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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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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy pine with hints of bready and caramel malt deep underneath. Seems to be the most hop forward of the bunch. Taste is piney and bitter with barely enough sweet bready malt to keep this from being too harsh. Long lingering harsh pine hangs on the palette long after every sip. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and level of carbonation. This one could really use a bit more of a malt backbone maybe some crystal malt would help this one greatly. This was the most IPA like of the bunch though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:05:47 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ONUMello


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Reddish-amber color, one-finger head.
S: Fresh pine resin and pine wood. Has a bit of a cat pee aroma as well.
T: This is pretty much what I think of when I think of an IPA. Pine, citrus, a hint of cat pee. Toasty malts as well.
M: Just what it should be. Not too light, not too heavy. Nice balance of hop bitterness and malt smoothness.
O: Shows the Simcoe hops quite well, enjoyable to drink and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 05:13:03 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Slatetank


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 16:40:05 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DannyDan


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out an amber body with a thin white head that has very good lacing and retention, and decent carbonation.
S. The smell is not real strong, but do get some slight sweetness and some pine.
T. Taste some sweet caramel and some other sweet malt along with a hint of grapefruit, and some pine and grassy taste to finish it off. This is very well balanced and I prefer this IPA over the regular L48.
M/O. The mouth feel is a smooth, crisp clean feeling that is easy to drink and if this was sold all year round and not just a limited release I would drink this one more than the regular L48.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:59:47 | More by DannyDan
Photo of allengarvin


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 01:04:37 | More by allengarvin
Photo of wajacobs


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The latitude 48 deconstructed 12 pack is a great marketing ploy. I was hoping to try them all against the regular latitude 48 and trying to identify the individual contributions each hop makes but I didn't.

The deconstructed simcoe poured clear deep amber with a rocky white head. The aroma is slightly caramely sweet with hoppy citrus notes. The hops really present themselves on the tongue with a sharp bitterness that isn't overpowering but definately assertive.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:15:20 | More by wajacobs
Photo of beerphan


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle > mini goblet

Pours a clear copper with a tight oft white head that shows some staying power. Chalky sheets of lace. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Piney sweet.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Malts are thin on the initial taste, giving only a vague sweetness to the brew. As the beer warms a slick caramel base emerges. Hops are thick and juicy. Lots of pine rind and citrus goodness. A slight green onion flavor lingers and leaves a bitter crud on the finish. This is definitely big on hop additions.

The first one i.ve tried out of the latitude series, impressed so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:51:07 | More by beerphan
Photo of therica


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= medium copper-amber with a very thin head, lots of rimming, some lacing. Little carbonation noted.

S= vanilla cream soda?!? Huh?!? Okay give it 10 seconds-- vanilla ice cream?!?! Huh?!?! Weird. Okay now it's settled for a few minutes. Rusty sweet malts. Some hops florals. Light brandy notes. Then after a few more minutes some wild cherry hints.

T= decent grassy sweet malts, caramelized malts, some hops florals. Slight fruity notes. Definitely IPA bitters but they're more subdued in this version of the Deconstructed Five.

M= grassy, a mix of dryness and caramelized sweet malts and light fruit.

O= very interesting, an oddly successful balance overall. Probably decent with a lot of foods-- steak, burgers, salads, fries, even Mexican or Italian. Somehow the overall mix of this beer is greater than its individual sums.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:56:05 | More by therica
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual for this series, pours a nice copper color and a decent head that leaves some lacing. Smells grainy, bitter with citrus and pine, and quite creamy. The taste is similar, with a long bitter citrus note that turns piney, a creamy finish, and quite grainy to start. The simcoe hops are nicely showcased here, and unlike many other hops, this one can stand comfortably on its own. The only real problem here is the base beer, which is a bit too grainy. Always a nice thing to see single hopped beers for educational reasons, and Sam Adams is to be commended for that. In fact, with their reach, this series should do well as a wonderful tool to teach about various hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:16:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of MrOH


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a single finger, off-white head.

Lots of pine and dankness.

Earthy pine covers up the malt apparent in the varietals. Just lots of simcoe goodness.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Good carb.

Simcoe can stand on its own much moreso than a lot of hops, and this beer proves it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:44:18 | More by MrOH
Photo of silentjay


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

non-hazy amber copper with a nice eggshell colored head that lasts a while, grows to be very sizable, and leaves nice lacing.

a mix of grapefruit and pine with a lot of caramel malt in the background. a bit of cat urine as well.

malts are a bit too dominant to really get the full effect of the simcoe hops. pine and sweetened grapefruit are there, as is a touch of bitterness, but the sweetness from the malts keeps the simcoe from shining as much as would be ideal. tasty though!

medium bodied, resiny, and sticky with a bitter and sweet aftertaste and ample carbonation.

liked it.

I love the concept, the malts are just a bit too dominant for the intricacies of each singular hop to be fully appreciated. To the amateur, these will probably all taste the same.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:58:59 | More by silentjay
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:15:49 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of pratyk


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in Bottle. Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very clear Copper color with an offwhite head that disappears fast. Good amount of lacing during consumption.

Smell: Piny, Citrusy (Grapefruit)

Taste: Grapefruit, Pine notes with a good amount of hoppiness. Bitter that stays on the palate with a lingering spicy aftertase.

Mouthfeel: Smooth texture that covers the palatte for a bit, almost sticky. Medium Carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good beer from Sam Adams which is certainly better than the regular Lat 48 brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:10:08 | More by pratyk
Photo of chocosushi


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/5 Latitude

A ~ Same dark coppery Amber that the others posses. This one on the other hand, has a fantastic velvety bubbly head that I notice many simcoe hop brews posses. Great lacing.

