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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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3,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 235 | 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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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA has a medium, beige head and a very clear amber appearance, with lots of carbonation. There is a good amount of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is hop heavy, and that is really the only smell that comes across. Taste is likewise very much of piney hops, but maybe some other features can be detected. Mouth-feel is moderately full bodied, and the beer is refreshing and easy drinking. Although Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a run-of-the-mill IPA, it is a good beer, and I would recommend giving it a try.


RonaldTheriot, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with a clear freshness date. Pours out with an amber color and a white head that laces the glass.

Smells like lemon dish detergent. Not appealing but I know its the 10 pounds of Cascade hops they pounded into this beer.

Hop bitterness up front. Very beautiful lemony, citrusy, spicy hops with some earthy tones as well. Malts are simple and sweet overshadowed by the massive blast of hops. This has English, German, and especially American hop varieties in it. It is spanning the whole 48th Latitude.

Mouthfeel is prickly and drying. Enjoyable in this style. Body is light to medium.

Drinkability is pretty good. I love IPAs so I am a little biased here.

Low notes on this beer is the smell. It smells like Lemon Palmolive dish detergent. However, the IBU kick in this beer is delightful for all those Hopheads out there!

bigrzman, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of r3o
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light copper color, with a pronounce head that disolve rather quickly
S: smply malt and hops, a bit sweet
T: the hops predominate, there's some citrus in there, with a sweet on the back that reminded me of passion fruit.
M: feels heavy, good carbonation, somewhat coarse.
D: not much romance on this one, I'd go with a different IPA next time.

r3o, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Latitude 48 pours is amber in color with a head that does not last very long, good lacing.

Oh the smell clean malt aroma and hops profile.
Just what a good IPA should smell like.

The hop character is very spicy up front with a clean bitterness ocuring just prior to swallowing. There is a nice ballance between hops and malt sweatness.

Very drinkable, excellent mouthfeel, in this catagory I prefer Harpoon IPA but this is a decent session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Try this beer with 34° Whole Grain Crispbread and Dubliner Cheese, yum!

beyah, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, clear copper color. Good frothy off white head on top that lingers for a while.

Smell is heavy on hops and little of anything else.

Taste has a nice hop character to it. Clean, full bodied, and a bit of malt notes. Most of this is hops and a standard American IPA taste. It's got a lot of flavor and the bittering is right on.

The carbonation has some bite to it but not overpowering. Works well with the bitterness of the hops.

Its a good beer. I'm really shocked I hadn't had this before. It's a good IPA, definitely one for IPA lovers. Sam Adams makes some really good commercially awesome beers, and this doesn't disappoint.

cjacobsen, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jkdrummer
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick healthy head and plenty of lacing throughout. Pine overtones in aroma and especially in the first sip, let it warm up a bit or it's medicinal tasting. Well balanced and a very drinkable American IPA. I'm impressed Sam Adams! A well done beer and highly recommended.

jkdrummer, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice amber-copper coloring. No head on the beer. There are smells of hops (obviously), but also a sweet smell (maybe citrus?). The beer has a heavy hop forward flavor that hits all over the front of the tongue. The bitter hops flavors are balanced with the sweetness of the malt, and the beer is light and crisp. The beer is a little lighter than my preference for IPAs, both in body and ABV, but it's a pretty tasty foray for ol' BBC. Very easy to polish off a six pack, but might not seek this particular one out again, unless for a party setting where mass-consumption is the norm.

GarthDanielson, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Latitude 48 poured a orangish amber with a good 3 finger foam head. Not much in the way of retention but the beer was a little cold. Left some decent web lacing.

The smell was of grapefruit and a tiny bit of pine. It had a nice spiciness to the flavor due to one of the hops. It has a decent about of bitterness and is not a world beater but a pretty good ipa.

cswhitehorse, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/4/10.

48 pours amber-orange with a slight, well-retaining light khaki head. The carbonation is copious and moves swiftly up my snifter. The lacing is quite nice- sticky and cascading like a waterfall.

Caramel malt aromas blend fairly evenly with a grassy and slight citrus hop profile. There is also a biscuit-esque dry character evident. Overall, the grassy hops and biscuit aromas dominate the smell.

A somewhat spicy hop character jumps on my tongue, along with the grassy hop notes that I smelled. Caramel malts do a fairly nice job standing up to the hop combination. The finish hints at sweet citrus hops (orange and tangerine) and a biscuit flavor supports the citrus-hop finish.

Lat. 48 has a solid, creamy medium feel on the middle of my palate, while the hop combination lends a biting crispness to the sides of my mouth. The carbonation complements the other aspects of the feel with it's effervescence. I think the mouthfeel is the finest aspect of this beer.

