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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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3,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,028
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a prodigious head; loads of lace left behind

Smell: Floral grapefruit, with toffee undertones

Taste: A little bit of toffee malt, up front, and then the melange of hops takes over; grapefruit and pineapple flavors abound but there is is a European element, too; after the swallow, the toffee malt re-emerges to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very respectable IPA; well-balanced and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:12:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of csiewert


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma has notes of caramel malt and citrusy fruity hops. The taste is similar with a stringent bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and clean finishing. Overall a decent ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:50:10 | More by csiewert
Photo of tito42


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a tulip. Best by AUG 2011 notched on label.

A: Clear copper with active carbonation and a thick, foamy tan head.

S: Piny hops, roasted malt, orange peel, and coriander.

T: Sweet caramel and bready malt with a black pepper and hops at the finish. Sweet and malt carries the day more so than the hops, though there is a full hops finish.

M: Creamy, almost a little too oily. Medium-bodied with a nice hops bitterness that doesn't dry too much but is right there with you at the end.

O: A good AIPA, but not great. Would receive a better overall score from me if the sweet and malty flavor was more in balance with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:49:21 | More by tito42
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured 2 fingers of a bubbly beige head that sticks around for a while. Only a bit of lacing as much of it seems too heavy to stick around. Body is an orange amber color. Quite a lot of bubbles rushing to the top on this one. Actually a very nice looking beer.

S. Mmmm, IPA smell. I love it. Citrus with emphasis on oranges and of course don't forget the pine hops. Decent malt background balances it out very well.

T. Oh. This is where this comes apart. Very flat kind of flavor. I get the pine, with a good bit of bitterness to it. A bit of caramel malt too, but not as well balanced as the nose told me it would be.

M. Medium bodied, actually slightly creamy going down. Not heavy, just creamy. Dry finish.

O. The lead up was excellent, but the taste of this beer just did not impress me. It honestly kind of assaults the taste buds. Hops! *wham* Now malt! *pow* Meh.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 16:09:36 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of obrike


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's quite a looker...bought a variety pack at HEB in North Austin.

Vibrant copper hue...looks like a dark honey in my pint glass...tall, sudsy head...nice retention...one of the better looking SA beers I've had.

Good hop profile...orange, some pine, followed by a sweet mellow malt...a sign of great things to come?

Well, the taste did not quite match the look and smell...not bad, but certainly a little more on the tame side than I was hoping for. The caramel malt profile actually over took the hops a bit...not what I look for in a good IPA. Hops were super-buried, but there.

For an IPA, this was rather run-of-the-mill, but, still, a nice, easy drinkin' brew from Sam Adams nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:10:50 | More by obrike
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cross between a super dark copper and a light amber, a bit less then a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and leaves a nice facing behind.

S - Smells of floral hops with a lemony/Orange nose. Nice malt aroma too.

T - Pleasantly bitter up front, nice sweet caramel balance. Piney hops up front with a fruity/lemons/pruney/spicey taste. Slightly dry at the finish

M - Medium bodied or slightly less, nice coronation

O - Great balance of taste and drinkability

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:19:18 | More by MacQ32
Photo of tykees88


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice orange brown color, bubbly two finger head with pretty good lacing throughout

S- smells like oranges and lemons and grapefruit. The hoppy smell is also somewhat of a pepper spice.

T- hop forward ipa. The malts do a sing and a jig in the background but not much that would deserve an encore. The pepper hop smell is tasted along with that great citrus hop taste

M- medium bodied on the lighter side. good carbonation.

O- pretty good beer here. Won't get the respect it deserves because its sam adams

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:20:32 | More by tykees88
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jim Koch is the Man . A True Pioneer in the craft beer business.
A brown & clear apperance , it pours a good head out of the bottle also has nice lace as you drink it.
You do get the the citrus aromas ... aka pink grapefruit with brown sugar maybe some lemon too .
This is an easy drinking ipa and can be great with spicy food. Let the beer warm up & it gets a whole lot better.
This is a good beer for the people coast to coast .... Maybe just for hopheads or someone wanting a good American Craft beer .

