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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Samuel Adams - Latitude 48 IPA

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Samuel Adams - Latitude 48 IPA
Boston Beer Company
Boston, MA USA

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark amber color that pours 'thick'
, almost murky.
Mostly the smell of floral hops, a bit of sweet malt in the nose.

One finger, fluffy off-white head.
Foam leaves behind some sticky spotted lacing.

Complex hops, (grapefruit and sticky pine) tastes with malt in the background.
Medium bodied mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 

Latitude 48 IPA gets its name and taste from hops collected along, (you guessed it), the 48th latitude. These are primarily from Ahtanum, Simcoe and East Kent Goldings style hops.  They are 'dry hopped' according to the Sam Adams website, which achieves the extraction of the lupulin hop oils directly from the plant matter. There is a nice malt component in the background. It is a soft, sweet caramel taste that blends well with the hops.

After tasting and reviewing my notes on this IPA, I looked at the body and noticed it looked a bit thick and creamy upon the pour. I then read other reviews to see if that was a common element of their finding, but mostly everyone else saw a nearly clear beer. Perhaps this one had been mishandled? It did not affect the taste, however it did look just a bit off and detracted from the full pleasure of drinking the ale.

I shall try again sometime and compare my notes against this particular bottle.  What has been your experience?

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