New Beer Blog Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into my second Samuel Adams IPA sampler pack.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on this East Coast Craft Brewery, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into these six different single hop IPA.

Latitude 48 IPA

This beer is one of their everyday six-pack bottles.  It has your normal IPA amber to copper look to it with a white constant head.  The taste of this IPA gives a nice hop taste with nice bitter ending.  You can taste beer from the front of the pallet which gives off sweet to bitter tastes notes.  The aftertaste is something I really do not like about this beer.  It has a dry hoppy bitter finish.   For what Samuel Adams is today, this is a well made beer.  I hate to say it because I know it is a slap in the face to any brewmaster but this is a nice beginner IPA for people wanting to get into this great beer style.  Overall a nice drinkable and easy drinking beer for the beer style.  This IPA is better than their Rebel IPA.

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East Kent Goldings IPA #1

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this English IPA. The smell has a heavy floral notes. The taste has a floral to earthy notes. The aftertaste is an earthy dry hop finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only East Kent Goldings.  These classic English hops create a mellow bitterness with earthy, floral, and apricot notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness.

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Mosaic IPA #2

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a pineapple to citrus notes. The taste has a pineapple to a slight smooth caramel notes. It is has nice bitter hop aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Mosaic hops . These distinctive American hops contribute subtle fruit notes of pineapple and Mandarin orange along with hints of eucalyptus. These delicate notes are complemented by the sweetness of the malt.

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Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA #3

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The smell has hints of citrus to piney notes. The taste has a light carbonation to some notes of piney and citrus. The aftertaste is a dry hop finish. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops from the Halletau region of Bavaria.  These hops create a soft bitterness, along with delicate citrus and resinous pine notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness and body.

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Simcoe IPA #4

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy grapefruit notes. The taste profile is a heavy grapefruit notes with a dry crisp grapefruit dry hop finish. It does not hang around like #1 to #3. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Simcoe hops that bring a distinct punch of grapefruit character and piney notes.  The subtle malt sweetness helps balance and round out the concentrated hop character.

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#5 Zeus IPA

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this IPA. The smell has an earthy notes. The taste is an earthy to piney notes with a dry bitter hop aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only American Zeus hops, which create an intense piney and resinous character.  This brew leans strongly towards the hop character, but is balanced by the malts sweetness.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.samueladams.com

Twitter:  @SamuelAAdams

In the end, we are going to break this IPA sampler pack down.  Being a huge Hophead, I am always looking to try new IPA’s in the market or retry old ones.  I love when craft breweries take one IPA and mess around with it.  I like to try different hops or malt with one recipe.  Samuel Adams did that with Latitude 48 IPA, which is one of their everyday IPA six-pack and their best everyday IPA.  I have had their newer IPA, which is Rebel IPA, and I am not a fan of it.  It is not an American IPA.  It is English IPA. I feel Rebel IPA is something that one of the mass-produced beer companies.  Latitude 48 IPA is a nice gateway drug into craft beer and IPA world.  They did a great job on some of these beers but there are a few in this pack that I could do without.  I will give them credit for the effort on these brews.  #1 is a pretty good English IPA but nothing close to Goose Island IPA and Brooklyn East India Pale Ale.  The more that I start thinking about #1 is pretty good version of IPA than Brooklyn East India Pale Ale.  I like this one. #2 has some nice tropical notes that the hops kick off in this brew.  I love that in this beer.  This is one of the best one in this pack.  #3, I can do without this IPA.  This was a bad mix with this hop.  I just found Hallertau Mittelfrueh is a good hop with other hops.  By itself, it is just not good.  Maybe, it is this brewery.  I just do not know.  #4 is average but it is growing on me. I love this hop, which is Simcoe Hop.  I am starting to think that the malty backbone in Latitude 48 is not mixing well with these other hops.  This brew did grow on me.  The last one #5 is really good along with the aftertaste.  It keeps me coming back for some more.  I normally get on any brewery about their aftertaste on IPA.  I do not know why but this aftertaste makes me keep drinking more of this beer.  The best beer #2 in this pack.  The worse is #3.  Overall, this is average IPA pack.  They did an awesome job like three years ago.  The last two years they did different IPA styles that I passed right by in the store.  I give them credit for trying and make sure we still call Samuel Adams a craft brewery still.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

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