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

bottle from a store in the area, poured into pint glass

Amber in color with striking clarity. and a moderate off white head.

the maltiness, which is initial, gives way to the typical hop heavy earthy flavor of an IPA. it isnt particularly heavy or bitter, and pretty drinkable. The carbonation is moderate and just right.

As far as IPAs go, this probably isnt the best of the best. But for what it is, its great, especially compared to some of the other offerings from sam adams.

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

Part 1 of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack!

A - Pours a nice, lightish orange/amber with a generous amount of foamy off white head.

S - Lots of piney, resiny hops are what come out in the forefront. A bit of fruitiness is also present, in the end of the smell.

T - Much like the smell, but a couple things were more intense. This is quite bitter, more so than I was expecting. The fruit in the nose is really pretty absent in the taste. The alcohol is also undetectable.

M - The mouthfeel is just what I'd expect from seeing the head. Fairly creamy, the bitterness lingers a little too long to make this a wonderful mouthfeel, though.

Overall, a good, bitter IPA. Good beer, excited for the rest of the pack!

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Clear dark amber reddish color with a two finger frothy rocky head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrus hops, floral hops, caramel malt, and herbal hop/earthy aroma

T- Strong caramel malt notes, cracker, strong spice notes, some nice citrus hop bitterness, and herbal hop bitterness. Something very earthy about this beer. This is very balanced, unlike any American IPA I have ever had. Kind of a strange aftertaste though.

M-Finishes dry, refreshing, and high carbonation that tickles the tongue, and a very soft mouthfeel.

O- Pretty unique American IPA, can't think of another IPA I have had like this. The malt profile on this beer is strong, but it has a nice hop and spice balance.

Photo of BarrelO
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before September 2011.

Deep copper body with an OK head that leaves some lacing. Smell is rather bland, to be honest, but there was a bit of grassiness. Taste is dominated by grassy and piney notes. Bitterness is medium, not over-the-top at all. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some viscosity. Overall, a rather middling IPA. I won't seek it out again.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops with a bitter finish. What else would you expect with an IPA?? $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Photo of Treebs
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours amber color, almost like wood stain, with golden hues laced throughout. Nice half-finger ivory head that lasts.

S: Sweet fruit, hints of figs and apples, almost a light cider smell. Hops come through in nice balance with the sweetness.

T: Bitter fruits up front with a slight hint of sweetness before the hops hit you. Bitter, but good, hops follow throughout for the remainder.

M: Clean and crisp that flows smoothly over the tongue and through with a slight carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: Solid IPA with a fruitier smell than most. Flavor profile only slightly matches nose, but overall an easy drink. I can dig it.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body with an amazingly long lasting off-white head.

S: Nice piney & citrus hops aroma balanced with mellow caramel malts. Slight hint of bready notes.

T: A nice typical American IPA. A clean bitter piney hop upfront followed by caramel malts. Pretty standard.

M: Medium body; moderate carbonation; Lean mouthfeel, but crisp.

O: Very drinkable due to cost and availability. Not my favorite American IPA, but I can drink quite a few without a problem.

Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice clear amber golden color with a thick pillowy head that leaves nice lacing. The foam stays for the whole glass down to the last few drops

S- On the nose this is certainly a hoppy beer but there is a very distinct malt backbone that comes into play. Pine aromas and crystal sweetness.

T- Very bitter upfront with a fairly one dimensional hop flavor (contradictory to the fact that several different hops were used in the brewing process). Mostly pine like bitterness without any traditional citrus or floral flavors. A fair amount of sweetness in the finish helps balance.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Fairly crisp.

O- Overall this is a pretty solid brew. The hop flavor seems a bit pedestrian but its still quite good.

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.

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