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 22:17:53 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of ackleydg


4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous red-orange with a two-finger head. Strong retention and lacing.

Smells nice - mostly grassy and floral, but also kind of sweet.

Nice and complex taste. Starts with the hops, finishes with sweeter malt undertones.

Pretty foamy mouthfeel.

I would get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:14:52 | More by ackleydg
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single bottle at the local 7-11 for 99 cents, sweet!
Poured into a scotch snifter because its the best thing I could find to sample it from at the time.
Appearance is a medium orange/tan in color and an off white head rose to over half the height of my snifter glass and lasted a bit, leaving behind nice lacing.
Smells strongly of of a complex and delicious mix of big, dry hops.
Taste follows in the nose of the beer, it is complex and hoppy, giving it an all around impressively delicious American IPA flavor that is perfectly balanced. Tastes very much like pine as I think most IPAs I try seem to, and also there is a biscuit flavor in there that must be the product of the malts used in its brewing process.
MF- great. not as good as the nose or the taste but still great nonetheless. Carbonation is just right and the body of the beer is heavy but not too heavy to the point that it is sticky or thick in any way.
Overall I am impressed, one of the better SA beers I've had and I am usually enjoy SA beers nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:41:08 | More by Tundruth
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle by Pennsylvania beer historian, Rich Wagner. Thanks, as always, for the free brews, Rich!

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a translucent, deep golden color. A massive, 3 finger, foamy head on the initial pour. The head lasts a few minutes. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass

S - A nice citrusy smell. Not as intense as some other IPA's I've had but not bad.

T - A caramel-like sweetness and a slightly citrusy taste are the initial flavors I get. Not as much of the "grapefruit" taste that I like but it's not bad. Malty background that finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A thin to medium consistancy. Nicely carbonated. Slighlty bitter aftertaste.

O - An OK IPA but there are many others that I think are better tasting and better balanced. A decent stab at an IPA by SA but I'd much prefer a DFH 60, Smuttynose or Two-Hearted IPA to this.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:15:57 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of ferrari29


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Sam Adams pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with plenty of head; 1-2 finger creme colored foam; head is frothy and rocky, dissipated very quickly and left behind a very sticky layering of head; well carbonation; body has a brown to reddish colored hue

S - Notes of pine an hints of citrus; hop based scents all around; caramel malt character is faint, let's hope the malt is more prevalent in the taste; light crisp, clean and airy scents, like a lager; pine bitterness

T - Light hop bit; hop and some pine; the malt backbone does not have a heavy caramel taste to it, more like grassy with a residual taste of anise or green vegetable

M - Tangy and effervescent; thin body; harsh bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds and disappears very quickly

D - Very surprised of Sam Adams, I thought it would have more hop character, especially in the nose; with so many hops form the 48th latitude I thought there would be more bite; still an enjoyable drink and should not be passed up if given the opportunity to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:10:09 | More by ferrari29
Photo of cooncat


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some of this. Wanted to try the 'deconstructed' versions, but this will have to do for now. Giant Eagle had this as a sixer for $8.99.

The pour produces a brilliant (clear) marmalade orange colored brew, with a very substantial ecru head. The head is blocky and lasts pretty well. Nice lacing develops on the glass. This is a very good looking glass of beer.

The nose is a bit light for my standards for the style. A bit of dry hopping would do wonders for this beer. I keep seeing BBC/SA commercials where they tout 'dry hopping' of their Boston Lager. They shouldn't forget that IPA's almost demand dry hopping to give that big resiny nose we hop heads are looking for. Nevertheless, the nose does indicate a complex arrangement of hops, and a light caramel background.

