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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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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 147 | 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 JizackFH

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a perfect clear copper color. It has a small 1-finger off-white head, that leaves some decent lacing behind on the glass.

S - This smells of toasted malts and caramel. It has a nice amount of hops, but not as much as I had hoped for. So far this is quite a strange IPA.

T - The taste is very toasty, nutty, and there is a pretty big caramel presence as well. Also, there is a decent hop presence, but I really wish there was a lot more. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down smooth, and there is some hop bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. There is a bit of creamy feel as well.

D - Good drinkability here. It goes down quite easy, and has a good flavor. It is a lot more toasty and nutty than most IPAs that I've ever had. Overall, it's a good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be more fruity and have much more of a hoppy bite. Its worth a try though for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 12:52:02 | More by JizackFH
Photo of trappistlover


2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with off-white head. Active carbonation and nice lacing developing. Aroma of cardboard, wood, and some citrus. Taste is malty sweet with a hop bite of the end. Not what I was expecting. I don't like this at all. yuck.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:56:10 | More by trappistlover
Photo of rlshep


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light grapefruit, pine and orange. Mild alcohol.

Appearance: Off-white chunky head. Good lacing. Fire orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: High bitterness. Citrus and pine flavors comes through from aroma. A touch of dark caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is really dry. Alcohol, noticeable but not hot.

Overall: A pretty good beer a little harsh from the high bitterness. Good aroma and flavor. One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had lately. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:18:57 | More by rlshep
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle (best by 5/11) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours copper, mostly clear, small 1/2 inch offwhite frothy head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, and floral hops, soap/resin

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, pine and floral in the background, not too bitter. Fairly strong golden caramel malt base, grainy. Pretty juicy in the middle with citrus. There's quite a nice hop variety here; earthy, bitter, and fairly juicy citrus. Good qualities of both English and American IPAs. Alcohol is just a little spicy. Finish is a little dry, some bitter pine resin, and a fair share of caramel sweetness. One of the sweeter IPA finishes.

M: Medium carbonation, good solid body that's chewy, not perfectly smooth. A little fizzy in the finish.

D: This might be the best beer I've had from Sam Adams. I wasn't expecting much, but this is a really solid, juicy IPA. If this was a cheap/freshly available as other SA beers, it might be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:23:55 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the advice of a friend who knows his beer, I made sure that I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. I'd originally passed it by thinking that it was probably just another IPA, and that I'd have a chance to try it on tap, or at the very least, with next year's release.

I'm also not real good at reading the labels. Apparently Latitude 48 refers to the parallel where many hop growing regions across the globe are situated. I'd mistakenly guessed that Boston fell within the 48th, but it's only at the 42nd.

It pours a clear deep-copper orange body with orange highlights below a frothy head of off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some fairly solid walls of lacing behind.

The aroma is full, but not bold. It's hoppy, but not particularly distinctive. It's floral, a touch grassy, leafy, and even a bit spicy - or is that pine? Some fruitiness comes through as well, but I don't find any distinctively fruity / citrusy American hops. In fact, it seems more of German and English hops than anything else to me. Oddly, the 48th parallel does not run through England. It does cross France, but I'm not finding any French Strisselspalt hops here.

The flavor delivers the same hops, mainly floral and leafy, over a medium caramelish malt, except that there is some pine presence in the finish - and perhaps even a bit of citrus! A sturdy bitterness anchors it without stepping beyond the bounds of the malt, and it finishes dry with residual notes of malt and hops. As is normally the case with Boston Beer, it's exceptionally well-balanced and rounded. It's polished from start to finish, and offers a smooth transition across the palate while still accentuating its components at the proper times. That goes to drinkability.

Overall it's quite nice. I find it more English in nature than anything else, but I like the idea behind the hopping, and I really enjoy the way the notes of malt and hop intertwine. On top of that, its bitterness is kept in check, leaving it quite drinkable. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 15:19:38 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of earthboundagain


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The color is nice... a bright red-orange with some bronze highlights. The head is big and bold and leaves nice lacing.

S- Mixed bag of hop aroma, with tropical citrus leading the way, but piney, resin and earth are battling in there as well. There be malt in the background ye maties.

T- Ok we have some grapefruit peel hop action mixed in with lightly toasted bread from the malt, followed bye an earthly hop presence.

M- Is full and creamy and the carbonation is spot on.

D- This is an IPA but its caught in-between being a hop monster and a malt balanced brew. This makes drinkability hard to score.

