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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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: 425 | Reviews: 185
Reviews by Ninjabrew:
Photo of Ninjabrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all hats off to SA for this idea. I really enjoy seeing the differences just the hops make.

Ok so this is exactly what they tell you it is smells and tastes like it has added grapefruit. Sweet and bitter at the same time very cool. Other than that a very average IPA as far as taste and mouthfeel. Drinkability is better than average but probably because I'm used to bolder IPA's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Zeus to Simcoe, from one end of the spectrum to the other.
In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a fair amount of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and floral hops.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little pine. Biscuity background.
Nicely balanced, nice IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the box set. Best before sept '11 the notches on the side of the label tell me.

Darker and clear almond amber, frothy oatmeal head, lasts and leaves a thick collar of low sheeting and slippery lace.

Grapefruit hop nose, with some underlying malt sweetness.

Grapefruit from the simcoe is the dominant feature here. Citric and grainy. Moderate malt under current with caramel and some light smokeyness.

Nice job here by S.A. Give em credit for the concept and the execution of the IPA in the box. Not amazing brews but very respectable efforts and educational to boot.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apricot and orange, as well as some bread. Simcoes are a great hop and the aroma of this beer really showcases them. The flavor is heavy on the citrus notes, with a lot of apricots as well as some pine. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint (part of the deconstruction pack).

Pours a light clear amber, perhaps a bit darker than the regular. Head is still creamy and amber, a bit more retention this time. Nose is all Simcoe - citrus & cat piss, but in a good way!

After drinking the regular version this tastes like Simcoe juice! Still very well balanced, not overly bitter or grassy but the Simcoe comes right through very well. Mouthfeel is still creamy & a bit chewy. This is extremely well done.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple. This hop smells the most "American" to me. Strong biscuity aroma with caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: A nice bitterness up front from the citrus and pine. Good amount of grapefruit with hints of pineapple, apples, and orange peel. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts. The most citrusy hop in this pack so far.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: This hop stands by itself quite well and the malts provide a good balance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a good orange and auburn color with great clarity, good head, not much lace. Aroma was a little lacking, maybe simcoes aren't aroma hops so much.

Good taste, ample bitterness, got more grapefruit than pine out of this hop. Compared with other single hop beers (Mikkeller) this is not only better, but so much cheaper! Enough caramel to approach balance, while remaining a tasty benefit to the beer. Liked this one more than the regular Latitude 48 I've had.

Nothing outlandish, straight forward caramel, simcoe at a great price ($17 for 12). Would like to see this as a year round offering.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale deep copper hue with an off white beige head forming textured dimpled cloudy head. Fine speckled bands of lace form between sips. Aromatics here are dominant with citrus namingly grapefruit peel...with earthy hops as well. A very pungent nose that gets you ready to imbibe on your first sip of this specialty brew. Flavor is more of the same strong assertively bitter grapefruit earthiness, the pale caramel malts don't really stand up to the level of hops offered up in this version. Clean brisk bitingly bitter hops going on these beers are quite fresh I picked up a 12 pack at Boardman's Vintage Estates for around 17 bucks. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel with a medium bodied well lubricated single hopped IPA, this is pretty good stuff. Well worth it, to go on a hop voyage from all five single hop varieties offered in this sampler pack. Extremely easy to drink yet coats the palate with grapefruit earthiness two really great hop flavors I'm enjoying throughout each sip.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear orangish amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Moderate amount of lacing on glass.

Smell: Less aromatic than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Woodsy, pine-like aroma with red grapefruit and floral notes.

Taste: caramel malt nicely balanced with a piney hop component that turns more bitter in the finish where the red grapefruit flacored Simcoe hops come to the fore. Of course, the flavor in this single hop brew is neither as complex nor as rich as the standard Latitude IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a notably dry finish. A very slight harshness.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like this single-hop version nearly as much. While lacking some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, this one is quite pleesant and provides a drier feel. I'm impressed that this single hop variety can carry the bittering, the aroma and the flavor. I'll add this to the mental list of favored hop varieties.

Photo of richkrull
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper color with quite a bit of off white head and good lacing too.

Smell is pretty malty - almost smells like an amber.

Taste is not too hoppy. Has kind of an off-flavor, I don't know. Way too malty for an IPA. Or not hoppy enough, either way.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and it's a smooth beer.

Overall an average beer. I probably won't try this again.

Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 3 in my personal tasting of this series.

