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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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3,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 235 | 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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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of armock
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Safeway in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and piney hops on top of caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with piney hops upfront with only slight malt coming through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Much like the rest of the Sam Adams line up this isn't a mind blowing beer but it is a good tasting well made example of the style thats easy to find most places this one is worth picking up sometime to try

armock, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of NaLoGra
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a frozen tall glass. Great head, stayed tall for a few minutes, then showed some great lacing.

A - Golden appearance with hints of red, Impressive.

S - Definitely hints of hops...overall light sent for an IPA.

T - Very balanced hop flavor with a smooth feel. Not too dry, very nice.

M - Lightly carbonated, light feel in general.

O - I would buy again, more so for an out doors event..since thats when I enjoy drinking IPAs for the most part. Overall, a decent brew from Boston beer company.

NaLoGra, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jimboween
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hello: latitude 48- the major hop growing regions of america, germany, and england reside here. hooray hops!

appearance: a dark copper. beautifully lingering head, like that one fluffy cloud meandering across an endless summer sky.

smell: hops. i smell hops. good, as it's an ipa. the low-ish rating is for the quality of the sniffer, not the quality of the sniff-ee.

taste: it is certainly one of the maltier ipa's that i have had. which is not to say the hops aren't there. they are, and quite hoppily so, but this is more balanced than most other american ipa hopfests. which is why the maltiness sticks out for me.

mouthfeel: not sticky, just smooth. i find that the more hop-biased ipa's can be a bit "sticky" on the lips; not this one. its like orange coppery velvet.

overall: a good one. i would be very happy to find this on draft somewhere in florida, though i do not hold out any real hope of seeing it ANY further south than say, southie. it's ok, i'll drink it out of my perfect pint glass on the porch all the same.

jimboween, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: A good blend of piney and citrus hops with hints of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and spice. Solid malty backing of caramel and toffee. Hops and malt are evenly balanced.

Taste: A good burst of hop bitterness with herbal pine resin and hints of grapefruit and orange. Hints of spice from the Zeus hop. Solid malt backing of caramel and toffee giving the beer a lot of balance. There is plenty of hoppy bite but the strong malt presence holds some of the bitterness back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Tried this after having the five stand alone hops in the deconstructed pack. I can notice elements of each of those hops here. It makes a nice combination. The overall bitterness is on the lighter side for an IPA but this is still pretty good. Nicely balanced.

MattyG85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Large cream colored head. Loads of carbonation. Clear dark copper body. Left a great lacing.

A- Nice sweet caramel malt backing with floral and citrusy hop aromas.

T- Sweet malt up front surrounded by a pleasant bitterness that continues into the aftertaste. Hop flavors seemed a bit muted. Well balanced.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Not as crazy as some west coast IPAs. Rather balanced in fact. Quite enjoyable.

gpogo, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep coppery with amber tints and a nice thick head with great retention; lacing is fantastic

S: Sweet bready malts meet citrus hops for a decent aroma; maybe a touch on the sweet side but all in all this is a pretty inviting aroma

T: Herbal and floral bitterness up front--no sweetness to speak of which is odd considering the aroma; a decent bready and biscuity malt base balances things out

F: Creamy up front but things dry out after that and though some of the beer manages to cling to the roof of the mouth, it finishes rather thin

O: Obviously not in the upper echelon of the style but an interesting, non-west-coast version of the style; I actually kind of dig it but it is different

dbossman, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Variety Pack. I figured I'd start with the base IPA before investigating the single hop varietals.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a medium copper with about a finger or so of cream colored head. Nice sticky lacing persists.

Smell is citrusy and grapefruity with some caramel sweetness on the back end of the inhale.

Taste is super hoppy. There's a decent bready, malty caramel sweetness. The bitterness of the hops seems a little too much for me. It's a pretty well balanced IPA, but it's not perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is nice as well. Drinkability is right there too. In my opinion, this is a middle of the pack IPA. It's tasty and drinkable, but it doesn't do much to stand out from the IPA pack.

pburland23, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Color is copper/amber with a nice off-white head. Retention is awesome and lacing is superb - it nearly coats the glass with lace.

S - There's some grapefruit/citrus notes along with some caramel too. Seems to be a lot of sweetness on the back end of each sniff that I take.

T - The hops are the most prominent, but there's a nice bready/malty/caramel backbone. About the only way to describe this beer would be well balanced. Finish is bittersweet.

M - Drinkability is up there. This beer goes down really easy and having several of these wouldn't be a problem. Just a tad light for the style though.

O - This is a really well balanced beer, and an easy drinking IPA. At 6%, having a few in a session won't be too much of an issue. Sam Adams is available pretty much anywhere ... heck, I even found this beer at Wal-Mart, so if you're in an area where quality beer is hard to find this is a solid choice.

BigDRS, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy/foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, some hoppiness, and some caramel notes. Medium Body, the finish has a slight bitterness/dry. This is a tasty brew, nice one for a hot day.

Wasatch, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Wegmans. In a tumbler.

