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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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3,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 235 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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4/5  rDev +12%

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

nshorvath, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Agold, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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

corzocl, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tomasher
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
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.

pvsob, Nov 08, 2011
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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.

srandycarter, Nov 07, 2011
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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!

kdawg105, Nov 05, 2011
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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.

falloutsnow, Nov 05, 2011
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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.

rdub, Nov 04, 2011
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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.

jvillefan, Oct 30, 2011
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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

kojevergas, Oct 26, 2011
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.

TippySelenoid, Oct 25, 2011
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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).

MetalHopHead6, Oct 24, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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