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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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3,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 261 | 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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Photo of carolinahophead
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jim Koch is the Man . A True Pioneer in the craft beer business.
A brown & clear apperance , it pours a good head out of the bottle also has nice lace as you drink it.
You do get the the citrus aromas ... aka pink grapefruit with brown sugar maybe some lemon too .
This is an easy drinking ipa and can be great with spicy food. Let the beer warm up & it gets a whole lot better.
This is a good beer for the people coast to coast .... Maybe just for hopheads or someone wanting a good American Craft beer .

carolinahophead, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of ackleydg
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous red-orange with a two-finger head. Strong retention and lacing.

Smells nice - mostly grassy and floral, but also kind of sweet.

Nice and complex taste. Starts with the hops, finishes with sweeter malt undertones.

Pretty foamy mouthfeel.

I would get this again for sure.

ackleydg, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Tundruth
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single bottle at the local 7-11 for 99 cents, sweet!
Poured into a scotch snifter because its the best thing I could find to sample it from at the time.
Appearance is a medium orange/tan in color and an off white head rose to over half the height of my snifter glass and lasted a bit, leaving behind nice lacing.
Smells strongly of of a complex and delicious mix of big, dry hops.
Taste follows in the nose of the beer, it is complex and hoppy, giving it an all around impressively delicious American IPA flavor that is perfectly balanced. Tastes very much like pine as I think most IPAs I try seem to, and also there is a biscuit flavor in there that must be the product of the malts used in its brewing process.
MF- great. not as good as the nose or the taste but still great nonetheless. Carbonation is just right and the body of the beer is heavy but not too heavy to the point that it is sticky or thick in any way.
Overall I am impressed, one of the better SA beers I've had and I am usually enjoy SA beers nonetheless.

Tundruth, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle by Pennsylvania beer historian, Rich Wagner. Thanks, as always, for the free brews, Rich!

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a translucent, deep golden color. A massive, 3 finger, foamy head on the initial pour. The head lasts a few minutes. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass

S - A nice citrusy smell. Not as intense as some other IPA's I've had but not bad.

T - A caramel-like sweetness and a slightly citrusy taste are the initial flavors I get. Not as much of the "grapefruit" taste that I like but it's not bad. Malty background that finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A thin to medium consistancy. Nicely carbonated. Slighlty bitter aftertaste.

O - An OK IPA but there are many others that I think are better tasting and better balanced. A decent stab at an IPA by SA but I'd much prefer a DFH 60, Smuttynose or Two-Hearted IPA to this.


BuxMontBeerLover, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Sam Adams pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with plenty of head; 1-2 finger creme colored foam; head is frothy and rocky, dissipated very quickly and left behind a very sticky layering of head; well carbonation; body has a brown to reddish colored hue

S - Notes of pine an hints of citrus; hop based scents all around; caramel malt character is faint, let's hope the malt is more prevalent in the taste; light crisp, clean and airy scents, like a lager; pine bitterness

T - Light hop bit; hop and some pine; the malt backbone does not have a heavy caramel taste to it, more like grassy with a residual taste of anise or green vegetable

M - Tangy and effervescent; thin body; harsh bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds and disappears very quickly

D - Very surprised of Sam Adams, I thought it would have more hop character, especially in the nose; with so many hops form the 48th latitude I thought there would be more bite; still an enjoyable drink and should not be passed up if given the opportunity to drink

ferrari29, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some of this. Wanted to try the 'deconstructed' versions, but this will have to do for now. Giant Eagle had this as a sixer for $8.99.

The pour produces a brilliant (clear) marmalade orange colored brew, with a very substantial ecru head. The head is blocky and lasts pretty well. Nice lacing develops on the glass. This is a very good looking glass of beer.

