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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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3,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 147 | 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 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
Photo of GossageBrewery


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
Photo of spinrsx

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
Photo of soju6


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
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a decent head that quickly recedes. Very sporadic lacing.

Pine, grassy hops on the nose. Hint of sweetness.

Quite bitter, and not in the great hop bitter sense. Very little malt backbone to back up the hops. Seems out of whack.

Syrupy after taste (and feel) sticking to my throat. Not digging this.

Overall not a good IPA. Have come to not expect great things from SA, and this is no exception. I live in california for fuck's sake--we're kings of the IPA for a reason. This thing should crawl back to Baastin with the rest of the IPA rejects.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 05:45:54 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of dmfrench


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty, creamy, chalky, German IPA.

A: Blood/amber body with a two finger somewhat persistent yellowed white head.

S: Musty, creamy, perfumy, and spicy hops, smelling more European than American. A bit of caramel malt underneath.

T: Similar to the nose, but malt is on top and hops are in the background, though this may be a freshness issue. Creamy and chalky is how I would describe the overall experience. Perfumy notes are the strongest of the hops flavors. Finish is short and on bitter hops.

M: Quite grainy and a bit drying.

O: Probably won't drink again, but it's a fair offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:20:17 | More by dmfrench
Photo of videofrog


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Copperish with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Lacing perfectly marks each drink taken down the glass. Carbonation displayed well in this glass.

S: Citrusy hops up front. Caramel malt is in the background.

T: Malt is muted, but helps to balance out the hop variety. Citrus, bit of earthiness in the hops.

M: Carbonation medium for the style. Oily hops apparent with medium body.

O: Really enjoyed and appreciated this offering by Sam Adams. Not a hop-bomb, but refreshing and a solid example of the style. Haven't had a chance to try the Deconstructed brews, but my interest is piqued after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 05:06:57 | More by videofrog
Photo of rlee1390


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:53:25 | More by rlee1390
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice copper color with off white foamy head. Bubbles streaming up throughout the drink.

S- Getting the hops straight away and some earthy smells to go along with orange and other citrus scents.

T- Nice hop flavor, could be a bit stronger, but im pleased. The hops are followed by the citrus zest i got in the nose. Leaves slight bitterness in the end.

M- Nicely carbonated with dryness left on the back of the tounge.

O- Was an enjoyable beer, im not blown away by it, but pleasant enough. As the beer warms the hops and citrus flavors mellow out, which i didn't like. Its initial hop and citrus flavors were good, nothing complex, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:48:43 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of dmsohyea


2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated best by Oct 2011.

Pours a little darker than an average IPA. A little more copper to brown with 1 finger head, some retention and little lacing.

Smells more like a hefe or belgian than anything else. Not a big turn on for me as I much prefer American yeast strains. Getting some banana and clove, barely any hops.

Tastes OK. A little bitter with brown sugar and some of that banana and clove you might get from a hefe. The hops don't shine through, nor does the malt. It's overpowered by the weird yeast.

Mouthfeel is average. Moderate carbonation and medium body. It wasn't watery, so that's a plus.

Overall I probably won't drink this again unless it's the only thing other than BMC and someone else is buying.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 15:29:25 | More by dmsohyea
Photo of vandemonian


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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a dry and woody IPA.

A: Amber-red colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Piney hop smell. 4

T: Piney flavour that tastes like Amarillo hops to me. There is a dry and mild malty base. They have definitely tried to stay away from the style that you find from Dogfish Head and the west coast breweries. Nice, but far from my favourite IPA. 4

M: Pretty foamy. 4

O: A nice, distinctive, IPA. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:45:13 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Chico1985


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack. Reviewed earlier this week, from notes.

Pours dark orange/amber, off-white head is huge, creamy and lumpy. Retains easily at a finger and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Smell is mostly earthy hops, toasty and toffee malt. Light fruit as it warms.

Taste brings a bit more to the table. Earthiness is there but not dominant, it's joined by just about equal amounts of herbal and citrus hops. As the nose suggested, sweet toffee malts are big and cover up the hops a bit much. Trademark Sam Adams toasty bread finish.

