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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only Simcoe hops that bring a distinct punch of grapefruit character & piney notes. The subtle malt sweetness helps balance and round out the concentrated hop character." Brewed in the style of an American IPA with Simcoe Hops added. Available as part of the Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed pack, available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory Pint glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a biscuity caramel white complexion over a mildly hazy maple amber body with plentiful flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The Simcoe hop generates aromas of juicy tropical fruit, pithy grapefruit and piney resins. The malt aroma is a simple pairing of caramel grain and biscuit malt with a moderate syrupy sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor generates a hop flavor that is more juicy fruits and clean, very lightly acidic grapefruit than the aroma suggests. Notes of resin and pine generate most boldly on the finish contributing to a moderate but punctuated bitterness. The malt profile pales in comparison to the hop profile, despite its limitations in flavor over the hop aroma. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly oily, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a moderate frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A highly popular hop which generates a considerable amount of hop flavor by itself but drops off quickly with time. Because of these qualities, I consider this the most fragile hop ingredient of the ones I have yet reviewed. Potentially one of the most enjoyable angles of the hop profile of Latitude 48 but also one of the murkiest with a bit of age on it. It goes to show that Simcoe hop-brewed IPAs need to be enjoyed as fresh as possible, as even by themselves they are generally unable to carry the show alone. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Simcoe IPA

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours copper amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head that melts into a 1/4 inch creamy cap that stays throughout the beer.

S - Dank pine mixed with pungent grapefruit,

T - Lots of pine, grapefruit mingles in the background, heavy spearmint, herbal, and the pine comes back in with some bitterness. Faint malt in the shadows. Some sugary lemon stands out as it warms. Tea tannins type bitterness also comes into play.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth, light to medium body.

Not as bitter as the Ahtanum. This variety is complex and adds a variety of pungent flavors.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display. I've decided to just copy and paste the appearance portion of the Deconstructed series as they all pretty much look the same.

Smells like grapefruit, pine and warm carpet fuzz. Taste is distinct Simcoe peachy pine.

Most IPA of the Deconstructed IPAs I've tried so far. Simcoe is a hoppy hop.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 – Soft, Clementine citrus. Apple cider. Hint of cinnamon. Notable absence of pine.

T – Opens with rolling pine, which is shocking given the nose. Woody bitters support the profile, but overall it feels fairly one dimensional (even more so than the rest of the single hop IPAs in the Lat 48 deconstruction pack)

M – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice orange/brown with a decent head that settles pretty quickly with good lacing.

S - grass and lemon. a bit of pine grapefruit and bread in there as well. good nose on this.

T - caramel and bread malts hit up front and there is a big divide into a hop finish of grapefruit lemon and a big pine taste. its good the pine definitely stands out amongst everything else for me.

M - seems to be medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. definite hop puckering. mouthfeel is alright but nothing thats gonna stand out.

O - this is a good ipa. its definitely much different than the latitude itself and though it seems they are going for different things as far as balance if i had to try and compare them against once another i think this falls behind by just a hair.

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Photo of ZAP
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love Simcoe hops but this one falls short for me. Not sure if it is the way the hops are used or the malt billing snuffing out this hops goodness but it is an average beer.

More of a pine aroma than anything bordering on citrus. Taste follows suit....piney...a bit of toffee like maltiness..

Medium Full bodied....oily hoppiness

Certainly not a horrible beer but i wanted more out of the Simcoe hops and they did not shine enough and did not exhibit the nice citrus flavors I prefer to glean from this hop.

Still, a decent enough IPA but nothing special....

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Photo of ejyoung
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a small, chunky, off-white head.

You can tell this is simcoe by the nose - the earthy citrus smell is very recognizable. Quite a bit of malty sweetness which I didn't expect in an IPA.

There's definitely a nice hop bitterness that lingers for some time, but the sweetness covers some of this hop flavor up. Grapefruit, grass, and pine are strong.

Overall, this was a good beer to try but there are plenty of IPAs I would rather buy. I had to buy this set though as I think it will be interesting as a homebrewer. Pretty cool of SA to do this.

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Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thin tan head of foam that leaves some fair lacing.

The smell is nice, but it's just too light. Mostly sweet malt with a light pine hop presence.

This has to be the hoppiest one out of the whole pack. A nice clean bitterness with pine notes. Meaty, caramel-sweet malty backbone. Long hoppy finish.

Lightly chewy and very smooth with soft carbonation all around.

Probably my favorite one of the sampler thus far. This one definitely highlights the hops more than the others. A solid brew.

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

Same color and foamy head, overall appearance is the same as the others in the series.

Nose is not quite as full of the telltale Simcoe signature as I had been expecting it. Nose is instead a floral bouquet tinged with lemon / onion essence and grassy melody. Taste is actually balanced quite well, I would say TOO well, because I would have preferred a more aggressive, brash, hopping to let the Simcoe truly shine. Texture is medium bodied, clean, and crisp.
Needs some more aggressiveness IMHO. Just about 10% more hopping and it would have been amazing for me.

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Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4th review from the deconstucted 12 pack.

pours out the usual dark amber colour. this one seems to have a bit more carbonation present...very big bubbles supporting a frothy tan head. a bit more lace, too...very clingy and rocky. sweet malt aroma..the same as usual, with a the hopping reverting back to the first review...american NW hops with citric and resiny piney notes, but with a slightly more spicy note running towards the herbal side with hints of onion and chives. the taste profile is a bit medicinal...after a few of these single hop offerings my taste buds are a bit fatigued trying to pick out characteristics that are specific in nature. this offering is a bit more hop centric, profiling the very spicy, herbal and resiny notes which leave a great deal of bitterness on the back end. grapefruit pithe provide these simcoe hops to stand up well to the sticky sweet malt bill that is definitley getting very cloying after drinking a few of these latitude 48 IPAs. the usual big body gives way to a mouthfeel directly affected by the hopping. bitterness abounds with great affect on the palate, giving way to a dryish finish...a long, lingering, spicy bitter ending. drinkability is pretty good...this hop variety would pair well with some funky cheese and crackers or a meat tray.

overall i would say that this was the most intense hop experience out of the bunch. i really do wish the malt sweetness in all these single hop offerings was toned down just a tad to maybe let the hop character shine (or not) a bit more.

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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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Photo of surprenant1138
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt golden amber with an inch of thick, creamy, frothy head and strong retention of lacing. Aroma is light: some hops, yeast, pine, lemon peels, and grass. Mouthfeel is of medium body with fair carbonation. Taste is of what I described in the aroma, with slight slickness. Tasty summer brew here.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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