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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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2,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 133 | 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 Thur123


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with about two and a half fingers worth of slightly tan head. Craggy bubbles recede at a moderate pace. The brew is a deep brownish orange. The smell is noble, herbal, and sweet towards the end. An interesting smell that reminds me of both Czech Pilsner and English ESB (a la London Pride). The sheer amount of hops and citrus are what make this American.

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The flavor is lots of noble tasting hoppiness that's both very light and dense with flavor. The back end of the hop profile ends like herbal candy. Lemon citrus zest is present throughout and maybe even a bit of orange and grapefruit as well. Overall a very impressive showing from BBC in my opinion. A full bodied and drinkable IPA with subtle complexity but enough bitterness and punch to match my desire.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:45:18 | More by Thur123
Photo of matjack85


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with an expiration date of Feb. '11 notched into the side label. If you're curious about the name, their web site says it refers to the 48th degree latitude line in the northern hemisphere where all the hops used in this beer are grown.

The beer pours a clear copper color that looks like a new penny when held to the light. It made 2-fingers of fluffy white head that lasted awhile and left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Nice, hoppy, IPA-like smell with a touch of honey-like sweetness and trace of alcohol in the background. I also get a big earthy smell.

Nice combination of the various hops used gives this one a citrusy. piny, and earthy hop flavor all at once. A touch of caramel malt sweetness helps to balance it a bit, but the hops still rule. Slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

Light body- almost too light bordering on watery with only moderate carbonation.

Overall I liked this and it's drinkable, but I wish it had a little more body and I'm not crazy about the bitter alcoholic aftertaste. One final word of caution - do not drink this beer ice cold. Until it warms up a bit the malty sweetness doesn't come out and you are left with an overabundance of bitterness. Warming brings out the malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:34:52 | More by matjack85
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Got a 6-pack yesterday for $8.99 at Ayotte's. Enjoying a bottle or 2 on a cold, lazy Sunday afternoon....

Color is a clear, vibrant copper, and there's steady carbo rising up. Head is thin and white, the fine bubbles mostly clinging to the edge, with a little lace. Has a solid, hop-heavy aroma, with some earthiness present. Pretty smooth feel, and the body is a solid medium.

Has some subtle sweetness in the form of toasty malt right off the bat. That aspect vanishes quickly, though, in a wave of hops from near and far. There's some earthy English hops in the mix, along with some herbal action from the German side. And if that's not enough, the American hops throw some piney citrus into the mix. And all of those hops stick around and linger long after the liquid has hit the belly. I like it; this is a solid, very drinkable IPA.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:13:22 | More by Bierman9
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Funny thing, growing up. All of the old ways of life fade and become but a memory, and you make new ones, but never is there a return to who you were when you were young... You're older now. You've seen life, you've known pain and searing loss, you've had many a beer. They can bring back memories, but never yourself at the time.
So this one, pours a mahogany like so much maple syrup over the pancakes your dad used to make... at least I hope he did. Those were some of the best days, the Saturdays when Dad was home, cooking pancakes for the family... a rich, amber liquid with a finger of head on top (perhaps you put whipped cream on yours? Then that, I suppose, though a bit more soapy... almost like homemade whipped cream... a thinner, more cream colored version rather than the sterile white)... And the lace clings to the side like so many snowflakes on a window on a cold morning...
The aroma, then, there's a bit more of that maple-syrup or molasses, a clean, earthy aroma with a balanced hopping... a tinge of grapefruit amongst the waves of pine.
The flavour is balanced as well, though a bit more grapefruit bitterness there, especially in the finish. The malt of maple and a bit of molasses in the back, maybe even a hint of wood, almost an oak-barrel vanillin there. Actually I'm pretty certain of it, a smidge of vanilla. Nice.
The body is medium and the carbonation is as well, while the bitterness leaves a bit of dry lingering bitterness in the finish.
There's only forwards now, I suppose, now a wife of my own and it's up to me to create the memories for mine that I've had the incredible pleasure of thinking back on all these years. Don't just drink something, experience it. Let it flood you with thoughts, feelings and memories, it's all the better for enjoyment. And do what is in your power to create those lovely maple-syrup mornings in the cozy breakfast room in the cold winter... take the time to cook a hot breakfast, to savour the moments... you never know which one may last forever in the mind of someone you love.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:53:16 | More by khiasmus
Photo of jbphoto88


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and fire orange is the color of the Lat. 48. The head is tall thick and rocky. It's the same color as yellow onion skin and settles to a mountain range of sudsy foam. No doubt a pretty beer.

The nose is also good but not the same caliber as the beautiful appearance. Warm grains spiked with sharp citrus hops. Light kisses of grapefruit or some other distant citrus scent.

