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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TippySelenoid
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's a coppery color with a nice haze. It's got a white that quickly turns to lace.

This smells like wet hops? It's very earthy and the malts are highly prevalent.

It tastes like chives? It's also very piney. These unblended hops are weird. It's very earthy and spicy tasting.

It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a bizarre beer. It's a notion that I'd like to revisit. This hop could be divisive. I could see people not liking it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber body, trace head, slight lacing

S-grapefruit, mild lemon grass, and pine.

T: sweet grapefruit, mild malt, pine and long pine low finish

M: light/med body, slight oily finish

O: Interesting deconstructed SA Lat 48 IPA, enjoyed this one.
big citrus aroma and flavor, possibly sessionable.


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Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 crusian
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 zimm421
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a hazy, dark amber to copper color with a bubbly tan head. The head leaves some decent lacing and the head stays around for a little while.

The aroma is slightly bitter with subdued pine scents and a little citrus, just what you'd expect. Just a slight malt sweetness in the nose. The taste starts sweet with a breadiness, then moves to a point where there really isn't a lot of flavor and then kicks in with the bitterness. The pine definitely dominates the end of each sip. Nothing real impressive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rather low level of carbonation. Leaves a slightly creamy film after each sip. Overall, not very impressed. I was hoping things would get better as I moved through the 12 pack, but definitely underwhelmed. Not an outstanding IPA, but still something I could enjoy if there weren't other options.

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Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Piney and resiny, some juniper.

L: Clear amber orange, off-white creamy head with good lacing.

T: Piney and resiny hops laced with some sweetness. Medium high spicy bitterness leading to a touch more caramel sweetness. Finishes very dry with some resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A little dry and harsh from the bitterness. Ok, but i've had better simcoe IPAs.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know this 12pk had hop varieties...but I think it's a good idea. I love the single hop beers just for the fact that they give you a solid foundation of each hop flavor.
This one is simcoe, and it stands out as the dominant flavor. The light malt is crystal, perhaps some caramel in there. Color is "thick" amber/gold. Nice head and lacing.
Grapefruit and citrus, pine and resin. Sharp bite, some florals in the end.

Overall and nice IPA, not excellent, but that's not the point here. Applaud the single hop beers

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice clear orange color with a healthy head of foam. Aroma is very hoppy, redolent of grapefruit and some musty earth.

The flavor of this beer has a big dose of bitterness, along with a lot of hop flavor. I can certainly detect how some people perceive Simcoe hops to be catty. The malts are still there, and contribute a healthy body and sweetness to the beer.

As I've said when I've reviewed the other beers in the pack, this beer is a great learning tool, but an average IPA relative to other offerings out there.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A day after I try the Latitude 48 IPA Ahtanum I'm trying the Simcoe hops version. Let's see how they compare.

Appearance-wise this looks like the same Latitude 48 IPA that I poured yesterday. The head is lovely, frothy-creamy-looking, off-white, and tall with good retention. I got a PERFECT pour with this one. Head retention is pretty good and lacing is left as well. The beer is amber-copper.

I'd have to say I believe this smells better than the Ahtanum. This is much more floral and the fruitiness is much more like tropical fruits rather than lemon or orange citrus. There's a marked presence of pine as well. I pick up malt graininess too.

I do think this tastes better than the Ahtanum version as well but I'd not say it's exceptionally better. The tropical fruits and pine flavors are more present and there's not the phenol-like taste in there which is a plus. This could be a bit more bitter but I'm not certain. Pine resin and caramel sweetness counter the bitterness while the malt grain gives more of a body. Bitterness lingers past everything else.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. This is drier than the Ahtanum version which I like.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by Sept. 2011) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange beer with a persistent 1/16" dense light tan head. Sheets and strands of lacing noted. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, and the tiniest hint of cat box. I wish I was kidding on that last one. I've read other reviews about Simcoe heavy beers and thought this was nonsense until I tried my first one (this one) and sure enough, it's in there. It's just there for a second though, right towards the end of sniff.

Taste: Piney, bitter, with a little bit of malt sweetness in the middle before a lingering pine resin / grapefruit finish. Definitely strong on the bitter side of things, in fact, I would argue it is a bit unbalanced towards bitterness. But maybe that's the point - this hop brings those particular flavors out best and if you don't get the malt right, that's all you're going to taste. In this case, a bit more malt is needed.

Mouthfeel: Slick and quite smooth. Carbonation is just right. Some of the hop oils definitely stick to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: It's a good thing I've developed a palate for hoppy beers, because this one would have done me in years ago and I would have thought it way too bitter and nasty. Now I can appreciate the flavors and aroma it brings, but, for me a hop this powerful needs more malts to balance it, and the beer is unbalanced (in my opinion) towards bitterness. One is enough for me and I'm done.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and clear with lots of small rising bubbles. Head was about a finger but did last a bit, and left sheets of lacing which rejoined the brew each sip.

Nice earthy hops aromas, but kinda subtle. A little pine and grapefruit in there too. Slightly floral. Light malts make their way through.

Taste is well balanced and pleasant, with no one aspect of the taste dominating. Light earthy, floral hops, caramel malts, and a touch of fruitiness round out the taste.

Feel is pretty light and well carbonated, quite easy to drink.

Overall it's on par with the rest of the deconstructed series in that it's quite drinkable but not outstanding.

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