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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

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2,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 2838
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%

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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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Somewhat dark copper/bronze, semi-clear. One finger of off white head, large bubbles.

S - Subtle citrus hops, piney/earthy aroma. An undertone of caramel and bread.

T - This is hoppier than it smells, but the flavor profile is very balanced. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasty breadiness. It's not that bitter, and is pretty sweet for the style.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate body. The carbonation is moderate-to-high.

O - I didn't expect much of this beer, but I found myself really liking it. It's definitely not a hop bomb, but it's a good easy drinking beer with a surprising amount of hop complexity and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:04:16 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of Mavigo


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

A: Pours a reddish-copper brown color with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of pine, wheat, hops, barley, yeast, sugars

T: Tastes alright, wheat, grains, malts, yeast, sugars, has a strong hop finish

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, has a good hop kick at the end, although I don't really like it but its an IPA so I can expand my horizons a bit.

O: Overall this beer was alright, if I didn't have an aversion to hops I'd probably like it more but still it was a fairly mild IPA and was not too over done for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:02:50 | More by Mavigo
Photo of Hergestridge


3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a good Bier... Fresh scent of pine.. awakens the sense of smell.. the sense of taste.. a sense of India...a culture that understands the quality of breathing.. of patience amongst turmoil.. of a pause in the daily maelstrom of life.
Not the best entry for this brewery, but a nice Ale.. it quenches the one's thirst.. and gives pause to enjoy bier.. and to enjoy bier...'tis a gift worth embracing..

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:32:17 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of Smoke


3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hadn't had a hoppy beer from Sam Adams in a long time and was excited to try this one out. From the start I noticed that this one had a much more herbal spin to it than I expected. Definitely not the traditional American IPA grapefruit/pine combo. Having said that, there was also a dullness to the hop character. The beer wasn't out of code, but it wasn't that bright hop flavor I've come to expect in an American IPA. I like that it wasn't over the top bitter, but would have preferred it to be a bit more aromatic an a little less earthy. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was looking for something a little more true to the style these days.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:56:57 | More by Smoke
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best reviewers were secure enough to review BBC fairly. This is an great everywhere, starter, and always available IPA, and it's gotten better in the latest Mosaic infused 4 hop release.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, resulting in a clear dark amber color with a large head; lotsa lace left behind

Smell: Balanced, subtle, mostly floral grapefruit, grass, with caramel malt, pale ale undertones.

Taste: Follows the smell, but brighter: a little more of toffee, malt, up front, and then the mix of hops; grapefruit and pineapple flavors are paramount, and then a nice clean finish. Also a bit beery, boozy.

Mouthfeel: somewhat creamy, great feel, medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice finish.

Overall: must try IPA - MUST come in cans soon to make my regular list. As good as Avery, Goose Island. Great starter IPA. What starbucks did for coffee, may Sam do for craft!

I'll take one of these any time. One on every corner.

Came back: tasted vs 21st amendment. (clearer, darker, thinner, more ale like, more English) But still a winner. Great with food - beans, sausage, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce from garden.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:21:55 | More by Act25
Photo of codysjb


2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light. Not much hop Profile and more malt forward. Extremely simple and pretty much one sided wwith a generic English ale malt taste and the minorest of bitterness on the palate. Mouthful just screams light and not much there. Overall very generic and virtually any other ipa has more going for it. Not worth grabbing

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:53:49 | More by codysjb
Photo of DeFaz


3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get why many are disappointed with this, and I think it's for the same reasons why I like it. Its ABV is modest for the style, and the malt, while not particularly flavorful, provides some level of balance. I know the "b word" may not belong in a discussion on IPAs, but personally, I think balance is a good idea. Anyway, I'll admit I'm not an IPA connoisseur, but I can't help but think this is well executed, even if its bitterness is placed into moderation. The flavors work, and if nothing else, it's a good introduction for a casual beer drinker into the style. Fresh citrus, grapefruit, and pine come from the hops in the smell and taste, and again, while the malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, it does seem to give it that [insert "b word"]. Mouthfeel is great, with medium/high thickness and carbonation that is fairly low (it could be increased a bit I feel). Anyway, aside from the Boston Lager, this is without question in my opinion the best feature of the season's "Harvest Collection" 12-pack. Overall, this is an approachable IPA, one that may not be bold, extreme, or extravagant, but one that simply delivers great taste, a great mouthfeel, and clearly great quality ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:30:00 | More by DeFaz
Photo of KYGunner


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice coppery complexion is mired by an over carbonation that adheres to the side of the snifter. The head was off white with a fluffy texture and it laced well.