A: The IPA is a darker amber orange color that verges on brown, barely translucent. A two-plus finger head on the first pour is lacing nicely.

S: Syrupy both in terms of malts and hops. Caramel breadiness mix with grapefruit and pepper aromas. The hops seem a little concentrated.

T: Fruitiness, thanks to the hops, stands out. Citrusy grapefruit and oranges are plentiful, as are peppery flavors and caramel. The hops have a syrupy consistency, perhaps a little too old. Those hops linger in each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is hop-drive, even with the ample caramel body. It's alright, just alright.

akorsak, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of kagent777
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Utah state system and poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A crystal clear dark copper color beer with a thin layer of off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice toffee and caramel notes mix with a slightly mineralish hop smell. The hops also have a hint of pine in them.

Taste: Follows the taste well. I like this one, having a balanced IPA is a nice change of pace sometimes. This one has a clean hop flavor and a solid caramel malt backbone. The bitterness from the hops is not overwhelming; and the maltiness is not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness on the finish lingers longer than most beers. the carbonation and body are both middling.

Overall: This may be a beer that could be used to introduce BMC drinkers to the IPA style. It is not overwhelming, but very solid.

kagent777, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As with the prior Latitude 48m IPAs I reviewed, pours from bottle into pint glass a shiny copper with thick slightly tan head, retaining for several minutes. Produces a somewhat thick sticky lacing.

Sweet caramel malts and piney citrus, lemon,grapefruit and hops on the nose, little grassy and medium overall.

Some light chewy malt, grains and slight hops coming in with heavy carbonation. Thin body, just a slight hop lingering after-bite.

Pretty mediocre, underwhelming and weak. Overall, I am not impressed with this SA IPA lineup.I can hope they put more effort into their next specialty lineup, but time will tell. As a whole, the SA Latitude 48 IPA lineup is satisfying,abet mediocre and rather ordinary, they can do better.

happy4hoppybeer, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried to find this as fresh as possible. Best By Date of August, so it should be pretty good.
Noting the grassy quality, but also that distinct tea like aroma that is also in Boston Lager - I'm getting used to it, not my favorite aroma, but okay. Aroma is fresh. Clean water aroma mixed with the mild malt.
Very steady head - I got distracted for about 20-30 minutes before I could get to it and the thick creamy head had settled, but not settled out. Clear and rather dark amber for style.
Nicely balanced flavors from mild slightly sweet malty start through the long flavorful bitterness. In between is a nice mix of flavors. Strong on the hallertau tea thing, but also some nice complexity with fruit, sweetness, and less grassiness than in the aroma. Nice hop flavors.
Body is a tad light, but decently smooth with a slightly elevated carbonation.
This is pretty good and holds a unique flavors with the hop chosen. But they did a nice job. Drinkability is good. Having another would not be a problem.

garymuchow, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a big 3" head that slowly falls. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: earthy and citrus hop aroma is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some grapefruit, a little bit of pine and a bunch of earthy tones create a nicely balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Overall: an easy to drink IPA that is refreshing and full flavored.

Gavage, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Pete0714
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a pint glass, producing a two finger head, which dissipated somewhat, leaving a creamy surface of foam and lacing for the rest of the time.

A: reddish amber and clear.

S: Definitely piney, hops come through strong( perhaps a bit stronger than I'd prefer for balance)

T: Strong hops bitterness and some light citrus, a bit unbalanced, as the smell suggested.

M: Smooth, lingering stickiness, not quite fullbodied.

O: pretty good IPA, a little overly hoppy, but nothing to complain about.

Pete0714, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A decent head and a slightly darker color than expected. A good sprightly level of carbonation. This beer tastes very hoppy; it is not particularly well balanced. Hop bitterness dominates the finish. Overall a pretty decent IPA.

mentaltraveller, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

White head disappearing quickly. It poured like there was going to be a decent head but just dissolved rapidly. Tiny Bubbles form from the bottom but start moving very fast about half way through, then shoot straight to the top. The beer is amber in color, no other way to describe it. The head actually sticks around and turns into a creamy white head. I have never seen this before in a beer; simply amazing! Lacing from top to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is very pleasant! It smells, I guess you can say, Piney. The hops are smacking you in the face!

One of the smoothest IPA's I've ever tried! Its creamy, light carbonation and leaves the mouth dry and the lips sticky.

I noticed some fruit at first. Then those awesome piney hops just take it to another level. It does have a bitter end but that's fine with me. The taste is great! I'm really in awe right now. Every taste in this brew is blunt but hits you at different times.

Drink Ability: I could have about three of these, be set and happy for the night.

First the appearance shocked me and then the different degrees of taste! Simply one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted! I never thought I'd give a perfect score to anything but this has shocked me in every way.

This is the second time I am reviewing this IPA. A while ago I gave it a perfect score. I have had many IPA's since then; I want to see if the score still holds up.

Tiny bubbles at the bottom, about midway up they get bigger and move a lot faster. A creamy off white head sticks around and doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon. Very nice lacing on the glass from the creamy head. One of the nicest looking IPA's around for sure.