This one is a deep, rich, copper colored brew, almost bronze, with a strong orange-tan head that rises to nearly two fingers and forms a dense pillow. Lacing is left plentiously in chunks along the glass and all the way down.
This is a very nice hop, showcasing in the aroma a fresh grapefruity citrus and even a bit of tropical fruits sweetness. It's almost like the hops themselves are balanced. There's a bit of an earthy dankness as well. Balance comes by way of caramel and bread from the malts, as expected. For its beauty, though, it doesn't come out with the power it could.
The flavor offers no such problem, as things work together very nicely and the hops profile takes the forefront. This is a citrus-forward IPA with nice balance, and it comes togehter in this one.
Body is not as dry, medium with plenty of smoothness and a minty tinge in the finish.
This was my favorite of the series.

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

This is west coast as eff.

The nose has that 'I'm drinking fruit punch in a redwood forest' vibe that I was known for in my youth before I ever had a sip of beer, mkay.

The taste is much the same although a bit more astringent bitter on the end, but maybe I've just been drinking too much Fresh Squeezed and Bid Daddy recently to be a neutral reviewer.

Anyway, this hop is delicious, my favorite so far of the series.

(can you tell I'm reviewing them all in a row?)

Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi dark golden color. Had a nice light golden creamy head.
There was a fair amount of a rich hop aroma. Not over hoppy, but enough to really enjoy.
The Simcoe hop is so distinctive. No matter what brewery I have tasted a Simcoe brew, there all had a real full slightly spicy and sweet taste

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The simcoe version looks (unsurprisingly) just list the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is noticibly different though and this, to me, is more in line with what a good IPA should smell like. It's fresh, citrusy, piney, and little bit of grapefruit.

Flavor is not as good and maybe because it's a little one-dimensional. Again, the caramel malt base is a little overpowering and hides some of the hops nuance instead of showcasing it. Still, the dankness of simcoe shines through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated.

Overall, probably one of the better in the Latitude series so far.

Photo of cokes
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same bronzed appearance as the others, if not even a tad better with a seemingly more vigorous head.
Caramel malts, doughy bread, and Simcoe elements of pink grapefruit, pine pitch, ganja, spearmint, and lime leaves. It has the makings of a solid nostril-gripping IPA, but dialed down a notch or two.
It enters the mouth with the now familiar malty blanket of toffee and sweet dough. The Simcoe prove more capable of holding their own that most of the other varietals (along with the Hallertau which also made a strong solo impression). Gobs of pine resin. Sweet-tart grapefruit juice with powdered sugar. Sprigs of mint. Sub-smoky, resinous characteristics of marijuana and sweeter wafts of pipe tobacco. Brighter notes of lime zest. Bitterness is rounded but substantial. The malt powers through again late, adding balancing toasted notes.
I'm a bit of a sucker for Simcoe, and while not transcendent, this doesn't disappoint.
The series does a nice job pinpointing specific hop attributes, and though a few of the variations don't translate to great solo acts, Simcoe proves complex and capable enough to carry its own.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 48 box. Pours grapefruit-orange body with a generous off-white head. Mild hop aromas. Orange smoothie flavour,trocal fruit, much carbonation. good drinkability though raw veggie stew finish. Middling mouthfeel. I have had better Simcoe IPA.

Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean red/amber, with nicely huge head. Impressive snowstorm/blizzard lace...spiderwebs covering the glass!

Rich pine nose, with some floral accents. Appealing.

Taste is heavy on the sour grapefruit tip. Enjoyable, but not my favorite of the Lat 48 series.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A day after I try the Latitude 48 IPA Ahtanum I'm trying the Simcoe hops version. Let's see how they compare.

Appearance-wise this looks like the same Latitude 48 IPA that I poured yesterday. The head is lovely, frothy-creamy-looking, off-white, and tall with good retention. I got a PERFECT pour with this one. Head retention is pretty good and lacing is left as well. The beer is amber-copper.

I'd have to say I believe this smells better than the Ahtanum. This is much more floral and the fruitiness is much more like tropical fruits rather than lemon or orange citrus. There's a marked presence of pine as well. I pick up malt graininess too.

I do think this tastes better than the Ahtanum version as well but I'd not say it's exceptionally better. The tropical fruits and pine flavors are more present and there's not the phenol-like taste in there which is a plus. This could be a bit more bitter but I'm not certain. Pine resin and caramel sweetness counter the bitterness while the malt grain gives more of a body. Bitterness lingers past everything else.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. This is drier than the Ahtanum version which I like.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Simcoe Deconstruct was my favorite of the group. So good in fact I want to get another 12!!! The color was a rich clear copper and had great head and lacing. The scent was the best of all five, good pine and grapefruit with a tinge of spice. The taste was awesomely balanced with great pine and citrus. There was also hints of spice which I think helped to have the beer come off the pallet. The mouthfeel was great and this beer had some body. Definitely the pick of the litter for me!

