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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
409
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
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Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was of two minds on this beer, so to see such a variance of opinions just confirms my own feelings. This was a very drinkable beer, once. Bold orange citrus flavour above all else,hoppy though not a palate flattener. as good as it is for what it is, I think I prefer a melange of hops and something more balanced.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Loving this IPA deconstructed series from Sam Adams, had a hunch this would may be a tad different than the rest though.

Well, I couldn't have been more right, definitely the weakest one of the bunch. Reminds me of weak pale ale, very little to no hop character. It is drinkable and well balanced, quenches the thirst for sure, but you'd be hard pressed to even guess it was an IPA. For whatever reason, the "British IPAs" just taste too weak to me. Still above average for a beer, but the other 4 individual IPAs in the mixed pack far surpass this one.

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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 Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of dry ops with nice floral notes is quite amazing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with loads of floral notes with a dry but not astringent hoppy finish. East Kent Goldings are probably one of my favourite hops when they are by themselves. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really love this one and probably at par with the single hops Mikkeller version.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and malty. Not much else.

T - The smell reminded me of an English IPA and it tasted like one, too. Biscuity malt with a grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is not the best of the series.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | 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. Very earthy and grassy as far as the hops go. Maybe a touch of floral flavors. I also pick up an extremely light fruitiness to it. Kind of sweet.

Taste: I definitely get an apricot sweetness that I was picking up in the nose instantly. Then the bready/biscuity malts kick in followed by some earthy grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but kind of creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. I like the hops, but the malt backbone is too large.

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Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Decent fluffy head, bit of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Spicy grassy almost herbal hops, floral, light fruity hops.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Hops add almost no flavor, light almost no bitterness, very light fruity hops, slightly bitter finish.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Almost all aroma here, just a touch of flavor addition. A decent nose though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of citrus. The hops bitterness seems to be the weakest out of all the Latitude 48 variations but there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer and although it’s not as hoppy as the other beers in the series, it appears to be the most balanced.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, malty mouthful of a hoppy lager.

Rather mellow and on the sweet side. Or else it's just the highly fruity character of the hops make it seem sweeter. Anyway, it's a pleasant alternative to the very bitter IPA while providing a big dose of hops. Color is orangey amber in the chalice topped with a nice but restrained head. Long nose of fresh cut apples. Aftertaste is just moderately bitter with a juicy sweet malty edge.

Another well-made beer from Sam Adams. Glad to see this kind of hop clinic in a box. Anything for research.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Last but not least, the EKG's! Leafy, soundly earthy aroma with subdued floral, peeled lemon hints. It was enjoyed, and, as it is the final Deconstructed brew (I donated their duplicates to KP), let's put'm in order from top to bottom:

Hallertau, EKG tying with the Simcoe, followed by Ahtanum and, lastly, the Zeus (is loose).

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops & pears

T: Biscuitty malt, pears, & woody hops up front. Mineral dryness, leafy hops, slight hints of honey malt & more pear> Finishes with woody hops, crisp pear & a touch of honey & tangerine

MF: Medium body with smooth carbonation, decent balance

This works as an ENGLISH IPA, pretty ho-hum for an IPA. I am not holding this all to AIPA style, so the score is a bit lenient

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful domed head that leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass. Crystal clear. Dirty copper color.

Okay, this beer has a dirty, pungent earthy smell. Presuming the deconstructing series is constant except for the hop variation, I'd say that EKG hops have a horrible smell.

The earthiness continues in the taste but it isn't as powerful. Far more malty than most IPA's. The hop is almost unnoticeable until the aftertaste which is bitter but non-descript. Body is solid and the carbonation is pleasant.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this along with 3 of the other 'deconstructed' latitude 48 single hop beers and the original.

Poured chilled and allowed to gradually warm in a sample glass, refilled.

The color is copper and clarity is great, the head retention is good off white with small bead. The smell of the EKg is more herbal with slight caramel malt showing through and light woody scent as it warms. The feel is decent, but the sweetness is tipped toward bitter soon after the first sip and seems out of whack.

The flavor is mild at first with caramel and herbal hop tinges interwoven until the balance is tipped in favor of bitterness not flavor after the first taste. The hop taste is pretty one dimensional and flatlines for me so I am glad the others were waiting to be tried. I liked this 'ok', but it helped me decide that I would use this for bittering and skip it for aroma and flavor as a homebrewer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 – White grape, honey, clove and white bread.

T –Grass, honey, pine, and soft malt. Has a pleasant caramel like note. Somehow feels sweeter than the full Lat 48.

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

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.47 out of 5 based on 409 ratings.
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