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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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Reviews: 1,019
Hads: 3,406
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 439 | 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

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of Zachariha
2.2/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Blah Blah Blah the same two paragraph response from amateur dictionary readers.
This beer gave me a headache. It tastes like lemon mixed with cigarette butts

Not worth the try.
I think I've said a "mouthfeel" and the "taste" will not leave my poor head!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber pour with a nice dark ruby cast. Massive head with excellent retention. Very nice nose of both tropical, which is the primary, and pine hops over a caramel sweetness. Medium bodied with a slick, almost creamy, mouthfeel. Average carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, balanced, complex and hop forward. It begins with a rather unique blend of hop flavor - typical American citrus over the EKGs. Sort of an IPA and ESB cross. This flows into a mild bitterness which is grapefruit and EKG in nature. On the finish, tropical hop flavor takes the forefront over a slight sweetness. As it fades, orange is noted.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL bottle

For the first time in my life, I spotted something from Samuel Adams other than Boston Lager at my local liquor store. Based on my experiences with Boston Lager, I felt obliged to give Latitude 48 a try.

A- Pours a sexy amber color that is typical of an IPA . Beautiful 1 1/2 finger head that lasted throughout the duration of the drink.

S- Not as upfront as I was expecting but it was quite nice nonetheless. The smell is very floral and citrusy; they definitely got the aromatic hopping right on this brew.

T- Compared to the smell, the taste is entirely out of this world! This brew is incredibly smooth and the hopping is absolutely perfect. It definitely doesn't get much better than this one when it comes to IPA.

M- Low-Medium carbonation that is perfect for this beer. 100% Sessionable.

O- Is Latitude 48 my new favorite IPA? Most definitely. Should everyone try this? Most definitely. Two thumbs up, Sam Adams!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before March 2015.

Pours a clear, orange-amber colour, topped at first with nearly two fingers of frothy, billowing off-white head that wilts gradually over a period of minutes. A modest cap results, with a web of delicate, sticky lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma, but it offers nothing unique for the style - caramel malts, pine and some citrusy hop notes.

Nothing wrong with this one, but at the same time nothing about this IPA is really grabbing my attention. Caramel malts and toffee provide some sweetness, but the malt backbone is soon overshadowed by the hops. Somewhat floral, with citrusy grapefruit and a touch of spicy pine resin. Nice bitterness in the finish that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied; surprisingly hefty for the abv, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are fairly modest, offering only a slight bite. Quite satisfying for a 6% IPA - not terribly interesting, but very well-brewed.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B. Samuel Adams' Latitude 48 IPA is a fairly prototypical, pedestrian sort of IPA. I've certainly had better, but this is an acceptable hoppy ale that doesn't go overboard and remains highly sessionable for the style. Worth a try for sure, and something I'd consider getting again - although with quality, domestic IPAs becoming increasingly common I'm not sure this will be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a perfect umber to golden color that has a thick long lived rich golden head that doesn't seem to want to settle. The lacing is more of a blanket of super fine foam.

The nose is mild yet complex with hints of bread, buttery hops and spiced pine undertones with a hint of alcohol and riding a subdued blanket of malt.

The taste is equally complex with a dry malt foundation that carries the extremely bitter hops across the palate. There are savory notes to the hopping that is pleasant and I believe the reason the malt appears so dry as I believe they are really fruity but the flavors blend to completely alter the perception of the malt. The taste is a tad off balance compared to what I prefer as well so I am a tad disappointed. They have a good start but the balance needs to be improved.

The mouthfeel is a bit to thick for the style. Could be watered down about 5%-10%.

Overall this is drinkable but so many more IPA's exist that are just better than this one. There is one thing we are not lacking in this country, hoppy beers.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Crystal clear amber, 1-finger head
S: Somewhat muted, with citrus components and a bit of spice
T: Malty and earthy notes up front, the hops are more subtle with bitterness trumping any usual hop flavor. Toasty, some caramel and just a hint of citrus towards the end
M: Medium-bodied, balanced
O: A decent IPA though fairly average

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow. Sooo much better than the Rouge IPA they are selling.
Jesus this is beer at its finest.
Smooth. Hoppy. Sweet. Bitter.
Smells like an orgasm.
Tastes like one too.

I could just be "over excited" but this is absolutely my new favourite beer. Going to try about 24 more...
But this is insanely good...

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Photo of kcrosson492
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is a decent beer but should not be compared to their Boston Lager.

A-Pours with a copper color and has a white head.

S-I could not get much out the smell.

T-The taste is coppery and taste like a can for some reason.

M-Lacks in this department but goes down smooth.

O-I would not suggest this beer but do think it is bearable overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Steering away from the common and more traditional styles for which the Boston Beer Company is known, they step down this creative and deviant path of IPA to celebrate what it is to win over the more serious beer lovers- creating a statement that the Sam Adams brand isn't just for the "crossover effect". Or, do they?

