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

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

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86
very good

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though the floral or fruity notes did not come out as much as I had expected – I prefer the Mikkeller single hops version to this one.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich copper with a nice creamy colored head and significant lace. Looks great. Smell is richly hopped , with even a bit of a sugary presence. Taste was very nice, not overly upfront with the hops, but it will catch you on the back end. Nice dry finish. Again that almost caramel malty taste rounds this out very nicely. Very smooth as well. This is a good IPA that is not Crazy Hopped

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Fairly dank hop aroma, which you typically expect from Simcoe. However underneath the citrusy and piney hops, there is still that pervasive sweetness to it.

T: Citrus and citrus zest. A moderate bitterness to it and some grassy and piney bitterness. Some sweet fruitiness and some of the same sweet maltiness to it but not quite as pronounced.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: The bitterness and intense hop flavor helped to balance out the intense sweetness.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10-1-11 date printed on the bottle neck.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a deep saturated orange with bright clarity. Solid layer of foam that maintains itself well, depositing concentric rings of intricate lacing on the glass.

Soft citrus grapefruit and malty toffee and caramel notes in the nose.

Malty taste with some dried citrus peel flavors. Seems like age has cut into the hop levels a bit, but there's still some candied orange there. Smooth mellow feel, could easily have a couple, but it's a bit faded now. Easy drinking IPA, not bad, just wish it was still fresh.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and some burnt toast maltiness. A nice touch of caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good version of Latitude 48. I prefer it to the regular edition.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a bit better than the regular version of Latitude 48 IPA and overall a pretty solid beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Huuuuge head with tons of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Earthy spicy hops, pine, chewy hop aroma.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Heavy spicy hops, touch of pine, chewy earthy hops, little weird herbal like almost plastic flavor, long bitterness.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Hot and heavy hop, spicy, earthy, typical simcoe.

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this along with 3 of the other 'deconstructed' latitude 48 single hop beers and the original.

Enjoyed cool and allowed to gradually increase in temp in the taster glass. I split these w/ BA Carlos.

The clarity and color are similar to the other 4 I tried together, but the color may be a shade darker, not sure if there are more oils or what but this is similar in every respect to the others, perhaps better retention too. The smell is not my personal preference but the hop works with the malt body ok, slightly 'catty' but herbal and earthy which could be described as 'piney' too. The feel is nice smooth bitterness from the simcoe without the jagged edge of the Ekg and finish is fruity tangy and balanced well.

This hop gives a more spiced flavor to me than any of the others, almost an exotic spice taste like ginger perhaps with some grapefruit and light pine attributes it has the attribute of working well with the malt backing, but dominates slightly and still is one I would enjoy since the hoppy oil qualities and the sweetness cooperate in the flavor to give a pleasant smoothness which the others don't achieve. I suppose I would go for this 3rd if I had to choose. I am only slighly less enthused by this than Zeus and Ahtanum since the aroma of Simcoe is one I am not a huge fan of. I think the flavor works well, so using Simcoe as a flavor addition for a homebrewer seems to be the way to go IMO.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I am cooler than you. Tried to drink all 6 of these last night but alas only made it through 5 before I fell asleep.

Beer is red to amber and completely clear, heavily carbonated. The head has some retention here and this head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is more resiny than the Latitude 48 itself, that malt backbone is still evident but the overall aroma of this beer is better, smells like pine and mild fruits.

Looking back (since this was the first single hop I had after drinking the Latitude 48) this was the most bitter and hoppy of them all. I wonder now if they corrected the hop additions for AA% of if they just put the same amount in every beer. Beer is medium bodied and has this malt sweetness up front, the overall feel of the beer is most like an IPA but still not quite. The hops fall flat on the back of the mouth leaving me wanting more of anything really.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Browned and biscuity flavors. Rather malty and medium bodied. Big mouthful of hoppy flavor. Plenty of bitterness. An interesting educational experience but really not very drinkable. Simcoe seems to have a lemony flavor rather than piney. Not as floral as some hops. Huge hoppiness generally overwhelms any other flavors after a while. Like most Sam Adams beer, however, it's clean and well made. Nice to look at, a bright orangey amber. Excellent head and lacing.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Enjoyable, but a little bit weak and not a ton of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, honey, citrus hops, tropical fruits, and light pine hops. A step up from the nose, and no real bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice IPA. Very easy to drink and some nice citrus hops and fruit to it. Would have it again.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a really nice citrus hop nose. It's not real intense, but it does stand out over the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It's well balanced with a good malty base. The Simcoe hops provide excellent hop character and resinate through to the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I like the Simcoe hops and how they compliment the malt palate.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.