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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 MrOH
2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper with a single finger off white head. Slippery lace.

Faint, earthy, grassy hops. Caramel malt comes through easily.

Caramel malt more than anything. Little bit of the earthy hops with just a hint of lemon. Good bitterness, though.

Medium bodied, good carb.

Definitely the least impressive of the series so far. Hop aroma and flavor never seem to be too aggressive in most British beers, is it because their hops are low on aromatics? I'll be interested to see if I can even pick out the EKG in the normal Lat48.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Smells like puke. Just bad. Cheesy and stale hops with a mild citrus note and some floral notes. Sweet bread and caramel with a slight brown sugar note.

T: Floral and grassy hop notes with a little bit of bitterness. The sweetness is definitely there. Sugary and a bit of toffee and caramel. At least it doesn't taste like puke.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe the worst of the series. Just awful.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.39/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a red copper with an off-white head that forms a descent collar. No lacing.

S - Not much. Some muted pungent earth, sesame oil, toasted white bread.

T - Musty wet grassy, lemon rind, earthy and herbal, off peach tea, malt. Finishes herbal with light bitterness.

M - Full side of medium bodied, great smooth carbonation.

This was my least favorite of the Deconstructed series. Just didn't work well. Good looking and good mouthfeel though.

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Photo of crusian
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

Nose is pretty empty actually... there is a old British hop presence, but those were never really heavy on the nose, they could just stand up to time.

the taste is similarly boring and lackluster. it seems like a hop that is meant to bitter a beer and that is pretty much it... not really add much to the beer except perhaps preservative. it is just a generic battering hop. This version seems a lot more malts than the others as well... it may not be as strong a hop as the others. glad they did this though... but this hop is just Meh.

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Photo of rrski198
2.57/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: looks great. Deep ruby and amber colors. Decent white head and a little lacing.

S: Muted, not much going on here. Leaves much to be desired. Dirt, pine needles, and tea leaves.

T: Again, I'm not impressed. THis hop jsut doesn't carry the flavor that others do. I gives a muted grassy flavor and some decent bitter spice, but not alot going on. The maltiness is a nice backbone and is more promeninent in this latitude than in the others.

M: Um, its mildly bitter, decent oily sweetness. Comes and goes quickly. Average carbonation.

O: This hop isn't great to highlight in an IPA. I'm not knocking Sam Adams at all, great concept, loved the other singel hop IPAs they did, this hop just misses the mark.

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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 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 MbpBugeye
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This beer is really on the dark side of the IPA style. Its a semi-clear, deeply burnt orange. Lots of copper and rusty hues. The head is nice and large, with what already seems to be good retention. A couple coarse, broken rings of lace are quickly formed. Before long the whole glass is coated in foam.

Lots of honey-and-biscuit sweetness is the first thing that jumps out. An herbal tea aroma comes out quickly thereafter. The label speaks of apricot notes, and I find that to be an appropriate descriptor.

Things start off malty with a nice, even toastiness. Right at mid-palate hops kick in and give a quick and strong bitterness. The nice apricot and tea flavors the hops bring are quickly stripped away, leaving only a bitter shell. Maltiness comes back, but is much more grainy this time. The finish is long and overly bitter with a penchant for medicinal flavors.

Carbonation is nicely dialed back and remains fluffy. The body is smooth with very little signs of dryness.

This one is quite odd. The hops aren't fully out in the forefront, but their bitterness leaves its mark well into the aftertaste.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.79/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.

Maybe a different day, a different palette sensitivity but this East Kent seems to carry a more malt forward aroma than the other Latitude 48s. Wet grass and mild floral hop aroma. Smells good but I shouldn't have to try that hard for an IPA.

Floral and sweet with an apricot note. Sappy bitter. Again, not enough hops for an IPA.

I like East Kent and it's been the choice hop for many a great IPA (Berkshire Lost Sailor and Stone 14h come to mind). I think Sam just didn't use enough of it. East Kent Goldings is a bountiful hop...use it.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.81/5  rDev -19%
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 happy4hoppybeer
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark orange/light amber-copper with thick,creamy white head. Impressive sticky white lacing.