The taste is my least favorite part of this brew. It's not bad just not much above average. There is an over sweetened milled grain flavor that tastes more engineered then brewed. The hops are there but not well defined other then some bittness and ho hum citrus. For an American ipa I find it lacking boldness and character.

The mouthfeel comes back a little stronger but doesn't add much positive to the drinking experience. The beer is muted, almost watered down but does have a firm carbonation. A good beer but not a great one. Worth checking out but not one I would be urged to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:00:07 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of ectomorph


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with the area of the label with the freshness dating mangled, so I can't tell... Poured into a tulip.

A - Gorgeous amber with ruby hues, great clarity, and a well formed head of large frothy bubbles. Good retention with patchy lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango hops aroma with an earthy and bread malt sweetness. Not dank or pungent, but very nice. Clean fermentation with no esters or real yeast character.

T - Moderate bitterness, the hops don't come off as the smell would lead you to think. Woody, spicy, herbal hops flavor. Bread sweetness, crackers from the malt. Somewhat balanced but the bitterness does show up. Peppery hops finish.

M - Medium bodied and decently dry. Good carbonation with a bit of a sour aftertaste.

D - Moderate to high. If you're looking for a lupulin fix that caters to the English hops side, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 21:23:53 | More by ectomorph
Photo of zhanson88


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, with about 1.5 fingers of egg shell white head. Retention is okay, and a fine film of tight lacing remains throughout.

Smell: Slight caramel malts up front followed by citrus and a lot of piney hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Sweet caramel malts up front, followed by a bit of citrus in the middle and a pleasant amount of piney hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer leans toward being light bodied, but the carbonation is about right. This is a very drinkable beer overall, a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:16:01 | More by zhanson88
Photo of czechsaaz


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is moderately hoppy. More pine resin but some citrus notes.A bit of sugary malt underneath.

Copper colored and very clear with tons of rising carbonation that feedsa small quarter inch layer of off-white head.

Hoppy bitter start that gives way to a brown sugar malt backbone. Some grass hop flavor along with the citrus bittering.

A little thin bodied with an aggressive carbonation level.

Not bad but nothing special. Given that Sam products go on supermarket sales regularly, I'd buy it again. There are many less enjoyable beers in the price category.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:14:28 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of Soonami


2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eh. Not great. It's not really worth the time for an in depth review. The beer is thin, the bitterness is not what I was expecting for an American IPA, this is definitely a disappointing beer that a hophead will find way underwhelming. I didn't see the abv when i bought the beer, but the 5.8% is a pretty good indication that this beer would be lacking the malt character and body I was looking for. That combined with the minimal hopping made for an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:07:37 | More by Soonami
Photo of boomboom


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

This beer pours almost a perfect copper color, with light carbonation and excellent lacing when swirled around the glass.

The smell is a bit earthy, with strong caramel and malt coming through. Hops don't come through like other, more flowery-smelling IPA's, but nonetheless the hops are there in the background. Alcohol is there as well,especially when swirled, but not strong given the 5.8% abv.

Taste is very bready, with solid malt backbone and hops lingering in the background that don't dominate. Bitterness comes after and really lingers nicely.

This is a great session beer from SA and one of my favorites from them. I usually prefer very hoppy, flowery IPA's but this is a nice diversion from that. I will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:26:01 | More by boomboom
Photo of bigfnjoe


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

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. Heeeey, Sam Adams glass getting used on a Sam Adams beer!

A- pours a very dark amber with a half a finger slightly off white head. It looks nice...but it doesn't look like most IPAs I've seen. Most are usually of the orange variety...the darker amber looks a little weird.

S- the hops I'm getting are a little fruity, nice and sweet...wondering what I'm gonna be getting out of this. Smells really good, though

T- getting some bitterness, some floral hops, minimal sweetness. Simcoe is one of the hops in this, and I can taste it a little bit...not a lot. Very earthy.

M- about what you'd expect from an IPA. Nothing new here

D- I like my IPAs fruity or bitter. This is more in the earthy variety, English style...not the biggest fan of English style IPAs. Oh well. Its solid, though...just not my favorite

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 21:59:14 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of DefenCorps


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

I've enjoyed a lot of Sam Adams beers, and was glad to see they were brewing an IPA. I'm not expecting too much, though.

Very dark for the style, this is deep copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving nice lacing. The nose is decent. With citrus and fruit, a resiny, green bitterness that is hallmark of the East Coast. As it warms, the fruitiness really grows. A moderate malty sweetness is present, and almost a touch of alcohol?

