drinking IPA since the hops don't blast your palate. Not a big fan of the apricot hop profile as it adds a candied fruit sweetness.
05-28-2011 20:29:54 | More by Gmann
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
Light amber/orange with a two finger head at pour. Earth and sweet malt predominate the nose.
Although billed as an American IPA, by featuring the classic East Kent Golding hops, this ale comes across in the English style. Smooth and earthy, with a crisp, dry finish. Malty and a bit sweet. This interpretation of the Latitude 48 might display the malt as much as the hops.
Hop heads will not go nuts over this if the only hop appreciated is burn-the-mouth-with-bitterness hop profiles.
Clean and good to wash down spicy BBQ.
05-27-2011 23:04:22 | More by Zraly
2.95/5 rDev -14.5%
Poured a rich copper color with a nice big beige head on it. Ok lacing.
Smell is good although not hoppy enough.
Taste is also lacking hops. Good malt flavor but too much for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is light-medium. This is an ok drinking beer but not great.
Overall not a good IPA. I wouldn't try this one again. Just not enough hops.
05-27-2011 20:50:42 | More by richkrull
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours amber, fluffy head leaves some decent lacing. Among the nicer-looking ones in the mix pack.
Smells mostly of malts and some earthy British hops.
Taste is smooth malts, a bit sweet up front and earthy and floral British hops coming in and lasting awhile. Finishes is malty. It's an English IPA, no doubt, and not a bad one. I'm definitely reviewing this an an English IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium and easy to put down.
For what it is, this is a good IPA if all you've got to use is EKG. Not my favorite kind of IPA at all, and it could be a bit less malty in the finish, but I can drink this easily without complaining.
05-27-2011 02:50:23 | More by musicforairports
3.45/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-27-2011 02:12:21 | More by zeff80
3.35/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance:Amber color with slight head and genorous lacing.
Smell: Very very slight hop aroma.
Taste: Slightly sweet and malty not sure what beer this reminds me of.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.
Overall: A good beer but not great I can't quite decide what other beer tastes like this.
05-27-2011 01:37:06 | More by ejimhof
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
Appearance. 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Copper colored brew, bone white head recedes to a film that lasts the duration. Lacing is sparse.
Smell. Light noble hop aroma, grassy, woody, bready malt also makes itself known.
Taste: Nice earthy bitterness, herbal and kind of like strong tea. Pretty good hoppy flavor, light complimentary malt profile, faint caramel and nutty flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.
Overall: I like how this series really highlights the hops. The East Kent Goldings variety adds a good amount of bitterness and tea-like earthy hop flavor. A versatile hop indeed.
05-27-2011 01:14:46 | More by Stinkypuss
2.78/5 rDev -19.4%
Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.
Maybe a different day, a different palette sensitivity but this East Kent seems to carry a more malt forward aroma than the other Latitude 48s. Wet grass and mild floral hop aroma. Smells good but I shouldn't have to try that hard for an IPA.
Floral and sweet with an apricot note. Sappy bitter. Again, not enough hops for an IPA.
I like East Kent and it's been the choice hop for many a great IPA (Berkshire Lost Sailor and Stone 14h come to mind). I think Sam just didn't use enough of it. East Kent Goldings is a bountiful hop...use it.
05-26-2011 23:25:53 | More by donkeyrunner
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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