Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - SimcoeSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
434
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  18
SCORE
86
Very Good
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - SimcoeSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 434
Reviews by BYOFB:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan, presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very pleasant, nice balance of malt, subtle caramel note, light biscuit, hop and bitter aromas are very nice, crisp, mix of grass and pine.

Taste is also very good: again a solid balanced profile, hops are crisp, bitter more earth and pine than citrus; malt is clean, light caramel notes, some biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is definitely more towards a lingering bitterness and nice dryness, a touch of sweetness than some drier ipas but acceptable and accentuating to the type of ale.

Overall, a great brew, clean flavors and good presence

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 Simcoe hops as having a "distinct punch of grapefruit character and piney notes."

I’m getting the distinctly hoppy nose with very faint grapefruit - certainly no punch. The pine really comes through in the flavor profile, especially in the dry bite to the finish.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a foamy ivory head. Good foamy lace left behind.

S: Juicy, citrusy hops with that Simcoe pungency (is that a word?) that reminds me at times of garlic.

T: Earthy and pungent hops over a sweet caramel malt foundation. Malt foundation seems sweeter than the Zeus varietal that I drank earlier in the night.

M: Fairly creamy in feel. Medium in heft.

O: Good. When I did the taste-test of the 5 new varieties in the mixed 12-pack, this was my favorite. My wife's favorite too.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick beige head, and a moderately dark copper color. Pine and citrus are prevalent in the aroma.

Flavor is intense pine/evergreen with grapefruit rind and faint white grape juice notes in the finish. Not quite dry, but not a sweet finish either. Malt plays a good supporting role, providing balance, but not getting in the way of the Simcoe showcase. The bitterness is substantial, and lingers long after the glass is empty.

Overall a fine showing for Sam Adams, but when placed next to other Simcoe heavyweights it lacks those special qualities and extra details that would make it stand out from the crowd.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good.

Nose is grassy and piney with a little bit of grapefruit. I am surprised I do not smell cat pee, as many simcoe sniffers attest to. I like the smell of this one and put it in the top half of the decon pack. Malts caramely and sweet.

Taste is leafy and edgy, brisk and clean. I like the way the simcoe flashes and is gone, no lingering harshness. Pretty smooth overall and combats the sweet malts of the base beer well. This one is the only one I might consider picking over the full 5-hop version. This is tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 of grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, pine and some burnt toast maltiness. A nice touch of caramel sweetness.

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

O - This is a very good version of Latitude 48. I prefer it to the regular edition.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium amber color with a nice creamy and fluffy looking off white, slightly tan colored head that is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice thick surface film layer about 5 minutes later with very nice lacing lining the inside of the glass. Best lacing I've seen in quite awhile. Has a nice floral, piney hop aroma upfront followed by a nice caramel maltiness. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice floral, piney, citrus hop flavor upfront. Damn nice hop bitterness here! Gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt sweetness. Not a huge ass bitter hop monster of a beer where all you can taste are the hops, but the hop flavors certainly do tend to dominate here. Has a clean and sort of dry finish. Also has a crisp and smooth, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. One of the best beers I've had from The Boston Beer Company in quite awhile!

Eric

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a wispy half-finger head that dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Healthy aroma of pine, grapefruit, and a hint of dank (pot).

T - Taste matches the nose. Pine, pink grapefruit, lemon peel, and apricot. Caramel malt base, but doesn't stand up to the aggressive hops. Finish is dry and clean with some lingering bitterness.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with standard SA prickly carbonation.

O - Decent, but strictly a pine/grapefruit bomb and a very "typical" IPA. Weak appearance and too thin bodied overall.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a clear coppery color. One finger tan head shows gooed retention. Nice sheets of lace are left on the glass while I drink this one down.

S- I get some nice citrus notes with a hint of cat pee thrown in there. Lots of sweet caramel biscuity malts in the backing of the aroma for sure. This to me smells like a typical east coast style IPA.

T- Typical simcoe like grapefruit in the front although the malt bill which is a bready caramel bomb almost distracts from the hop that is trying to showcase itself. Light grapefruit notes and bitterness throughout the beer but the malt bill destroys what could be a great easy drinking IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hints of bitter grapefruit and lots of caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol with hints of hop bitterness covered in a boatload of caramel malts. Flavors were a little off with this showing more of the malts than the hops which made it seem like a weak IPA at times. No off flavors while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a interesting idea for Sam Adams. i think it could be better pulled off it another brewery were to attempt it. The malt bill like in others of the Deconstructed series was just a little too much and took away from showcasing what hop was being used.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber topped with a thick off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hop notes with hints of citrus, mostly lemon zest and grapefruit.

T- Hints of lemon that build to a bitter grapefruit note. Grapefruit dominates the caramel malt until the finish when the malt finally shines through. The finish is dry and mostly clean with a final note of the grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Clean on the palate, about halfway through the glass the hop oil does start to build up.

O- The most well known of the hops to me in this deconstructed IPA so far. As easy hop to note in other beer and a memorable flavor for me. 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 434 ratings