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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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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: floral, citrus, caramel, malts

taste: some hop flavors, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: The best one in the pack. But still nothing special.


Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:13:12 | More by THECPJ
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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
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:31:04 | More by DrDemento456
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and a touch of pine. In the taste, orange citrus to a dry pine like hop, lack of malt backing though. A small hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of citrus hops in the aftertaste. Big hops, however lack of malt backing, nice though.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:51:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the fitfh and last one (I reviewed the original Latitude 48 in the past). Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear amber color and about an inch frothy light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing too. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some caramel and bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy and pine hops with a bit of malt noticable too. The hoppy finish lingers around a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, and it's my favorite of the deconstructed Latitude 48 series. If Sam Adams decided to make this Simcoe version again I'd buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:59:05 | More by bluejacket74
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-23-2013 23:16:28 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good.

Nose is grassy and piney with a little bit of grapefruit. I am surprised I do not smell cat pee, as many simcoe sniffers attest to. I like the smell of this one and put it in the top half of the decon pack. Malts caramely and sweet.

Taste is leafy and edgy, brisk and clean. I like the way the simcoe flashes and is gone, no lingering harshness. Pretty smooth overall and combats the sweet malts of the base beer well. This one is the only one I might consider picking over the full 5-hop version. This is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:52:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Simcoe Deconstruct was my favorite of the group. So good in fact I want to get another 12!!! The color was a rich clear copper and had great head and lacing. The scent was the best of all five, good pine and grapefruit with a tinge of spice. The taste was awesomely balanced with great pine and citrus. There was also hints of spice which I think helped to have the beer come off the pallet. The mouthfeel was great and this beer had some body. Definitely the pick of the litter for me!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:09:56 | More by WoodBrew
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love Simcoe hops but this one falls short for me. Not sure if it is the way the hops are used or the malt billing snuffing out this hops goodness but it is an average beer.

More of a pine aroma than anything bordering on citrus. Taste follows suit....piney...a bit of toffee like maltiness..

Medium Full bodied....oily hoppiness

Certainly not a horrible beer but i wanted more out of the Simcoe hops and they did not shine enough and did not exhibit the nice citrus flavors I prefer to glean from this hop.

Still, a decent enough IPA but nothing special....

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 01:02:53 | More by ZAP
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-22-2013 20:11:24 | More by RBorsato
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Soft, Clementine citrus. Apple cider. Hint of cinnamon. Notable absence of pine.

T – Opens with rolling pine, which is shocking given the nose. Woody bitters support the profile, but overall it feels fairly one dimensional (even more so than the rest of the single hop IPAs in the Lat 48 deconstruction pack)

M – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:37:51 | More by vfgccp
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same bronzed appearance as the others, if not even a tad better with a seemingly more vigorous head.
Caramel malts, doughy bread, and Simcoe elements of pink grapefruit, pine pitch, ganja, spearmint, and lime leaves. It has the makings of a solid nostril-gripping IPA, but dialed down a notch or two.
It enters the mouth with the now familiar malty blanket of toffee and sweet dough. The Simcoe prove more capable of holding their own that most of the other varietals (along with the Hallertau which also made a strong solo impression). Gobs of pine resin. Sweet-tart grapefruit juice with powdered sugar. Sprigs of mint. Sub-smoky, resinous characteristics of marijuana and sweeter wafts of pipe tobacco. Brighter notes of lime zest. Bitterness is rounded but substantial. The malt powers through again late, adding balancing toasted notes.
I'm a bit of a sucker for Simcoe, and while not transcendent, this doesn't disappoint.
The series does a nice job pinpointing specific hop attributes, and though a few of the variations don't translate to great solo acts, Simcoe proves complex and capable enough to carry its own.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 07:11:51 | More by cokes
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent creamy skim with textured swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is pretty much what I expected - simcoe/cat piss aromas hit up front and rest on a pleasant malty backbone. Taste reveals piny, resinous hops, tropical fruity esters and a slightly medicinal bitterness that comes out towards the finish and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a slightly oily consistency and an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. It might be a little heavier than I anticipated, given the abv, but it's quite tasty. I'd love to see this one stick around.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:22:41 | More by Jwale73
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 3 in my personal tasting of this series.

