Posted on March 8th, 2011
About the beer:
Released in early 2010, the Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a unique IPA brewed with a blend of hops from German, English, and American growing regions located close to the 48th latitude, widely considered the the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. While the Sam Adams gang has tip-toed around the American IPA style, this new release by the brewery, who have previously only brewed one other now-discontinued IPA, jumps right into the conversation with a 6% ABV and hoppy authority. Originally available in the 2010 Sam Adams summer styles mix pack, the Latitude 48 IPA now comes in six pack and draft offerings where available.
Extremely drinkable and balanced for an American IPA, but ultimately disappointing hop snobs. Beeriety 3 out of 5: Worth A Try!
Keeping with the tradition of the American IPA offerings, Sam Adams has managed to brew something new and interesting with the Latitude 48. The beer is both malty and hoppy while also leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. While the Latitude 48 is hoppier than the Sam Adam Lager it also shows a lot of restraint in its balanced approach by not overpowering the drinker with a mouthful of bitter hops.
IPA fans are some of the most vocal craft beer fans around. In my experience they know exactly what they want from a hop profile and aren’t afraid to be vocal about it. I’m by no means a hop snob, but when I’m enjoying an IPA I want to make sure it’s a beer that reminds me of what I’m drinking, leaving a distinctive mouthfeel of hops along the way. While the the Latitude 48 IPA offered a notable amount of bitterness, I found myself wanting just a bit more bite in this beer. But that didn’t stop me from sampling more than just one bottle to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.
Surprisingly, this brew was a crowd-pleaser at our latest Beeriety homebrew project session this past weekend, getting some favorable nods from some of the self-identified “hopheads” in the crew. Sam Adams has managed to brew a solid American IPA with the Latitude 48, but there are frankly other breweries doing a lot more creative and interesting things in this genre.
3 out of 5: Worth A Try
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