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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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2,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,972
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is clear, coppery-orangey-amber with a small whitish head.

S: Toasted bread and caramel malt. Not terribly strong in the nose, and I'm not really getting hops.

T: Toasted bread and biscuity malt up front, with a touch of sweeter caramel malt. Hops show up mid-sip, providing an earthy, herbal flavor at first, but finish with some grassiness and a lingering lemony bitterness. Good balance between malt and hops.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. Carbonation is about where you want it for this type of beer.

D: A nicely-balanced IPA that in some ways leans more toward the English side of the ledger, flavor-wise. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but far from the worst.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:18:46 | More by Kendo
Photo of JMforman


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

A- Great look. Deep amber with a frothy white head. The head stayed through the entire drink.

S- Bread, grapefruit, tropical fruit

T- Fairly malty. Bread, biscuit, and caramel upfront giving way to grapefruit and grapefruit rind with a bitter finish.

M- Medium and smooth

D- Quite.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:51:42 | More by JMforman
Photo of jsprain1


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

A- A robust orange with a thin mikly head. Hints of lacing.
S- Smell is lightly toasted hops, with some fruity hops playing a role in there. Slightly herbal and earthy. Hop oil is the big player.
T- Slightly citric (more tangerine than orange), noticible toasted malt. not as bitter as many ipa's and better balanced.
M- Oily, coats the tongue.
D- A decent but not an outstanding IPA. It's a good basic IPA, which is what BBC does well, making good, basic versions of various styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:50:17 | More by jsprain1
Photo of BeerAdvocate


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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.

With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.

Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:31:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a long lasting off-white, head and a lot of lacing. Nice aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Light-medium, tangy body. Taste is very hoppy, citrusy with a good malty background. Long, bitter finish. Good, I think, underrated IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 14:42:55 | More by mikeg67
Photo of woosterbill


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Bell jar.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber body, verging into copper, topped by 2" of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing. This is an absolutely spot-on IPA appearance-wise.

S: Clean hoppiness starts things off, with grapefruit and grassiness being the predominant aromas; some caramel malt is present as well. Solid, but a little less than dynamic.

T: The European hops take over from the more aromatic American ones here, with vegetal, earthy bitterness displacing any real citrus or floral flavors. The caramel malt also takes on far more prominence here, although the hoppiness is never entirely drowned out. Still, it's definitely sweeter on the finish than I'd have liked. Decent enough, but no better than average for such a great style.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. Quite nice.

D: Not bad, but a little on the sticky side.

Notes: Ok beer, but a pale shade of an actual, good IPA. Drinkable is the best compliment one could pay this beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:24:39 | More by woosterbill
Photo of cichief


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A very nice amber/red, with a nice thick tan head, clear without any haze.

S- Somewhat floral and citrus.

T- Nice an hopp, citrus and pine, well balanced with the malt.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated without being fizzy.

D- A nice drinkable IPA, not overly done like so many American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:17:45 | More by cichief
Photo of cbn


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

Rusty amber color, clear body, active head settles to a thin cap with lace curtains.

Sweet and salty aroma, caramelized pineapple, citrus, yeasty spice on an ocean-breeze.

Aggressive hop use balanced by generous malt presence. Spicy orange-marmalade on a moist biscuit.

Smooth and slightly biting, coats the mouth with sweet malt syrup and spicy hop oil.

Drinkability, even within the style, remains average because of a slightly cloying mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:59:51 | More by cbn
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not expecting this to be so orange in color; it was almost red. The smell was citrus and hops. I expected it to be sweeter, but the red color comes out in the flavor. There is some dark malty flavor and a bitterness that was not unpleasant. This beer has a unique toasty flavor for an IPA, yet it is smooth and easy to drink. If I had more than one of these, I would have cracked a second and third. I'm not a huge Sam Adams fan, but this beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 21:57:38 | More by beerdown77
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange and gold. Medium white head. with some bubbles poking through.

S: Aroma is fresh saaz hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. And a little bit sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

T: herbal and floral subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. Good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh hop taste that clean your mouth.

D: Medium/Light body that drinks relatively with a large aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:08:55 | More by AlexCorleone
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper-orange colored brew with a very solid, two-finger thick head that leaves ample lacing on the sides as it slowly fades. Really a great looking brew.

Smells of citrus and grains as well as a nice malt backbone.

Tastes of citrus, pine and has a mild malt sweetness that balances out the hops nicely. Bitter, but not as much as I would have expected. Slightly reminiscent of some black tea.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable IPA - for those who aren't hopheads. Personally for me, this is a bit lighter than I expected, but then I would enjoy a case of this stuff. Goes down really easy and the abv is managable - great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:11:23 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fairly nice head that leaves some okay lacing as well. Interesting beer, but not my idea of an IPA. There is a nice bitterness throughout, both in the aroma and taste, but I'm not a fan of all the hops used here. The hallartaus here don't mesh all that well with the other hops, and the flavors are muddled. Pine, earth, bitter citrus, forest floor, and a tanginess that seems out of place. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It also fades on the finish and has a slightly weird aftertaste- sorta like alkaseltzer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:29:10 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of brewmudgeon


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

sa latitude 48
a 4
s 3.5-4
t 4
m 4
d 3.5-4

the beer presents as an orangey light amber with a short head. the cap sticks around well but doesn't leave all that much lace for an ipa. the smell is citric in the lower reaches of the register and there is clearly a lot of malt going on, some caramelized. upon tasting the malty sweetness is apparent, accompanied by some orange-like citric flavor and the bitterness is mostly a vague baratone orange rind. due to maltiness the body is at least medium, and the carbonation is pretty lush. the sweetness does not become as burdensome as it does in some east coast IPAs, like flying dog's, but it's enough to make the cracking of a second bottle less likely.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 15:59:58 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Overall, an easy drinking IPA, with good aroma, complexity, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:29:15 | More by Tone
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/red more on the red mahogany side. A slight amount of white head with some big bubbles poking through.

