Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-14-2011 11:06:45 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-21-2011 15:32:34 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-07-2011 02:06:45 | More by Mora2000
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-29-2011 18:37:04 | More by kingcrowing
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-14-2011 18:24:10 | More by MattyG85
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-06-2011 17:31:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-29-2011 15:28:04 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-11-2011 23:34:27 | More by chinchill
3.08/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
05-26-2011 23:54:46 | More by richkrull
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-26-2011 19:34:37 | More by Brenden
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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?)
08-17-2014 08:03:15 | More by samtrillo
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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