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

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86
very good

424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
The best of the lot. This could be pretty damn good if it were turned up.

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

Like the other beers in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series, this one poured a glowing, orangey-amber color with a near three-finger tall head of khaki colored froth. Outstanding retention. Thick, drippy sheets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Praise the Lord! This was the first beer in the series (aside from the original Latitude 48 IPA) that actually smelled hoppy. Candied orange peel came through strong. Peach and apricot notes were also noticeable. Hints of sweet, tropical fruits appeared as well. Like the other beers in the series, the bready, caramel malt presence was overstated, though it melded fairly well with the punchy simcoe hops. As the beer warmed, the malts became more prominent and the hops seemed to fade into the background. At least things started out well.

The flavor profile was impressive. Sweet caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were signature simcoe. Ruby red grapefruit notes dominated the flavor profile. Candied orange peel was also noticeable. The beer was spicy in the center. Hints of tropical fruit notes (mango and pineapple) came through as well. Slightly pithy, dry and bitter yet also fruity and semi-sweet on the finish. Fantastically well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, lively effervescence. Creamy and silky smooth on the palate.

This was the first (and unfortunately only) beer that I really enjoyed drinking in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series. Nicely done.

Photo of yesyouam
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Simcoe - This is a very clear, very sparkling, coppery amber ale with a soft, dense, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong Simcoe aroma. It's like orange peel and tangerine with a berry quality. It's medium-light bodied, smooth and a little slippery with a clean, dry finish. It's well balanced and very tasty. It's not very bitter, but there is a lot of hop flavor. Like the aroma, tangerine and possibly berries or... Blood orange! It tastes candy like but not sweet. There's a touch of caramel but the focal point here is certainly the hops. This is my favorite of the Latitude 48 series. I'm a big fan of Simcoe.

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours the same color as all the others, basically. Semi translucent, dark amber, thin head etc. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet. Picking up mostly on some grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine. Smells fantastic. Flavor is pine upfront followed by the sweet grapefruit taste. Nicely bitter. Good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and damn tasty. Overall, the Simcoe and the Zeus seem to be the standouts in the pack.

Photo of mattreitz49
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Same color and foamy head, overall appearance is the same as the others in the series.

Nose is not quite as full of the telltale Simcoe signature as I had been expecting it. Nose is instead a floral bouquet tinged with lemon / onion essence and grassy melody. Taste is actually balanced quite well, I would say TOO well, because I would have preferred a more aggressive, brash, hopping to let the Simcoe truly shine. Texture is medium bodied, clean, and crisp.
Needs some more aggressiveness IMHO. Just about 10% more hopping and it would have been amazing for me.

Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jjanega08
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop profile reviewed only. For beer review see original Latitude 48 review.

The hops have a nice piney sprucy smell to them. Much more piney and spucy than the original Latitude 48. Deeper and more robust in the odor. The flavor is a bit lighter than I would have expected for the Simcoe. Again there is a nice pine and spruce flavor. So far between this the original and the Ahtahnum I would say this is more of my kinda profile.

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

A: Beautifully, brilliantly clear. Medium amber, just like the rest of this series, with a touch of rose. Large fluffy light tan head.

S: Pine and tropical fruits. Nice hit from pineapple and mango, slight carmel and syrup smell. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus notes throughout, with a clean bitterness in the finish. There is a touch of the tropical fruit notes but not as much as the smell would have you believe, though I do get a little pineapple in the finish. The hop profile is very very delicate, which I like.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is about right for the style. All is fine here.

O: Overall I really like this, nice subdued malt, and a good hit of fruity, piney hops. I am digging it.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AdamBear
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.