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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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2,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 133 | 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 mentaltraveller


2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A decent head and a slightly darker color than expected. A good sprightly level of carbonation. This beer tastes very hoppy; it is not particularly well balanced. Hop bitterness dominates the finish. Overall a pretty decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 07:29:59 | More by mentaltraveller
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

White head disappearing quickly. It poured like there was going to be a decent head but just dissolved rapidly. Tiny Bubbles form from the bottom but start moving very fast about half way through, then shoot straight to the top. The beer is amber in color, no other way to describe it. The head actually sticks around and turns into a creamy white head. I have never seen this before in a beer; simply amazing! Lacing from top to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is very pleasant! It smells, I guess you can say, Piney. The hops are smacking you in the face!

One of the smoothest IPA's I've ever tried! Its creamy, light carbonation and leaves the mouth dry and the lips sticky.

I noticed some fruit at first. Then those awesome piney hops just take it to another level. It does have a bitter end but that's fine with me. The taste is great! I'm really in awe right now. Every taste in this brew is blunt but hits you at different times.

Drink Ability: I could have about three of these, be set and happy for the night.

First the appearance shocked me and then the different degrees of taste! Simply one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted! I never thought I'd give a perfect score to anything but this has shocked me in every way.

This is the second time I am reviewing this IPA. A while ago I gave it a perfect score. I have had many IPA's since then; I want to see if the score still holds up.

Tiny bubbles at the bottom, about midway up they get bigger and move a lot faster. A creamy off white head sticks around and doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon. Very nice lacing on the glass from the creamy head. One of the nicest looking IPA's around for sure.

Citrus, floral hops, some pine and sweet malt comes through the nose. The aroma seems to be a little muted, I remember a stronger smell. It's certainly not a bad smell, it's good, just not excellent.

Bitterness backed up by sweetness almost perfectly. Pine and citrus hops mixing with caramel and bready malt. One of the best tasting IPA's around.

Feels nice… medium body, it leaves the lips feeling slightly sticky. Prickly carbonation but it works well with this IPA.

Overall, this is a great IPA to try. Very well balanced between the bitter hops and sweet malt. It does become a little filling after finishing two. Perfect, as I previously rated it, not quite but it's still a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 06:34:21 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of bubseymour


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

Appearance - nice copper color with good head retention
Smell - pleasant hoppy scents with some pine notes

Taste - A pretty decent American IPA with some lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - I mediocre to good American IPA. OK I suppose for hop lovers but it could use a little more flavorings and complexity to go with lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:57:35 | More by bubseymour
Photo of ash111


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

I was curious to try this after hearing about it from several people. After their positive recommendations, I was a little disappointed. Overall, this beer is decent, but not great.

I drank it from the bottle, so perhaps I lost a little in terms of aroma. But I found this beer to be a little on the bitter side for my taste. Even for IPAs, this one seemed a little too hoppy and bitter without that sweet refreshing quality that well-balanced IPAs have.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:49:50 | More by ash111
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

The beer pours a coppery color with a big head towering over it. The foam is persistent. The aroma is a flowery hop mixture. A touch of caramel malt sweetens the palate for the oily hops to come. Flowery grapefruit hops coat the mouth and combine with the malt to produce a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:26:00 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

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

A: Caramel brown beer with a nice frothy two finger head which dissipates slowly. Good lacing throughout.

S: Floral hops, sweet caramel and grassy notes.

T: Big and malty up front, followed closely by intense hops, the finish injects some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, tangy, sticky.

O: Not a bad IPA, more malts than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:13:22 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of betsona


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A- Very clear shiny new penny copper with about two fingers of white thick head. Dissipates into an even covering. Lots circular lacing on the glass. Looks perfect, but that seems to be true with almost any beer poured into the perfect pint.

S-Wild flowers with some grassy aroma are the first notes. I get a lot of sweetness that isn't exactly caramel, but close, maybe a little brown sugar. Nothing all that overpowering. Reminds me of a hopped version of Boston Lager.

