Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter.
Amber/red body with nice 2 fingers of white head. Lacing is rather nice, with a good bit of clumping as you enjoy the beer. A nice film resides throughout.
Heavy base of caramel and toasted malt. Hops are there, though as it warms, the malt shines the most. Perhaps a condition of aging, but perhaps the creation of a sessionable IPA. Rather nice bouquet of grassy and a mild citrus undertone.
Caramel malt throughout. Hop profile is a bit aged. Dang. Mild hop flavors reveal a few intricacies. Citrus, grassy and a few earthy notes interchange, but it is past its prime. Hops are there, giving a sweetened citrus nature to the beer. Caramel finish lingers long.
Oily in the mouth, a byproduct of the hops. Carbonation is a bit on the bubbly side.
Overall a nice sessionable IPA, perhaps a good one to introduce someone into the style from a Pale.
08-21-2011 05:49:16 | More by Cheesemoose
2.45/5 rDev -31.4%
12oz bottle, best by Oct 2011. Pours ruby red amber with a large fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet biscuity crystal malt with some grassy hops and some slight vegetal notes.
The flavor is pretty bland - a little sweet tea-like malt with some acidic, almost metallic, bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.
Overall, not too impressed with this IPA.
08-20-2011 02:23:05 | More by Beaver13
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
My girlfriend doesn't really like IPAs, so when we bought a Sam Adams variety pack, it's up to me to drink them.
A deep copper color with a decent off white colored head. Smells of pine and floral hops, but not overly so. A pleasant beer to relax with, the bitterness is balanced by a strong malt and the hops have that familiar Sam Adams taste. The mouthfeel is clean, however leaves an "i just sucked on a pine tree" residue that stays with you awhile.
My overall impression is that this is a solid ipa offering. The reason I would buy it again is that it is readily available and at a cheap price.
08-19-2011 02:38:52 | More by heissebier
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Copper body, hazy, topped by three fingers of rocky white micro-bubbles. Good lacing.
Aroma is a mix of pine and floral with a hint of citrus, but its all a bit subdued.
Taste starts with a slathering of caramel across the tongue. Plenty of pine and bitterness, with just a smidge of citrus before the swallow. Plenty of pine with some earthy and floral notes in the aftertaste.
Solid medium mouthfeel. Chewy.
Overall, a solid IPA represented the USA east coast and England.
08-15-2011 22:41:26 | More by RonfromJersey
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
Chestnut brown hued and crystal clear. A copious amount of tiny bubbles rose to replenish the small but steady head.
Aromas of fruity malt, hints of citrus and pine needles, with toasted malt and whiffs of honey. Slightly subdued overall though.
Full bodied on the palate, with caramel covered nuts, toasted pumpernickel bread, herbal and citric hop flavor. Finished dry with a lingering herbal punch.
Mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. This IPA seems heavier than most, and would have benefited from a little more carbonation and less body; slightly tongue drying.
Overall a surprisingly good offering from The Boston Beer Company. The bitterness level is dialed in and there was enough flavor to keep my interest to the last sip/
08-15-2011 14:45:38 | More by TheJollyHop
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance & Aroma: It was clear and had a rusty-copper color with plenty of carbonation. There was a thick, creamy head, which fell somewhat slowly. The aroma was caramel malty with quite a bit of grassy hoppiness.
Taste & Feel: The body was medium and the mouthfeel was crisp from a combination of the carbonation and hoppiness. The middle had a good dose of caramel maltiness with a slight bit of bready, nutty and fruity flavors. It finishes with a big dose of hop bitterness with a complex mix of spicy, resiny, and grassy hop flavors.
Food Pairing: This would go nicely with a burger or brat hot off the grill. The caramel maltiness would add to to the caramelized grill favors and the hoppiness adds an additional flavor which helps to cleanse the palate. I think the caramel maltiness would also go nicely with BBQ as well.
Overall Impression: I’ve begun to think of Sam Adams as one of the mega brewers, so I’m a bit skeptical of their beers. They have found a way to continue to keep their beers pretty flavorful and complex. While it was flavorful and complex, I found the flavors a bit muddy. It’s not a bad beer at all, but I’m looking forward to trying the single hopped versions soon.
08-15-2011 03:41:55 | More by kkoz
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, best by month of October.
A - Pours a deep, clear ruby red with a cream-colored 2 finger head, which fades quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S - This bottle isn't exactly the freshest, but it's still way before the best by date, and yet the most prominent smell is a syrupy malt aroma. There's some pine and floral hops character present, but it's barely detectable. This beer either fades a whole lot faster than Sam Adams' bottle dating system, or it isn't very hop-forward. It's not unpleasant, but it is unusual for the style.