Photo of prototypic
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The next installment of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 series – Simcoe.

Latitude 48 – Simcoe is copper in color. No big shock there. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it some really nice crimson highlights. An off-white head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Not bad. It’s slow to recede and leaves and nice, steady lacing lining the glass.

The nose is weak and comes across as very average for the style. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Smells a little on the sweet side. Hops seem to be a little lost in the mix. Not a great thing for an IPA. There are some light citric notes of pineapple and maybe orange. They’re faint though. Frankly, it smells very balanced and tame. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Tastes alright. It’s a little sweet, and I’m not the biggest fan of the toasted flavor. The hops are more noticeable here. They taste citric and floral. More floral than I anticipated. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit are noted first, but a good dose of floral notes follow. There’s a bit of a bitter kick, but the malts balance it out a lot. Alcohol is buried. Finishes sweet and a tad bitter.

The body is light medium and feels smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down rather easy for what it’s worth.

I had somewhat high hopes for Latitude 48 – Simcoe. I’m a big fan of Simcoe hops. Unfortunately, they’re a little too buried and lost in the caramel/toasted malt mix. It’s not bad. Just a little too balanced for my taste. Less malt and more hops seems to be an easy fix for this one. If you’re looking for more balanced IPA though, this might be your thing. Not bad, but far from great.

Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep copper with brilliant clarity. Moderately low off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Simcoe always smells a little bit like cat piss to me. Here, the hops come across as piney, citric, and catty. As I grow accustomed to the aroma it has a sort of lemon-pepper smell. Malt is a bit harder to pick up here but comes through as lightly bready with a touch of caramel.

Flavor-Lemon and pine up front with distinct notes of cat piss in the finish. Grows more tolerable as I drink it. I catch some light malt flavors but this one is mostly ruled by the hops. The finish has a sort of sour bitterness to it, very lemony in character. As I drink it I find myself actually liking the flavor. The finish is moderately bitter but the bitterness is of a sharp quality, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Not too much to note here, though nothing off.

Simcoe hops always get me. Generally I'm put off immediately by the cat piss notes in the aroma and flavor, but as I drank this one, I noticed the catty notes begin to fade, and some nice lemon, pepper, and pine aromas and flavors emerged. In the end, I thought this one was decent, though those catty flavors in the beginning are a huge turn-off. Definitely a solid beer, but not my favorite hop variety.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, grassy & faint pear scents

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grapefruit & lemons as well, plus leafy hops up front. Herbal & woody hops mix with caramel & grapefruit as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & pretty good balance

A decent AIPA, clearly the pick of the letter to me, the rest I could take or leave

Photo of zimm421
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy, dark amber to copper color with a bubbly tan head. The head leaves some decent lacing and the head stays around for a little while.

The aroma is slightly bitter with subdued pine scents and a little citrus, just what you'd expect. Just a slight malt sweetness in the nose. The taste starts sweet with a breadiness, then moves to a point where there really isn't a lot of flavor and then kicks in with the bitterness. The pine definitely dominates the end of each sip. Nothing real impressive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rather low level of carbonation. Leaves a slightly creamy film after each sip. Overall, not very impressed. I was hoping things would get better as I moved through the 12 pack, but definitely underwhelmed. Not an outstanding IPA, but still something I could enjoy if there weren't other options.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange body with a nice tall white head. The carbonation appears aggressive.

Smell is grapefruit and a touch of pine. It smells good, but lacks punch.

Fortunately, the hops are more pungent in the flavor. Grapefruit and rind, then the pine. It's moderate bitterness has a light sweet balance from the malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The body is on the lighter side. Light puckering effect.

It's a very drinkable beer with a relatively mild abv, making it good for the summer months. I think this is the best Sam Adams beer I've had.

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small, tight cream colored head which settled into a sparse cap, some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops, though it is not very strong. Orange notes with some grapefruit. The malt aroma is sweet and bready.

The taste starts off with a citrus hop flavor, orange sweetness and grapefruit rind bitterness, as well as some floral notes. The malt is sweet and bready, noticable cereal flavors. A bit of a resinous bitterness in the end.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet malt flavors transition to a hoppy bitterness. Good balance, the bitterness can linger a tad too long.

Again, a good IPA, I do enjoy the Simcoe hop flavor profile. The malt is a bit heavy to make this beer outstanding but still a good brew.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.