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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
81
good

3,085 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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RJLarse

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

I bought a six-pack of Latitude 48 at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

ours a tarnished copper color and is clear. Modest creamy off-white head, has a little staying power and sticks to the glass.

Smell is a grain aroma, with a candy-like fragrance. Bit of a toffee and caramel essence.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a bitter cereal flavor on the finish. Not a hop bomb, and it is absent the citrus grapefruit flavors of the typical American IPA. I make it more of the British style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean. Dry bitter afertaste.

Very drinkable, and nice break from the traditional American IPA. I'll pick this up when I see it.

10-17-2010 23:47:24 | More by RJLarse
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A. 1 finger head. Color is a dark orange ruby. Nice retention. Some lacing.

S. Smell is decently hoppy. Some Piney hop aromas. Get some bitterness as well. Caramel malt. Pretty nice balance. A little bit of citrus hop smell comes out as it warms.

T. Taste is a lot like the nose. Some piney hop flavors. Pretty decent bitterness from the hops balanced well against a sweet malt base. Some caramel malt flavors come out. Pretty well balanced easy drinking IPA. Not bad for Sam Adams.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a semisweet finish.

D. Drikable. Smooth and well balanced. Not a bad IPA by any means. Pretty good beer for Sam Adams. Hope this shows up on tap at more places.

10-17-2010 22:24:27 | More by siradmiralnelson
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claminat420

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

A- poured a transparent amber color with a off white colored head. head is very frothy that leaves medium amount of lacing.

S- caramel from the malt. from the hops all i can get is a slight earthy floral scent with the slightest citrus hint.

T- same as smell. for an ipa the hop action is quite weak but what can you expect from a bigger brewery who doesn't usually mess with this style.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

D- prolly won't by this ever again.

Overall- coming from MI i can get WAYYY better ipa's than this.. founder's centennial ipa, short's huma, etc. prolly wont buy ever again but just thought it was worth a try.

10-17-2010 02:33:27 | More by claminat420
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Star80

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

Date code best before February 2011, so I'd figure this one was brewed around August? Pours out a dark copper, not one of those pale IPA, this one will have a solid malty base. Hops are clinging the sides of my Perfect Pint glass quite nicely. By the way, the glass is great, really good for most of the beers I drink. Anyway, has that fainty stale hop smell. I had one of these in my summer variety pack and did not get this smell, you know, that tragic smell of dead hops. It is slightly stale smell, not a big one. BUT, I am not getting even the same floral hop smell I get from a good old fresh Boston Lager. The hops are herbal, earthy, from the European hops firstly, and end with a grapefruity citrus from the American, must be Cascades. But there a malty sweetness, making this is very balanced IPA. In fact, I would say this is an untypical American IPA which I am accustomed to. Mouthfeel in great and this is highly drinkable.

10-16-2010 20:31:50 | More by Star80
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

This Ipa poured copper/amber in color. Impressive cream colored head which has some good lace as well as retention. Brilliant clarity.

Nice mix of hops and malts in the aroma. Nothing in your face, but it's definitely appealing. More of a pine smell from the hops as apposed to a fruity one.

Taste good too! The bitterness from the hops great you at the door. The malts come in and help balance things out in the middle, but the hops still linger on to the finish. Somewhat earthy, but not too earthy.

Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a tad higher than I prefer, but it's doesn't get in the way too much.

I could drink a sixer no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm impressed. I like Sam Adams, but I guess I expected this to be a bit tamer than it actually is. The ABV may be on the low side, but the flavor isn't.

10-16-2010 20:30:18 | More by Morey
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with thick white head that dissipates, leaving lots of lacing around the glass. Smells of a whole mix of hops, citrus with some earthy and grassy notes, with some caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced flavour with bitterness and some sweetness. Really nice carbonation level. I enjoy this IPA from Sam Adams.

10-16-2010 06:14:40 | More by kwjd
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Mcculler

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%

Pours a very pretty beer: orange with auburn and ruby highlights, under a solid off white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells very mildly of grapes, bitter herbs, bready malts, and grapefruit.

Tastes of bitter herbs, old mint, bland and overripe fruits, grapefruit pith.

