Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.83/5 rDev -26.1%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
As soon as the pour hits the glass it exploded into a large, parchment colored head. It nearly got out of hand. The head is frothy and meringue-like. Lots of lacing is the obvious result. The beer is a minimally hazed copper-red with brass highlights. It really looks much like the other versions.
The best smelling of the lot, but this is still too overwhelmingly malty to be a top rate IPA. Rich, juicy citrus is suggested as the pithy nature of the Simcoe tries to push through the oppressive malts of Latitude 48. Pineapple and grapefruit are among these suggestions. There is, however, a lot of toasted bread aromas. This has been the downfall of all of these beers.
This doesn't taste bad, but I have to put it down below average simply because the hops are bursting out of the glass as in so many IPAs today. An all Simcoe IPA should be lush, tropical and awesome. This is muted by a truck load of bread dough. The pineapple and grapefruit is there but only at 75%. Bitterness builds in the aftertaste. This is something that I've found objectionable in this series.
All the heavy handed malts in these beers have given them all a full body and understated creaminess, but its all cut up by the sharp carbonation.
The best of the lot. This could be pretty damn good if it were turned up.
06-11-2011 04:32:41 | More by MbpBugeye
2.85/5 rDev -25.6%
Nice shiny orange-copper with thick creamy tan head, with sticky thick lacing. Head retains for several minutes.
Sweet caramel malt scent with light notes of hops,grassiness. Average,weak nose.
Chewy maltiness, hop tingle midway,backed with abundant carbonation.Overall light/medium body. No lingering after-bite. Could use more hop bite.
Again,like the other Latitude 48s, is underwhelming. Needs more malt flavor, more hop bite. These are closer to American Pale Ales or English IPAs than the average American IPA.
06-07-2011 21:06:28 | More by happy4hoppybeer
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/4/11
Enjoy before September 2011
Darker side on an IPA - tobacco brown/amber. One thumb cap of smooth foam dissipates but leaves a decent layer of retention and nice, drippy rings of lace.
Hmm, smells malty. Notions of dry pine tar and over-ripe citrus peel are blanketed in swaths of bread (lots of bread) and suggestions of caramel. Tastes a bit more hop-forward, but not much. A consistent bitterness lasts throughout; earthy and piney. Hints of citrus zest on the back end. As with the aroma, lots of bready malts and a touch of caramel. Medium-full body, rounded out by the maltiness. Moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers.
Tastes ok and does become a bit more enjoyable as it warms, but the beer is too malt heavy to push it above mid-tier.
06-04-2011 21:33:35 | More by Ryan011235
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
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Poured a clear coppery color. One finger tan head shows gooed retention. Nice sheets of lace are left on the glass while I drink this one down.
S- I get some nice citrus notes with a hint of cat pee thrown in there. Lots of sweet caramel biscuity malts in the backing of the aroma for sure. This to me smells like a typical east coast style IPA.
T- Typical simcoe like grapefruit in the front although the malt bill which is a bready caramel bomb almost distracts from the hop that is trying to showcase itself. Light grapefruit notes and bitterness throughout the beer but the malt bill destroys what could be a great easy drinking IPA.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hints of bitter grapefruit and lots of caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol with hints of hop bitterness covered in a boatload of caramel malts. Flavors were a little off with this showing more of the malts than the hops which made it seem like a weak IPA at times. No off flavors while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.
O- This was a interesting idea for Sam Adams. i think it could be better pulled off it another brewery were to attempt it. The malt bill like in others of the Deconstructed series was just a little too much and took away from showcasing what hop was being used.
12-09-2011 19:47:30 | More by SmartyPints
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
Fourth in the series.
A -- As to expect, a clear, deep gold to orange color with a very dense, light tan head.
S -- Lightly spicy and piny hop note. Some vague earthiness and resins back. Mellow at the start, but opens up with some air. Interesting, but not what I'd call appetizing.
T -- Spicy, resinous hops up front -- rather sharp bitterness with mild biscuit malt in the middle and finishing resinous (sort of tar-like) with some vague citrus and biscuit in the aftertaste.
M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O -- My least favorite so far. There's something a little too pungent in the resiny Simcoe. Fortunately, it's not overwhelming, so finishing the beer won't be a struggle.
06-16-2011 21:18:32 | More by steveh
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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