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

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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 Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear amber-orange color. The tall, amber-colored head bubbles up with a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a nice dusting of lace adheres to the glass.

S: Some moderate caramel and lightly toasty malt notes. Simcoe hops provide some citrus pith (white grapefruit) and piney aromas. A mild herbal/dank aroma is also present.

T: Lightly toasty, with some caramel malt sweetness. Light mineral and tealike flavors, as with the other versions of this IPA. Bitterness is firm but not overblown. Hop flavors are generally balanced between citrus pith and pine, with some mild herbal/grassy character as well. Simcoe is a pretty distinctive and multifaceted hop, which works well for a single-hop IPA.

M: Medium-firm mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. A bit dextrinous at first before a lasting dry finish.

D: I think this has been my favorite of the deconstructed Latitude 48 IPAs so far (one more to go). Not terribly surprising, since I tend to enjoy Simcoe hops. This one also seems most similar to the standard Latitude 48, which I'm a pretty big fan of. Simcoe can be a little polarizing, but it brings a few different aromas and flavors to the table. I'm not sure anyone would realize this is a single-hop beer as a result.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is very bright; notes of tangerine, kumquat and pink grapefruit are intensely perceivable and the malt is nowhere to be found.

T - The taste is quite nice; the hop profile drowns out the malt with a bouquet of cannabis, cedar-cypress, grapefruit of the white and pink varieties, and tangerine. This really has a good (skewed-hoppy) balance.

M - The feel crisp and sturdy; it is a medium-bodied brew.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight short glass.

A: clear copper orange; moderate head; decent carb action; ok lacing
S: floral and hoppy smell with trace of butter
T: Wow, this is why I love simcoe hops. Very sharp flavor up front; earthy, bass-flavored pine. Tapers into sweet, clear hops

Overall, really a good IPA; nice to taste it in isolation from other hops, especially to savor simcoe

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Photo of nandemo1
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 4. Still poured a clear golden amber with a finger of dense ivory head.

Smells malty and woody but taste is more sweet citrus. Medium bitterness that lingers a little bit.

Mouthfeel is still pretty crisp, not too heavy, not too thin. Just right.

I'd probably pick this up on its own if the price was right. Decent

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rrski198
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to bright red in color. Nice fluffy off white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Big time pine right up front. This scent definately reminds me of some of the big west coast style ipa's.

T: Grassy hop flavor right up front followed by citrus rind and a huge wave fo spicy bitterness.

M: Slightly oily, spicy, intense bitterness that sticks around. Moderate carbonation. Averagefor the style.

O: A nice way of showcasing an awesome hop. This is the last of the entire deconstructed 12 pack I have tried and I believe it tastes the best. Maybe because it is what I am the most used to, or maybe I am used to it because it is a superior hop. Either way, nice brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tarnished copper color, with a creamy thin tan head. Smell is light citrus fruit and sugar. Taste starts out with a huge wave of candied apricots, followed by a bit of caramel, then resinous pine trees, and a bittersweet finish. Nice balance of malt and hop flavors here. Mouthfeel is a touch light, and the carbonation is a little high as well. Overall I like this beer, the Simcoe hop is a winner, and I really love single hop beers.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop No 2 of the variety pack. Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a huge light tan head. Head has barely dropped, leaving a thick, billowy cap of foam. Nice lacing.

Aromas of apricots, pine, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Flavors of apricots, and caramel malt. Like the EKG variety, a little under bittered for me for an American IPA. Nevertheless, the hop bitterness rides through the medium-lengthed finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky malt, mouthcoating bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, a good AIPA.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The simcoe version looks (unsurprisingly) just list the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is noticibly different though and this, to me, is more in line with what a good IPA should smell like. It's fresh, citrusy, piney, and little bit of grapefruit.

Flavor is not as good and maybe because it's a little one-dimensional. Again, the caramel malt base is a little overpowering and hides some of the hops nuance instead of showcasing it. Still, the dankness of simcoe shines through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated.

Overall, probably one of the better in the Latitude series so far.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and a touch of pine. In the taste, orange citrus to a dry pine like hop, lack of malt backing though. A small hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of citrus hops in the aftertaste. Big hops, however lack of malt backing, nice though.