Notes: I want to be upfront and honest and say I am a fence rider when it comes to hoppy beers and beer styles. I have had some that a really like, but most I just find to be over bitter waste of money. This is a well crafted beer with flashes of greatness. I can drink this when I'm in the mood or when eating some nice pork ribs.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 17:46:38 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of tronester


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

Pours a crystal clear amber color with golden highlights. Creamy off-white head with abundant lacing. Smell is a bit of caramel and tropical fruit. Upfront, the taste is of herbal, grassy, floral hops, followed by a wave of sweet malt, and finally, some pine, citrus, and a whole lot more floral flavors. Nice balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good average levels of carbonation. Quite drinkable, not too high in alcohol makes this a nice, well balanced IPA. Not a hop overload like many IPA's, it's balance makes for a refreshing change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:48:52 | More by tronester
Photo of negroobserver

New York

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Excellent clear golden amber color. Filtered.

SMELL: Strong presence of SAAZ hops. Light maltiness.

TASTE: Flat in the front and middle, but ends with a powerful hoppy bitterness, which lingers in the mouth for at least a few seconds.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth texture. Medium Carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: The hops are an overwhelming presence here. I usually like that, but something about this beer and the hoppy quality isn't sitting well with me. I suspect that there is a lack of diversity with the types of hops used, which can be detrimental to a beer's success. I like the beer, but I don't love it.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 06:09:20 | More by negroobserver
Photo of slatetupelo


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark copper with a thick head that leaves a coat of lacing behind.

T - It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected it to, strong piney hops up front and a bitterness that lingers. There doesn't seem to much of a malt backbone and the mouthfeel seems a little thin.

D - This is the only IPA that I can get in my area and it's only 6% abv, so I"ll be drinking these fairly regular. I've had much better IPAs. Overall, it's a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:33:37 | More by slatetupelo
Photo of Hopalong29


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

Clear amber with nice head which disipates to a cap that contributes a continual lacing throughout the glass.
Hints of pine and citrus, not overly impressive here.
This is where I felt a little let down. Was looking for a little more hops here and just didn't find it.
Felt this was a decent IPA just not what I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 04:24:13 | More by Hopalong29
Photo of popery


2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This isn't bad, but it's an average to mediocre IPA, when judged against the style. It's watery and simple. It kinda has delicacy, but the hoppiness is very middle of the road. It's sorta piney-grassy. Lots of caramel malt. Fairly sweet. Bitterness is mild. Just a lot of bready malt that doesn't seem right with hops. The feel starts kinda creamy but gets watery. It's not a bad beer, just not a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 09:30:38 | More by popery
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color. A tall, orange-tinted head bubbles up with a very thick, frothy texture. Retention is very strong, and some sticky ribbons of lace adhere to the glass pretty nicely.

S: Very mild toasted malt notes, along with some basic hints of caramel. Hop aromas are primarily tropical and citric, with some lesser herbal and candied notes. Some light, vaguely English yeast esters as well.

T: Toastier than many IPAs, but it's pleasantly bready and even borderline nutty. Light caramel is also present. Hop bitterness is quite firm, with tropical/citrus and herbal flavors competing more evenly than the nose initially suggested.

M: Fairly hefty in body. Carbonation is active and perky, joining with an abrupt, substantially hoppy finish for an emphatic, drying crispness overall.

D: A winner from Samuel Adams. They'd gone without a regular IPA offering for such a long time, but this is a welcome addition with excellent balance and enough hop bitterness for most hopheads. This manages a depth of both malt and hops that few IPAs even attempt, let alone accomplish.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:56:21 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of tapman


4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-light amber, filtered, giant, off-white, rocky, whipped cream head that leaves a spider web lacing.

Grass and caramel; raw vegetation and skunk; pine and flowers. The smell comes at me in combinations of two as it warms.

Vegetation, sweet pine, delicate caramelized sugar and a moderately strong bitterness in the sip and finish.

A little sticky, but not too thick.

A great American IPA that I could sit down and drink a bunch of at the bar. By far my favorite Sam Adams beer. If you tld me this was brewed by Goose Island or Three Floyds...I'd believe you.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:47:19 | More by tapman
Photo of CMB2012


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

12oz bottle poured into a stemless 16oz snifter.

Pours a dark rusty red with a minimal off white head, maybe 1 finger thick. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing, some of which lasts the whole round.

smells sweet and citrusy - bubble gum, ripe juicy cantaloupe, and orange. Some caramel notes too.

Very hop forward with pine being the most intense and lasting impression. The pine is accompanied by some grapefruit and bubble gum. Not much else as the resiny pine is a bit overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is balanced and dry. Nice carbonation melds well with the bitter hop profile.

A very solid IPA from Mr. Adams and at 6.00% it's a possible candidate for a heavier session brew. Got this six pack for 7.99, a pretty good deal around here. Still the brew is lacking some complexity that could make it rather exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:59:55 | More by CMB2012
Photo of far333


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and the color of a shiny new penny with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly to a two inch frothy head of beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some honey notes. Flavors of semi-sweet caramel malt layered with tangerine, orange rind, pine, and grapefruit. Hop flavor is interesting and tasty but could be fresher and brighter, and seems to fight with the malt to rise to the top.

