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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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3,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,014
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 148 | 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 allengarvin


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

Latitude 48 pours out a classic clear mahogany color with a slight but persistent head. The nose is a bit bland, with light hops, but it provides a nice toasty malt character as well, which is welcome. The taste is similar, with moderately high bitterness, decent resinous hop flavor. The pleasant toasted malt character, though, makes it very drinkable, with excellent balance between the two flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:01:46 | More by allengarvin
Photo of jmz62565


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange with a very large tan frothy head. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent with a nice mixture of citrus hops with roasted malt. The taste has a slightly bitter hop flavor with citrus,bread yeast,and pine. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. A pretty good IPA,not the flavor packed,but a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:35:07 | More by jmz62565
Photo of mavbrew


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber in color with some light brown highlights. The two finger thick head is off-white that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The smell of hops hits the nose first and is the most prominent smell. A hint of caramel malts is present as well.

T: Kind of bitter with a pine/floral flavor up front. Has an earthy overall taste to it, you can taste the sweet caramel malts. The bitters stick around with the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much else to say here.

D: Sam Adams is not really none for IPA's and that being said this is not the best IPA but it is a good solid beer. Being a lower ABV, I would say this could be a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 18:04:50 | More by mavbrew
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a foamy 2 finger tan head, that leaves cloudy foam with great retention; lacing leaves rings and is very nice.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, light grains and light caramel. Pretty nice nose overall.

Tastes of floral and piney hops, sap or syrup, sweet malt, caramel, light brown sugar, some grains and citrus or lemon; pretty tasty and well balanced between the hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy, with medium carbonation and a medium body that trails off with a grainy dry finish. Grainy aftertaste, but overall a good beer that was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:12:08 | More by CHickman
Photo of NHGrafx


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Nice amber color with a huge frothy sticky head and nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice with some malty sweetness and a lovely hop aroma. There is also a very faint yeast like smell.

The taste is good. Starts off a bit sweet and malty which quickly yields to the bitterness from the hops through the finish. Drinkability is pretty good.

I really enjoyed this one, will definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 22:52:45 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Color is red-orange with hints of brown. Darker than many IPAs I've seen. A two inch white foamy head sits atop the beer and leaves copious amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Oily resinous hops, pine, and citrus. There is a nice strong smell of sweet caramel and bready malts as well.

T: Oily, resinous hops challenge the palate first, with pine and fruity citrus notes following closely behind. After the initial hop blow, a strong malt backbone balances it nicely. Sweet caramel, breadiness, and a pleasant taste of grain round out the malt body. The malt taste becomes even more apparent as the beer warms. The finish consists of grain and a lingering taste of hop oils that lasts quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Just a little thicker in body than most IPAs.

D: Good. This beer sits heavier in the stomach than many IPAs I've had, but this is still a very tasty and refreshing beer. I would absolutely have another.

Notes: This is a different recipe than the Latitude 48 that was released in the Summer Variety pack. The level of bitterness is substantially higher than in the original recipe, but the beer is still very well balanced. I enjoyed this new recipe quite a bit more, though I liked the original as well. This is a great East Coast IPA, and it gives some of the better ones out there a real run for their money.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:59:03 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

"The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth."

--Charles Lamb

Blazing bonfire orange with butterscotch highlights and a fawn colored crown that filled about one-third of the glass on the first pour. A gentle rockiness during melting and an attractive array of lace solidify the above score.

The nose is a pleasing combination of hops that is dominated by the tropical fruitiness of Simcoe. Ahtanum and East Kent Goldings are present as well. More power and pungency is needed for the style, however. It smells like the malt will be lightly toasted rather than exclusively pale.

Latitude 48 IPA is well-brewed beer that succeeds because my favorite hop (Simcoe) has the lion's share of the flavor spotlight and because it's impressively hoppy. A 'best by' date of February 2011 means that this bottle is a few months old, at the very most.

The malt is, indeed, lightly toasted bready and is earthy and nutty as well. Those flavors are matched (first half of the mouthful), then exceeded (second half of the mouthful) by a rush of bitingly bitter grapefruit peel. On second thought, Ahtanum carries as much of the load as Simcoe. Guessing IBUs is a fool's game... but this fool says 75ish.

The mouthfeel would be right at home on a 7.5% IPA. The beer is more full and creamy than expected and the bubbles add exactly the right amount of sparkle, without slipping over the line into sharp fizziness.

Latitude 48 IPA is a more than worthy American IPA that I would love to drink again and again. It's hard to figure why some so-called craft beer lovers hate on BBC/Sam Adams. With the exception of Sierra Nevada and Anchor (and a few others that I'm probably forgetting), these guys are the best 'our beer is available everywhere' breweries in America.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 11:25:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of dedrinker


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off - this is the newer version of this beer - more hops. This is the most beautiful clear dark amber colored beer I have ever remembered seeing! Wow.

The aroma was a pretty average soapy herbal affair that didn't hold up to repeated whiffs.

The flavor is at first all hop bitterness without much flavor, but sometimes a certain herbal/ earthy aspect shows with some sweet malt behind it.

