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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - SimcoeSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe

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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%

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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 thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This version of the Latitude 48 is very fruity smelling from the Simcoe hop which also gives off a slight pine and "cat piss" smell that I remember Jim Koch mentioning in an interview about this mix pack. After tasting this beer I can definitely say Simcoe is a very flavorful hop. It does add some bitterness but mostly gives off this sweet fruity herbal slight pine taste that is tart and satisfying. The hop taste also mixes in real well with the bready sweet malt they use.

Actually this hop blends in with the malt profile they chose for every Latitude 48 beer the absolute best. It ends sweet and dry. This is a very flavorful beer that seems to be the most flavorful American hop without being too bitter. The Zeus and Ahtanum seemed to be more of bittering hops... Zeus being the most bitter. So far this is my 2nd favorite beer in the mix pack right behind Zeus which is my number 1 favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:14:55 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of woodychandler


4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Simcoe; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe IPA is brewed with only Zeus hops from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Simcoe hops contribute a profound bitterness and dramatic grapefruit peel and pine resin notes to this brew, with the slight sweetness and full malt body balancing the concentrated hop character."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the fifth of the six.

Just as Radar O'Reilly was advised to nod and murmur, "Ah, Bach!" in an episode of "M*A*S*H", so should any hophead worth his/her salt murmur, "Ah, Simcoe!" This is the granddaddy of American IPAs and deserves our respect for its contributions. I had a dense finger of tawny head with great retention from my pour. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity in a shade and tone that not even newly minted pennies achieve. Nose was ... Ah, Simcoe! It smelled like the pine resin bag from little league baseball and allow me to wish the PA team representing the Mid-Atlantic this year the best of luck the rest of the way. If this does not get your nostrils to sit up and pay attention, you may want to consult a physician as you may be dead. Its interaction with the caramel malt sweetness was breathtaking. Mouthfeel was prickly with the grapefruit citrus bitterness burning out those weak taste buds and paving the way for the pine hops to get a chance to shine. Ah, Simcoe! If the nose was breathtaking, the finish was stunning with me wishing that I were wearing a seatbelt so as not to fall over from the intensity. Jeez-O, man, ah, Simcoe, indeed! If they could make a Simcoe mouthwash, I would be gargling ten times a day. The finish just left me feeling as though I had been gargling with it. Minty fresh! The lacing in the glass was outrageously sticky. Beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:53:13 | More by woodychandler
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a crystal-cear amber body with a good two inches of persistent head that leave some pretty decent lacing. Lemon and grapefruit rule the aroma, but they do not clobber you. Tastes sweet, pleasant, and fruity. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, pith, with bread and caramel notes barely detectable to give some backbone. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. One of the best of the bunch with the EKG one being the only one close for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:18:59 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Simcoe - This is a very clear, very sparkling, coppery amber ale with a soft, dense, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong Simcoe aroma. It's like orange peel and tangerine with a berry quality. It's medium-light bodied, smooth and a little slippery with a clean, dry finish. It's well balanced and very tasty. It's not very bitter, but there is a lot of hop flavor. Like the aroma, tangerine and possibly berries or... Blood orange! It tastes candy like but not sweet. There's a touch of caramel but the focal point here is certainly the hops. This is my favorite of the Latitude 48 series. I'm a big fan of Simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 17:34:15 | More by yesyouam
Photo of WoodBrew


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:09:56 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of neenerzig


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium amber color with a nice creamy and fluffy looking off white, slightly tan colored head that is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice thick surface film layer about 5 minutes later with very nice lacing lining the inside of the glass. Best lacing I've seen in quite awhile. Has a nice floral, piney hop aroma upfront followed by a nice caramel maltiness. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice floral, piney, citrus hop flavor upfront. Damn nice hop bitterness here! Gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt sweetness. Not a huge ass bitter hop monster of a beer where all you can taste are the hops, but the hop flavors certainly do tend to dominate here. Has a clean and sort of dry finish. Also has a crisp and smooth, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. One of the best beers I've had from The Boston Beer Company in quite awhile!


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:08:33 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Gehrig


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Deconstructed 12-pack. Enjoyed in The Outer banks with fellow beer and IPA lovers.

Excellent beer, perhaps the best of the lot, Deconstructed Simcoe is bold, packed with flavor, intensely hopped, and coupled with a solid malt backbone. The Simcoe is just delicious, very pronounced. Floral, citrusy, and resiny, this is really hop-forward. the caramel-biscuit malt combination is impressive, making this very well rounded. Terrific hop texture, gritty but not overbearing. Good color--hazy dark amber--lacing, and head duration top off Simcoe with a fine presentation.

