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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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4
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Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fourth in the series.

A -- As to expect, a clear, deep gold to orange color with a very dense, light tan head.

S -- Lightly spicy and piny hop note. Some vague earthiness and resins back. Mellow at the start, but opens up with some air. Interesting, but not what I'd call appetizing.

T -- Spicy, resinous hops up front -- rather sharp bitterness with mild biscuit malt in the middle and finishing resinous (sort of tar-like) with some vague citrus and biscuit in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O -- My least favorite so far. There's something a little too pungent in the resiny Simcoe. Fortunately, it's not overwhelming, so finishing the beer won't be a struggle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amber hued and transparent, with a finger of off white head that leaves some decent lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is kinda weak, with some pine and earthy notes.

The flavor is a step up from the aroma, although the beer is far too malty for the style. What is the deal with all these East Coast IPAs being so malt heavy?!? Another disappointment. Sigh. The flavor is decent, and the beer is drinkable, but this could be so much more. Hops overshadowed by malt does not equal American IPA.

I enjoyed this more than the standard Latitude 48, but overall, still feel that this beer comes up way short. Mediocre for the style.

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Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 05/05/2011. Best by September 2011 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, orange/copper color with a 1/2 finger, off-white head. Excellent lacing left in the glass. Seems a bit lighter in color than the other beers in the series, which is odd since I assume the base beer is the same.

Strongest nose of the single hop series thus far. Nice grapefruit and citrusy aromas. There is a little bit of pine but not much. Very little in the way of malt, especially in contrast to the other beers. The hops stand out more here.

The taste is initially full of grapefruit and citrus as well. Not a huge, dominating presence but the hops make themselves known. The malt is more noticeable in the taste and has slight caramel-like sweetness. A touch of pine brings some bitterness with it at the finish as it dries out more than the others as well.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel does feel a bit fuller despite this. Nice, pleasant bitterness with a drier finish.

Overall, the Simcoe was the best of the series thus far (halfway through at this point). The Simcoe hops seem to have better characteristics for standing out on their own.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, the beer is a dark amber-copper color with a big pillow of foam resting above. The foam was quite resilient and wiped the glass clean as it went down. Pine resin wafts from the aroma and dominates the flavor profile. A little malt in the backbone, but mostly this is a hoppy affair. The grain that is noticeable, is a little husky. This beer isn't bad, but I would like to see a little more melding of the components.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought at Beer Crazy, served in a SA glass.

A medium copper color with good foam and nice lacing. The aroma is predominately the Simcoe which seemed a bit flat. The taste was similar, the simcoe and a bit of citrus. The flavor seems a tad metallic yet acidic. It's a bit tart but not offensive. I'd say that I find the regular Lat 48 more appealing because it isn't singular in it's purpose.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. There is a grapefruit bready toffee nose. Some pine. Soft malt. Grassy, oily. Pretty good.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a wispy half-finger head that dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Healthy aroma of pine, grapefruit, and a hint of dank (pot).

T - Taste matches the nose. Pine, pink grapefruit, lemon peel, and apricot. Caramel malt base, but doesn't stand up to the aggressive hops. Finish is dry and clean with some lingering bitterness.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with standard SA prickly carbonation.

O - Decent, but strictly a pine/grapefruit bomb and a very "typical" IPA. Weak appearance and too thin bodied overall.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.84 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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