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

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 338 | 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

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see something new from Sam Adams that is right up my alley. At first taste it was a big surprise. Hops, hops and more hops. Bitter, tangy, all over the place.

In spite of the hype about all the different hops, it tastes off balance to me. It's over the top hoppy plus unbalanced toward the dark side (roasty malt or something).

Still, this is a beer I won't refuse and I would buy again.

Photo of sweetwaterman
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle ~April 2010)

Appearance: bourbon amber-gold color lacing head that never quite goes away.

Smell: Subdued. Mild hoppiness with afternotes of cereal.

Taste: Crisp hops at front Tart citrus on the middle. Grapefruits (Fresca?) bitter cereal finish.

Mouthfeel: Fine. Pleasant high carbonation.

Overall: an enjoyable IPA that isn't a hop-bomb. Trademark Sam-style representation of a style


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

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: balanced ipa, nice pine flavors

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: a good IPA with a decent backbone, amazing price for what it is

Photo of CMW
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head. Retention is good and there is some soapy lacing around the side of the glass. The beer is slightly hazy, even when held up to the light.

S - Mostly hops that remind me of orange and grapefruit.

T - Comes through with tons of grapefruit taste upfront that turns bitter in the end. Slight malt backbone but not quite enough to balance this one out.

M - A little thicker than most AIPA's. Good velvety texture.

O - A pretty good beer. Not anything that is straying from the main vein of IPA's though.

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

12oz bottle into boston lager glass

Pours a copper tone with nice head. Dissipates smoothly leaving a good looking glass. Laced alot at the top.

Citrus and pine hop aroma

Hops are tasty and come on slowly to a nice spicy finish, then smooths out again. Some sweet malts provide a good balance, but definitely enjoying the bitter hoppy flavor in this beer. Somestime sensing orangy citrus. Am looking forward to finishing the 6 pack

Smooth medium to light body mouthfeel. Can sense the alcohol but it's smooth with good carbonation

Overall I enjoy this beer, and will buy a 6 pack every now and then.

Photo of Snow81
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear orange glow

Head: Nice light tan head

Smell: Grass with a light citric hop

Taste: Biter grains upfront with a nice light citric to floral hop on the back note

Weight: Light to medium body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Nice citric hop that sticks around with a subtle maltyness

Photo of JayS2629
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber with crisp thin white head that lingers and leaves good lace. The smell is of resiny pine, faint citrus, grass, and some floral notes. The taste has a caramel backbone with a hint of biscuit, some floral notes come on strong with a bit of a citrus bite, grapefruit, and pine. Bitter aftertaste, but very balanced and drinkable. Nowhere near the strongest IPA in the world.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with a crisp white head. This is one of the most clear beers I have ever seen, it's almost like looking through an empty amber colored glass.

S: Little resiny, little caramel, maybe a tad of pine.

T: The taste packs a much bigger hop presence than the smell. Citrus, grass, light caramel, and major bitterness.

M: Crisp, moderate-high carbonation, light bodied with a dry finish.

D: Defiantly a good beer with average drinkability. I honestly didn't think I would like this and I did.

Photo of flyingspatula
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great! Dark copper color. Really dark IPA. One finger of white head, some latticing. Smell GREAT, almost like opening a bag of hop pellets. However, good looks and smell is where it ends for me on this beer, I just don't like the taste that much. It's not terrible, but it definitely isn't great either. Lots of hops flavor, but not the most bitter IPA ever. I'm not sure what I'm tasting besides hops. I guess there is some maltiness to the taste. It's sort of like a strong flavored colby cheese. It does seem very strong though, and it's not terrible to drink. Hmmm, probably wouldn't buy it again! Not too into any Samuel Adams really.

Photo of avaccani
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice 1 finger white head. Great lacing.

S - I get the earthy hops, musty, perhaps some caramel sweetness.

T - First on the tounge is an intense citrus, followed by a stinging bitterness. The bitterness doesn't last too long. A little hop resin is left on the tounge.

M - I like the body of this beer. It is a little fuller than I anticipated. Great carbonation.

O - Not my favorite IPA, but a good beer from BBC. Not too bitter, not to sweet. I like the combo of the English and American hops.