The palate is solid. Opening with a blend of moderate bitterness, fresh, green and resiny, and a rather potent malt character. The malt is very, very crystal malt in character, a dry, burnt caramel flavor. The malt character slowly gives way to a moderately aggressive grapefruit bitterness. There's just a little resin character to the palate, which is nice, but it's also just a little watery. Mild sweetness and moderate bitterness are present on the finish. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this is solid stuff. This is an excellent East Coast IPA, but on the whole, it isn't something I'd drink too often. Well crafted for what it is, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:16:42 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of zoso1967


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

This beer pours a very attractive light copper color and is crystal clear. The head is a surprisingly deep parchment color. Like most all Sam beers, it has excellent head retention and lacing.

The aroma on the IPA is very different from most run of the mill examples, and is quite enjoyable. Very floral and earthy, with some citrus notes as well. This beer also has a nice toasty malt character in the nose that does a good job of accenting the floral notes.

The flavor is not quite as hop forward as the nose, but there is still a good amount of floral, earthy and even a bit of piney grapefruit hop flavor. The malt in this beer is substantial, with a nice caramel, toasty and nutty character to it. This brew is very bitter, but also has decent balance from the malts.

The mouthfeel is medium with a subdued carbonation that is right on. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the finish which is very dry, but not unpleasant. Both hops and slightly toasted malt linger long after the sips are finished.

This is a decently drinkable IPA, and a nice change of pace. It is not, however, a beer that I would feel that interested in seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:01:26 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Cresant


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

Served this one in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass of course. Best by March 2011. The body was deep amber and clear. The dense lumpy head left sheets of lace. Very pretty.

The smell was lightly metallic with notes of rotting hay. Earthy.

The taste was leafy and spicy. There was a gentle bite of hops with enough caramel malts for good balance. The hops are boss but not too prominent. Drying crispy finish. Very drinkable but i would still choose Noble Pils over this one given the choice.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with just the right amount of zesty carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 14:28:31 | More by Cresant
Photo of Andrew644


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a lively head that sticks to the glass.

S- Nice floral smell to it, its light but subtle.

T- It has a balance that most IPA's don't have, this is probably because of the three different hops included in this beer. Each of them has their own job and they work very well with each other. It gives a deeper flavor to have that many hops working together instead of creating just a one hop version. I am not big on IPA's but this is definately my favorite IPA so far.

M- Good mouthfeel with a lively carbonation that helps the flavor find its way around your mouth.

D- Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:54:59 | More by Andrew644
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a copperish amber color with a small off-white head that lingers around as a small ring for a good while and and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Fruity aroma of citrus and some tropical fruits upfront witha nice caramel sweetness balancing it out in the back.

Taste starts with notes of fresh grapefruit and mango and lighter notes of pine upfront with a subtle caramel and toffee sweetness that lingers on into the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. This isn't an aggressively hopped IPA like some of the top examples of the style, but it is another solid SA offering. Refreshing, flavorful, and easily drinkable. This isn't anything groundbreaking but it does make a great everyday IPA, and I think I'll be keeping these on hand in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:17:23 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of nickthegun12


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

i love the head on this beer, big and frothy, leave nice lacing too
the smell is of cascade, only the british equivalent to that, cause this is a british ipa replica
taste is decent maltyness, nice pilgrim hop bitterness to it
creamy mouthfeel, slightly dry
you can easily gulp down a few of these in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:14:02 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Against artificial lighting a cherry orange color has a light, but rapid sense of rise for carbonation. The head is frothy, a good size, with an equally good retention rate that leaves a thick band for a lacing.

S: Ale like fruitiness or raw apple skins go against a pine and flowery grapefruit hopping. The strength is moderate, nothing that will bowl you over but still enough to be respectable if you give it a chance. Toasted caramel comes on the close with some light lemony juice notes.

T: Smooth flavor, toasted caramel sweetness meets a typical west coast hopping of flowery cascade notes. A bite of grapefruit appears mid-palate with a slight left hook, before a close of caramel grains and dry hops of flowery citrus. The dry hopping really shines at the proper temperature, especially moments right before the swallow with a nice balance as with most their beers. Adequate in hops, smooth in character, and a good backing of malts.

M: Medium with a creamy caramel malt base rests on the tongue. Light effervesce with some detection on the tip of the tongue along with a flowery coating.

D: Sam Adams continues to make session quality beers. Some may argue they don't go big enough but their beers are always a joy to drink, and provide enough quality and cleanness to be case worthy in most respect. They hardly disappoint and this is no exception. Looking for a hop bomb, maybe not so much, looking for a good quality, sessionable ipa with great balance that you can easily share with your friends, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:15:21 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of movingtrain


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into and sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color with some reddish colors. Small white head floating on top with decent carbonation in the body of the beer.

