csaso (1292) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Nice medium head to start, beautiful medium amber color, strong citrusy scent, great hoppy, citrusy taste with just the right amount of malt. Favorite out of all the "Deconstructed" pack.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Simcoe - This is a very clear, very sparkling, coppery amber ale with a soft, dense, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong Simcoe aroma. Itís like orange peel and tangerine with a berry quality. Itís medium-light bodied, smooth and a little slippery with a clean, dry finish. Itís well balanced and very tasty. Itís not very bitter, but there is a lot of hop flavor. Like the aroma, tangerine and possibly berries or... Blood orange! It tastes candy like but not sweet. Thereís a touch of caramel but the focal point here is certainly the hops. This is my favorite of the Latitude 48 series. Iím a big fan of Simcoe.
jbuskirk (403) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A straightforward beer deserves a straightforward review. The Simcoe variant of the Deconstructed series doesnít pull any punches or offer any real surprises. This brew is totally hop-forward. And I do mean "hop" in the singular way since this is the very first single-hop IPA Iíve had the pleasure of enjoying. I expected the bitter flavors of grapefruit rind and piney resin. Thatís exactly what I got. The bitterness was sharp but also refreshing. While itís forced to take a backseat to the aggressive hops, the malt profile adds some subtle sweetness to the aroma and flavor. For hopheads who love the bittering agent that is featured in so many West Coast brews, Simcoe IPA is a must-have.
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely the most bitter hop and strongest aroma. This is quite nice too. Not really as bitter as I expected. This and the Ahtanum were my favorite, but I would definitely buy this six-pack again.
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep amber into a Sam glass. Off-white head with excellent retention pancakes as it recedes leaving spider lacing. Pine and cedar aromas. Dry and well balanced with sweet caramel and pine from front to back. Lasting grapefruit and honey finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This version of the L48 has more grapefruit and less earth in the aroma than all the others, also more longer lasting bitterness.
wlajwl (3739) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pine in the aroma with a hint of wet hops as well. The flavor is dry and hoppy/bitter, again with a hint of wet hops. Iím guessing that either they put some wet hops into the beer or Simcoe hops have a wet hop flavor to them naturally. Either way, this is very good.
DalzAle (1942) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Same look as the other beers in the series (clear copper color), some head and a dry hoppy orange nose. Flavor has a solid malt backbone which balances well against an extremely dry & bitter cedar aftertaste. Probably my favorite of the series so far.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, glassy amber with an aroma of pine sap, light grapefruit, and a touch of apricot. Flavor is pine sap, grapefruit, pine sap, and orange rind, with notes of spicy bread and strawberry jam on a biscuit. Oily on the tongue. I think simcoe is my favorite hop varietal.
joejames (96) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to English pint glass. Pours clear deep amber, 1 1/2 finger head, soapy lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, mango and lemon peel. Taste is wonderful pine/citrus bitter, some caramel malt sweetness for balance. Medium body, resin mouth feel, medium carbonation. Finishes bitter and sweet with notes of grapefruit, lemon, spruce and caramel, bitterness lingers nicely. Absolutely fantastic.