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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - SimcoeSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe

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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 happy4hoppybeer
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice shiny orange-copper with thick creamy tan head, with sticky thick lacing. Head retains for several minutes.

Sweet caramel malt scent with light notes of hops,grassiness. Average,weak nose.

Chewy maltiness, hop tingle midway,backed with abundant carbonation.Overall light/medium body. No lingering after-bite. Could use more hop bite.

Again,like the other Latitude 48s, is underwhelming. Needs more malt flavor, more hop bite. These are closer to American Pale Ales or English IPAs than the average American IPA.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

As soon as the pour hits the glass it exploded into a large, parchment colored head. It nearly got out of hand. The head is frothy and meringue-like. Lots of lacing is the obvious result. The beer is a minimally hazed copper-red with brass highlights. It really looks much like the other versions.

The best smelling of the lot, but this is still too overwhelmingly malty to be a top rate IPA. Rich, juicy citrus is suggested as the pithy nature of the Simcoe tries to push through the oppressive malts of Latitude 48. Pineapple and grapefruit are among these suggestions. There is, however, a lot of toasted bread aromas. This has been the downfall of all of these beers.

This doesn't taste bad, but I have to put it down below average simply because the hops are bursting out of the glass as in so many IPAs today. An all Simcoe IPA should be lush, tropical and awesome. This is muted by a truck load of bread dough. The pineapple and grapefruit is there but only at 75%. Bitterness builds in the aftertaste. This is something that I've found objectionable in this series.

All the heavy handed malts in these beers have given them all a full body and understated creaminess, but its all cut up by the sharp carbonation.

The best of the lot. This could be pretty damn good if it were turned up.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/4/11

Enjoy before September 2011

Darker side on an IPA - tobacco brown/amber. One thumb cap of smooth foam dissipates but leaves a decent layer of retention and nice, drippy rings of lace.

Hmm, smells malty. Notions of dry pine tar and over-ripe citrus peel are blanketed in swaths of bread (lots of bread) and suggestions of caramel. Tastes a bit more hop-forward, but not much. A consistent bitterness lasts throughout; earthy and piney. Hints of citrus zest on the back end. As with the aroma, lots of bready malts and a touch of caramel. Medium-full body, rounded out by the maltiness. Moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers.

Tastes ok and does become a bit more enjoyable as it warms, but the beer is too malt heavy to push it above mid-tier.

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Photo of richkrull
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper color with quite a bit of off white head and good lacing too.

Smell is pretty malty - almost smells like an amber.

Taste is not too hoppy. Has kind of an off-flavor, I don't know. Way too malty for an IPA. Or not hoppy enough, either way.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and it's a smooth beer.

Overall an average beer. I probably won't try this again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with some off white head.
S: It smelled like copper and earthy floral hops, with some bready malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy floral hops, with some bready malt. It had a somewhat clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very good IPA, with muted scent and taste. Disappointing since I know this hop is capable of better brews. The body was a little weak also, and the finish wasn't great. So not the easiest to drink or enjoy. Pass on this one.

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Photo of SmartyPints
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fourth in the series.

A -- As to expect, a clear, deep gold to orange color with a very dense, light tan head.

S -- Lightly spicy and piny hop note. Some vague earthiness and resins back. Mellow at the start, but opens up with some air. Interesting, but not what I'd call appetizing.

T -- Spicy, resinous hops up front -- rather sharp bitterness with mild biscuit malt in the middle and finishing resinous (sort of tar-like) with some vague citrus and biscuit in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O -- My least favorite so far. There's something a little too pungent in the resiny Simcoe. Fortunately, it's not overwhelming, so finishing the beer won't be a struggle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amber hued and transparent, with a finger of off white head that leaves some decent lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is kinda weak, with some pine and earthy notes.

The flavor is a step up from the aroma, although the beer is far too malty for the style. What is the deal with all these East Coast IPAs being so malt heavy?!? Another disappointment. Sigh. The flavor is decent, and the beer is drinkable, but this could be so much more. Hops overshadowed by malt does not equal American IPA.

