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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 | website

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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Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 48 box. Pours grapefruit-orange body with a generous off-white head. Mild hop aromas. Orange smoothie flavour,trocal fruit, much carbonation. good drinkability though raw veggie stew finish. Middling mouthfeel. I have had better Simcoe IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though the floral or fruity notes did not come out as much as I had expected – I prefer the Mikkeller single hops version to this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10-1-11 date printed on the bottle neck.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a deep saturated orange with bright clarity. Solid layer of foam that maintains itself well, depositing concentric rings of intricate lacing on the glass.

Soft citrus grapefruit and malty toffee and caramel notes in the nose.

Malty taste with some dried citrus peel flavors. Seems like age has cut into the hop levels a bit, but there's still some candied orange there. Smooth mellow feel, could easily have a couple, but it's a bit faded now. Easy drinking IPA, not bad, just wish it was still fresh.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best one of the "Deconstructed series". Turns out simcoe is my favorite hop, which makes sense considering I remember many of my favorite beers using it. This one is the most well balanced but still bitter/hoppy of the bunch. Stands great on its own. Great overall beer, great taste and drinkability.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear amber orange color. Huuuuge head with tons of lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Earthy spicy hops, pine, chewy hop aroma.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Heavy spicy hops, touch of pine, chewy earthy hops, little weird herbal like almost plastic flavor, long bitterness.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Hot and heavy hop, spicy, earthy, typical simcoe.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | 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. Makes me think of it as Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe's kid brother, with it's pithy, citrusy character, the premier really accentuating the bitterness.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich copper with a nice creamy colored head and significant lace. Looks great. Smell is richly hopped , with even a bit of a sugary presence. Taste was very nice, not overly upfront with the hops, but it will catch you on the back end. Nice dry finish. Again that almost caramel malty taste rounds this out very nicely. Very smooth as well. This is a good IPA that is not Crazy Hopped

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear orangish amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Moderate amount of lacing on glass.

Smell: Less aromatic than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Woodsy, pine-like aroma with red grapefruit and floral notes.

Taste: caramel malt nicely balanced with a piney hop component that turns more bitter in the finish where the red grapefruit flacored Simcoe hops come to the fore. Of course, the flavor in this single hop brew is neither as complex nor as rich as the standard Latitude IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a notably dry finish. A very slight harshness.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like this single-hop version nearly as much. While lacking some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, this one is quite pleesant and provides a drier feel. I'm impressed that this single hop variety can carry the bittering, the aroma and the flavor. I'll add this to the mental list of favored hop varieties.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | 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 short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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, it’s a bit better than the regular version of Latitude 48 IPA and overall a pretty solid beer.

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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 womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S: Fairly dank hop aroma, which you typically expect from Simcoe. However underneath the citrusy and piney hops, there is still that pervasive sweetness to it.

T: Citrus and citrus zest. A moderate bitterness to it and some grassy and piney bitterness. Some sweet fruitiness and some of the same sweet maltiness to it but not quite as pronounced.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: The bitterness and intense hop flavor helped to balance out the intense sweetness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Enjoyed cool and allowed to gradually increase in temp in the taster glass. I split these w/ BA Carlos.

The clarity and color are similar to the other 4 I tried together, but the color may be a shade darker, not sure if there are more oils or what but this is similar in every respect to the others, perhaps better retention too. The smell is not my personal preference but the hop works with the malt body ok, slightly 'catty' but herbal and earthy which could be described as 'piney' too. The feel is nice smooth bitterness from the simcoe without the jagged edge of the Ekg and finish is fruity tangy and balanced well.

This hop gives a more spiced flavor to me than any of the others, almost an exotic spice taste like ginger perhaps with some grapefruit and light pine attributes it has the attribute of working well with the malt backing, but dominates slightly and still is one I would enjoy since the hoppy oil qualities and the sweetness cooperate in the flavor to give a pleasant smoothness which the others don't achieve. I suppose I would go for this 3rd if I had to choose. I am only slighly less enthused by this than Zeus and Ahtanum since the aroma of Simcoe is one I am not a huge fan of. I think the flavor works well, so using Simcoe as a flavor addition for a homebrewer seems to be the way to go IMO.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, grassy & faint pear scents

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grapefruit & lemons as well, plus leafy hops up front. Herbal & woody hops mix with caramel & grapefruit as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & pretty good balance

A decent AIPA, clearly the pick of the letter to me, the rest I could take or leave

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starkly domed head that leaves plenty of chunky ring lace. Clear, dirty amber color.

