Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz sample bottle of the 2013 version what uses an addition of Mosaic hops among the usual lineup of hops.
LOOK: Clear tawny hue, great showin of lace
SMELL: Herbal, leafy, mild tobacco, resin, orange pith, tropical fruit
TASTE: Big smoothness, slightly chewy, fresh grass, caramel, balanced bitterness, toasted bread, clementines, tobacco, dank herb, lemon pith, peppery, hint of alcohol, floral, hoppy semi-dry finish
Perhaps too balance for a modern IPA, not a horrible thing but that and drinkability seem to be Boston Beer Co.'s first and second priorities. I don't blame them a brand being distributed nationwide wanted to be balanced and drinkable. As for experimenting with new hops, love the layer it adds.
Notes from May 27th 2012
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: Clear reddish amber, perfect head and lacing.
SMELL: Herbal, floral, oily hop, resin, mango, grassy, orange zest
TASTE: Big oily hop, pungent, slightly bitter, smooth, fresh cut grass, leafy, caramel, faint biscuit, clean alcohol, ripe pears, pine, grapefruit rind
Very hop forward, more flavor than bitterness though. The hop character dominates most of the time, perhaps overkill but not to the point that a true hophead could not appreciate. Give it a try.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2012 00:33:19 | More by Jason
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):
With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.
With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.
Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2011 02:31:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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