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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 PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours the same color as all the others, basically. Semi translucent, dark amber, thin head etc. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet. Picking up mostly on some grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine. Smells fantastic. Flavor is pine upfront followed by the sweet grapefruit taste. Nicely bitter. Good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and damn tasty. Overall, the Simcoe and the Zeus seem to be the standouts in the pack.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple. This hop smells the most "American" to me. Strong biscuity aroma with caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: A nice bitterness up front from the citrus and pine. Good amount of grapefruit with hints of pineapple, apples, and orange peel. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts. The most citrusy hop in this pack so far.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: This hop stands by itself quite well and the malts provide a good balance.

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

A: Beautifully, brilliantly clear. Medium amber, just like the rest of this series, with a touch of rose. Large fluffy light tan head.

S: Pine and tropical fruits. Nice hit from pineapple and mango, slight carmel and syrup smell. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus notes throughout, with a clean bitterness in the finish. There is a touch of the tropical fruit notes but not as much as the smell would have you believe, though I do get a little pineapple in the finish. The hop profile is very very delicate, which I like.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is about right for the style. All is fine here.

O: Overall I really like this, nice subdued malt, and a good hit of fruity, piney hops. I am digging it.

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

Large desert sand colored head of super rocky foam. Body color is a medium copper that appears refreshing yet full.

Smell is greek pastries, sweet stone fruit and and a grassy, sweet heather-like aroma as well.

Malt taste is roasty, toasty and dark caramel sweet. Hops are resinous, though not cloying, and very floral. Hops also lend a moderate, though aggressive, bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitingly bitter in the finish.

What a great idea the "Deconstructed" pack is. Thank you, Sam Adams!

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

Served from bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint (gotta put its best foot forward)

A - Nice deep amber with medium-low carbonation
S - Nice citrus hops (ie, Simcoe)
T - The best of the SA Lat deconstructed series, typical Simco citrus;piney profile well balanced with malts. Could use a bit more complexity on the malt side given the single-hop profile.
M - Good, slightly sticky IPA profile

Overall - I'd drink this more readily than I would the original Latitude 48, but it's not fantastic given other single-hop IPAs out there (particularly the Centennial hop IPAs like 2-Hearted or Founders)

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Photo of msnow34
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe is the Second for me in the series, it pours a nice amber color with lots of bubbles and with a thin head, into a sam adams imperial perfect pint glass. Smells Sweet and malty. Bitter resinous taste. Not overly Bitter but very well balanced. I'm really into these reviews.

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

Simcoe is so likeable. Pours a beautiful amber with generously sized white head of creamy goodness. Nose has some black tea resemblance, but then with grapefruit and herbal notes. Palate is assertively bitter in a very, very pleasant way. Some of that tea character comes across too. Finish is herbal and bitter. Long aftertaste.

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

12 oz. bottle from the Deconstructed 12 pack. Best before Sep 2011.

Clear, clean, bright copper body. Solid finger of creamy, light beige head. Good lacing up the glass too. Like most of the other Deconstructed IPAs, the nose shows plenty of sugary caramel and fruit malt. This version also shows off a good amount of that trademark Simcoe cat pee/sauvignon blanc hop aroma. Maybe a hint of sharp citrus too.

Starts off with some herbal hop bitterness to gently numb the tongue. Light graininess leads to sweeter, cookie and fruit malts. Zesty, slightly tropical hop flavors join in and ultimately take over. Peppery, with some citrus as well. Finish dries out with lingering sauvignon blanc hop notes and bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel.

After trying all 6 of the Latitude IPAs, I would say that this and the Hallertauer version are my favorites, with the Zeus right behind. Cool that SA did this and I wish other breweries would do something similar.

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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 Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jjanega08
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop profile reviewed only. For beer review see original Latitude 48 review.

The hops have a nice piney sprucy smell to them. Much more piney and spucy than the original Latitude 48. Deeper and more robust in the odor. The flavor is a bit lighter than I would have expected for the Simcoe. Again there is a nice pine and spruce flavor. So far between this the original and the Ahtahnum I would say this is more of my kinda profile.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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