Friday, December 10, 2010

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA


I believe this is Samuel Adams' first IPA - what took them so long?! If you know me you know I like India Pale Ales, but I'm not a fan of Sam Adams - so how would an IPA from that brewery turn out?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (617) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Poured a 12oz bottle into an Irish stout glass that says "Samuel Adams" on it.

APPEARANCE: Wow! if only the beer were as good as it looked. It’s a dark copper color bordering on garnett or chocolate brown. Very clear for an IPA. HUGE 3-finger, frothy head that maintains excellent retention and gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass (see my video review for proof).

AROMA: Nice. Very east coast style with plenty of pine needles and a slight bit of flowers.

TASTE: I guess this is what I should expect a Sam Adams IPA to taste like: one-dimensional. At first it’s very East Coast style with a pine bitterness, but that quickly gives way to a generic, general state of dry bitterness. There’s a bit of candy sweetness on the finish and in the aftertaste, which is nice, but it fades away quickly. As I drink on, an initial bready flavor becomes phenolic and sour.

MOUTHFEEL: Not thin, not too heavy. Body is very short, though. Flavor only lasts a moment before turning dry and eventually becomes a little annoying.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down smooth, mostly due to the fact it’s so pedestrian. IPAs should not be only 5.8% ABV. That’s more like a regular pale ale.

OVERALL: I guess this to be expected from Samuel Adams. It’s a drinkable IPA and a decent introductory beer to the style for rookies, but those with more discriminating tastes won’t be impressed. I’d still give it a thumbs up, but just barely.
Grade: 6/10