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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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3,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 146 | 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 beerdrifter


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

Clear amber pour with two finger head and great lacing and retention. Very nice fruity, floral, perfumey nose with a strong aroma of resiny hops, pine and hints of caramel malt. The taste follows suit, with the lively, tangy, bitter hops taking the forefront. Really tasting the Simcoe which are one of my personal favorites. The peppery, resiny hops are nicely offset with a subtle caramel malt backbone that makes this thoroughly drinkable, and it improves as it warms up. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with a nice bitter dry finish. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:08:00 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Extrajoker00


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

Served in a pint glass

A : deep amber very little head

S : light hop and faint sweet

T : roasted, bitterness, almost burnt flavor

M : dry with a small bite

D : one or two maybe paired with seasoned beef

I had high hopes for this one, it's O.K. but I'm moderately disappointed

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:15:00 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of chodinheaven


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

Amber hue with a nice off-white head that displays excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is earthy and sharply hoppy, the two smells mixing to make a very balanced smell. Some sweetness in there too, from some sort of malts.

Well it's got a deep set of hops from apparently Germany, America, and England which all mix together to form a very balanced and tasty IPA. The hops are full-flavored, but not too sharp, and citrusy in the front and the finish. It's a very hoppy beer, but not extremely bitter. The hops more caress the mouth rather than attack it. There's a slight sweetness to it, malts and lemony flavors coming to life behind the in-your-face hops. Mouthfeel is spritzy but slightly watery and is the only thing that could use some small improvements. Good beer, nice and balanced IPA. Hopheads will be okay with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:37:38 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of keeganfrank


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

Amber beer with a big, sudsy head. Lots of carbonation and ___ lacing. Tart grapefruit, honey and floral aromas. , Mild pine flavor right up front, followed by sugary grapefruit and lemon zest. Some honey and tea sensations as well. Very subtle flavors, almost like it's been watered down a little.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 20:15:51 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of rodney45

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Lighter than average red, more ruby than crimson.

s: Not very floral, but defintely hop filled. Smells a little like my old recording studio used to smell, perhaps pine, or like oiled wood...

t: I ussually dont read reviews before i rate a beer, but i feel like my taste of this beer got corrupted when someone said it tastes like peppercorns. And it does, it really does.

m: Not as harsh as some ipa's.

o: But, its not all bad. In fact, i like the unpretentiousness of this beer (unlike that sentence). But it could use a dry hop, which would elaborate more on the florality of the hops, and balance the taste as well as add depth. Its an average to above average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 11:49:41 | More by rodney45
Photo of alexgash


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 pack.

Deep golden to copper body. Clean and clear. Finger and a half of thick, creamy, resilient, light beige head. Nice lacing too. Fresh hops on the nose: pine, orange-citrus, and a little pineapple. There's also some sugary, caramelly malt to balance out the hoppiness. Nice.

Herbal hop bitterness up front along with some lightly toasted grainy malt. Herbal bitterness stays throughout, accentuated with grassy, piny hop notes. Sugary, fruity malts make for a nice, slightly balancing backbone. Hints of lemon and grapefruit in the finish. Dry, with lingering bitterness and traces of fruity malt. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. A nice, clean, crisp, easy-drinking IPA. One of the better Sam Adams offerings!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:54:34 | More by alexgash
Photo of jodmike2000

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A. Dark redish color with thin white foam that disapeard quickly.

S. sweety fruity smell a little floaral

M. good carbonation foams in the mouth leaves mouth feeling clean afterwards and invites you to keep drinking

O. good beer nice hop flavor without being to bitter

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:50:35 | More by jodmike2000
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a nice fluffy foam white head with moderate retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: Some very vague hints of citrus and pine hops. There is a slight undertone of caramel, bread, biscuit and toast.

T: The beer starts off with a slight bitter taste from the citrus and pine hops. The middle brings out the caramel and biscuit malts. The malts really balance out the beer quite nicely. THe beer finishes with a little more citrus hop kick but the caramel is still present.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium bodied beer. Leaves a slighly bitter and slick taste on the palate.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. Would have liked a little more hop bitterness. However, this is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 15:25:47 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had planned on reviewing the entire deconstruction, which I'm really pleased Sam did, but I decided to just rate the sum of the parts.

Poured into a pint glass a dark honey color with several fingers of stubbornly clingy sea foam head.

Nose of pine and some citrus, pretty light.

A sip is consistent with Sam Adam's major releases - medium biscuit body, balanced pine and citrus hops over a lightly toasty malt. Solid carbonation, with a hop oil slickness taking hold through the finish. Bitterness is tempered with a nice not-overly-sweet malt backbone, which I noted throughout the deconstruction.