Nice mouthfeel - slick with a vigorous and lifting carbonation.

Rather drinkable at 5.8 but I wont go for another.

Sexy looking beer but no substance. This is not my kind of IPA: the English, German, and American hops do not seem to combine well, nor are they being very diplomatic with the malts. And then, this seems like Boston Lager in IPA form. The catchy name got me - but never again, even for 1.35 a single.

10-16-2010 02:16:46 | More by Mcculler
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful deep burnt orange yet slightly red amber color when held to the light. The head was about 2 fingers from an aggressive pour and ended up very frothy and bubbly leaving good sticky lacing. The aroma was full of citrus and pine needle. There is a slight caramel malt nose as well. The taste up front was immediately grapefruit and sour lemon, but then the nice malt balance kicks in to settle and the after taste is a nice piny bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is nice. This was a very decent brew from Sam Adams.

10-15-2010 23:59:14 | More by WJVII
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4/5  rDev +12%

Latitude 48 is a nice deep amber/orange beer with a nice thick creamy white head that is leaving loads of lacing as it drops. Fine looking IPA.

The aroma shows a nice balance between fresh hops and clean toasted maltiness.

The flavor shows an equal balance between the lightly toasted clean tasty malts with a light nuttiness and caramel note to them and the hops are pleasantly bitter with a very nice mild spiciness in their bight. The finish dries out a touch with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and somewhat creamy while the carbonation seems perfect for the body.

An very good IPA, with it's balance between malts and hops it won't make many West Coasters happy but it does carry an impressive amount of hops regardless. Recommended!

10-15-2010 22:04:43 | More by BlackBearForge
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance- darkish copper in color with white head, and moderate carbonation, nice appearance for the style

Smell- nice strong hops dominate the nose and have on point smell for ipa

Taste- very nice balance on this ipa with good malt presence and yet very nice approachable hops aswell, very balanced and nothing overpowering on this beer, a very on point example of the style

mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth feel,

Drinkability- surely a highly drinkable example of and ipa with just the perfect amount of hops and balance is right spot on, for the price point as well its just a really great value, i think sam adams really this one on the screws, its a good entry ipa aswell to for people just trying the style because the balance is so spot on, well done

10-15-2010 20:58:11 | More by Stunner97
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BeerConnoiseur

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

A- dark amber brown color, looks great, 1 finger head

S- very piny, hops, citrus, and caramel

T- taste is exceptional, similar to Hop Devil, its good for Sam Adams, actually surprised me

M- light carbonation

D- Very smooth

This is one of Samuel Adams best tasting beers, definietly worth a try, there are better IPAs out there, but this is a good IPA. One note, the box handles are flimsy and the box fell on the ground breaking five bottles. OUCH!! Sam Adams needs to do a better in packaging their cases.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 19:35:29 | More by BeerConnoiseur
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RRC87

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a half inch head that quickly cuts down to about a quarter inch. The remaining head sticks around quite impressively and does leave a decent lacing.

S: Strong sent of malt with wisps of citrusy hops cutting through. Smell is what you would expect from a well balanced IPA.

T: Hits you initially with a solid malty back bone that is quite pleasant, but then the hops become pleasant and things don't really mesh well. The back end is dominated by citrusy hops that for some reason leave you with a slightly alkaline taste.

M: Medium heavy feel to it that clings to your tongue. Perhaps a bit more carbonated than I would prefer but it serves to cut through the previously mentioned tongue clinginess.

D: The First few sips go down quite easily, but the less flattering notes seem to build as. The last few mouthfuls were a bit of a chore. It got where I just wanted to finish it so I could move on.

Overall: I can see what they were going for but it seems that they came up just a bit short. A two seems a bit harsh on taste but if a two is "not impressed" then that is what it is. With a little tinkering I could see this turning into either a good British or a good American IPA. Instead it lands somewhere in the middle and just doesn't work all that well.

10-15-2010 19:28:16 | More by RRC87
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a touch off white head. a fingers worth of foam sits in place and reminas there.

Lots of piney hops in the smell and some toasted malts.

Very intense hop presence, I get a lot of grapefruit citrus in the initial taste which leads to a thick wall of bitterness and then fades into more of a tropical fruit taste. There are also some caramel malts that come through in the end. Nice amount of bitterness in this one.

