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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 183
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 smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starkly domed head that leaves plenty of chunky ring lace. Clear, dirty amber color.

This deconstructed IPA has a cutting grapefruit aroma. It is distinct from the others by gripping the nose without any floral overtones. Reminiscent of oregano, thyme and basil. There's also a dankness I wasn't expecting.

Starts off with a harsh bitterness that subtly gives way to a malt roundness. The swallow/finish returns to the peppery hop. Long lasting aftertaste. An interesting journey. The body is like the others which means it's rich but balanced with the bubbly.

smcolw, May 07, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best one of the "Deconstructed series". Turns out simcoe is my favorite hop, which makes sense considering I remember many of my favorite beers using it. This one is the most well balanced but still bitter/hoppy of the bunch. Stands great on its own. Great overall beer, great taste and drinkability.

oriolesfan4, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a fluffy two inch head. Loads of lace shows up during the session.

Smell: pine, sharp citrus, and an earthy tone is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some apples, a hint of pear, pine, grapefruit, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a dry finish.

Overall: very good and refreshing beer. A nice solid IPA.

Gavage, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Simcoe; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe IPA is brewed with only Zeus hops from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Simcoe hops contribute a profound bitterness and dramatic grapefruit peel and pine resin notes to this brew, with the slight sweetness and full malt body balancing the concentrated hop character."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the fifth of the six.

Just as Radar O'Reilly was advised to nod and murmur, "Ah, Bach!" in an episode of "M*A*S*H", so should any hophead worth his/her salt murmur, "Ah, Simcoe!" This is the granddaddy of American IPAs and deserves our respect for its contributions. I had a dense finger of tawny head with great retention from my pour. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity in a shade and tone that not even newly minted pennies achieve. Nose was ... Ah, Simcoe! It smelled like the pine resin bag from little league baseball and allow me to wish the PA team representing the Mid-Atlantic this year the best of luck the rest of the way. If this does not get your nostrils to sit up and pay attention, you may want to consult a physician as you may be dead. Its interaction with the caramel malt sweetness was breathtaking. Mouthfeel was prickly with the grapefruit citrus bitterness burning out those weak taste buds and paving the way for the pine hops to get a chance to shine. Ah, Simcoe! If the nose was breathtaking, the finish was stunning with me wishing that I were wearing a seatbelt so as not to fall over from the intensity. Jeez-O, man, ah, Simcoe, indeed! If they could make a Simcoe mouthwash, I would be gargling ten times a day. The finish just left me feeling as though I had been gargling with it. Minty fresh! The lacing in the glass was outrageously sticky. Beautiful.

woodychandler, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the box set. Best before sept '11 the notches on the side of the label tell me.

Darker and clear almond amber, frothy oatmeal head, lasts and leaves a thick collar of low sheeting and slippery lace.

Grapefruit hop nose, with some underlying malt sweetness.

Grapefruit from the simcoe is the dominant feature here. Citric and grainy. Moderate malt under current with caramel and some light smokeyness.

Nice job here by S.A. Give em credit for the concept and the execution of the IPA in the box. Not amazing brews but very respectable efforts and educational to boot.

Billolick, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, the end of the line.

A: The IPA is an amber color, darker copper like a worn penny. Still clear, the ale supports a thick white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

S: The simcoe hops are tropical and sweet, a sugary presence that masks the bitterness. Lemon and peaches, grapefruits and oranges, all add a measure of citrus bite. Plenty of caramel for balance.

T: Pine flavors, not evident in the nose, lead the ale off. The tropical citrus flavors quickly follow, adding oranges (pulp and rind) and peaches. The caramel malts are a nice foundation, providing a base to keep the hops in check. The hops are a nice grassy finish, bitter and sweet at the same time.

M: The Deconstructed series improved over my journey. Simcoe, with its citrusy bite, gives Zeus and Ahtanum a run for their collective money. Very interesting to taste each component hop.

akorsak, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of khaki head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lacing. Color is a dark amber copper.

Aroma: Has a bready/biscuity malt profile. This one is definitely more pine flavored and fresh smelling. Has a light grapefruit citrus. Reminds me a lot of Zeus.

Taste: This one start out with some sweet citrus flavors followed by the piney earthy hops. Then the bready/biscuity malts kick in showing more than the zeus. It finishes with a hop resin flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but kind of creamy as well. More bitter than the others it seems. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me, but not as malty as the East Kent. It was much more bitter. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. I like the hops here and thought this one was a bit more hop forward. Again, it reminded me a lot of the zeus.

mothman, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ejimhof, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amber hued and transparent, with a finger of off white head that leaves some decent lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is kinda weak, with some pine and earthy notes.

The flavor is a step up from the aroma, although the beer is far too malty for the style. What is the deal with all these East Coast IPAs being so malt heavy?!? Another disappointment. Sigh. The flavor is decent, and the beer is drinkable, but this could be so much more. Hops overshadowed by malt does not equal American IPA.

I enjoyed this more than the standard Latitude 48, but overall, still feel that this beer comes up way short. Mediocre for the style.

Huhzubendah, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

LXIXME, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams simcoe

Appears a copper-ish amber with a large soapy head and lots of lace down the glass. Aroma of the piney, earthy signature simcoe notes. Nice pine presence, decent bitterness, caramel malt body is neutral and though a bit one dimensional, this is a good beer in it's own right.

Stinkypuss, May 30, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know this 12pk had hop varieties...but I think it's a good idea. I love the single hop beers just for the fact that they give you a solid foundation of each hop flavor.
This one is simcoe, and it stands out as the dominant flavor. The light malt is crystal, perhaps some caramel in there. Color is "thick" amber/gold. Nice head and lacing.
Grapefruit and citrus, pine and resin. Sharp bite, some florals in the end.

Overall and nice IPA, not excellent, but that's not the point here. Applaud the single hop beers

Mebuzzard, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tdm168, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

chinchill, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Zaphog, May 29, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#5 single hop brew of the night.... favorite so far.... great lacing and retention... clear orange brew.

Nose is unmistakable... Simcoe always reminds me of a sorta Flintstone Chewable Vitamin... nice citrus and weird fruity elements that I am not always fond of... but it works this time.

Seems more bitter than the other previous brews... but again a sorta minerally odd fruity note.. lingering hoppiness sticks around for quite a bit... almost oily.

Body and carbonation seem almost seem accentuated by the oily nature of the hops.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

JohnGalt1, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 06, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.