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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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3,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,026
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 150 | 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 pvsob


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:24:25 | More by pvsob
Photo of srandycarter


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:21:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of kdawg105


4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good IPA. It has a light bodied malt smell with a hint of hops. The taste is about the same I would say it is a balanced brew with both the malts and hops noticeable but just not my favorite IPA. Anyway it is surely one I would not hesitate to drink again!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 20:05:48 | More by kdawg105
Photo of falloutsnow


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces a >2cm head of off-white bubbles. Fades to a perpetual 0.5cm cap atop the body, and leaves excellent lacing along the entire glass. Body is dark amber color with orange highlights. Transparent with visible, but lazy, carbonation.

Bright aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, mandarin orange and sweet malt upfront, pine in the back. Letting this sit a bit, I get the smell of fresh, hoppy wort.

Opens with fairly sharp malt sweetness that's quickly overtaken by equally sharp hop bitterness. This transitions to a bitter grapefruit rind character that never lessens, but gradually fading a bit to reveal a biscuit and cracker flavor malt backbone along with some of the more complex peach and mango flavors to pull through, but they're still fairly subsumed by the bitterness.

Medium bodied with carbonation that's plentiful enough to make this foam up pleasantly on the palate. Finish is very dry, but also a bit sticky.

I really enjoyed this IPA and thought it hit all the right notes for the style. Why this doesn't get a higher rating, I don't know. Still, this is an easy-to-find pleaser for me and I look forward to having more.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:48:24 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of rdub


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

Acquired on the Wegmans pick six shelf. Don't recall the best by date. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Golden copper color with a moderate head and tight lacing. Hop belt (!) hop aromas and subtle hop flavor compared to what the marketing would lead you to believe. Maybe I've had too many flower powers. Good flavor though. Easy drinking moderate ABV ipa. Wouldn't seek out per se but would do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:57:14 | More by rdub
Photo of jvillefan


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a perfect medium golden amber color with a one finger white head that lingers for a long time.

S: The beer has that hopy smell that one expects from an IPA. There is also the smell of citrus with a hint of pine.

T: The beer is good but is very one dimensional. The hops in the beer overpower the rest of the flavors.

M: Good viscosity and good carbonation.

O: This is a good beer but there are better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:41:56 | More by jvillefan
Photo of kojevergas


2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are about a C+; this is me least favourite style.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and downright bad retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Mainly a moderate quantity of bittering hops (I can't discern which) with some caramelized malt somewhere in there. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some pleasant bittering hops comprise the majority of the flavour, with caramelized malt as a foundation to back them. Luckily, the bittering hops aren't overdone as in many IPAs. They're restrained, though the bitterness still bleeds unfavorably through the finish, a feature I've never cared for. Though a bit simple, it's a flavorful beer. It's balanced well and built in a straightforward but effective manner.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness in the first half. It suits the flavour in a general way.

Dr: Drinkable, but far from special. It's fairly priced, but doesn't offer anything unique in terms of the style. Try it and forget it; there are better beers both in this style and from this brewery.

Low C


I grabbed a seasonal variety box on August 23rd, 2013, and decided to provide some additional notes. Served from the bottle; hopology series.

T: Floral hops, some fruity hop character. Pale malts, pilsner malts, maybe even vienna malt. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Nicely balanced, though it's rather simple. No notable subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's got a good flavour to it in a general sense. I do like it, but little stands out. Uninspired and somewhat boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Refreshing. Lightly crisp. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'd have another. But its simplicity and lack of a unique committed approach holds it back. Not as generic as most macrobrew IPAs, but there's not anything special about it. Hides its modest ABV well. Well priced. I wouldn't buy a 6er, but I won't frown if they continue to throw this one into the 12 pack seasonal boxes.

High C

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 08:32:25 | More by kojevergas
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's a copper color, its got a hazy clarity. A white head that turns into a lace of head. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

It's aroma isn't very strong. There are a lot of pine notes, a bit floral and citrusy.

It's a prety malty brew. The hops are very piney and sit firmly on the back of the tongue. It's got a very dark flavor.

It's medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

A good beer. Not my favorite IPA, but one that is a good beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:10:50 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is dark and gorgeous, earthy, and thin.

It poured dark copper with a massive tan head. A ton of thick lace held on fron the rim to the base of the empty glass. The flavor had notes of grass, pine, and resin. There was a sweet yeasty metallic finish that detracted slightly from an otherwise strong earthy flavor. The feel was thin and short-lived for an IPA.

