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

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 340 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber in color with brilliant clarity. and a moderate off white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Pretty solid hop bouquet--floral, spicy, and piney, with hints of pineapple. Some nice bread and caramel malts for a foundation underneath the hops.

Flavor-Caramel and bready malt flavors open up with moderately strong hop flavors-piney, resiny, and light floral flavors. In the finish, moderately high hop bitterness comes through to dry out the flavor, with soft floral hop flavors playing out long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a bit prickly as it hits your tongue, but has a super soft and silky character as it sits in your mouth. Hops are a little tongue numbing, but in a good way.

This is a solid IPA. The hop profile is pretty good in both the aroma and the flavor, and the mouthfeel is amazing. I wasn't blown away, but on the whole it was quite good.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Probably paid in the neighborhood of $8.50 for the pack. I'm reviewing on probably beer 4 of the pack and must note that I have not been particularly impressed with the first 3. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Half inch off white head that is rather sparse and consistent of larger sized bubbles. Transparent and copper in color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice layer of retention sticks around.

Faint nose consists of grassy hops and caramel malts with a raw graininess to it. Certainly on the more mild and balanced side for the style. Hops are too muted for my liking, perhaps this would be better marketed as a pale ale.

Taste is very clean, pale and balanced. Lots of caramel malt nodding towards biscuity all balanced with grassy hops nodding towards citrusy.

Medium body with pleasant and lively carbonation and a finish that is slightly crisp.

All in all a very drinkable and enjoyable yet not entirely memorable beer. I think I'd pass for the price on this one next time, but am not disappointed I tried it.

Photo of morehoppps
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Tea-Like reddish brown color. Nice, two finger head.

S: Earthy, some hints of citrus.

T: At first, ample amount of hop. By mid beer, it taste more like tea (iced tea), than an IPA.

M: Meh, Medium-Bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not first on my list. I don't like tea, and that is what it reminds me of.

Photo of stewart124
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper to ruby red in color with a nice off-white head. This has a beautiful foamy head. Lace already along the glass.

Nice noticable hop notes of citrus, and pine.

Medium bodied with a light caramel character. Bready notes and biscuit complement the hops well. Oil and resin really round out this IPA. Sam Adams still knows how to build a great beer.

Plenty of hops but still a very nice malt character make this IPA quite drinkable.

Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light golden brown pour with hints of red throughout. Fluffy white head sits atop with nice lacing and retention.

S: Piney hops really dominate the smell for me here. Not a lot of malts to balance anything out.

T: Very hop forward beer. Nothing else really like with the smell.

MF: A little watered down for me and under-carbonated. Very light.

O: This is for drinking purposes only. Not a great IPA, but not bad either.

Photo of sk8man121
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Best by July 2011.

A: Pours a transparent dark copper with orange highlights. 2-finger orange-beige head settles slowly, leaving lacing around the entire perimeter of the glass and showing nice retention.

S: Sweet, malty citrus notes up front. Hops are very spicy and seem to be in excellent balance with the malts.

T: Spicy hops dominate with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and bitter orange peel. Spiciness gives way to juicy malts, which carry into a fairly bitter but not unpleasant finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Similar in some ways to Victory's excellent Hop Devil offering.

M: Carbonation is medium and leads a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel. Fits the beer nicely.

O: Drinks very smoothly; almost sessionable despite the moderate ABV (6%). While certainly not the best IPA out there, the pleasant spiciness keeps me coming back, making this a strong offering and one of the better SA brews on the shelves.

A well-balanced, pleasantly spicy IPA.

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy chestnut, rather dark for an IPA. Tight, fluffy head that demanded a careful decanting. Some tea-like notes in the hops, with some raw herbacious notes, as well. Moderate level of hopping and the rather substantial body called to mind more of an ESB than an IPA.

Photo of bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy medium copper. There is only a thin lyer of foam, but it persists quite nicely, leaving a decent amount of lacing. Aroma features a restrained level of hops, perhaps a bit less assertive than I had expected. There is, however, a welcome maltiness lurking in the background along with some butterscotch notes. Taste features very nice hop spiciness with citrusy, especially grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but also has a nice assertive level of carbonation. Overall, another solid offering from BBC. Quite enjoyable and pleasant to drink.

Photo of leokbelo
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively copper color in a Pint glass. 1 inch creamy head, dissipates into a 1/2 inch lacing after a while. Very hoppy on the nose, with a citrus / pine scent. A hint of sweetness in the backround. Same in the tongue, citrus hops dominate a bit over the malts, but you still get that caramel in the backround. Finish is a bit dry.
Overall a decent IPA, with good character.
Would recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle into Portsmouth Tulip

A - Fairly deep copper with a finger of frothy off-white head. Good retention. A light swirl brings it all right back.

S - Some bitter hops, a bit of muted citrus and something of a muted earthy hop.

T - Bitter hops with some citrus and floral tones. The bittering, slightly resinous character of the Simcoe is easily detected. Massively bready/grainy finish. Looking forward to the Lat48 Single Hop pack.

M - Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O - Overall this is a pretty standard IPA. Just about what I'd expect from BBC. Looking forward to the Lat48 Single Hop pack.

Photo of divineaudio
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best by march 2011
pint glass

pours a nice even copper color. forms a pinky's worth of tan head that lasts for quite a while. leaves rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.

smell is wonderfully floral and hoppy. citrus notes are present, but i get more pineapple and tangerine than the usual grapefruit. slightly toasty.

it tastes sort of… flowery. not floral or hoppy, but more like perfumy. toasted malt and some light citrus are present as is the bitterness i expect from an ipa. however, there's an odd flavor in the finish that i can't place. very unusual.

body is medium (despite sam adams saying "full" on the label) with just the right amount of co2.

certainly an interesting take on the style, very unlike every other ipas i have tried. could easily have a few of these in a night, but i'm not sure i'd want to drink this often. worth seeking out if you like hops.

Photo of musicforairports
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz notched best by September. Reviewed April 22.

Amber and clear, not much of a head, but some lacing sticks around.

Smells of earthy, herbal hops, some hints of citrus.

Tastes like a fresh East Coast IPA, which tends to lean more towards the herbal/earthy/vegetative hop flavors, though this finishes with a noticeable bitter lemon/citrus flavor. Malt provides a noticeable background sweetness but nothing else. The hops are all over the place flavor-wise, but yet still restrained.

Mouthfeel is just carbonated enough. It works.

A very middle-of-the-road East Coast IPA. I recall liking this a lot more the last time I had it a year ago. I guess I've just had a lot of really good IPAs since then.

Photo of skenyon1811
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint.

A: Huge amount of bubbly head when I poured this, had to stop it from spilling over. Crisp orange amber appearance. The head looks a little soapy, rather see smaller thicker bubbles.

S: A little more reserved than most IPAs. It has a lot of scent when I first poured it but the it died down. It is still nice, but smells more like a pale ale. It is a nice malty sweet and earthy aroma.

D: Wow, this has bigger kick than I would expect from a Sam Adam's. This has quite the bitterness. A little malt in the beginning that a real sharp hop punch, I love it. The after taste is floral and earthy. This also doesn't seem to have the generic Sam Adam's taste that most of their beers tend to lean on. Nice alcohol taste in there. I would of guessed it would of had a higher ABV than 6.

M: Pretty smooth, for as carbonated as the head looked. I would say about a medium body.

O: I have to say this is could be my favorite thing Sam Adam's has put out. Good Job boys, Cheers!

Photo of beagle75
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber with over one finger of lofty off-white foam that collapses to a large residual pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and strong esters are most apparent in the smell, with hops contributing soft herbaceous and earthy qualities.

T: Begins off-dry, with toffee and dark estery fruit. Sweetness spikes after a few beats amidst strong acidity, both then tapering off into the middle. Fruit flavors take on some orange citrus qualities, but are kept dark by the associated earthy hop flavors. The finish is distinctly bready, with moderate herbaceous bitterness and some hard minerality.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, only the pronounced acidity prevents a fine balance from being reached here, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While not really remarkable as an American-style IPA, this beer does feature some distinctly English qualities. Its smell and flavor have traditional appeal, making it an IPA with more broad food pairing potential than the norm.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The brew looks insanely good. The off-white head is pillowy and prodigious. Lace is moderate.

S - Lemony, earthy and grassy-herbal hops are the mainstay of the nose. Not particularly dynamic or pungent, but they are the dominant factor aromatically.

T - The flavor is best described as minimalistically adequate, which is to say that it has every aspect one would expect in a hoppy IPA, but nary an element is noteworthy. So I will not note anything. Tick this if you will, but drink Boston Lager or better if you're drinking for the sake of drinking. (Non-specific bitterness, grapefruit pith, pennies in the mouth, if you must know.)

M - Ehhh. Bigger than it should be, verging on syrupy in body.

O - Not great, not terrible. IPA is an overcrowded field; BBC/SA had better step their game up or else they will have to sell a manillion bottles of this stuff on marketing alone (which they obviously can/will.)

Photo of gc4hokies
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden copper color. Nice creamy off white head. The smell is unique. In a very crowded style, this manages to separate itself. Not overpowering, very drinkable.

Good beer from Sam Adams. It's not a hop bomb like many others in the category. It's something that non-hop heads can enjoy (but hop heads will like too!).

Photo of stckhndlr
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Little dark than most IPAs. Thick 1 finger head with small bubbles. Dark dark golden red color but below average lacing.

S- Hoppy and a sweet floral note. touch of caramel and pine.

T- hops and caramel, toasty notes as well. Little bitter on the finish.

M- Bit dry but has a smooth medium body.

O- Lots of bitter hops but a sweet mellow flavor make this a pretty drinkable beer. Loved the dark color it had to it.

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

A: Pretty good appearance. Golden color with a pretty nice white foam head.

S: This is the first IPA I've tried from Sam Adams and I was actually really surprised by the smell. Nice floral hop aromas all over the place.