T- The front end is pretty dominated by malt. Get some cereal grain taste that gives way to some hoppiness that is not all that bitter. Get some onion in the back end. It is a sweet bitterness due to the malt lingering from the front end.

M- Medium body that sits heavy on the palate. The carbonation doesn't add nor detract from the overall taste. I get a lot of alcohol heat sitting in the back of the throat. Even after taking a bite of a sausage, the lingering sweet bitterness dominates the palate. Not a bad lingering taste, just a tad sweet.

O- This is my third time having this beer and by far the most enjoyable. The hops are a little weak and I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Really looking forward to all the deconstructed versions because this version holds up as a slightly above average IPA. I will give this to my BMC friends as a possible gateway.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:20:10 | More by betsona
Photo of dfillius


4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer in May '11; enjoy by date is Sep. '11
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger creamy cream-colored head with great retention. Nice head. Crystal clear reddish amber liquid is pretty. A tad browner than other IPAs but still pretty.

S: Crisp, clean herbal hop, caramel and biscuit malt base. Very Euro hopped. Grassy, catty, some citrus PNW hop as well.

T: Interesting malty open with immediate hop balance. Sweet caramel, grapefruit. Citrus and herbal hop flavors are bright around the edges. I might prefer more citrus flavor overall. Fair alcohol breath is just bordering on overdoing it. Some garlicy hop flavor.

M: Good hearty body. Intense grapefruity bitterness puckers to the extreme; both a plus and a minus. Slightly astringent hop bite.

D: Enjoyable. I'd love another and would buy again, especially for a party to add to the cooler.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:06:07 | More by dfillius
Photo of tjacobs610


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

A: Has a bright copper color, with a great 2 inch head that has great retention (over 5 mins) and lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel and grassy pine

T: Very creamy taste, with a caramel and grassy mix. Very complex taste. Gives the drinker something to think about. Also has a very strong beginning and very dry finish

M: Medium bodied with a great mix of flavors and carbonation. Makes the beer very frothy on the palate as well as giving the drinker something to figure out with all the complex tastes.

O:Follows the Samuel Adams style of great all-round beers. Has rich dark color and pungent smell with a very complex taste and feel on the palate. An overall good IPA that will leave you wanting more

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:13:27 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of beergod1


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

Clear Orange/red bodywith an off white head. Aroma of light caramel Malt, light pine. Flavors of sweet malt notes, grassy hops throughout with a bitter/piney end. Medium bodied, sweet with nice spots of bitterness and maltyness with a nice long bitter finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA from SA. not the greatest, but just a nice, well balanced, bitter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 21:54:01 | More by beergod1
Photo of kingcrowing


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

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass (from deconstruction pack).

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small slightly yellow head along with some fine lacing. Nose is well balanced, fairly malty with a fresh grassy citrus note.

Taste is also very well balanced - this is almost more English IPA than American, good malt bill balanced by a hop bite but it's not super bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 17:52:27 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Sept 2011 notched on the label. Purchased as part of the 12-pack Summer SA sampler at Food Lion (Charlottesville, VA) for $15.49.

A: Musky dark amber with solid 1-2 finger off-white head with giid retention an drandomly shaped lace formations down the glass.

S: Grassy herbal hops aroma with even a bit of onion combine with grapefruit citrus. Maltiness is more caramel forward in aroma than you would imagine.

T: Delicious combination of caramel sweetness and a varied hop presence, which bundles grassy/herbaceous, orange and grapefruit citrus, and light evergreen. The caramel and toffee is a little too forward to push it to the next level. Still, the hops flavors are clean and pretty complex.

M: Very solid medium-bodied ale with a slightly dry finish. Pretty lush body and feel overall.

O: I enjoyed Latitude 48 IPA more the more of it I drank. THe combination of hops leaves a medium-bitter melange of interesting flavors. THe maltiness is pretty substantial and adds another element.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 04:52:27 | More by argock
Photo of BennyL1


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

Another one from the summer pack, freshness date of September 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Lat 48 comes out a very pleasing copper body with some orange highlights. A very generous off-white head forms but quickly falls back into the brew. Cascading lacing is left along the side of the glass.

