Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

12 oz single, Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Nice mid-copper pour with plenty of light carbonation and some decent, broken white, airy head.
For an American IPA the nose is really quite malty. It reminds me a little of a Sam Oktoberfest. Quite a shock.
Tastes are also strangely sweet and malt based with what comes across as a layering effect of bitterness from the hops. Middle, back end and finish combine to give quite a coinage metal effect and a short, sharp grapefruit ending.
I quite like this beer, and definitely enjoyed more than I though that I might. It delivers a very strong malt base behind the metallic and clean hop tastes, and a ll in all delivers a pretty satisfying bitterness. Some may be disappointed with the lighter touch that this American IPA delivers, but I on the other hand think it combines some decent, Nobel bite along with some simplicity.
Tasty, and a beer that works for me.

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02/02/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.95
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