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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

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2,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 2838
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%

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:
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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:55:25 | More by TexasRedskinFan
Photo of kcrosson492


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is a decent beer but should not be compared to their Boston Lager.

A-Pours with a copper color and has a white head.

S-I could not get much out the smell.

T-The taste is coppery and taste like a can for some reason.

M-Lacks in this department but goes down smooth.

O-I would not suggest this beer but do think it is bearable overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:56:17 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of BEERchitect


3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Steering away from the common and more traditional styles for which the Boston Beer Company is known, they step down this creative and deviant path of IPA to celebrate what it is to win over the more serious beer lovers- creating a statement that the Sam Adams brand isn't just for the "crossover effect". Or, do they?

As the hoppy ale pours, it brings on a golden-copper hue that's deeply amber and clear as a bell. As its arid froth builds, its less creamy and more honeycomb as its large pockets climb up the glass. But with long staying power and trickling with broken lace, the ale certainly looks the part of IPA.

Its somewhat subdued scent is white washed with citrusy and sprucy hop character. White grapefruit and a host of bitter citrus peels shape the beer's predominant bouquet. As a toasted and nutty scent comes about, it brings a sweeter caramel and honey character that weaves together like graham crackers. Yet trailing with a pleasant herbal and grassy scent, a waft of broken pine needles emit as well.

To taste, the beer is toasty-sweet and softly grainy. The taste of bran and toasted kinwoa come to mind as its cooked caramel and cracker-like flavor trends dry and grainy. But the middle brings about the hop dominance that IPA deserves. Grapefruit, tart oranges, a pep of lemon and something juniper-like comes about as the ale develops a gripping bitter quality that's decorated with chives and pine resin to finish.

Its dry body is highly sternly carbonated and it easily lifts its early caramels to leave that palate with husk, toasted nuts and a mineral "scrubbing character". The ale is highly crisp, highly clean and only allows a glimmer of astringency to enter the fray as its grain and vegetative hops are stretched a bit too thin. Slight warmth closes the taste, even as its sharp bitterness lingers onward.

I rather liked the beer as it is the rustic and unrefined taste that shaped IPAs of a decade ago. I fully appreciate that taste even as newer varieties have clearly created more unique flavor and fuller body. A full appreciation of the range of IPA reveals that there's not only one way to do hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 07:23:09 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of lochef81


3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This ale pours a handsome copper color with a generous and lasting off white, frothy head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass given the beer's abv and style. The nose on this one is hoppy but light. Definite pine and citrus notes but with a bit of a sweet malty backbone. The flavor follows suit. Not real hoppy but bitter and balanced by the malt. The beer is a little thick on the mouth for such a light beer. This one is interesting and enjoyable but not something I feel the need to return to.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:31:04 | More by lochef81
Photo of uberabr


2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Whats this? A new creation from the Sam Adams Brewmaster Collection Official Laboratories? Sounds exciting! Lets see!

Ugghhhh. Jesus. Hmmm....

Staring at label. They put thought into this. Sounds great. Looks cool. Try again! Ok... Hmmm. Uggg. Still aweful.

Lets review. Some hops are meant to impart a bitter quality to beer. Others are meant to be flavorful. It is quite clear from a quick taste that they have used the former varieties for flavor. Weird. The result is an oily, overwhelmingly bitter, pine. That is all. No delicate balance, no interplay of complexities. Just bitterness. No balance, because there is no complexity to balance!

So aroma, flavor...all missed the boat. Drinkability? Too bitter to enjoy. In fact, it irritates my stomach a little. Just so, so bitter. Lets finish it off- Mouthfeel? None. Watery. No feel. I dont know what the other reviewers are seeing here. This beer is all work and no play.

BEER BROTHERS! I know you're from Bean Town, I know you love Sam Adams...but come on! Can we not be honest that this beer is a dreadful example of an IPA? "Sam Adams has always been concerned with drinkability and with a worldwide market they have to serve balanced beers" Blah blah blah. Bland beers with no complexity under a veil of phony artistry....thats what I'm drinking. Honestly, this is the type of beer that scares people away from IPA's -- and all craft beers -- when they dont know any better. Let's be real about Sam Adams in the future, please and thanks! As you taught me, Respect Beer!


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 07:50:09 | More by uberabr
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed January 9, 2013. Poured a 12 oz bottle (notched AUG 2013) into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful one fingered head. Slightly cloudy body, but leans on the clear side. Body is a pleasant dark golden amber. Malts appear bountiful.
The lacing is a nice cream that follows the head nicely. Carbonation bubbles rise nicely as well.

S: The aromas are very subtle. Grapefruit hops and mellows malts, but nothing bold or spectacular.

T: This is an IPA that falls more on the maltier side of IPAs. Bitterness is present, but not something that murders taste buds.

M: The body leans on the thin side. Carb is above medium.