The aroma is on par with a good IPA. Hoppy and crisp, some bitter notes, backed by a decent aroma of fresh baked bread. A little more malty in the nose than other IPAs, but a pretty good balance.

First up on the palate is citrus, followed by light caramel and honey, then finishing with some bitter, peppery notes. This is a nice, bitter IPA. I like that. It is very active on the tongue, and puts out some pretty solid flavor.

Overall, not a bad IPA...I hadn't seen this one from Sam Adams before, and thought I would give it a try...glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:35:02 | More by movingtrain
Photo of Lerxst


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours copper in color with a one finger off white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Somewhat subdued for an IPA. Faint pine and citrus hop aromas linger, but aren't pronounced at all. A bready malt presence also makes itself known.

T-Balanced comes to mind here. Neither the hops or the malt are taking over. Citrus hops coming through with an equally balanced attack from the bready malt. Slightly sweet and a bit spicy.

M-Not quite medium body with a somewhat harsh carb bite that detracts.

D-Fairly easy drinking, but doesn't make me want another.

A decent, but not inspiring offering from SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 18:32:33 | More by Lerxst
Photo of Radome


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium amber to copper and not quite as crystal clear as Sam Adams usually seem to be (regardless of style). The head is not very thick, but is creamy and lasts throughout the drink as a solid blanket of timy bubbles and lots of lace.

S - There is an interesting interplay of American West Coast hops and malt. The hops seem piney and resiny.

T - The taste is not as interesting as the aroma. They resiny hops are right at the front and they are not sufficiently balanced by malt or sweetness. Alcohol is not detectable. In the aftertaste are lots more hops. The label talks about a variety of hops being used, but American West Coast is all I detect.

M - The body is moderate and is lightened somewhat by carbonation. There is some mouth-coating sweetness that leaves you with an overall satisfying feeling (but not too heavy).

D - This is a pretty decent IPA. I think it is a better example of its style than many of Sam Adams' attampts at classic styles. Still, there are so many IPAs out there, this one doesn't stand out in any particular way.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:29:36 | More by Radome
Photo of Ryan011235


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/30/10

Best before March 2011

Copper in color with amber highlights. One inch of dense foam. The head drops pretty quickly but retention is decent, as are the swaths of lace.

The aroma has a sharp, herbal & medicinal edge. Astringent & reminiscent of solvency. Pine & citrus - lemon zest mostly with a little orange peel. Not too malty; just a general toastiness.

The taste starts off with a kick of pine bitterness, progresses to a none-too-substantial malt middle ground of toasted bread & a touch of caramel, them moves on to a dry, mildly citric-laden finish of lemon zest, grapefruit pith & orange peel.

Latitude 48 is medium bodied, though pretty sharp. Carbonation is higher than average but not too prickly. The finish is quite dry & has an odd, chalky feel. Residual bitterness lingers.

Drinkability is fine. This beer isn't anything special but it's decent enough. I was given a bottle by a co-worker. Had I bought a six pack, I wouldn't have trouble finishing it over a few days. That said, this market is ripe with better IPAs in this price range, so I won't have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:02:25 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of paulkramer


2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lame. Great color, nice lacing, fair taste and drinkability. Nothing memorable. Strange mix. Almost tastes like their Boston Lager. Why did I choose this over all the other IPA's out there? I expected something much better from SA. Definitely will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:19:55 | More by paulkramer
Photo of katan


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours extremely clear - light brown with just a few gold highlights. Head formation is off white in color, breaks down to a quick film.

S - An equal combination of some 2 row sweetness, caramel malts, and just a bit of grapefruit hopping. Very fruity.

T - Starts off with some nutty caramel notes, but lots of bitterness behind it. Some earthy, grapefruit hops come in mid-stream, bringing more balance. Finishes somewhat dry, extra bitter. Seems like more english than american hops.

M - Moderate to full bodied - carbonation adds alot of body as well. Strong textured - finishes with a bit of a bitter oily texture.

D - Very drinkable. ABV is manageable. For an IPA, I don't find this beer to be an over the top hop bomb. Flavors are generally well integrated - although can be very bitter.

This seems to be more of an English IPA to me...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:32:26 | More by katan
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper with a nice sticky head and lots of lacing.

S- Weak smells of some medicinal bitterness, pine and citrus rind.

T- Bitter, medicinal and citrus rind. Its too astringent and mechanical tasting. Im not getting a nice fresh hoppiness.

M- Wildly carbonated. It hurts.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:29:10 | More by MbpBugeye
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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