Citrus, floral hops, some pine and sweet malt comes through the nose. The aroma seems to be a little muted, I remember a stronger smell. It's certainly not a bad smell, it's good, just not excellent.

Bitterness backed up by sweetness almost perfectly. Pine and citrus hops mixing with caramel and bready malt. One of the best tasting IPA's around.

Feels nice… medium body, it leaves the lips feeling slightly sticky. Prickly carbonation but it works well with this IPA.

Overall, this is a great IPA to try. Very well balanced between the bitter hops and sweet malt. It does become a little filling after finishing two. Perfect, as I previously rated it, not quite but it's still a great IPA.

9InchNails, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice copper color with good head retention
Smell - pleasant hoppy scents with some pine notes

Taste - A pretty decent American IPA with some lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - I mediocre to good American IPA. OK I suppose for hop lovers but it could use a little more flavorings and complexity to go with lingering bitterness.

bubseymour, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ash111
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was curious to try this after hearing about it from several people. After their positive recommendations, I was a little disappointed. Overall, this beer is decent, but not great.

I drank it from the bottle, so perhaps I lost a little in terms of aroma. But I found this beer to be a little on the bitter side for my taste. Even for IPAs, this one seemed a little too hoppy and bitter without that sweet refreshing quality that well-balanced IPAs have.

ash111, May 31, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a coppery color with a big head towering over it. The foam is persistent. The aroma is a flowery hop mixture. A touch of caramel malt sweetens the palate for the oily hops to come. Flowery grapefruit hops coat the mouth and combine with the malt to produce a nice brew.

BeardedBoffin, May 31, 2011
Photo of jiggahertz
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Caramel brown beer with a nice frothy two finger head which dissipates slowly. Good lacing throughout.

S: Floral hops, sweet caramel and grassy notes.

T: Big and malty up front, followed closely by intense hops, the finish injects some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, tangy, sticky.

O: Not a bad IPA, more malts than I expected.

jiggahertz, May 30, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A- Very clear shiny new penny copper with about two fingers of white thick head. Dissipates into an even covering. Lots circular lacing on the glass. Looks perfect, but that seems to be true with almost any beer poured into the perfect pint.

S-Wild flowers with some grassy aroma are the first notes. I get a lot of sweetness that isn't exactly caramel, but close, maybe a little brown sugar. Nothing all that overpowering. Reminds me of a hopped version of Boston Lager.

T- The front end is pretty dominated by malt. Get some cereal grain taste that gives way to some hoppiness that is not all that bitter. Get some onion in the back end. It is a sweet bitterness due to the malt lingering from the front end.

M- Medium body that sits heavy on the palate. The carbonation doesn't add nor detract from the overall taste. I get a lot of alcohol heat sitting in the back of the throat. Even after taking a bite of a sausage, the lingering sweet bitterness dominates the palate. Not a bad lingering taste, just a tad sweet.

O- This is my third time having this beer and by far the most enjoyable. The hops are a little weak and I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Really looking forward to all the deconstructed versions because this version holds up as a slightly above average IPA. I will give this to my BMC friends as a possible gateway.

betsona, May 30, 2011
Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer in May '11; enjoy by date is Sep. '11
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger creamy cream-colored head with great retention. Nice head. Crystal clear reddish amber liquid is pretty. A tad browner than other IPAs but still pretty.

S: Crisp, clean herbal hop, caramel and biscuit malt base. Very Euro hopped. Grassy, catty, some citrus PNW hop as well.

T: Interesting malty open with immediate hop balance. Sweet caramel, grapefruit. Citrus and herbal hop flavors are bright around the edges. I might prefer more citrus flavor overall. Fair alcohol breath is just bordering on overdoing it. Some garlicy hop flavor.

M: Good hearty body. Intense grapefruity bitterness puckers to the extreme; both a plus and a minus. Slightly astringent hop bite.

D: Enjoyable. I'd love another and would buy again, especially for a party to add to the cooler.

dfillius, May 30, 2011
Photo of tjacobs610
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Has a bright copper color, with a great 2 inch head that has great retention (over 5 mins) and lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel and grassy pine

T: Very creamy taste, with a caramel and grassy mix. Very complex taste. Gives the drinker something to think about. Also has a very strong beginning and very dry finish

M: Medium bodied with a great mix of flavors and carbonation. Makes the beer very frothy on the palate as well as giving the drinker something to figure out with all the complex tastes.

O:Follows the Samuel Adams style of great all-round beers. Has rich dark color and pungent smell with a very complex taste and feel on the palate. An overall good IPA that will leave you wanting more

tjacobs610, May 30, 2011
Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Orange/red bodywith an off white head. Aroma of light caramel Malt, light pine. Flavors of sweet malt notes, grassy hops throughout with a bitter/piney end. Medium bodied, sweet with nice spots of bitterness and maltyness with a nice long bitter finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA from SA. not the greatest, but just a nice, well balanced, bitter IPA.

beergod1, May 29, 2011
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