Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA
Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a twist on a traditional IPA. On the label, it says its made with German, English and American hops all grown at the same latitude around the globe. The result is a combination of Hallertau, East Kent Goldings for spicy and earthy flavors, combined with American varyeties Zeus, Simcoe®, and Ahtanum hops to give it some citrus punch.
This IPA has a deep copper color, much closer to amber than one would expect from a traditional IPA. It pours with a thick, brownish head - lots of carbonation. The nose is bright and aromatic - perfume, floral notes with more than a touch of malty sweetness.
Upon first taste, this beer packs a big hop punch. Lots of spicy hop flavor out of the gate, pine and peppery, balanced with a rich malt body that is full and sweet. I get a good deal of caramel, and even a new Gambrinus Honey malt, adding to the body and the bitterness. There is a distinct alcohol flavor as well, this beer tastes like its pushing the upper limits of a traditional IPA, despite being labeled at 6% ABV. It finishes rich and surprisingly sweet, given all the hop flavor this beer brings.
While this could be the foundation of an Imperial IPA, as is the Latitude 48 IPA is a mouthful of a beer - lots of malt and hop flavor for when you looking for a beer to savor.