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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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BA SCORE
81
good

3,217 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 235 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Bell jar.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber body, verging into copper, topped by 2" of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing. This is an absolutely spot-on IPA appearance-wise.

S: Clean hoppiness starts things off, with grapefruit and grassiness being the predominant aromas; some caramel malt is present as well. Solid, but a little less than dynamic.

T: The European hops take over from the more aromatic American ones here, with vegetal, earthy bitterness displacing any real citrus or floral flavors. The caramel malt also takes on far more prominence here, although the hoppiness is never entirely drowned out. Still, it's definitely sweeter on the finish than I'd have liked. Decent enough, but no better than average for such a great style.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. Quite nice.

D: Not bad, but a little on the sticky side.

Notes: Ok beer, but a pale shade of an actual, good IPA. Drinkable is the best compliment one could pay this beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cichief
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A very nice amber/red, with a nice thick tan head, clear without any haze.

S- Somewhat floral and citrus.

T- Nice an hopp, citrus and pine, well balanced with the malt.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated without being fizzy.

D- A nice drinkable IPA, not overly done like so many American IPAs.

cichief, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cbn
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty amber color, clear body, active head settles to a thin cap with lace curtains.

Sweet and salty aroma, caramelized pineapple, citrus, yeasty spice on an ocean-breeze.

Aggressive hop use balanced by generous malt presence. Spicy orange-marmalade on a moist biscuit.

Smooth and slightly biting, coats the mouth with sweet malt syrup and spicy hop oil.

Drinkability, even within the style, remains average because of a slightly cloying mouthfeel.

cbn, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not expecting this to be so orange in color; it was almost red. The smell was citrus and hops. I expected it to be sweeter, but the red color comes out in the flavor. There is some dark malty flavor and a bitterness that was not unpleasant. This beer has a unique toasty flavor for an IPA, yet it is smooth and easy to drink. If I had more than one of these, I would have cracked a second and third. I'm not a huge Sam Adams fan, but this beer is good.

beerdown77, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of AlexCorleone
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange and gold. Medium white head. with some bubbles poking through.

S: Aroma is fresh saaz hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. And a little bit sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

T: herbal and floral subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. Good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh hop taste that clean your mouth.

D: Medium/Light body that drinks relatively with a large aftertaste.

AlexCorleone, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper-orange colored brew with a very solid, two-finger thick head that leaves ample lacing on the sides as it slowly fades. Really a great looking brew.

Smells of citrus and grains as well as a nice malt backbone.

Tastes of citrus, pine and has a mild malt sweetness that balances out the hops nicely. Bitter, but not as much as I would have expected. Slightly reminiscent of some black tea.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable IPA - for those who aren't hopheads. Personally for me, this is a bit lighter than I expected, but then I would enjoy a case of this stuff. Goes down really easy and the abv is managable - great session brew.

ujsplace, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fairly nice head that leaves some okay lacing as well. Interesting beer, but not my idea of an IPA. There is a nice bitterness throughout, both in the aroma and taste, but I'm not a fan of all the hops used here. The hallartaus here don't mesh all that well with the other hops, and the flavors are muddled. Pine, earth, bitter citrus, forest floor, and a tanginess that seems out of place. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It also fades on the finish and has a slightly weird aftertaste- sorta like alkaseltzer.

Georgiabeer, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sa latitude 48
a 4
s 3.5-4
t 4
m 4
d 3.5-4

the beer presents as an orangey light amber with a short head. the cap sticks around well but doesn't leave all that much lace for an ipa. the smell is citric in the lower reaches of the register and there is clearly a lot of malt going on, some caramelized. upon tasting the malty sweetness is apparent, accompanied by some orange-like citric flavor and the bitterness is mostly a vague baratone orange rind. due to maltiness the body is at least medium, and the carbonation is pretty lush. the sweetness does not become as burdensome as it does in some east coast IPAs, like flying dog's, but it's enough to make the cracking of a second bottle less likely.

brewmudgeon, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Overall, an easy drinking IPA, with good aroma, complexity, and blend.

