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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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3,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,161
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 210 | 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 russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & piney hops with some orange rind thrown in

T: Follows the nose, plus some breadyness & honey malt up front, Apples & pears as this warms, plus herbal & grassy hops. Finishes grassy with a touch of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & okay balance

Drinks easy enough, but not an IPA I can get too excited about. Would work in a pinch

russpowell, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Samp01
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of earthy hops, some sweet malts. Taste is earthy hops with some sweet caramel malts. Palate is med body, good carbonation. Finish is bitter earthy piney hops followed by a good amount of sweet caramel malts, not overly hopped. Overall an interesting and unique blend of hops and sweet malts. A nice drinkable Brit IPA

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of BMoldy
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this up in my pint glass. The color is a light amber, sort of like cream soda, with a similarly creamy head that sat nicely on top for a good couple of minutes. Left some really defined lacing all the way down, though that might have had to do more with the beer I'd had in the glass previously. Piny hops make up most of the smell, with little else to build off of. The taste was bitter and not much else. The pine notes lingered on the tongue as well, probably from an ample addition of Cascade hops, and I felt like there was a subtle mint taste as well. I couldn't really detect the sweetness they boasted of on the label, though the slightly higher ABV showed through enough. Sort of flat along the edges, and I couldn't really decide if the body was hearty or just built off of mountain of hops (I'll probably side with the latter). The flavors lasted quite a while after each sip, leaving the palate a little overwhelmed.

As much of a fan of hops as I am, I found this IPA to be lacking in the complexity that makes a truly great example of the style. On the positive side, it was crisp and bitter, and the pine presence gave it a little more depth than it would have otherwise had. Still, it would have benefitted from a bigger body (maybe throw in some good malts from the 48th parallel? hehe) and a more balanced hop profile. Perhaps I enjoyed it too cold, but to be honest the taste didn't really seem to improve over time. Thankfully I got this one from a friend, because I doubt I'd go out and buy it. I'm still happy I tried it, though.

BMoldy, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of IIKaRuII
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical IPA. but i will say i wasvery bias when buying this because i do love my sam adams. appearance i would say is a nice amber brown, and tatse kinda like a flower. veerrryy floral taste that almost is over powering. the after taste is actually a settling citrus flavor that i do enjoy. the mouthfeel of this is little to no carbonation and i really wouldnt say its amazing or anything. drinkability is actually just a little above normal. the finish is well worth the beer though because it leaves you wanting more.

IIKaRuII, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs and I'm a big fan of Samuel Adams, so once I saw this I had to give it a whirl. There was a definite character to this beer that fits with what I expect from Samuel Adams. It had a nice body and good flow. So, the appearance was very good, but the rest of the experience turned out to be disappointing. The hoppiness of an IPA and the depth of flavor wasn't there. I think it was worth trying, but I'm pretty certain there are better IPAs in this price range.

CalhounJohn, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of sluggermatt15
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in the Sam Adams Summer Variety Pack. I was anxious to give it a shot.

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Off-white foam head with small retention time. Above average.

S- Hops, some malts, some spices. Not too impressive.

T- The hops are pretty sharp and ever apparent. There are a little bit of malts in the after taste as well as a little bitterness. The bitterness isn't bad, but is probably from the hops. Pretty good.

M- Full bodied for an IPA. Not a ton of carbonation, which is a plus.

D- Somewhat drinkable, better than your average beer. On a hot summer night, one could go for a few.

sluggermatt15, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-white head and clear dark amber body

S-pine, floral and citrus

T-sweet malt, sugar, floral, juicy grapefruit and slightly medicinal


D-nice beer. Nice play of malt and hops. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I would drink this again.

jneiswender, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a clear, transparent burnt orange hue. Almost looks like a marzen, actually. Big fluffy head that recedes quickly, leaving a ton of stringy lacing. Lazy lines of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom to the top of the glass. Smell has definite floral and citrus hops, with just the tiniest hint of yeast and malt at the end. There's also a soapy quality to the smell, something that I wasn't expecting.

Starts off with a kick of hoppy bitterness that becomes present throughout the entire flavor profile. In the middle is a malty, bready backbone that provides a clean, contrasting sweetness to the hops. Mild nuances of caramel show up towards the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, the hops having been tempered by the bready malts. Mouthfeel is remarkably full for a beer of this type, with a subtle chewiness that's both interesting and welcome. Finishes dry and smooth, with not too much carbonation.

IPAs still aren't my thing, but I can still appreciate a well-done beer when I taste one. Thanks to a good balance of hops and malts, I wouldn't mind revisiting this particular pale ale. I just wish it was more readily available around these parts.

r0nyn, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip beer is amber, dark, and clear with a thick off white head of small and medium bubbles, carbonation low, lacing high, looks good.