Obvious malt , on the caramel side, with slight grassiness, with slight trace of hops. Very mild aromas, and for an American IPA, quite weak.

Caramel malt, then slight hop bite hit the tongue at the same time the heavy carbonation comes through. Not much of a hop bite, not lingering at all. Light,maybe medium body.Slightly more hop bite than an English IPA, not enough for American

Again, pretty underwhelming IPA effort by SA. Very nice appearance wise, too bad the rest doesn't live up.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deconstructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a slightly smaller foam head than the others (which is kinda strange). Some lacing left behind.

S- Of the five other single hopped latitudes, the hoppiness doesn't come through in the nose nearly as much. Mostly caramel malt and toffee. Not what I would expect from an IPA.

T- A slight bitterness upfront with an overly-sweet caramel malt finish. Tastes under hopped and under attenuated. Not offensive, just definitely not characteristic of an IPA.

M- Medium bodied but a little low on the carbonation.

O- It's quite surprising how much different this beer tastes than the others. By far my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of ms11781
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/04/2011. Best before September 2011 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a slight foamy, off-white head. Pretty decent retention for what little head was present. Ok lacing left on the glass.

The nose yields soft and subtle hop aromas. Nice balance between some earthy and herbal hops and some sweet malt character. That being said, as a whole the nose isn't all that strong. At times there seems to be bit of a floral hop aroma but it's rather weak and for the most part it's about the earthy hops and sweet malt that come through.

A bit more going on in the taste than there was in the nose. The earthy and floral hops are present as is the same sweet malt character that was in the nose. There is also a slightly fruity hop flavor that wasn't in the nose. Not too strong but definitely noticeable. There is a slight bitterness at the finish as well. Not anything that sticks or lingers but it is there.

Medium body with carbonation to match. The carbonation starts off a bit higher but levels off pretty quick. Dries out a bit at the finish but not too much.

Overall, a decent IPA. It does a good job of showing off the single hop, but, like some others in the series, EKG is probably a hop best used to complement others than to stand on its own.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams signature pint glass. I was trying to get through all six in one night but fell asleep when I finished the fifth, oh well.

Beer is red / amber and clear with moderate carbonation, a decent head, small white bubbles, some lacing on the glass. Looks fine, a little dark for an IPA.

I started the night with the always underwhelming Latitude 48 parent beer, then moved onto the variants, this was the second single hopped one I pulled out of the fridge. The aroma is grainy and mildly sweet with almost no hop character, did you guys forget the hops in this one?

Seriously did you? There is a mild malt sweetness and some really subtle earthiness and fruits but the finish isn't really bitter and there isn't any hop flavor to speak of. This is not an IPA, the Noble Pils is more of an IPA than this is.

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours that same dark amber with thin head as all the others. No lacing. Not much going on in the aroma department. Smells slightly sour as well as earthy and maybe a bit floral but this beer doesn't have much of a nose. Taste is earthy, sour and floral. Not very bitter and actually more malty than anything else. This is certainly the worst of the batch. Not a whole lot of flavor here and the flavors I do taste, aren't all that great. Doesn't taste like much of an IPA. Overall, I'm all set with this one.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third one I have tried of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed.

Very light copper body. Off white head turning into a film. Not a whole lot of bubbles in this one.

I really don't get too much of a smell here. Maybe some pine and that's it. Very boring.

The taste is not so much of pine, it is there, but is more floral, dry citrus, bitterness and bready malt. Not too big of a fan of the taste.

Medium mouth, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

The taste is a little too bland for me. Nothing really stands out about it. I won't be missing this one of the five.

