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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

3,154 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,154
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 209 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12%

Thanks Kwjd. Fantastically drinkable and enjoyable IPA.Balance! Pours initially foamy grapefruit muddy grapefruit colour appearance. Hops citrus and pure to smell. Above average mouthfeel, even creamy. Not an astringent note. Goes down smoothly. Good one!

Sammy, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

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

brentk56, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

"The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth."

--Charles Lamb

Blazing bonfire orange with butterscotch highlights and a fawn colored crown that filled about one-third of the glass on the first pour. A gentle rockiness during melting and an attractive array of lace solidify the above score.

The nose is a pleasing combination of hops that is dominated by the tropical fruitiness of Simcoe. Ahtanum and East Kent Goldings are present as well. More power and pungency is needed for the style, however. It smells like the malt will be lightly toasted rather than exclusively pale.

Latitude 48 IPA is well-brewed beer that succeeds because my favorite hop (Simcoe) has the lion's share of the flavor spotlight and because it's impressively hoppy. A 'best by' date of February 2011 means that this bottle is a few months old, at the very most.

The malt is, indeed, lightly toasted bready and is earthy and nutty as well. Those flavors are matched (first half of the mouthful), then exceeded (second half of the mouthful) by a rush of bitingly bitter grapefruit peel. On second thought, Ahtanum carries as much of the load as Simcoe. Guessing IBUs is a fool's game... but this fool says 75ish.

The mouthfeel would be right at home on a 7.5% IPA. The beer is more full and creamy than expected and the bubbles add exactly the right amount of sparkle, without slipping over the line into sharp fizziness.

Latitude 48 IPA is a more than worthy American IPA that I would love to drink again and again. It's hard to figure why some so-called craft beer lovers hate on BBC/Sam Adams. With the exception of Sierra Nevada and Anchor (and a few others that I'm probably forgetting), these guys are the best 'our beer is available everywhere' breweries in America.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominant with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Taste is OK with solid notes of bitter hops and a semi-sweet caramel malt which is well balanced with the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation. Nothing extraordinary about this IPA but well brewed nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Aug 23, 2011
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3.49/5  rDev -2.2%

Steering away from the common and more traditional styles for which the Boston Beer Company is known, they step down this creative and deviant path of IPA to celebrate what it is to win over the more serious beer lovers- creating a statement that the Sam Adams brand isn't just for the "crossover effect". Or, do they?

As the hoppy ale pours, it brings on a golden-copper hue that's deeply amber and clear as a bell. As its arid froth builds, its less creamy and more honeycomb as its large pockets climb up the glass. But with long staying power and trickling with broken lace, the ale certainly looks the part of IPA.

Its somewhat subdued scent is white washed with citrusy and sprucy hop character. White grapefruit and a host of bitter citrus peels shape the beer's predominant bouquet. As a toasted and nutty scent comes about, it brings a sweeter caramel and honey character that weaves together like graham crackers. Yet trailing with a pleasant herbal and grassy scent, a waft of broken pine needles emit as well.

To taste, the beer is toasty-sweet and softly grainy. The taste of bran and toasted kinwoa come to mind as its cooked caramel and cracker-like flavor trends dry and grainy. But the middle brings about the hop dominance that IPA deserves. Grapefruit, tart oranges, a pep of lemon and something juniper-like comes about as the ale develops a gripping bitter quality that's decorated with chives and pine resin to finish.

Its dry body is highly sternly carbonated and it easily lifts its early caramels to leave that palate with husk, toasted nuts and a mineral "scrubbing character". The ale is highly crisp, highly clean and only allows a glimmer of astringency to enter the fray as its grain and vegetative hops are stretched a bit too thin. Slight warmth closes the taste, even as its sharp bitterness lingers onward.

I rather liked the beer as it is the rustic and unrefined taste that shaped IPAs of a decade ago. I fully appreciate that taste even as newer varieties have clearly created more unique flavor and fuller body. A full appreciation of the range of IPA reveals that there's not only one way to do hops.

BEERchitect, Feb 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

I really like this beer. Stopped over at the inlaws on our way out of town and this was in the fridge, well 5 mins turned into 2 hours so I decided to take a try. Served cold an poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/30/2010.

The pour was very nice. Clear medium amber with a nice solid head of white on top that reached about an inch in height before settling down. Smooth lacing and nice carbonation coming up through the glass.

Aroma is light citrus hops, grasses, hints of lavender or some herbal touch to it as well. Warming brings out touches of lemon among other light fruit notes. Really nice and easy drinking IPA. Crisp, clean and easy flavor as the light hops bounce across the tongue and the medium biscuit like finish comes across smooth and light leaving a nicel ong lingering dry finish.

