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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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 432
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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear orangish amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Moderate amount of lacing on glass.

Smell: Less aromatic than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Woodsy, pine-like aroma with red grapefruit and floral notes.

Taste: caramel malt nicely balanced with a piney hop component that turns more bitter in the finish where the red grapefruit flacored Simcoe hops come to the fore. Of course, the flavor in this single hop brew is neither as complex nor as rich as the standard Latitude IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a notably dry finish. A very slight harshness.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like this single-hop version nearly as much. While lacking some of the complexity of the 'regular' version, this one is quite pleesant and provides a drier feel. I'm impressed that this single hop variety can carry the bittering, the aroma and the flavor. I'll add this to the mental list of favored hop varieties.

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Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simcoe is the next stop on my Deconstructed tour. It pours a brilliant amber into my Perfect Pint glass. The eggshell head quickly falls to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace.

The nose on this one is pretty mild compared to the other family members I've had thus far. Grapefruit and pine are the dominant hop aromas, plus a hint of lemon. The mildness of the hops lets the caramel aroma of the malt come through. In the mouth, the beer starts with toasted sweetbread flavors. The bitterness is moderate at most and carries a grapefruit and pepper bite. The medium body is slightly sticky and has the right level of fizz. The bitterness carries its grapefruit and pepper bite through the finish.

This is nicely balanced overall. The Simcoe hop has a nice American hop profile that isn't over the top in this application. A nice beer.

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Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large desert sand colored head of super rocky foam. Body color is a medium copper that appears refreshing yet full.

Smell is greek pastries, sweet stone fruit and and a grassy, sweet heather-like aroma as well.

Malt taste is roasty, toasty and dark caramel sweet. Hops are resinous, though not cloying, and very floral. Hops also lend a moderate, though aggressive, bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitingly bitter in the finish.

What a great idea the "Deconstructed" pack is. Thank you, Sam Adams!

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

Bottle from the 48 box. Pours grapefruit-orange body with a generous off-white head. Mild hop aromas. Orange smoothie flavour,trocal fruit, much carbonation. good drinkability though raw veggie stew finish. Middling mouthfeel. I have had better Simcoe IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Simcoe Deconstruct was my favorite of the group. So good in fact I want to get another 12!!! The color was a rich clear copper and had great head and lacing. The scent was the best of all five, good pine and grapefruit with a tinge of spice. The taste was awesomely balanced with great pine and citrus. There was also hints of spice which I think helped to have the beer come off the pallet. The mouthfeel was great and this beer had some body. Definitely the pick of the litter for me!

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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 Damian
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

Like the other beers in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series, this one poured a glowing, orangey-amber color with a near three-finger tall head of khaki colored froth. Outstanding retention. Thick, drippy sheets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Praise the Lord! This was the first beer in the series (aside from the original Latitude 48 IPA) that actually smelled hoppy. Candied orange peel came through strong. Peach and apricot notes were also noticeable. Hints of sweet, tropical fruits appeared as well. Like the other beers in the series, the bready, caramel malt presence was overstated, though it melded fairly well with the punchy simcoe hops. As the beer warmed, the malts became more prominent and the hops seemed to fade into the background. At least things started out well.

The flavor profile was impressive. Sweet caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were signature simcoe. Ruby red grapefruit notes dominated the flavor profile. Candied orange peel was also noticeable. The beer was spicy in the center. Hints of tropical fruit notes (mango and pineapple) came through as well. Slightly pithy, dry and bitter yet also fruity and semi-sweet on the finish. Fantastically well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, lively effervescence. Creamy and silky smooth on the palate.

This was the first (and unfortunately only) beer that I really enjoyed drinking in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series. Nicely done.

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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 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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
Same color head and body, three-finger thick head in large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip; lots of lacing. Aromas of hemp oil, pine are definitely dominant; the hemp character almost has a nuttiness to it that one finds in actual hemp seeds. There is a touch of garlic chive here, though it is not so much that I find it objectionable. There is a big, hop-fruit character underneath the up front hop character that is big on lychee and floral apricot as well as some actual spicy floral notes.