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Photo of silentjay
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks like the others, a nice sizable head lasts a while and laces well.

herbal tea, flowers, a bit of pepper overtake the caramel malt sweetness in the aroma.

earthy, herbal, spicy hops with a bit of stickiness on top of the sweet malts. not my favorite flavor profile.

medium bodied and just a bit sticky with average carbonation and a lingering dirty bitterness.

meh. not my favorite hop, and this variation does not work for me. would never visit again if this was the only hop used in the regular latitude 48.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part 3 for me of the 6 pack and still loving the idea. The normally malty bacbone (for an IPA) that the deconstructed has is not working with this mild hop. It's not even a terrible taste or anything its just so blaugh. Not very interesting or very much of an IPA. The finish is very dry and thats the only thing this beer has that is worth mentioning. A very dry finish to a rather dull beer.

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Photo of Damian
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

Fantastic appearance. Glowing orangey-amber with a two-plus finger tall head of bubbly, light tan foam. Outstanding head retention and lacing. Thick sheets coated the glass.

After the appearance, things seemed to go downhill quickly. East Kent Goldings is a rather mild hop variety used primarily for bittering, but the nose barely gave any indication that hops of any type were used in this beer. A slightly bready and biscuity malt presence was all I picked up. The malts seemed somewhat German in nature. As the liquid warmed, a faint orange aroma was detectible.

The flavor profile was slightly more interesting than the nose. Mildly hoppy. Earthy and herbal with a crisp lemony twang. Moderately bitter on the finish. Somewhat citrusy with notes of grapefruit pith. Overall, the beer was easy drinking and refreshing but lacked flavor and complexity. With time, however, the hops came out progressively more. Candied orange peel was noticeable.

The mouthfeel was fairly standard. Medium bodied with an average carbonation for the style.

After trying the original Latitude 48 IPA, which I found incredibly harsh and bitter, and the Ahtanum single hop version, which was drinkable and fairly interesting, East Kent Goldings falls somewhere in the middle. While this beer is inoffensive, it is quite mediocre.

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Photo of babaracas
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange fading to amber, two finger offwhite head settles quickly to a thin ring, spotty lacing left behind. Smell: earthy, a bit green, lightly floral, sweet. Right off of the pour there's a slight buttermilk smell, but that fades after a minute. Taste: toasted bread, caramel, earthy bitterness, tea, apricot and peach, especially in the finish, which is sweet and juicy and eventually drying. Not a bad beer, but didn't work for me as an IPA. Best by Sept. 2011.

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Photo of alexgash
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Deconstructed 12 pack.

Pours a clean, clear light orange copper. Tall, thick, dense, light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of yeasty malts: fruit (apple, pear), caramel, and shortbread. Very light citrus and herbal hop presence. One of the unhoppiest smelling IPAs I've tried.

Light citrus rind bitterness and toasted malt up front. Shortbread and fruit malt, with light sweetness, follow. Orange marmalade is the dominant hop flavor, but the bitterness is pretty subdued. The beer comes out more malty than hoppy, which isn't necessarily bad, but it doesn't work too well for this sample. Finish has some minty bitterness and lingering butterscotch and fruit malt. Moderate body with a mostly creamy feel. Probably my least favorite of the deconstructed IPAs from SA.

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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 jeffthecheff
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

East Kent Goldings are one of my favorite hops. Unfortunately it seems like they didn't use enough hops on the aroma end in this version of Latitude 48. Mostly malt (toast and caramel) but without the balance of the original version. The hops add an earthy element, along with a bit of leaf and fruit. I'm wishing the balance was focused more on the fruit elements of the hops. Bitterness seems a bit softer than the original version, which was already on the low side. Mouthfeel finishes with a lingering, tea like sensation but without being tannic. I like the contributions of EKG's to the Latitude 48, but it doesn't work well on its own in this case.

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Photo of richkrull
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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 jjanega08
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of Sept is stamped.

Review of the hop character only and not the beer itself. To see beer review check out the original Latitude 48 review.

The hops smell floral and grassy to say the least. Very flowery. The taste is the most muted of the series I've had so far. Flowery in a way but actually quite malty. Not my favorite and more of an APA than an IPA at this point.

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