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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 312 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Latitude 48 IPA opens with a series of aromas typical of the IPA style: citrusy grapefruits and lemons, with just a touch of pine and rose hips. Malts add a touch of toast and grain to the nose, offsetting the hops, and contributing a brown sugar note as well. The aromas as a whole are good and enticing, but quite light, even from only an inch or so away, making me immediately wonder if the beer will suffer from a dearth of hops.

On the tongue, hops are first and foremost, thankfully appearing in greater strength than the nose belied. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest are most prominent, seconded by lemon, and then a touch of pine. A good amount of brown sugar flavor helps to offset the bitter hops, and an equally good thread of toast and biscuit floats in the background, along with touches of orange and apricot. The aftertaste is mainly bitter hops (grapefruit and grapefruit zest), and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the hop flavors in here are slightly weak for what many will associate with a craft-brewed IPA (compared to, say, a Rogue Dead Guy), they are certainly far stronger than almost anything you'll encounter in an Anheuser-Busch brew, thus riding the normal Sam Adams line between palatable-to-the-masses and appealing-to-the-craftbrew-crowd. This is not a criticism; there is a place for such a beer. As such, if you're looking to expand your Bud-drinking horizons, but don't want to get your tongue sizzled off by 100+ IBUs of hop fury, this beer is a good place to start, as it will provide you with a good set of flavors that are largely indicative of the style.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.