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

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 28
Gots: 357 | 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 notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty good appearance. Golden color with a pretty nice white foam head.

S: This is the first IPA I've tried from Sam Adams and I was actually really surprised by the smell. Nice floral hop aromas all over the place.

T: I'm impressed. I've ever been crazy about anything I've tried from Sam Adams before, but this one is a really solid IPA. Nice balance between some hard citrus hops and pepper and some biscuity malt. I'm a fan.

Photo of Mississipping
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quite slowly, leaving sparse lacing behind. Appears mostly clear, but slightly hazy due to the deeper color.

S: There's a little more going on here than I expect from Sam Adams. A bit of citrus fruit, slight pine resin, and a pleasant touch of biscuity malt. It smells pretty hoppy; I hope the flavor can match it.

T: Much like the aroma, there is a good bit going on in the taste. A crisp citrus fruitiness, along with subtle pine notes are picked up on first. The malt profile comes in halfway through, providing a slightly bready taste. The finish is hoppy and slightly bitter. Overall it's pretty well balanced and pretty darn tasty.

M: Despite what the label says, the body is medium at best. The high carbonation level takes away from the weight of the body, but makes it dance a little and makes the flavors pop out on the tongue. Feels nice.

D: Very high drinkability. This is an impressive IPA for this particular brewery. I'm usually a little let down by Sam Adams, despite their constant attempts at innovation, but this is pretty solid. In no way is it a competitor with other big IPA's, but it's balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking. Perfect for a warm evening, and one that I will continue to go back to.

Photo of jifigz
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a nice and shimmery copper color. The amount of CO2 bubbles appears pretty heavy compared to other beers I usually drink. The head dissipated slowly and left nice lacing.

S: As usualy with IPA's, the smell is earthy and floral, after all hops are a flower.

T: The taste of this is extremely different than other India Pale Ales I have recently been drinking. It tastes like sour fruit at first and remains that flavor through till the aftertaste which is similar in flavor just a lot more bitter on the palate.

M: A good, creamy texture. Not overly carbonated like the I thought it would be due to the appearance. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry as most bitter beers due.

O: A pretty quality IPA from the U.S.A's largest craft brewer. It seems these days I don't buy much Sam Adams due to all the local breweries who make great beer, but I am glad this one was given to me.

Photo of kyleelton
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm definitely a lover of hops, so if I can taste hops I'm probably going to enjoy it on some level, unless it's complete mess.

Looks good. Like an IPA should. A thin layer of foam remains throughout, giving some lacing as it goes.

I've been so into DIPAs lately that I was expecting to get a big whiff of hops, but it was only slight.

For an IPA, again, I'm currently used to DIPAs and was happy that the taste didn't feel underwhelming. Good hop taste, again, not in the face, but clean.

I'm not good at describing mouthfeel, but me it's either too watery, or it's not. This feels right, although maybe not as even as other IPAs. Don't know how to say it any other way.

Overall it's a very decent IPA. Not my favorite, but if I can taste the hops in a large way, I'm satisfied.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of many Saturday Afternoon/Evening beers, lets start off with the Latitude 48.

Appearance-Dark copper colored, with a beige foamy head with about 3 fingers of head, retaining well after the pour, not bad looking. NOTE: 10 minutes later among finishing the beer, a one inch head is still hanging around that has left beautiful lacing.

Smell-Citrus and Pine. Can smell some bitter hops on the backend.

Taste-Sweet malts with some earthy tones. Pretty dry finish that leaves a funky aftertaste. As the beer warms I picked up some more citrus. Fresh beer, but not getting much hops. Nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thick for an IPA, with alot of carbonation.

Overall-I had high hopes after the pour. I LOVE the way this beer looks and was pretty excited to try it. Unforunately I was dissapointed. Theres better IPA 6 packs around that you can get for 7.99-8.99

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Summer mixed 12-pack

A: Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2" head that retains fairly well. Leaves some pretty good lacing

S: Citrusy/grassy hops stick out along with some malty sweetness

T: Same as the smell; oily, grassy, citrusy hops along with some sweetness attributed to the malts. The oily trait of some SA brews definitely sticks out a bit and slightly distracts from the hops

M: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation

D/O: Easily drinkable for an IPA, goes well with the rest of the Summer pack

Photo of colts9016
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger light tan head that is foamy and creamy. The head has good retention and leave a small amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is copper with garnet hightlight. The clarity is clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: The first aromas is a malty bready sweetness. There is a small amount of pine, floral, and a touch of grapefruit. The other aroma is yeast and solvents.

Taste: There an okay amount of hops, floral grapefruit and piney. The malt is sturdy with toasty notes. The other flavors are citrus, solvents, and yeast.

The mouth feel is cloying, astringent, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is an okay IPA, I feel the flavors are not to well balanced there is an odd flavor that finishes the beer. I really do not care for this beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the expiration date notched at August 2011. Sampled on April 8, 2011. The pour is a clean looking amber-copper with busy carbonation rising to a thin, short-lived head. It is much clearer than the kind of IPA's I like, which tend to be cloudier. Loads of floral hops are in the aroma with a sweet maltiness kicking in the offset the bitterness. The body is smoothe and creamy. It tends to be sweeter than the IPA's I favor. Oh certainly the hops are evident and welcome but the sweet malts diminish the hop sensation I hoped to enjoy.

Photo of aeminter
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber, clear, wonderful foamy off-white head. The lacing in amazing.

S: The smell is wonderful...very pungent, herbal and earthy with a faint floral background. It makes me think of saaz or fuggles. Once you get past the hops there is some biscuit malt character to the nose.

T/M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. The first taste is of hop bitterness, but immediately the malt backbone of the beer asserts itself.

O: Nicely balanced and easy to drink.
While the flavor is a little subdued it does well to let this beer warm up a little.

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.

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