Floral and grassy hop notes are most present in the nose. The aromas aren't overly strong but good for sure. A bit of toasted malt in there as well.

I got a lot of toasty/biscuity malt up front followed by multi hop bitterness. Getting the floral and citrus notes as well as a bit of pine. This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Another solid brew from Sam Adams. It seems like I say that a lot. I'll be most likely getting my hands on the Latitude 48 deconstructed in the future to really break down this beer even futhur. If you're looking for a solid IPA, this one is sure to please.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:53:54 | More by BennyL1
Photo of engagechad


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - dfh snifter.

Pours a perfect ruby amber with a nice head, easily manipulated back into froth upon agitation. Smells grassy and hoppy, earth. Taste is wonderfully bitter with refreshing amounts of carb. This is a solid IPA from Sam, and as far as staple IPA's go I would probably grab a sixer of this over Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:50:48 | More by engagechad
Photo of FosterJM


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

517th review on BA
bottle to taster

App- Its a normal IPA color. A little bit of bubbles and some darker oranges. No cling. Nothing that blew me away.

Smell- A very basic IPA. Was a bit lacking in depth but was still okay, no off flavors or bad.

Taste- Its not a big IPA. Sessionable, a little tasty but kinda in the middle of tasty vs bland.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. A pretty run of the mill IPA.

Drink- Glad I tried it for a buck and didnt buy a 19.99 12 pack. They cant all be A+ beers

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 05:06:58 | More by FosterJM
Photo of WoodBrew


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking down a couple Latti 48s to bring in Memorial Day Weekend...also a chance to catch up on some beer drinking since I was in Alcohol-Free Saudi Arabia. The color is a rich clear amber with decent head that is lacing nicly. The smell is not what I hoped it would be, certainly hints of citrus pine and malt. The taste is a well balanced between citrus and malt. The mouthfeel is decent and I would SESSION no QUESTION!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:17:47 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Phelps


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

Into a snifter.

Perfectly clear caramel-orange with a frothy one-finger head of khaki. The bubbles recede quickly, leaving behind a moderate ring, thin and silky top layer, and sticky rings of lace.

Very nice aroma. One the malty side we have caramel and biscuits; on the hoppy, a unique floral and grassy blend. This beer makes use of English, American and German hops, and characteristics of each are noticeable — the earthiness of the East Kent Goldings, the spice of the Hallertau, the grassy zest of the Simcoe. Balanced.

Honey-drizzled biscuits make up the malt bill, but this one’s really about the hop complexity. Like in the nose, there are noticeable aspects from all the different varietals. They also impart a hefty bitterness throughout.

Peppery medium carbonation in a smooth medium-light body. Lightly fizzy as it moves about.

I dig the complex blend of flavor. It’s a different kind of IPA — balanced and complex. It won’t slap you in the face with hops, but it’s worth contemplation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:24:12 | More by Phelps
Photo of flexabull


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

Notes from last night.

Pours a bright and clear light amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, light citrus, and some brewed tea.

Taste like brewed tea up front, some grains, cereal, and light malty sweetness. Finish is doughy, spicy, and a bit earthy from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, body is nice, and carbonation is about right.

Overall, a solid but unspectacular IPA. Worth trying...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 20:36:50 | More by flexabull
Photo of Domingo


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

This is part of the deconstructed pack, but is also my first experience with the "normal" Latitude 48.
Pours a copper color. Lots of foam which creates a half dozen or so lace rings as you work your way down. Visually they don't get much better.
Initially there's no mistaking this as anyone but Boston Beer. The standard semi-sweet cookie'ish malt shows up immediately. However the hops then kick in. It reminds me a bit of the hop profile of the Noble Pils, but with a hint more pungency, likely from the Zeus and Simcoes. Bitter, but not necessarily hugely hoppy. I'd say the malt and hops strike a balance here. Hopheads might not be interested, but I can see it as a gateway for casual beer drinkers. The hop blend's definitely nice.
Pretty good beer, but more of a traditional APA than an IPA, mainly because of the malt. There are definitely lots of hop flavors, but the malt seems too ever present at times.
Sam Adams is on tap in a lot of casual places, so if I saw this on tap I'd go for it again.
I'm more curious to see how the deconstructed versions work.