T - Whatever hop character is missing from the smell hasn't faded from the taste yet. There's a strong grassy bitterness up front that lingers for quite a while, but it's decently balanced by the grains. Very quaffable.
M - Medium to medium-full in body, while not being overly viscous. Noticeably coats the mouth, but fades quickly enough not to become an impediment to taking another sip.
Overall - Certainly not the best IPA around, but a good offering from Boston Beer Co nonetheless. I can think of a few of their beers I'd like to see this replace in six-packs.
08-15-2011 02:24:33 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Bright, rich copper with a slight amber hue and just leaning a bit dark. Big fluffy, super light golden head that turns a touch rocky as it settles. Great retention and super nice lacing.
S: Interesting hops (and just reasonably pungent) – Grassy & floral with touches of spice and citrus. Just the barest step behind is a firm dose of robust malts –caramel most strongly, but also bread crust and toasted grain. Good nose, but rather too shy.
T: Strongly bitter and nicely balanced by steely, yet rich caramelly malts. Hops open mostly herbal and grassy with a firm bit of well-rounded citrus and some pine. Middle sees quite a bit of spice. The end turns to resin and then woody & earthy in the finish. Caramel malts are rounded out by firm bread crust, some toasty & nutty notes, and even ghostly hints of darker roast. Rounded, balanced, robust, with hints of complexity – this is nice.
M: A bit over medium with carbonation to match. Quite well attenuated with minimal residual sugars. There are some dextrins to chew, and an oily/soapy contribution from the hops. Firmly drying finish.
D: An international IPA – cool idea. And good and easy drinking as well – balanced, pleasant, arguably session strength – not in your face at all. I would like to see it carried more obviously to the European malts. Some more bread crust / melanoidan / Munich, some more toasty / biscuity notes, maybe even some more hints of darker roast malts. Still, a pretty fly brew as is.
08-14-2011 19:24:57 | More by SickGnar
4/5 rDev +12%
Same overall appearance as all the other entries in the Deconstructed series, which is pretty damn good. Texture and body has also been consistently good throughout the series.
Nose and taste show me what I have been missing from tasting each hop singly, they were meant to be combined in order to work best. Smell is a combination of lemon citrus, pine resin, earthy hops, floral, grassy tones, etc....basically exactly what you would expect from adding up each and every single-hop deconstruction in the series. Taste follows the nose, the only difference being that the citric hop elements are not as prominent in the flavor as you would expect from the nose. The body is medium heavy, smooth textured, carbonation seems alright...overall a really nice IPA, I'm impressed.
The entire experience of trying the deconstructed series was a welcome education for me. I really enjoyed tasting the elements separate and finally together in this brew.
08-14-2011 17:28:50 | More by WastingFreetime
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was dark red/amber with about an inch of head. Thick lacing on the top. Some film that got heavier after some drinks and stayed on the sides of the glass throughout.
Hops were the lead smell. Second smell was grapefruit. Also some pine and, later, caramel and toffee. Pretty balanced, nothing too overwhelming.
Lots of different flavors, all which somehow work together. Initial taste was malty hops (albeit small), followed by a citrus taste. The slight alcohol bite ended the taste and stayed on the tongue for quite some time. Not terribly strong of either taste.
Not as much carbonation as I would have thought. Overall it felt pretty good on the palate. Fairly smooth for an IPA.
I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, although I probably shouldn’t have considering the brewery. It was a nice, smooth IPA with lots of flavors.
08-14-2011 07:09:43 | More by BucannonXC5
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Medium Copper/Amber with lazy but persistent carbonation. Two fingers of a thick sweet creamy head head leave nice lacing swabbed bed down the glass and a small cap of foam persists like the crown of a cappucino.
Aroma: muted grapefruit like a quality perfume.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, silky, elegant.
Taste: upfront a slightly caramel malty backbone, is paired with a mild floral hoppiness. then the grapefruit hops flash by with a clean finish.
Notes: A very subtle and refined IPA, I have had some APA's that were hoppier than this but that is not necessarily bad. This is a very well made beer that goes down easy and tastes good. The 6% abv is deceiving and very well hidden. I actually didn't notice the abv until I was writing this paragraph and I must say I am a little dejected as this is such a sessionable beer. I could drink this all day long.