The taste is right up there with some of my favorite IPAs. Very hop forward .. perhaps in the 70's IBU range .. it presents multiple hop notes. There is piney resin, along with citrus. I think there is a strong statement from Simcoe. Maltiness is there, just behind the curtain .. don't look too hard. Caramel and bread crusts comprise the malt end.

A moderate carbonation level of about 2 volumes keeps it lively, and I imagine that if I'd decanted this into my SA glass, it would hold a head cap throughout the beer. I'd put the carbonation level at 'spot on'. Any higher and it might be 'bitey'. Mouthfeel is just right for an IPA of this size. At 6% abv, its a bit over 'session beer' weight, but I could easily enjoy 3 or 4 of these in an evening.

Overall, another fine brew from BBC/SA. I must give these guys their due ... they consistently produce fine beer, available just about everywhere in the country. Sometimes when I go out, I worry that I will be relagated to choices of 'swill' from the BMC lot (on the golf course, for example). As long as I can get some SA, I'm never disappointed. I try to get my non-craft loving friends introduced by some of SA's gateway brews. Nice job on this one guys. I'm a fan for life. Though I brew my own, I still occasionally pick up sixers and bombers of various craft brews. Sam Adams will always be on my list of 'worthy' beers to enjoy.

Latitude 48 is well worth looking for, and trying, even if you are not a hop head. Its not over the top, but just a good solid example of the style.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:54:25 | More by cooncat
Photo of Hershdawg


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into DB glass

A: Dark brown amber. Most IPAs tend to be lighter in SRM and focus hops rather then malt. A little much on the malt color for a single IPA. Slight white head little lacing

S: Tea like hops. A mix of earthy and piney hops. No citrusy or floral hops.

T: Average for the smell. Taste like some browns and ambers I've had. Not hop forward enough. Sierra Nevada PA is more hop forward.

O: Good everyday drink IPA but for the flavor profile just go with SN Pale ale. Its more hop flavor per oz by far.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:00:12 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy and herbal hop flowers mixed with a bit of caramel and bread. Light hints of apricot and citrus in the aroma as well. The taste follows the aroma fairly well. Nice bready caramel base with just enough earthy hops to make this IPA like. A little bit of a mineral or metallic note in there somewhere. Medium body and level of carbonation, resinous slick mouthfeel. This is a decent readily available IPA, but it is not one of my favorites. I'd like to see a bit more caramel type maltiness and a bit more hop bite. Some cascade or centennial could have added some great complexity to the hop bill.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:19:39 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker.

A: Pours a dull orange with a one finger head.

S: Resiny hops are present with the strong, unmistakable suggestion of crystal malts.

T: As in the smell, this is far too malty for an IPA. Hops are there, but they aren't aggressive enough by any stretch of the imagination.

D: Boredom keeps this from drinkability. A combination of substandard balance with lower ABV drive the nail in this brew's coffin.

Overall: My hat's of to Sam for taking a shot at this popular style. However, this one is just not up to snuff. SA beers tend to be "gateway" options, but I just don't think that an IPA is the right vehicle for introducing someone to craft beer. Considering the popularity of this style, there are just too many other options that I would reach for before I have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:29:22 | More by JohnnyChicago
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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this AIPA from a 12 oz bottlie into a pint glass. This beer poured a copper color, it produced a white head. Head retention was average and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated my hops and citrus. The taste of the AIPA has a malt base which gives way to sweet and then bitter hops. Overall, this IPA is better than I expected and IPA to be from Sam Adams. It's not overly aggressive but it has more "umph" than most safe mass produced versions of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 19:32:02 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of smakawhat


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, enjoy before Sept 2011. Way ahead of yah! The Sam Adams fest continues...

A large three finger off white head with uneven bubbles is produced. There she sits on a very nice clear amber brown hued body clear and shiny. She looks simple, she looks good. Cap manages to keep an island on my puck of real good retention here, yeah liking that.

Good mix of mild citrus hop, malt soft balance. Slightly wet, easy on the senses, for that I give it some credit, can't pick out a fault either, and it's enjoyable. Simple. Straightforward. Good.

