Sam Adams – Latitude 48

Tasting: February 19, 2011
Style: IPA

I remember an Oregon vineyard pointing out that they were located along the same latitude as the vineyards in France. I don’t buy into the concept that everything can be grown to the same quality just because the sun travels the same path. It’s a stretch. This beer claims that the hops all come from areas “close” to the 48th latitude. Okay, enough of the gimmick on to the tasting.

I get a fantastic hop aroma (floral, citrus) after I pour into my standard pint pub glass. However, that’s the highlight of the beer. My first taste impression is a nano-second of the hop bitterness and it vanishes. Actually very odd, there is no taste as it passes over my palate. Then much later I get some lingering bitterness. It’s an ale with a big hole right where it counts. I give it a 79.

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