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

12oz bottle in pint glass
best by: May 2011

A: Pours with a thick 2-finger light tan head that lingers and leaves lots of lace as it settles. Crystal clear, dark copper color. A very pretty beer.
S: A somewhat muted nose, I would guess there was very little (if any) dry-hopping, there is a hint of citrus hops, but not much else.
T: Citrus hops are more apparent vs. the aroma. There is a fruitiness that seems to be yeast vs. malt driven. A little caramel sweetness. Very balanced for an IPA.
M: Medium body for an IPA, good amount of carbonation, mouthfeel is a little thicker than I usually expect for an IPA, but it is not inappropriate for the style, the carbonation helps keep it balanced.
D: A good American IPA, but not overwhelming. This would be a good IPA to start someone on the road to being a hophead. Easy to drink, I would happily reach for another one. At the same time, I think this cost about the same as Two Hearted and I like that a lot more. Worth trying.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper brown in color. Has a nice foamy, rocky, off white head with fantastic retention. There is a good amount of sticky lacing as well.

S - Smell is very bitter and pungent, like grapefruit rind right up front. In the middle I pick up some sweet malts that remind me of peaches and a little earth in the background.

T - Like it smell. At first your hit with bitter Piny/citrus hops with a sugar sweetness in the middle. Finish is bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. Carbonation is at a medium level as well.

D/N Very tasty and drinkable. If you love bitter hops then this is a sure bet. Good hop fix here.

Photo of sweett3k
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sammy's beer always trying to change the original recipe to something a little bit different. The beer looks gorgeous in my pint glass. Nice dark orange and brown, little head, and some nice sparkles. Smells awesome very rich in malts. This taste like a hopped up version of the original lager and a little bitter and bloody/metallic. Not a true IPA that I was wishing for. Sam Adams falls short on this IPA. Feels like a Sam Adams with a bitter after taste. Not an IPA but a Sam's Hi-bred.

Photo of Aphexwolf
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber-orange color, thick head with good retention. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Malty, sweet, and fruity with a hint of spice. Very nice.
Taste: Hops over malt, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium, oddly very neutral. Neither watery nor chewy.
Drinkability: Medium low. Slightly filling. Can drink several, but slowly.
Summary: This is a great beer. I gave it 8.3/10, or B. This is the first IPA I've tried, so I don't have much to compare it to. It has the bitter hoppiness, alcohol colume, and filling of an ale...and it's pale in color. It's an IPA. Not too bad at all, though I do wish some of the fruity aromas were reflected in the taste. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear copper body sits beneath a one finger off-white head that diminishes and leaves sticky lacing

The smell is citric, extremely floral with a light toastiness.

The taste is expectedly piney, with big grapefruit notes and a slight cracker finish. Hops oil abound. The aftertaste is long with a rough husky astringency along with a solid hops presence.

I was surprised to see that Sam Adams puts out an IPA, and a good one. This isn't as tame as one might expect, and it quite drinkable as a result.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear, caramel-amber brown. Decent head and lace.

S: Floral, resinous hop over caramel malt body.

T: The hop character here is very nuanced. One sip seems to reveal new dimension as it goes over the palate. I really like the balance of hops from around the globe.

M: Nice carbonation. Medium body/viscosity.

D: A really nice drinking IPA. Worth spending a little time with.

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

Overall, I was pleased with this beer, and I'm usually not a BBC apologist. Poured from a 12oz longneck into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before date of June.

A: Solid copper bordering on straight up amber. Filtered and effervescent. Good solid off white head settled into a nice ring of lacing and stuck to the glass pretty well.

S: Solid earthy and pungent hops backed with toasted grains and malts. Grapefruit, spices, and that typical BBC smell that I can't quite identify. Pleasantly surprised so far.

T: Hop bitterness backed with those aforementioned grains. Fairly balanced and enjoyable.

MF: Typical for a single IPA, its not over or underwhelming...a little oily and resinous, and not very drying for an IPA.

O: Earthiness, grassyness, spices, grapefruit, toasty malt. Honestly, a little more malt and a little less citrus hop presence than I prefer but a solid effort nonetheless from Greg and the guys.

Photo of nickshep7
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew with a bunch of buddies while brewing an imperial pale ale. Overall, decent brew at 6% ABV. Smell was status quo for an IPA. I recall this brew having a distinct after taste that was a little unpleasant compared to some of the top shelf IPAs.

Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -4.5%
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
2.41/5  rDev -32.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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 +1.1%
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,

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