This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams' newest IPA - Latitude 48.
To answer the question that you are dying to ask - the Latitude 48 is not brewed at the 48th parallel. However, geography has something to do with the brew. As explained by the brewers on their website, the Latitude 48 is "brewed with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere."
The Latitude 48 poured a rich copper color with a good amount of foam. My first sip of the Latitude 48 turned into a gulp as I really enjoyed the hop notes which struck me when I started drinking the brew. My second drink revealed a great amount of citrus which stayed with me even after I had swallowed.
I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to try IPAs for the first time. The beer has the hop notes of an IPA, but lacks the bite of some of the stronger IPAs.
Samuel Adams Pale Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K. However, like many other Samuel Adams brews, this bottle does not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like to confirm the kashruth status of the Latitude 48 click http://www.star-k.org/loc/kosher_letter_6635_bostonbeercompany.pdf to view the Star-K LOC for Samuel Adams.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Latitude 48, please follow this link - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/57252.
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