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 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apricot and orange, as well as some bread. Simcoes are a great hop and the aroma of this beer really showcases them. The flavor is heavy on the citrus notes, with a lot of apricots as well as some pine. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This is west coast as eff.

The nose has that 'I'm drinking fruit punch in a redwood forest' vibe that I was known for in my youth before I ever had a sip of beer, mkay.

The taste is much the same although a bit more astringent bitter on the end, but maybe I've just been drinking too much Fresh Squeezed and Bid Daddy recently to be a neutral reviewer.

Anyway, this hop is delicious, my favorite so far of the series.

(can you tell I'm reviewing them all in a row?)

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

A 12 oz bottle, the end of the line.

A: The IPA is an amber color, darker copper like a worn penny. Still clear, the ale supports a thick white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

S: The simcoe hops are tropical and sweet, a sugary presence that masks the bitterness. Lemon and peaches, grapefruits and oranges, all add a measure of citrus bite. Plenty of caramel for balance.

T: Pine flavors, not evident in the nose, lead the ale off. The tropical citrus flavors quickly follow, adding oranges (pulp and rind) and peaches. The caramel malts are a nice foundation, providing a base to keep the hops in check. The hops are a nice grassy finish, bitter and sweet at the same time.

M: The Deconstructed series improved over my journey. Simcoe, with its citrusy bite, gives Zeus and Ahtanum a run for their collective money. Very interesting to taste each component hop.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the fitfh and last one (I reviewed the original Latitude 48 in the past). Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear amber color and about an inch frothy light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing too. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some caramel and bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy and pine hops with a bit of malt noticable too. The hoppy finish lingers around a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, and it's my favorite of the deconstructed Latitude 48 series. If Sam Adams decided to make this Simcoe version again I'd buy it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good.

Nose is grassy and piney with a little bit of grapefruit. I am surprised I do not smell cat pee, as many simcoe sniffers attest to. I like the smell of this one and put it in the top half of the decon pack. Malts caramely and sweet.

Taste is leafy and edgy, brisk and clean. I like the way the simcoe flashes and is gone, no lingering harshness. Pretty smooth overall and combats the sweet malts of the base beer well. This one is the only one I might consider picking over the full 5-hop version. This is tasty.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As per my range of 4 out of 5's, I found this to be a good beer. I bought the Sam Adams deconstructed variety pack, and led off with the original Latitude 48. I was disappointed by the surprising amount of maltiness.

Simcoe IPA manages to erase that pathetic memory. It reminds me of Ranger from New Belgium -- bright citrus and piney hops. Delicious and wonderful on the nose.

It doesn't have much haze to it, but the rocky head and the ridiculous amount of lace deserve some credit. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and plan to get another pack to share with friends and appreciate the variety of hops.

Even if BBC is only doing this because they overstocked on ingredients (If Latitude 48 didn't sell that well it wouldn't surprise me) I don't even care. This is a cool idea, and Simcoe is a tasty beer.

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

First of all hats off to SA for this idea. I really enjoy seeing the differences just the hops make.

Ok so this is exactly what they tell you it is smells and tastes like it has added grapefruit. Sweet and bitter at the same time very cool. Other than that a very average IPA as far as taste and mouthfeel. Drinkability is better than average but probably because I'm used to bolder IPA's.

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

from 12 oz bottle BB notched at 09/11

A- pours a mostly clear bright copper color with a creamy off-white head..some good layers of lacing as you drink this

S- is pine needles,grapefruit,sweet malts with caramel and toffee a touch of spice

T- is crisp pine hops with grapefruit notes..a blast of some what bitterness hops meets sweet caramel baked bread and malts its a nice balance a touch of toffee and spices present

M_ nicely carbonated very crisp and a palate coater.. a little bitter in a good way

O- a nice single hop offering from SA

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a frothy white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is piney, as expected, but a little more muted than I anticipated. Good flavor, very balanced, not a hop bomb but enjoyable. Pretty good body to it, really rounds the beer out nicely. Definitely would have it again.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a really nice citrus hop nose. It's not real intense, but it does stand out over the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It's well balanced with a good malty base. The Simcoe hops provide excellent hop character and resinate through to the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I like the Simcoe hops and how they compliment the malt palate.

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored body, larger cream colored head due to the progressively more aggressive pours as the night goes on. Sweet malt scent, followed by a piney and grapefruity hop. Sweet malt front, hops have grapefruit, pine, floral and a fair amount of bitterness. This is a pretty recognizeable hop, and it goes well with the IPA style. While I liked the Hallertau quite a bit, i think the simcoe is a nice IPA hop.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a foamy ivory head. Good foamy lace left behind.

S: Juicy, citrusy hops with that Simcoe pungency (is that a word?) that reminds me at times of garlic.

T: Earthy and pungent hops over a sweet caramel malt foundation. Malt foundation seems sweeter than the Zeus varietal that I drank earlier in the night.

M: Fairly creamy in feel. Medium in heft.

O: Good. When I did the taste-test of the 5 new varieties in the mixed 12-pack, this was my favorite. My wife's favorite too.

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

A- Clear amber topped with a thick off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hop notes with hints of citrus, mostly lemon zest and grapefruit.

T- Hints of lemon that build to a bitter grapefruit note. Grapefruit dominates the caramel malt until the finish when the malt finally shines through. The finish is dry and mostly clean with a final note of the grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Clean on the palate, about halfway through the glass the hop oil does start to build up.

