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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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3,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,271
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 262 | 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 jar2574
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a good sized head over copper colored beer. Lacing could be better but isn't bad. Smell is hoppy but a little faint. Taste is more hoppy than malty, but pretty balanced. Bready, hoppy. Mouthfeel is creamy, quite nice. A nice effort by sam adams.

jar2574, May 20, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 2011 Summer variety pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark copper body with a thick, foamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Small carbonation bubbles are visible in the body of the beer.

Smell: floral hops with a bit of grass, some pine and hop spice. A little fruity as well. Something tells me this one uses a lot of old world hops, which should make for an interesting IPA thats different from the usual American IPA, laden with citrus and pine.

Taste: follows the nose with mostly floral, grassy, and some pine hop notes. The malt is pretty forward, making this a very balanced IPA reminding you that this is a classically East Coast IPA.

Feel: medium bodied, smooth, not really bitter, and reasonably carbonated. Easy drinking and could easily be sessionable if you wanted it to be.

Overall: now, having gone through all of Sam Adam's summer variety pack, I can say that this is probably their best seasonal variety pack based on the Kolsch and the IPA. The IPA isn't exceptional by any means, but its not particularly bad especially considering the price. Reminds me more of an old world IPA than an American one, but its still good for what it is. If someone shows up at your house with the variety pack, I'd reach for these. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, May 20, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, notched on the side of the label gives "enjoy before month" freshness info.

Pours clear almond amber, light khaki head. Creamy and staying nicely. Low and thick collar and respectable strands of lace left on the glass.

Light tropical fruit, spiced hops and bready malts in the aromatic nose.

Unspectacular but serviceable IPA, gritty hops, quite drying and astringent, some honey, and warming alcohol, balanced by a healthy bed of medium toasted malts.

Not likely I’d recommend that anybody actively seek this one out (not too hard since this is very widely available), but would work in a pinch. Not high praise, but I cant get too excited about this one…

Billolick, May 19, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear rusty copper with 1 finger of off-white head forms a 1/4 inch cap. A few zig zag streams of lacing.

S - Murky citrus, mix of floral and herbal hops, fruity alcohol, mild biscuity caramel malt.

T - Herbal pine resin, grapefruit juice, fruit tea blends with an artificial sweetness and mint leaf. Malt is semi-sweet and slighlty toasted. Earthy bitterness and pungent East Kent Golding hops comes through strong. Bitterness coats the mouth lasts through the finish.

M - Medium soft carbonation, medium to full bodied, caressing feel.

Good IPA from SA. I wouldn't say it stands out but it hits all the marks well and satisfies. It's cool to taste all the single hopped deconstructed beers and then the blend. It really helps you pick out all the characteristics.

StaveHooks, May 19, 2011
Photo of Looneybiz
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours into a glass beautifully. It looks great with a dark brick red hue and a full 2 finger head that leaves great lacing and has nice retention.

The smell is also fantastic and full of hop aroma.

Taste is yummy at first when you get that nice hoppy bittersweetness you would expect from an IPA. After that it goes downhill for me though and has a wicked aftertaste. There are good aftertastes and bad ones, I'd have to say that I didn't like this one.

The mouthfeel is actually a little too light for me. I think more carnonation would make it smoother.

Overall there are many other IPA's that just put this one to shame.

Looneybiz, May 18, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass with a bright, clear amber color with a touch of orange. Head is off white, and sticks around with great lacing.

Aroma is quite balanced for an IPA. Even though there is a decent dose of hops, a bit of toasty malt comes through as well. The hops add a fruity, slightly leafy aroma. It's fresh and delicate, but it could use more strength.

It could be just the time and the place, but this beer is really hitting the spot right now. I wasn't expecting a full-strength west coast style IPA, so the moderate hop bitterness and flavor does not disappoint. A light caramel and toast malt base supports a gentle hop flavor with leafy flavor and bitterness. With more sips, a slight nuttiness comes through as well. Mouthfeel is full and sweet with medium carbonation and a wet finish. This isn't a great IPA, but it is a very good beer.

jeffthecheff, May 18, 2011
Photo of nach0king
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Sudsy head that settled into some short but rocky and attractive lacing. (Part of it looked like a Great Dane!) A deep, bright copper. Beautiful.

