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

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Reviews: 1,019
Hads: 3,404
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 36
Gots: 439 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of dcook11
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-very nice pour. Large white head, dark amber medium carbonation.

S- Smells great! Hoppy,with an odd sweetness that I cant put my finger on. Cotton candy and fruit?

T-Just right for an ipa. Not really aggresive, but well balanced and very drinkable. Turning out to be one of my favorite IPA's.

M-Just perfect! Nice bite, yet smooth.


This is a winner. Probably one of the best beers ive ever had.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's summer mix-pack at the local Hannaford's. Consumed from a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Pours a crystal-clear deep amber-red body with a good inch of fairly persistent off-white head. Smells amazing - grapefruit, orange, mint, pith, with hints of some caramel-toffee malts to balance. A really bright hop presence is very apparent, with lemon, grapefruit, mint, herb. A robust toffee-caramel maltiness with a slight tinge of butterscotch helps to balance this IPA. Medium in both carbonation and body makes this quite drinkable. Honestly, I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this beer. I am very impressed with this and am thrilled to have it in the summer multi-packs this year, though I'd love to see it in its own 6-packs and 12-packs by itself. Awesome.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

never seen this Sam Adams before and they rarely make a beer that i don't enjoy so i figured this was a sure bet. It pours a really great looking copper color with a nice frothy white head. The smell is really great, a fine balance of malt and hops it really is a good smelling beer. The taste is awesome, maybe its the fact i haven't had an IPA in months but man on man this is good. Its hard to make a good IPA to be cheap, with the price of hops and all but Sam Adams does it again.

love it!

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A different take from the Nobile Pils, more cowbell! And more cowbell ye shall have .... Sam Adams does not do any 80 IBU or larger beers, probably because they try not to alter anybody pallet .... however, they did jack this one a bit!

Hoppy, zippity do da kind of notes!

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Photo of Padraigs2010
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think Sam Adams gets a bad rep, sometimes. This beer has an exceptional color and head. Good lacing and perfect carbonation. The aroma is one of hops and malt. Very balanced. The taste is identical to the smell. This beer is a perfect marriage between sweet and bitter. Exceptionally balanced. This is a beer that should be a welcomed addition to your beer quiver. This beer goes great with spicy foods, but could also be a good session beer despite the fact that it is approximately one percent ABV % higher than a traditional session beer. I will not forget this beer.

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Photo of OverToad
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my local Krogers and was pleased to see another new summer beer from SA. This is a fantastic beer that has some bitterness but yet it has some sweetness to it as well. I hope SA makes this available in its own 6er. SA has beet hitting some home runs as of late.

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Photo of Triples
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine IPA. Looks good: bright copper color; smells good: citrusy grapfruity; tastes good: extremely well balanced between hop bitters and malty goodness. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Left an intriguing trail of lace down the side of the glass. Wonderfully drinkable. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of Durchfall
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving bottle

Appearance: Darkish amber which I didn't expect from the Samuel Adams Summer Pack

Smell: Very hoppy, hints of citrus and pine.

Taste: When it hits the mouth it's very citrus and pine flavored as previously stated, very full taste.

Feel: Very carbonated, nice full body.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability yet if you don't like a lot of bitterness this may turn you off however I very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of iamnitrox
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Darker than most IPAs, which was a little odd, but I liked the amber-ish color of it

S-Very hoppy bouquet that was pleasing on the nose

T-Wonderfully bitter with alot of aftertaste that was dry and hoppy. It breathes out the nose very good and lingers.

M-Definately strong and pushy on the tastebuds. But I like it that way. It is even similar to some Imperial IPAs. Definately has a strong character.

D-A little heavy on the palate. Similar in heaviness to the Bear Republic Racer no. 5 IPA or the Stone 14th anniv I-IPA. Sticks on the tongue, but tastes great at colder and cellar temps. Very nice standing alone.

This was a pleasant surprise from Samuel Adams. I never would have imagined that anything from Boston Brewing would be my favorite India Pale ale thus far.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its a lively looking brew. You get the feeling of freshness during the pour. The smell of candied fruits and citrus hit me in clouds rising from the pour. Retention is admirable leaving behind spider webbed lace.