O- The most well known of the hops to me in this deconstructed IPA so far. As easy hop to note in other beer and a memorable flavor for me. The 6% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

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

I poured this beer into a snifter glass, just like the other beers it has a amber color body with a 1/2" white creamy head. The smell is floral and some citrus notes come through. The taste give a nice hop kick to start with a peppery finish to it. Very nice mouth feel, goes down nice and easy. Overall this has been my favorite so far out of the deconstructed case.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off white head. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney and citrus hop and some background malt sweetness. There is a bit of other light fruit and a touch of bready smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus and caramel hops and some light bitterness with some background caramel malt sweetness. Through the middle, some stronger piney hop flavor and grapefruit some through with some stronger bitterness. A touch of bready malt as well. The finish is a mix of some bitterness, some bready, and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is fairly dry and smooth and crisp. The finish has a nice dry kick that is really refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is really nice and balanced with the rest of the flavors. The dryness at the finish is especially nice.

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

This is my first one of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed.

Nice tiny bubbles turning into bigger ones rushing towards the top. The color is light copper, kind of like a carbonated apple juice. Nice fluffy and creamy white head. Some nice lacing on the glass.

I really like the smell, piney and citrus aromas are the main focus with a slight caramel malt background.

The Alpha Acids are really working their magic here. Pine and citrus once again the main focus. Dry and bitter but works very well. Some sweetness comes in from the malt, slight caramel flavor.

Light body approaching on the medium side. The bitterness makes the mouth feel a little dry. Feels nice going down, no complaints here.

I like the taste, the feel; this is a solid IPA. Nice and bitter, how a IPA should be. I am becoming a fan of Simcoe Hops for sure. Easy drinker and is a solid first brew to start the de-constructing of one of my favorite IPA's, Latitude 48.

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

Pours deep amber in color, clear, slightly off-white head. Very sticky. Aroma is full of pine notes. I felt it the moment I opened the bottle and started pouring. Very inviting. There is some sweetness or stickiness in the aroma as well. Taste is pure grapefruit. Very pronounced (and a tasty grapefruit at that). Bitterness is up front and lingers a bit. Medium-light body. Fairly smooth and easy drinking (the bitterness is probably on the verge of overpowering, but is not there).

This is the third bottle of in the Latitude 48 series for me. Tasted on day two. Overall I find Simcoe hops not enough by themselves. They provide good components in the form of citrus and pine notes, but I am looking for added flavor from other varieties.

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

thanks to northyorksammy for the bottle

Reddish copper colour, big off white head, some lace left behind on the glass. Smell is rich with citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, some malt but fairly hop forward. Taste is citrus up front, grapefruit, malty, white grape like qualities, fairy fruity, firm bitterness with lightly sweet notes. Light-med carb, med body, lots of oils and resin. Good IPA best of the latitude series, solid single hop IPA, quite drinkable.

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

Bottle, best by Sep 2011 (getting close here) poured into a tulip. Clear amber body with a nice two-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Light aroma overall, but a decent mix of the citrus hop and biscuity malt notes.

Tastes more like an East Coast IPA with a heavier malt bill than those from the left coast. Still, a decent amount hop bitterness from the Simcoe, tasting mostly like grapefruit and orange.

Fairly dense mouthfeel for an IPA. Excellent effort from SA in doing this deconstructed series.

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

Pours a clear orange with amber edges, one finger of creamy cream colored foam that settles to a quarter inch, a sheet of chunky lace for the first couple of inches. Smell: big whiff of grapefruit rind, resinous pine, toasted grain, fairly fruity in a way that works. Taste: ahh, a solid grapefruity bitterness, juicy and rindy, spruce/minty. Atop a toasty and caramel malt base, fairly sweet, but good attenuation level. Light-medium bodied with a sticky, semi-drying finish. A little less balance and this could be a home run for SA. Best by Sept. 2011.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan, presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very pleasant, nice balance of malt, subtle caramel note, light biscuit, hop and bitter aromas are very nice, crisp, mix of grass and pine.

Taste is also very good: again a solid balanced profile, hops are crisp, bitter more earth and pine than citrus; malt is clean, light caramel notes, some biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is definitely more towards a lingering bitterness and nice dryness, a touch of sweetness than some drier ipas but acceptable and accentuating to the type of ale.

Overall, a great brew, clean flavors and good presence

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams simcoe

Appears a copper-ish amber with a large soapy head and lots of lace down the glass. Aroma of the piney, earthy signature simcoe notes. Nice pine presence, decent bitterness, caramel malt body is neutral and though a bit one dimensional, this is a good beer in it's own right.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis tower pint glass.

The color is a deep copper with two fingers of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice piney flavor coming out in the nose that reminds me of Douglas furs and Christmas trees. There is a nice sweet malty aroma that is smelling like there is going to be a nice robust flavor in the sip.

The taste has a real nice bitterness but seems to mix well with some sweet malty flavor. There is a swing back and forth of bitter pine flavor and some bready sweet flavor. There is an almost vegetable flavor that reminds me of cucumbers with some juicy flavor to the.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is drinking really nicely. There is a great balance that I like in this beer and I find it to be the best in the series of single hop versions of Latitude 48.

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