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

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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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 188
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 juicebox
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Reddish-amber color, one-finger head.
S: Fresh pine resin and pine wood. Has a bit of a cat pee aroma as well.
T: This is pretty much what I think of when I think of an IPA. Pine, citrus, a hint of cat pee. Toasty malts as well.
M: Just what it should be. Not too light, not too heavy. Nice balance of hop bitterness and malt smoothness.
O: Shows the Simcoe hops quite well, enjoyable to drink and a good representation of the style.

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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 WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 bigfnjoe
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a transparent shade of amber/orange with a two finger white head that fades quickly and leaves moderate lacing

S- the smell of simcoe that we all love...that fruity, grapefruit nonsense. Lovely

T- slight hint of bitterness, mostly getting tropical fruits out of it. Pretty much, it's simcoe to a tee

M- it's actually a little syrupy. Bizarre

O- no complaints. A fine IPA

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Photo of GFD400
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan, presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very pleasant, nice balance of malt, subtle caramel note, light biscuit, hop and bitter aromas are very nice, crisp, mix of grass and pine.

Taste is also very good: again a solid balanced profile, hops are crisp, bitter more earth and pine than citrus; malt is clean, light caramel notes, some biscuit and toast.

Mouthfeel is definitely more towards a lingering bitterness and nice dryness, a touch of sweetness than some drier ipas but acceptable and accentuating to the type of ale.

Overall, a great brew, clean flavors and good presence

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

Clear amber orange body with a nice tall white head. The carbonation appears aggressive.

Smell is grapefruit and a touch of pine. It smells good, but lacks punch.

Fortunately, the hops are more pungent in the flavor. Grapefruit and rind, then the pine. It's moderate bitterness has a light sweet balance from the malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The body is on the lighter side. Light puckering effect.

It's a very drinkable beer with a relatively mild abv, making it good for the summer months. I think this is the best Sam Adams beer I've had.

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Photo of swierczt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 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 Ryan011235
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/4/11

Enjoy before September 2011

Darker side on an IPA - tobacco brown/amber. One thumb cap of smooth foam dissipates but leaves a decent layer of retention and nice, drippy rings of lace.

Hmm, smells malty. Notions of dry pine tar and over-ripe citrus peel are blanketed in swaths of bread (lots of bread) and suggestions of caramel. Tastes a bit more hop-forward, but not much. A consistent bitterness lasts throughout; earthy and piney. Hints of citrus zest on the back end. As with the aroma, lots of bready malts and a touch of caramel. Medium-full body, rounded out by the maltiness. Moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers.

Tastes ok and does become a bit more enjoyable as it warms, but the beer is too malt heavy to push it above mid-tier.

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Photo of tedho21
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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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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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