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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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3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 214 | 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 BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear copper-orange body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, citrusy, and piney hops over a caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, lots of juicy, citrusy, piney, coppery, and decently bitter hops. Underneath, a toasty biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced excellently. Resinous hops and toasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, as you'd expect from a Sam Adams brew with this alcohol content.

Verdict: I'm happy to report that Latitude 48 is a legitimate American IPA. Sam Adams brews are usually rather solid examples of their style, but this one is probably one of their strongest offerings. A perfect introductory IPA.

BeanBone, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is hoppy with a bit of malt as well. I also get some grassy notes. Taste is pretty well balanced. The maltiness and hoppiness are both mellow and not very "in your face". I get some tasty caramel malt and some piney hops with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is a little too light with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is high on this. Overall, this is a very "user friendly IPA". Not too extreme that could get Coors and Bud drinkers into IPAs.

DovaliHops, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint from a 12oz. Pours a deep amber, one inch, eggshell head with pretty nice rings of lace forming sip lines down the glass.
Light orange citrus and something else form a light fart odor. Not super appealing by smell. Very strange.
The taste was much better. No fart taste. Starts very citric, orange and grapefruit, slight pine, and some bready malts. Decently balanced. A little thin in the mouth, strange, infrequent carbonation bursts. I'm glad I tried it, but can only drink one at a time trying to finish the sixer.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle has a best by May 2011 mark on the label. The beer is a very pretty copper color. It is clear. The head is small, about a finger thick, and has an off-white color. A decent amount of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some film and foam is left behind as I swirl the glass about.

The beer has a nice floral hop aroma. It isn't very complex; it's hoppy but not overpowering.

Some light malts give way to a bitter middle. Oily bitterness makes up the finish and aftertaste. The initial hops are floral, but those in the finish have more of a pine taste. The overall hoppiness is stronger than the aroma lead me to expect.

This is a fuller bodied beer that has a good amount of carbonation and mouthcoating. The coating is a little oily and has some dry hoppy bitterness.

This beer is enjoyable to drink. I could make my way through a few bottles in an evening. I can easily see myself splitting a six pack with a friend. This si a straightforward IPA with enough kick to keep it interesting. Another fine SA beer worth investigating.

ToasterChef, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Frothy white head, good retention with decent lacing. Very light and transparent caramel brown. Smell very hoppy with overwhelming Cascade hops. Taste light malt up front then a faint taste of raw hops like biting into a pellet but not much of a finish. Smooth but bitterness is not as refined or refreshing as some other brews, nonetheless very drinkable.

stingrayvr6, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a reddish, amber color with absolutely no haze. It has nice head and retention.

The aroma is of grapefruit and citrus with a toasty maltiness. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste is not overwhelmingly bitter and it's not my favorite IPA. Some nice caramel flavors with a citrus bitterness.

It feels a little thin on the mouth but it's a decent IPA and I would drink another.

3rdRowTailgater, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's an amber color, very clear with a bubbly off-white head.

It's got a hoppy aroma, but not powerful. Grapefruit seems to be the dominant flavor with a little caramel note to it.

There is definitely a nice malt balance on the front of the sip. The hops come through stronger at the end. It's good, bitter aftertaste but drinks really smooth

Pretty good but I'm not blown away.

theboozecruise, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours deep amber with frothy head that doesnt leave. leaves mediun lacing. looks nice

S- sweet, citrusy hops.

T- maltier than i expected from the smell. Pine and citrus some through a little in the middle with a bitter hop on the finish that lingers a little.

M- feels light/medium with medium carbonation.

O- havent had this since the single hop mix pack. Interesting to see how the hops come together. Not a bad IPA but not y first choice

Gushue3, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a perfect clear copper color. It has a small 1-finger off-white head, that leaves some decent lacing behind on the glass.

S - This smells of toasted malts and caramel. It has a nice amount of hops, but not as much as I had hoped for. So far this is quite a strange IPA.

T - The taste is very toasty, nutty, and there is a pretty big caramel presence as well. Also, there is a decent hop presence, but I really wish there was a lot more. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down smooth, and there is some hop bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. There is a bit of creamy feel as well.

D - Good drinkability here. It goes down quite easy, and has a good flavor. It is a lot more toasty and nutty than most IPAs that I've ever had. Overall, it's a good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be more fruity and have much more of a hoppy bite. Its worth a try though for sure.

JizackFH, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with off-white head. Active carbonation and nice lacing developing. Aroma of cardboard, wood, and some citrus. Taste is malty sweet with a hop bite of the end. Not what I was expecting. I don't like this at all. yuck.

trappistlover, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of rlshep
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light grapefruit, pine and orange. Mild alcohol.