Mouthfeel is full, but somewhat thick and slick. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable, this one is very good, but is not among the great IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:47:37 | More by far333
Photo of augustgarage


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before May, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber with a touch of copper and lighter amber highlights. A solid lasting finger of off-white suds coats the surface. Dense woven lacing, no legs.

Sugar-coated citrus, faint caramel, and pale malt in the nose. Faintly spicy/grassy hops.

Sweet palate entry followed by alternating waves of hops and malt. Moderately bitter balance with orange pith, grapefruit zest, evergreen, and mint on one hand...toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of caraway on the other. Finish is quite dry, but there is a softer lightly sweet aftertaste as well vaguely reminiscent of butterscotch (not diacetyl).

Nearly medium-bodied and well carbonated.

The hops contribute a decent amount of flavor, but they don't really take center-stage (the malt balance is slightly over-done I think)...definitely won't mistake this for a "West Coast IPA" of any sort. Not a bad beer, but I'll generally take a Ranger or Torpedo if I'm going to have an IPA from one of the bigger craft brewers.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:19:54 | More by augustgarage
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beet was a clear, dark orange color, with a one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt and piney hops.

Taste was toasted grains, malt, biscuit, pine hops.

Rather unimpressed by this one. Not much depth or complexity in aroma or flavor. There are much better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:30:31 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, slightly pungent aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything else, with a touch of citrus (orange?), and some malt in the finish. There was also a slight grain component that didn't add much. An uneven flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but not something I'd come back to regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 13:04:43 | More by avalon07
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North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - golden, nice head
smell - hoppy smell, no hint of any malt
taste - I am a West Coast hop head and this beer is too bitter, no malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is thin
Drinkability is fine, if you like this beer. Sam Adams could have put it on cruise control years ago but they continue to try new things, much like DFH. I will not try this beer again but I love Sam Adams Boston Lager, Winter brew, Same Adams Ale, Summer brew, etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:35:03 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that provides good lacing but only average retention.
Smell: Hops prevail with some sharp oily floral, citrus and piny aroma.
Taste: Not much in the way of malts. Hops have a bitter bite. Tart with a citrus grapefruit taste.
I would like to get some malt but not much maltiness (if any) come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:58:28 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Natural510


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

12oz bottle, best-by dated June 2011.

Pours a dark amber color with decent head and a modest but sturdy ring of lacing.

Not much to the nose; a bit of toasted malt and faint hit of pine hops.

Malt-forward, very biscuit-like, with notes of caramel and forest pine. There is a bitterness in the finish, but none of the juicy or herbal hops I expect from the style.

Mouthfeel is okay...body is not exactly what I'd expect from the style.

This is an IPA? More like an amber ale with generous doses of malt and hops (mostly malt). The hop profile tastes eerily similar to Noble Pils and Boston Lager. I have to wonder if the Boston Brewing company is afraid to make their styles too dissimilar from each other in order to appeal to the supermarket demographic ("Joe Six-Pack").

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 13:34:09 | More by Natural510
Photo of merlin48


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

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a two finger offwhite head that deposits some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy hops and some toasty caramel malts.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness.

Taste opens with a solid floral hop bitterness that moves toward grapefruit midway through. Honeyed crackery pale malt balances nicely. Finishes clean and even with a grainy pale malt aftertaste.

Solid American IPA with a heady blend of English and American hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:17:56 | More by merlin48
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Good rocky off-white head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. Some florals, and a hint of hop bitterness.

Taste: Fresh florals up front with a bit of citrus coming in later. Towards the finish it gets fairly bitter, and has some hints of pine too. Generally bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation tingle here; a bit distracting. Otherwise, this is light- to medium-bodied... smooth up front, but more grainy towards the finish.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV with decent taste. Goes down fine.

Not bad, but not well balanced in the flavor department, and finishes a bit too bitter. OK in a sampler pack, but I won't get a 6-pack again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:20:08 | More by mithrascruor
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish almost copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing as the head turns thin.

S: Typical citrus and oily hops. Not to strong yet still has a nice kick.

T/M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent smooth creamy feel. Hops and malts blend together effortlessly, with a clean aftertaste. Not that bitter either. Hops are pretty much all oil, which creates a weaker hop taste.

D: Solid brew here. Sam Adams gets some props on this one. Recommended for sure. Only improvement for me would be a more dominant hop taste.


Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:17:56 | More by mnrider
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber color with a nice rocky 2 finger head. Head retention is stellar with unbroken rings of lacing with each sip. Head lasts all the way to the bottom.

Fruity, citric hop nose with a good malt base.

Sip starts with a decent hop flavor (pine/citrus), then transitions to a straight bitterness. Decent malt presence throughout. Bittering hop lingers way too long into the finish.

Medium body with nice carbonation levels.

Drinkability takes a hit due to the flavorless bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't have a problem putting down a few, but that dry bitterness might wear on the palette after a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 21:33:53 | More by Hoagie1973
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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