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

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rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA has a clear and lustrous caramel colour and is topped with a styrofoam-like head that leaves a great scatter-plot lacing. It's clear, it has a lovely auburn gloss and an active stream of bubbles. All in all, it looks pretty outstanding.

With a selection of hops that spans the lupulin as well as literal globe, it's no surprise that the aroma offers a confusing array of hop notes, ranging from wet leaves to cedar wood to citrus to jalapeno spice to fresh glass clippings. These pungent herb-and-fruit accented notes blend beautifully into the bready, toffee malts. Yet it's not exactly luring.

I'm accustomed to tasting pine and spruce notes in IPAs but this is, if not the first, certainly the most impressionable uncovering of cedar. The air of cedar is distinct and striking once noted, though it's reasonable that it might just blend in to the beer's general earthy, herbal, 'wet forest' kind of profile. It would have quite the punch if not for such sweet, toasty malts.

Whether it's this mysterious new Mosaic hop or the Hallertau Mittelfrueh, East Kent Goldings, Zeus, Simcoe or Ahtanum, the beer has leaves and grass, earthiness, jalapeno spice and tree resin, but it isn't overly citric or oily. The lack of sharp citrus (the fruitiness is mostly apricot and sweet pineapple) and saturated herbalness make it quite mild for an IPA.

The only thing fewer than serviceable offerings I've had from Samuel Adams (not all, but the majority) has been exciting ones (truthfully only one, Utopia). But Latitude 48 IPA - though not all that sensational, especially for an IPA - is an interesting and, frankly, complicated offering whose merit I overlooked the first few bottles 'round. Glad I bought six.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz sample bottle of the 2013 version what uses an addition of Mosaic hops among the usual lineup of hops.

LOOK: Clear tawny hue, great showin of lace

SMELL: Herbal, leafy, mild tobacco, resin, orange pith, tropical fruit

TASTE: Big smoothness, slightly chewy, fresh grass, caramel, balanced bitterness, toasted bread, clementines, tobacco, dank herb, lemon pith, peppery, hint of alcohol, floral, hoppy semi-dry finish

Perhaps too balance for a modern IPA, not a horrible thing but that and drinkability seem to be Boston Beer Co.'s first and second priorities. I don't blame them a brand being distributed nationwide wanted to be balanced and drinkable. As for experimenting with new hops, love the layer it adds.


Notes from May 27th 2012

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear reddish amber, perfect head and lacing.

SMELL: Herbal, floral, oily hop, resin, mango, grassy, orange zest

TASTE: Big oily hop, pungent, slightly bitter, smooth, fresh cut grass, leafy, caramel, faint biscuit, clean alcohol, ripe pears, pine, grapefruit rind

Very hop forward, more flavor than bitterness though. The hop character dominates most of the time, perhaps overkill but not to the point that a true hophead could not appreciate. Give it a try.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice translucent amber color with a solid 2cm dense frothy tan head. Good retention and great lacing down the whole beer.

Leathery-like hops dominates the nose. Smells like Beach pine.

Front ended hop flavor with light Pune and floral notes balanced well with caramel malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Good balance. Good flavor. Nothing spectacular going on in the nose or depth in flavor. But a good easy drinking everyday IPA I must say.

Photo of gratedjuice
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- amber colored ale with a light foam, nothing special

S- Has a pleasant light hop smell, nothing too overwhelming

T- Bitter taste with light citrus flavoring. Very refreshing and a great choice for a summer beer.

M- it has a light carbonation but is still smooth

D- Nice smooth summer beer, not my favorite but I would definitely order it again. If you can find it give it a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominant with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Taste is OK with solid notes of bitter hops and a semi-sweet caramel malt which is well balanced with the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation. Nothing extraordinary about this IPA but well brewed nonetheless.

Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, with a two finger head and some lacing is left.

S-Some citrus hops. Slightly disappointed in the smell.

T-Some citrus and earthy tones. Has some bitterness in the finish, could have some more.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A nice intro IPA, not very bitter when compared to other IPAs. It was nice to see Sam Adams finally make one, plus it seeing it in a mix pack make a SA mix more enjoyable to a hop head.

Photo of kbanks13
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear but deep amber/copper color with 1 finger of creamy white head.

S: Floral and citric aromas. Grapefruit undertones, some pine also detectable.

T: Oh man, this is one tasty IPA. First I tasted the grapefruit and a little bit of the resiny pine that was present in the nose. This quickly faded to a well developed, but not overpowering malty backbone. The malts tended to linger more on the tongue than the hops did, but a little pine hung around for a while. Didn't taste like I had just licked an air freshener like some other IPAs have made me feel.

M: Creamy and smooth, goes down easy. A fair amount of carbonation but not more than I would expect or want from this style.

