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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 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 Tballz420
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker copper colored, small cream colored head. Caramel scent, with earthy and mildly bitter tones as well. Caramel start, with the hops featuring a slight citrus, pretty earthy, midly bitter and a touch of fruit. I feel like these hops would be better as a complement to a more dominant hop in an IPA. Still cool to try them isoloated against a bunch of other hop profiles in this mix pack. Cool idea Sam!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2011
2-fingers, same color beer. Sweet tea crystal malt, lots of biscuit like malt notes, citrusy juniper notes, some sort of hop muskiness that I can’t quite place, and a herbal note that is mixed in with the juniper, some pine like notes and even some peppery notes. This is by far the most different of theses Latitude Deconstructed 48 IPAs. The malt plays a much bigger role in the nose than in any of the other beers, almost to the point of this seeming like a reasonably hoppy, amber type ale.

There is an oral-nasal juniper / menthol like character as I take my first sip. The beer has a fairly solid bitterness to it in the finish as well as a finish of bitter orange zest. Up front there is a lot of toasty, biscuit like malt and a big caramelized malt character. The hops provide a peppery, a touch of piquant pine and just a mellow herbaceous quality. This has a chewy, viscous body just like the others, and with the mellow hops this is a bit more noticeable

I was expecting this to be a lot more interesting than it is; for me, this beer is a huge let down, and in many ways quite conventional. This really makes me think of a hoppy amber ale more than an IPA. I will say this, I would have enjoyed this beer more if I hadn’t been thinking it would be hoppy enough to be an IPA. The EKGs are just a mellow, smooth enough hop that it integrates very well with the malt character; a little too well to be an IPA.

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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 Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: clear copper orange; foamy, thick head; decent carb action
S: malty smell that gives way, after a few seconds, to nilla wafers
T: the East Kent Goldings are said by the label to "contribute a mellow bitterness...along with earthy, floral, and apricot notes, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts" Mellow? Check. Earthy? Check. Floral? Well, what hops aren't somehow floral? Apricot? Maybe. More like peach. Sweet and full bodied? Yep.

Thanks Sam Adams for letting us see what goes into the Lat 48--one of the better IPAs out there (IMHO).

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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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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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a clear amber body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing as it dissipates. Smells awesome - spicy, floral with some malty notes in the background. Reminds me of homebrewing. Tastes spicy and floral with definite herb, grass, and citrus notes. Notes of caramel and chocolate malts peak through at times, but the hops rule this beer. Medium to light in body with full carbonation makes this very drinkable. Awesome. A great showcase for EKG hops.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear amber with a thin off white head that resides as a ring a foam.

S - Caramel malt with earthy, herbal floral hops.

T - Bready with caramel malts. Hops are somewhat hidden. Herbal hops with a slight bit of peppery spice.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - On the sweeter side but still shows enough of the EKG to give a good idea of what the hop contributes.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The nose is mellow and earthy with a good deal of soft green tea notes. Not my favorite bouquet, but the aroma is very recognizable as that of the quintessential UK hop.

T - Earthy and tea-like notes sit atop the caramel malt. The hop contribution suggests floral and faint over-ripe citrus. Hops are understated compared to the rest of the series, and it shows a bit too much malt in the balance.

M - The feel is more dry than the other 'Deconstructed', save for Hallertau, but otherwise is pretty much the same sturdy medium-bodied brew.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, with a rich and frothy head. Ornate, detailed lace.

Nose is mild, with the hops receded somehow.

Taste is bold, with tangy citrus hops. I get orange, pineapple, and pine in the finish. This one seemed to have more malt character than the other Lat 48 series. Maybe my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part 2. Poured exactly the same as Hallertau. Clear goldish amber with dense 1 finger head and consistent bubbling.

Smell is still lacking of much more than bread and maltiness. Hints of flowers, but not much. Taste is quite earthy, with an herbal nature. There is a long lasting mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light again, but not as bubbly as Hallertau.

Not one that I'd go back to.

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Photo of Kendo
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear amber with a small (half-finger) ivory head that's nicely reinforced by a bubbly carbonation. Leaves behind a bit of lace.

S: Very mild nose - nearly nothing there, actually. Some faint caramel malt and leafy, herbal hops.

T: Sweet toffee-like malt underneath, followed by herbal, leafy, tea-like hops. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

M: A bit sharper than the other offerings. Medium in heft.

