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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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BA SCORE
81
good

3,149 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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4/5  rDev +12%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

jondeelee, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

This is my first review.

Purchased from Total Wine in Cherry Hill, NJ, poured into my "Philadelphia Phillies World Series Champions 2008" pint glass. Opened with a "4th Annual Samuel Adams Beer Lovers Choice" metal wallet-sized bottle opener. Bottle punched with a "best before" date of December 2011.

Appearance - Copper color, sporting a two-finger head and quite a bit of bubble action.

Smell - An appealing scent, with caramel and a slightly spicy hop aroma.

Taste - Not as bitter as I thought it would be after what I picked up in the scent, but there is a bit of bite on the back end. Somewhat smooth for an American IPA. I'm actually surprised at how smooth it is.

Mouthfeel - Perfect (in this case, medium) level of carbonation, as the bubbles continue to do their thing in the glass, even after three sips. A light taste compared to other IPAs I've had.

Overall - I would purchase this again. This does not possess the hop bitterness that I enjoy from other beers in its genre, but I think it still possesses a nice personality.

tomasher, Nov 14, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

A- Light orange color with a one inch head (off white). Has decent retention and lacing.

S- Sweet malt (caramel), oranges, and dead leaves.

T- Mainly sweet, but with a dull pine resin bitterness in the finish. I'm also picking up that fruity (apple/pear) flavor that I taste in a lot of other Samuel Adams' beers.

M- Light feel with very little carbonation.

O- There's nothing really wrong with this beer, but I really can't say I enjoyed this pint. Definitely not my favorite offering from SA, but I'm glad I gave it a try. Cheers.

pvsob, Nov 08, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Deep dark caramel, nice big tan head, lots of cling.

S - Sweet caramel obvious. Bittering hops there but competing.

T - Nice caramel center. Hops do their job to rein it in.

M - Medium body, good carb, creamy, nice balance.

D - Nothing hugely different. A nice very drinkable average IPA.

srandycarter, Nov 07, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,149 ratings.