kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) deep amber/copper with generous cream head. Grassy hops aroma. Flavor is grassy hops and bready malt.
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather dark for an IPA, pours amber with a decent head, nose of noble herbal hops and some light roast malt, nice mouthfeel but lacks the hop bite of an IPA, bittered more like a pale ale but with IPA aroma and flavor hops. Very drinkable as a session beer.
RobertDale (4433) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from summer variety pack. Pours clear amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of citrus, malt and hops. Tastes of citrus and floral hops. Finishes a bit bitter. Decent brew.
asedzie (713) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is gentle hop - some herbal noble hops, light cascade-like resiny hops, some mild fruitiness. Flavor has quite a bit of hop resin intensity, starts off with berries and light citrus fruit flavors, mild herbal notes around the edges, finishing on a strong herbal hop note lingering long into the finish. Good thick malt background has lightly roasted flavor. Very full mouthfeel. Very good beer with quite a lot of hop complexity.
Goodgrief (1896) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was clean amber copper color, with frothy one finger head and some lacing. A very pretty beer indeed. Not much by way of aroma, but my allergies are flaring a little today. Predominantly bready malt flavor with some caramel backbone and some fruity fellas peeking in from the side door. Very mild bitterness. Hop profile seems predominantly european with an earthiness to them. Not what I was expecting from an IPA, the flavor profile is more akin to a slightly hopped up ESB. If they called it an ESB, I’d say it’s one of the better ones.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. Pours a very dark chestnut copper with a large white head. Intense freshly brewed tea aroma. Strong english-style bittering hops. Very big departure from typical giant ass American IPAs. Good stuff. I’d like to see it stand on its own.
ghawener (1533) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Part of a SA Summer Pack, drank watching Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 in WC 2010. Good. Food Pairing: Four cheese Pizza.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent and crafty offering from a brewery I otherwise have not been that impressed with. Very hoppy, with a hint of sweet. Reminiscent of a German beer. I’d drink it again so long as I don’t have to get it in a variety pack with some of Sam Adams’ lesser beers.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 Earthy, malty aroma, thick creamy head, deep copper color. Heavy aroma follows with sweet taste and slight hopping. Nice clean brew.
aaronbr (141) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was excited to try Sam Adams Latitude 48 when I found it in a variety pack; I’d never even heard of it before. A nut brown color and nearly no aroma. Strange color for an IPA. Starts pleasantly enough, but this is a pretty weak stab at an IPA. As a coworker of mine puts it, it’s kind of like a fast-food IPA. Manufactured bitterness, lacking the fresh hops character of it’s west coast counterparts. Just doesn’t stand up to the competition. Drinkable, but nothing special.