The nose is a bit light for my standards for the style. A bit of dry hopping would do wonders for this beer. I keep seeing BBC/SA commercials where they tout 'dry hopping' of their Boston Lager. They shouldn't forget that IPA's almost demand dry hopping to give that big resiny nose we hop heads are looking for. Nevertheless, the nose does indicate a complex arrangement of hops, and a light caramel background.

The taste is right up there with some of my favorite IPAs. Very hop forward .. perhaps in the 70's IBU range .. it presents multiple hop notes. There is piney resin, along with citrus. I think there is a strong statement from Simcoe. Maltiness is there, just behind the curtain .. don't look too hard. Caramel and bread crusts comprise the malt end.

A moderate carbonation level of about 2 volumes keeps it lively, and I imagine that if I'd decanted this into my SA glass, it would hold a head cap throughout the beer. I'd put the carbonation level at 'spot on'. Any higher and it might be 'bitey'. Mouthfeel is just right for an IPA of this size. At 6% abv, its a bit over 'session beer' weight, but I could easily enjoy 3 or 4 of these in an evening.

Overall, another fine brew from BBC/SA. I must give these guys their due ... they consistently produce fine beer, available just about everywhere in the country. Sometimes when I go out, I worry that I will be relagated to choices of 'swill' from the BMC lot (on the golf course, for example). As long as I can get some SA, I'm never disappointed. I try to get my non-craft loving friends introduced by some of SA's gateway brews. Nice job on this one guys. I'm a fan for life. Though I brew my own, I still occasionally pick up sixers and bombers of various craft brews. Sam Adams will always be on my list of 'worthy' beers to enjoy.

Latitude 48 is well worth looking for, and trying, even if you are not a hop head. Its not over the top, but just a good solid example of the style.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Hershdawg
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into DB glass

A: Dark brown amber. Most IPAs tend to be lighter in SRM and focus hops rather then malt. A little much on the malt color for a single IPA. Slight white head little lacing

S: Tea like hops. A mix of earthy and piney hops. No citrusy or floral hops.

T: Average for the smell. Taste like some browns and ambers I've had. Not hop forward enough. Sierra Nevada PA is more hop forward.

O: Good everyday drink IPA but for the flavor profile just go with SN Pale ale. Its more hop flavor per oz by far.

Hershdawg, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy and herbal hop flowers mixed with a bit of caramel and bread. Light hints of apricot and citrus in the aroma as well. The taste follows the aroma fairly well. Nice bready caramel base with just enough earthy hops to make this IPA like. A little bit of a mineral or metallic note in there somewhere. Medium body and level of carbonation, resinous slick mouthfeel. This is a decent readily available IPA, but it is not one of my favorites. I'd like to see a bit more caramel type maltiness and a bit more hop bite. Some cascade or centennial could have added some great complexity to the hop bill.

johnnnniee, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker.

A: Pours a dull orange with a one finger head.

S: Resiny hops are present with the strong, unmistakable suggestion of crystal malts.

T: As in the smell, this is far too malty for an IPA. Hops are there, but they aren't aggressive enough by any stretch of the imagination.

D: Boredom keeps this from drinkability. A combination of substandard balance with lower ABV drive the nail in this brew's coffin.

Overall: My hat's of to Sam for taking a shot at this popular style. However, this one is just not up to snuff. SA beers tend to be "gateway" options, but I just don't think that an IPA is the right vehicle for introducing someone to craft beer. Considering the popularity of this style, there are just too many other options that I would reach for before I have this one again.

JohnnyChicago, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this AIPA from a 12 oz bottlie into a pint glass. This beer poured a copper color, it produced a white head. Head retention was average and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated my hops and citrus. The taste of the AIPA has a malt base which gives way to sweet and then bitter hops. Overall, this IPA is better than I expected and IPA to be from Sam Adams. It's not overly aggressive but it has more "umph" than most safe mass produced versions of this style.

GossageBrewery, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, enjoy before Sept 2011. Way ahead of yah! The Sam Adams fest continues...

