Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.25/5 rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as a single.
Latitude looks nice in the glass. It's an amber color with copper and honey colored highlights. The white head sticks around and provides for some great lace. The beer is relatively transparent with lots of active carbonation.
The smell is full of citrus and a touch of toasted malt. The citrus is pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Some orange, grapefruit and a touch of pine. The nose could be much, much more expressive in terms of hops and the malt should take more of a backseat.
The taste of this beer is nothing out of the ordinary. I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams, but I do expect their beers to taste better than the average brewery - after all, they have the pockets and presumably the experience to nail a new recipe. This beer falls way short - the hops are disjointed, adding lingering bitterness and a touch of fruit but dropping out inbetween. The malt is sweet at first, then some toast is overshadowed by the bitterness. Just a mess - and, there's even some wateriness and a touch of house yeast (berries and trub) in the mix. Hugely dissapointing given my expectations, but nothing I'd dump out. I feel like I've homebrewed much better.
Mouthfeel is full of sparkling bubbles and has medium body, but the watery drop-off makes it seem lighter. The beer is drinkable and perhaps even sessionable, but the beer is just a letdown given the notariety and reputation of the brewer. An average offering from Sam.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2010 17:28:19 | More by jampics2
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