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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
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3,303 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,303
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 273 | 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 u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles quickly to a nice lacing on top. Clear copper body. Nice sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grapefruit. Orange. Mostly floral hop notes.
T) A hop bite up front that mellows in the middle and comes back to nip again in the finish. Nice balance overall. Toasty, caramel malt.
M) Fizzy. Medium body.
D) A well crafted IPA. I will definitely have another one.

Photo of BigHeavy
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed immediately after pouring whilst watching the Super Bowl.

A: Beer pours a coppery red color (I feel like I use that term a lot to describe color, need to expand my vocab). It's a pretty looking beer in my glass. A nice and dense cream colored head appears and hangs around for a while. The clear beer produces some sticky lacing while you drink.

S: Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit, which is very nice. You can tell there are many varieties of hops, however, and the nuances of each kind fight with each other. The herbal and piney hop components are less noticeable. Some sweet malts are there, but definitely in the background.

T: Initial flavor is primarily the hop bitterness which is in contrast to the big grapefruit aroma. I guess I expected more hop flavor to assault the tongue. The fresh flavors come in lesser amounts as the sip moves around the palate. Little bit of malt presence to balance things out. Finish is pretty dry and a little piney. It's got some lingering hop bitterness going on here, too.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated. Not too heavy on the palate which helps drinkability. Works pretty well, but it's just a touch short of say a Celebration Ale, which is my pinnacle of mouthfeel in an IPA.

O: My favorite Sam Adams, hands down. Flavorful, pretty to look at, just needs a little more refinement. Having said that, you can't beat it for $7 at the local gas station on the way home from work. Kudos for the attempt at an IPA, Sam Adams.

Photo of rtepiak
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a single hop style ipa. A bit nutty and wood like. Pretty middle of the road as in the character seems to be lacking either because of ingredients uses... As in corner may have been cut and a balanced hop was used instead of several. Or they were looking for something a bit for simply. Hard to tell seeing as the beer of one latitude is made in three different places ohio, pen, and mass. Palate is savory for an ipa. Pine, walnut, and grass.

Photo of JesteR14
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Looks very nice, ruby red/amber color with a nice tan creamy head. 2 Fingers. love the color of this beer.

S- mild smell of hops and some other mild flavors.

T- What the hell. This is not what i was expecting from boston beer. The flavor? nothing like the IPA i was expecting, its tangy but not satifieing, has sort of a funky taste. NOT WHAT I LIKE IN AN IPA. horrible after taste....

M- hops linger with a slight taste of funk, and not good funk..

D- never again.. but i have had worse.

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA is burnt orange with a large auburn tinged head leaves gorgeous lace, very impressive.

Smell is intensely hoppy, big earthy herbalness, bright, with lots of citrus as well.

Taste is well balanced with a big malty backbone balanced the complex international blend of hops, although they're not nearly as assertive as I expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, due to the uniqueness of the hop blend. Stylistically though, I don't care for such malty, earthy IPAs, and will probably not bother with this one again.

Photo of gskitt
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a great fluffy head, much lacing. Smells of floral hops and some of the sweetness of the malt. Tastes super bitter, very piney and resins are right up front. Not to my liking. Huge bitter after taste. This does not taste like it smells. Maybe a bad bottle. I will review this one again.

Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is half hops, half malt. The hops are only slightly citrus, a little tangy, and not overpowering. The sweet malt aroma balances the hops very well

T: similar to smell, with intense, floral hops (pine, citrus); balanced beautifully with malty sweetness (honey)

M - Rather crisp carbonation yet somehow this is just very smooth.

While not a necessarily overwhelming quaff, this is nice, crisp and comfortable - no hop bomb, this is. I give you Sams' Latitude 48, a geography lesson in a glass: a simple, if not pleasant, brew that makes for a well-rounded quaff,

Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of spicy and fruity hops initially with some earthy tones in the background. The maltiness is also present highlighted by toasted breadiness.
The taste follow the nose, but backwards, with the toasty maltiness at the forefront and then you are welcomed with the spicy, citrus and earthy hops flavors.
Mouthfeel is average with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is by far one of the best beers Sam Adams have ever made, much better than Noble Pils or their Imperial Hallertau Pilsner. Definitely their best hopped beer ever.

Photo of abrand
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange to copper color with a very foamy head that never leaves. Good looking pour. Smells of sweet malts and earthy pines. Nice hop finis to round out a good smelling IPA. Taste is well balanced and amazingly smooth. Not a huge hop flavor but enough to keep a bitter finish. Very well carbonated and hints of citrus fruits and bready malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is an extremely drinkable brew from Sam Adams. Easy on the wallet and very sessionable.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Pours a translucent amber color with about half a finger of head that disapates quickly leaving a very thin pancake of head on top and small traces of head clinging to the edge of the glass. Smells faintly of cascade hops and not much else.

