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

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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 263 | 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 infi
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Dark-golden color with frothy, off-white head. Clumped-up and stringy lacing dominated the interior of the glass. Very little amounts of carbonation on the visual. Smell carries some hints of malt sweetness, but this sort of musty earthiness as well. Seems to be very characteristic in many SA beers I've had. Don't know, but it doesn't really work in my favor. Little amount of hoppiness as well.

Taste is very, very light in flavor. More like a pilsner than an American IPA. Minimal hop characteristic throughout with a thin malt backbone. Overall, very lacking. Also, the beer has the distinguishable yeast flavor that I also find in SA beers.

Just about medium-bodied with not much carbonation on the tongue. Drinks easy, but could use more depth in flavor. Not really a SA winner for me, I'd consider a different alternative for an IPA.

infi, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of aasher
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Latitude 48 pours a rich amber with a nice one finger off white head. The aromas are of light pine and a whole lot of caramel and sweet maltiness. There's way too much sweetness going on here. The taste too is super malty with slight bitterness to finish. It's hard to get past the sweetness. It has a decent body for an IPA but it's just average. It's pretty average all around. Next time I'll go with the Ranger.

aasher, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Appearance: reddish amber, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: floral hops, malts, and a slight caramel.

Taste: floral hops, warm smooth malts, honey, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly bitter.

This is a nice IPA. It has a lot of good flavor. The hops are potent first, inviting malts second, and bitter finish.

megahurts4, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of beerNdarts
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, poured into cold (not frozen) mug.

A- Medium amber, I used a cooled glass so not very much foam. Some lacing as I drink.

S- Floral and piney, not getting much else.

T- Wow! Its an IPA alright. This beer screams it... the label says theres a malt flavor, but it barely registers. What is the IBU rating on this beer? I taste bitter, spicy, piney hops all the way through, with a bit of citrus on the back end.

M- Surprisingly clean and thin.

D- Very good. Sams proving once again that they actually give a S about beer.

beerNdarts, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a rich amber brew sits a thick clingy head. This head is a creamy off white colored foam that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass and makes cool lace rings and patterns along the way.

Smell: Mostly I get citrusy hop notes with lighter pine notes and some mellow sweet and lightly toasted maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Just like the nose suggested I get plenty citrus and spicy hop notes with mild pine backing it up. This is all set up on a nice malt base with some light caramel malt and bready sweetness. The palate is smooth medium bodied with average balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's a good solid IPA. It's not going to blow away most hopheads but it will offer some nice hops in a very drinkable package.

generallee, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, May freshness date on bottle.

A - Pours a deep orange amber with foamy, 2.5 finger head that goes down very slowly. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S - I'm getting a lot of citrusy zest in the aroma. Hops a bit piney with some grapefruit notes. Good, sweet malts on the back end. Actually smells very good.

T - Lots of fruit up front. I taste a good amount of orange, but mellow. Hops decently bitter and piney. Not extremely complex, but I felt it does a decent job of capturing the style.

M - Actually a rather thin mouthfeel, decent amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - Quite drinkable, it's refreshing.

Overall - I'm actually impressed. I think BBC did a good job of capturing the style in this beer. Again, nothing overly complex here, but a good, basic, American IPA.

BeerBuckeye, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a big frothy head that sticks around a long time.

S: Big grapefruit aroma with kind of a soapy twang. Sweet malts are also noticeable.

T: Spicy grapefruit punch up front with pine resin thrown in. There's a good amount of malt that follows the hops.

D: Solid brew from a solid brewery. Sam Adams nailed the style pretty well.

rebel1771, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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 +11%
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 -10.1%
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 +11%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +0.6%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 +14.6%
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 +12.4%
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 +16.6%
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 +1.1%
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 +6.2%
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 -17.1%
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 +2.5%
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 -4.5%
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
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.