Latitude 48’s ‘Hop Belt’ Gets another Notch

Like any true craftsman, brewers never stop working at perfecting their craft. No matter how delicious a particular beer might be, a brewer will take each sip with the thought of “what could I do to make this brew even better?”

This brings us to our latest release of Latitude 48 IPA.

In furthering our experimental brewing process around India Pale Ale style, we’ve been experimenting with different hop styles over the past year and have decided to add Mosaic hops to the hop line-up in our Latitude 48 IPA. This newer style, from the Yakima, WA growing region, provided our brewers a floral and tropical fruit character and a fresh, unique flavor that we felt would be well received from Sam drinkers with a love for hop-forward brews.

Jim first encountered this unique hop style during one of his trips to the west coast back in the mid-2000’s and picked-out thirty pounds of the variety.  He first used Mosaic hops in the creation of our limited-edition beer, SAVOR Flowers, which was brewed in collaboration with Sam Calagione and our friends at Dogfish Head for the SAVOR Festival back in June of 2011. If you were at SAVOR or had a chance to try this one-time brew can attest to the great floral notes that Mosaic hops provides in a beer.

Our 2013 batch of Latitude 48 IPA is driven by the new Mosaic hop variety, which adds a fresh, unique flavor to this already-complex brew. Latitude 48 will stay true to its name, showcasing only hops from 48th latitude along the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere which includes: Bavarian Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops for a citrus and spicy note, UK east Kent Goldings hops for an earthy and woody character, and US Simcoe and Zeus hops for piney, grapefruit flavors. An upfront sweetness will also will be present within Latitude 48 along with notes of honey and caramel from the malt, which nicely complement the complex hop character.

The 2013 release of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA will roll out in February and will be available in 6-packs and 12-packs nationwide.

  • Fontaine Diego

    GREAT job keeping the “craft” in “craft brewing!” Always trying new things with new and old styles and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

    • Samuel Adams Beer

      Thank you Fontaine!

  • ralph galloway

    why dont you get in touch with paramount studios and tell them to use your image on all their movies….after all, your beer is bought by the public for its taste.No movie would change that.And it would send a message to your peers to stop stupid lawsuits.

  • Greg Ulm

    My last two Boston Lagers have foamed considerably upon openng. First time for me and I am wondering why? Thanks.
    Greg Ulm

  • Kemp Littlefield

    I tried to enter your official code for the perfect pint glasses and got the following:

    Application Error

    We are sorry, but an error occurred.

    Information about the error has been reported to Technical Support personnel.
    In the meantime, you might try to perform your action again.

    As per your direction I tried to perform the action a couple more times.

    Kemp Littlefield

    • Samuel Adams

      Hello Kemp. We appear to have corrected the issue. Please try submitting your code again. If the error happens again, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our apologies for the error.

  • Thomas Stevenson

    Great beer