Mostly solid mouthfeel also usual for SA, just a too malty for an IPA.

A decent IPA, nothing offensive but a bit too sweet and not the great hop profile. I was hoping this would be on par with Noble Pils maybe but didn't find that to be the case.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:17:18 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Sudsy89


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

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a copper color, has a big, foamy head. Medium level of carbonation, is medium-bodied, smooth. For an IPA I was actually expecting more bitterness, but the hops are still noticeable, with citrus notes. Slightly sweet finish,

Highly drinkable, enjoyable IPA, not very complex but still good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 17:50:04 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of stupac2


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden amber with a finger of creamy white head. Smell is... present, I guess, mostly malts, if there are hops in this smell I can't detect them. Taste is off, there's sweet malts but not enough hops. (The expiration date is August, so I don't think it's just past its prime.) There's also an almost metallic taste to it. It's not unpleasant, but it's also not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:58:34 | More by stupac2
Photo of Duff27


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pours yields a two inch frothy head atop a clear medium amber/red beer. A couple dozen streams of effervescence float upward/ Sticky lacing and great head retention. I must admit this looks great.

S- Smell is more citrus than pine.

T- The hops profile isn't in your face, more mellow. Well balanced, but I prefer more of a hop bite. Leaves the mouth watering for another sip regardless.

M- Medium mouthfeel, could use more carbonation maybe.

D/O- Overall, an easy drinkin' IPA. The appearance and well balanced drinkability factor are the standouts in this BBC offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:56:40 | More by Duff27
Photo of armock

New York

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

Bottle from Safeway in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops on top of caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with piney hops upfront with only slight malt coming through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Much like the rest of the Sam Adams line up this isn't a mind blowing beer but it is a good tasting well made example of the style thats easy to find most places this one is worth picking up sometime to try

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:52:36 | More by armock
Photo of NaLoGra


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a frozen tall glass. Great head, stayed tall for a few minutes, then showed some great lacing.

A - Golden appearance with hints of red, Impressive.

S - Definitely hints of hops...overall light sent for an IPA.

T - Very balanced hop flavor with a smooth feel. Not too dry, very nice.

M - Lightly carbonated, light feel in general.

O - I would buy again, more so for an out doors event..since thats when I enjoy drinking IPAs for the most part. Overall, a decent brew from Boston beer company.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 04:15:36 | More by NaLoGra
Photo of jimboween


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hello: latitude 48- the major hop growing regions of america, germany, and england reside here. hooray hops!

appearance: a dark copper. beautifully lingering head, like that one fluffy cloud meandering across an endless summer sky.

smell: hops. i smell hops. good, as it's an ipa. the low-ish rating is for the quality of the sniffer, not the quality of the sniff-ee.

taste: it is certainly one of the maltier ipa's that i have had. which is not to say the hops aren't there. they are, and quite hoppily so, but this is more balanced than most other american ipa hopfests. which is why the maltiness sticks out for me.

mouthfeel: not sticky, just smooth. i find that the more hop-biased ipa's can be a bit "sticky" on the lips; not this one. its like orange coppery velvet.

overall: a good one. i would be very happy to find this on draft somewhere in florida, though i do not hold out any real hope of seeing it ANY further south than say, southie. it's ok, i'll drink it out of my perfect pint glass on the porch all the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:49:52 | More by jimboween
Photo of MattyG85


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: A good blend of piney and citrus hops with hints of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and spice. Solid malty backing of caramel and toffee. Hops and malt are evenly balanced.

Taste: A good burst of hop bitterness with herbal pine resin and hints of grapefruit and orange. Hints of spice from the Zeus hop. Solid malt backing of caramel and toffee giving the beer a lot of balance. There is plenty of hoppy bite but the strong malt presence holds some of the bitterness back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Tried this after having the five stand alone hops in the deconstructed pack. I can notice elements of each of those hops here. It makes a nice combination. The overall bitterness is on the lighter side for an IPA but this is still pretty good. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 19:45:08 | More by MattyG85
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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