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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this IPA. It's not the best I e ever had, but it's a good IPA that you can find most places. It has a good taste and smell to me and never disappoints when I pick some up.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brightly-polished orange-gold hued liquid... bit of a spitty foam lays atop... some crystal lace, but not a top-to-bottom draping

S: quite explosive scent of lemon, pineapple, and a hint of pine - actually looking forward to diving in... started to notice a little crystal malt as it went along, especially in the essence of the residue in the empty glass

T: unexpected toasty, almost graham-cracker malt up front, with a pungent, bitter citrusy spice on the back end... the pine and hop resins swell up in the mix midway through the sip, while the aftertaste shows some grain dust, SA's signature malt profile (which may be found in their BL, OF, and other amber beers) and a vaguely sweet green grass... nothing fuzzy or muddled in the taste here - quite refined all around, with some excellent bitterness, if not tremendous depth nor complexity to the hop flavor... can't forget that the finish is wonderfully dry, as an IPA should be

F: lightly-frayed silky smooth... again, very light, dry finish... I would say it's light-medium bodied, rather frothy in its mouthfeel... altogether wonderfully taut

O: I've seen this around for awhile now in bottles and on draft, and I guess it's no surprise it's lasted this long because it's honestly rather (surprisingly) good - one of SA's best, in fact... like some of Victory's IPAs, this beer benefits from a touch of German engineering - in this case, its clean and crisp execution and probably also from the German hops included... I could see getting a whole sixer of this if need be

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Photo of MACrist
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy, red to amber, one finger of soapy, off white, quickly dissipating head that settles down to a ring. Leaves a mild lacing down the glass. Good carbonation when you rock the glass back and forth.
AROMA: A nice mix of pine, citrus, and sweet bready malt.
TASTE: Big pine in the forefront. Grapefruit, a nice balance from the malt, nice lingering, and building bitterness.
FEEL: Medium body, great carbonation, dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Very nice IPA, especially for $8 a sixer.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Hopolgy box
Glass - Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Look - Pour reveals a orange/amber body, with an slightly chunky, off white head that lingers.
Smell - Cirtus peel, orange cream.
Taste - Like I took a bite out of orange/grapefruit peel. Zesty, citrusy piney goodness. Hint of malted sweetness at the end.
Feel - Crisp, clean, leaves a light coat on the tongue.
Overall - This is a really good IPA and I can't believe I haven't had it before. Well worth seeking out again and again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very impressive and underrated IPA. Great combination of citrus and pine notes help balance this out, and makes if resemble the west coast variety (which I'm a huge fan of).

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Photo of PA-hunter
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a copper/amber color with a two finger head that laces the glass. Hazy.

Smell- Sweet bready malt, grapefruit citrus.

Taste- Light caramel malt with a touch of sweetness. Citric notes of grapefruit and orange come through, a bit bland, leading to a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with light carbonation.

Overall- A lacking low taste IPA in my opinion. May be much better on draft. I was dissappointed by the lack in flavor on this one.

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Photo of Nyg
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only had 1. Not awful not great. Another mix of hops confusing to your mouth. more bitter then most of the Sam's. There's probably a reason why this isn't really a stocked beer around here

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Photo of Samlover55
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

darker than some of the ipas ive had, has a hoppy nose, great citrussy taste and amazing crisp mouthfeel as my first sip turned into a gulp overall a solid IPA from BBC

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Photo of breardon1776
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Semi-deep orange-amber color. mild head. Not much lacing. Good carbonation. Delightful hop smell. Very consistent 'Sam' flavor . Compared to a regular Sam, it has less pine and more citrus zest (but nothing overwhelming). Makes taste buds on all sides of my tongue dance. A little chalky in the throat. A good beer though.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my Go-to IPA. Out of all of the Samuel Adam's IPA's, this one is the best. It has citrus on top of citrus, like freshly squeezed grapefruit. And the ABV is there, as well. It's a great sit at home IPA.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Sam Adams and I tried this one a while ago, but didn’t get around to reviewing it. I found a fresh batch that I wanted to try again and to review so let’s take a look. It has a mild, but respectable 6.0% ABV with 60 IBUs. The name is derived from the “hop belt” which is largely centered around the 48th Parallel and this variety features the Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest which give it a distinctive citrus hoppy component. There are several other hops in this variety as well.

Look-I served chilled and fresh into a tall glass and pours a very clear amber color with a reddish copper hue in the right light. The head is one finger thick and frothy which soon settles down into a thin film.

Smell-It has a bready malt backbone freckled with noticeable citrus hops which come through nicely.

Taste-It has the same nice bready malt flavor that the nose picked up, but also had a noticeable honey overtone to it as well. You all know how nicely honey plays with citrus so this is delicious. That was a pleasant surprise. Then I get orange zest, lemon peel, tangerine, and some grassy hops that show up later on with the delayed release of carbonation which dances simultaneously with the hops. The alcohol is mild and bites the citrus at the end.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth medium-bodied feel with a delayed release of the respectable levels of carbonation. It leaves a lingering, but fine-tuned coating on the tongue composed of the hop resins and a slight citrus tinge from the hops.

