RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Ahtanum IPA is brewed with only Ahtanum hops, a newer variety from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process -- bittering, late kettle and dry hopping. Ahtanum hops contribute a balanced and typically "American" orange peel, piney and floral flavor and aroma to this brew, balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts.

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ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Let’s pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. The Ahtanum hops give it an earthy, fruity dehydrated bitter orange peel scent and flavor.

BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. I’m really enjoying this one - very slightly hazy golden pour with a white head and some lacing. Nice orange/citrus nose, good mouthfeel and carbonation. Taste is orange/citrus, some pine, and some earthy/caramel notes. Very good IPA.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Latitude 48 IPA - Ahtanum
Date: November 08, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy dark orange, fine beige head
Aroma: dry and earthy aroma, lightly spicy, touch of sweet fruityness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of citrus, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

mar (5457) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2011
deep amber with a cream head. mild fruit, hops, and faint citrus on the nose. chewy tropical, crisp finish. smooth and easy to drink.

BostonBeerGuru (1) - - NOV 26, 2011 does not count
A near superior IPA. It pours nicely with excellent head retention and a lacing indicative of a high quality beer. A floral and hoppy scent hint at a bitterness which is present throughout each sip. It’s balanced nicely with a malty copper-colored sweetness that awakens the front of the mouth. It’s not a great finisher as it leaves a sticky and hoppy acidity in its wake. Overall, a very good beer which you can be proud to bring to any party.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours copper/gold with an off white head. Smells resiny with some spicy undertones. Taste is sticky sweet with a resiny bite on the finish.

Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Same amber pour as the base beer. light citrus pour with orange peel bitter finish. I like the way it smells better than it tastes. But the east kent goldings is still the top runner so far.

DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber with an off-white head. Citric hops aroma with floral and piney notes and some caramelly and slightly cookie-ish malt. Sweetish flavor with some caramel, light graininess and a mildly bitter and slightly citric finish. Medium-bodied.

ScoWRee (424) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma of hops as soon as the cap comes off. Taste is very hoppy. I’m not an IPA guy but, this is pretty good.

Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle in NYC, shared at Sander’s apartment, while playing Scrabble. Pours clear copper with a nice, white head. Good aroma, light pine, citrus and leaves. Nice flavor, medium sweet, some faint ripe citrus. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild sticky finish, bit of oily pine, short to medium duration lingering bitterness. Good beer.

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