As the hoppy ale pours, it brings on a golden-copper hue that's deeply amber and clear as a bell. As its arid froth builds, its less creamy and more honeycomb as its large pockets climb up the glass. But with long staying power and trickling with broken lace, the ale certainly looks the part of IPA.

Its somewhat subdued scent is white washed with citrusy and sprucy hop character. White grapefruit and a host of bitter citrus peels shape the beer's predominant bouquet. As a toasted and nutty scent comes about, it brings a sweeter caramel and honey character that weaves together like graham crackers. Yet trailing with a pleasant herbal and grassy scent, a waft of broken pine needles emit as well.

To taste, the beer is toasty-sweet and softly grainy. The taste of bran and toasted kinwoa come to mind as its cooked caramel and cracker-like flavor trends dry and grainy. But the middle brings about the hop dominance that IPA deserves. Grapefruit, tart oranges, a pep of lemon and something juniper-like comes about as the ale develops a gripping bitter quality that's decorated with chives and pine resin to finish.

Its dry body is highly sternly carbonated and it easily lifts its early caramels to leave that palate with husk, toasted nuts and a mineral "scrubbing character". The ale is highly crisp, highly clean and only allows a glimmer of astringency to enter the fray as its grain and vegetative hops are stretched a bit too thin. Slight warmth closes the taste, even as its sharp bitterness lingers onward.

I rather liked the beer as it is the rustic and unrefined taste that shaped IPAs of a decade ago. I fully appreciate that taste even as newer varieties have clearly created more unique flavor and fuller body. A full appreciation of the range of IPA reveals that there's not only one way to do hops.

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Photo of lochef81
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This ale pours a handsome copper color with a generous and lasting off white, frothy head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass given the beer's abv and style. The nose on this one is hoppy but light. Definite pine and citrus notes but with a bit of a sweet malty backbone. The flavor follows suit. Not real hoppy but bitter and balanced by the malt. The beer is a little thick on the mouth for such a light beer. This one is interesting and enjoyable but not something I feel the need to return to.

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Photo of uberabr
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Whats this? A new creation from the Sam Adams Brewmaster Collection Official Laboratories? Sounds exciting! Lets see!

Ugghhhh. Jesus. Hmmm....

Staring at label. They put thought into this. Sounds great. Looks cool. Try again! Ok... Hmmm. Uggg. Still aweful.

Lets review. Some hops are meant to impart a bitter quality to beer. Others are meant to be flavorful. It is quite clear from a quick taste that they have used the former varieties for flavor. Weird. The result is an oily, overwhelmingly bitter, pine. That is all. No delicate balance, no interplay of complexities. Just bitterness. No balance, because there is no complexity to balance!

So aroma, flavor...all missed the boat. Drinkability? Too bitter to enjoy. In fact, it irritates my stomach a little. Just so, so bitter. Lets finish it off- Mouthfeel? None. Watery. No feel. I dont know what the other reviewers are seeing here. This beer is all work and no play.

BEER BROTHERS! I know you're from Bean Town, I know you love Sam Adams...but come on! Can we not be honest that this beer is a dreadful example of an IPA? "Sam Adams has always been concerned with drinkability and with a worldwide market they have to serve balanced beers" Blah blah blah. Bland beers with no complexity under a veil of phony artistry....thats what I'm drinking. Honestly, this is the type of beer that scares people away from IPA's -- and all craft beers -- when they dont know any better. Let's be real about Sam Adams in the future, please and thanks! As you taught me, Respect Beer!


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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed January 9, 2013. Poured a 12 oz bottle (notched AUG 2013) into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful one fingered head. Slightly cloudy body, but leans on the clear side. Body is a pleasant dark golden amber. Malts appear bountiful.
The lacing is a nice cream that follows the head nicely. Carbonation bubbles rise nicely as well.

S: The aromas are very subtle. Grapefruit hops and mellows malts, but nothing bold or spectacular.

T: This is an IPA that falls more on the maltier side of IPAs. Bitterness is present, but not something that murders taste buds.

M: The body leans on the thin side. Carb is above medium.

O: This is nothing spectacular, but it is an IPA that one could start the night with or just make a session out of.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber, like a harvest moon

S - Citrus tones. lemon, grapefruit

T- lots of floral citrusy hops up front. A nice balance of malt and hop aftertaste. Nice heavy hop overtone. Aftertaste goes on for a spell, and I don't hate it!

M- Great feel, smooth and easy to drink. finishes clean and dry.

O- Wow, clean and refreshing! Easy to drink for an IPA. I love the floral hop boldness, because it isn't particularly overpowering. just enough to get the job done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee sweetness from the malts with light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops. There is a hint of citrus/grapefruit hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and toffee malts which impart a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral, citrus/grapefruit, and grassy hops with just a touch of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Interesting but not really anything special. Easy to drink but not one that I will be picking up again.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Holy... But you don't turn down what your friends offer, am I right, my peeps?