08-13-2011 23:43:40 | More by fx20736
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a clear copper color with a 2 inch puffy whitish-orange head that settles down to a dome on top of the beer. Nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops with a solid malt backbone. Taste is of citrus zest mixed with some herbal hops. The malt on the finish is not as apparent as I would have thought. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA and another solid beer from Sam Adams.
08-13-2011 05:08:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 8/13/11.
A - Poured a clear coppery orange-colored liquid with half a finger of creamy off-white head that reduced to a patchy residue and some splashes of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.
S - Sweet and malty with a toffee character and candied nuts. Hops take a back seat, unfortunately, although a hint of perfume and citrus is apparent. Faint burnt caramel also persists throughout.
T - The IPA possesses a muted hop profile that is hard to decipher. This is definitely a malt-forward IPA. There is a hint of perfume and floral notes in there, but the flavor is somewhat muddy. There is a tinge of earthy hop bitterness in the finish is accompanied by a sweet, somewhat burnt caramel malt character.
M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and light carbonation. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for a bit on the palate.
D - Malt-forward IPA that doesn't do much for me, unfortunately. It's not bad, but the hop profile is kind of blah and there is a faint burnt caramel aspect that I'm not really digging.
08-13-2011 04:27:02 | More by ffejherb
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
So I bought a 12-pack which has a couple of the regular Latitude 48 as well as 2 each of the deconstructed Latitue 48's that are single hop version. Simcoe, Zues, Halertauer Miff., East Kent Golding, and Antenaum. The base beer reminds me a bit of the Mikkeler single hop series. Too much caramel malts, and malt base in general too let the hops shine through. I'm still getting the hops really well in this beer though and here's what I think about it.
appearance - copper-redish color. good head that disapates, but the lacing is wonderful. Sticky.
smell - Caramel hits me first off. That's not what I was looking for. Then I get some orange rind but that's about it. Maybe a little lemon in there as well as some floral and herbal notes. Not bad, but loads of caramel.
taste - caramel malts again lead the way with grapefruit, pine, and breadiness blending in nicely in the middle. finish's with a nice bitterness.
mouthfeel - medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Kinda slick and soft mouthfeel
overall - It's possible that the caramel malts are shinning through because this is past it's prime. not sure. I like the combination of hops that come through in the flavor, and the bitterness is nice, but the aroma isn't quite where I'd like it to be. Nice beer over all. I'm excited to sample the single hop versions.
08-13-2011 03:06:24 | More by nppeders
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
A- A sweet dark orange nectar pours into my tulip glass. A two finger fluffy, honey tinted head floats, grabs on, and gets sticky as it slowly fades away. This is brilliantly sticky lacing... it does not wanna let go! Nice carbonation keeps breaking thru the sticky amber like lava.
S- Fresh cut/wet hay seems to be the first smell I always pick up from any Sam Adams IPA. Nice piney notes, some sweet orange, lemon zest and hints of tropical fruits. Nice malt base, sweet and full bodied. I wish this had a bit more fresh citrus punch.
T- A bit more grapefruit and citrus in the taste. Still alot of wet hay that I just find odd. Nice sweetness and a really nice round malt flavor.
M- Nicely carbonated, sweet and tangy citrus, nice bitter pine backround, but I find it a bit hard to get over the wet hay flavor.
O- Very nice and drinkable. Wishing for more fruit and less wet hay... but I would probably by a seasonal 12-pack with this one again. Its a decent summer brew. To bad it didn't taste as good as it looked.
08-12-2011 22:55:42 | More by Thickfreakness
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a crystal clear amber color with a large white head. The head has good retention throughout the beer and laces all the way down.
Smell is not as strong as most IPAs. Not a lot, but a clean pine hop smell with faint hops.
Taste is much better than the smell. Strong pine hop taste, but a malt taste balances this beer more than most IPAs.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it, while also creating a refreshing bit.
Drinkability is great for an IPA. Because of the balance, this is not one of those hop bombs that destroys your palate. One could enjoy the hop tastes, but drink a six pack or more. Definitely a great beer to bring to a buddy's house.
08-12-2011 00:47:13 | More by BDIMike
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a very dark mahogany with a nice 3-finger frothy tan head.
Lots of piney hops in the nose, but also a good helping of dark caramalized malt. Nice balance!
Taste is about like the nose... hoppy at the start like your typical IPA, but with a nice malt backbone throughout. I like this maltier take on the IPA style.
Mouthfeel seems overly carbonated and thick for the style.
