Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.64/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Having a 12 oz bottle at Joe's in Peabody, MA. Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Caramel and bready malts all followed by some light citrus hops. Nothing really exciting.
Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and some tingly bitterness.
Overall: Pretty nice IPA, but the abundance of hops makes the flavor profile hard to figure out.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 23:22:48 | More by Flounder57
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA in their Hopology pack last week for $14.99 at Meijers. I think I have had this beer before and I was pretty sure I had reviewed it, but since I haven't I thought I should sit down with it and give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. It was notched June as the best by date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label is ok, it's pretty typical for Samuel Adams and it isn't eye catching. It poured a dark golden color that was on the border of being amber colored and it took on a nice amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, it had a nice color and nice head, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of hops that impart a nice piney and citrus hops aroma with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most and imparting some nice grapefruit and pineapple like aromas. Up next comes a medium earthy aroma followed by a light amount of caramel malts that impart a light bready aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was heavy on the hops and the piney and citrus hop aromas worked very nicely with this beer.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some piney, earthy, and citrus hops that show up pretty evenly with the citrus and earthy aspect sticking out a little more. Up next comes the caramel malts that imparts some grainy and bread like flavors, but the malts could stick out just a little more. On the finish there;s a higher amount of medium bitterness that is just slightly more bitter than I would like with an earthy hop and grainy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting American IPA, but I wish the citrus hops just showed up a little more with just a little less bitterness.
M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was good, it was just what I expect from an American IPA and I don't have any complaints.
All in all I thought that this was a good beer and a solid example of the style, there wasn't any aspect that was out of place for this style and it had fairly good balance to it, everything was pretty much what I would expect from a solid American IPA. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and the flavors held my attention, but it's a little too bitter to drink a lot of so I think two of these would be my limit, but it seems like this would be a nice and refreshing American IPA to have during the summertime. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the citrus hops didn't carry over as much as they did in the aroma, but other than that there wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer. I would by a six pack of this beer on it's own when I'm in the mood for a solid American IPA and I would recommend this to anyone that likes American IPA's. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought that it was an all around solid American IPA that was surprisingly refreshing. I'll have to keep this beer in mind when I'm in the mood for an American IPA this summer, good job guys and this one solid and enjoyable American IPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2013 04:39:42 | More by StoutHunter
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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