Overall-Lending to the presence of the Mosiac hops, I recognize a mild West Coast Style IPA aspect to this brew. It is crisp, finishes clean, and is not too hoppy. Although I am a hop head, it is nice sometimes for something more realistic and mild for those long rainy days. Great job, Sam Adams!

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Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured brilliant copper amber liquid into a 19 oz. Spiegelau glass, kicking up a 1” frothy white foam collar that produces thin lace.
S: Big grass scented with pine, spice, and earthiness over a trace of biscuit and fresh grains that is apparent from a few feet away.
T: A rich malt attack introduces a wave of hop flavors that suggest fresh mown grass and pine. Moderately high hop bitterness. Hop forward but well balanced by the malt with a slight sweetness on the finish.
F: Very creamy smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: The brewery has done a marvelous job developing the hop flavors and achieving a balance between the different hop varieties.

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Photo of gfournier
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/copper color with about a quarter inch of off white head that disappears leaving a layer of lacing on the top of the beer.

S: Carmel and piney aroma.

T: Similar to the smell, but the citrus hop bitterness comes out more in the flavor

M: Medium bodied beer with average carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer. It's not my favorite, but I do rather enjoy it.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, nice head, decent lacing. But from there it was all downhill. I am starting to wonder if I got a stale beer. I did not enjoy it at all, and i am an IPA fan. This beer does not seem to be in the same category as lagunitas, stone, Sierra Nevada, founders, New Belgium IPAs. I thought it tasted like a brown ale. I'm all about earthy, but this beer simply tasted dirty.

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Photo of GrinkoN
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

-Nice Light
-Slight to no head retention

-Heavy Hops
-Citrus on the back end

-lasting back end

Mouth Feel:
-Light moves to heavy
-No carbonation
-Hangs around
-Dirt, dirt, dirt

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Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Pours a clear deep amber with a medium-large foamy beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-Grass,Caramel,Bread,Orange zest
-Follows the nose plus grapefruit and a resiny note
-medium-full bodied,medium-high carbonation
Reminds me of an einglish-style IPA though a bit more hoppy

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at a party. No assessment of appearance. Aromas were floral, hop resin, orange zest. Flavors were bitter grassy hops, dinner roll, grapefruit rind. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, bitter finish.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Hop Tour 6 Pack

A clear dark amber color, with almost no head and mild lacing around the edges.

This is slightly dank and resinous, leaving a little of that sticky hop taste on your tongue. Lots of complex hop character going on, but will very little malt backbone to accentuate. This is all about the hops.

Overall, pretty good. This is the type of IPA that someone would like if you wish for a more complex hop forward IPA.

This was a nice study of different hop beers (hop tour 6 pack), but there are better options out there for an IPA.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Beergod50
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this, but I don't buy it consistently. I usually opt for the lager or the Rebel IPA throughout the year and this, when I can find it, in the summer. It is clean, bright and flavorful, yet I often crave a deeper, more biting bitterness and will opt for the rebel IPA in it's place. I like to vary my IPA's so as not to burn out on their taste. This fits in well when rotated with the other Sam Adams products mentioned.

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3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't mind this beer. It's not not truely great, but it is my no means bad. Very drinkable and should not be ignored simply because it says Sam Adams.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
1/5  rDev -72.6%

One of the absolute worst beers I have ever tried!!! ...bought a sixer to try it & didn't even finishish the first of one! Threw the rest out & literally vomited about 15 min. after the last sip from the NASTY metallic aftertaste. It was like I was sucking on a nail for a couple of hours!!! I like some of Sam's other offerings, but this one is pure SHIT!!!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a nice deep orange. Mildly carbonated. Not too much on the nose, which is a bit disappointing. I liked to be punched in the face with hop aroma from my IPAs. Tastes of a variety of different hops. Resiny at first, followed by a bit of pine. Tastes a bit like an English IPA. Overall not bad.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly with nice lacing;

S: earthy, with a bit of pine in the background;

T: restrained; earthiness is really all I get; mild bitterness on finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: bottle was at the end of its "drink by" period, so hops may have faded;

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Photo of car2052
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a Tulip glass.

A: Clear, Dark copper. 2 finger off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a small layer of foam on top.
S: Lots of pine with hints of blueberry. Not as much citrus aroma.
T: Decent Bitterness up front with flavors of grapefruit and resiny pine. Malt prescence is there, but is dominated by the oily hop flavor.
M: Medium body. Slightly oily. Leaves a mild bitter aftertaste.
O: Not a bad IPA, and is a bit more balanced than some West-Coast counterparts. Reasonably priced, and is usually sold in some samplers if you just wanted to try a few. Would try again.

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Photo of StalkerFishy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Picked it up on a whim at a local convenience store, and it isn't bad. It's a bit more bitter than what I expected, but otherwise it has solid flavor.

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