Tone, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/red more on the red mahogany side. A slight amount of white head with some big bubbles poking through.

Aroma is fresh piney hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. I get a somewhat sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

Sweet and subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. A good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight caramel sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh piney hop taste that leaves more of an astringency than bitterness.

Medium/Light body that drinks relatively fast for the amount of hops that cut through the nose. I really like how bitter but smooth this beer is.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bierguru
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A.
Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.

S.
It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell

T.
When tasting this right away get some orange, grapefruit, and lemon taste followed by some
floral hops and pine and have a slight grapefruit aftertaste mixed with a hint of pine.

M
The mouthfeel lite and crisp

D.
easy to drink one of the better american ipa

bierguru, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a flared glass
A: amber, clear, decent (1.5-fing. head), good carbonation
S: combination of yeast and malt
T: complex hoppiness, but misses the bitter knife found in many IPAs. The blend of hops is wonderful, and contributes to the grass-and-grapefruit complexity of the flavor
M: the razzing carb beads make the beer come alive

I really liked this IPA for its complexity and roundness

Arithmeticus, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.
S. It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell
T. When tasting this right away get some orange, grapefruit, and lemon taste followed by some floral hops and pine and have a slight grapefruit aftertaste mixed with a hint of pine. The citrus and hops taste don't seem to be as overwhelming as in some IPA's.
M/D. The mouthfeel is a sticky, chewy feel but is surprisingly easy to drink and is an IPA that I prefer over the other ones I have reviewed on here.

DannyDan, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of DaveCS
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is just astounding, the hops range from very citrus and sweet to piney in the same quaff, there is a lot of hop action going on here. The color of the beer is actually quiet dark for an IPA, almost amber, but very clean looking. The head retention is almost biblical. Almost 15 minutes after I poured the beer in the glass, it still has a well defined head. The malts really stand out for the initial time in the mouth, then it is the hops turn. The hops are very balanced, nothing overwhelming here. The beer finishes very crisp, very little after taste, and of that it fades rapidly. The beer has some very nice carbonation, very light but noticeable. Over all this beer is a great beer that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys IPAs, Sam Adams comes through again!

DaveCS, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, as the beer tastes like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad brew, definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of magnj
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper body with a white sticky head that hangs around and leaves lacing for the entirety of the glass.

S - Well balanced aroma with the hops contributing a unique tropical and earthy smell. Malt is vaguely sweet, no perceivable yeast contribution.

T - Big hop flavor up front, not extremely bitter though there is a bite. Again well balanced against the sweet malt which is a little hard to describe. Hop flavors are unique as the smell indicated. American pine and tropical fruits and a bit herbal.

M/D - Medium body, not as sticky as the taste might suggest. Easy to drink, tasty, and on the lower end of the ABV spectrum it has high drinkability. An all around nice beer that I've somehow never seen despite supposedly being a year around offering since 2009.

magnj, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of mattkoon
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is a piney citrus just like a good ipa should be. Some ipa's are harsh and bitting. This ipa however is not. It's a great mix of full flavor and drinkability. You can tell this beer is made with a healthy dose of high quality hops.

mattkoon, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of dirty off-white head. This retains with roughly a ½ finger of foam that leaves a sticky latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy, citric, and even a bit herbal smelling. A bit of sweeter tropical fruit character pushes itself through as well and mingles with more malty notes of caramel and toasted bread.

The taste is grassy feeling in the mouth and bitter with citrus rind and green fruit. The hops are balanced on the edges of the profile by sweet caramel and grainy malt. This finishes with a dry pithy bitterness that lingers with some force. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness that prickles the mouth. An underlying oily slickness keeps this fairly smooth despite the harshness of the hops at times. I'm picking up no alcohol at all.

This was a decent enough effort of an IPA from Sam Adams. The hops came off as a little too abrasive at times but this did lessen some as things warmed up and the body on this really helped keep things together. I'd like to give this one a shot on draft at some point.