Medium body and a bitter finish. Very well crafted, but not in a way to evoke any excitement or enthusiasm from me.

It's sad really, Jim Koch is either too timid, ignorant, or stubborn to make a kick-ass "hell-yeah" IPA. It's sad that it took him until 2010 to figure out how to make an IPA that would have turned heads in the early 90's. Just goes to show that these guys are the Budweiser of Craft Beer - they probably have the know-how, but opt to stake their claim on solid, middle of the road styles for the [craft] masses.

And just who do I think I am huh? I'm the shirtless guy on the street double-fisting a bomber of Avery Maharaja and Green Flash Imperial IPA (or a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid) while screaming at traffic.

Hey Jimmy - you already got your bills paid on your pedestrian fare, so give us hooligans what we want or you gets no street cred beeyaatch!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 04:11:35 | More by dedrinker
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was quite happy to finally find some of this available as singles. On the pour, a half finger head formed atop the clear amber liquid. Nice. A lot of promise.

Aroma was a lively blend of hops. Mostly floral, but some citrus as well. Very good.

Taste let me down. It started out as quite bitter, which transitioned into some hop resin flavor. But that was just about it. It faded quickly, and there was so little malt flavor I had to get halfway through the glass before I could find any. Just a wisp of toasted malt. It was completely out of balance. I expected much more from Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel was just OK. It did have some body, it wasn't watery. There just wasn't anything there to support.

I would give this average drinkability ratings. I would choose this if the only other choice was an adjunct lager. However, even though I am a hophead, I'd pass this over for a regular SA Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:17:57 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of NODAK


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose is fairly weak, but it does feature piney and citrusy hops. Primarily pine tree, though.

Taste is very standard for an American IPA. Hops are assertive from the get-go, with a pine and primarily grapefruit bitterness throughout the swallow of the beer. Malt is very restrained here, with some toffee showing up at the finish. After the swallow, a fair amount of pine hop bitterness stays on the tongue. Again, pretty standard stuff here.

I didn't expect too much assertiveness out of an IPA from Sam Adams, but I think they definitely brought it. I'm not a hop-head, but this is not to the point of not being palatable to me. As far as American IPA's are concerned, this is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 03:40:19 | More by NODAK
Photo of JMad


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...
The color was mahogany, off white head with good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt and fresh citrus hops.
Tastes of lemon and pepper, sweet malt and piney bitterness.
Feels lighter than most IPA's, kind of bites the mouth.
Drinks very good, it's a great beer and I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:41:30 | More by JMad
Photo of gromis


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has a beautiful golden color to it. Very nice head also, but dissipates a little quicker than I'd like....

Smell is of piney, citrus hops.

Taste is pine / citrus hops with a long pine fade.

I'm not a hop head (but I'm learning to appreciate it more), but this one is a very doable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:21:19 | More by gromis
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a very deep rich reddish brown color with a fluffy off white head. As the head recedes it leaves tremendous lacing, almost like shear curtains on the glass. The aroma is sweet spicy piney hops. Has a huge soapy component, almost like pert plus. Really flora. The flavor is huge. Really a big beer for Sam Adams and unlike there regular brews I have had. Big spicy hop profile with floral notes and a grapefruit acidity on the finish. Leaves that palate juicy and finishes semi dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has excellent carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic. It's great to see an ipa with huge flavor that doe ant feel watered down. Truly balanced and inviting.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 02:41:55 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Great look, copper penny color with perfect clarity. Nice sized off white head that leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of hops, spicy noble hop aroma with a tiny earthy kick, and some sweetness to back it up.

T - Nice hop bitterness balances out the ample malt flavor. Hop flavors are big here, but it's a spicy characteristic and some more of that earthy taste. The malt sweetness is big but held in check. A different kind of hop taste than most Am. IPA fans are used too, but nice all around with some tea like flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Medium in body, nice and smooth.

D - This is a nice, smooth beer. Not what most expect from an American IPA, but that's not what Mr. Koch and Co. were going for. Either way, it's a nice, hoppy brew with an ABV on the lower end for the style that makes you want more.

Notes: I saw a video some time back where Jim Koch explained that the goal of a brewer should be to make "one of a kind beers." This is pretty damn distinctive. As an IPA fan I wanted to see BBC brew one, but I also knew they owuldn't go after the typical citrus bomb that's been done before. This is an IPA that, while I won't reach for it every time as I love West Coast IPAs and APAs, fills a niche in that it is truly an exhibition of hops from the world over. It uses hops from the US, England and Germany and produces a hop flavor that I'm not sure I'e found before. In fact, it seems like the German hops are at the forefront, which would normally be a no-no for the style, but it definitely works here. It's almost like an Alt with a drier flavor and a more subdued sweetness and I'm loving it. Solid and innovative beer from BBC

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:57:39 | More by EStreet20
Photo of bump8628


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

Coppery orange with an attractive looking bone-colored head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Hop character is dominated by earth and spice with a nice hit of pine just behind. Not much in the way of citrus in this particular IPA. Malt is solid with some toast and balancing caramel. Clean with a mild sweetness.