I enjoyed this more than the standard Latitude 48, but overall, still feel that this beer comes up way short. Mediocre for the style.

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Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a clear, orange/copper color with a 1/2 finger, off-white head. Excellent lacing left in the glass. Seems a bit lighter in color than the other beers in the series, which is odd since I assume the base beer is the same.

Strongest nose of the single hop series thus far. Nice grapefruit and citrusy aromas. There is a little bit of pine but not much. Very little in the way of malt, especially in contrast to the other beers. The hops stand out more here.

The taste is initially full of grapefruit and citrus as well. Not a huge, dominating presence but the hops make themselves known. The malt is more noticeable in the taste and has slight caramel-like sweetness. A touch of pine brings some bitterness with it at the finish as it dries out more than the others as well.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel does feel a bit fuller despite this. Nice, pleasant bitterness with a drier finish.

Overall, the Simcoe was the best of the series thus far (halfway through at this point). The Simcoe hops seem to have better characteristics for standing out on their own.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, the beer is a dark amber-copper color with a big pillow of foam resting above. The foam was quite resilient and wiped the glass clean as it went down. Pine resin wafts from the aroma and dominates the flavor profile. A little malt in the backbone, but mostly this is a hoppy affair. The grain that is noticeable, is a little husky. This beer isn't bad, but I would like to see a little more melding of the components.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought at Beer Crazy, served in a SA glass.

A medium copper color with good foam and nice lacing. The aroma is predominately the Simcoe which seemed a bit flat. The taste was similar, the simcoe and a bit of citrus. The flavor seems a tad metallic yet acidic. It's a bit tart but not offensive. I'd say that I find the regular Lat 48 more appealing because it isn't singular in it's purpose.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. There is a grapefruit bready toffee nose. Some pine. Soft malt. Grassy, oily. Pretty good.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 because they admittedly snagged me with the concept. Such a sucker. Anyway, worked my way through 1, 2, and 3 and got to Simcoe tonight. They were slowly getting better so I actually have a little expectation. Good looking beer, a little dark with a strong head that sticks around and grabs the glass. Smell was very disappointing. The taste followed through on the disappointment. Not the flavor bang that I like and to much of the bitter which I don't. Although it admittedly faded as I worked through the beer. But not balanced enough for me. A step back for me in the series.

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Photo of prototypic
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The next installment of the Deconstructed Latitude 48 series – Simcoe.

Latitude 48 – Simcoe is copper in color. No big shock there. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it some really nice crimson highlights. An off-white head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Not bad. It’s slow to recede and leaves and nice, steady lacing lining the glass.

The nose is weak and comes across as very average for the style. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Smells a little on the sweet side. Hops seem to be a little lost in the mix. Not a great thing for an IPA. There are some light citric notes of pineapple and maybe orange. They’re faint though. Frankly, it smells very balanced and tame. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Tastes alright. It’s a little sweet, and I’m not the biggest fan of the toasted flavor. The hops are more noticeable here. They taste citric and floral. More floral than I anticipated. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit are noted first, but a good dose of floral notes follow. There’s a bit of a bitter kick, but the malts balance it out a lot. Alcohol is buried. Finishes sweet and a tad bitter.

The body is light medium and feels smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down rather easy for what it’s worth.

I had somewhat high hopes for Latitude 48 – Simcoe. I’m a big fan of Simcoe hops. Unfortunately, they’re a little too buried and lost in the caramel/toasted malt mix. It’s not bad. Just a little too balanced for my taste. Less malt and more hops seems to be an easy fix for this one. If you’re looking for more balanced IPA though, this might be your thing. Not bad, but far from great.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange with a small white head. Smells of floral hops but not overly strong. Tastes of floral and earthy hops. Beer is light bodied, slightly heavily carbonated. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Because I wasn't a fan of the latitude 48, I had no intention of picking up the deconstructed 12 pack. That said, I was glad to try this one at Ratman's the other day. Poured a decent bronze color with a little head on top. Aromas of sweet malt and piney hops. On the palate, medium bodied and more of the same.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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. This one is definitely more pine flavored and fresh smelling. Has a light grapefruit citrus. Reminds me a lot of Zeus.