Has an almost juicy feel, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a very tasty IPA from Samuel Adams. I enjoy it quite a bit, but i think with such a complex taste, this would do well with a little bit higher ABV around 6.5%. I bought this as a single and will now be considering picking up a six pack.

10-15-2010 03:19:09 | More by wolfinthemirror
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babaracas

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a clear dark orange with fairly dense off-white head, quarter inch sticks around, thin splotches of lace. Smell: minty, mildly spicy and earthy. Beneath the hops, it's bready with diacetyl and sour yeasty notes, meh. Taste: there's a nice bitterness to go with bready and unfiltered apple juice flavors, but not a lot of hop flavor... again spicy, earthy with slight citrus. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness but the finish is sweet and wet. Not a bad effort especially if it's widely available on tap, but this bottle is likely the only one I'll buy.

Best by Feb 2011.

10-15-2010 02:20:15 | More by babaracas
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Toasted orange bodied with a thick crop of stained ivory suds. They slowly erode toward the surface of the liquid and leave thick stains of lace every time the glass is moved.
Herbal- almost medicial- aromatics, backed with pine resin, lime peels, and an earthiness that suggests aged cheddar. Malt is appropriately secondary, adding bread and toffee balancers.
Taste-wise, malt is laid out first, with toast and honey, and ever-so lightly dabbed with apple butter. It's a firm trait, that stands up through the remainder, rather than just appearing and fading out. Hops bring a general floral, herbal bitterness with spikes of citrus. The more time one spends parsing through the hopping, the more interesting this gets. The Hallertauers are heavy with lemon pepper and dried herbs. The East Kent Goldings add further herbal, and a dirty earthiness, and an another funky hint of aged cheese. The US hops (Simcoe and Ahtanum) are a bit stunted in the meld, but bring a welcome brightness of grapefruit, lime, mint, and some meshing pine resin traits. The overall bitterness is evened out by the steadfast malts.
It carries a medium-light feel, with abundant carbonation as it rapidly acquaints itself with the back of one's throat.
This is an enigma. Even after several attempts, I can't decide if the hops work for or against each other. My thinking says this would benefit from being bigger, as at >6%, perhaps too much is jammed in. For it's size and what it is, it's hugely complex, and at least a little confused. But at it's price and availability, I'll gladly come back to solve its riddles.

10-14-2010 07:14:14 | More by cokes
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -30%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$7.49 / 6-pk.

A: Bright copper body topped with a thick rocky head of moderate retention leaving moderate lacing and a thin creamy head.

S: Sweet caramel malt with distant citrus and spicy hop character. Pretty standard.

T: Sweet bready backbone with resinous hop flavors and hints of citrus. Aftertaste is potent pine and resin that builds and ultimately overpowers the pleasant first impressions. Not my idea of a good time.

M: Light to medium body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Resinous on the tongue and just a bit of carbonic bite.

D: The initial flavor is good, but the aftertaste is unpleasant and overpowering. One or two is fine, but food is necessary to clean the palate and make it tolerable in the long run.

O: Disappointing.

10-13-2010 23:51:15 | More by dpnelson1978
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Pballa4lyfe

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

A- dark amber brown color, looks great, no head though

S- very piny and hops

T- taste is mediocre, not as good as Stone's IPA, but its good for Sam Adams, actually surprised me

M- some carbonation, not bad though

D- not bad, somewhat smooth

overall, Sam Adams really surprised me on this one, after being continuously disappointed with their mediocre beers, this one is one of their best tastings, worth a try, probably worth a 6 pack if the price is right, there are better IPAs out there but this is a good IPA

10-13-2010 23:21:42 | More by Pballa4lyfe
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +12%

Very dark for an IPA. Dark amber to brown colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head. In my opinion this color is best described as burnt orange.

Strongly malty with a NW American hop scent, mostly Centennial. Little bit of caramel and noble hop scent.

Starts out neutral and slightly bitter. This has a definite Pilsener noble hop flavor under the stronger C Hop flavors. A bit earthy the English style hops are mostly lost here. The flavor makes me think "Boston Lager Extra IPA."