A pretty nice and very flavorful IPA. The Goldings and Hallertauer hops give it a unique profile not found in most American IPAs. That said, I think I'll continue to stick with my West Coast citrus-bombs, though I wouldn't mind a go with Latitude 48 every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 20:09:32 | More by bump8628
Photo of smcolw


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head but it lasts. The color is a deep amber and very clear. Leaves a blanket of lace.

Pleasant floral hop presence. Caramel malt with a modest sweetness.

Perhaps the most biting bitter beer from Sam Adams. There's a good caramel beginning but the swallow and aftermath is all peppery hop. Standard body.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:00:57 | More by smcolw
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty orange amber color with a very fluffy frothy white head. Thick coat of lacing is forming. Aroma is lightly hoppy; citric and floral. Malt has a caramel smell to it. Taste is more of the same. Hops are pleasant but come in the form of bittering hops, which can't hold a candle to the caramelly malt backbone. Its this weird harsh wall of bitterness that you can't really taste. This is a pale ale, not an IPA. Feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 16:29:37 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of bonbright7


4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this fresh bottle at the Sam Adams tasting at my local beer store. I was pleased with the dark amber and brown ale that came forward with a milky head, which I take to be a tell tale of new beer. The malt creaminess and the abundance of hops played a furious duet as I took another taste. The ale was very easy to drink without a thought.

This very good ale from Sam Adams was welcome news to me as I had the feeling the brewery was making all kinds of bland styles from stouts to wheat ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:02:25 | More by bonbright7
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of the beer almost looks like a penny and the smell has a nice citrus, juicy quality to it with some pine mixed in there. Also has a sort of green apple smell from the hops as well.The taste has a nice malty backing to match the color. The malts used come off as roasted biscuit like malt with a tiny touch of honey. As for the hops it almost tastes like juicy fruits and pine with the bitterness evolving on the back of your tongue just enough to remind you that its an IPA made with American hops.

It has some European hops in it too to give it that Samuel Adams Boston Lager hop taste. Its nice because it melds the Boston Lager hoppiness which uses Noble hops with the more pungent hoppiness that you get from American hops really well with a nice balance of the two. More flavorful hops than bittering hops but still is pretty bitter and should satisfy the IPA fans and if it doesn't then they probably have something against Samuel Adams.

I like this one a lot definitely one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Its finally slowly coming to 6 packs in my area so this will become a regular go to IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:34:50 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper with an off-white foamy head. Good retention, some lace.

Citric and pine aromas, with some sweet toasted malt.

Hop forward, but not as strong as expected. Toasted malt, some sweetness rolled in, a little brown bread, some light fruit, light bitter finish. Decent.

Medium to medium-full. Appropriate carbonation.

Decent beer, but nothing special. I liked it but think this would bore me after a while. Needs some sharp edges, or some dominant intensity. Balanced? Maybe, but it is just a bit average.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:46:10 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also hoppy, some citrus, not much malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:34:52 | More by tone77
Photo of BeefyMee


4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazing ruby amber color. Heads shapes up perfectly and leaves some great lacing.

S: Sweet, citrusy and slightly floral hops are dominant with a grainy undercurrent.

T: The hop profile is outstanding. Big grapefruit leaning citrus flavor gives way to a mounting bitterness that really hits the back of your throat and lingers in the aftertaste. Malt is unassuming but there if you look and provides a nice little degree of balance so that the hops are not overpowering.

D: An all nighter.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:47:42 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of FreshHawk


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color (a little darker than others in the style) with an average sized, creamy, smooth looking, off-white head. About average retention and a nice smooth layer of lace left.

S - Nice mix of malt and hops in the aroma. Some nice caramel, and slight sweet bread malt aromas. Hops provide citrus (orange in particular), grassy and herbal aromas. A bit of earthy spiciness comes out a bit later.

T - Similar to the nose with a nice caramel and toffee malt sweetness being the backbone to the hoppy bitterness. Nice mix of orange, herbal, and grassy hop flavors. None really overpower and usually orange opens it up then the herbal/grassy flavors come out a bit later. Some earthy spiciness and a touch lemon rind as well.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Good body, but nothing overly special.

D - Very easy to drink beer with a good mix of malt and hops. Body helps this to be a tasty, refreshing, easy to drink beer.

Notes: A nice easy to drink IPA that is pretty refreshing, especially on a warm day. Not a hop bomb, but a more balanced IPA. Flavors typical from US, UK, and German ingredients come out well.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 17:50:20 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of whelms48


4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have gotten the Sam Adams Summer variety pack a few times this summer and and the 48 is the one that I crave the most! The color amber color and and taste make me love this beer. I wish that I was better at review and giving details but you have to try for your self in the end anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:46:38 | More by whelms48
Photo of beerman207


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, huge head from the pour - sticks around forever - very nice appearance.

S: Unfortunately, the nose for me is disappointing. Has hops present as well as a big malt presence.

T: Good IPA but nothing earth shattering. Malt dominates along with some grapefruit

M: Good mouthfeel - Not too carbonated

D: Could drink this all night. Nothing special but always a pleasant visit with Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:17:11 | More by beerman207
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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