Aroma is fresh piney hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. I get a somewhat sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

Sweet and subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. A good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight caramel sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh piney hop taste that leaves more of an astringency than bitterness.

Medium/Light body that drinks relatively fast for the amount of hops that cut through the nose. I really like how bitter but smooth this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:59:03 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.

It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell

When tasting this right away get some orange, grapefruit, and lemon taste followed by some
floral hops and pine and have a slight grapefruit aftertaste mixed with a hint of pine.

The mouthfeel lite and crisp

easy to drink one of the better american ipa

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 20:06:50 | More by bierguru
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a flared glass
A: amber, clear, decent (1.5-fing. head), good carbonation
S: combination of yeast and malt
T: complex hoppiness, but misses the bitter knife found in many IPAs. The blend of hops is wonderful, and contributes to the grass-and-grapefruit complexity of the flavor
M: the razzing carb beads make the beer come alive

I really liked this IPA for its complexity and roundness

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 15:43:21 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of DannyDan


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

A. Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.
S. It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell
T. When tasting this right away get some orange, grapefruit, and lemon taste followed by some floral hops and pine and have a slight grapefruit aftertaste mixed with a hint of pine. The citrus and hops taste don't seem to be as overwhelming as in some IPA's.
M/D. The mouthfeel is a sticky, chewy feel but is surprisingly easy to drink and is an IPA that I prefer over the other ones I have reviewed on here.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 07:59:44 | More by DannyDan
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is just astounding, the hops range from very citrus and sweet to piney in the same quaff, there is a lot of hop action going on here. The color of the beer is actually quiet dark for an IPA, almost amber, but very clean looking. The head retention is almost biblical. Almost 15 minutes after I poured the beer in the glass, it still has a well defined head. The malts really stand out for the initial time in the mouth, then it is the hops turn. The hops are very balanced, nothing overwhelming here. The beer finishes very crisp, very little after taste, and of that it fades rapidly. The beer has some very nice carbonation, very light but noticeable. Over all this beer is a great beer that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys IPAs, Sam Adams comes through again!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:15:03 | More by DaveCS
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, as the beer tastes like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad brew, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:40:19 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper body with a white sticky head that hangs around and leaves lacing for the entirety of the glass.

S - Well balanced aroma with the hops contributing a unique tropical and earthy smell. Malt is vaguely sweet, no perceivable yeast contribution.

T - Big hop flavor up front, not extremely bitter though there is a bite. Again well balanced against the sweet malt which is a little hard to describe. Hop flavors are unique as the smell indicated. American pine and tropical fruits and a bit herbal.

M/D - Medium body, not as sticky as the taste might suggest. Easy to drink, tasty, and on the lower end of the ABV spectrum it has high drinkability. An all around nice beer that I've somehow never seen despite supposedly being a year around offering since 2009.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:27:55 | More by magnj
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South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is a piney citrus just like a good ipa should be. Some ipa's are harsh and bitting. This ipa however is not. It's a great mix of full flavor and drinkability. You can tell this beer is made with a healthy dose of high quality hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:35:16 | More by mattkoon
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of dirty off-white head. This retains with roughly a ½ finger of foam that leaves a sticky latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy, citric, and even a bit herbal smelling. A bit of sweeter tropical fruit character pushes itself through as well and mingles with more malty notes of caramel and toasted bread.

The taste is grassy feeling in the mouth and bitter with citrus rind and green fruit. The hops are balanced on the edges of the profile by sweet caramel and grainy malt. This finishes with a dry pithy bitterness that lingers with some force. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness that prickles the mouth. An underlying oily slickness keeps this fairly smooth despite the harshness of the hops at times. I'm picking up no alcohol at all.

This was a decent enough effort of an IPA from Sam Adams. The hops came off as a little too abrasive at times but this did lessen some as things warmed up and the body on this really helped keep things together. I'd like to give this one a shot on draft at some point.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:47:56 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Spikester


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with one finger of off white head. The head recedes rather quickly though a cap of foam remains all the way down. Lacing is fine and plentiful. Aroma is citrus hops. Tastes like a standard American IPA with one difference. The combination of hops yields a "green" flavor to the citrus. Like under ripe grapefruit. Not bad as such but unusual. I am more used to the "over ripe" citrus which yields a much sweeter IPA. Mouthfeel was just right for the style and with a modest 5.8% abv makes this one highly drinkable. It has a dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:05:55 | More by Spikester
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one! Poured into short pilsner glass. Amber/orange body with a big foamy head, lots of tiny bubbles to support it.. Smell of yeast and strong piney hop/citrusy hop. The flavour follows well with nice bittering. Nice carbonation, lighter body, refreshing and tasty. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:03:44 | More by wcintula
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