csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2011
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
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. It’s like orange peel and tangerine with a berry quality. It’s medium-light bodied, smooth and a little slippery with a clean, dry finish. It’s well balanced and very tasty. It’s 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. There’s a touch of caramel but the focal point here is certainly the hops. This is my favorite of the Latitude 48 series. I’m a big fan of Simcoe. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2014
A straightforward beer deserves a straightforward review. The Simcoe variant of the Deconstructed series doesn’t 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 I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. I expected the bitter flavors of grapefruit rind and piney resin. That’s exactly what I got. The bitterness was sharp but also refreshing. While it’s 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 (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
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. BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
very nice ipa with good powerful flavor of pinecone a bit of fruity sweetness and the flavor lingers niceley. good moderate body, nice and aromatic it’s about as good as you get for a hop head. balanced.refreshing and satisfying. some burnt orange in the glass to look at.
thornecb (5912) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2011
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. adamhorror (84) - USA - JUL 22, 2014
Pours deep copper with a small white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lemon. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, sweet and green apple. Palate is resin and bitter. My favorite of this series.
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Arguably the best of the Samuel Adams Deconstructed series. Deep hops. Sweet with a slight bitter after taste. This entry holds its own against the best IPAs. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2011
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 (6809) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2011
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. I’m 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.