S ~ Mint and Grapefruit muddled together with a a lot random bitter flavors roaming around there.

T ~ Clementine, Orange peels, and clementine start it off going into supple peaches and roasted malt and grass. The hop makes that "house malt" flavor of BBC shine in a good light. Very Tasty.

M ~ Bitter oils coat the tongue. A grassy IPA with tiny bubbles, and a smooth mouthfeel, in turn.

D ~ Very very drinkable, balanced IPA with the malt and hops marrying very harmoniously.

One of my favorite hop varietals.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 23:05:21 | More by chocosushi
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness Pint.

Appearance--Just like the rest of Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack, dark for an IPA. A deep Golden color with a good half inch head that lingers. Carbonation also good but not exceptional.

Smell -- Hello grapefruit! This is the smell of a good IPA to me. The other Deconstructed beers tend to have a more malty smell (except for Zeus), but this one smells purely of Simcoe. Grapefruit from beginning to end.

Taste -- The malt is the same type flavor as with the other Deconstructed beers, except the hops flavor comes through in this one. The malt tends to take over in the other beers, which make it more of an APA to me, but the citrusy hops come out to play in this one.

Mouthfeel -- Just like other Deconstructed beers, there is an oily texture in the finish, when combined with the light body it makes this beer drinkable as all get out.the bitterness is there but not in the volume that I have come to expect from an IPA.

This is right behind Zeus as the best of the pack, but not an exceptional stand alone beer. They could almost bottle this by itself (after amping up the amount of Simcoe and adding some Zeus in for good measure). I like the hop flavors present, it just seems like Boston Beer Company didnt want to get to bitter in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:10:36 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 11:06:45 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 17:31:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:34:27 | More by chinchill
Photo of Vonerichs


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange body with a nice tall white head. The carbonation appears aggressive.

Smell is grapefruit and a touch of pine. It smells good, but lacks punch.

Fortunately, the hops are more pungent in the flavor. Grapefruit and rind, then the pine. It's moderate bitterness has a light sweet balance from the malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The body is on the lighter side. Light puckering effect.

It's a very drinkable beer with a relatively mild abv, making it good for the summer months. I think this is the best Sam Adams beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:42:54 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of trappistlover


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle from BevMo! Scottsdale). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. The carbonation bubbles on this one are significantly lighter than all 4 of the other versions. Aroma has some nice citrus notes along with pungent and spicy notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with bitterness and some spice. Lighter bodied with an oily texure. Bitter finish. This is nice

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:59:42 | More by trappistlover
Photo of jlindros


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:23:05 | More by jlindros
Photo of Brad007


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're familiar with your hops, then you should be familiar with the Simcoe hop, the darling of Weyerbacher's "Double Simcoe" and similar beers.

Pours a vibrant copper color with a two-finger head into my glass. Very inviting.

Peppery with just a touch of grassiness. Just a hint of malt underneath.

Citrus notes greet the tongue, followed by buttery malt. Juicy and vibrant.

Lingering citrus and grassy notes in the mouthfeel. Nothing much else.

It's ok but I didn't quite get the punch of simcoe that I was expecting. Still worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:25:33 | More by Brad007
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
Same color head and body, three-finger thick head in large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip; lots of lacing. Aromas of hemp oil, pine are definitely dominant; the hemp character almost has a nuttiness to it that one finds in actual hemp seeds. There is a touch of garlic chive here, though it is not so much that I find it objectionable. There is a big, hop-fruit character underneath the up front hop character that is big on lychee and floral apricot as well as some actual spicy floral notes.

There is a nice biting bitterness up front in my first sip and this bitterness continues through to the finish where it is clean and biting; it is actually quite a bit more clean than I would have guessed it would be. Up front the herbaceous, hemp oil dankness pervades the palate, but there is a lot of tropical fruit and ripe floral fruit notes that competes with the herbal notes in the middle of a sip. The fruit character is also found up front of each sip, though it doesn’t linger much in the finish; flavors of lychee, floral tangerine, The herbal notes are actually a bit more dominant than the fruit character here. Interestingly enough the hop character is big enough in this beer (at least today) that I am not noticing the malt as much as I did in the Hallertau Mittelfrueh. The malt character, while more subtle adds notes of toasty, caramelized whole grain, light biscuit notes and some cracker like notes. The herbal character is a bit astringent at times, though it is not nearly as much as many an IPA. The body of this beer is still a bit more chewy and viscous than I would prefer in an IPA, though it is perhaps a touch more balanced than the Hallertau Mittelfrueh version, or at least the hops are more aggressive enough that it hides the chewy body a bit more.

The simcoe hop character has a nice balance between sharper, herbaceous notes and softer, juicier fruity hop notes; for those that like a good balance between this hop character, this hop can do it on its own. I usually prefer a bit more focus on the tropical fruit and citrus hop character in my IPAs, but this is still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:18:59 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:23:12 | More by mdfb79
Photo of rapidsequence


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the deconstructed pack.

Appearance: Light amber color, very clear. The off white head is very attractive and retains well. Sticky, heavy lacing.

Smell: Not a real intense hoppy aroma, but definite bitter grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Sweet smelling malt and caramel. OK, not great.

Taste: Lots of pithy bitterness, not quite kept in check by the big, sweet, caramelly malt bill. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Soft feeling and slightly creamy. Resiny feel on the tongue.

Overall: Its a good IPA, but not overly interesting. On the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:32:15 | More by rapidsequence
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.