D: As a person who tends to not like IPAs, this one was very enjoyable and I would consider having another. Not too abrasive on the palate like some IPAs, so I think that it wouldn't be too tough to have a few with dinner.

Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this one in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass of course. Best by March 2011. The body was deep amber and clear. The dense lumpy head left sheets of lace. Very pretty.

The smell was lightly metallic with notes of rotting hay. Earthy.

The taste was leafy and spicy. There was a gentle bite of hops with enough caramel malts for good balance. The hops are boss but not too prominent. Drying crispy finish. Very drinkable but i would still choose Noble Pils over this one given the choice.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with just the right amount of zesty carbonation.

Photo of cichief
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A very nice amber/red, with a nice thick tan head, clear without any haze.

S- Somewhat floral and citrus.

T- Nice an hopp, citrus and pine, well balanced with the malt.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated without being fizzy.

D- A nice drinkable IPA, not overly done like so many American IPAs.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Clear dark amber reddish color with a two finger frothy rocky head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrus hops, floral hops, caramel malt, and herbal hop/earthy aroma

T- Strong caramel malt notes, cracker, strong spice notes, some nice citrus hop bitterness, and herbal hop bitterness. Something very earthy about this beer. This is very balanced, unlike any American IPA I have ever had. Kind of a strange aftertaste though.

M-Finishes dry, refreshing, and high carbonation that tickles the tongue, and a very soft mouthfeel.

O- Pretty unique American IPA, can't think of another IPA I have had like this. The malt profile on this beer is strong, but it has a nice hop and spice balance.

Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper brew with a bubbly tan head that fills the pint glass quickly after a medium pour. Has excellent retention and leaves a fine sheet of tall lace. A commingling of citrus and oily hops with hints of orange peel and unexpected gingerbread to the nose. Tastes of big oily hops with a pleasant fruity and citrusy middle and a slightly chalky aftertaste. A little spicy alcohol heat lingers. Medium bodied yet floats lighter than expected on the palate. Not a perfect IPA, but darn tasty and satisfying, which equals a win in my book.

Photo of JosiahS
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a medium-sized, stemmed, tulip glass. The color is much darker than i expected, i'd say dark copper. Moderately aggressive pour yielded a one-finger head that looks like it will stick around.

Aroma is of earthy and floral hops with a lemon or grapefruit rind edge. There is some underlying bread, nuttiness and burnt sugar coming through as well.

Taste is very gentle and well balanced. Earthy hops, dark bread and brown sugar appear from beginning to end. Bitterness is minimal and lingering flavor is just a hint of hops along with a very light burnt bread flavor, very clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, delicate and fluffy. Carbonation lends a nice crispness to ensure the beer is alive.

An interesting IPA from Sam Adams, to say the least. Highly drinkable. I would expect a more toned down IPA like this from them though. A very nice effort. I'd love for them to go for a double!

Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish almost copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing as the head turns thin.

S: Typical citrus and oily hops. Not to strong yet still has a nice kick.

T/M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent smooth creamy feel. Hops and malts blend together effortlessly, with a clean aftertaste. Not that bitter either. Hops are pretty much all oil, which creates a weaker hop taste.

D: Solid brew here. Sam Adams gets some props on this one. Recommended for sure. Only improvement for me would be a more dominant hop taste.


Photo of Bfarr
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear ruby orange with huge tan foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Aromatic citrus with caramel sweetness and hints of pine and english hops. Great hop bite up front yet nicely balanced in the end although obviously tipped to the hop side. Grapefruit with bits of pine and earthy pepper lead to a sweet finish and a moderate bitter linger. Even, almost non-descript carbonation and mouthfeel save for a light syrup feel.

This could use a bit more in the hop flavor profile but it is much more interesting than the average overhopped American IPA. Overall, it's very enjoyable and a fairly balanced drinking experience.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with one and a half fingers of off white head and good retention.

Scent of caramel, some citrus, and light sugars. I was expecting less of an IPA from Sam Adams, but this has a pretty good scent and it balanced well.

Taste of caramel, leafy hops, and citrus. Finishes clean with a decent level of bitterness. A simple IPA, but it's the right price that I could pick it up again and drink it regularly.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium-light bodied with a good bite of carbonation; not too heavy, not too crisp, very good.

Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper in color and completely transparent. Creamy off-white head forms with solid retention. A few streams of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

Aroma of citrus and pine hit the nose along with some bready malt character.

Taste follows the nose in the hop department with lemon and orange citrus flavor. Hops are well balanced with a semi-sweet, biscuity malt character. Hop intensity is lacking slightly for the style, still has a good flavor though.

Medium-bodied and mild carbonation. Finish is creamy and less dry than many other IPA's.