Smell: Dry grass, orange peel, and a little bit of cumin. Very appealing.

Taste: Opens surprisingly sweet, but then you get the toasted lemon and orange flavour and a tangy bitterness. After half the glass, though, the aftertaste became a lot less pronounced, and what's left isn't great. I was ready to rate this one highly but it gets worse, and tastes more industrial, the longer you drink it.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation after the beer settles but the beer makes up for it with a considerable creaminess.

Overall it starts off nicely but by the end I had no desire to pour another, which isn't usual for IPAs. There are lots better out there.

nach0king, May 18, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is a honey copper with a medium white head, nice lacing. The aroma has an abundance of citrus and pine. The taste follows the nose, nice lingering bitter finish. The beer is medium body, and has an oily feel. A nice IPA.

bonkers, May 18, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep copper with two fingers of sticky, off-white head with excellent retention. Aromas are very balanced between caramelly malts and citrus and floral hops. Flavors are consistent with the nose and remain well-balanced, but lack the vibrancy and assertiveness necessary to make it a memorable IPA. Lingering flavors become more resinous and woody than on the palate. Overall, I think it's tasty but tame for an IPA. Perhaps this would make a good "starter IPA" for the uninitiated. My wife is usually hates IPAs, but likes this one.

droomyster, May 17, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a slightly dark copper orange. One finger of golden, billowy head with good retention and lace.

S: Muted peach/mango and sweet malt.

T: Slightly earthy bitterness up front moves into a sweet and fruity hop flavor before finishing with grapefruit, pine and dry malt. Flavors a bit understated overall, but the variety does make it interesting.

M: Light, with a bit of creaminess. Good, but not great.

O: Am drinking this tonight from the deconstructed 12 pack. Looking forward to the rest of them. As for this one, a good and solid IPA, not my favorite, but still good and I've certainly had worse. Would buy this one again.

AmericanGothic, May 17, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the revamped SA summer mixed pack. Got to admit, I don't miss the cherry wheat... Terrific pour with a beige head that first capitulates on the edges, forming an island that slowly slips into the sea. Handsome copper body and budding lace. Balanced in the nose, with citrus hops and toasted malt. Solid, but not earth shattering.

More subdued than I would have thought. Hop flavors are steady floral, grapefruit, and pine but nothing that causes the big pucker. Malt is stronger and more complex than most of this style. Toasted and caramel form a solid backbone and the aftertaste is long and satisfying. This is sessionable but a little chancy at 6%. I would definitely have this again.

daliandragon, May 16, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

'Enjoy before 08/2011'.

Pours a slightly thin copper in color beneath a densely, foamy bright white head that is slow to fade. Some condensed lacing with average strength.

Slightly sweet toasted malt aromas. The hop character is fruity: melon, peach; however, remarkably sweet due to the malt character and the alcohol presence.

The flavor profile is much like the aromas suggest: somewhat artificial fruit flavors on account of the hops, bathed in a sweet, rum-like alcohol. The malt sweetness in this IPA is rather pronounced.

Medium bodied; relatively smooth yet the hop spice and wave of carbonation livens up the texture.

Nothing special here, yet not a train wreck either; a slightly above average IPA.

NEhophead, May 16, 2011
Photo of KLAYNE87
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Popping my review cherry. Here I go!

Tried this with the rest of the beers in the Sam Adams' Summer Mixed Pack. When poured, it is a copper color that resembles their Boston Lager (maybe a tad darker). Awesome lacing; the best I've seen from BBC and I've had the majority of their beers. Pretty mellow for an IPA. I'd say it's an IPA with training wheels. I'm not picking up the different hops; it's pretty straightforward and doesn't require me to think too hard. There are much better IPAs out there for around the same price. It's ok in the mix pack, but after more than two it gets boring.

KLAYNE87, May 16, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nice amber color like a dark honey. The head on the beer is an off white color with decent retention and some spotty lacing. Pretty average looking I would say.

