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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
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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New Jersey

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

This is actually a fine attempt by Sam Adams but unfortunately it does fall short of most other IPA's I've had.

A: Pours a really nice dark amber with a sticky half-inch head and some lacing. Looks great and reminds me of Troegs Amber IPA, "Nugget Nectar".

S: Actually, there's some all right hopping going on here. The smell's pretty good by my standards, although still lacking the sheer force that most decent IPA's have.

T: The taste is where we start to run into problems. I must say, this beer is profoundly bitter. I've had 105 IBU beers before and most all of Stone Brewing Co.'s stuff and this stuff takes the cake because there's not enough other flavors and all you're left with is very bitter beer. Where are the hops in the flavor? This is a trend with SA beers, I find. They'll have a really nice smell but there's no flavoring hops there to support things and the taste is, to summarize, bitter and watery.

M: The mouthfeel is ruined by the bitterness of this beer, plain and simple, otherwise, it would be fine.

D: Despite my qualms about this beer's bitterness, I'll still admit that it's doing all right in the drinkability department, like all SA beers.

Look, SA made a nice effort here but almost anything is better. If you're new to beer and can get any of the following in your area, you need to try them first:

Southern Tier IPA
Bell's Two-Hearted Ale
Yards IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 16:04:22 | More by JohnL9013
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New York

4/5  rDev +12%

12-08-2011 19:06:36 | More by JDWEX1117
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-26-2014 19:17:21 | More by mjrex77
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-04-2014 18:06:36 | More by jascott2112
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-14-2014 23:00:29 | More by Geraurd
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a serious hop presence in this copper-red colored beer. A hops presentation that uses English, German and North American varieties. Although this is not what has come to be known as "an extreme beer recipe", there is plenty of the citrus dry bitterness associated with this style. Poured into a Young's dimpled English pub mug, this is still more of an American take on the subtler British versions. In fact its a bit of a hybrid.

I wish there was a little more support from the malts, because the finish is rather starkly dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 12:58:20 | More by thebeerdoctor
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2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Looks very nice, ruby red/amber color with a nice tan creamy head. 2 Fingers. love the color of this beer.

S- mild smell of hops and some other mild flavors.

T- What the hell. This is not what i was expecting from boston beer. The flavor? nothing like the IPA i was expecting, its tangy but not satifieing, has sort of a funky taste. NOT WHAT I LIKE IN AN IPA. horrible after taste....

M- hops linger with a slight taste of funk, and not good funk..

D- never again.. but i have had worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 05:50:07 | More by JesteR14
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2%

09-09-2012 16:28:37 | More by ruffdawg
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-22-2012 18:27:53 | More by Thehopluver
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3/5  rDev -16%

07-22-2012 01:33:50 | More by CN1234
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

11-11-2012 18:06:26 | More by Lincolnman
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3/5  rDev -16%

12-12-2013 15:53:11 | More by beaverapproved
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty amber color, clear body, active head settles to a thin cap with lace curtains.

Sweet and salty aroma, caramelized pineapple, citrus, yeasty spice on an ocean-breeze.

Aggressive hop use balanced by generous malt presence. Spicy orange-marmalade on a moist biscuit.

Smooth and slightly biting, coats the mouth with sweet malt syrup and spicy hop oil.

Drinkability, even within the style, remains average because of a slightly cloying mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:59:51 | More by cbn
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2/5  rDev -44%

06-12-2012 22:24:01 | More by kmoore149
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy medium copper. There is only a thin lyer of foam, but it persists quite nicely, leaving a decent amount of lacing. Aroma features a restrained level of hops, perhaps a bit less assertive than I had expected. There is, however, a welcome maltiness lurking in the background along with some butterscotch notes. Taste features very nice hop spiciness with citrusy, especially grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but also has a nice assertive level of carbonation. Overall, another solid offering from BBC. Quite enjoyable and pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:17:31 | More by bristol2120
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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark red brass color with hints of copper color surrounding the center. Nice cream lacing covers the empty half. of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty flavors are the most noticeable with traces of citrus infused but slightly hidden.

Taste: Abundant amounts of malt are obvious; strong aftertaste of all the many different hops is spicy and cleansing.

Mouthfeel: A spicy sweet but light flavoring covers the mouth in all areas, making an enjoyable sip.

Drinkability: Though the flavors may be too intense to enjoy a lot of these brews, you wouldn't mind drinking more with a semi-low ABV for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 19:32:44 | More by brewdub17
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3/5  rDev -16%

10-13-2012 21:41:32 | More by MouldyCrow
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a dark amber that is very clear; no cloudiness at all. The head poured thin and stayed thin, but there was decent lacing throughout the drink.

The smell is mainly hops. The malt and citrus flavors that exist are not very present in the smell. The hoppy smell is very piney and dominates.

The taste is nice. I taste a strong hop flavor that is pine based followed by a distinct and bold bitter citrus flavor (I relate it to grapefruit). Both the hops and the citrus flavor are bitter, which really makes this IPA bold. A hint of malt at the end but not much at all.

The mouthfeel is carbonated but not too much and not enough to make the brew undrinkable. It is smooth upfront and then the carbonation settles on the tongue.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I am fond of IPA's so I like the bitter flavor and biting citrus notes. If it were a little stronger (6% is not bad though) I think I would like it even more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:49:36 | More by PhantasIPA
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-14-2011 23:14:04 | More by MikeH210
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4/5  rDev +12%

02-11-2012 01:53:42 | More by RollBeerTide
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-04-2013 17:50:25 | More by BurnMeInMyBar
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4/5  rDev +12%

07-24-2013 17:22:55 | More by drherrma
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-13-2013 12:55:06 | More by jonothehut
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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from a store in the area, poured into pint glass

Amber in color with striking clarity. and a moderate off white head.

the maltiness, which is initial, gives way to the typical hop heavy earthy flavor of an IPA. it isnt particularly heavy or bitter, and pretty drinkable. The carbonation is moderate and just right.

As far as IPAs go, this probably isnt the best of the best. But for what it is, its great, especially compared to some of the other offerings from sam adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:46:40 | More by OrangeAmps
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:46:34 | More by MrDonQuixote
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