Latitude 48 IPA was surprisingly good looking and flavorful. The weak bitterness keeps it a notch below the exceptional year-round IPAs (e.g., Torpedo, Two-Hearted, and Centennial).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:34:30 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of patpbr


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

A - redish, Not a color I see in many IPAs
S- citrus , grass
T- This is interesting, with the use of different hops. get a little malt and sweetness mixing in. the malt was a little heavy
M- Metallic feel, not to heavy. Nothing to exciting going on here
O- I like it enough. Maybe the other five will help it grow on me. An average IPA at best

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:33:52 | More by patpbr
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - has a cool reddish gold color. A few fingers of thick, sticky foam, eggshell colored. Plenty of stickage. Nice start.

Aroma - lots of pine and concentrated grapefruit. Almost a graham cracker note as it sets up.

Taste - some nice crackery, biscuity notes out of the gate. I like the blend of hops here. Some notes of orange and grapefruit, spicy pine. Bitterness is full on but not painful. Dry and just a tad medicinal on the aftertaste and finish, but overall this is great.

Mouthfeel - crisp, smooth, and medium weight.

Drinkability - for an ipa with this much flavor, I could see my way through a handful of bottles. Very impressive blend of hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:35:34 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color, very clear with a solid slightly off-white head. Aroma is flowery with grassy, slightly sweet and piney notes. Tasting the beer hops have a bit of a bite upfront and some bitterness comes through as you drink it and lingers a bit as the aftertaste. There is sweet malty base as well. Probably medium-light body. Drinkable. Enjoyable, but not my favorite IPA.

The best part of this beer for me is the opportunity to drink five deconstructed ales. Having reviewed the part I get a little more appreciation for the components that go into putting the final product together.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:41:32 | More by ikats
Photo of Florida9


3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear, very dark amber in color. Forms a sizable dark cream colored head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Malty with a blend of earthy and grassy hops. Some caramel in the mix as well.

T: Caramel malts. Woody, earthy hops. There is a moderate bitterness. Fairly unexciting and too damn malty.

M: Medium body with medium-heavy carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A decent, drinkable beer. Too malty for my preference, since I imagine this beer was brewed in the Sam Adams style, malty would be appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:31:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of MTNboy


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

The body was amber with a bit of a red hue. There was good lacing and head that were both off white in color. The aroma was floral and fruity sweet. One thing I really liked was that the hops did not totally push out the flavor of the malt. There was definitely a bit of a grainy sweetness. The hops were bitter but also had that fruity sweetness I mentioned in the aroma. The mouthfeel was about average and was pretty thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 10:42:08 | More by MTNboy
Photo of travipa


2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

with anticipation i purchased a six pack of the touted samuel adams latitude 48 ipa. the nose promised bittersweet cream hops.the mouthfeel made me think i would experience smooth bitter hoppiness finish. the brewers made the mistake of thinking more malt sweetness would balance
the hop edge. malt masks the natural hop finish.
true ipa is very bitter,yes, but, on its own contains ribbons of sweetness malt completely dominates. sorry samuel adams, you missed a great opportunity to show us bitter goodness.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:30:46 | More by travipa
Photo of Lemke10


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

I bought this in the Sam Adams 12pk Winter Collection variety pack for about $13 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in mid Fall 2010.

Pours a dark copper color that is semi-clear. As a thick, fluffy head that reduces to just lacing. Scent is heavy with malts and bitter hops. Taste is crisp and clean. I'm picking up hints of citrus, apricot, some carmel malts, and of course mildly bitter hops. Has a good clean refreshing taste that is tasty but yet not too bitter. Another quality brew from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 05:02:11 | More by Lemke10
Photo of anglagard1


2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice to look at, little aroma. Taste is mainly Noble hops. To be honest, other than appearance, this beer is a little weak all the way around. Nothing really asserts itself in a positive way. The taste is similar to their Noble Pils, but not as good. There is also a soapy quality to the taste. I'm drinking this a month after the notched date, so maybe that has something to do with it, but one wouldn't expect a quality beer to fall apart so quickly, especially not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:02:01 | More by anglagard1
Photo of kevosbob


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Boston Beer Company has surprised me with this addition to their Brewmaster’s Collection. Latitude 48 is a well balanced India pale ale with a 6% alcohol by volume. What makes this beer special is the hops have been specifically selected from different areas along latitude 48 around the northern hemisphere. Latitude 48 is know for being the “hop belt” because typically along this region you’ll find lots of moisture and long summer days, perfect for growing hops. The combination of Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble, East Kent Goldings, Zeus, Simcoe, and Ahtanum hops creates a complex hop character and aroma without being overpowering. Best of all its found in normal priced six-packs and in the ‘Beers of Summer’ variety 12-pack featuring six different beers from the Sam Adams lineup.

This beer pours a beautiful sunset-orange with brown highlights. The head becomes thick and stable after a vigorous pour and complements the orange color of the beer with an eggshell-white head color. The smell of this beer is not overpowering and somewhat hard to define. I smell notes of citrus, florals, grasses or leafs, and a slight smell of pine. Not one hop strain stands out, which I find nice for a standard IPA on a hot summer day.