Taste mixes those nose flavors in a nice simple balance. Mild citrus that you can't pinpoint and malt presence in the middle, with a wet orange juice finish. Small lingering hop citrus bitter on the swallow. Hint of dry action on the finish also but not scorching or unpleasant.

Overall I am actually quite impressed with this one, it's practically the perfect starter IPA in many ways. Dig it. Nice work.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:37:37 | More by smakawhat
Photo of beerman21


2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color body with a rather off white soapy head, fairly good retention.

Smell- alot of medicinal herbal hops with strong malt sweetness.

Taste- more herbal very oily, hop flavor. No citrus or fruity bitterness you see in alot of the west coast versions. Malt sweetness comes on to strong really overpowering the hops, I say that lightly of course but common this is suppose to be a IPA. flavor fads and leaves almost a bitter black tea flavor aftertaste.

M/D- Overall not a great beer its just ok.. I can never get paste the funky bitter oily tea aftertaste. Probably want buy this beer again..

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:14:26 | More by beerman21
Photo of SuperSpy


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear and a golden, almost amber color. A nice sticky, eggshell colored head. The head retention could be better.

Earthy, herbal and very oily hops in the aroma. Also a very solid malt backbone. It doesn't have the amount of hop aroma that I would expect in an IPA though.

Medium bodied, smooth and a bit oily. Sweet and floral hops followed by more bitter herbal and earthy flavors. A nice bready malt character mixes with the earthy hops to take it to a nice dry finish.

A pretty good IPA. It's not the best out there but it doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:58:08 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of tobelerone


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one when I poured it....there's an excellent hoppy aroma and dark, rich color, with a creamy white head and clingy brussels lace. But the taste is where this one really falls short; it's all bitterness, without distinctive hop flavors. No grass, citrus or what-have-you. Just a bitter flavor that's very unbalanced and just not very good. The mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is ok, the aftertaste isn't excessively long or unpleasant, but it's just not that tasty. After smelling the beer you're ready for something a lot more interesting and pleasing. It's not awful but I won't be running back for more, especially with the huge variety of excellent IPAs that are readily available wherever I go.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 21:43:31 | More by tobelerone
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear deep copper body with a thick creamy light beige head that last for the full beer. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles working their way to the surface.

S The light toasted malt note has a sweet crystal malt aroma coming through as the beer warms. This is followed by a soft green hop aroma that is herbal and woody with some green citrus fruit and cream taking over as the beer warms. The aroma is a bit soft.

T- This beer has a green hop flavor with some Noble bitterness and a green grapefruit hop flavor in the finish. The bitterness in the aftertaste grows and grows. The finish has a soft dry character that compliments the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a mellow fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice hop flavor but it is a bit to bitter in the aftertaste. The malt aroma is very nice in the aroma but a bit covered up in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 15:25:27 | More by rhoadsrage
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel/butterscotch. There is also a fair amount of hop bitterness and some faint notes of oranges. It finishes with a very sweet malty buttery caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hops bitterness.

Overall - It almost seems more like an English IPA than an American one. The taste is nice but I prefer my IPA's to be more of the west coast style. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 14:50:37 | More by spinrsx
Photo of SiriusBock


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper color with three finger head. Not too much lacing

S. Good piney hop smell. Smelled like the forest around my house

T. First taste exploded with pine and mellowed to slightly roasted maltiness. Good and refreshing with the smoothness of good malt

M. Smooth texture. Went down well like a good summer brew but can hang with the bigger IPAs

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:55:21 | More by SiriusBock
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has an earthy aroma of fresh herbs and pine with some traces of roasted malt.

T: Has a nice fruit and citrus flavor with traces of malt. Nice bitterness with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, clean and quite refreshing. Well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable. This is an easy drinker, not overly hopped like some IPA's can be. Good example of the style. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 14:41:50 | More by soju6
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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