It would be hard to match expectations after the perfect appearance but this is an excellent offering all around. A balanced IPA that leans on a sturdy, sweet, candied malt bill. Hops are towards the second half of each drink. They sting it just enough to lay down some bitter footprints and a layer of citrus.

Notes: This is without a doubt the best "Balanced", "Moderate" type of IPA I've had in quite a while. Boston Beer Co. will win over many folks that dabble in the craft beer world with this one.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of the beer almost looks like a penny and the smell has a nice citrus, juicy quality to it with some pine mixed in there. Also has a sort of green apple smell from the hops as well.The taste has a nice malty backing to match the color. The malts used come off as roasted biscuit like malt with a tiny touch of honey. As for the hops it almost tastes like juicy fruits and pine with the bitterness evolving on the back of your tongue just enough to remind you that its an IPA made with American hops.

It has some European hops in it too to give it that Samuel Adams Boston Lager hop taste. Its nice because it melds the Boston Lager hoppiness which uses Noble hops with the more pungent hoppiness that you get from American hops really well with a nice balance of the two. More flavorful hops than bittering hops but still is pretty bitter and should satisfy the IPA fans and if it doesn't then they probably have something against Samuel Adams.

I like this one a lot definitely one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Its finally slowly coming to 6 packs in my area so this will become a regular go to IPA for me.

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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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Photo of generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is dark! It mirrors a Barleywine or Dubbel. Darkest IPA I have ever seen. Extremely dense amber. Got a huge head on the pour also. At least 2 fingers. Although the color isn't a good representation of the style. Most I see are quite a bit lighter. Smell is very sweet, grassy and herbal caramel malts with a big grapefruit kick and sharp hoppiness. Outstanding for a lower abv IPA. I must say the bitterness is quite prominent. Never really expected this out of Sam Adams. Taste is also very dirty and earthy with hints of tropical fruits. They picked a great blend of hops to play with. Mouthfeel is very creamy with well balanced carbonation. This seriously has quite a flavor punch to it. I can't help but think most people will rate is lower just because it is Sam Adams. It ranks right up there with the big boys or small boys rather in my opinion. Seek this one out.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazing ruby amber color. Heads shapes up perfectly and leaves some great lacing.

S: Sweet, citrusy and slightly floral hops are dominant with a grainy undercurrent.

T: The hop profile is outstanding. Big grapefruit leaning citrus flavor gives way to a mounting bitterness that really hits the back of your throat and lingers in the aftertaste. Malt is unassuming but there if you look and provides a nice little degree of balance so that the hops are not overpowering.

D: An all nighter.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-white head and clear dark amber body

S-pine, floral and citrus

T-sweet malt, sugar, floral, juicy grapefruit and slightly medicinal


D-nice beer. Nice play of malt and hops. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Latitude 48 pours a darker amber color, with a good sized head. It smells bitter and hoppy. It taste very dry, quite bitter, and quite hoppy, it can be a little over powering but not very difficult to drink. Overall this is fantasic beer, worth picking up the summer box just for this.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a super clear amber ale with a thick, off white, lumpy foam that has outstanding retention. It has a fresh, fruity, grassy aroma with an earthy quality to it. It has a smooth, medium light body with a crisp, clean finish. The flavor is nicely balanced. Crackery, peppery malt frames a nice wooden hop flavor. It tastes fruity but dry. The bitterness is never extreme. What a well crafted beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I get to try this one after hearing lots of good things about it...

Into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint it goes a dark golden with a thick fluffy head atop and lacing all the way through... Beautiful looking...

Citrusy piney aromas roll out of this one and actually surprise me a little bit... Dang, this smells really hoppy actually... More so than I was expecting... Lots of grapefruit rind...

Resiny oily piney hoppiness bursts onto the palate first followed by the malts for balance and then a long slow finish of bitter citrusy hops... Ok, I'll say it.. This is a damn good easy drinking little IPA.. No, its not the worlds hoppiest or most extreme but it is what they wanted it to be... A brew for those who love their hops...