Overall it was very drinkable and one of the easiest IPA's I have ever come across. Would have no issue with this one again.

mikesgroove, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

kjkinsey, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Intensely sugary and sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, perhaps some brown sugar. A little bit of cardboard too. Minimal hop aroma, perhaps some grass and floral hops.

T: Harsh bitterness with an almost woody flavor. Grassy hops and some piney notes. After the hop flavor, big time sweet and malt character. Caramel and toffee with a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A harsh lasting bitterness to this without any real enjoyable flavors.

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear, amber with slight golden hue body.

S: caramel malts, lemongrass, citrus, some grass

T: biscuit and caramel malts. hops provide mostly floral, citrus and earthy notes

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: not very special and not one of their better IPAs let alone beers.

kylehay2004, May 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There's a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It's an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Knapp85, May 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

A good beer on hand to sit back and watch the Big Chill,Go Blue!

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Aromas are a great mix of herbal,leafy,and citric hop overtop of a English malt base,big caramel and biscuit.A great hop profile on the palate,its herbal,its grassy,and its citric,all three German,American,and English hop profiles going on,a bit of iron,and caramel biscuit malt hold up well to the hops.There isnt many American craft brewers that make a better "standard" American IPA than this,I would gladly drink alot more of this.

oberon, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Took me a while, but I finally got my hands on a Summer Styles box to try this guy. It pours a clear deep amber topped by a finger or so of thick ecru foam. The nose is citrus hops, caramel, maple syrup, and orange peel. The taste is pretty similar, emphasizing the citrus peel, hoppy bitterness, and a slight edge of toffee. Very straightforward, though tasty, IPA here. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I'm gonna haveta echo the sentiments of others by saying that this guy should be a year-rounder. It's a solid IPA and would be welcomed by drinkers across the country if given the chance.

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Poured out a highly carbonated, dark amber color (dark than the average IPA) with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty, earthy and of some pine notes. Caramel and roasted malt aroma was present, too.

T - I'd say this is a malt-forward IPA. Caramel sweetness dominates with roasty malt and earthy hops backing it all up.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is not your typical American IPA. It leans more toward an English flavor with its malt domination.

zeff80, Jun 14, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle, one of a few souvenirs from a recent vacation trip through the NW United States.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some streaky lace upon its demise. It smells mildly of fruity, somewhat bitter hops, and equally tame bready malt. The taste is bitter pine and soft citrus hops, and a not quite up to the task pale maltiness. The carbonation is just south of average, the body medium weight, a bit punchy, but smooth overall. It finishes well-balanced, some latent hops and malt still waging a laid-back war of, well, slappy hands, I guess.

Is it hoppy? Sure. Does something feel underwhelming? Oh yeah. Why do big microbreweries seem to have that effect? Maybe it's the Euro-hop part of the 'Latitude 48' quotient that leaves me wanting...in an American IPA...

biboergosum, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

On the advice of a friend who knows his beer, I made sure that I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. I'd originally passed it by thinking that it was probably just another IPA, and that I'd have a chance to try it on tap, or at the very least, with next year's release.

I'm also not real good at reading the labels. Apparently Latitude 48 refers to the parallel where many hop growing regions across the globe are situated. I'd mistakenly guessed that Boston fell within the 48th, but it's only at the 42nd.

It pours a clear deep-copper orange body with orange highlights below a frothy head of off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some fairly solid walls of lacing behind.

The aroma is full, but not bold. It's hoppy, but not particularly distinctive. It's floral, a touch grassy, leafy, and even a bit spicy - or is that pine? Some fruitiness comes through as well, but I don't find any distinctively fruity / citrusy American hops. In fact, it seems more of German and English hops than anything else to me. Oddly, the 48th parallel does not run through England. It does cross France, but I'm not finding any French Strisselspalt hops here.

The flavor delivers the same hops, mainly floral and leafy, over a medium caramelish malt, except that there is some pine presence in the finish - and perhaps even a bit of citrus! A sturdy bitterness anchors it without stepping beyond the bounds of the malt, and it finishes dry with residual notes of malt and hops. As is normally the case with Boston Beer, it's exceptionally well-balanced and rounded. It's polished from start to finish, and offers a smooth transition across the palate while still accentuating its components at the proper times. That goes to drinkability.

Overall it's quite nice. I find it more English in nature than anything else, but I like the idea behind the hopping, and I really enjoy the way the notes of malt and hop intertwine. On top of that, its bitterness is kept in check, leaving it quite drinkable. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Feb 08, 2011
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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