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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
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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
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188
Ratings:
432
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a really nice citrus hop nose. It's not real intense, but it does stand out over the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It's well balanced with a good malty base. The Simcoe hops provide excellent hop character and resinate through to the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I like the Simcoe hops and how they compliment the malt palate.

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

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a fluffy two inch head. Loads of lace shows up during the session.

Smell: pine, sharp citrus, and an earthy tone is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some apples, a hint of pear, pine, grapefruit, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a dry finish.

Overall: very good and refreshing beer. A nice solid IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apricot and orange, as well as some bread. Simcoes are a great hop and the aroma of this beer really showcases them. The flavor is heavy on the citrus notes, with a lot of apricots as well as some pine. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams simcoe

Appears a copper-ish amber with a large soapy head and lots of lace down the glass. Aroma of the piney, earthy signature simcoe notes. Nice pine presence, decent bitterness, caramel malt body is neutral and though a bit one dimensional, this is a good beer in it's own right.

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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.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

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 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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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, the end of the line.

A: The IPA is an amber color, darker copper like a worn penny. Still clear, the ale supports a thick white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

S: The simcoe hops are tropical and sweet, a sugary presence that masks the bitterness. Lemon and peaches, grapefruits and oranges, all add a measure of citrus bite. Plenty of caramel for balance.

T: Pine flavors, not evident in the nose, lead the ale off. The tropical citrus flavors quickly follow, adding oranges (pulp and rind) and peaches. The caramel malts are a nice foundation, providing a base to keep the hops in check. The hops are a nice grassy finish, bitter and sweet at the same time.

M: The Deconstructed series improved over my journey. Simcoe, with its citrusy bite, gives Zeus and Ahtanum a run for their collective money. Very interesting to taste each component hop.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the fitfh and last one (I reviewed the original Latitude 48 in the past). Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear amber color and about an inch frothy light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing too. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some caramel and bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy and pine hops with a bit of malt noticable too. The hoppy finish lingers around a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, and it's my favorite of the deconstructed Latitude 48 series. If Sam Adams decided to make this Simcoe version again I'd buy it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Not to surprising a solid dark amber with at least two inches of sticky white head.

S - Doesn't smell like the hoppiest of the bunch. Maybe a slight bit of pine and grapefruit. I take a sip.

T - Balanced for sure but with Simcoe on the label I expected more pine bitterness with a biting soapy finish. Didn't offend just expected more.

M - Light to medium. Maybe more body?

Overall I was kind of disappointed in this offering since I had this next to last I figured it would be the hoppiest. A real letdown.

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

Looks like the others in this set - clear and coppery, fine light beige cap, nice lacing. Strong hop aroma, grapefruit pith and a little catty, some pine, caramel and bready malts. Pronounced bitterness right from the start, a bit sweet up front, fruity, citrus and pine, white grapefruit. Bitterness lingered in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, off-dry. This is a hop that can handle this malt bill and provide enough character on its own.

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

Poured out a good orange and auburn color with great clarity, good head, not much lace. Aroma was a little lacking, maybe simcoes aren't aroma hops so much.

Good taste, ample bitterness, got more grapefruit than pine out of this hop. Compared with other single hop beers (Mikkeller) this is not only better, but so much cheaper! Enough caramel to approach balance, while remaining a tasty benefit to the beer. Liked this one more than the regular Latitude 48 I've had.

Nothing outlandish, straight forward caramel, simcoe at a great price ($17 for 12). Would like to see this as a year round offering.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy before Oct 2014
L - copper colored ale with a creamy beige head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit, fruit, pine, caramel, bread
T - bold malt backbone with bready, caramely sweetness, fruity grapefruit is a little pungent with some pine in there
F - medium, resinous, finishes dry with lingering grapefruit pith and pine
O - I like the Simcoe hops and the pungency it provides; not bad for what it is, but I liked the Mosaic more.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent creamy skim with textured swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is pretty much what I expected - simcoe/cat piss aromas hit up front and rest on a pleasant malty backbone. Taste reveals piny, resinous hops, tropical fruity esters and a slightly medicinal bitterness that comes out towards the finish and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a slightly oily consistency and an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. It might be a little heavier than I anticipated, given the abv, but it's quite tasty. I'd love to see this one stick around.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive off-white amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention and last a very long time, with it eventually fading leaving a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter smell with a good deal of tangerine, mango, and pineapple along with a moderate showing of herbal and floral aromas. Some pine and grapefruit hop smells are there as well and mix with some bready and caramel aromas to produce a rather pleasantly sweet, and malty smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with strong showing of a bready and caramel flavor mixed with a decent sum of a tropical fruit sweetness. Along with the sweet and malty are some flavors of a pine and grapefruit hop upfront. Some herbal and grassy hop flavors join the taste profile as the taste advances with the grapefruit fading a bit but the pine growing slightly stronger in nature. While the sweetness is mainly of a caramel nature upfront, some of the tropical fruits grow even stronger on the tongue with them surpassing the caramel. The newly arriving flavors, with the sweeter and hop flavors of the brew that were present upfront, end up leaving a rather decently hop blended and moderately malty and sweet smoother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is just above average in thickness for a brew of only 6 % abv. with the carbonation level that is rather average. The medium body and higher carbonation are quite fitting for the blend of hop, sweet and matiness of the brew and create a rather easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This is a nice brew overall with a big malt and sweet profile, but yet balanced by a diverse hop taste profile, even though it is only singly hopped. Almost as good as the original latitude 48 and certainly an interesting try.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: floral, citrus, caramel, malts

taste: some hop flavors, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: The best one in the pack. But still nothing special.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Too sweet for Simcoe; these single-hop Latitudes need more hops! Hint of lemon.

T/M: Pretty good! Nicely balanced between a classic American-hop pine-ctirus and sweet-sticky caramel malts. At least this is noticeably an IPA. Enjoyable, but not exceptional. Smooth, sweet finish with nary a hint of pine or astringency.

O: Very nice. Good beer, even on its own.

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

From Zeus to Simcoe, from one end of the spectrum to the other.
In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a fair amount of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and floral hops.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little pine. Biscuity background.
Nicely balanced, nice IPA.

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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 twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good.

Nose is grassy and piney with a little bit of grapefruit. I am surprised I do not smell cat pee, as many simcoe sniffers attest to. I like the smell of this one and put it in the top half of the decon pack. Malts caramely and sweet.

Taste is leafy and edgy, brisk and clean. I like the way the simcoe flashes and is gone, no lingering harshness. Pretty smooth overall and combats the sweet malts of the base beer well. This one is the only one I might consider picking over the full 5-hop version. This is tasty.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange red, two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Earthy, woody and some floral

T-Very earthy, some dirt like flavors. Wood is in there as well. Also a solid bitterness to finish.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-This one tastes better than the regular 48 and a great insight into what simcoe hops add flavor wise.

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 3 in my personal tasting of this series.

This one is a deep, rich, copper colored brew, almost bronze, with a strong orange-tan head that rises to nearly two fingers and forms a dense pillow. Lacing is left plentiously in chunks along the glass and all the way down.
This is a very nice hop, showcasing in the aroma a fresh grapefruity citrus and even a bit of tropical fruits sweetness. It's almost like the hops themselves are balanced. There's a bit of an earthy dankness as well. Balance comes by way of caramel and bread from the malts, as expected. For its beauty, though, it doesn't come out with the power it could.
The flavor offers no such problem, as things work together very nicely and the hops profile takes the forefront. This is a citrus-forward IPA with nice balance, and it comes togehter in this one.
Body is not as dry, medium with plenty of smoothness and a minty tinge in the finish.
This was my favorite of the series.

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