Kegatron, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with one finger of off white head. The head recedes rather quickly though a cap of foam remains all the way down. Lacing is fine and plentiful. Aroma is citrus hops. Tastes like a standard American IPA with one difference. The combination of hops yields a "green" flavor to the citrus. Like under ripe grapefruit. Not bad as such but unusual. I am more used to the "over ripe" citrus which yields a much sweeter IPA. Mouthfeel was just right for the style and with a modest 5.8% abv makes this one highly drinkable. It has a dry bitter finish.

Spikester, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one! Poured into short pilsner glass. Amber/orange body with a big foamy head, lots of tiny bubbles to support it.. Smell of yeast and strong piney hop/citrusy hop. The flavour follows well with nice bittering. Nice carbonation, lighter body, refreshing and tasty. Easy to drink.

wcintula, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of TheHopMonster
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with fast rising bubbles, Foamy white head and sticky lace all the way till the end.

The overwhelming hop presence in the aroma seems to fool the mind into thinking that this will be a hard to handle IPA that would sacrifice drinkability. But there are toasty malts and esters of bready grains.

The hops dry your plait but ends surprisingly clean with a biscuit like after taste thanks to the malts. I love the idea of taking North eastern hops and combining them with English and German Hops all giving this unique IPA a very powerful and satisfying feel.

Good Job Sammy

TheHopMonster, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a brewery of this size, all I can summarize is "Magnificent"!

Sweet & malty, hoppy & bitter - complex yet balanced flavour profile that smells as good as it tastes and finishes. All of this, with an ABV well below the APA hoppy standard. Proof that alcohol isn't the fundamental bedrock of flavour...

Have now enjoyed several bottles from several locations : this could well become my new Session Ale!

hopsolutely, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear ruby orange with huge tan foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Aromatic citrus with caramel sweetness and hints of pine and english hops. Great hop bite up front yet nicely balanced in the end although obviously tipped to the hop side. Grapefruit with bits of pine and earthy pepper lead to a sweet finish and a moderate bitter linger. Even, almost non-descript carbonation and mouthfeel save for a light syrup feel.

This could use a bit more in the hop flavor profile but it is much more interesting than the average overhopped American IPA. Overall, it's very enjoyable and a fairly balanced drinking experience.

Bfarr, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as a single.

Latitude looks nice in the glass. It's an amber color with copper and honey colored highlights. The white head sticks around and provides for some great lace. The beer is relatively transparent with lots of active carbonation.

The smell is full of citrus and a touch of toasted malt. The citrus is pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Some orange, grapefruit and a touch of pine. The nose could be much, much more expressive in terms of hops and the malt should take more of a backseat.

The taste of this beer is nothing out of the ordinary. I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams, but I do expect their beers to taste better than the average brewery - after all, they have the pockets and presumably the experience to nail a new recipe. This beer falls way short - the hops are disjointed, adding lingering bitterness and a touch of fruit but dropping out inbetween. The malt is sweet at first, then some toast is overshadowed by the bitterness. Just a mess - and, there's even some wateriness and a touch of house yeast (berries and trub) in the mix. Hugely dissapointing given my expectations, but nothing I'd dump out. I feel like I've homebrewed much better.

Mouthfeel is full of sparkling bubbles and has medium body, but the watery drop-off makes it seem lighter. The beer is drinkable and perhaps even sessionable, but the beer is just a letdown given the notariety and reputation of the brewer. An average offering from Sam.

jampics2, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a see thru reddish color with a big white head that falls fairly slowly, good
lacing is left down the glass.

S:Nose is pretty mild all together with nothing to exciting. Sweet malts are picked up
with some subtle hop aroma as well but nothing to overpowering.

T:Pretty much just like the nose, mild. Sweetness from the malt is picked up on the
front and in the middle with hops coming thru on the backend with some pine and
citrus bite that lingers around for awhile.

M:Mouthfeel is good and body is also decent as well. Flavors seem to blend together
nicely for a decent feel all together.

D:All in all this was a pretty good and easy to drink brew. More of a balanced IPA with
the flavors all kind of mixing and blending together with each other. With that being said
this brew has some decent flavors to it but not a hop bomb IPA if that is what you are
looking for, but for between $7-8 budget its a good drink.

SuperNova777, Dec 23, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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