Beer is sharp in the nose and piny.

Beer is sharp at the open with biting bitterness that creeps forward on the palate. Its aggressive and bold, not sweet up front. There isn't much in the way of flavors just the bitterness that builds the more you drink. Its a good IPA but you could have developed the midpalate better.

drabmuh, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. Pours a robust, 2 finger, foamy, brownish-white head. Settles very slowly leaving a hefty froth, and plenty of sticky residue behind. Substantial beer ring lacing left behind as you drink.

S: A slight sweet malt with a bit of a soapy piny hop.

T: A little malty, very piny. Sharp hops dominate this one.

M: Syrupy thick texture leaves malt shocking the palette and clinging throughout.

D: A sipping beer. Too sharp to enjoy otherwise.

Atmosphere is really good. Great thick, hearty appearance, and although basic, a really full nose. Flavor has a subtle non-distinct sweetness. Also basic, but full, hearty, and syrupy thick. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very attractive pour: clear, reddish amber with a creamy white-head. The aroma was unmistakably piney like a good American IPA.
The taste is rather unique with the mixture of all those domestic and european hops. Samuel Adams is known for its balanced beers, and this one is no exception with nod toward the hop bitters. The flavor does suffer from a somewhat muddled bitterness - no doubt from all the hop varieties. There is also a faint medicinal flavor coming through. Having said all that, the sweet malty flavor is nicely balanced by the hops. There is a faint tea like flavor in the aftertaste. In fact, this one reminds me a lot of "English" style IPA by Left Hand Brewing company.
As with most Samuel Adams' products this has a very clean mouthfeel with a nice lingering sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation level is subtle.
I enjoyed this one - it is nice to have a flavorful, domestic IPA offering something different from the crowded market of highly hopped, golden IPAs. I think this one would have been better if the brewery concentrated on fewer hops.

jkrich, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a dark red amber colored brew, which supports a tan, foamy two fingered head that lingers. The aroma is remarkable for citric grapefruit notes, honey, and fresh spice, with an overarching umbrella of floral hop varieties. The taste begins with a flash of sugary sweetness, rapidly progressing to a fruity (grapefruit and passion fruit specifically) and bready graininess. These flavors are then expertly balanced and washed down with a bright hoppy finish, which remains for a smooth, dissipating aftertaste. The brew has a fair, medium body, with an accompanied medium carbonation. Surprisingly, it has a high drinkability, as hops that are present in the nose are cut from the taste, for a smoother conclusion.

Overall, we enjoyed this brew. The idea itself, of uniting several contrasting hops from comparable regions is, for lack of a better term, very cool. What is most enjoyable about the brew itself is its fresh aroma and the superb balance of flavors.

TheBrewo, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So it was my turn this week to bring beer to hockey, but since I waited to the last minute, and was forced to hit a less than stellar beer store on the way to the rink. This was one of the few respectable offerings.

Deep amber, two fingers of off-white head, and good retention and lacing. High carbonation. Very sweet, malty nose, with only a subtle hint of herbal and bitter hop presence. The taste confirmed the aroma, starting out very malty, evolving to slightly more citrus, and then finishing on a very dry and bitter note. Medium/malty thickness, and well-carbonated. This turned out to be much more respectable than I had anticipated; a decent session ipa.

donniecuffs, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of keith712
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack I picked up, wanted to try another IPA...

appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a nice 1.5" head. This IPA is very clear and a warm copper color. The head dissipated fast but held a thin 1/8" all the way down, leaving some lacing.

nose: I can tell it's an IPA but something else is hiding in there, the malt perhaps, some piney tones, not alot of grapefruit/citrus presence like most of the hoppier IPA's.

taste: It doesn't bite hard at all, the malt-iness takes hold, finally the bitter comes on late and presents the hops albeit not real powerful. Low to low medium carbonation. Dare I say there is some sweetness hiding in there as well. Crispness, not really...

mouthfeel: Heavier on the palate than it would see from it's appearance. Not a real fast drinker as it seems to hang around in the mouth a bit. Feels a little flat (I think a bit more carbonation would help this one).

drinkability: Not alot, at least to me. As noted earlier, it's kind of "heavy in the mouth." At a rated 5.8% alcohol it's not real "hot" either.

Overall: This IPA does not present the crisp hops "punch" I have come to love from a nice IPA and lacks the strength of some better IPA's such as Stone and Sierra Nevada. FAR better than the average crap beer but a few notches below my favorites. I will drink this one only if my favorites are not available. I score it a 6.5 out of 10.

keith712, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Jdmpolk
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A burnished gold color with a finger length of head. It quickly subsides and leaves minimal lacing in the glass.

