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

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

Brewed by:
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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent creamy skim with textured swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is pretty much what I expected - simcoe/cat piss aromas hit up front and rest on a pleasant malty backbone. Taste reveals piny, resinous hops, tropical fruity esters and a slightly medicinal bitterness that comes out towards the finish and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a slightly oily consistency and an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. It might be a little heavier than I anticipated, given the abv, but it's quite tasty. I'd love to see this one stick around.

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Photo of tzieser
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. a very thick head sticks for a while. i think i rushed the pour. whatever.

s: notes of pine and various citrus fruit. sweet malts are noticeable in the back but not prominent at all.

t: mannnn i really am a sucker for simcoe hops. citrusy and pine notes again. slightly bitter but not unpleasant at all. malt balance is noticible and pleasant. gives the brew a good body. i'm very happy with this, especially for the price.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

i'm kind of astonished. a very good job by boston beer company. lets hope this will silence the haters. it probably won't though. people tend to dislike successful people (see: tom brady) and companies (see: microsoft or sony. take a pick) and i don't think that thought process will change anytime soon. great brew, regardless though!

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Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep copper with brilliant clarity. Moderately low off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Simcoe always smells a little bit like cat piss to me. Here, the hops come across as piney, citric, and catty. As I grow accustomed to the aroma it has a sort of lemon-pepper smell. Malt is a bit harder to pick up here but comes through as lightly bready with a touch of caramel.

Flavor-Lemon and pine up front with distinct notes of cat piss in the finish. Grows more tolerable as I drink it. I catch some light malt flavors but this one is mostly ruled by the hops. The finish has a sort of sour bitterness to it, very lemony in character. As I drink it I find myself actually liking the flavor. The finish is moderately bitter but the bitterness is of a sharp quality, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Not too much to note here, though nothing off.

Simcoe hops always get me. Generally I'm put off immediately by the cat piss notes in the aroma and flavor, but as I drank this one, I noticed the catty notes begin to fade, and some nice lemon, pepper, and pine aromas and flavors emerged. In the end, I thought this one was decent, though those catty flavors in the beginning are a huge turn-off. Definitely a solid beer, but not my favorite hop variety.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round two today, and the 4th of the new Deconstructed series I've had. Here go the 2 bottles of Simcoe...

My imperial nonic is filled with the same bright, clear copper-hued liquid, with a slow but steady carbo. A hard pour brought forth a solid inch of light beige foam, frothy and fluffy, with super stick. This one has a slight touch of toasty malt, yet has much more rindy, resiny action in the nose. Still, it is a bit on the mild side. Smooth and silky with a medium body. Same as it ever was...

Twinges of caramel malt sweetness hit the palate, but there's soon a plethora of citrus. It's all rind and resin here, with some grapeftuit and pithy pine bitterness. The aftertaste really accentuates the rindy, pithy character of the Simcoe. Another winner from Sammy. Ahead of the EKG and Ahtanum, and vying with Zeus for the Deconstructed lead.... May have to do a side-by-side. Zum Wohl!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Gushue3
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark gold/ amberish and sits deep amber redish. A one finger white head arises and leaves a good amount of lacing

S- big citrus and floral scent.

T- Well balanced. With a nice piney and citrus taste upfront that stays bitter through to the finish. very nice

M- medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. feels really nice.

O- i like this one, my favorite from the mix pack. looks good tastes good. i hope this makes a 6 pack

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Photo of crusian
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

To begin this, simcoe is one of my favorite hops, so I have high expectations...
Nose is a nice citrus pine, but to be honest I thought it would be stronger... makes me wonder how this was actually done... same amount if each hop, or were different amounts used, based on bitterness, etc? Simcoe is an awesome hop, but the nose is a tad weak here.
The taste is simcoe... nice piney citrus I would recognise anywhere... just wish they used a bit more. But the taste is much more than the nose indicates. This is by far the best latitude single hop... again, a bit weak on the amount I think.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#5 single hop brew of the night.... favorite so far.... great lacing and retention... clear orange brew.

Nose is unmistakable... Simcoe always reminds me of a sorta Flintstone Chewable Vitamin... nice citrus and weird fruity elements that I am not always fond of... but it works this time.

Seems more bitter than the other previous brews... but again a sorta minerally odd fruity note.. lingering hoppiness sticks around for quite a bit... almost oily.

Body and carbonation seem almost seem accentuated by the oily nature of the hops.


Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

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