The taste of this beer is very nice without being overpowering. The same hops notes hit your tongue as what hit your nose which is still very complex but in a nice balanced way. I taste a little more pine and citrus hops as the beer warms up a bit, but even at a warmer temperature everything seems to stay in balance. The pale, caramel, and honey malts give this beer a nice body that has a slight toasted and nutty taste. It’s had to believe this beer has a bitterness rating of 75 because there is only a very slight lingering flavor with this beer. What does last as a flavor is still the mixture of hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not anything over the top or adventurous, but it is a great beer for almost any occasion. If I was invited to a summer BBQ, this would be the six-pack I would bring to share. It is well balanced, easy drinking, reasonably priced, has a story behind the name and brew process, and has a slightly above normal ABV level; all factors that can impress another beer drinker at a party. I would suggest trying this beer for yourself before summer is over.

My Beer Rating: 3.7

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 06:18:55 | More by kevosbob
Photo of Dave128


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle with "enjoy by" date of December 2011.

A - Pours a dark amber color. On the initial pour the head reaches 2 or 3 fingers, and actually lasts a good amount of time before slowly sinking down into the glass into a disc and then a ring around the edge. Truly, a great looking beer all around.

S - Smells of dark grains and grassy hops. I can't pinpoint the type of hops used, but I imagine it uses a variety because of the whole latitude 48 thing.

T - Piney and resinous up front with a slight malt sweetness. An average amount of bitterness on the finish is well balanced with the hop spice and caramel malt flavor. I removed half a point here because of a metallic taste I would get every now and then that really threw some sips off.

M - Medium bodied with a the right amount of carbonation.

O - A smooth drinking IPA. It has a great complexity of flavor and I can pick up different notes on every sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 20:36:35 | More by Dave128
Photo of morimech


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap before dispersing totally. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Definate hoppy aroma that definately is not West Coast in style. This is a herbal, grassy hop aroma. There might be some Simcoe hop in there as well but it plays a very small part.

The flavor starts of with a lot of grassy hops but as I delve deeper into the glass, the fruity hops start to come out. Has a Juicy Fruit flavor that plays against the medicinal nature of the Old World hops. Bitterness is moderate. The malt adds little flavor but does give a good dose of sweetness.

Solid body and carbonation. Typical IPA texture.

Although the hop bill is not something that lovers of West Coast type of IPAs, it does deliver a solid hop flavor. I would not mind having this in my fridge regularly.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 17:07:03 | More by morimech
Photo of litheum94


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, copper colored body. Bubbly, ruddy head that leaves some decent lacing and a thin cover.

Lemon scented hops, with black tea like qualities. Biscuit malts and floral hops.

The lemon and tea qualities present themselves first, riding a biscuit malt backbone. A pretty strong bitterness develops, with flavors of pine and earth. The citrus and pine linger for a long damn time.

A very solid IPA. Good drinking. A reminder that this company can make some damn fine beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 03:50:25 | More by litheum94
Photo of lstokes


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

Copper and tropical fruit/pine nose. Pleasant hop profile on the start but on the finish it's a sweet, malty sort of IPA. Because of that I found the mouthfeel a bit heavy--not enough hop oils for me! I suppose it's a decent, European-hop heavy IPA. Not one of Sam Adams' best, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 05:18:26 | More by lstokes
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate grapefruit note with a touch of mint and a light sweetness.

The taste consisted of soft sweet malts, citrus and a lingering herbalness. A strange artificial sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA. Good standard example.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:29:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

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

This is my first beer review. I'm a big IPA fan and I have to say this is definitely second tier. I love the copper appearance and piney aroma. However I find the aftertaste to be somewhat metallic and it lingers long afterwards. As a New Englander I drink plenty of Sam but it falls short of the standard set by their top beers Boston Lager, Octoberfest and Noble Pils. I would not turn this down if offered but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:07:16 | More by Celtics76
Photo of afdempse


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Creamy colored head with good lacing down the glass

Aroma is seriously lacking, in fact it's hard to detect that this is an IPA at all from the nose. Serious deficiencies here.

An indistinct jumble of hop flavors and caramel malt hit the tongue, with a sour, metallic twang that clings to the finish and doesn't seem to want to leave. Hops and malt are balanced, but not in a good way; they seem to almost cancel each other out, knocking this beer down into the middle of an APA's hoppiness range.

Moderately drinkable, but a very mediocre attempt at American IPA. After enjoying some of the deconstructed beers I'm disappointed that they played it so safe with this one. Definitely won't be buying this again.

Update: I'd like to try this on draft, because it's possible that my bottle was a few months old at the time of my review.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 22:25:05 | More by afdempse
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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