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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only Simcoe hops that bring a distinct punch of grapefruit character & piney notes. The subtle malt sweetness helps balance and round out the concentrated hop character." Brewed in the style of an American IPA with Simcoe Hops added. Available as part of the Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed pack, available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory Pint glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a biscuity caramel white complexion over a mildly hazy maple amber body with plentiful flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The Simcoe hop generates aromas of juicy tropical fruit, pithy grapefruit and piney resins. The malt aroma is a simple pairing of caramel grain and biscuit malt with a moderate syrupy sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor generates a hop flavor that is more juicy fruits and clean, very lightly acidic grapefruit than the aroma suggests. Notes of resin and pine generate most boldly on the finish contributing to a moderate but punctuated bitterness. The malt profile pales in comparison to the hop profile, despite its limitations in flavor over the hop aroma. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly oily, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a moderate frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A highly popular hop which generates a considerable amount of hop flavor by itself but drops off quickly with time. Because of these qualities, I consider this the most fragile hop ingredient of the ones I have yet reviewed. Potentially one of the most enjoyable angles of the hop profile of Latitude 48 but also one of the murkiest with a bit of age on it. It goes to show that Simcoe hop-brewed IPAs need to be enjoyed as fresh as possible, as even by themselves they are generally unable to carry the show alone. 3.5

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Samuel Adams Simcoe IPA
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Photo of Pencible
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with some off white head.
S: It smelled like copper and earthy floral hops, with some bready malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy floral hops, with some bready malt. It had a somewhat clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very good IPA, with muted scent and taste. Disappointing since I know this hop is capable of better brews. The body was a little weak also, and the finish wasn't great. So not the easiest to drink or enjoy. Pass on this one. (550 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin unbroken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation, there was significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: caramel, bread and pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread and then a mild piney hop profile, this is a well balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the best one so far, apparently I have a preference for the Simcoe hop, this is a nice hop that does not overpower you, very balanced IPA, I would definitely buy this again, Sam Adams had a great idea to deconstruct an IPA blend, I'm learning a lot about my own preferences, thank you Jim Koch! (804 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan, presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very pleasant, nice balance of malt, subtle caramel note, light biscuit, hop and bitter aromas are very nice, crisp, mix of grass and pine.

Taste is also very good: again a solid balanced profile, hops are crisp, bitter more earth and pine than citrus; malt is clean, light caramel notes, some biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is definitely more towards a lingering bitterness and nice dryness, a touch of sweetness than some drier ipas but acceptable and accentuating to the type of ale.

Overall, a great brew, clean flavors and good presence (706 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

A: crystal clear; bonze colored; 3 finger off white head that receded slowly and unevenly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: muted; cat pee from the simcoe, but not as strong as I expected;

T: earthy up front; pine comes out mid-palate; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: always a fan of simcoe; (343 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle from 12-pack purchased from local Heinen's grocery store ($15.99) poured into SA perfect pint glass. Best until 10/2014.

Clear honey-amber elixir, one-finger, white foam head, thick lacing.

Spice, pine hops, caramel, biscuit malt.

Starts out with a nice pine, spice hop flavor but any promise of showcasing the hops is crushed by the malt.

Medium to light body, evenly carbonated.

Great idea but they really only went half way. (447 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter, part of Deconstructed Latitude 48.
A: pours a light white one finger foam head, golden copper color, some stringy lacing, carbonation
S: sweet, grapefruit n pine resin, the sweetest of the bunch so far
M:light to medium
T: fruity, sweet, malty, tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, bitter finish
O: good brew, to me this hop very contrasting hop-starts out sweet and fruity but then finishes bitter, more so than other hop varieties. (466 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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?) (471 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive off-white amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter smell with a good deal of tangerine, mango, and pineapple along with a moderate showing of herbal and floral aromas. Some pine and grapefruit hop smells are there as well and mix with some bready and caramel aromas to produce a rather pleasantly sweet, and malty smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with strong showing of a bready and caramel flavor mixed with a decent sum of a tropical fruit sweetness. Along with the sweet and malty are some flavors of a pine and grapefruit hop upfront. Some herbal and grassy hop flavors join the taste profile as the taste advances with the grapefruit fading a bit but the pine growing slightly stronger in nature. While the sweetness is mainly of a caramel nature upfront, some of the tropical fruits grow even stronger on the tongue with them surpassing the caramel. The newly arriving flavors, with the sweeter and hop flavors of the brew that were present upfront, end up leaving a rather decently hop blended and moderately malty and sweet smoother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is just above average in thickness for a brew of only 6 % abv. with the carbonation level that is rather average. The medium body and higher carbonation are quite fitting for the blend of hop, sweet and matiness of the brew and create a rather easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This is a nice brew overall with a big malt and sweet profile, but yet balanced by a diverse hop taste profile, even though it is only singly hopped. Almost as good as the original latitude 48 and certainly an interesting try. (1,895 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Golden amber with a two finger light tan head.

S: Grapefruit and pine, distinctively Simcoe hops. Slight malty sweetness and maybe even a bit of bubblegum. My initial impressions based on aroma are that this is going to be much more of an IPA than the East Kent Goldings or Hallertau Mittelfreuh versions of this beer. Caramel aromas begin to build in the glass as the beer warms.

T: Lots of grapefruit like citrus rind, followed closely by malt sweetness. Bitterness is solid for an IPA and dry. I get another hint of that bubblegum flavor in the finish, just a touch but it's there.

M: Again, as with all of these Deconstructed IPA's, moderate body and carbonation but the more hoppy, more bitter brews don't seem to be as heavy.