This deconstructed IPA has a cutting grapefruit aroma. It is distinct from the others by gripping the nose without any floral overtones. Reminiscent of oregano, thyme and basil. There's also a dankness I wasn't expecting.

Starts off with a harsh bitterness that subtly gives way to a malt roundness. The swallow/finish returns to the peppery hop. Long lasting aftertaste. An interesting journey. The body is like the others which means it's rich but balanced with the bubbly.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Enjoyable, but a little bit weak and not a ton of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, honey, citrus hops, tropical fruits, and light pine hops. A step up from the nose, and no real bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice IPA. Very easy to drink and some nice citrus hops and fruit to it. Would have it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale deep copper hue with an off white beige head forming textured dimpled cloudy head. Fine speckled bands of lace form between sips. Aromatics here are dominant with citrus namingly grapefruit peel...with earthy hops as well. A very pungent nose that gets you ready to imbibe on your first sip of this specialty brew. Flavor is more of the same strong assertively bitter grapefruit earthiness, the pale caramel malts don't really stand up to the level of hops offered up in this version. Clean brisk bitingly bitter hops going on these beers are quite fresh I picked up a 12 pack at Boardman's Vintage Estates for around 17 bucks. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel with a medium bodied well lubricated single hopped IPA, this is pretty good stuff. Well worth it, to go on a hop voyage from all five single hop varieties offered in this sampler pack. Extremely easy to drink yet coats the palate with grapefruit earthiness two really great hop flavors I'm enjoying throughout each sip.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. I knew I liked Simcoe for a reason. Good on all ends. Real oily characteristics on this one fragrance and flavor wise. Thick, consistent, and distinct. I'm kind of disappointed that I went to this as I doubt the last two I have left of this series will live up to this one. But what can you do. This is a solid beer. Especially considering that there is only one hop varietal in use. A pleasure to drink.

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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 woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Simcoe; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe IPA is brewed with only Zeus hops from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Simcoe hops contribute a profound bitterness and dramatic grapefruit peel and pine resin notes to this brew, with the slight sweetness and full malt body balancing the concentrated hop character."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the fifth of the six.

Just as Radar O'Reilly was advised to nod and murmur, "Ah, Bach!" in an episode of "M*A*S*H", so should any hophead worth his/her salt murmur, "Ah, Simcoe!" This is the granddaddy of American IPAs and deserves our respect for its contributions. I had a dense finger of tawny head with great retention from my pour. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity in a shade and tone that not even newly minted pennies achieve. Nose was ... Ah, Simcoe! It smelled like the pine resin bag from little league baseball and allow me to wish the PA team representing the Mid-Atlantic this year the best of luck the rest of the way. If this does not get your nostrils to sit up and pay attention, you may want to consult a physician as you may be dead. Its interaction with the caramel malt sweetness was breathtaking. Mouthfeel was prickly with the grapefruit citrus bitterness burning out those weak taste buds and paving the way for the pine hops to get a chance to shine. Ah, Simcoe! If the nose was breathtaking, the finish was stunning with me wishing that I were wearing a seatbelt so as not to fall over from the intensity. Jeez-O, man, ah, Simcoe, indeed! If they could make a Simcoe mouthwash, I would be gargling ten times a day. The finish just left me feeling as though I had been gargling with it. Minty fresh! The lacing in the glass was outrageously sticky. Beautiful.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy pine with hints of bready and caramel malt deep underneath. Seems to be the most hop forward of the bunch. Taste is piney and bitter with barely enough sweet bready malt to keep this from being too harsh. Long lingering harsh pine hangs on the palette long after every sip. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and level of carbonation. This one could really use a bit more of a malt backbone maybe some crystal malt would help this one greatly. This was the most IPA like of the bunch though.

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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 Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the box set. Best before sept '11 the notches on the side of the label tell me.

Darker and clear almond amber, frothy oatmeal head, lasts and leaves a thick collar of low sheeting and slippery lace.

Grapefruit hop nose, with some underlying malt sweetness.

Grapefruit from the simcoe is the dominant feature here. Citric and grainy. Moderate malt under current with caramel and some light smokeyness.

Nice job here by S.A. Give em credit for the concept and the execution of the IPA in the box. Not amazing brews but very respectable efforts and educational to boot.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Simcoe Deconstruct was my favorite of the group. So good in fact I want to get another 12!!! The color was a rich clear copper and had great head and lacing. The scent was the best of all five, good pine and grapefruit with a tinge of spice. The taste was awesomely balanced with great pine and citrus. There was also hints of spice which I think helped to have the beer come off the pallet. The mouthfeel was great and this beer had some body. Definitely the pick of the litter for me!

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