I find it amazing that Sam Adams actually brews a nice little IPA and then the folks in the craft beer market bitch and gripe because its not hoppy enough for them... I mean, come on folks... This is a dang good beer in my opinion.. Easily accessible at a good price and a terrific session brew to boot...

Hats off to Boston Beer Co for this one...

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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 mempath
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

oured into my active head rises fast and descends slowly (very opposite of cycling...!)...sticky, frothy umber head laces thick and intricately, like some kind of Rorschachian frieze... color is a lovely rye whiskey burnt orange. really, in all meanings of the word, an exceptional sight. if only the rest of the experience could do the same. so far so good.

simple nose. malts meet hops in a perfect but low-key yin-yang balance. a second swirl reveals more fresh maltiness.

almost has that sweetness i found in the noble pils...but more subdued, hoppier....the malts really help balance things making this no belligerent hophead delight, but if you can fine a dignified mode of tasting, you'll find plenty of depth. the depth would be exceptional if the finish wasn't so dry. not pedestrian at all. what's cool is you get in one quick blast a sense of multi-hop complexity without the citrus/camphor sting (that, yes, we all love so much). i just WISH it would last longer. i think the mouthfeel (too much carbonation) is what keeps this from being stellar. but it's sure 1000s of miles above earth, orbiting nicely. very drinkable. sessionable. and will be great with some sort of pub sandwich later today. and thick cut chips.

definitely one of the latest great offerings from SA. glad there is a 'BIG" brewery out there making sure it maintains a craft approach with every drop.

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow. Sooo much better than the Rouge IPA they are selling.
Jesus this is beer at its finest.
Smooth. Hoppy. Sweet. Bitter.
Smells like an orgasm.
Tastes like one too.

I could just be "over excited" but this is absolutely my new favourite beer. Going to try about 24 more...
But this is insanely good...

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Photo of kdawg105
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good IPA. It has a light bodied malt smell with a hint of hops. The taste is about the same I would say it is a balanced brew with both the malts and hops noticeable but just not my favorite IPA. Anyway it is surely one I would not hesitate to drink again!

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking beer. Red and amber hues. White rocky head leaves nice lacing behind.

A really great floral, fruity hop aroma upfront. With some malt in the background.

A nice blend of hop flavors: spicy, floral, and fruity. Some malt, but, the hops definitely dominate.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation with a wet finish.

This is a great IPA with a lot of complexity.

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Photo of Fulky
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Pint Glass

Deep amber reddish brown color with a smooth pour. A fine 1.5/2 finger head, with a foam that hung around for the majority of the drink.

Smells something like caramel and malt, tingles the nostrils with a refreshing outdoorsy scent.

Taste is absolutely bar none to other IPA's and Samuel Adams brews. It is intriguingly complex, refreshingly smooth while sharply bitter at the end. It has as much an outdoors flavor as it does scent. Very rich and caramely... would pair well with almost any grilled entree to accompany the flavors.

Feels smooth and refreshing.

Overall one of my favorite beers and amongst the best I've ever tasted. I applaud Samuel Adams with this, as it is amongst the Top Tier of their Brewmaster's Collection.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties) and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "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! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "Hop Varieties: Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble Hops, East Kent Goldings, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Zeus; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe IPA is a flavorful IPA brewed with a select blend of hops from renowned German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude. The brew is dry hopped with Ahtanum, Simcoe, and Hallertau hops for a powerful citrus and earthy aroma. The assertive but not overpowering hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the five different malts."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the sixth and last of the six.

My pour resulted in two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! The nose was very piney and tickled my sinuses with its intensity. MY mouth began to water and I was off and running. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops seemed to pop on the tongue, first with intense pine, then with bitter citrus and finally giving way to a caramel sweetness, thanks to the malt. The dense lacing that began to appear reminded me that tonight was the night I was scheduled to do the dishes. The finish was literally breathtaking, thanks to the intensity of the hops. The pine hops created a kind of burning sensation in the back of my throat and the bitter citrus hops actually lent a drying sensation to the mix. Whew!

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