Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.4/5 rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
As I was drinking this beer, I kept thinking "if only it was a pale ale I'd rate it higher - it just isn't an IPA"
The color is a beautiful brillantly clear dark amber, topped with a sudsy 2+ finger tan head. Maybe a little dark for an IPA, but great for a Pale ale.
The aroma does have some hops in it, but not enough for an IPA. It's balanced, there are spicy and citrusy hops but they don't overwhelm.
The taste is .. that word again balanced. Mostly I'm getting a malty, bready taste, balanced by earthy hops. Sure there is a nice blast of grapefruit, but more of an APA level. Again, would be great as a pale ale.
Body is way off the charts for an IPA, it's full bodied .. as a Pale ale it would be more of a medium-full for that style.
But as I examine the bottle closer .. it's a Latitude 48 Ale.. doesn't say IPA. Check the Sam Adams website, and it's not listed yet. BA says American IPA. I thought this was the Boston IPA they tried out last year in the Beer Lovers Choice. Beer News listed it as Sam Adams new IPA when the label was first found. But I think we've all been had, Sam doesn't call this an IPA. It's a Pale Ale, and a damn good one.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2010 23:57:56 | More by mschofield
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