O: Good for an English IPA, but doesn't seem like much of an American IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 budgood1
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd sample from the deconstructed 12 pack.

same look as the first sample. perhaps a bit darker. wispy lace. muted malt aroma...not getting much in the way of any nose...hopping presents itself like taking a walk in my garden...herbs and chives and onions, etc. taste follows suit...i get less malty notes for some reason, and the east kent goldings are providing some really spicy, herbal, almost onion like notes with a moderate amount of bitterness. again, like the previous review...not really digging this one hop version of latitude 48. what is different is the mouthfeel...slightly more smooth...EKG hops are a lot easier on the tongue and this version doesn't seems so dry and caustic. and yes this has english IPA written all over it...drinkability again isn't all that great... is nice to isolate the singular hop to capture it's essence, providing an opportunity for some hop education. while i appreciate that, this version doesn't do anything for me either.

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Photo of peensteen
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour, one finger off white head, some lace. Smell is malt forward, grainy and earthy, mud like scents, cereal, bread and mildly floral. Taste is earthy grains up front, malty, biscuit, dry bitterness, sweet in the finish, bitter hop aftertaste. Med-high prickly carbonation, medium body, full fell and quite nice. Not bad overall, more of an English IPA or bitter, fairly drinkable though.

Thanks Sammy

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Photo of chefhatt
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer and it has a copper color body with a 2" white head. The smell has some spice and citrus notes to it(cinnamon, sage). The taste is good, i get the malt flavor first then the hops but balanced really good. These hops defiantly does not have the same hop bitterness and kick as other in this set. This has a nice mouth feel, nice and easy drinking. Overall this is a a ok beer. Glad i left this one for last out of the case.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle...found in the limited release 12 pack where the Latitude 48 IPA is broken down and each hop is featured in its own beer. Interesting...I like the idea...and a really swell find for a 12 pack.

Pours a copper-gold head and carbonation.

There are bready/cracker notes in the nose. Some spice, perhaps cinnamon, sage, orange peel, and plum. There is a hard candy feel to this beer...not quite like a red hot cinnamon, but along those lines...sugary, bitter, with a bit of spice.

The malts are the first punch here. The beer is biscuity, malty, and full of those crusty bread notes. This is balanced by a bittersweet hop character...lending some bitter citrus notes, but nothing too over the top. The hops seem to blend into the malt profile, providing the beer with balance and drinkability.

Overall, this is a good ale. It offers a bit more of a bready/malty IPA, but the hops don't necessarily take a backseat. There is good balance here, between the bitter and the sweet, between the malt bill and the hops. I like the experiment, but I'm not sure the East Kent Goldings are meant for and IPA all by themselves.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with a decent white head and some lacing as well. A nice looking beer. I really love the idea of single hopped beers- not so much because I think that most hops shine by themselves (they usually don't), but because they are the best education you can get into what each hop does to a beer. In this case, I think of a gentle English bitter. Soft, grassy notes, a bare touch of bitterness, even a tiny hint of citrus. The lower perception of bitterness with this hop allows some graininess to shine through. Soft and aromatic, it needs a bittering hop to step things up. The beer as a whole is a little timid, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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: grass, pine, caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, bread, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: just a basic IPA. I can already tell what I'm getting into with this deconstructed series. Average Beer.

The cpj

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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 Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear, amber-orange color with a moderately dense, amber-tinted frothy head. Retention is sturdy, and the head deposits some scattered lace on the glass as it fades.

S: Moderate caramel malt notes in the nose, with light breadiness. Some mild mineral and tealike aromas are also present. Hop notes are earthy, softly fruity, and somewhat spicy. This hop definitely puts a more English spin on this version of Latitude 48.

T: Some crusty, breadlike flavors are complemented by an even dose of caramel malt. Mineral notes are complemented nicely by the hop profile. I believe all these deconstructed beers are hopped to the same IBU levels, but perceived bitterness is lower in this version to me. That said, there's a very nice fruity (pear & apricot), earthy, and spicy flavor to this beer.

M: Somewhat fuller than medium-bodied. Carbonated at an average level, but it smoothly fades into a pleasantly restrained dry finish.

D: East Kent Goldings may not be a new, exciting, high-alpha American hop, but it works just fine in this version of Samuel Adams's IPA. Definitely shows off some English character without becoming too sweet or lacking hop personality.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear copper, with finger thick off white head that settles to a thin layer.
S: mostly caramel malt, with a dry floral and earthy hop.
T: again, mostly malt caramel with the earthy slightly chlorophyll hop.
M: good carbonation, smooth on the palate, though seems a bit thin.
O: more of a knowledge of the hop flavor and aroma than a true enjoyment beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber two finger head, some lacing.

S-Earthy with slight floral notes.

T-Almost the exact same as the nose and with not much bitterness.

M-Light, a little carbonation and a little flat.

O-The first of the deconstructed I've had. Wasn't impressed at all with it. Hopefully the other one will be better. I did like how I was able to pick out the Earthy and Floral tones and the bottle listed them as characteristics of the hop variety. So it is nice to know that I have an idea of what I am doing.

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