More malt on the nose than hop this IPA has a backdrop of tea leaves. Additional delving reveals an earthy, resinous pine that starts to take over the grains and malt.

A very hearty grainy malt meets the palate and then a mildly resinous pine ends. The hop flavor is pure with an outdoorsy, earthy taste but it's relatively bitter and satisfying.

Perhaps it's the extra carbonation but the feel is very loose and easy; quite refreshing. The aftertaste is slightly piney and bitter but not detracting.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 22:02:41 | More by KYGunner
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark shade of amber, approaching copper. Head retention is good, and there's some very nice lace formation going on. A solid malt body hinted at by the color shows up on the nose with caramel/toffee notes. Hop aromatics are not as strong as one would like with an IPA, just an overall bright, floral character with a bit of pineapple from Simcoe hops.

The balance present in the aroma follows on the palate. While bitter, it doesn't quite have the level of perceived bitterness that the IPA style has evolved. A nice juicy caramel malt base with almost IPA-level hoppiness defines the flavor profile. Besides bitterness, which actually seems to be picking up the further into the glass I get, there's not much in the way of flavor contribution hop-wise. Maybe a slight minty-herbal quality and some grapefruit.

Interesting hop bill, but this doesn't have the aromatic power that defines a great IPA. The flavor is nicely balanced but lacking in complexity. This could make a pretty good gateway IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:01:18 | More by gr0g
Photo of Weston19


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served into a Sam Adams glass

A: Amber color, good carbonation, after a couple minutes head reduced to about half a pinky.

S: Grapefruit, hops, piney, light citrus

T: Pretty much follows the nose; grapefruit, hops, gives a nutty aftertaste once it hits the back of the throat, doesn't finish too bitter.

M: It has a smooth and dry finish. Leaves a bitter taste once you finish taking a sip.

O: It's a decent beer. The taste isn't bad but it's nothing special and it's nothing robust. I would've liked it if there was more flavor to it like some of the other IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:02:12 | More by Weston19
Photo of HerdNo1

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a standard ale glass. A thick, white head lingered throughout and left tons of lacing. The beer itself was a crystal clear light amber color.

S: Lots of piney notes up front followed by citrus peel and maybe a bit of tobacco. The malt was detectable but played a decidedly supporting role.

T: Unlike in the nose, the malt is present here and I don't mind that a bit. Too many IPA's are nothing but unbalanced hop bombs. Anyone can add a ton of hops to a pale ale. Balance is missing from too many of them. The hops are still the dominant player in this beer but the malt balances it nicely enough to prevent them from being overwhelming.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: I like this IPA. It's not an over the top IPA and it's certainly not a DIPA. Rather, it's a balanced beer in which the hops play the most important but not the only role. Nice beer to kick back and enjoy and you could actually drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:41:09 | More by HerdNo1
Photo of Amalak

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. It has a dark red color with a big foamy white head which leaves behind some lacing. It's basically clear and there are a couple of visible bubbles coming up here and there.

S. Malty and and slight roasted nut scent.

T/M. It has a malt taste, roasted. A hint of a caramel. There's a tart sourness there. It has a lemon undertone.

O. It tastes like a Sam Adams version of a red ale. There's really nothing interesting there.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:41:33 | More by Amalak
Photo of cyclonece09


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus notes and some earthy hops, with a nice malt body. Beer has a light/medium body with good carbonation and finishes nicely, going down smooth. While it does not have the alcohol bite of most IPAs this beer is definitely a nice beer to have and is very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:59:07 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of PaleZombie


3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep burnt orange color almost an amber color. About 1 finger of nice foamy off white head. Very clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Nice piney floral smell, has a dank character to it. A little bit of citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Not too strong in the nose though.

T - Similar to the nose but way more pronounced. First you get the nice citrus, then a finish of piney floral bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body. On the high end of medium carbonation.

O - This was a pretty solid IPA but it lacked the citrus punch I like in my IPA's. It reminded me of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but less grapefruit'y. Overall a solid beer though and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:08:22 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper; clear; medium, frothy head, good lacing

Aroma: Slight grass; malty; caramel and light grapefruit

Taste: Juicy malt, creamy on start; quick turn to roasted grain and hoppy bite; finishes semi-sweet with a mild hope bite

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:19:25 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Has a moderate sized off-white head with a clear amber color. Head has very nice retention. Leaves moderate/heavy lacing. Has a bready, caramel malt smell. Not much hops in the aroma.