O: This is nothing spectacular, but it is an IPA that one could start the night with or just make a session out of.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 01:43:45 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of Emnmarko


4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber, like a harvest moon

S - Citrus tones. lemon, grapefruit

T- lots of floral citrusy hops up front. A nice balance of malt and hop aftertaste. Nice heavy hop overtone. Aftertaste goes on for a spell, and I don't hate it!

M- Great feel, smooth and easy to drink. finishes clean and dry.

O- Wow, clean and refreshing! Easy to drink for an IPA. I love the floral hop boldness, because it isn't particularly overpowering. just enough to get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:21:40 | More by Emnmarko
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee sweetness from the malts with light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops. There is a hint of citrus/grapefruit hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and toffee malts which impart a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral, citrus/grapefruit, and grassy hops with just a touch of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Interesting but not really anything special. Easy to drink but not one that I will be picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:13:25 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of RaulMondesi


2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Holy... But you don't turn down what your friends offer, am I right, my peeps?

This thang, wow... I'm trying my children, I am. Let's see... If Old English made an IPA... No, it's not that bad, but is it? Just thick syrup and molasses... Hell, I don't even think my grandmama would cook with this!


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 06:00:15 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Omnium


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a darker gold color with 2 fingers of a light khaki head, minor lacing.
S - Lots of caramel and biscuit malt, some sour grape hints, a little pine.
T - Toasted caramel and biscuit malt are the majority of flavor here, you get some dark earthy hop tones, and a medium bite, but there's not enough good hop flavor here to satisfy most IPA drinkers these days.
M - Dry and chewy.
O - While still better than the old recipe of L48, this isnt much better. Plus the huge malt profile leads this to an English IPA, and not an American. I really wish BBC could put out a good modern American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 01:49:36 | More by Omnium
Photo of scaliasux


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold-amber. Clear and bubbly. Short, cream colored head. Decent persistence.

Smell - Grassy and citrus hops dominate. Light malt in the background.

Taste - Goodly dose of pine and citrus hops flavors. Pine, grapefruit. Some pale malt character is evident, but obviously in the background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light and dry.

Overall - Nice hoppy beer that doesn't go overboard. Hops flavors are exemplified but the beer strikes me as having a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:18:23 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Offa


3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good IPA.

Copper, bright with big off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is juicy orange, pine, dry bread crust, hints of grapefruit and wood.

Taste is juicy, jammy, bittersweet orange, wood pine. It has lightly raisiny, caramelly-toasty sweetness under spicy-peppery bitterness with orange-wood-grapefruit hop elements. Bitterness is stornger in finish and lingers a bit but with increasing sweetness. Overall, bitter and sweet together, a bit English in character but also a bit America - a good, well-rounded IPA with dominant hop character but nice firm maltiness to support it and some complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:14:42 | More by Offa
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with best before date of May 14.

Caramel brown colour. One inch fine beige head and excellent lacing.

A mild aroma of sweet toffee.

There is lots of malt in the taste - toffee and toast. Then the hops show up - grapefruit and bitter hay.

Medium feel.

Not a typical American IPA. It seems more British with a bit of hope punch. Well balanced. Not as complex as some but very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:41:56 | More by ssmack
Photo of alphagnome


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep, translucent gold color topped with a thin layer of beige foam. Fantastic lacing and plenty of carbonation. If only head retention were better.

This might come as a surprise... but it's hoppy! A decent bouquet of fruity & floral hops. Nothing outstanding for the style, but nose pleasing nonetheless.

Bitterness hits you right up front and hangs around for the duration of your sip... Unfortunately, so does an unpleasant funk - dirty dish water comes to mind. Plenty of citrus can be found here, once you can get past the twang. Muddy pine notes linger in the aftertaste. Missing balance.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bitter, dry finish - almost chalky quality.

I found this one hard to enjoy. I enjoy a bitter beer, but this one lacks balance. This, added with the unpleasant flavors I experienced make this impossible to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:14:08 | More by alphagnome
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, amber color. Looks like a pale.
S- Piney, Earthy, and Spicy, all in one.
T- I'm very impressed with SA for this one. It's got a nice flavor of light caramel balanced with a not so bitter hop selection. The bitterness lingers, but it is certainly not overpowering. This is like a perfectly balanced pale in IPA form. Claps.
M-Medium bodied like it should be.
O-Nothing wrong with this one. A very sessionable and sippable IPA. Congrats Sam Adams, for making a beer that I can finally drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:57:36 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of Boggdogg


1.83/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a very hoppy, bitter beer. Look and feel we're good but smell and taste is not what I like in a beer. Way too bitter for my taste. Got a six pack in a Samuel Adams verity pack. Chocked down one and gave the other 5 away. Will never buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 17:11:05 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank this straight from the bottle.
Smell out of the 12 oz. bottle was very mild in hop aroma.
Taste was ok, a little hoppy, not overly so.
Mouthfeel was typical Sam Adams, consistent light carbonation.
Overall, it was ok. I wasn't expecting anything great and it delivered.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 14:45:01 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of ranger7


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Copper/dark amber. Very small and insignificant head.