A large three finger off white head with uneven bubbles is produced. There she sits on a very nice clear amber brown hued body clear and shiny. She looks simple, she looks good. Cap manages to keep an island on my puck of real good retention here, yeah liking that.

Good mix of mild citrus hop, malt soft balance. Slightly wet, easy on the senses, for that I give it some credit, can't pick out a fault either, and it's enjoyable. Simple. Straightforward. Good.

Taste mixes those nose flavors in a nice simple balance. Mild citrus that you can't pinpoint and malt presence in the middle, with a wet orange juice finish. Small lingering hop citrus bitter on the swallow. Hint of dry action on the finish also but not scorching or unpleasant.

Overall I am actually quite impressed with this one, it's practically the perfect starter IPA in many ways. Dig it. Nice work.

smakawhat, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of beerman21
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color body with a rather off white soapy head, fairly good retention.

Smell- alot of medicinal herbal hops with strong malt sweetness.

Taste- more herbal very oily, hop flavor. No citrus or fruity bitterness you see in alot of the west coast versions. Malt sweetness comes on to strong really overpowering the hops, I say that lightly of course but common this is suppose to be a IPA. flavor fads and leaves almost a bitter black tea flavor aftertaste.

M/D- Overall not a great beer its just ok.. I can never get paste the funky bitter oily tea aftertaste. Probably want buy this beer again..

beerman21, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear and a golden, almost amber color. A nice sticky, eggshell colored head. The head retention could be better.

Earthy, herbal and very oily hops in the aroma. Also a very solid malt backbone. It doesn't have the amount of hop aroma that I would expect in an IPA though.

Medium bodied, smooth and a bit oily. Sweet and floral hops followed by more bitter herbal and earthy flavors. A nice bready malt character mixes with the earthy hops to take it to a nice dry finish.

A pretty good IPA. It's not the best out there but it doesn't disappoint.

SuperSpy, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one when I poured it....there's an excellent hoppy aroma and dark, rich color, with a creamy white head and clingy brussels lace. But the taste is where this one really falls short; it's all bitterness, without distinctive hop flavors. No grass, citrus or what-have-you. Just a bitter flavor that's very unbalanced and just not very good. The mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is ok, the aftertaste isn't excessively long or unpleasant, but it's just not that tasty. After smelling the beer you're ready for something a lot more interesting and pleasing. It's not awful but I won't be running back for more, especially with the huge variety of excellent IPAs that are readily available wherever I go.

tobelerone, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear deep copper body with a thick creamy light beige head that last for the full beer. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles working their way to the surface.

S The light toasted malt note has a sweet crystal malt aroma coming through as the beer warms. This is followed by a soft green hop aroma that is herbal and woody with some green citrus fruit and cream taking over as the beer warms. The aroma is a bit soft.

T- This beer has a green hop flavor with some Noble bitterness and a green grapefruit hop flavor in the finish. The bitterness in the aftertaste grows and grows. The finish has a soft dry character that compliments the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a mellow fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice hop flavor but it is a bit to bitter in the aftertaste. The malt aroma is very nice in the aroma but a bit covered up in the taste.

rhoadsrage, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel/butterscotch. There is also a fair amount of hop bitterness and some faint notes of oranges. It finishes with a very sweet malty buttery caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hops bitterness.

Overall - It almost seems more like an English IPA than an American one. The taste is nice but I prefer my IPA's to be more of the west coast style. Still worth trying.

spinrsx, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of SiriusBock
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper color with three finger head. Not too much lacing

S. Good piney hop smell. Smelled like the forest around my house

T. First taste exploded with pine and mellowed to slightly roasted maltiness. Good and refreshing with the smoothness of good malt

M. Smooth texture. Went down well like a good summer brew but can hang with the bigger IPAs

SiriusBock, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has an earthy aroma of fresh herbs and pine with some traces of roasted malt.

