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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - SimcoeSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 432
Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi dark golden color. Had a nice light golden creamy head.
There was a fair amount of a rich hop aroma. Not over hoppy, but enough to really enjoy.
The Simcoe hop is so distinctive. No matter what brewery I have tasted a Simcoe brew, there all had a real full slightly spicy and sweet taste

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Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle from BevMo! Scottsdale). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. The carbonation bubbles on this one are significantly lighter than all 4 of the other versions. Aroma has some nice citrus notes along with pungent and spicy notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with bitterness and some spice. Lighter bodied with an oily texure. Bitter finish. This is nice

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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 thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This version of the Latitude 48 is very fruity smelling from the Simcoe hop which also gives off a slight pine and "cat piss" smell that I remember Jim Koch mentioning in an interview about this mix pack. After tasting this beer I can definitely say Simcoe is a very flavorful hop. It does add some bitterness but mostly gives off this sweet fruity herbal slight pine taste that is tart and satisfying. The hop taste also mixes in real well with the bready sweet malt they use.

Actually this hop blends in with the malt profile they chose for every Latitude 48 beer the absolute best. It ends sweet and dry. This is a very flavorful beer that seems to be the most flavorful American hop without being too bitter. The Zeus and Ahtanum seemed to be more of bittering hops... Zeus being the most bitter. So far this is my 2nd favorite beer in the mix pack right behind Zeus which is my number 1 favorite.

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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 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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're familiar with your hops, then you should be familiar with the Simcoe hop, the darling of Weyerbacher's "Double Simcoe" and similar beers.

Pours a vibrant copper color with a two-finger head into my glass. Very inviting.

Peppery with just a touch of grassiness. Just a hint of malt underneath.

Citrus notes greet the tongue, followed by buttery malt. Juicy and vibrant.

Lingering citrus and grassy notes in the mouthfeel. Nothing much else.

It's ok but I didn't quite get the punch of simcoe that I was expecting. Still worth a try!

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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 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 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 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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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Simcoe" on label, into standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a big two-inch off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Pure Simcoe: cirtus and piney hops abound,lingering grapefruit-rind bitterness. Very snappy and flavorfull. My kind of IPA!

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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 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 AdamBear
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent amber with a thick frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing.

S-very decent grape fruit smelling hops. there's definitely hops in there as well. its actually a good mix of hops and pine. its a good, strong scent.

T-it hits the tongue with a very sharp bitterness with some grapefruit. it then goes to a classic SA maltiness. the after-taste is mediocre with grapefruit hops and grains. theres a decent bitterness that stays. the tastes are decent, but fairly boring.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-its one of the more boring of the Lat 48s. it does resemble a classic IPA more so than the others though. once again, i think this IPA caters more to an IPA crowd than the normal SA crowd, which is probably a good thing.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours the same true amber dark golden color with hints of copper. This one does seem to have a might more foamy head on it but I am going through hop variety so I beg forgiveness for similarities in the ratings.
S: This is a less intense upfront aroma but has some more subtle full floral notes to it.
T: Very vegital tanginess to the beer. It strikes me as a pine plant flavor with some slight smokiness to it.
D/O: This one embodies a lot of the drinkable qualities of the other ones. Leaves a slight tanginess in you mouth and goes down smooth.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small, tight cream colored head which settled into a sparse cap, some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops, though it is not very strong. Orange notes with some grapefruit. The malt aroma is sweet and bready.

The taste starts off with a citrus hop flavor, orange sweetness and grapefruit rind bitterness, as well as some floral notes. The malt is sweet and bready, noticable cereal flavors. A bit of a resinous bitterness in the end.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet malt flavors transition to a hoppy bitterness. Good balance, the bitterness can linger a tad too long.

Again, a good IPA, I do enjoy the Simcoe hop flavor profile. The malt is a bit heavy to make this beer outstanding but still a good brew.

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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 cokes
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same bronzed appearance as the others, if not even a tad better with a seemingly more vigorous head.
Caramel malts, doughy bread, and Simcoe elements of pink grapefruit, pine pitch, ganja, spearmint, and lime leaves. It has the makings of a solid nostril-gripping IPA, but dialed down a notch or two.
It enters the mouth with the now familiar malty blanket of toffee and sweet dough. The Simcoe prove more capable of holding their own that most of the other varietals (along with the Hallertau which also made a strong solo impression). Gobs of pine resin. Sweet-tart grapefruit juice with powdered sugar. Sprigs of mint. Sub-smoky, resinous characteristics of marijuana and sweeter wafts of pipe tobacco. Brighter notes of lime zest. Bitterness is rounded but substantial. The malt powers through again late, adding balancing toasted notes.
I'm a bit of a sucker for Simcoe, and while not transcendent, this doesn't disappoint.
The series does a nice job pinpointing specific hop attributes, and though a few of the variations don't translate to great solo acts, Simcoe proves complex and capable enough to carry its own.

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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 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 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 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 MrOH
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a single finger, off-white head.

Lots of pine and dankness.

Earthy pine covers up the malt apparent in the varietals. Just lots of simcoe goodness.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Good carb.

Simcoe can stand on its own much moreso than a lot of hops, and this beer proves it.

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Photo of pratyk
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in Bottle. Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very clear Copper color with an offwhite head that disappears fast. Good amount of lacing during consumption.

Smell: Piny, Citrusy (Grapefruit)

Taste: Grapefruit, Pine notes with a good amount of hoppiness. Bitter that stays on the palate with a lingering spicy aftertase.

Mouthfeel: Smooth texture that covers the palatte for a bit, almost sticky. Medium Carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good beer from Sam Adams which is certainly better than the regular Lat 48 brew.

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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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