EDIT: Rather than review all of them, I'm finding that they're nice for identifying hop characteristics, BUT they're all too malt heavy. Even with potent hops I don't like (Simcoe) I'm finding that the hops aren't the star, but simply a role player. However I do like the Ahtanum one. The fruity hop notes finally come out a little in that one. It's still nothing great, but is easily my favorite of the bunch.
This is one of those situations where the "Sam Adams Flavor" is too strong and just doesn't really hold up to better versions of the style. I shouldn't know who this came from the instant I try it, but it was pretty clear with all 6 variants.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:14:05 | More by Domingo
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - nice orange/brown brew with a thin head that settles quick into a thin layer. it has some alright lacing no noticeable carbonation.

S - caramel molasses pine grass and a touch of lemon. its not at all what i expected. its not great but its not bad.

T - bread cracker and pepper hit up front. followed by pine and lemon. its got a good malt body and great hops. real tasty and a good recover from an ordinary nose.

M - its a bit more bodied than most IPAs. it has good carbonation though and some nice puckering from the hops.

O - this is a good beer. its definitely different and i think pulls it off well in most departments.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:32:04 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Laditude 48 IPA was something that I was rather excited about trying once I came across it. The beer pours out as an appealing yellowish golden color with a pretty thick looking head on it. The lacing on the glas with each sip is pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer is generously hopped, lots of citrusy aromas on the nose with a little bit of malt coming through in the background. The taste follows the same way as the smell, big citrus flavors up front that finish with a biscuity flavor. The mouthfeel is light and not very filling. The finish is dry making the next sip pretty enjoyable. I like this IPA, hopefully it'll stick around for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:11:06 | More by Knapp85
Photo of GregSVT


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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours amber with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is piney and malty. The main aroma is caramel malt but there is a good amount of pine and tropical fruits as well.

T: The taste is a bit better with bitter pine and slight pineapple flavors along with a big caramel malt flavor. Pretty balanced between the malt and hops although I could use a bit more hops.

M: Feel is crisp and slightly creamy with good amount of carbonation.

O: Not the best IPA in the world but it's got good flavor. I would order it at the bar over some other regular offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:41:13 | More by GregSVT
Photo of bishopdc0


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

The beer is poured into into a New Belgium glass.
The beer is a deep amber color with a nice head. I like the color different then the straw yellow of most IPAs.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of hops and malt. The malt is sweet with a slight biscuit. The hops are a slight pungent hops earthy and piny.

The taste on this beer is very unique for an IPA the body of the malt starts sweet as the carbonation builds. The carbonation reveals the taste of the earthy and pine hops. Flavors of honey and molasses come through. The hops reveal a bitterness that is subdued. i like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:43:57 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of curasowa

New York

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

Appearance: Clear, amber color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Earthy hops over a sweet, caramel malt base with hints of orange peel mixed in.

Taste: Starts off thin and ambiguous before a big rush of bitterness, quickly followed by some nice toasted, caramel malt, then all bitter again on the finish, which is lingering.

The Rest: A decent IPA, with a hard to describe body. It's both creamy and thin at the same time, which is kinda weird and the finish is a bit harsh, but overall pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 20:28:02 | More by curasowa
Photo of Shaw


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

Pours a lovely dark gold/amber in color with a big 1-inch foamy head.

A nice earthy hop aroma -- reminds me of smelling hop pellets, but not so powerful -- with hints of malt.

The taste is all about the herbal hops with a bracing bitterness and mild malt sweetness that isn't balancing the bitter -- not that that's a negative at all. Though this isn't as bitter or hoppy as others in its style. Samuel Adams keeps this one under control.

Smooth body isn't watery at all.

A fine American IPA and one of Samuel Adams better brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:39:51 | More by Shaw
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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