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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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BA SCORE
81
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3,228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,228
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"A unique IPA brewed with a carefully selected 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 intense hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend. Cheers!" Latitude 48 IPA is brewed in the style of an American IPA. While this beer has recently undergone a recipe change to utilize the new Mosaic hop blend, this review is from the previous recipe which has either been temporarily or permanently replaced. I got this in the harvest collection 2012 variety pack. Date on the bottle is mid-December 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-white creamy head, mildly fizzy over a transparent, copper-orange body with medium carbonation, a tad darker than average for the style. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and stringy. Not a bad appearance. 4

(Smell) Aroma consists of faint floral and earthy hops and a mildly roasted caramel malt base with a pinch of toffee sweetness, none out of the ordinary for Samuel Adams. Not by any means an intense hop aroma by IPA standards, the balance is slightly sweet. Less intrusive hop varietals suggests that this is a casual-drinking beer with some slightly bread-and-butter malt and yeast notes mildly reminiscent of a traditional English Pale Ale. Potency is low. Not bad, but not particularly exciting. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is even more malt-heavy than the aroma predicted, with caramel candy and toffee malt sweetness, a mild buttery yeast character and a faint, earthy hop note on the finish. Hops are a tad shallow in flavor, although the balance demonstrates that there is some mild bitterness to be had in this beer. The hop varieties are earthy and european in origin, no bright citrusy or piney American varietals to be had in the flavor here. This IPA is enjoyable, although not a masterpiece standing amongst the highly-saturated IPA market, it goes for drinkability and session ability, which is harder to find in an IPA. A hop-lover could easily knock back a few of these without grinding down the palate. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Sweet, slick caramel with a mild carbonation presence, some chewiness and a medium-dry resiny hop finish. Body is medium for an IPA and medium overall. The carbonation is appropriate for a traditionally European-styled IPA. Against the earthy, resiny hop profile and the sweet malty backbone, the textures are suitable for this beer recipe in particular. Finish is a little arid for drinkability's sake, but that makes for a minor complaint. 3.75

(Overall) Individuals looking for the ever-increasing hop bitterness blowout and bright vibrant citrus flavors of an American IPA might look elsewhere before settling on Latitude 48. The flavor profile of this beer is similar to more traditional British Pale ales, utilizing more earthy and resiny hop varietals than its American cousins, and focusing on a sweeter and bolder malt palate. Where is lacks in this appeal, it does manage to craft a very drinkable IPA, one that you could enjoy a few of in a single session without leaving a strong hop taste in your mouth. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA (Old Recipe)
3.5/5.00

Jadjunk, Jan 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer on hand to sit back and watch the Big Chill,Go Blue!

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Aromas are a great mix of herbal,leafy,and citric hop overtop of a English malt base,big caramel and biscuit.A great hop profile on the palate,its herbal,its grassy,and its citric,all three German,American,and English hop profiles going on,a bit of iron,and caramel biscuit malt hold up well to the hops.There isnt many American craft brewers that make a better "standard" American IPA than this,I would gladly drink alot more of this.

oberon, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -16%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -2%

aszatk01, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +12%

beerhunter13, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace.

Average smell with only light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer a little depth. Used too IPA's having a much more hoppy taste and smell but I can live with this. A bit light on the ABV @ 5.8% too. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

ExtraStout, May 09, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/4/10.

48 pours amber-orange with a slight, well-retaining light khaki head. The carbonation is copious and moves swiftly up my snifter. The lacing is quite nice- sticky and cascading like a waterfall.

Caramel malt aromas blend fairly evenly with a grassy and slight citrus hop profile. There is also a biscuit-esque dry character evident. Overall, the grassy hops and biscuit aromas dominate the smell.

A somewhat spicy hop character jumps on my tongue, along with the grassy hop notes that I smelled. Caramel malts do a fairly nice job standing up to the hop combination. The finish hints at sweet citrus hops (orange and tangerine) and a biscuit flavor supports the citrus-hop finish.

Lat. 48 has a solid, creamy medium feel on the middle of my palate, while the hop combination lends a biting crispness to the sides of my mouth. The carbonation complements the other aspects of the feel with it's effervescence. I think the mouthfeel is the finest aspect of this beer.

I will not necessarily seek this out over many other IPAs, but it is interesting enough to have once in awhile. It would certainly be sessionable at 5.8%, as well.

TCHopCraver, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a light copper with good clarity and a finger of rocky off-white head. The head has good retention and leave some lacing on the glass.

S: A confusion of a medium Old and New World hops aromas that is mostly citrus and earthy with some and floral notes. There is a moderate malt sweetness with some caramel and bready character. It has a light bit of ale esters mixed with a low alcohol aroma.

T: The hops blend is interesting with medium-strong flavors that are again citrusy and earthy with some spice and floral highlights. There is medium caramel and honey malt sweetness against slighty more hops bitterness making for a balanced] that is modestly bitter. There is a light fruitiness from the ale yeast and a light alcohol in the background.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of cabonation. There is slight prickle on the palate and a low warmth.

O: If you're a fan of English IPAs you probably be pleased as this is a reserved American IPA that still has brings a good amount of hops just not as much as I'd like for the style. That being said I do like the hops flavor it's just that I want more flavor, bitterness and aroma in my IPA but this could be the basis for an impressive beer.

MadScientist, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've got mixed feelings about this beer. It's a little dark to be called a pale ale, but that's not new. The nose is made up of leafy, grassy, lemon-limey hops, which is quite apparent in their Noble Pils. The malt bill is doughy and chewier than pils. The lemon-lime hop character is there, which I like, but I liked it first in Noble Pils, and it lacks bitterness. It's a good IPA, and I do enjoy the hops that give it that zest. I just think the Pilsner was great and they should try something new for their IPA besides adding darker, thicker malts. Still a good beer, but when I want an IPA, i'll reach for something else, and when I want that taste, i'll wait for a Noble.

brownbeer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -2%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +12%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -2%

tbryan5, May 18, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -9%

woodchipper, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -9%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.

With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.

Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very clear amber, with medium carbonation, 2 finger white head that sticks around for awhile.

S - A bit of sweet and toasted malt with a slight floral hop aroma.

T - A little biscuit malt, a touch of sweetness, slight floral and citrus hop flavor. End with a bitterness level of a Pale Ale.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation.

O - This is an IPA? It is a good pale ale, but don't try to pass this off as an AIPA.

steelerguy, May 02, 2012
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +19%

markallmon, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Outchillen
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive bought this a couple times now, im not a huge ipa guy, but one of my favs

A: Copper

S: This has a great smell, a little malty, nice mild hops

T: very mild and smooth for an ipa, a light citrus note from the hops

M/D: Mild body, clean aftertaste, I have gotten it before, will get it again, looking forward to the special variety pack of this

Outchillen, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -16%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Summer 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Plenty of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Vaguely floral. On the muted side.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little caramel malt. Again, on the timid side.
Not a hop bomb, fairly well-balanced.
Decent IPA.

lordofthewiens, May 22, 2010
Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -2%

freshflesh, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +5%

DaftPatrick, Jul 22, 2014
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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