Mouthfeel is good and thicker than most.

Drinkability is quite good. If this has a fault complexity is it. Still I wouldn't exactly refuse more of it.

10-12-2010 01:36:22 | More by Zorro
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Amber-copper with an off-white foamy head.

Smell: Mildly spicy floral hop notes, grassy and caramel-malty.

Taste: Bite of citrus hop balanced by a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: With the dryish finish and decent (if not pushing the envelope) IPA profile, it's easy to drink and this is easily my favorite Sam Adams.

10-11-2010 16:07:12 | More by JackieTH
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unojuno

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Now sold as "Latitude 48 IPA", with different color scheme. I assume the same beer, but I have not had this by Sam Adams before.

Appearance: Traditional American IPA amber color. Foamy <1 finger head when poured into a standard pint glass. Head dissipates to leave traces on the side of glass.

Smell: Traces of pine and grass. Floral hops tickle the nose. Smells like an IPA.

Taste: Again, a typical American IPA. Nothing new, but very very delicious. Begins subtle, has a gentle bite, then dry, then smooth. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation along with a medium body.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, especially from Sam Adams. Not something to drink many at a time. Although they are very hops happy at times, it isn't often to find an IPA on the shelves with their label. Not badly priced for the fine beer.

10-11-2010 05:56:00 | More by unojuno
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle, best by Feb 2011.

Pours clear copper/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is some citrus, floral, pine and grassy hops with some caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous and earthy, some pine, a moderate caramel malt presence to balance the solid bitterness. Finishes mostly dry.

Medium bodied, can get a tad sticky, medium to high carbonation.

A solid IPA and one of the better beers I've had from Sam Adams.

10-11-2010 03:12:21 | More by elgiacomo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

First had this in a summer sampler, and it was just past the best by date....and it was not good. Picked up a freshy single this time.

A - Rich dark caramel in color, nice clarity, creamy 2 fingers light tan head. Foamy lacing is abundant.

S - Aroma is slightly caramel, with some floral hops. Malt undertones are solid.

T - Bitterness is sharp, but not too lingering. It's very floral, and pine-y. It's a tad zesty, and there is a well balanced malty finish. I'm rather impressed, given the disappointing first couple of bottles.

M - The feel is pushing medium, but carbonation is a bit too much, lending it a fizzy quality that's a bit too attention-grabbing for my taste.

D/Final Opinions - A breath of fresh air from Sam Adams. While impressively tasty, the stinging carbonation is a little off-putting to drink too many in a sitting.

10-10-2010 20:11:05 | More by EgadBananas
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Amber color with decent head and retention.

Not very aromatic, but does have pleasant scents of noble hops and caramel.

This has a good balance of caramel malt, noble hops, and pine.

Crisp and thin body. Good carbonation.

Refreshing beer, good flavor. Overall, a decent offering from SA.

10-10-2010 17:54:19 | More by Vonerichs
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olmatty

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance- Pours a thick, tall creamy head atop a clear amber beer.

Smell- Fresh, spicy and floral hops.

Taste- Big malty intro, noble hop and and citrus fruit middle and coasts through to a piney aftertaste, but it's the noble hops that hang on the tongue for quite a long time.

Mouthfeel- Solid malty body, seems sticky. Bursts onto the tongue.

Drinkability- This is a nice, solid and drinkable IPA, but not exceptional. Some hops are just not meant to be used in great quantities.

10-10-2010 02:44:21 | More by olmatty
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alkemy

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

This is from the blue labeled sixer as well. Pours a crystal clear deep orange/amber hue. Not a lot of cream colored head, but it sticks around a good while...lots of lacing. I got floral hops in the nose. The hops actually reminded me of their Noble Pils with the soapy aroma. This showed in the taste as well. Has some bitterness upfront that is mostly floral with a touch of grass. The malty backbone balances things out, but it is definitely not sweet. I do like that soapy bitterness that you get in the finish. It just doesn't have the hop presence that I'd like to see. Had enough carbonation for a crisp feel, yet also felt a little creamy. Goes down extremely easy. I actually felt this was more similiar to an English IPA than an AIPA.

10-09-2010 01:24:30 | More by alkemy
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