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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent GoldingsSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty amber color, full inch of head, impressive lace. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, just got a dirty earthy malt unwashed vibe from it.

Was the sweetest of the variety pack, hops in the background at best. A nice degree of malt sweetness doesn't cut it in today's ipa market though.

I guess if you like your ipas balanced and with plenty of malt sweetness, you will enjoy this. No off flavors or anything. Just more of an English ipa than American.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. Nose is earthy, and dirt like. Heartier taste. Lighter malt, more earth. A little rough around the edges.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orange amber with a decent white head. Smells of floral and slight citrus notes. Tastes of earthy hops with slight citrus, good malty backbone. Beer is light bodied, heavily carbonated. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only East Kent Goldings. These classic English hops create a mellow bitterness with earthy, floral, and apricot notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Released as part of the Latitude 40 Deconstructed IPA series, available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a biscuity white head of a frothy foam consistency over a moderately pulpy bronze amber body with moderate carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The East Kent Goldings hop imbues earthy, fruity and mild citrus aromas atop a bread malt blend of English malts and light caramel grains. The perceived bitterness is mild to medium and potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Forward delicate fruit notes of peach and apricot, light herbal and earthy hop flavors. Malt character is mild caramel and toffee malt which finishes light on malt sweetness with an herbal, tealike thinness. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly oily and mildly dry. Carbonation is low with a light frothiness and low crispness. Body is shy of medium and medium overall. Balance is slightly more bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) The English style hops are frequently overlooked as a common American IPA hop choice due to their lightness and focus on fruity, herbal and earthy flavors over the growing popularity for bolder, sharper flavors of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Thus, the East Kent Goldings choice is a somewhat rarer glimpse into a more traditional English-based IPA, with an English malt base to pair. While it isn't going for any wow factor, I recommend this beer and the series in general to anybody looking to broaden their palate a wide array of hop notes. This beer may not be nearly the most interesting in the series, but it was quite drinkable and very enjoyable. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams East Kent Goldings IPA

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Photo of Pencible
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like floral and earthy lemon hops, with some sweet honey and kitty litter.
T: It tasted like earthy sweet honey, with some lemon zest and floral hops and kitty litter. It had a muddled bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very good IPA. The scent and taste were more earthy and sweet than hoppy, with some bad cat character thrown in also. The body was only ok, and the finish wasn't terribly clean. So it wasn't the easiest to drink. Nothing more than a bad experiment.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear dark amber color with off-white 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of bubbles, there was a fair amount of lacing on the glass and medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, sweet caramel, flowers.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel, earthy and then just plain bitter, reminds me of an English bitter.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: The East Kent Goldings hop does not make a good single hop IPA, in my opinion. It's a complimentary hop that tastes better when blended. Having said that, I'm glad I could experience this hop variety on it's own and think Sam Adams had a novel idea to deconstruct Latitude 48 IPA into five single hop IPA's. Can't wait to try the others.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, herbal; a touch of tropical fruit;

T: earthy and herbal; bitterness builds from mid-palate through the finish; no real flavor left at the finish, just bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the amount of bitterness at the finish was surprisingly high;

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an Oct 2014 expiration date. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Handsome looking orange-amber pour with a frothy, milk shake-like cream colored head. Busy carbonation.

A tropical fruit-like nose from those hops and a roasted malt backbone.

Medium body.

Mildly hopped taste with a similar mildly hopped finish. Quite easy to drink.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

It's an attractive deep orange with a bit a lacing and a nice ring of white head.

The nose is stronger than the taste. Sweet citrus and orange and maybe some tropical fruits.

Taste is a bitter sweet tangerine. Kind of grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean slightly medium.

Overall the nose led me to believe it'd be more of a juice bomb. Closer to Big Daddy or something like that. It's not bad by any means but yeah I bit of boring after a certain point, but that's the point of these I guess.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings, number 1 of the 5 hops used in latitude 48.
A: pours a rich golden copper tint, nice 2 finger off white foam head, some stringy lacing, bits of carbonation
S: earthy, vegetal, slight floral notes, hints of tropical fruit, and like description says apricot
M: medium, slight creamy body
T: earthy, heavy vegetal, grapefruit rind resin, hints of tropical fruit, plain bitterness
O: good but not great, not a huge fan of this hop alone due to the heavy earthy taste, but it is an important hop for many brews. Worth trying to improve your palate's ability to discern different hop varieties. 3.25 stars

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive 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 of the beer is a moderate mix of bready and crackery aromas with some hop smells. The hop aromas are of a musty and husky grassy smell with some other aromas of a more herbal and vegetal nature. A little bit of tropical fruit is there is well, helping the aroma, but with the mustiness of the smell, it is a overall bit off putting.
Taste – The taste begins with thick bready and crackery taste with some more herbal and earthy hop flavors. The hops become more musky and dank as the taste advances with a very dirty hop taste being left at the end. From the start there is some sweeter fruit flavors which are later joined by some caramel. These sweet flavors mellow the taste a bit, but due to the dank hop tastes that really surge at the end and some more vegetal flavors that develop as well, on is left with a rather “dirty and musky” flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is just above on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A thinner body would have subdued some of the very dank flavors better and hence would have likely been better for the flavors of the brew.

Overall – Certainly not one I would take over the traditional latitude 48. The Kent Golding’s are good when blended, but too much of them results in an unbalanced IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is sparse.

S: A lot of caramel malt, also slightly earthy and grassy.

T: This is one of those beers when the smell isn't indicative of the flavor. There is certainly a heavy caramel malt base to this beer but the earthy and grassy aromas aren't in the taste. Flavors are more along the lines of a light citrus with some sweet floral. I'm also getting some sweet stone fruit, which is sneaking in as the beer warms.