Smell- Piney with hints of citrus peel. Grapefruity. Slight malt aroma in the back ground. Hoppy but smooth

T- First to hit is the slightly caramel sweetness of the malt, but the bitterness of the hops comes crashing down on it. Tangy grapefruit notes hit first followed by a pine resin flavor of the simcoe hops. Finally the bitterness subsides leaving behind a grainy grassy aftertaste.

M- Smooth with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back-end. Slightly bright resonants.

D- Very easy drinking.

Jdmpolk, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass

A - Clear, golden orange with a nice sized white head resting on top.

S - Some citrus and pine mixed with pale malts but not picking up much in the aroma of this one.

T - Light citrus and piney hops mingle with the pale malts to create a pretty balanced beer. Extremely average in all way's.

M - medium bodied, normal amount of carbonation for the style

D - Drinkable for sure but not really extraordinary. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these but I know I could find a better IPA almost anywhere.

jpmclaug, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger lumpy tan head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Sticky webs and rings of lacing.

S: Rich caramel malts. Citrus, grapefruit and pine.

T: Sweet caramel up front with a little citrus bite. Bready malt character in the middle along with resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Sharly bitter in the finish and a little dry. Maybe a little sweet aftertaste, but a nicley balanced IPA (won't be hoopy enough for some).

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, clean and dry with a little resiny character in the middle.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Moderate abv make it sessionable.

Haybeerman, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and garnet; attractive looking. Hoppy smell is a bit different, seems to lean more on the Euro side. Taste is also different but enjoyable (that much more actually since I've never had a beer quite like this). It has a firm hop sting with a dry finish. Body is on the full side with a smooth texture. Malts are working well, providing just enough sweetness. I like it.

A nice beer with a unique take on an IPA--a refreshing change from the ubiquitous citrus bombs.

JEdmund, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of BigMike
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with a gorgeous frothy off white head that's already leaving awesome lacing.

S: piney floral hops. Some orange citrus also.
Smells very tasty.

T: nice piney floral with some grassiness. Very tasty and a real nice mixture of flavors. I believe they use alot of simcoe in this which proves once again that's one of my favorite hop varieties.

M: nice light bodied. Smooth crisp and a super easy drinker. Great carbonation.

Overall: I never even heard of this Sam Adams offering until today when I was putting together a mixed sixer at wegmans. A very pleasant surprise. Very Enjoyable and at 5.8% it's a great sessionable drinker with lots of flavor.

BigMike, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a coppery orange brown with a tight white head that remained for much of the beer and left nice lacing. Smell is of piney and citrus hops maybe a hint of grass. Taste is dominated by hops but not a real strong hop flavor very mild and citrusy, not a ton of malt but a hint of sweetness come from the malt. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp medium carbonation. This is not an overwhelming ipa which might be nice for someone getting into the craft realm. That said its a solid no frills or big kick ipa that is very drinkable.

rpardon7, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little bit of citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by a hops presence that is on the lighter side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's certainly not one of the tops beers that I've had in the style but it's still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber color with a finger sized head that stays put.

Smell: Full hop aroma with floral notes. Beautiful strong hop smell.

Taste: Pine, citrus and floral hops wrapped into smooth malts. Good balance between the two. The bitterness is lower than I'd expect from an IPA but almost perfect for this beer. Not a strong alcohol presence apparent from the taste.

Drinkability: Fantastic beer. The mix of hops makes this beer refreshing and interesting enough to keep one interested. This is the best beer I've had from Sam Adams. Typically their beers lack the malt body I'd expect from a particular style but this AIPA hits the mark.

wmtxbb, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of madjr80
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance light copper color; light, fluffy head

Smell fresh hops

Taste hop lingers on the tongue, but not overly bitter.

Very good in drinkability; not too heavy in body and not too high
In alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good; not too much of anything, but a great balanced brew.

madjr80, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Latitude 48 IPA--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 55 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lacy white head. Clear very thin bright dark amber color. Earthy mild floral hop front. Dry sweet crisp tangy zesty earthy thin toasted caramel hop resin infused mild fruit biscuit Euro hop IPA body. Dry hop spice bitter mild citrus end. Noble Euro IPA. Sampled on 11/10/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 11/10/2010.

philbertk, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with my first Latitude 48. Interesting how the label indicates hops from america, germany and england.

Poured clear with 3/4 inch head that was fairly thick and lasting. Nice aroma but not a citrus or pine bomb as are some IPA's.

Very smooth and extremely drinkable. Nice hop flavor and balance. Definitely not over the top. An IPA that should appeal to a wide array of drinkers.

Nice offering from SA. I can't wait till Noble Pils is available again.

nniicckkww, Nov 11, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,161 ratings.