There is a nice biting bitterness up front in my first sip and this bitterness continues through to the finish where it is clean and biting; it is actually quite a bit more clean than I would have guessed it would be. Up front the herbaceous, hemp oil dankness pervades the palate, but there is a lot of tropical fruit and ripe floral fruit notes that competes with the herbal notes in the middle of a sip. The fruit character is also found up front of each sip, though it doesn’t linger much in the finish; flavors of lychee, floral tangerine, The herbal notes are actually a bit more dominant than the fruit character here. Interestingly enough the hop character is big enough in this beer (at least today) that I am not noticing the malt as much as I did in the Hallertau Mittelfrueh. The malt character, while more subtle adds notes of toasty, caramelized whole grain, light biscuit notes and some cracker like notes. The herbal character is a bit astringent at times, though it is not nearly as much as many an IPA. The body of this beer is still a bit more chewy and viscous than I would prefer in an IPA, though it is perhaps a touch more balanced than the Hallertau Mittelfrueh version, or at least the hops are more aggressive enough that it hides the chewy body a bit more.

The simcoe hop character has a nice balance between sharper, herbaceous notes and softer, juicier fruity hop notes; for those that like a good balance between this hop character, this hop can do it on its own. I usually prefer a bit more focus on the tropical fruit and citrus hop character in my IPAs, but this is still quite tasty.

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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 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 MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a crystal-cear amber body with a good two inches of persistent head that leave some pretty decent lacing. Lemon and grapefruit rule the aroma, but they do not clobber you. Tastes sweet, pleasant, and fruity. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, pith, with bread and caramel notes barely detectable to give some backbone. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. One of the best of the bunch with the EKG one being the only one close for me.

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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 Justin23060
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, poured dark amber. Head clung with nice lacing. Smell is pine and malt with only a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly pine with some malt trying to come through. Really surprised by the bready malt given the strength of the hops. Finish is dry without being overly bitter or astringent. Carbonation provides a nice creamy mouthfeel. A lot of reviewers are claiming the single hopped Latitude 48's lopsided, but I feel the first two I have tried (this and Zeus) are holding up pretty well on their own as IPA's. They may not rip your tongue out but they are pretty juicy and not your average "play it safe" IPAs. Again the deconstructed Series is a fantastic idea at a great price. Get yourself some.

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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 GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The simcoe version looks (unsurprisingly) just list the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is noticibly different though and this, to me, is more in line with what a good IPA should smell like. It's fresh, citrusy, piney, and little bit of grapefruit.

Flavor is not as good and maybe because it's a little one-dimensional. Again, the caramel malt base is a little overpowering and hides some of the hops nuance instead of showcasing it. Still, the dankness of simcoe shines through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated.

Overall, probably one of the better in the Latitude series so far.

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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 brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a thin off white head and tiny strings of lace.

S - Candied citrus and grapefruit. Plenty of caramel malt. On the sweet side.

T - Light pine at first, grapefruit followed by sweet caramel. Bitter in the start but then the sweetness comes in and balances it out. Lingering bitter grapefruit/citrus rind.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Simcoe a little hidden by the malt but still a nice single hop beer.

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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 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 secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean red/amber, with nicely huge head. Impressive snowstorm/blizzard lace...spiderwebs covering the glass!

Rich pine nose, with some floral accents. Appealing.

Taste is heavy on the sour grapefruit tip. Enjoyable, but not my favorite of the Lat 48 series.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual for this series, pours a nice copper color and a decent head that leaves some lacing. Smells grainy, bitter with citrus and pine, and quite creamy. The taste is similar, with a long bitter citrus note that turns piney, a creamy finish, and quite grainy to start. The simcoe hops are nicely showcased here, and unlike many other hops, this one can stand comfortably on its own. The only real problem here is the base beer, which is a bit too grainy. Always a nice thing to see single hopped beers for educational reasons, and Sam Adams is to be commended for that. In fact, with their reach, this series should do well as a wonderful tool to teach about various hops.

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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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