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Old 07-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Why does Sam Adams IPA taste so much like any Sam Adams beer?

I picked up a Samuel Adams latitude 48 IPA. It's tasty, but why does it still taste so much like a Samuel Adams Boston Lager? I mean, the yeast has to be different. I find it odd. Do they intentionally try to keep a distinct flavor or is that totally by accident? Of course, I find that all my beers taste like they come from my home brewery, i.e., hard to drink, somewhat nasty, swill-like, and so on.


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Old 07-01-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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House flavor, similar hops used in most of the beers as well as the same process/equipment used to create the beer.

On another note, if all your beer tastes "hard to drink, somewhat nasty, swill-like, and so on." then I'd start making some process changes. The best things I did to improve my beer were Fermentation Temp Control and proper yeast pitching rates.


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Old 07-01-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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ill be honest, i find Sam adams beers to be weaker than other microbreweries. Maybe I am just bias becuase they are more commercialized than any other microbrew. THey just dont have that, wow this is awesome for me.

I did really enjoy their black lager however.
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it's a english IPA which is not hop forward and may more balanced to most American IPAs, their Boston lager is pretty balanced too so they aren't as far off as most would think. LIke wyzazz said, they are probably using noble hops to flavor which is the same for BL.

As for my personal taste, latitude was the first 6pack I wanted to take back and get my money back after having the first bottle.
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Agreed. I love 'English' IPA, but latitude 48 wasn't all that good, IMO. Tasted like hoppy Boston ale. Bland.
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Of course, I find that all my beers taste like they come from my home brewery, i.e., hard to drink, somewhat nasty, swill-like, and so on.
Sounds like you need to work on your temp control.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:13 PM   #8
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I happen to be drinking a Latitude 48 right now, tastes coppery (to me) just like the rest of their beers. Do not like.

But yea, I concur, process, ingredients, etc are all very similar.
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I had the latitude 48 deconstructed 12 pack which were all single hop beers and those were all better than the regular IPA. I agree with the rather blandness of the standard latitude 48.
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Had it. Hated it.


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