Overall an interesting take on an American IPA. Not really being much of a hophead, I like the more robust malts somewhat balancing the hops out.
08-11-2011 23:56:04 | More by whiplash3825
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
I picked up a six pack expeting a well balanced citrisy IPA typical fom Sam Adams. What a shock to pour this dark gold liquid into a pint glass. The nose was all malt. If I was blind folded I would have thought I was going to drink an English Ale (sweet). Mouthfeel is excellant. Sudsy small bubbles that you can swish around in your mouth. Again, all malt and sweet. Very heavy caramel until the finish which is hoppy. In fact, that little bitter/dry finish kind of cleanses the palate for the next sip. This beer is not what I was expecting but a nice surprise. It's complex but if I was to keep an IPA on hand in the fridge I would choose another. But I would drink this again.
08-11-2011 22:56:41 | More by Ilovesuds
4.53/5 rDev +26.9%
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.
08-10-2011 03:43:13 | More by generalnotsew
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Picked up 6er of this today... Poured into pint glass.
A- Nice color with a decent head that leaves a nice lace. Moderate carbonation seen.
S- Smells hoppy and fresh with some malt hints.
T- Tastes good at first and even better through the finish. Not the hops I was expecting but not too weak.
M- Easy to drink, not too full.
O- I'm a fan and will get this again. I would like to try it on tap if I ever find it.
08-10-2011 01:10:16 | More by OCBeerBaron
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A- Light brown with a light white head of about half an inch
S- citrusy aroma, very strong of orange. Nice but not overpowering
T- hoppy taste, but takes a minute to hit. First taste is a bit malty, then come the hops. Taste of orange and grapefruit. Intense yet unique flavor
M- smooth, good carbonation mix
O- great ipa; somewhat unique to the style, I really enjoyed it
08-08-2011 23:46:34 | More by MrDonQuixote
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
Finished the Deconstructed IPAs, now on to the "Constructed" IPA! Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a two fingered light tan head that is slow to drop. Leaves a nice cap of foam and lacing.
Aromas of grapefruit, apricot and earthy hops. Glad the Zeus doesn't come through! Nice caramel malt backbone.
Flavors of spicy, grapefruit, apricot, and earthy hop bitterness, with a very nice caramel malt sweetness. Finish is long, bitter, with grapefruit and earthy spiciness lingering.
Mouthfeel is medium, with astringent bitterness that coats the mouth, a little drying. Good level of carbonation.
Overall, a very nice constructed IPA. Very drinkable.
08-06-2011 23:49:37 | More by JamnesCameron
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
Review from notes. Was surprised to see this in my parents fridge when I went home for a visit.
A: Pours a deep copper color with a one finger dense head, tan in color. Moderate retention and decent lacing, but nothing to write home about.
S: Light citrus, on the earthy side. There is a bit of grapefruit and some grass with a hint of pine. A good bit of caramel and bready malt fill out the aroma.
T: Opens up a little sweet with the caramel and a bit of toffee which leads into some lemon and grapefruit. Seemed a bit simple to me though.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.
O: Not bad, but nothing special. Seemed a little boring actually. Would have liked a bit more oompf on this one.
08-05-2011 19:13:01 | More by mdaschaf
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Sam Adams glass and the head capped it off perfectly. Nice bronze color. Cap drops to a thin cap but it sticks around for a decent amount of time and to the sides of the glass. Smell is very mild and dosent' grab my attention at all. First sip shows some pepper and spiceyness up front quickly followed by some bitterness. More of an earthy hoppiness than a floral/citrus hops that I've become accustomed to but still nice bitterness. The malt backbone really stands out in this one. Taste is more potent than the smell. Bitterness is enough to push this one unquestionably intonthe ipa range but to me this was very different from what I'm used to. I don't mean that in a bad way, but not a traditional American ipa. I would gonfor this one again if I had the chance. Nice beer.
08-05-2011 00:51:47 | More by beermanbrian
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
A good choice for International IPA day. Had one for lunch with cheese and crackers. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good size off-white head. Head retention is good and lacing is thick rings around the glass.
Smells pretty faint for an IPA. Some piney hops and malt, fairly subdued.
Taste is more robust. Nice balance of piney hops and malt with the malt more than holding its own.
Mouthfeel is crisp, Bitterness in the finish. Malt presence not too sweet. Nice head and nicely carbonated.
Overall, a pretty good IPA. I like the hops bombs a little better, but this is a well crafted, tasty brew.
08-04-2011 17:28:08 | More by JayQue
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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