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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Reviews: 185
Hads: 426
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 5.43%
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 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 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 Rayek
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simcoe is the next stop on my Deconstructed tour. It pours a brilliant amber into my Perfect Pint glass. The eggshell head quickly falls to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace.

The nose on this one is pretty mild compared to the other family members I've had thus far. Grapefruit and pine are the dominant hop aromas, plus a hint of lemon. The mildness of the hops lets the caramel aroma of the malt come through. In the mouth, the beer starts with toasted sweetbread flavors. The bitterness is moderate at most and carries a grapefruit and pepper bite. The medium body is slightly sticky and has the right level of fizz. The bitterness carries its grapefruit and pepper bite through the finish.

This is nicely balanced overall. The Simcoe hop has a nice American hop profile that isn't over the top in this application. A nice beer. (840 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a thin off white head and tiny strings of lace.

S - Candied citrus and grapefruit. Plenty of caramel malt. On the sweet side.

T - Light pine at first, grapefruit followed by sweet caramel. Bitter in the start but then the sweetness comes in and balances it out. Lingering bitter grapefruit/citrus rind.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Simcoe a little hidden by the malt but still a nice single hop beer. (433 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small, tight cream colored head which settled into a sparse cap, some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops, though it is not very strong. Orange notes with some grapefruit. The malt aroma is sweet and bready.

The taste starts off with a citrus hop flavor, orange sweetness and grapefruit rind bitterness, as well as some floral notes. The malt is sweet and bready, noticable cereal flavors. A bit of a resinous bitterness in the end.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet malt flavors transition to a hoppy bitterness. Good balance, the bitterness can linger a tad too long.

Again, a good IPA, I do enjoy the Simcoe hop flavor profile. The malt is a bit heavy to make this beer outstanding but still a good brew. (784 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Not to surprising a solid dark amber with at least two inches of sticky white head.

S - Doesn't smell like the hoppiest of the bunch. Maybe a slight bit of pine and grapefruit. I take a sip.

T - Balanced for sure but with Simcoe on the label I expected more pine bitterness with a biting soapy finish. Didn't offend just expected more.

M - Light to medium. Maybe more body?

Overall I was kind of disappointed in this offering since I had this next to last I figured it would be the hoppiest. A real letdown. (515 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent amber with a thick frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing.

S-very decent grape fruit smelling hops. there's definitely hops in there as well. its actually a good mix of hops and pine. its a good, strong scent.

T-it hits the tongue with a very sharp bitterness with some grapefruit. it then goes to a classic SA maltiness. the after-taste is mediocre with grapefruit hops and grains. theres a decent bitterness that stays. the tastes are decent, but fairly boring.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-its one of the more boring of the Lat 48s. it does resemble a classic IPA more so than the others though. once again, i think this IPA caters more to an IPA crowd than the normal SA crowd, which is probably a good thing. (765 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint (part of the deconstruction pack).

Pours a light clear amber, perhaps a bit darker than the regular. Head is still creamy and amber, a bit more retention this time. Nose is all Simcoe - citrus & cat piss, but in a good way!

After drinking the regular version this tastes like Simcoe juice! Still very well balanced, not overly bitter or grassy but the Simcoe comes right through very well. Mouthfeel is still creamy & a bit chewy. This is extremely well done. (500 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi dark golden color. Had a nice light golden creamy head.
There was a fair amount of a rich hop aroma. Not over hoppy, but enough to really enjoy.
The Simcoe hop is so distinctive. No matter what brewery I have tasted a Simcoe brew, there all had a real full slightly spicy and sweet taste (292 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean red/amber, with nicely huge head. Impressive snowstorm/blizzard lace...spiderwebs covering the glass!

Rich pine nose, with some floral accents. Appealing.

Taste is heavy on the sour grapefruit tip. Enjoyable, but not my favorite of the Lat 48 series. (258 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dirty penny copper color with a strong white head nearly overflowing the top of my pint glass. Great job on the head for an IPA IMO.

Aroma of rich caramel crystal malts and the familiar Simcoe hop aroma mixing with pale malt .

Taste is much more bitter than I had expected. I get a good strong bittering presence from a long boil on the hops. First sip I get a slight floral taste which is quickly taken over by malt. Mid body I taste more caramel than anything else. Aftertaste is slightly astringent / tannic dry tasting.

Good mouthfeel for the style, medium body with a high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Overall pretty good. (661 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,428 characters)

Photo of wajacobs
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 tried out of the latitude series, impressed so far. (596 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 jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a SA Sensory Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy 2-inch off-white head that recedes to a chunky ring and pillowy haze, leaving some sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, peach, and a touch of tropical passion fruit, backed up by the typical Latitude 48 caramel malt profile. Definitely Simcoe, you can smell it a mile away!
T - More big Simcoe flavors of grapefruit and pine resin with a bit of the same tropical flavors coming through. Moderately sweet amber malt provides a sturdy backbone, nice and balanced despite all those tongue-blistering hops.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and nicely crisp carbonation. Not as sessionable as, say, the East Kent Golding version, the hop bitterness really starts building up 3/4 of the way through.
O - A great take on Latitude 48, gotta love the Simcoe! (917 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 gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear reddish amber, almost seems light? Large cream head with moderate carbonation. Head dropped much more than the regular Latitude 48, still a respectable foam cap and nice lacing.

A- Grapefruit citrus and a slightly sweet floral aroma.

T- Hops are on style with west coast IPAs. The body seems lighter than the regular Latitude 48, perhaps to increase the hop utilization. Slight bite of bitterness through the drink. Finishes leaving a floral grapefruit almost belgiany flavor.

M- Medium-light body and moderate carbonation.

D- Get it. Worth learning the different hop flavors from different varieties on what I will assume to be the same malt base. (673 characters)

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

A: Pours the same true amber dark golden color with hints of copper. This one does seem to have a might more foamy head on it but I am going through hop variety so I beg forgiveness for similarities in the ratings.
S: This is a less intense upfront aroma but has some more subtle full floral notes to it.
T: Very vegital tanginess to the beer. It strikes me as a pine plant flavor with some slight smokiness to it.
D/O: This one embodies a lot of the drinkable qualities of the other ones. Leaves a slight tanginess in you mouth and goes down smooth. (550 characters)

Photo of therica
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (832 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 adam42381
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 3 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and thick, glass-coating lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, pineapple and pine with a bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Pine is very strong up front followed by just a hair of sweetness in the middle before ending with lemon peel and grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. While I wouldn't specifically seek this one out, I'm glad I bought the Deconstructed Latitude 48 mix pack so I got to try this one. (860 characters)

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.