Solid IPA, approachable and honest -- glad to see SA trying to do some teaching with their release.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:03:17 | More by OldIronLungs
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

The color is a rich-looking caramel amber with an off-white head that appeared thin at first, but had substance.

The aroma has an understated hoppiness, which I expected from a Sam Adams product. I'm getting light grapefruit citrus that's balanced with some brown sugar.

The beer tastes rich and full with decent bitterness on the finish rather than slamming you with it up front. There's a good malt structure to further balance the mild bitterness.

I think this is very good and would be perfect for someone who enjoys Harpoon IPA, but hasn't stopped up to Dogfish 60 Minute yet. This beer is the perfect bridge between the two.

It's not quite an Imperial, but at 6% ABV it will make you feel it. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Not elite, but recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:46:09 | More by mjrod2142
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear honeyed copper color. Very nice three finger fluffy head. Very nice head retention as well. Patchy lacing is left along the sides of the glass. The carbonation appears plentiful.

Smell: Mild hop aroma. The nose is a little closed. A little herbal and floral. Slight pine and citrus notes are present. Hoppy/malty, floral, herbal, fruity, bready, sweet, sour, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, rind

Taste: Signature Sam Adams taste on the palate. Mildly hoppy. Toasted biscuit in the finish. As far as IPAs go, this one is very entry level. Slightly drying finish. The lemon notes become more pronounced as it warms. Simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Slick on the palate. Very refreshing and very sessionable.

Ending notes: Overall, this beer is a middle of the road, sessionable IPA. It's readily available. It'd distinctly a Sam Adams product. I did like it, but I won't be getting it again unless nothing else is available.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 05:35:53 | More by jboucher
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a decent clear, amber body with an off-white, finger width head. Lacing isn't very thick, but sticks around for a little while. Kinda wish there was a little more froth to this brew. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles....

Smell - Toasted malts and lots of hops come through. The hops aren't too crazy, as with most IPAs. Florals are faint.

Taste - Slight sweetness up front with the malts. Then....the hops take over. The bitterness is superb. Not too strong and not too light. My taste buds are thanking me for a nice ride.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is perfect and there is a creaminess to this one. Balance is good.

Overall - Scrooge would be proud to drink this beer. It is pretty bitter, but still has that sense of refinement that takes IPA to a more drinkable market. Not too crazy, but enjoyable, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 05:10:39 | More by shaunb81
Photo of titosupertramp


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Latitude 48 pours a deep amber color, very clear with 2-3 fingers of off-white head. Leaves lots of thick lacing on the glass and fairly thick film. Great looking beer.

S: The smell is muted a bit here. Some vague citrus smells with pine, caramel and what smells like toasted malt.

T: Grapefruit, herbal, pine is what I get from the hops and what I notice first. The toasted, bready like malts balance out the hop bitterness pretty well. Good tasting beer.

M: It's weird, but this leaves a pretty pronounced tingly feel after the first few sips. Full, dry and slightly sticky.

O: Latitude 48 does pretty well in the drinkability department; I could see myself drinking a few of these without problem. I like this, but probably wouldn't buy an entire 6 pack of the stuff. Would pick up another single randomly though.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:37:41 | More by titosupertramp
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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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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part 1 of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack!

A - Pours a nice, lightish orange/amber with a generous amount of foamy off white head.

S - Lots of piney, resiny hops are what come out in the forefront. A bit of fruitiness is also present, in the end of the smell.

T - Much like the smell, but a couple things were more intense. This is quite bitter, more so than I was expecting. The fruit in the nose is really pretty absent in the taste. The alcohol is also undetectable.

M - The mouthfeel is just what I'd expect from seeing the head. Fairly creamy, the bitterness lingers a little too long to make this a wonderful mouthfeel, though.

Overall, a good, bitter IPA. Good beer, excited for the rest of the pack!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:37:12 | More by gdrydenc
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Clear dark amber reddish color with a two finger frothy rocky head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrus hops, floral hops, caramel malt, and herbal hop/earthy aroma

T- Strong caramel malt notes, cracker, strong spice notes, some nice citrus hop bitterness, and herbal hop bitterness. Something very earthy about this beer. This is very balanced, unlike any American IPA I have ever had. Kind of a strange aftertaste though.

M-Finishes dry, refreshing, and high carbonation that tickles the tongue, and a very soft mouthfeel.

O- Pretty unique American IPA, can't think of another IPA I have had like this. The malt profile on this beer is strong, but it has a nice hop and spice balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:21:27 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before September 2011.