This thang, wow... I'm trying my children, I am. Let's see... If Old English made an IPA... No, it's not that bad, but is it? Just thick syrup and molasses... Hell, I don't even think my grandmama would cook with this!


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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a darker gold color with 2 fingers of a light khaki head, minor lacing.
S - Lots of caramel and biscuit malt, some sour grape hints, a little pine.
T - Toasted caramel and biscuit malt are the majority of flavor here, you get some dark earthy hop tones, and a medium bite, but there's not enough good hop flavor here to satisfy most IPA drinkers these days.
M - Dry and chewy.
O - While still better than the old recipe of L48, this isnt much better. Plus the huge malt profile leads this to an English IPA, and not an American. I really wish BBC could put out a good modern American IPA.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold-amber. Clear and bubbly. Short, cream colored head. Decent persistence.

Smell - Grassy and citrus hops dominate. Light malt in the background.

Taste - Goodly dose of pine and citrus hops flavors. Pine, grapefruit. Some pale malt character is evident, but obviously in the background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light and dry.

Overall - Nice hoppy beer that doesn't go overboard. Hops flavors are exemplified but the beer strikes me as having a nice balance.

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Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good IPA.

Copper, bright with big off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is juicy orange, pine, dry bread crust, hints of grapefruit and wood.

Taste is juicy, jammy, bittersweet orange, wood pine. It has lightly raisiny, caramelly-toasty sweetness under spicy-peppery bitterness with orange-wood-grapefruit hop elements. Bitterness is stornger in finish and lingers a bit but with increasing sweetness. Overall, bitter and sweet together, a bit English in character but also a bit America - a good, well-rounded IPA with dominant hop character but nice firm maltiness to support it and some complexity.

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Photo of ssmack
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with best before date of May 14.

Caramel brown colour. One inch fine beige head and excellent lacing.

A mild aroma of sweet toffee.

There is lots of malt in the taste - toffee and toast. Then the hops show up - grapefruit and bitter hay.

Medium feel.

Not a typical American IPA. It seems more British with a bit of hope punch. Well balanced. Not as complex as some but very good.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep, translucent gold color topped with a thin layer of beige foam. Fantastic lacing and plenty of carbonation. If only head retention were better.

This might come as a surprise... but it's hoppy! A decent bouquet of fruity & floral hops. Nothing outstanding for the style, but nose pleasing nonetheless.

Bitterness hits you right up front and hangs around for the duration of your sip... Unfortunately, so does an unpleasant funk - dirty dish water comes to mind. Plenty of citrus can be found here, once you can get past the twang. Muddy pine notes linger in the aftertaste. Missing balance.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bitter, dry finish - almost chalky quality.

I found this one hard to enjoy. I enjoy a bitter beer, but this one lacks balance. This, added with the unpleasant flavors I experienced make this impossible to recommend.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, amber color. Looks like a pale.
S- Piney, Earthy, and Spicy, all in one.
T- I'm very impressed with SA for this one. It's got a nice flavor of light caramel balanced with a not so bitter hop selection. The bitterness lingers, but it is certainly not overpowering. This is like a perfectly balanced pale in IPA form. Claps.
M-Medium bodied like it should be.
O-Nothing wrong with this one. A very sessionable and sippable IPA. Congrats Sam Adams, for making a beer that I can finally drink more than one of.

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Photo of Boggdogg
1.89/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a very hoppy, bitter beer. Look and feel we're good but smell and taste is not what I like in a beer. Way too bitter for my taste. Got a six pack in a Samuel Adams verity pack. Chocked down one and gave the other 5 away. Will never buy again.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank this straight from the bottle.
Smell out of the 12 oz. bottle was very mild in hop aroma.
Taste was ok, a little hoppy, not overly so.
Mouthfeel was typical Sam Adams, consistent light carbonation.
Overall, it was ok. I wasn't expecting anything great and it delivered.

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Photo of ranger7
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Copper/dark amber. Very small and insignificant head.

S - Very floral, hops.

T - Sharp bite of hops/citrus. Lingering bitterness.

M - Clean aftertaste. Sticky and dry.

Summary - Not bad. Full of hops. I would not drink this by itself. Was okay with nachos.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a two finger foamy off white head. Lacing sticks throughout the glass and is quite impressive.

S: Citrus, lemon peel and pine hop aromas with some fresh herbal notes. I thinkt he best way to describe the overall aroma is fresh. Very little in the way of malt on the nose initially but as the beer warms some caramel begins to come through.

T: A nice citrus rind bite up front from the hops followed by just a touch of malt sweetness with a lingering bitterness and some of those pine resin flavors. Clearly leans toward being bitter but overall there's a nice balance going on here. Easy drinking.

M: Slick and full but finishes dry. Not much to note here but it's good for the style.

O: I've been wanting to do a review of this beer for a while now. This is one of the better offerings to come out of the Boston Beer Company in the past few years. A solid IPA that might not grab a serious hop head but it's very approchable and easy to recommend.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.