T: I'm impressed. I've ever been crazy about anything I've tried from Sam Adams before, but this one is a really solid IPA. Nice balance between some hard citrus hops and pepper and some biscuity malt. I'm a fan.

Photo of Mississipping
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quite slowly, leaving sparse lacing behind. Appears mostly clear, but slightly hazy due to the deeper color.

S: There's a little more going on here than I expect from Sam Adams. A bit of citrus fruit, slight pine resin, and a pleasant touch of biscuity malt. It smells pretty hoppy; I hope the flavor can match it.

T: Much like the aroma, there is a good bit going on in the taste. A crisp citrus fruitiness, along with subtle pine notes are picked up on first. The malt profile comes in halfway through, providing a slightly bready taste. The finish is hoppy and slightly bitter. Overall it's pretty well balanced and pretty darn tasty.

M: Despite what the label says, the body is medium at best. The high carbonation level takes away from the weight of the body, but makes it dance a little and makes the flavors pop out on the tongue. Feels nice.

D: Very high drinkability. This is an impressive IPA for this particular brewery. I'm usually a little let down by Sam Adams, despite their constant attempts at innovation, but this is pretty solid. In no way is it a competitor with other big IPA's, but it's balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking. Perfect for a warm evening, and one that I will continue to go back to.

Photo of jifigz
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a nice and shimmery copper color. The amount of CO2 bubbles appears pretty heavy compared to other beers I usually drink. The head dissipated slowly and left nice lacing.

S: As usualy with IPA's, the smell is earthy and floral, after all hops are a flower.

T: The taste of this is extremely different than other India Pale Ales I have recently been drinking. It tastes like sour fruit at first and remains that flavor through till the aftertaste which is similar in flavor just a lot more bitter on the palate.

M: A good, creamy texture. Not overly carbonated like the I thought it would be due to the appearance. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry as most bitter beers due.

O: A pretty quality IPA from the U.S.A's largest craft brewer. It seems these days I don't buy much Sam Adams due to all the local breweries who make great beer, but I am glad this one was given to me.

Photo of kyleelton
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm definitely a lover of hops, so if I can taste hops I'm probably going to enjoy it on some level, unless it's complete mess.

Looks good. Like an IPA should. A thin layer of foam remains throughout, giving some lacing as it goes.

I've been so into DIPAs lately that I was expecting to get a big whiff of hops, but it was only slight.

For an IPA, again, I'm currently used to DIPAs and was happy that the taste didn't feel underwhelming. Good hop taste, again, not in the face, but clean.

I'm not good at describing mouthfeel, but me it's either too watery, or it's not. This feels right, although maybe not as even as other IPAs. Don't know how to say it any other way.

Overall it's a very decent IPA. Not my favorite, but if I can taste the hops in a large way, I'm satisfied.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of many Saturday Afternoon/Evening beers, lets start off with the Latitude 48.

Appearance-Dark copper colored, with a beige foamy head with about 3 fingers of head, retaining well after the pour, not bad looking. NOTE: 10 minutes later among finishing the beer, a one inch head is still hanging around that has left beautiful lacing.

Smell-Citrus and Pine. Can smell some bitter hops on the backend.

Taste-Sweet malts with some earthy tones. Pretty dry finish that leaves a funky aftertaste. As the beer warms I picked up some more citrus. Fresh beer, but not getting much hops. Nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thick for an IPA, with alot of carbonation.

Overall-I had high hopes after the pour. I LOVE the way this beer looks and was pretty excited to try it. Unforunately I was dissapointed. Theres better IPA 6 packs around that you can get for 7.99-8.99

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Summer mixed 12-pack

A: Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2" head that retains fairly well. Leaves some pretty good lacing

S: Citrusy/grassy hops stick out along with some malty sweetness

T: Same as the smell; oily, grassy, citrusy hops along with some sweetness attributed to the malts. The oily trait of some SA brews definitely sticks out a bit and slightly distracts from the hops

M: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation

D/O: Easily drinkable for an IPA, goes well with the rest of the Summer pack

Photo of colts9016
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger light tan head that is foamy and creamy. The head has good retention and leave a small amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is copper with garnet hightlight. The clarity is clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: The first aromas is a malty bready sweetness. There is a small amount of pine, floral, and a touch of grapefruit. The other aroma is yeast and solvents.

Taste: There an okay amount of hops, floral grapefruit and piney. The malt is sturdy with toasty notes. The other flavors are citrus, solvents, and yeast.

The mouth feel is cloying, astringent, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is an okay IPA, I feel the flavors are not to well balanced there is an odd flavor that finishes the beer. I really do not care for this beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the expiration date notched at August 2011. Sampled on April 8, 2011. The pour is a clean looking amber-copper with busy carbonation rising to a thin, short-lived head. It is much clearer than the kind of IPA's I like, which tend to be cloudier. Loads of floral hops are in the aroma with a sweet maltiness kicking in the offset the bitterness. The body is smoothe and creamy. It tends to be sweeter than the IPA's I favor. Oh certainly the hops are evident and welcome but the sweet malts diminish the hop sensation I hoped to enjoy.

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