Appearance: Off-white chunky head. Good lacing. Fire orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: High bitterness. Citrus and pine flavors comes through from aroma. A touch of dark caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is really dry. Alcohol, noticeable but not hot.

Overall: A pretty good beer a little harsh from the high bitterness. Good aroma and flavor. One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had lately. Would definitely drink again.

rlshep, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 5/11) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours copper, mostly clear, small 1/2 inch offwhite frothy head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, and floral hops, soap/resin

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, pine and floral in the background, not too bitter. Fairly strong golden caramel malt base, grainy. Pretty juicy in the middle with citrus. There's quite a nice hop variety here; earthy, bitter, and fairly juicy citrus. Good qualities of both English and American IPAs. Alcohol is just a little spicy. Finish is a little dry, some bitter pine resin, and a fair share of caramel sweetness. One of the sweeter IPA finishes.

M: Medium carbonation, good solid body that's chewy, not perfectly smooth. A little fizzy in the finish.

D: This might be the best beer I've had from Sam Adams. I wasn't expecting much, but this is a really solid, juicy IPA. If this was a cheap/freshly available as other SA beers, it might be a staple in my fridge.

Satchboogie, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the advice of a friend who knows his beer, I made sure that I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. I'd originally passed it by thinking that it was probably just another IPA, and that I'd have a chance to try it on tap, or at the very least, with next year's release.

I'm also not real good at reading the labels. Apparently Latitude 48 refers to the parallel where many hop growing regions across the globe are situated. I'd mistakenly guessed that Boston fell within the 48th, but it's only at the 42nd.

It pours a clear deep-copper orange body with orange highlights below a frothy head of off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some fairly solid walls of lacing behind.

The aroma is full, but not bold. It's hoppy, but not particularly distinctive. It's floral, a touch grassy, leafy, and even a bit spicy - or is that pine? Some fruitiness comes through as well, but I don't find any distinctively fruity / citrusy American hops. In fact, it seems more of German and English hops than anything else to me. Oddly, the 48th parallel does not run through England. It does cross France, but I'm not finding any French Strisselspalt hops here.

The flavor delivers the same hops, mainly floral and leafy, over a medium caramelish malt, except that there is some pine presence in the finish - and perhaps even a bit of citrus! A sturdy bitterness anchors it without stepping beyond the bounds of the malt, and it finishes dry with residual notes of malt and hops. As is normally the case with Boston Beer, it's exceptionally well-balanced and rounded. It's polished from start to finish, and offers a smooth transition across the palate while still accentuating its components at the proper times. That goes to drinkability.

Overall it's quite nice. I find it more English in nature than anything else, but I like the idea behind the hopping, and I really enjoy the way the notes of malt and hop intertwine. On top of that, its bitterness is kept in check, leaving it quite drinkable. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of earthboundagain
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The color is nice... a bright red-orange with some bronze highlights. The head is big and bold and leaves nice lacing.

S- Mixed bag of hop aroma, with tropical citrus leading the way, but piney, resin and earth are battling in there as well. There be malt in the background ye maties.

T- Ok we have some grapefruit peel hop action mixed in with lightly toasted bread from the malt, followed bye an earthly hop presence.

M- Is full and creamy and the carbonation is spot on.

D- This is an IPA but its caught in-between being a hop monster and a malt balanced brew. This makes drinkability hard to score.

Notes: I want to be upfront and honest and say I am a fence rider when it comes to hoppy beers and beer styles. I have had some that a really like, but most I just find to be over bitter waste of money. This is a well crafted beer with flashes of greatness. I can drink this when I'm in the mood or when eating some nice pork ribs.

earthboundagain, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with golden highlights. Creamy off-white head with abundant lacing. Smell is a bit of caramel and tropical fruit. Upfront, the taste is of herbal, grassy, floral hops, followed by a wave of sweet malt, and finally, some pine, citrus, and a whole lot more floral flavors. Nice balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good average levels of carbonation. Quite drinkable, not too high in alcohol makes this a nice, well balanced IPA. Not a hop overload like many IPA's, it's balance makes for a refreshing change of pace.

tronester, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Excellent clear golden amber color. Filtered.

SMELL: Strong presence of SAAZ hops. Light maltiness.

TASTE: Flat in the front and middle, but ends with a powerful hoppy bitterness, which lingers in the mouth for at least a few seconds.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth texture. Medium Carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: The hops are an overwhelming presence here. I usually like that, but something about this beer and the hoppy quality isn't sitting well with me. I suspect that there is a lack of diversity with the types of hops used, which can be detrimental to a beer's success. I like the beer, but I don't love it.


negroobserver, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of slatetupelo
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark copper with a thick head that leaves a coat of lacing behind.

T - It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected it to, strong piney hops up front and a bitterness that lingers. There doesn't seem to much of a malt backbone and the mouthfeel seems a little thin.