This one is a deep, rich, copper colored brew, almost bronze, with a strong orange-tan head that rises to nearly two fingers and forms a dense pillow. Lacing is left plentiously in chunks along the glass and all the way down.
This is a very nice hop, showcasing in the aroma a fresh grapefruity citrus and even a bit of tropical fruits sweetness. It's almost like the hops themselves are balanced. There's a bit of an earthy dankness as well. Balance comes by way of caramel and bread from the malts, as expected. For its beauty, though, it doesn't come out with the power it could.
The flavor offers no such problem, as things work together very nicely and the hops profile takes the forefront. This is a citrus-forward IPA with nice balance, and it comes togehter in this one.
Body is not as dry, medium with plenty of smoothness and a minty tinge in the finish.
This was my favorite of the series.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:34:37 | More by Brenden
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Deconstructed 12 pack. Best before Sep 2011.

Clear, clean, bright copper body. Solid finger of creamy, light beige head. Good lacing up the glass too. Like most of the other Deconstructed IPAs, the nose shows plenty of sugary caramel and fruit malt. This version also shows off a good amount of that trademark Simcoe cat pee/sauvignon blanc hop aroma. Maybe a hint of sharp citrus too.

Starts off with some herbal hop bitterness to gently numb the tongue. Light graininess leads to sweeter, cookie and fruit malts. Zesty, slightly tropical hop flavors join in and ultimately take over. Peppery, with some citrus as well. Finish dries out with lingering sauvignon blanc hop notes and bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel.

After trying all 6 of the Latitude IPAs, I would say that this and the Hallertauer version are my favorites, with the Zeus right behind. Cool that SA did this and I wish other breweries would do something similar.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:49:52 | More by alexgash
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:02:15 | More by Gmann
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-05-2011 00:57:57 | More by mhaugo
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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
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-19-2014 06:13:39 | More by KevinGordon
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round two today, and the 4th of the new Deconstructed series I've had. Here go the 2 bottles of Simcoe...

My imperial nonic is filled with the same bright, clear copper-hued liquid, with a slow but steady carbo. A hard pour brought forth a solid inch of light beige foam, frothy and fluffy, with super stick. This one has a slight touch of toasty malt, yet has much more rindy, resiny action in the nose. Still, it is a bit on the mild side. Smooth and silky with a medium body. Same as it ever was...

Twinges of caramel malt sweetness hit the palate, but there's soon a plethora of citrus. It's all rind and resin here, with some grapeftuit and pithy pine bitterness. The aftertaste really accentuates the rindy, pithy character of the Simcoe. Another winner from Sammy. Ahead of the EKG and Ahtanum, and vying with Zeus for the Deconstructed lead.... May have to do a side-by-side. Zum Wohl!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:40:06 | More by Bierman9
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 04:21:25 | More by AgentMunky
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The next installment of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 series – Simcoe.

Latitude 48 – Simcoe is copper in color. No big shock there. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it some really nice crimson highlights. An off-white head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Not bad. It’s slow to recede and leaves and nice, steady lacing lining the glass.

The nose is weak and comes across as very average for the style. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Smells a little on the sweet side. Hops seem to be a little lost in the mix. Not a great thing for an IPA. There are some light citric notes of pineapple and maybe orange. They’re faint though. Frankly, it smells very balanced and tame. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Tastes alright. It’s a little sweet, and I’m not the biggest fan of the toasted flavor. The hops are more noticeable here. They taste citric and floral. More floral than I anticipated. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit are noted first, but a good dose of floral notes follow. There’s a bit of a bitter kick, but the malts balance it out a lot. Alcohol is buried. Finishes sweet and a tad bitter.

The body is light medium and feels smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down rather easy for what it’s worth.

I had somewhat high hopes for Latitude 48 – Simcoe. I’m a big fan of Simcoe hops. Unfortunately, they’re a little too buried and lost in the caramel/toasted malt mix. It’s not bad. Just a little too balanced for my taste. Less malt and more hops seems to be an easy fix for this one. If you’re looking for more balanced IPA though, this might be your thing. Not bad, but far from great.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:14:59 | More by prototypic
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-08-2014 22:22:12 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off white head. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney and citrus hop and some background malt sweetness. There is a bit of other light fruit and a touch of bready smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus and caramel hops and some light bitterness with some background caramel malt sweetness. Through the middle, some stronger piney hop flavor and grapefruit some through with some stronger bitterness. A touch of bready malt as well. The finish is a mix of some bitterness, some bready, and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is fairly dry and smooth and crisp. The finish has a nice dry kick that is really refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is really nice and balanced with the rest of the flavors. The dryness at the finish is especially nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:26:11 | More by ngeunit1
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-24-2012 15:52:33 | More by Whiskeydeez
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.