S - Very floral, hops.

T - Sharp bite of hops/citrus. Lingering bitterness.

M - Clean aftertaste. Sticky and dry.

Summary - Not bad. Full of hops. I would not drink this by itself. Was okay with nachos.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:14:51 | More by ranger7
Photo of MikeB20


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a two finger foamy off white head. Lacing sticks throughout the glass and is quite impressive.

S: Citrus, lemon peel and pine hop aromas with some fresh herbal notes. I thinkt he best way to describe the overall aroma is fresh. Very little in the way of malt on the nose initially but as the beer warms some caramel begins to come through.

T: A nice citrus rind bite up front from the hops followed by just a touch of malt sweetness with a lingering bitterness and some of those pine resin flavors. Clearly leans toward being bitter but overall there's a nice balance going on here. Easy drinking.

M: Slick and full but finishes dry. Not much to note here but it's good for the style.

O: I've been wanting to do a review of this beer for a while now. This is one of the better offerings to come out of the Boston Beer Company in the past few years. A solid IPA that might not grab a serious hop head but it's very approchable and easy to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 19:43:57 | More by MikeB20
Photo of Hendry


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a one finger khaki head,tons of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt,with some hops poking through.

Taste starts of with a malty coating on the palate before the hops take hold, so there is a good balance here overall. Not an overly dry finish going on.

Mouthfeel is light medium, good drinkability,solid carbonation.

Decent effort,and features Mosaic Hops which I was anxious to try, but the malty blast takes on a slightly diacetyl quality which doesn't appeal to me.Not great,not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:32:52 | More by Hendry
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Close to two fingers of fairly dense foam, eggshell white, some dimpling going on, retention level is good, likewise the lacing comes in thick sheets with admirable stickiness. Bronzed orange liquid, closer to brown than yellow, good clarity with tight, active beads of tiny bubbles. Expressive nose, floral with heavy sweet citrus dew, pine sap and peach to apricot fruit, also hits you with some toasty, bready notes and roasted cocoa, at times close to coffee, more of a puncher than a finesse boxer. Medium-bodied, there is a bitter bite but this is quickly overcome by the fluffy carbonation and general creamy mouth feel. Emphasis remains on the orange, pink grapefruit citrus, flowers and pine. While it lacks a keen edge, there is some pineapple, mango in there with the peach, apricot base. The roast maybe higher here, dries out the finish with mocha, cocoa and bread crust. Not getting much caramel or butterscotch, more metallic or earthy accents. Pretty consistent profile nose to palate, not sure of freshness of bottle, may have had a fresher, more brisk demeanor in its youth. But pleasing enough in a basic sense and decently sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:24:03 | More by farrago
Photo of scratch69


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of foamy head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Floral hop aroma with some citrus and fruit.

Taste- Bitter mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hop flavors with a touch of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I am not a fan of IPAs this was a decent one to try. I could actually taste the different flavors from the hops instead of an overpowering bitterness that other IPAs that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:50:47 | More by scratch69
Photo of andrewjraab


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very clear golden brown with about a finger of white foam. Nice stick to the glass and a very thin puff of head.

S - Resinous hops, caramel, malts, floral.

T - Bitter, dank hops, some sweet from the malts tries to balance, but not very effectively. Dry finish. The carbonation takes over the after taste as the bubbles just sting your tongue. Not sure if that is the desired effect, but I don't think so.

O - This is a light to medium bodied IPA that drinks easy. I remember it tasting different when it first came out so I wonder if it changed. Also, I just purchased this recently, but it says it is retired so not sure if that is accurate? This is solid IPA, but their are so many better options that I don't think I'll be coming back.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:14:23 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of Sunnanek


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is clear copper with a medium tall, compact tan head. Nice lacings.

S: Lots of carmell, sweet malt. Bitter and floral hops brings tropical fruits and ripe oranges as well as some nettles. A bit bready.

T: The hops are way stronger in taste, than in smell. Lots of tropical citric fruits and even some nice pine. Bitter hops. Bready sweet caramell malt.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation quite strong.

O: Not bad, but not very exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 19:22:31 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Somewhat dark copper/bronze, semi-clear. One finger of off white head, large bubbles.

S - Subtle citrus hops, piney/earthy aroma. An undertone of caramel and bread.

T - This is hoppier than it smells, but the flavor profile is very balanced. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasty breadiness. It's not that bitter, and is pretty sweet for the style.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate body. The carbonation is moderate-to-high.

O - I didn't expect much of this beer, but I found myself really liking it. It's definitely not a hop bomb, but it's a good easy drinking beer with a surprising amount of hop complexity and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:04:16 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.