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

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 28
Gots: 359 | 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 pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of gkunkle
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of richkrull
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of MrOH
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

Photo of mobud
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of MadCat
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of tzieser
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. nice two finger head that sticks for a while.

s: nice hoppy aroma. notes of pine and fruit. subtle maltiness is there.

t: i can definitely pick up the fruity aspects of the hallertau and simcoe hops. the others are there, but just don't feel quite as present to me. i definitely feel like this is a different forumla from the latitude 48 i had last year. definitely a change for the better. it's either that, or great marketing on BBC's part.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

a solid IPA by a groundbreaking brewery.

Photo of womencantsail
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Intensely sugary and sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, perhaps some brown sugar. A little bit of cardboard too. Minimal hop aroma, perhaps some grass and floral hops.

T: Harsh bitterness with an almost woody flavor. Grassy hops and some piney notes. After the hop flavor, big time sweet and malt character. Caramel and toffee with a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A harsh lasting bitterness to this without any real enjoyable flavors.

Photo of AndersonGT
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Excellent, clear, amber color with perfect size head...

S-Again, excellent scent. Piney with citrus but a great earthy scent at the end

T-Not enough taste on the nose, descent bitter end. Not very complex

M-Good feel, just the right amount of carbonation, also very filling

O-I would by this beer on tap at restaurant but there are many other IPA's that I would purchase to drink at home.

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with two finger head and great lacing and retention. Very nice fruity, floral, perfumey nose with a strong aroma of resiny hops, pine and hints of caramel malt. The taste follows suit, with the lively, tangy, bitter hops taking the forefront. Really tasting the Simcoe which are one of my personal favorites. The peppery, resiny hops are nicely offset with a subtle caramel malt backbone that makes this thoroughly drinkable, and it improves as it warms up. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with a nice bitter dry finish. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A : deep amber very little head

S : light hop and faint sweet

T : roasted, bitterness, almost burnt flavor

M : dry with a small bite

D : one or two maybe paired with seasoned beef

I had high hopes for this one, it's O.K. but I'm moderately disappointed

Photo of chodinheaven
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber hue with a nice off-white head that displays excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is earthy and sharply hoppy, the two smells mixing to make a very balanced smell. Some sweetness in there too, from some sort of malts.

Well it's got a deep set of hops from apparently Germany, America, and England which all mix together to form a very balanced and tasty IPA. The hops are full-flavored, but not too sharp, and citrusy in the front and the finish. It's a very hoppy beer, but not extremely bitter. The hops more caress the mouth rather than attack it. There's a slight sweetness to it, malts and lemony flavors coming to life behind the in-your-face hops. Mouthfeel is spritzy but slightly watery and is the only thing that could use some small improvements. Good beer, nice and balanced IPA. Hopheads will be okay with it.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer with a big, sudsy head. Lots of carbonation and ___ lacing. Tart grapefruit, honey and floral aromas. , Mild pine flavor right up front, followed by sugary grapefruit and lemon zest. Some honey and tea sensations as well. Very subtle flavors, almost like it's been watered down a little.

Photo of rodney45
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Lighter than average red, more ruby than crimson.

s: Not very floral, but defintely hop filled. Smells a little like my old recording studio used to smell, perhaps pine, or like oiled wood...

t: I ussually dont read reviews before i rate a beer, but i feel like my taste of this beer got corrupted when someone said it tastes like peppercorns. And it does, it really does.

m: Not as harsh as some ipa's.

o: But, its not all bad. In fact, i like the unpretentiousness of this beer (unlike that sentence). But it could use a dry hop, which would elaborate more on the florality of the hops, and balance the taste as well as add depth. Its an average to above average example of the style.

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 pack.

Deep golden to copper body. Clean and clear. Finger and a half of thick, creamy, resilient, light beige head. Nice lacing too. Fresh hops on the nose: pine, orange-citrus, and a little pineapple. There's also some sugary, caramelly malt to balance out the hoppiness. Nice.

Herbal hop bitterness up front along with some lightly toasted grainy malt. Herbal bitterness stays throughout, accentuated with grassy, piny hop notes. Sugary, fruity malts make for a nice, slightly balancing backbone. Hints of lemon and grapefruit in the finish. Dry, with lingering bitterness and traces of fruity malt. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. A nice, clean, crisp, easy-drinking IPA. One of the better Sam Adams offerings!