Tastes of caramel malts, rye bread, roasty, and toffee, with a bit of hops. More bitter than you would expect with the minimal hop presence. Has an average mouthfeel with moderate carbonation for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 21:31:12 | More by JG-90
Photo of Cjstoutlover

New York

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle; it's the first time I've had this beer as my taste for ipas are growing by the year. Appearance is a medium to full carbonation with a head of about an inch that settles to an 1/4 inch. The smell is a nice balance of hops to yeast. As a former baker I adore the smell of yeast! The mouthfeel is a subtle balance of slight carbonation hops and sweetness. Overall a really good beer that I would drink again and recommend to others

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:37:02 | More by Cjstoutlover
Photo of hackmann


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: bright copper body with a 2 finger off-white or light beige head that leaves chunky globs of lacing behind at first and then thins out

Aroma: very light, no citrus, no hops to me, smoky, toasted grains but very faint,

Flavors: nothing I would expect from an American IPA, caramel, roasted sweet grains, light citrus, light herbal lemon grass, smoky oak barrel feel, mineral, soft earthy feel

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, yes too balanced for an American IPA, I would have guessed England, mild-moderate bitterness, grassy aftertaste,

To the Point: the German and English hops seem to dominate, mild citrusy style, for an American IPA style – eh it’s Okay, do I like it … yes.

I think they need to age this Ale in oak barrels

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:56:18 | More by hackmann
Photo of MarkQ617


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid IPA and a cool idea. I absolutely love the look of this beer. Nice, dark, reddish-copper with a mild whitish head. Taste has a robust floral hoppiness exactly like you'd want from an IPA. I think that this would be better in the in the fall with some football and chili. I'll be back.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 20:53:23 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden copper color with white sudsy head with pretty nice retention
S-lots of pine and resin, some subtle malt in the background
T-more pine with some citrus notes in the finish, the malt provides a nice balance but does not lend much to the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-really nice and well balanced IPA. It isn't out of this world but definitely nails the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:25:27 | More by atr2605
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to glass amber color with nice head.
a: Amber color, 2 finger width head
s: Carmel, citrus, and slight lemon smell
t: Very smooth slight hoppy taste. Carmel taste slight citrus, and lemon taste. No aftertaste.
m: Medium body, smooth mouth feel
o: Very smooth, enjoyable IPA. Samuel Adams has brewed another wonderful brew. Worth buying again.
Lucky to live close to the brewery in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:38:24 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours an amber clear body with a small white head that reduces quickly and leaves some uniform thin lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malt, citrus, pine, and breadyness.

T- Subtle hoppy pine, resin, and citrus zest sitting on a soft caramel, lightly toasted malt, vanilla backbone. Leaves some bitterness on the tongue.

M- Overcarbonated with a medium body.

Nothing awesome but a solid IPA that's easy going down. Not overly bitter with a nice hop-malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 22:16:33 | More by gcamparone
Photo of Mini4x


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's a great 'mediocre' IPA. I'm a firm believer Sam Adams is done doing anything revolutionary. They were one of the forefathers of the modern beer revolution, but they haven't done anything worth getting excited about in quite some time. This is one of those beers. It's a great solid IPA akin to Harpoon, maybe even slightly better that the Harpoon IPA. Something you 'go to' if the menu offers nothing more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:43:23 | More by Mini4x
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 355ml bootle, poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours a reddish-yellow amber colour, with about a finger of white forthy head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Filtered.

Smell - Delightful smelling, Predominantly toffee and caramel smells, with some citrus notes.

Taste - Much like the nose, tastes are caramel and toffee. Citrus comes secondary - maybe grapefruit or very, very light lemon. It finishes with a strong hop kick that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium body. Nothing particularly notable going on.

Overal - 4/5

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:33:09 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Hop Tour 6 pack. Purchased in Dade City Florida at a supermarket. From notes.

A - Poured amber and bright. Mild carbonation and one finger of light beige head. Decent retention with a full finger and OK lace.

S - Malt, sugar, citrus. Balanced but a little odd there.

T - Boozy pineapple, citrus, good malt backbone. Sugary.

M - Rough bitterness thoughout in the mouth. Good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not my favourite IPA by a long shot. Definitely a run of the mill example. Nothing stands out as memorable, and even though it's balanced and fairly easy to drink, it's a touch rough and doesn't have very much depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 12:50:14 | More by tbeckett
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