I will not necessarily seek this out over many other IPAs, but it is interesting enough to have once in awhile. It would certainly be sessionable at 5.8%, as well.

TCHopCraver, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce single bottle. A standard, run-of-the-mill IPA... Yet another countless brew churned out by Sam Adams... Catching vapors of quantity opposed to quality but overall a decent stab at the style nonetheless... Nothing exotic but would mix well with spicey foods on the strength of the substantial IBUs inherent in the taste profile... Good but not great.

dsa7783, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served only slightly chilled in my New Belgium ale glass, this big and hoppy IPA has a deep, grassy, floral, herbal nose, with huge lacing. Attractively amber in color, this one is smooth and easy up front, followed by a swift kick of hoppiness. But it's not a hop bomb as this may suggest. It's really a steady and balanced flavor, with hints of citrus and spice. Very delicious and a superlative, highly drinkable IPA.

secondtooth, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kwjd. Fantastically drinkable and enjoyable IPA.Balance! Pours initially foamy grapefruit muddy grapefruit colour appearance. Hops citrus and pure to smell. Above average mouthfeel, even creamy. Not an astringent note. Goes down smoothly. Good one!

Sammy, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of ngeunit1
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber-orange color with about a finger of off white frothy head. The head quickly fades leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of hops and rather sweet also. There are elements of floral smells and fruity/citrusy smells also mixed in to the hops.

T - Starts off with just a touch of hop bitterness. The hops and bitterness grow and are joined by some citrus flavor, some sweet malt, and floral elements that smooth and balance the hop flavor. The finish is surprisingly clean and a bit empty.

M - Medium-light to medium bodied with a medium amount of tingling carbonation. The beer overall is very smooth and just a touch creamy, except for the finish which is quite dry and the carbonation is a bit strong without any flavor.

D - Overall very drinkable. The only downside is the finish is not great, but the flavors through most of the beer are really nice and balanced.

ngeunit1, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of KyleVick4
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light red color with a good thick head. Nice lacing but nothing tremendous. Very clear.

S: Not much here, very citrusy. Slight notes of carmel but too light on the hop nose to be considered an IPA IMO.

T: A watery IPA. The cirtusy hops are there albeit at a lesser level. Nice balance of malt, but it could be due to the lower hop levels. Nothing worth bragging about.

M: Light with carbonation. Decent mouthfeel, but I am used to a bit more syrupy feel for this style.

D: The light feeling of this beer does make it easier to drink. The hoppiness also makes it a tasty drink. I could have another of these, but a six pack would be too much.

Overall, I feel this is a great starter IPA for someone who is not ready for the strong hop wallop (both taste and smell) and viscous syrupy feel of a real IPA. This is not a bad beer but not a classic IPA by any means. Good but not great.

KyleVick4, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer on hand to sit back and watch the Big Chill,Go Blue!

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Aromas are a great mix of herbal,leafy,and citric hop overtop of a English malt base,big caramel and biscuit.A great hop profile on the palate,its herbal,its grassy,and its citric,all three German,American,and English hop profiles going on,a bit of iron,and caramel biscuit malt hold up well to the hops.There isnt many American craft brewers that make a better "standard" American IPA than this,I would gladly drink alot more of this.

oberon, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light, golden brown. sits same with a half inch, creamy off-white head with active carbonation. great legs and lacing

Smell: medium hop assertiveness with floral, leafy and citrus aromas on top of a low-medium, bready, caramely malt foundation

Taste: very well balanced with the malt giving way slightly to the hop flavor and bitterness, all carried by the carbonation. hop flavors reflect a good blend of varieties lending citrus, floral and herbal notes with a low-medium bitterness. sweet malt balances nicely. finish is mostly bitter and slightly dry

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent amount of carboination.

Notes: like a more citrusy, slightly more bitter English-style IPA. very tasty, balanced and not overwhelming. perfect if you want an inexpensive, mellow IPA

Frosty80, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a clear golden orange with a medium white head that dissipated quickly leaving substantial lacing. Hops are citrusy more than pine. Malt present in aroma as well. Primary flavor was biscuit and grapefruit. Muted sweetness from the malt. Hops are astringent, but bitterness is not overwhelming because the finish is so dry. Medium carbonation. Light body. Balanced. Well done.

chickenflea, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had an IPA from Sam Adams before, so I was excited to see this on the shelf at my local store! We'll see how it goes down.

The beer starts off right, with two fingers of white, creamy foam sitting on top of an apple-juice colored beer. The head retention is pretty phenomenal, it's still hanging around and leaves some really nice lacing around the glass. I'm close to giving this a 4.5, but it just falls a little short for me. Really nice start though.