Deep copper body with an OK head that leaves some lacing. Smell is rather bland, to be honest, but there was a bit of grassiness. Taste is dominated by grassy and piney notes. Bitterness is medium, not over-the-top at all. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some viscosity. Overall, a rather middling IPA. I won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 23:22:33 | More by BarrelO
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops with a bitter finish. What else would you expect with an IPA?? $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:00:09 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Treebs


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours amber color, almost like wood stain, with golden hues laced throughout. Nice half-finger ivory head that lasts.

S: Sweet fruit, hints of figs and apples, almost a light cider smell. Hops come through in nice balance with the sweetness.

T: Bitter fruits up front with a slight hint of sweetness before the hops hit you. Bitter, but good, hops follow throughout for the remainder.

M: Clean and crisp that flows smoothly over the tongue and through with a slight carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: Solid IPA with a fruitier smell than most. Flavor profile only slightly matches nose, but overall an easy drink. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:15:08 | More by Treebs
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body with an amazingly long lasting off-white head.

S: Nice piney & citrus hops aroma balanced with mellow caramel malts. Slight hint of bready notes.

T: A nice typical American IPA. A clean bitter piney hop upfront followed by caramel malts. Pretty standard.

M: Medium body; moderate carbonation; Lean mouthfeel, but crisp.

O: Very drinkable due to cost and availability. Not my favorite American IPA, but I can drink quite a few without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:50:23 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of projectflam86


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

A- Pours a very nice clear amber golden color with a thick pillowy head that leaves nice lacing. The foam stays for the whole glass down to the last few drops

S- On the nose this is certainly a hoppy beer but there is a very distinct malt backbone that comes into play. Pine aromas and crystal sweetness.

T- Very bitter upfront with a fairly one dimensional hop flavor (contradictory to the fact that several different hops were used in the brewing process). Mostly pine like bitterness without any traditional citrus or floral flavors. A fair amount of sweetness in the finish helps balance.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Fairly crisp.

O- Overall this is a pretty solid brew. The hop flavor seems a bit pedestrian but its still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 21:07:43 | More by projectflam86
Photo of plfahey


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber in color with brilliant clarity. and a moderate off white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Pretty solid hop bouquet--floral, spicy, and piney, with hints of pineapple. Some nice bread and caramel malts for a foundation underneath the hops.

Flavor-Caramel and bready malt flavors open up with moderately strong hop flavors-piney, resiny, and light floral flavors. In the finish, moderately high hop bitterness comes through to dry out the flavor, with soft floral hop flavors playing out long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a bit prickly as it hits your tongue, but has a super soft and silky character as it sits in your mouth. Hops are a little tongue numbing, but in a good way.

This is a solid IPA. The hop profile is pretty good in both the aroma and the flavor, and the mouthfeel is amazing. I wasn't blown away, but on the whole it was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:40:25 | More by plfahey
Photo of ibbjamin


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

Picked up a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Probably paid in the neighborhood of $8.50 for the pack. I'm reviewing on probably beer 4 of the pack and must note that I have not been particularly impressed with the first 3. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Half inch off white head that is rather sparse and consistent of larger sized bubbles. Transparent and copper in color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice layer of retention sticks around.

Faint nose consists of grassy hops and caramel malts with a raw graininess to it. Certainly on the more mild and balanced side for the style. Hops are too muted for my liking, perhaps this would be better marketed as a pale ale.

Taste is very clean, pale and balanced. Lots of caramel malt nodding towards biscuity all balanced with grassy hops nodding towards citrusy.

Medium body with pleasant and lively carbonation and a finish that is slightly crisp.

All in all a very drinkable and enjoyable yet not entirely memorable beer. I think I'd pass for the price on this one next time, but am not disappointed I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:26:17 | More by ibbjamin
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2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Tea-Like reddish brown color. Nice, two finger head.

S: Earthy, some hints of citrus.

T: At first, ample amount of hop. By mid beer, it taste more like tea (iced tea), than an IPA.

M: Meh, Medium-Bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not first on my list. I don't like tea, and that is what it reminds me of.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:01:44 | More by morehoppps
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper to ruby red in color with a nice off-white head. This has a beautiful foamy head. Lace already along the glass.

Nice noticable hop notes of citrus, and pine.

Medium bodied with a light caramel character. Bready notes and biscuit complement the hops well. Oil and resin really round out this IPA. Sam Adams still knows how to build a great beer.

Plenty of hops but still a very nice malt character make this IPA quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:59:46 | More by stewart124
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