Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPAJanuary 1, 2011 Boston, MA
Boston Beer Co.
Brewed with hops grown near the 48th parallel, the latitude that defines the “hop belt” in the Northern hemisphere.
Original gravity: 1059
A tempting pale copper color leads to a rich aroma of fruitcake—nuts, raisins and sultanas—with a tingling undercurrent of hop resins. The palate is deceptive: it starts fruity but suddenly bitter hops kick in along with a fine balance of chewy, nutty malt. The finish is long, complex and superbly crafted, with tart fruit, rich malt and bitter, grassy hops vying for attention. It’s a brilliant example of the brewers’ art.
- Roger Protz
The color is clear and beautiful, teetering between honey and copper, and the foam is pleasingly rocky. The aroma is more floral than citrus, more apricot than cannabis, with a note of English cheddar underneath. The palate is slightly round, admirably dry and minerally, with substantial malts surrounding a thin steel shard of hop bitterness. Nicely structured and distinctly more British than American in character, this is a light rendition of IPA, but a fine one. Grab a good hunk of bread and some well-aged cheese and you’re good to go.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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