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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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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-20-2011 22:39:20 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 04:17:57 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis tower pint glass.

The color is a deep copper with two fingers of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice piney flavor coming out in the nose that reminds me of Douglas furs and Christmas trees. There is a nice sweet malty aroma that is smelling like there is going to be a nice robust flavor in the sip.

The taste has a real nice bitterness but seems to mix well with some sweet malty flavor. There is a swing back and forth of bitter pine flavor and some bready sweet flavor. There is an almost vegetable flavor that reminds me of cucumbers with some juicy flavor to the.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is drinking really nicely. There is a great balance that I like in this beer and I find it to be the best in the series of single hop versions of Latitude 48.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:48:42 | More by Duhast500
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-17-2014 23:05:35 | More by HattedClassic
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-15-2012 22:16:45 | More by tfsimpkins
Photo of Shaw


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely amber in color with a big sticky head of foam.

It smells of metallic and citrusy hops.

Like Samuel Adams says, this beer has big grapefruit and citrus peel flavors and a sharp, but not extreme, bitterness. Very nice.

Hefty body is also very nice.

Another winner from the Deconstructed variety pack. It's great how each beer is so distinct, and all thanks to the hops.

This beer, and its brethren, are must-tries. Seek them out.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:10:04 | More by Shaw
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-01-2014 23:09:48 | More by VonZipper
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-20-2014 03:31:01 | More by bluntedboywonder
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 22:19:22 | More by mikeg67
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
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
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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 03:37:45 | More by 57md
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to bright red in color. Nice fluffy off white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Big time pine right up front. This scent definately reminds me of some of the big west coast style ipa's.

T: Grassy hop flavor right up front followed by citrus rind and a huge wave fo spicy bitterness.

M: Slightly oily, spicy, intense bitterness that sticks around. Moderate carbonation. Averagefor the style.

O: A nice way of showcasing an awesome hop. This is the last of the entire deconstructed 12 pack I have tried and I believe it tastes the best. Maybe because it is what I am the most used to, or maybe I am used to it because it is a superior hop. Either way, nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:29:29 | More by rrski198
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:04:19 | More by alpinebryant
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-09-2014 11:29:41 | More by victory4me
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored body, larger cream colored head due to the progressively more aggressive pours as the night goes on. Sweet malt scent, followed by a piney and grapefruity hop. Sweet malt front, hops have grapefruit, pine, floral and a fair amount of bitterness. This is a pretty recognizeable hop, and it goes well with the IPA style. While I liked the Hallertau quite a bit, i think the simcoe is a nice IPA hop.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:30:59 | More by Tballz420
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-16-2011 01:23:05 | More by coz
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- last of the series, here we go. i've run out of ways to say clear and coppery. huge rocky chunky ecru foam with tons of webbing.

S- big citrus blast, from grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, aaaand sweetly toasted malt.

T- mango dominates the flavor profile. absolutely and all the way mango. some grapefruit and pineapple and pine wood back it up. about tied with ahtanum for bitterness, but the simcoe just has a nicer flavor. that flavor, as it is, also is a better compliment to the caramel and pale malts. there's also a more woodsy earthy edge to this one that i recognized immediately from when my homeboy ben (soon to be opening his own brewery in cleveland!) gave me a handful of fresh cascades that he grew himself. bright and citrusy and green when fresh, but after i dried and cured them and smashed one around, i got that same earthy woodsy 'edge'. cheers to correlation. vinous notes and a degree of tartness. finishes herbal, woodsy, piney.

MF- medium medium medium. resinous. juicy. moderately dry.

D- may have saved the best for last here. classic american IPA flavor, simcoe has always been one of my favorites. i really enjoyed this deconstruction and it was cool to have (nearly) consecutive reviews of IPAs that exclusively used hops that wouldn't normally be used by themselves. namely hallertau and goldings. simcoe however, well, she's just simcoe. and when they ask me-- 'why does she do the things she does?' i say...i tell em-- 'well, that's just simcoe being simcoe.'

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:10:08 | More by hustlesworth
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tarnished copper color, with a creamy thin tan head. Smell is light citrus fruit and sugar. Taste starts out with a huge wave of candied apricots, followed by a bit of caramel, then resinous pine trees, and a bittersweet finish. Nice balance of malt and hop flavors here. Mouthfeel is a touch light, and the carbonation is a little high as well. Overall I like this beer, the Simcoe hop is a winner, and I really love single hop beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:03:24 | More by tronester
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-19-2012 05:19:28 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-20-2013 08:21:23 | More by hopkrid
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3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 because they admittedly snagged me with the concept. Such a sucker. Anyway, worked my way through 1, 2, and 3 and got to Simcoe tonight. They were slowly getting better so I actually have a little expectation. Good looking beer, a little dark with a strong head that sticks around and grabs the glass. Smell was very disappointing. The taste followed through on the disappointment. Not the flavor bang that I like and to much of the bitter which I don't. Although it admittedly faded as I worked through the beer. But not balanced enough for me. A step back for me in the series.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 00:52:02 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of projectflam86


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decontructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a thick billowy head that leaves nice lace.

S- Fruity tropical hop aroma with plenty of citrus and grapefruit. The Simcoe hops definitely smell the most like a traditional West Coast IPA.

T- Bitter upfront with some grapefruit and herbal notes in the finish. I think the hops go really well with the caramel malt and it helps to balance the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol is not as apparent as it was with the Zeus and Hallertau hops.

O- This one is probably my favorite of the bunch. Pungent west coast aroma with a nice bitterness and smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:50:04 | More by projectflam86
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New Mexico

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, the beer is a dark amber-copper color with a big pillow of foam resting above. The foam was quite resilient and wiped the glass clean as it went down. Pine resin wafts from the aroma and dominates the flavor profile. A little malt in the backbone, but mostly this is a hoppy affair. The grain that is noticeable, is a little husky. This beer isn't bad, but I would like to see a little more melding of the components.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 22:34:51 | More by BeardedBoffin
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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