Latitude 48June 21, 2011
I had to laugh when I pulled this treat out of the beer fridge. The master of the German lager, the brewery that carried the craft beer revolution into places it hadn’t seen, the guys that taught the world about noble hops, and here they are bringing out a contender for the extremely popular IPA category. Of course, they took their own slant. Draw a line around the world through the best hop growing regions of the world and you’re looking at the 48th latitude. Imagine bringing together the earthy English hops with the spicy, resiny German hops and the citrusy flavors of American hops and you’ve got the backbone of Latitude 48. Of course there are some slight caramel notes from the malt to put the hops in context. I must say, I’m sorry I didn’t have a Boston Lager beside it, because this fantastic IPA stilled seemed a pour cousin to the lager. Then again, I was chowing down on this weird attempt at making collards from my garden edible. Difficult for this New England Yankee.