Breinstein (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
According to the deScription, Sam Adams was out to get the best hops from the top growing regions: Yakima Valley, East Kent, and Hallertau. Aroma: hops: grassy, flowery, herbal, spicy, and some citrus. Visual: Golden with a decent white head that lingers due to the relatively heavy hopping. Taste: more of the same. Well balanced in hop flavor: not too much of any one of the classic hop from each region (Hallertau, Cascade, Goldings). Malt in the background that lacks some needed complexity in an IPA but works well with the smooth bitterness and far from cloying hop flavor. Overall, a light IPA that accomplishes what Sam Adams wanted. It displays the flavor and aroma characteristics of the core hops from each major region without letting one dominate the other. Malt is there only to balance and due to the quality of hops there is not much of the characteristic bitterness of a traditional IPA. Nor is there as much in terms of ABV as would be expected in an IPA. Maybe not what one might expect but well balanced, smooth, and pleasing.
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice looking foamed beige head. Excellent lacing along the glass. Noticeable pine resin hoppy aroma but slightly subdued overall for an IPA. Flavor is very nice. A touch of malt sweetness followed by a bitter and long lasting finish.
CH47 (27) - Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not so much to say in the nose, no big floral presence or malt. Taste is rather light some malt body but not rich or sticky like an IPA should be. Hop bitterness is balanced with the malt but not too bright or floral. Finish is easy only leaving hop oil and the toast of the malt behind.
Wolfenkopf (185) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As usual, Sam Adams delivers a fine product, though like many of their standards brews, ’48’ will not be ripping apart any envelopes. It has the expected bite and aroma of an IPA, and embodies the quality that fans of the label have come to expect. But it lacks a hook, that unique aspect that we all want to find. I was excited to see the IPA on the shelf of my favorite store, and snatched it up immediately. I am certainly not disappointed with the brew, it simply lacks...well...something. It’s just short of great.
wxman (1688) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal clear amber with an antique lace colored head that lasts for a while. Aroma is sweet malt, wet bread and hop spice. Taste is sweet toasted malt, and a little citrusy/piney hop bitterness. Pretty good tasting and well balanced, but not very assertive like an IPA should be.
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp spice and resin aroma. Brilliantly clear amber ale. Thin white head. Sweet malty initially with some honey notes but then opens into a nice palate of spruce, fresh hay and spicy notes that are well supported by malt presence. Bitterness is mild in line with a Brit IPA. Very enjoyable, will buy again.
scooterbub (955) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice red copper color with a with a decent half inch beige head that slowly fades. Taste is of hops, caramel, malt, pine, resin and citrus. The finish is a little dry and bitter. The body is a little thin and a bit oily. It’s a pretty good IPA, but not my favorite.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Golden color, small white head leaving almost no lacings. Lots of grassy and floral hops on a nice, crisp malt back.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by Feb 2011. Pours clear copper/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap. Aroma is some citrus, floral, pine and grassy hops with some caramel malt. Good strength. Flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous and earthy, some pine, a moderate caramel malt presence to balance the solid bitterness. Finishes mostly dry. Medium bodied, can get a tad sticky, medium to high carbonation. A solid IPA and one of the better beers I’ve had from Sam Adams.
badgerben (4762) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color with a large head. Fruity aroma and something along the lines of bubblegum. Light orange hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Very low malt flavor.