Overall, pretty standard IPA, but a solid one nonetheless. I am impressed with the way it incorporates some complex flavors and balances them very nicely. Easy, tasty drinking and another solid offering from Sam Adams.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Medium amber color with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass. Very similar in color to Boston Lager.

Smell: Piney and earthy hops over a sweet caramel and pale malty undertone.

Taste: The front end starts off with a sweet caramel malty flavor over a few very sweet pale malt notes. Back end finishes up with a medium piney and earthy hop bitterness. Not as bitter as a lot of IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with very active carbonation that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking and is not too filling. Very refreshing.

Final Notes: Tastes more like an English IPA than an American IPA. I find this to be an advantage since I'm not a huge IPA drinker to begin with, and would pair well against spicy food. This is an IPA for people who really don't care for IPAs.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Little dark than most IPAs. Thick 1 finger head with small bubbles. Dark dark golden red color but below average lacing.

S- Hoppy and a sweet floral note. touch of caramel and pine.

T- hops and caramel, toasty notes as well. Little bitter on the finish.

M- Bit dry but has a smooth medium body.

O- Lots of bitter hops but a sweet mellow flavor make this a pretty drinkable beer. Loved the dark color it had to it.

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Notched freshness date for May 2011
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

A Nor'easter is predicted tonight for the Boston area with 12-16" inches of snow expected. Work has been cancelled, time to celebrate and have a beer...

Pours bronze orange color with a fluffy white head leaving trails of sticky lace.

A malty sweet nose with whiffs of citrus fruits and hops. Slightly floral as well.

A syrupy honey sweetness with a tang citrus finish. Biscuit malt flavors with hints of caramel sweetness. A solid IPA offering from Samuel Adams.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Pint glass

Look - Pretty clear, amber tone with about 2 fingers of slightly off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Definitely hoppy, but not overpowering. Definitely Cascade hops, can't identify the German or English hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Definite hoppiness at the very beginning, which spurs a pretty intense bitterness in the middle and finish. Texture is well-balanced, maybe a little more toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - I love the complexity and the hop mixture. Perhaps a little too bitter and hoppy for me, but still a decent brew.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with a crisp white head. This is one of the most clear beers I have ever seen, it's almost like looking through an empty amber colored glass.

S: Little resiny, little caramel, maybe a tad of pine.

T: The taste packs a much bigger hop presence than the smell. Citrus, grass, light caramel, and major bitterness.

M: Crisp, moderate-high carbonation, light bodied with a dry finish.

D: Defiantly a good beer with average drinkability. I honestly didn't think I would like this and I did.

Photo of Matt-B-R
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PorterPro125
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL bottle

For the first time in my life, I spotted something from Samuel Adams other than Boston Lager at my local liquor store. Based on my experiences with Boston Lager, I felt obliged to give Latitude 48 a try.

A- Pours a sexy amber color that is typical of an IPA . Beautiful 1 1/2 finger head that lasted throughout the duration of the drink.

S- Not as upfront as I was expecting but it was quite nice nonetheless. The smell is very floral and citrusy; they definitely got the aromatic hopping right on this brew.

T- Compared to the smell, the taste is entirely out of this world! This brew is incredibly smooth and the hopping is absolutely perfect. It definitely doesn't get much better than this one when it comes to IPA.

M- Low-Medium carbonation that is perfect for this beer. 100% Sessionable.

O- Is Latitude 48 my new favorite IPA? Most definitely. Should everyone try this? Most definitely. Two thumbs up, Sam Adams!

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latitude 48 IPA opens with a series of aromas typical of the IPA style: citrusy grapefruits and lemons, with just a touch of pine and rose hips. Malts add a touch of toast and grain to the nose, offsetting the hops, and contributing a brown sugar note as well. The aromas as a whole are good and enticing, but quite light, even from only an inch or so away, making me immediately wonder if the beer will suffer from a dearth of hops.

On the tongue, hops are first and foremost, thankfully appearing in greater strength than the nose belied. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest are most prominent, seconded by lemon, and then a touch of pine. A good amount of brown sugar flavor helps to offset the bitter hops, and an equally good thread of toast and biscuit floats in the background, along with touches of orange and apricot. The aftertaste is mainly bitter hops (grapefruit and grapefruit zest), and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the hop flavors in here are slightly weak for what many will associate with a craft-brewed IPA (compared to, say, a Rogue Dead Guy), they are certainly far stronger than almost anything you'll encounter in an Anheuser-Busch brew, thus riding the normal Sam Adams line between palatable-to-the-masses and appealing-to-the-craftbrew-crowd. This is not a criticism; there is a place for such a beer. As such, if you're looking to expand your Bud-drinking horizons, but don't want to get your tongue sizzled off by 100+ IBUs of hop fury, this beer is a good place to start, as it will provide you with a good set of flavors that are largely indicative of the style.

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