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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 312 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of SiriusBock
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of dmfrench
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of videofrog
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of mjgooner13
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of dmsohyea
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of Chico1985
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack. Reviewed earlier this week, from notes.

Pours dark orange/amber, off-white head is huge, creamy and lumpy. Retains easily at a finger and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Smell is mostly earthy hops, toasty and toffee malt. Light fruit as it warms.

Taste brings a bit more to the table. Earthiness is there but not dominant, it's joined by just about equal amounts of herbal and citrus hops. As the nose suggested, sweet toffee malts are big and cover up the hops a bit much. Trademark Sam Adams toasty bread finish.

Mostly solid mouthfeel also usual for SA, just a too malty for an IPA.

A decent IPA, nothing offensive but a bit too sweet and not the great hop profile. I was hoping this would be on par with Noble Pils maybe but didn't find that to be the case.

Photo of Sudsy89
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a copper color, has a big, foamy head. Medium level of carbonation, is medium-bodied, smooth. For an IPA I was actually expecting more bitterness, but the hops are still noticeable, with citrus notes. Slightly sweet finish,

Highly drinkable, enjoyable IPA, not very complex but still good.

Photo of stupac2
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden amber with a finger of creamy white head. Smell is... present, I guess, mostly malts, if there are hops in this smell I can't detect them. Taste is off, there's sweet malts but not enough hops. (The expiration date is August, so I don't think it's just past its prime.) There's also an almost metallic taste to it. It's not unpleasant, but it's also not good.

Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pours yields a two inch frothy head atop a clear medium amber/red beer. A couple dozen streams of effervescence float upward/ Sticky lacing and great head retention. I must admit this looks great.

S- Smell is more citrus than pine.

T- The hops profile isn't in your face, more mellow. Well balanced, but I prefer more of a hop bite. Leaves the mouth watering for another sip regardless.

M- Medium mouthfeel, could use more carbonation maybe.

D/O- Overall, an easy drinkin' IPA. The appearance and well balanced drinkability factor are the standouts in this BBC offering.

Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of NaLoGra
3.44/5  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.

Photo of jimboween
3.59/5  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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of pburland23
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BigDRS
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of kagent777
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.