M: Middle of the road body and carbonation. The beer falls in line with most malt forward IPA's.

O: This is the #1 hop of the Decontructed IPA and in my mind, had the chance of being the least interesting. It's a good starting point and perhaps it's why Boston Beer decided to make it number one. I'd consider it more of a Pale Ale than an IPA as there's a bit too much malt for the East Kent Goldings to cut through, but they do come off as more complex than I imagined.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is a pretty good ipa- it has less citrus than others- which i think makes it stand out. there is an interesting sweetness in the nose and the taste has a slight coffee bitter to me. over all i like it a good bit. i cant get this where i live- it was a gift from a friend that went to boston- which makes me kinda sad, cause its a good one.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I had lower expectations for this one going in, but still interested in trying it
L - creamy ivory head atop an amber colored ale, good head retention
S - earthy, floral, and fruity with plenty of caramel and bready malt
T - very earthy, floral, apricot (as the label indicates, and is actually more prominent than expected), caramel, bread crust
F - smooth and fuller bodied, finishes very dry and moderately-bitter
O - I'm glad they start you with this one, because I expect the rest to be better. I understand why this is listed as an American IPA. But it's actually more like an English IPA, and if you drink it as such, it's more enjoyable. I'll take it for what it's worth - a fun way to try the different hops.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervscence.

S: Strong caramel malt. Hint of dried apriot. Not very aromatic.

T: The damn label has got me looking for apricot everywhere, but it's not wrong. Otherwise, not very remarkable, hop-wise. Vegetal bitterness on the aftertaste. This is actually pretty pleasant, if on the sweeter side for 'IPAs'.

M: Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Interesting and worthwhile.

O: Interesting take, but not my favourite. More hops, please. (I think this is why they numbered them; to proceed by bitterness.)

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Aaron for this one!

Bottle notched OCT, served in a tumbler glass.

Pours a bright copper orange, creamy head of foam with concentric rings of lace in the glass. Skim never breaks, even after close to 30 minutes, which is pretty impressive. Ever present trails of rising carbonation visible.

Aroma is tea-like, earthy and mildly floral, caramel malt sweetness.

Flavors of slightly earthy and bitter greens with some sweet flashes of dried apricot and multigrain bread throughout. Mild and English-style, light lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall it was nice to try a fresher bottle of this, i'm usually getting my inlaws leftovers around Labor Day, which is too close to the October best by date, imho.

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Photo of ZAP
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite out of the single hop offerings in this Deconstructed series. Very floral aroma sets up what could classify as a tasty english style esb or pale ale.

Nice hop oils on the taste with an earthy impression....also get hints of mint, and lemon zest...combined with the malt it comes off more buttery and minerally than the others.

Enjoyable beer to drink but not a west coast IPA if that is what you want.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like some others in this "Deconstructed" 12er, I thought this was a slightly above average IPA, definitely nothing special. It poured a true IPA color, good copper look to it with kind of a mild head. This supposedly has an apricot flavor to it that I wasn't really getting, just a duller hop flavor, and more floral than apricot.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a two-finger, off white head. Decent amount of patchy lacing.

S - Caramel malt, and a little spicy hop. Smells a lot more like a pale ale than an IPA.

T - Tastes more like a pale ale as well, as the East Kent Goldings really don't cut through the base beer. What hop taste does come through is a lot of lemon zest, some white pepper, thyme, and rose petal, but it's the base beer caramel malt bill that comes through the strongest and it's average at best.

M - Light bodied, with standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation. Wet finish.

O - Hops don't stand up well to the base beer. A really weak IPA in all aspects. Not truly an IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my trusty pint glass. Thick head not bad. Goldent to dark golden color not bad. Taste the apricots is the best of the flavors, but this beer is a bit of a disappointment was expecting hopier and fruiter You can smell the apricots so that's a plus

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 East Kent Goldings hops as having a "mellow bitterness with earthy, floral and apricot notes."

I’m getting the earthiness in both nose and flavor profile; not so much with the apricot and floral notes. This version is malt forward and very much in the tradition of a true English IPA. The bitterness grows as one drinks it.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, herbal hops and ripe fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Earthy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, earthy, and astringent. I guess I do not like East Kent Golding in IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This seems a bit one dimensional. Decent (at best) character from the hops. Kind of tangy with a minimal earthy tone. It's "ok." Not my favorite of the series. Single hopped beers seem to often dwell in mediocrity, and this is a typical example of a resident.

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Photo of ToddT
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber topped with a medium off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and leaves spotty lace on the glass.

S- Low key citrus notes, aroma is almost non existent.

T- Doesn't follow the nose, thankfully. Very little taste at first then it builds to a nice note of citrus and a hint of floral right before the finish. Different notes in this hop than what I am used to, nice slight bitter effect right before the finish. Finish is dry and very clean with a slight bitter note that lasts.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation. Very clean in the mouth, this hop could work in a lot of different styles.

O- Interesting just for the hop variety alone. If I was a home brewer I could think of all kinds of things to put this in. The 6% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into one of my mugs from a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a nice clear medium amber color with a nice tan head about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick surface coating with some very good lacing. Very good head retention! Best head retention I've seen in a beer for awhile now. Has a nice toasty caramel malt aroma upfront, followed by with a nice earthy, citrus hop aroma. Has a nice sweet toasty biscuit caramel malt sweetness, followed by some citrus, grassy and earthy hop bitterness. Rounded out with some hints of spice. The sweet malty flavor certainly dominates as the bitter hop flavors dissipated from my tongue a bit. A bit underwhelming in the hop bitterness department for an IPA. Has a crisp, frothy, and medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation along with a dry aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, but certainly not the best one in this series.


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