Taste: This one start out with some sweet citrus flavors followed by the piney earthy hops. Then the bready/biscuity malts kick in showing more than the zeus. It finishes with a hop resin flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but kind of creamy as well. More bitter than the others it seems. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me, but not as malty as the East Kent. It was much more bitter. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. I like the hops here and thought this one was a bit more hop forward. Again, it reminded me a lot of the zeus.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I am cooler than you. Tried to drink all 6 of these last night but alas only made it through 5 before I fell asleep.

Beer is red to amber and completely clear, heavily carbonated. The head has some retention here and this head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is more resiny than the Latitude 48 itself, that malt backbone is still evident but the overall aroma of this beer is better, smells like pine and mild fruits.

Looking back (since this was the first single hop I had after drinking the Latitude 48) this was the most bitter and hoppy of them all. I wonder now if they corrected the hop additions for AA% of if they just put the same amount in every beer. Beer is medium bodied and has this malt sweetness up front, the overall feel of the beer is most like an IPA but still not quite. The hops fall flat on the back of the mouth leaving me wanting more of anything really.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter, part of Deconstructed Latitude 48.
A: pours a light white one finger foam head, golden copper color, some stringy lacing, carbonation
S: sweet, grapefruit n pine resin, the sweetest of the bunch so far
M:light to medium
T: fruity, sweet, malty, tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, bitter finish
O: good brew, to me this hop very contrasting hop-starts out sweet and fruity but then finishes bitter, more so than other hop varieties.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

A: crystal clear; bonze colored; 3 finger off white head that receded slowly and unevenly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: muted; cat pee from the simcoe, but not as strong as I expected;

T: earthy up front; pine comes out mid-palate; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: always a fan of simcoe;

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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: floral, citrus, caramel, malts

taste: some hop flavors, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: The best one in the pack. But still nothing special.


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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12oz bottle from 12-pack purchased from local Heinen's grocery store ($15.99) poured into SA perfect pint glass. Best until 10/2014.

Clear honey-amber elixir, one-finger, white foam head, thick lacing.

Spice, pine hops, caramel, biscuit malt.

Starts out with a nice pine, spice hop flavor but any promise of showcasing the hops is crushed by the malt.

Medium to light body, evenly carbonated.

Great idea but they really only went half way.

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Browned and biscuity flavors. Rather malty and medium bodied. Big mouthful of hoppy flavor. Plenty of bitterness. An interesting educational experience but really not very drinkable. Simcoe seems to have a lemony flavor rather than piney. Not as floral as some hops. Huge hoppiness generally overwhelms any other flavors after a while. Like most Sam Adams beer, however, it's clean and well made. Nice to look at, a bright orangey amber. Excellent head and lacing.

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of September 2011 into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, appropriately. Like all the brews in the Latitude 48 variety pack, this one’s brewed with a single hop variety — in this case, Simcoe from the Yakima Valley.

I’ll give this to these Latitude IPAs: they’re damn pretty beers. This ones shines with the coppery glint of a new penny and dazzles with its crystal clarity. Atop sits a one-finger head that’s yellowish-cream-hued and dense and sticky as pancake batter. It recedes at a moderate pace, leaving behind walls of bubbles as it does.

This smells like Simcoe all right, though it’s not as biting as I expected. The usual notes of orange peel, grapefruit pith and pine needles are in there, but the hop bite is tempered by both a powerfully sweet caramel character and earthy yeast.

The hops are a little brighter in the flavor, delivering orange peel and some floral qualities to my tongue. The finish is decidedly malty, delivering notes of baked bread and honey before mild dryness edges in. Token bitterness hugs the tongue between sips.

Another aspect of these Latitudes I like: the body. This one’s a creamy medium with peppery carbonation that soon escapes from the liquid in the form of moderate fizz. Substantial and fun to let sit on the tongue for a while.

Obviously, this was always going to lack the complexity of the original Latitude 48, but I thought the Simcoe hops would deliver more than they did. It’s a fairly average IPA — good looking, drinkable, but otherwise unexciting.

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