D - This is the only IPA that I can get in my area and it's only 6% abv, so I"ll be drinking these fairly regular. I've had much better IPAs. Overall, it's a decent brew.

slatetupelo, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Hopalong29
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with nice head which disipates to a cap that contributes a continual lacing throughout the glass.
Hints of pine and citrus, not overly impressive here.
This is where I felt a little let down. Was looking for a little more hops here and just didn't find it.
Felt this was a decent IPA just not what I prefer.

Hopalong29, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of popery
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This isn't bad, but it's an average to mediocre IPA, when judged against the style. It's watery and simple. It kinda has delicacy, but the hoppiness is very middle of the road. It's sorta piney-grassy. Lots of caramel malt. Fairly sweet. Bitterness is mild. Just a lot of bready malt that doesn't seem right with hops. The feel starts kinda creamy but gets watery. It's not a bad beer, just not a great IPA.

popery, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color. A tall, orange-tinted head bubbles up with a very thick, frothy texture. Retention is very strong, and some sticky ribbons of lace adhere to the glass pretty nicely.

S: Very mild toasted malt notes, along with some basic hints of caramel. Hop aromas are primarily tropical and citric, with some lesser herbal and candied notes. Some light, vaguely English yeast esters as well.

T: Toastier than many IPAs, but it's pleasantly bready and even borderline nutty. Light caramel is also present. Hop bitterness is quite firm, with tropical/citrus and herbal flavors competing more evenly than the nose initially suggested.

M: Fairly hefty in body. Carbonation is active and perky, joining with an abrupt, substantially hoppy finish for an emphatic, drying crispness overall.

D: A winner from Samuel Adams. They'd gone without a regular IPA offering for such a long time, but this is a welcome addition with excellent balance and enough hop bitterness for most hopheads. This manages a depth of both malt and hops that few IPAs even attempt, let alone accomplish.

Clydesdale, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-light amber, filtered, giant, off-white, rocky, whipped cream head that leaves a spider web lacing.

Grass and caramel; raw vegetation and skunk; pine and flowers. The smell comes at me in combinations of two as it warms.

Vegetation, sweet pine, delicate caramelized sugar and a moderately strong bitterness in the sip and finish.

A little sticky, but not too thick.

A great American IPA that I could sit down and drink a bunch of at the bar. By far my favorite Sam Adams beer. If you tld me this was brewed by Goose Island or Three Floyds...I'd believe you.

tapman, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless 16oz snifter.

Pours a dark rusty red with a minimal off white head, maybe 1 finger thick. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing, some of which lasts the whole round.

smells sweet and citrusy - bubble gum, ripe juicy cantaloupe, and orange. Some caramel notes too.

Very hop forward with pine being the most intense and lasting impression. The pine is accompanied by some grapefruit and bubble gum. Not much else as the resiny pine is a bit overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is balanced and dry. Nice carbonation melds well with the bitter hop profile.

A very solid IPA from Mr. Adams and at 6.00% it's a possible candidate for a heavier session brew. Got this six pack for 7.99, a pretty good deal around here. Still the brew is lacking some complexity that could make it rather exceptional.

CMB2012, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and the color of a shiny new penny with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly to a two inch frothy head of beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some honey notes. Flavors of semi-sweet caramel malt layered with tangerine, orange rind, pine, and grapefruit. Hop flavor is interesting and tasty but could be fresher and brighter, and seems to fight with the malt to rise to the top.

Mouthfeel is full, but somewhat thick and slick. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable, this one is very good, but is not among the great IPA's.

far333, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before May, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber with a touch of copper and lighter amber highlights. A solid lasting finger of off-white suds coats the surface. Dense woven lacing, no legs.

Sugar-coated citrus, faint caramel, and pale malt in the nose. Faintly spicy/grassy hops.

Sweet palate entry followed by alternating waves of hops and malt. Moderately bitter balance with orange pith, grapefruit zest, evergreen, and mint on one hand...toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of caraway on the other. Finish is quite dry, but there is a softer lightly sweet aftertaste as well vaguely reminiscent of butterscotch (not diacetyl).

Nearly medium-bodied and well carbonated.

The hops contribute a decent amount of flavor, but they don't really take center-stage (the malt balance is slightly over-done I think)...definitely won't mistake this for a "West Coast IPA" of any sort. Not a bad beer, but I'll generally take a Ranger or Torpedo if I'm going to have an IPA from one of the bigger craft brewers.

augustgarage, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of drumrboy22
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beet was a clear, dark orange color, with a one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt and piney hops.

Taste was toasted grains, malt, biscuit, pine hops.

Rather unimpressed by this one. Not much depth or complexity in aroma or flavor. There are much better options out there.

drumrboy22, Feb 02, 2011
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