The aroma is the most disappointing part of the beer, and that's not too bad, as this is only hindered by its lack of 'oomph'. Light caramel malt hides behind a more showy display of citrus, but it really needs some more power. As I float back through the smell library in my brain, I want to compare Lat48 to the amazing aroma of Bell's Two Hearted (my favorite smelling beer), and this just doesn't come close. My brain librarian's a little disappointed. Good formula, not enough pizazz.

The flavor picks things back up. Again, not the most flavorful IPA I've sampled, but its built on a solid toasty-sweet malt background and provides a nice 'mainly-citrus, minutely-pine' hop flavor, too. A little bitterness comes in towards the end of each sip.

The body is dead-on medium with a little sparkling effervescence after each sip. Fairly full yet smooth feel in the orifice. Good stuff.

Drinkability on this one is high, as it's pretty cheap for an IPA and its pretty tasty. A pretty solid beer that's got the Boston Beer tag, so you know you can find it almost anywhere in the country. Pretty nice experience for my first Sam Adams IPA.

feelmefoam, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Pint glass

Look - Pretty clear, amber tone with about 2 fingers of slightly off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Definitely hoppy, but not overpowering. Definitely Cascade hops, can't identify the German or English hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Definite hoppiness at the very beginning, which spurs a pretty intense bitterness in the middle and finish. Texture is well-balanced, maybe a little more toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - I love the complexity and the hop mixture. Perhaps a little too bitter and hoppy for me, but still a decent brew.

Nerudamann, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Best by February of 2011, according to the label.

Poured a clear orangey-amber color with a big, rocky, beige head that took its sweet time dropping. Lots of lace. Great looking beer!

Piney in the nose, but not all that strong. As it warms up, there's some sweet malt scents discernable as well.

Odd tasting. Sure, there's some hop flavor, but its almost equally malty, which isn't what I look for in an IPA.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but it doesn't seem like an IPA. If this was sold as a pale ale, I might actually rate it higher. That said, if the price is right I'd drinjk it again, just not when I'm looking for an IPA fix.

woemad, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker Amber with a nice white head. Great Lacing

S: toffee, caramel, and toasted malts with a beautiful noble hop aroma. slight citrus.

T: Very similar to Boston Lager but with way more hops. More hop flavor and than bitterness IMO. Well balanced. Biscuity.

MF: what you would expect of an IPA. moderate body with moderately high carbonation.

D: although this web site says 5.8% the bottle said 6 or so%, either way this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

rmolledo, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear amber beer with a nice thick fluffy head. Hops dominate the smell. Hops dominate the taste with some residual malt sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well at 5.8 percent. Mouthfeel is ok. A decent beer, not super high on my list of ipa's.

tweeder263, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fnger off white head with some sparse lacing. Clear red tinged amber color.

Very mild smells of citrus and earth hops, some sweet malt notes, some grain.

Taste is more hops up front that are biting and earthy, the sweet notes, malts and grains are very much in the background.

Lite to Medium body, medium zesty carbonation, decent hop bite and dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.

This a good hoppy offering from SA. Good Job! Could have gotten higher rating with better malt, citrus and sweet note balance....but that's just a taste preference.

fourplayed, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a surprisingly (not inappropriate) copper with a large, 2.5 finger head of light tan. The beer shows exceptional clarity with nice active carbonation and maintains a copper, perhaps slightly reddish color when held up to the light. 4/5

S: A strong, bitter hoppiness comes out of this one; though I would say the spicier German and floral English hops dominate over any citrusy or piney American hops. The strength in this beer fades quickly, but in doing so, reveals the more restrained but persistent piney American hops, but not a distinct Cascade aroma that I can pick up, which is surprising considering what this IPA is supposed to represent. I like it, it's a nice stepping stone aroma that might appeal to drinkers of German imports. I'm going to give it a 4

T: The hops are again more restrained in the taste, but provide a very solid component of the flavor. They are refreshing, but balanced. This isn't an American slap in your face ooh look at my citrusy piney hops IPA. But it's an IPA nonetheless. I like the balance/blend of the hops with each other, it provides a very interesting and unique flavor. It's not a crazy IPA in flavor, but well deserving of a 4.

M: Nice carbonation, nice body, there isn't much to not like here. 5

D: 4.5 This is a very drinkable and affordable IPA, and one I will recommend frequently.

mdwalsh, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of david18
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if Sam Adams has gotten even better at making styles or if I've been more impressed as they start making my favorites. I have always loved Boston Beer's brews and found the to be so close to quintessential style but few have stood out to be the best. Recently the Noble Pils was an acception to that and the Latitude 48 is close to that too.

Great golden color with a one inch head and great hop aroma. Really good bitter flavor with a perfect balance of malt and hops with alcohol. I bought a twelve pack, shared some and really enjoyed the rest.

david18, Nov 29, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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