Photo of jodmike2000
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A. Dark redish color with thin white foam that disapeard quickly.

S. sweety fruity smell a little floaral

M. good carbonation foams in the mouth leaves mouth feeling clean afterwards and invites you to keep drinking

O. good beer nice hop flavor without being to bitter

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a nice fluffy foam white head with moderate retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: Some very vague hints of citrus and pine hops. There is a slight undertone of caramel, bread, biscuit and toast.

T: The beer starts off with a slight bitter taste from the citrus and pine hops. The middle brings out the caramel and biscuit malts. The malts really balance out the beer quite nicely. THe beer finishes with a little more citrus hop kick but the caramel is still present.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium bodied beer. Leaves a slighly bitter and slick taste on the palate.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. Would have liked a little more hop bitterness. However, this is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had planned on reviewing the entire deconstruction, which I'm really pleased Sam did, but I decided to just rate the sum of the parts.

Poured into a pint glass a dark honey color with several fingers of stubbornly clingy sea foam head.

Nose of pine and some citrus, pretty light.

A sip is consistent with Sam Adam's major releases - medium biscuit body, balanced pine and citrus hops over a lightly toasty malt. Solid carbonation, with a hop oil slickness taking hold through the finish. Bitterness is tempered with a nice not-overly-sweet malt backbone, which I noted throughout the deconstruction.

Solid IPA, approachable and honest -- glad to see SA trying to do some teaching with their release.

Photo of mjrod2142
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

The color is a rich-looking caramel amber with an off-white head that appeared thin at first, but had substance.

The aroma has an understated hoppiness, which I expected from a Sam Adams product. I'm getting light grapefruit citrus that's balanced with some brown sugar.

The beer tastes rich and full with decent bitterness on the finish rather than slamming you with it up front. There's a good malt structure to further balance the mild bitterness.

I think this is very good and would be perfect for someone who enjoys Harpoon IPA, but hasn't stopped up to Dogfish 60 Minute yet. This beer is the perfect bridge between the two.

It's not quite an Imperial, but at 6% ABV it will make you feel it. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Not elite, but recommended.

Photo of jboucher
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear honeyed copper color. Very nice three finger fluffy head. Very nice head retention as well. Patchy lacing is left along the sides of the glass. The carbonation appears plentiful.

Smell: Mild hop aroma. The nose is a little closed. A little herbal and floral. Slight pine and citrus notes are present. Hoppy/malty, floral, herbal, fruity, bready, sweet, sour, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, rind

Taste: Signature Sam Adams taste on the palate. Mildly hoppy. Toasted biscuit in the finish. As far as IPAs go, this one is very entry level. Slightly drying finish. The lemon notes become more pronounced as it warms. Simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Slick on the palate. Very refreshing and very sessionable.

Ending notes: Overall, this beer is a middle of the road, sessionable IPA. It's readily available. It'd distinctly a Sam Adams product. I did like it, but I won't be getting it again unless nothing else is available.

Photo of shaunb81
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a decent clear, amber body with an off-white, finger width head. Lacing isn't very thick, but sticks around for a little while. Kinda wish there was a little more froth to this brew. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles....

Smell - Toasted malts and lots of hops come through. The hops aren't too crazy, as with most IPAs. Florals are faint.

Taste - Slight sweetness up front with the malts. Then....the hops take over. The bitterness is superb. Not too strong and not too light. My taste buds are thanking me for a nice ride.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is perfect and there is a creaminess to this one. Balance is good.

Overall - Scrooge would be proud to drink this beer. It is pretty bitter, but still has that sense of refinement that takes IPA to a more drinkable market. Not too crazy, but enjoyable, nonetheless.

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

A: Latitude 48 pours a deep amber color, very clear with 2-3 fingers of off-white head. Leaves lots of thick lacing on the glass and fairly thick film. Great looking beer.

S: The smell is muted a bit here. Some vague citrus smells with pine, caramel and what smells like toasted malt.

T: Grapefruit, herbal, pine is what I get from the hops and what I notice first. The toasted, bready like malts balance out the hop bitterness pretty well. Good tasting beer.

M: It's weird, but this leaves a pretty pronounced tingly feel after the first few sips. Full, dry and slightly sticky.

O: Latitude 48 does pretty well in the drinkability department; I could see myself drinking a few of these without problem. I like this, but probably wouldn't buy an entire 6 pack of the stuff. Would pick up another single randomly though.

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