S= The odor is of very clean hops. Very clean. Not much grassy or tropical odor. A pretty average smelling IPA. I can't really describe the hop character besides just plain hops. There is a decent amount of malt to back it all up.

T= The taste is actually pretty nice. The hops again are pretty basic without much crazy off the wall flavor. Not overly piney or citrusy. I would just describe it as hops. There is a bit of a doughyness to it.

M= Again pretty basic mouth. Not too light not too heavy pretty basic carbonation maybe a little high.

O= Decent IPA for a low price. Worth checking out and I got it as part of the deconstructed series. I'm interesed in seeing how this blend compares to the individual pieces.

jjanega08, May 16, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drink by September 2011

A - Deep Red/amber body, great big frothy tan head. This looks pretty good!

S - Nice hop profile, creamy, reminds me of 90 minute. Piney and citrusy notes, seem to have a nice but subtle malt backbone.

T - Hop forward for sure, dry, bitter, pine resin. It's got good flavor, but you want something more, especially after the nose.

M - A touch astringent, pretty smooth, medium-full body.

O (D) - It's a fine IPA, and if it were a cheap 6er, it could be a regular in my fridge. But there are so many good/better ipas that I can get, so this one is just not gonna make the cut.

ColdPoncho, May 15, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lovely, deep copper in color with a finger thick head that subsides to a thin layer of foam that leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be low to medium.

S: Tons of pine and citrus hops hit the nose with a definite malt and caramel backbone. A bit of cat pee and perhaps some roast.

T: Much like the aroma suggested, this one packs a lot of hops, but manages to come out fairly balanced overall. The malts actually shine up front with a lovely, deep, roasted caramel and toffee flavor, followed by a plethora of hops which seem to be of several different varieties: floral, pine and citrus. The brew finishes crisp and tart with lots of hop bitterness and a bit of roast.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with a good carbonation level and a fair amount of substance. There is a definite chewiness to this brew and even a little bit of residual syrup that clings to the tongue after the swallow.

O: Overall this is a very balanced and flavorful brew that should please most beer enthusiasts. While there are certainly more hop-centric beers out there, I would imagine this would satisfy the palate of most hop lovers while remaining balanced enough to accommodate those who prefer a more balanced or malt-oriented character. This should stand as a great example of the American IPA style and a good entry-level beer for novice drinkers. This is also the Boston Beer Company doing what they do best. Cheers!

kflorence, May 15, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixer from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, around $9. Into a SA perfect pint. July is notched on the bottle as the best before date.

A: Copper in color with a light tan head, not quite an inch thick that recedes very slowly. There is a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Excellent clarity and a decent amount of carbonation moving through the glass.

S: Floral hops with just a touch of citrus and earth. Fair amount of malt that is in this beer as well, slightly grainy, and just a hint of biscuit and caramel. Not too bad, would like more hops though.

T: Nice, well rounded IPA here. Floral hops start to shine at first and that leads into a little bit more of an earthy profile. Lots of malt in this one as well, slightly toasted malts and a bit of caramel. Decent bitterness on the finish, approaches aspirin like astringency but it never quite gets there.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, nice dry finish. Pretty nice here.

O: Not a bad IPA at all, definitely more balanced as there is a malt profile here. Pretty enjoyable, and glad I picked up a six pack as this will be a nice kick back and do nothing kind of beer.

pokesbeerdude, May 14, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Beautifil copper color with visible carbonation. The head is off white and about one finger tall. Retention is decent and it leaves a little lacing in my glass. The smell is of pine and citrus, with a touch of malt. The taste hits my tongue with the pie and citrus hops, them I get a bit of the malt. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness from the hops. The flavor is more balanced than my beloved west coast hop bombs, but I find it to be a refreshing change. Mouthfeel is medium bodies, and it has a slight smoothness to it. Overall, a nice beer, and I enjoyed it, but I'll stick to my west coast hop bombs. One drawback for me is the 6% ABV, a little less and I'd be a lot more likely to drink it.

gkunkle, May 14, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper/amber color with about a one finger head on it. Good lacing as well.

Smell was very fruity. Nice aroma. Some hops coming through. Very citrusy as well.

