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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thin tan head of foam that leaves some fair lacing.

The smell is nice, but it's just too light. Mostly sweet malt with a light pine hop presence.

This has to be the hoppiest one out of the whole pack. A nice clean bitterness with pine notes. Meaty, caramel-sweet malty backbone. Long hoppy finish.

Lightly chewy and very smooth with soft carbonation all around.

Probably my favorite one of the sampler thus far. This one definitely highlights the hops more than the others. A solid brew.

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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 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and a touch of pine. In the taste, orange citrus to a dry pine like hop, lack of malt backing though. A small hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of citrus hops in the aftertaste. Big hops, however lack of malt backing, nice though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple. This hop smells the most "American" to me. Strong biscuity aroma with caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: A nice bitterness up front from the citrus and pine. Good amount of grapefruit with hints of pineapple, apples, and orange peel. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts. The most citrusy hop in this pack so far.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: This hop stands by itself quite well and the malts provide a good balance.

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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 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 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 bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated best by October and drinking in July. Should be considered fairly fresh.

Appearance is very nice with excellent retention and lacing. Smell is very piney. Taste is quite pleasant for an IPA. Slight fruitiness, piney, floral and well balance malt to support.

Overall I'm finding that ole Jimmy K. is finally starting to make some decent IPAs. This Simcoe is a respectable IPA and I enjoyed it.

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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 Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round two today, and the 4th of the new Deconstructed series I've had. Here go the 2 bottles of Simcoe...

My imperial nonic is filled with the same bright, clear copper-hued liquid, with a slow but steady carbo. A hard pour brought forth a solid inch of light beige foam, frothy and fluffy, with super stick. This one has a slight touch of toasty malt, yet has much more rindy, resiny action in the nose. Still, it is a bit on the mild side. Smooth and silky with a medium body. Same as it ever was...

Twinges of caramel malt sweetness hit the palate, but there's soon a plethora of citrus. It's all rind and resin here, with some grapeftuit and pithy pine bitterness. The aftertaste really accentuates the rindy, pithy character of the Simcoe. Another winner from Sammy. Ahead of the EKG and Ahtanum, and vying with Zeus for the Deconstructed lead.... May have to do a side-by-side. Zum Wohl!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

12 oz. bottle from the Deconstructed 12 pack. Best before Sep 2011.

Clear, clean, bright copper body. Solid finger of creamy, light beige head. Good lacing up the glass too. Like most of the other Deconstructed IPAs, the nose shows plenty of sugary caramel and fruit malt. This version also shows off a good amount of that trademark Simcoe cat pee/sauvignon blanc hop aroma. Maybe a hint of sharp citrus too.

Starts off with some herbal hop bitterness to gently numb the tongue. Light graininess leads to sweeter, cookie and fruit malts. Zesty, slightly tropical hop flavors join in and ultimately take over. Peppery, with some citrus as well. Finish dries out with lingering sauvignon blanc hop notes and bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel.

After trying all 6 of the Latitude IPAs, I would say that this and the Hallertauer version are my favorites, with the Zeus right behind. Cool that SA did this and I wish other breweries would do something similar.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with red hues. Small head leaves decent lacing

S: Grapefruit immediately evident along with some nice piney notes behind the grapefruit wall

T/M: Bitter grapefruit rind and malty sweetness are at first very apparent, followed by some pine. The high carbonation kind of detracts from the piney notes, but they are still evident. Fairly medium body. Bitterness lingers on for a while after sipping

O: Definitely one of the better beers from this pack, but I feel like if the carbonation was toned down a little, it would be better. Still, this pulls off what they were going for in highlighting the Simcoe

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Simcoe hops as having a "distinct punch of grapefruit character and piney notes."

I’m getting the distinctly hoppy nose with very faint grapefruit - certainly no punch. The pine really comes through in the flavor profile, especially in the dry bite to the finish.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first two deconstructeds I've poured tonight had no head, but this orange-amber beer develops a medium one, so marking up the appearance. Aroma is better than the hallertau--it has that pine-resin aroma we've encountered a lot in recent IPAs. Taste has plenty of bitterness, and piney hop flavor. Malt adds a sweet component that is well-balanced. Finish is dry. About equal to the main Latitude I think. Very drinkable, but doesn't stand out.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display. I've decided to just copy and paste the appearance portion of the Deconstructed series as they all pretty much look the same.

Smells like grapefruit, pine and warm carpet fuzz. Taste is distinct Simcoe peachy pine.

Most IPA of the Deconstructed IPAs I've tried so far. Simcoe is a hoppy hop.

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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 richkrull
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper color with quite a bit of off white head and good lacing too.

Smell is pretty malty - almost smells like an amber.

Taste is not too hoppy. Has kind of an off-flavor, I don't know. Way too malty for an IPA. Or not hoppy enough, either way.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and it's a smooth beer.

Overall an average beer. I probably won't try this again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber body, trace head, slight lacing

S-grapefruit, mild lemon grass, and pine.

T: sweet grapefruit, mild malt, pine and long pine low finish

M: light/med body, slight oily finish

O: Interesting deconstructed SA Lat 48 IPA, enjoyed this one.
big citrus aroma and flavor, possibly sessionable.


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

from 12 oz bottle BB notched at 09/11

A- pours a mostly clear bright copper color with a creamy off-white head..some good layers of lacing as you drink this

S- is pine needles,grapefruit,sweet malts with caramel and toffee a touch of spice

T- is crisp pine hops with grapefruit notes..a blast of some what bitterness hops meets sweet caramel baked bread and malts its a nice balance a touch of toffee and spices present

M_ nicely carbonated very crisp and a palate coater.. a little bitter in a good way

O- a nice single hop offering from SA

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

12oz bottle poured into a SA Sensory Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy 2-inch off-white head that recedes to a chunky ring and pillowy haze, leaving some sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, peach, and a touch of tropical passion fruit, backed up by the typical Latitude 48 caramel malt profile. Definitely Simcoe, you can smell it a mile away!
T - More big Simcoe flavors of grapefruit and pine resin with a bit of the same tropical flavors coming through. Moderately sweet amber malt provides a sturdy backbone, nice and balanced despite all those tongue-blistering hops.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and nicely crisp carbonation. Not as sessionable as, say, the East Kent Golding version, the hop bitterness really starts building up 3/4 of the way through.
O - A great take on Latitude 48, gotta love the Simcoe!

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