Superb IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:13:19 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Damian


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

Like the other beers in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series, this one poured a glowing, orangey-amber color with a near three-finger tall head of khaki colored froth. Outstanding retention. Thick, drippy sheets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Praise the Lord! This was the first beer in the series (aside from the original Latitude 48 IPA) that actually smelled hoppy. Candied orange peel came through strong. Peach and apricot notes were also noticeable. Hints of sweet, tropical fruits appeared as well. Like the other beers in the series, the bready, caramel malt presence was overstated, though it melded fairly well with the punchy simcoe hops. As the beer warmed, the malts became more prominent and the hops seemed to fade into the background. At least things started out well.

The flavor profile was impressive. Sweet caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were signature simcoe. Ruby red grapefruit notes dominated the flavor profile. Candied orange peel was also noticeable. The beer was spicy in the center. Hints of tropical fruit notes (mango and pineapple) came through as well. Slightly pithy, dry and bitter yet also fruity and semi-sweet on the finish. Fantastically well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, lively effervescence. Creamy and silky smooth on the palate.

This was the first (and unfortunately only) beer that I really enjoyed drinking in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:49:52 | More by Damian
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best one of the "Deconstructed series". Turns out simcoe is my favorite hop, which makes sense considering I remember many of my favorite beers using it. This one is the most well balanced but still bitter/hoppy of the bunch. Stands great on its own. Great overall beer, great taste and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 22:37:01 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of Gushue3


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark gold/ amberish and sits deep amber redish. A one finger white head arises and leaves a good amount of lacing

S- big citrus and floral scent.

T- Well balanced. With a nice piney and citrus taste upfront that stays bitter through to the finish. very nice

M- medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. feels really nice.

O- i like this one, my favorite from the mix pack. looks good tastes good. i hope this makes a 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:23:53 | More by Gushue3
Photo of tzieser


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. a very thick head sticks for a while. i think i rushed the pour. whatever.

s: notes of pine and various citrus fruit. sweet malts are noticeable in the back but not prominent at all.

t: mannnn i really am a sucker for simcoe hops. citrusy and pine notes again. slightly bitter but not unpleasant at all. malt balance is noticible and pleasant. gives the brew a good body. i'm very happy with this, especially for the price.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

i'm kind of astonished. a very good job by boston beer company. lets hope this will silence the haters. it probably won't though. people tend to dislike successful people (see: tom brady) and companies (see: microsoft or sony. take a pick) and i don't think that thought process will change anytime soon. great brew, regardless though!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 23:58:36 | More by tzieser
Photo of hosehead83


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Simcoe" on label, into standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a big two-inch off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Pure Simcoe: cirtus and piney hops abound,lingering grapefruit-rind bitterness. Very snappy and flavorfull. My kind of IPA!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 16:41:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a fluffy two inch head. Loads of lace shows up during the session.

Smell: pine, sharp citrus, and an earthy tone is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some apples, a hint of pear, pine, grapefruit, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a dry finish.

Overall: very good and refreshing beer. A nice solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 23:54:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of ElmerBruisery


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a little too warm, didn't want to wait to open

Copper with crystal clear organish-red hue
2 finger off white head the recedes to a nice cap w solid lacing

Smells great! Tropical citrus fruits, also fruity pebble like notes. 

Mouthfeel, great, slighty creamy, moderate carb, highly drinkable

Taste, again fruity pebbles, candied oranges, smell and taste more orange than grapefruit. Good hoppy bitterness with enough sweet maltiness to balance it out. Could use more hops.

Overall a great beer, should be a permanent release.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:37:42 | More by ElmerBruisery
Photo of Brenden


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:34:37 | More by Brenden
Photo of hustlesworth


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- last of the series, here we go. i've run out of ways to say clear and coppery. huge rocky chunky ecru foam with tons of webbing.

S- big citrus blast, from grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, aaaand sweetly toasted malt.

T- mango dominates the flavor profile. absolutely and all the way mango. some grapefruit and pineapple and pine wood back it up. about tied with ahtanum for bitterness, but the simcoe just has a nicer flavor. that flavor, as it is, also is a better compliment to the caramel and pale malts. there's also a more woodsy earthy edge to this one that i recognized immediately from when my homeboy ben (soon to be opening his own brewery in cleveland!) gave me a handful of fresh cascades that he grew himself. bright and citrusy and green when fresh, but after i dried and cured them and smashed one around, i got that same earthy woodsy 'edge'. cheers to correlation. vinous notes and a degree of tartness. finishes herbal, woodsy, piney.