T: Has a nice fruit and citrus flavor with traces of malt. Nice bitterness with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, clean and quite refreshing. Well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable. This is an easy drinker, not overly hopped like some IPA's can be. Good example of the style. Well worth a try.

soju6, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a decent head that quickly recedes. Very sporadic lacing.

Pine, grassy hops on the nose. Hint of sweetness.

Quite bitter, and not in the great hop bitter sense. Very little malt backbone to back up the hops. Seems out of whack.

Syrupy after taste (and feel) sticking to my throat. Not digging this.

Overall not a good IPA. Have come to not expect great things from SA, and this is no exception. I live in california for fuck's sake--we're kings of the IPA for a reason. This thing should crawl back to Baastin with the rest of the IPA rejects.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty, creamy, chalky, German IPA.

A: Blood/amber body with a two finger somewhat persistent yellowed white head.

S: Musty, creamy, perfumy, and spicy hops, smelling more European than American. A bit of caramel malt underneath.

T: Similar to the nose, but malt is on top and hops are in the background, though this may be a freshness issue. Creamy and chalky is how I would describe the overall experience. Perfumy notes are the strongest of the hops flavors. Finish is short and on bitter hops.

M: Quite grainy and a bit drying.

O: Probably won't drink again, but it's a fair offering.

dmfrench, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of videofrog
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Copperish with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Lacing perfectly marks each drink taken down the glass. Carbonation displayed well in this glass.

S: Citrusy hops up front. Caramel malt is in the background.

T: Malt is muted, but helps to balance out the hop variety. Citrus, bit of earthiness in the hops.

M: Carbonation medium for the style. Oily hops apparent with medium body.

O: Really enjoyed and appreciated this offering by Sam Adams. Not a hop-bomb, but refreshing and a solid example of the style. Haven't had a chance to try the Deconstructed brews, but my interest is piqued after this one.

videofrog, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, with a two finger head and some lacing is left.

S-Some citrus hops. Slightly disappointed in the smell.

T-Some citrus and earthy tones. Has some bitterness in the finish, could have some more.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A nice intro IPA, not very bitter when compared to other IPAs. It was nice to see Sam Adams finally make one, plus it seeing it in a mix pack make a SA mix more enjoyable to a hop head.

rlee1390, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of mjgooner13
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice copper color with off white foamy head. Bubbles streaming up throughout the drink.

S- Getting the hops straight away and some earthy smells to go along with orange and other citrus scents.

T- Nice hop flavor, could be a bit stronger, but im pleased. The hops are followed by the citrus zest i got in the nose. Leaves slight bitterness in the end.

M- Nicely carbonated with dryness left on the back of the tounge.

O- Was an enjoyable beer, im not blown away by it, but pleasant enough. As the beer warms the hops and citrus flavors mellow out, which i didn't like. Its initial hop and citrus flavors were good, nothing complex, but a solid beer.

mjgooner13, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated best by Oct 2011.

Pours a little darker than an average IPA. A little more copper to brown with 1 finger head, some retention and little lacing.

Smells more like a hefe or belgian than anything else. Not a big turn on for me as I much prefer American yeast strains. Getting some banana and clove, barely any hops.

Tastes OK. A little bitter with brown sugar and some of that banana and clove you might get from a hefe. The hops don't shine through, nor does the malt. It's overpowered by the weird yeast.

Mouthfeel is average. Moderate carbonation and medium body. It wasn't watery, so that's a plus.

Overall I probably won't drink this again unless it's the only thing other than BMC and someone else is buying.

dmsohyea, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a dry and woody IPA.

A: Amber-red colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Piney hop smell. 4

T: Piney flavour that tastes like Amarillo hops to me. There is a dry and mild malty base. They have definitely tried to stay away from the style that you find from Dogfish Head and the west coast breweries. Nice, but far from my favourite IPA. 4

M: Pretty foamy. 4

O: A nice, distinctive, IPA. 3.5

vandemonian, Jun 18, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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