T&M: Mouthfeel is a little thin. Flavor hits you with hops and not much else and leaves with a dry aftertaste. Not much carbonation to speak of. I feel like a lot of IPA's I've been trying recently have had something a little extra to set them apart, but this one seems to be a little lacking in that department. It's still tasty, but I feel like it's holding something back.

D: Pretty drinkable IPA, not too heavy and the tamer flavors lead to being more sessionable in my opinion.

Photo of Outchillen
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive bought this a couple times now, im not a huge ipa guy, but one of my favs

A: Copper

S: This has a great smell, a little malty, nice mild hops

T: very mild and smooth for an ipa, a light citrus note from the hops

M/D: Mild body, clean aftertaste, I have gotten it before, will get it again, looking forward to the special variety pack of this

Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label notched as best by May 2011, so hopefully still reasonably fresh. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear dark amber body with a huge four finger off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Looks good.

The aroma is half hops, half malt. The hops are only slightly citrus, a little tangy, and not overpowering. The sweet malt aroma balances the hops very well.

The flavors follow the aroma. Nice blend of the slightly bitter hops and the toasty, bready malt. Not extremely complex but tasty. If, there are American hops here, they are muted compared to most American IPAs. But, being different is OK.

Medium mouthfeel that goes down easily. BBC continues to put out solid beers and this is another great example.

Photo of boudreaux
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper, with a finger-thick head

S: hoppy, with citrus and pine notes up front; earthy, with a slight sweetness on the backside

T: similar to smell, with intense, floral hops (pine, citrus); balanced beautifully with malty sweetness (honey)

M: light, but full body; makes the tongue tingle; crisp, yet smooth

D: could drink it all day

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had pretty much every Sams they offer, but I never get around to reviewing them. So, heres a review!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pour is a crystal clear copper with a one finger head that slowly fades to leave some nice side lacing and a white halo along with some very thin clouding.

S - Nice sweet malts and fragrant hops. Nice pine notes, not getting any citrus though.

T - Just like the nose, there are some sweet malts but those nice bitter pine resin hops really are front and center with this IPA. A nice smooth blending.

M - Rather crisp carbonation yet somehow this is just very smooth.

D - Yeah I could put back plenty of these, and have. A sessionable 12 pack IPA if there is one. One of my favorite Sam Adams.

Photo of jjboesen
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Get your pens out geography students because we are going to learn about the 48th latitude and the hop varieties that grow around it.

The initial pour is your average pour in that it opens with a massive head of billowing foam. Beneath this, there is a translucent body, copper in color, that contains an alarmed school of carbonation bubbles that race higgedly-piggedly to the surface. The glass rim is coated with your average gooey lacing.

The nose gets a subtle floral aroma while the palate is relucantly introduced to some shy malts and their hoppy playmates, both of whom slam the door with an intense finish. Bang!

While not a necessarily overwhelming quaff, this is nice, crisp and comfortable - no hop bomb, this is. I give you Sams' Latitude 48, a geography lesson in a glass: a simple, if not pleasant, brew that makes for a well-rounded quaff,

Photo of Whobody
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance Is very nice. A dark-Golden-color, well carbonated beer with a thick white, creamy head after the pour.

Smell is obviously very hoppy, not sure how to describe them, maybe very floral.

Taste has a strong flavor of the bittering hops. Very smooth going down. nice bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel has a smoothness to it. Kind of creamy.

This beer is very drinkable for the IPA lovers. It falls into suite well with the style. Very drinkable for a 6% avb.

Photo of SamN
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby red with a thick creamy head. Almost too red, looks like juice, but to light it glows with caramel malts. Lace is classic IPA; soapy, sticky with moderate lacing. Not very active in the glass. Smell is faint for an IPA. Some citrus fruits, dried orange rinds. Too faint. Taste is hop-forward, with an initial rush of hops greeting the palette. Dry biscuit malt flavors are unsatisfying, not adding enough mild sweetness. The hops are somehow flat and dull, not juicy and refreshing like they should be. Overall, there is just not enough balancing sweet character. I don't particularly like the hops flavors Sam Adams made. It finishes quite bitter and oddly burnt metal tasting.

I let this beer warm up slightly, sipped and pondered the profile a bit more, and while some more pronounced caramel malt came through and the hops became a little more citrusy, I still don't much care for this one. I feel like the malt dropped the ball here and let the hops run a bit wild.

Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper brew with a bubbly tan head that fills the pint glass quickly after a medium pour. Has excellent retention and leaves a fine sheet of tall lace. A commingling of citrus and oily hops with hints of orange peel and unexpected gingerbread to the nose. Tastes of big oily hops with a pleasant fruity and citrusy middle and a slightly chalky aftertaste. A little spicy alcohol heat lingers. Medium bodied yet floats lighter than expected on the palate. Not a perfect IPA, but darn tasty and satisfying, which equals a win in my book.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a great clarity. Solid finger of white head with a lot of frothy lace.

S: Lemon zest, orange, grass, green peppers, and a heavy dose of cilantro especially upon opening. Vegetation heavy, a unique smell, but not that appealing especially in the category of IPA.

T: Strong upfront bitterness, very grassy. Lemon heavy, some white grapefruit, bitter melon. An interesting mix of flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp but soft carbonation, easy going.

D: Definitely a interesting IPA, I've never had this kind of combination of flavours. The German hops add a unique twist almost a pils meets IPA. Worth a try.

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

12oz bottle served in SA Perfect Pint

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Attractive off-white head doesn't last too long.

S: Restrained sweet citric hops along with some pine. Hint of malt hangs in the background. Slight carmel aroma.

T: Has that typical "Sam Adams" flavor, which I can't quite describe but it is very apparent. Malt flavor is more dominant than hop character. Carmel, a little butterscotch, and some bready-ness. Hops are spicy and herbal with just a little tangerine. Finishes with some zesty bitterness.

M: Ample carbonation. Soft and coating feel.

D: Flavorful and straight to the point. This is a good bargain IPA option. Far from a favorite, but more than serviceable.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Decent head and gentle lace. Clear with light bubbles.

S: Fresh hops and grapefruit. Typical American IPA.

T: Less than stellar. Vegetal hops. The maintaste is bland, but not untasty. Some hops in the clean, citrus aftertaste -- ever-so-slightly soapy. Sweetness inserts itself along the way.

M: Carbonated, full, quenching, and generally swell.

D: Good beer, but not a great IPA. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable. Other Sam Adams brews are more recommended.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review of the updated Latitude 48. This first was froma bottle in a sampler pack a year earlier.

A: Big two finger light tan head. Rich amber in color.
S: Hoppier than I remember. Some citrus, grassiness and a little spice from the hops. Sweet carmel malt. Overall a little better than average for me.
T: The taste is more hop forward than the smell. Nice suprize. Citrus, sweet carmel malts and a nice long finishing bitterness.
M: Medium mouthfeel, apropriate carbination.
D: This is by far the best BB offering in my opinion. Nice bitter IPA. ABV @ 6.00 makes this one nice and drinkable.

The was a very pleasent surpize from Boston Beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by notch of June 2011. Was a clear copper color with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy head that slowly settled into a good collar and film covering most of the surface. Good quick sliding lace with just a little sticking.

The aroma was good with tropical citrus hop , floral/grassy hops and toasted malt. Simcoe is a major player and I really enjoy the aroma of that one. The taste is also good with a good non-bitter hop bite accompanied by a smooth malt base. It doesn't knock you out with flavor but it's good. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of creamy. Good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a good AIPA that delivers a good hop flavor without much bitterness which would make this a good beer to get friends to try IPA's. Usually not a big fan of SA beers but I do like this one. Since there are better IPA's out there, I don't see buying a six pack. But since SA's are more common on tap, this would be a great choice if limited tap options. Avail here in TX. Rotation - see above [O;BO]

Photo of Spineypanda
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper in color with a large and billowing head. Lace retention is good.
Smell is typical IPA, but not very citrusy as one would presume from knowing the hop varietals.
Taste is mild but still bitter, something I somewhat find appealing.
Mouthfeel is crisp as hell! This is something I seriously look for in any pale ale, IPA or the sort.

A good beer all around, great mouthfeel and refreshing attributes.

Photo of beer2day
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red, almost too dark, pour with frothy 2-finger cream head. Nice lace and decent head retention, just a different color for an IPA.

Nose is weak citrus, earthy hops, and a cocoa sweetness. Aroma strengthens later in the glass, though, with stronger citrus - mainly grapefruit with a hint of tangerine.

Lots of malt body. Gritty hop bite 2/3 of the way through the glass and an earthy hop finish. Very strong caramel malt, maybe a little too strong for the hops. More like a stronger pale ale than an IPA.

Not a bad spring beer, but not a great IPA.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,303 ratings.