Taste is very good. Good hop flavor throughout, not overpowering though.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. This is a lighter IPA. Went down smooth and easy.

I enjoyed this beer overall. A solid IPA. I would definitely drink this again.

richkrull, May 14, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper, off-white, single finger head. Slippery lacing.

Caramel malt. Pine, floral, spice, and a touch of citrus. Not too fragrant with the hops, but well balanced with the malt.

Caramel malt, piney, a bit of citrus underneath it all. Very bitter.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carb.

Having this one after trying all of the single hops first, I can see where almost everything fit in. Zeus was used as bittering, and Simcoe, Hallertau, and Ahtanum were present in the aroma. Simcoe was in the flavor a touch. There must be a synergistic effect somewhere along the way because I taste more citrus in this one than any of the single hops. Can't for the life of me figure out where the EKG ended up.

Overall, though, a fairly balanced IPA, good for the price, but definitely not my favorite of the style.

MrOH, May 14, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy Before: SEP 2011

Pours a crystalline orange-amber under a tall, fluffy head that gradually deflates to a lumpy covering. Green hoppy aroma...floral, zesty, sappy notes with a touch of lemon tea and biscuit malt. Crisp, leafy, herbal flavors. The Simcoe piney bitterness shines through, blending with subtle peppery grapefruit oils. Smooth and well-rounded with a solid bitterness. A quality, easy-drinking, enjoyable ale. Not all IPAs need to rip your face off...

wedge, May 14, 2011
Photo of mobud
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into SA glass.

A- Bright, brown, and clear with a nice white head that laces during the sample. Light carbonation but active.

S- Light citrus and pine with a caramel base. Very pleasant and not hopped out for an IPA.

T- Again, the first thing that appears is the hops, both the citrus and the light pine. They are balanced well the trademark malt base that I always think of when having a Sam Adams beer.

M- Medium feel with a dry finish on the back.

O- This came with the deconstructed 48 sampler and I enjoyed the chance to have it. Not my first choice when going for an IPA, but one I would be glad to have again.

mobud, May 14, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-transparent amber with a thick frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing.

S-smells hoppy with spices and maybe sea water, and possibly lemon zest. very fresh and somewhat grainy smelling. its a scent that works. its complex. the aroma is strong.

T-hits the tongue with spicy grainy hops with a good bitter blast. it then has a touch of sea water to it. okay, i know that sounds absurd...but it tastes good. the after-taste is zesty with the grains and hops. its bitter all through out the taste. the after-taste is really complex and refreshing. this is surprisingly not horrible.

M-bitter, creamy, medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-this is a great IPA for summer days, now they need to release it in cans so I can take it to the beach! the first time i had this, i hated it, but now i think it may have been an old bottle because this time i'm liking it a lot. its not a ground breaking IPA for hop heads, it may not even fill your hop fix, but it is definitely refreshing to the point where i will gladly order this again and again.

AdamBear, May 13, 2011
Photo of MadCat
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Latitude 48 deconstructed pack, I figured I would get to know the original before going to the others. Also, it should be very educational on hops.

Appearance: A light golden brown, very clear, lots of white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaving generous lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, floral, citrus, grapefruit, and a little earthy hops. It takes a little time to pick out the different hop smells just due to how much there is, and how much variety there is.

Taste: Hop bitterness up front, with some balancing malt in there. Not as balanced as I expected from Sam Adams, but thats not a bad thing. The pine and resin are the most prominent hop flavors, with earthy being the next up. The grapefruit and other citrus and the floral are in there as well but is hiding a little. The grapefruit comes out more as it warms. Theres also some pepper in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: A solid IPA. Definitely better than a lot out there, but there are also plenty better than this. Definitely a notch above the average Boston Beer Company brew. Glad to see them still trying to push the envelope.

MadCat, May 13, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a fair sudsy head of tan foam.

Spicy, earthy and citrusy hop blend with a caramel malt sweetness.

The hops are just a touch bitter and there is more than enough caramel malt for balance. Some citrus, spice and earthy notes. Decent overall taste.

Very soft and supple feel. Medium body.

A nice beer that drinks well. Reminds me more of an introductory IPA.

jera1350, May 13, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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