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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 | 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decontructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a thick billowy head that leaves nice lace.

S- Fruity tropical hop aroma with plenty of citrus and grapefruit. The Simcoe hops definitely smell the most like a traditional West Coast IPA.

T- Bitter upfront with some grapefruit and herbal notes in the finish. I think the hops go really well with the caramel malt and it helps to balance the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol is not as apparent as it was with the Zeus and Hallertau hops.

O- This one is probably my favorite of the bunch. Pungent west coast aroma with a nice bitterness and smooth finish.

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

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a wonderful decent earthy and piney hoppiness. Went down quite well indeed, with just a bit of roughness!

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Photo of magnj
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Great deep amber body with 1 finger off white head.

s - Well balanced nose. Immediately I got a sweet grainy aroma rich with caramel. A second whiff reveals the tropical fruit specifically pineapple complimented by subtle earthy characteristics.

t- Again a very well rounded brew, the IBUs match the sweetness perfectly. Up front it's bitter but quickly gets met by the malt. Hop flavor which is more earthy and pine than the aroma is strong throughout.

m/d - Appropriate body for the style, full but not sticky. Hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Very tasty and complex despite being a single hop.

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Photo of MadCat
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, lots of white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaving generous lacing

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, some sweetness

Taste: Grapefruit bomb! Some pine, floral, and spice notes behind the grapefruit, but its mainly grapefruit. This one is sweeter than the others.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: Interesting, and pretty good. This will probably be the most distinctive hop out of the 5.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated best by October and drinking in July. Should be considered fairly fresh.

Appearance is very nice with excellent retention and lacing. Smell is very piney. Taste is quite pleasant for an IPA. Slight fruitiness, piney, floral and well balance malt to support.

Overall I'm finding that ole Jimmy K. is finally starting to make some decent IPAs. This Simcoe is a respectable IPA and I enjoyed it.

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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 beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly mine, and most everybody Else's favorite out of the "Deconstructed" IPA's. Pours clear copper with Foamy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma has some nice citrus notes along with resiny and spicy notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with Piney bitterness and some sticky spice. Light to Med. bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. This one is more hops than the other's. (Thank you Simcoe) 1st time I tried these I was night fishing and drinking from the Bottle, I'm glad I had extra's of each, to enjoy even more from a glass.

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Photo of ANNO1074
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Light forthy head and dark carmel color, a little darker than I had expected

Very succinct balance of malt and hops

Hops are very fresh and floral. slightly citrus on the finish with a little pepper. Hops stay on the palate through the next sip. Strong but not overpowering

Malt is little nutty with some carmel

This is a big IPA. It's not as big as a Stone or GreenFlash, but not every beer should be. It's fresh, big, well balanced, and carries a wondeful aroma.

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 3 in my personal tasting of this series.

This one is a deep, rich, copper colored brew, almost bronze, with a strong orange-tan head that rises to nearly two fingers and forms a dense pillow. Lacing is left plentiously in chunks along the glass and all the way down.
This is a very nice hop, showcasing in the aroma a fresh grapefruity citrus and even a bit of tropical fruits sweetness. It's almost like the hops themselves are balanced. There's a bit of an earthy dankness as well. Balance comes by way of caramel and bread from the malts, as expected. For its beauty, though, it doesn't come out with the power it could.
The flavor offers no such problem, as things work together very nicely and the hops profile takes the forefront. This is a citrus-forward IPA with nice balance, and it comes togehter in this one.
Body is not as dry, medium with plenty of smoothness and a minty tinge in the finish.
This was my favorite of the series.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- last of the series, here we go. i've run out of ways to say clear and coppery. huge rocky chunky ecru foam with tons of webbing.

S- big citrus blast, from grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, aaaand sweetly toasted malt.

T- mango dominates the flavor profile. absolutely and all the way mango. some grapefruit and pineapple and pine wood back it up. about tied with ahtanum for bitterness, but the simcoe just has a nicer flavor. that flavor, as it is, also is a better compliment to the caramel and pale malts. there's also a more woodsy earthy edge to this one that i recognized immediately from when my homeboy ben (soon to be opening his own brewery in cleveland!) gave me a handful of fresh cascades that he grew himself. bright and citrusy and green when fresh, but after i dried and cured them and smashed one around, i got that same earthy woodsy 'edge'. cheers to correlation. vinous notes and a degree of tartness. finishes herbal, woodsy, piney.

MF- medium medium medium. resinous. juicy. moderately dry.

D- may have saved the best for last here. classic american IPA flavor, simcoe has always been one of my favorites. i really enjoyed this deconstruction and it was cool to have (nearly) consecutive reviews of IPAs that exclusively used hops that wouldn't normally be used by themselves. namely hallertau and goldings. simcoe however, well, she's just simcoe. and when they ask me-- 'why does she do the things she does?' i say...i tell em-- 'well, that's just simcoe being simcoe.'

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin unbroken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation, there was significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: caramel, bread and pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread and then a mild piney hop profile, this is a well balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the best one so far, apparently I have a preference for the Simcoe hop, this is a nice hop that does not overpower you, very balanced IPA, I would definitely buy this again, Sam Adams had a great idea to deconstruct an IPA blend, I'm learning a lot about my own preferences, thank you Jim Koch!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body, excellent clarity, huge fluffy five-finger white mountain range of bubbly foam. Thick lacing, too thick to be lace, more like netting.

Enormous enticing and somewhat scary pine and grapefruit aroma. A great nose on this beer.

Big caramel malt foundation slathers across the tongue. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Juicy fruit fights its way free from the bitter. Pine finish.

Medium-plus mouthfeel. This is a solid beer on the tongue.

Overall, a good IPA, though no match for Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe.

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Photo of tzieser
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a fluffy two inch head. Loads of lace shows up during the session.

Smell: pine, sharp citrus, and an earthy tone is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some apples, a hint of pear, pine, grapefruit, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a dry finish.

Overall: very good and refreshing beer. A nice solid IPA.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.
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