O: Much more of an IPA than a few of the others but as with the Mosaic only hopped version, it lack the complexity of the really good IPA's. Still a very good beer that I'd happily drink if it were available. This might be my favorite of the bunch so far, just by a touch over the Mosaic Deconstructed IPA. (1,088 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy before Oct 2014
L - copper colored ale with a creamy beige head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit, fruit, pine, caramel, bread
T - bold malt backbone with bready, caramely sweetness, fruity grapefruit is a little pungent with some pine in there
F - medium, resinous, finishes dry with lingering grapefruit pith and pine
O - I like the Simcoe hops and the pungency it provides; not bad for what it is, but I liked the Mosaic more. (455 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of head which settled slightly but was very present while drinking. Dark, almost burnt orange color. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation was bright, a touch above average for the style.

Smell: Heavier saturated citrus with biscuity malts on the front. Some lighter tropical fruits that I associate with Simcoe pop up on the body. The finish is some bold pine and medium bodied fruits with accents of oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts warm up the palate which parlays into some still prevalent Simcoe hop profile. Lingering citrus with some lighter tones of pineapple, mangos, and kiwis show up on the body. The finish is some pine and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Balanced hop bitterness with brighter fruit tones. Solid malt backbone. Carbonation fits.

Overall: I know I am a little late to the party with these, I'm sure fresher this would have even been a better beer. Will get one of these fresher next year and revisit, but regardless, this was still very solid. (1,071 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated best by October and drinking in July. Should be considered fairly fresh.

Appearance is very nice with excellent retention and lacing. Smell is very piney. Taste is quite pleasant for an IPA. Slight fruitiness, piney, floral and well balance malt to support.

Overall I'm finding that ole Jimmy K. is finally starting to make some decent IPAs. This Simcoe is a respectable IPA and I enjoyed it. (408 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Too sweet for Simcoe; these single-hop Latitudes need more hops! Hint of lemon.

T/M: Pretty good! Nicely balanced between a classic American-hop pine-ctirus and sweet-sticky caramel malts. At least this is noticeably an IPA. Enjoyable, but not exceptional. Smooth, sweet finish with nary a hint of pine or astringency.

O: Very nice. Good beer, even on its own. (485 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first two deconstructeds I've poured tonight had no head, but this orange-amber beer develops a medium one, so marking up the appearance. Aroma is better than the hallertau--it has that pine-resin aroma we've encountered a lot in recent IPAs. Taste has plenty of bitterness, and piney hop flavor. Malt adds a sweet component that is well-balanced. Finish is dry. About equal to the main Latitude I think. Very drinkable, but doesn't stand out. (447 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a wispy half-finger head that dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Healthy aroma of pine, grapefruit, and a hint of dank (pot).

T - Taste matches the nose. Pine, pink grapefruit, lemon peel, and apricot. Caramel malt base, but doesn't stand up to the aggressive hops. Finish is dry and clean with some lingering bitterness.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with standard SA prickly carbonation.

O - Decent, but strictly a pine/grapefruit bomb and a very "typical" IPA. Weak appearance and too thin bodied overall. (624 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love Simcoe hops but this one falls short for me. Not sure if it is the way the hops are used or the malt billing snuffing out this hops goodness but it is an average beer.

More of a pine aroma than anything bordering on citrus. Taste follows suit....piney...a bit of toffee like maltiness..

Medium Full bodied....oily hoppiness

Certainly not a horrible beer but i wanted more out of the Simcoe hops and they did not shine enough and did not exhibit the nice citrus flavors I prefer to glean from this hop.

Still, a decent enough IPA but nothing special.... (564 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark Golden color beer. Poured this beer into a pint glass minimal head Modreate to heavy hoppiness. great overall flavor for this beer not the best beer i have had but it is certainly a decent one at the most again cheers to Boston Brewing Company!! (250 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Simcoe hops as having a "distinct punch of grapefruit character and piney notes."

I’m getting the distinctly hoppy nose with very faint grapefruit - certainly no punch. The pine really comes through in the flavor profile, especially in the dry bite to the finish. (438 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 because they admittedly snagged me with the concept. Such a sucker. Anyway, worked my way through 1, 2, and 3 and got to Simcoe tonight. They were slowly getting better so I actually have a little expectation. Good looking beer, a little dark with a strong head that sticks around and grabs the glass. Smell was very disappointing. The taste followed through on the disappointment. Not the flavor bang that I like and to much of the bitter which I don't. Although it admittedly faded as I worked through the beer. But not balanced enough for me. A step back for me in the series. (622 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Very nice IPA. (283 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. I knew I liked Simcoe for a reason. Good on all ends. Real oily characteristics on this one fragrance and flavor wise. Thick, consistent, and distinct. I'm kind of disappointed that I went to this as I doubt the last two I have left of this series will live up to this one. But what can you do. This is a solid beer. Especially considering that there is only one hop varietal in use. A pleasure to drink. (413 characters)

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

A- Clear amber topped with a thick off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hop notes with hints of citrus, mostly lemon zest and grapefruit.

T- Hints of lemon that build to a bitter grapefruit note. Grapefruit dominates the caramel malt until the finish when the malt finally shines through. The finish is dry and mostly clean with a final note of the grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Clean on the palate, about halfway through the glass the hop oil does start to build up.

O- The most well known of the hops to me in this deconstructed IPA so far. As easy hop to note in other beer and a memorable flavor for me. The 6% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further. (1,056 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Makes me think of it as Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe's kid brother, with it's pithy, citrusy character, the premier really accentuating the bitterness. (1,264 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Eric (1,016 characters)

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