Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
3.5/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"A unique IPA brewed with a carefully selected blend of hops from top German, English and American growing regions, all located close to the 48th latitude within the "hop belt" of the Northern Hemisphere. The intense hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend. Cheers!" Latitude 48 IPA is brewed in the style of an American IPA. While this beer has recently undergone a recipe change to utilize the new Mosaic hop blend, this review is from the previous recipe which has either been temporarily or permanently replaced. I got this in the harvest collection 2012 variety pack. Date on the bottle is mid-December 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a golden-white creamy head, mildly fizzy over a transparent, copper-orange body with medium carbonation, a tad darker than average for the style. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and stringy. Not a bad appearance. 4
(Smell) Aroma consists of faint floral and earthy hops and a mildly roasted caramel malt base with a pinch of toffee sweetness, none out of the ordinary for Samuel Adams. Not by any means an intense hop aroma by IPA standards, the balance is slightly sweet. Less intrusive hop varietals suggests that this is a casual-drinking beer with some slightly bread-and-butter malt and yeast notes mildly reminiscent of a traditional English Pale Ale. Potency is low. Not bad, but not particularly exciting. 3.25
(Taste) The flavor is even more malt-heavy than the aroma predicted, with caramel candy and toffee malt sweetness, a mild buttery yeast character and a faint, earthy hop note on the finish. Hops are a tad shallow in flavor, although the balance demonstrates that there is some mild bitterness to be had in this beer. The hop varieties are earthy and european in origin, no bright citrusy or piney American varietals to be had in the flavor here. This IPA is enjoyable, although not a masterpiece standing amongst the highly-saturated IPA market, it goes for drinkability and session ability, which is harder to find in an IPA. A hop-lover could easily knock back a few of these without grinding down the palate. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Sweet, slick caramel with a mild carbonation presence, some chewiness and a medium-dry resiny hop finish. Body is medium for an IPA and medium overall. The carbonation is appropriate for a traditionally European-styled IPA. Against the earthy, resiny hop profile and the sweet malty backbone, the textures are suitable for this beer recipe in particular. Finish is a little arid for drinkability's sake, but that makes for a minor complaint. 3.75
(Overall) Individuals looking for the ever-increasing hop bitterness blowout and bright vibrant citrus flavors of an American IPA might look elsewhere before settling on Latitude 48. The flavor profile of this beer is similar to more traditional British Pale ales, utilizing more earthy and resiny hop varietals than its American cousins, and focusing on a sweeter and bolder malt palate. Where is lacks in this appeal, it does manage to craft a very drinkable IPA, one that you could enjoy a few of in a single session without leaving a strong hop taste in your mouth. 3.5
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA (Old Recipe)
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 20:57:00 | More by Jadjunk
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4.16/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.
A - Deep clear amber. Two inch head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S - Citrus, pine, and sweet malt.
T - Citrus, honey malt,and pine.
M - Medium
O - My favorite from the Hopology Collection. A perfect balance of sweetness and hops without the nasty bitterness. I highly recommend this brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 06:21:24 | More by joe12pk
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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