MF- medium medium medium. resinous. juicy. moderately dry.

D- may have saved the best for last here. classic american IPA flavor, simcoe has always been one of my favorites. i really enjoyed this deconstruction and it was cool to have (nearly) consecutive reviews of IPAs that exclusively used hops that wouldn't normally be used by themselves. namely hallertau and goldings. simcoe however, well, she's just simcoe. and when they ask me-- 'why does she do the things she does?' i say...i tell em-- 'well, that's just simcoe being simcoe.'

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:10:08 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 15:28:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly mine, and most everybody Else's favorite out of the "Deconstructed" IPA's. Pours clear copper with Foamy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma has some nice citrus notes along with resiny and spicy notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with Piney bitterness and some sticky spice. Light to Med. bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. This one is more hops than the other's. (Thank you Simcoe) 1st time I tried these I was night fishing and drinking from the Bottle, I'm glad I had extra's of each, to enjoy even more from a glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:03:18 | More by beergod1
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body, excellent clarity, huge fluffy five-finger white mountain range of bubbly foam. Thick lacing, too thick to be lace, more like netting.

Enormous enticing and somewhat scary pine and grapefruit aroma. A great nose on this beer.

Big caramel malt foundation slathers across the tongue. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Juicy fruit fights its way free from the bitter. Pine finish.

Medium-plus mouthfeel. This is a solid beer on the tongue.

Overall, a good IPA, though no match for Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:59:29 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, some sweetness

Taste: Grapefruit bomb! Some pine, floral, and spice notes behind the grapefruit, but its mainly grapefruit. This one is sweeter than the others.

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

Overall: Interesting, and pretty good. This will probably be the most distinctive hop out of the 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:20:46 | More by MadCat
Photo of ANNO1074


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Light forthy head and dark carmel color, a little darker than I had expected

Very succinct balance of malt and hops

Hops are very fresh and floral. slightly citrus on the finish with a little pepper. Hops stay on the palate through the next sip. Strong but not overpowering

Malt is little nutty with some carmel

This is a big IPA. It's not as big as a Stone or GreenFlash, but not every beer should be. It's fresh, big, well balanced, and carries a wondeful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:16:17 | More by ANNO1074
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Great deep amber body with 1 finger off white head.

s - Well balanced nose. Immediately I got a sweet grainy aroma rich with caramel. A second whiff reveals the tropical fruit specifically pineapple complimented by subtle earthy characteristics.

t- Again a very well rounded brew, the IBUs match the sweetness perfectly. Up front it's bitter but quickly gets met by the malt. Hop flavor which is more earthy and pine than the aroma is strong throughout.

m/d - Appropriate body for the style, full but not sticky. Hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Very tasty and complex despite being a single hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:16:10 | More by magnj
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight short glass.

A: clear copper orange; moderate head; decent carb action; ok lacing
S: floral and hoppy smell with trace of butter
T: Wow, this is why I love simcoe hops. Very sharp flavor up front; earthy, bass-flavored pine. Tapers into sweet, clear hops

Overall, really a good IPA; nice to taste it in isolation from other hops, especially to savor simcoe

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:42:53 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to bright red in color. Nice fluffy off white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Big time pine right up front. This scent definately reminds me of some of the big west coast style ipa's.

T: Grassy hop flavor right up front followed by citrus rind and a huge wave fo spicy bitterness.

M: Slightly oily, spicy, intense bitterness that sticks around. Moderate carbonation. Averagefor the style.

O: A nice way of showcasing an awesome hop. This is the last of the entire deconstructed 12 pack I have tried and I believe it tastes the best. Maybe because it is what I am the most used to, or maybe I am used to it because it is a superior hop. Either way, nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:29:29 | More by rrski198
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decontructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a thick billowy head that leaves nice lace.

S- Fruity tropical hop aroma with plenty of citrus and grapefruit. The Simcoe hops definitely smell the most like a traditional West Coast IPA.

T- Bitter upfront with some grapefruit and herbal notes in the finish. I think the hops go really well with the caramel malt and it helps to balance the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol is not as apparent as it was with the Zeus and Hallertau hops.

O- This one is probably my favorite of the bunch. Pungent west coast aroma with a nice bitterness and smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:50:04 | More by projectflam86
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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