Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 410 |  Reviews: 178
Reviews by nicnut45:
Photo of nicnut45
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, pillowy mringue like white head. Fades to soft splotches. Coats the glass well.

S- Scotch tape aroma. Very faint hops. There is something that reminds me of aloe vera. What little scent there is is hard to discern

T-Soft bitterness, meaty like, tastes slightly stale. As it warms though different flavors begin to take hold and I taste strawberry sucker with a slight alcohol twang. The hops and malt seem to meld together and its hard to discern which one you are tasting.

M.F.-Carbonation is right on. Not at all dry. I would probably say it could be a bit drier for my tastes.

O-This hop is lacking for a single hop IPA. I really dont understand why you would use this hop in a multiple hop ipa like lat. 48. Seems to me like it would be crushed by the stronger hops. Other than that it was a smooth beer and has that signature Sam Adams flavor to it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of the deconstructed series. I'm having a lot of fun with these.
In a SA pint lass the beer was an amber color with a thick white head and a lot of lace.
It had an earthy, herbal aroma. Peppery enough to tickle my nose.
Earthy, piney hops. A little malt. Surprisingly (to me) pretty spicy.
Medium-bodied. A little more spicy than I would have anticipated.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy Before" dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours a nice warm darker auburn, under a sturdy 1 inch medium tan head, that stays very well. Slowly fading and leaving rich webs of lacing and then a thick collar.

Mild grainy and floral notes in the nose.

Decent IPA, I say this one is more British in style, with the hops not really booming out, but instead providing a moderate earthyness and bitter base. Nothing special goin on here, but this is a respectable ale, thats easy drinking and would likely go well with some spicy food or hearty BBQ

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-copper color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some grassy hops. The flavor is very similar. The predominant flavor is bready malt and some grassy hops, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus - although it is fairly subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not as good as several of the other Deconstructed Latitude 48 IPAs.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint (from the deconstructed pack).

Pours the same deep amber color with a small white/yellow head along with some fine lacing. Nose is pretty tame, the malt really shines through, but EKGs aren't super strong aroma hops so no surprise - caramel and maybe some light grassy notes.

Taste again is quite malty, lots of caramel. There is a light hop bite on the finish, but mostly bitterness rather than hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, more chewy and sticky than the others (so far). Good showing of what EKGs add the the flavor.

EDIT: 900th review! Cheers!

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MattyG85
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and slightly cloudy Amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: A light aroma of grassy hops with a bit of herbal tea. Caramel malt aroma is also mild and blends in well with the hops. Hints of apricot and honey. So far the lightest smelling beer in this pack.

Taste: Strong kick of caramel and toffee malts up front is followed by a light kick of earthy and citrusy hops. Hops taste floral with a light sweetness from the apricot. Finishes mildly bitter with more malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This one is ok but too mild to really be considered an IPA. Tastes ok but this hop doesn't stand out on its own.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, perfect head, good lace. Aroma was dull and earthy. Didn't pick up much in the way of hop aroma.

Not much for a hoppy taste either, more sweet than bitter. Good enjoyable sweetness, not overpowering, really liked how the KG brought out the malt sweetness, but still need something in the hop department to make this beer truly one worth recommending to the average ipa fan out this way. Can't really be like "dude, you'll love the malt sweetness," to most hophead ipa fans. Sweet caramel only goes so far. Balanced, sure. EKG need to be paired with another hop for an ipa is my say.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I had the Simcoe version it's amazing how much of an effect the hop variety has on a beer. Appearance wise these beers won't very much, pours a bright pale copper hue with a distinct light khaki tan head forming thick with speckled scattered lacing on the sides of my pint. Aroma upfront with a pungent earthiness mild vegetal green note as well. Combined with the malts a nice hearty bready note just melds with the earthy spicy even a touch of onion to the beer. Not overwhelming like the Summmit (garlic/onion experience), but it's there when I take a nice sniff of this version. Flavor wise more earthiness, I can see the label's apricot description coming out, especially with a mild fruity apricot pit note. Enough bitterness to carry me through, interesting to try a single hopped East Kent Goldings beer. Moderate carbonation medium bodied slightly texture with some trace hop oils, pretty clean compared to a resinous west coast version. Overall like I said this is an adventure into hops, it peaks my interest at more single hopped brews.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by Sept. 2011.

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: More earthy than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Some floral and fruit notes and ample malt aromas.

Taste: good flavor without flaws excepting the light hop/heavy malt balance and the less appealing (but still definitely appealing) hop flavor component (earthy and herbal).

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
But getting past comparison to standard Latitude 48 and expectations for an IPA, this is a very enjoyable brew that grew better with repeated tasting.

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Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rich copper color with a nice big beige head on it. Ok lacing.

Smell is good although not hoppy enough.

Taste is also lacking hops. Good malt flavor but too much for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. This is an ok drinking beer but not great.

Overall not a good IPA. I wouldn't try this one again. Just not enough hops.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the fourth in my personal tasting of this series.

What pours in my glass is a familar dark amber/nearly copper, though just a little different than Zeus and Ahtanum with a bit more of an orange hue. A light off-white head is about a finger tall and leaves good lacing.
The hops profile I'm pikcing up is a bit earthy and grassy with just a light hint of citrus, but a vegetal note to it mars the smell. The malts are very familar, offering breads and a light caramel note. There's a touch of grains underneath. This is the beer out of all in the series in which the malt profile may overwhelm the hops a bit.
There's not as much of an issue with the flavor, but the herbal and earthy mix in this hop varietal just makes it seem a little too much like compost. The vegetal flavor doesn't pull through so much, fortunately, and the malts, while not exactly laying off, don't overwhelm either.
The body is medium, not as crisp as some of the others but with a creamier smoothness. The lingering finish accentuates the herbal characters in the flavor.
This was my least favorite of the series. This is simply a hop that seems to need to be part of a whole.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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 GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The EKG version looks the same as the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is a little more subtle with more earthy and grassy character.

Flavor is good but obviously with an English influence. I realize now that the flavor reminds me of Bass so that must be what they have in common. Earthy, a little musky, a bit floral.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation.

Overall pretty good but more interesting because of the unique hop character.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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