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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

3,272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 263 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 augustgarage
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before May, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber with a touch of copper and lighter amber highlights. A solid lasting finger of off-white suds coats the surface. Dense woven lacing, no legs.

Sugar-coated citrus, faint caramel, and pale malt in the nose. Faintly spicy/grassy hops.

Sweet palate entry followed by alternating waves of hops and malt. Moderately bitter balance with orange pith, grapefruit zest, evergreen, and mint on one hand...toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of caraway on the other. Finish is quite dry, but there is a softer lightly sweet aftertaste as well vaguely reminiscent of butterscotch (not diacetyl).

Nearly medium-bodied and well carbonated.

The hops contribute a decent amount of flavor, but they don't really take center-stage (the malt balance is slightly over-done I think)...definitely won't mistake this for a "West Coast IPA" of any sort. Not a bad beer, but I'll generally take a Ranger or Torpedo if I'm going to have an IPA from one of the bigger craft brewers.

augustgarage, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of drumrboy22
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beet was a clear, dark orange color, with a one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt and piney hops.

Taste was toasted grains, malt, biscuit, pine hops.

Rather unimpressed by this one. Not much depth or complexity in aroma or flavor. There are much better options out there.

drumrboy22, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, slightly pungent aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything else, with a touch of citrus (orange?), and some malt in the finish. There was also a slight grain component that didn't add much. An uneven flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but not something I'd come back to regularly.

avalon07, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of HopDiggityDawg
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - golden, nice head
smell - hoppy smell, no hint of any malt
taste - I am a West Coast hop head and this beer is too bitter, no malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is thin
Drinkability is fine, if you like this beer. Sam Adams could have put it on cruise control years ago but they continue to try new things, much like DFH. I will not try this beer again but I love Sam Adams Boston Lager, Winter brew, Same Adams Ale, Summer brew, etc.

HopDiggityDawg, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of jadpsu
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that provides good lacing but only average retention.
Smell: Hops prevail with some sharp oily floral, citrus and piny aroma.
Taste: Not much in the way of malts. Hops have a bitter bite. Tart with a citrus grapefruit taste.
I would like to get some malt but not much maltiness (if any) come through.

jadpsu, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by dated June 2011.

Pours a dark amber color with decent head and a modest but sturdy ring of lacing.

Not much to the nose; a bit of toasted malt and faint hit of pine hops.

Malt-forward, very biscuit-like, with notes of caramel and forest pine. There is a bitterness in the finish, but none of the juicy or herbal hops I expect from the style.

Mouthfeel is okay...body is not exactly what I'd expect from the style.

This is an IPA? More like an amber ale with generous doses of malt and hops (mostly malt). The hop profile tastes eerily similar to Noble Pils and Boston Lager. I have to wonder if the Boston Brewing company is afraid to make their styles too dissimilar from each other in order to appeal to the supermarket demographic ("Joe Six-Pack").

Natural510, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a two finger offwhite head that deposits some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy hops and some toasty caramel malts.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness.

Taste opens with a solid floral hop bitterness that moves toward grapefruit midway through. Honeyed crackery pale malt balances nicely. Finishes clean and even with a grainy pale malt aftertaste.

Solid American IPA with a heady blend of English and American hops.

merlin48, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Good rocky off-white head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. Some florals, and a hint of hop bitterness.

Taste: Fresh florals up front with a bit of citrus coming in later. Towards the finish it gets fairly bitter, and has some hints of pine too. Generally bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation tingle here; a bit distracting. Otherwise, this is light- to medium-bodied... smooth up front, but more grainy towards the finish.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV with decent taste. Goes down fine.

Not bad, but not well balanced in the flavor department, and finishes a bit too bitter. OK in a sampler pack, but I won't get a 6-pack again.

mithrascruor, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish almost copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing as the head turns thin.

S: Typical citrus and oily hops. Not to strong yet still has a nice kick.

T/M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent smooth creamy feel. Hops and malts blend together effortlessly, with a clean aftertaste. Not that bitter either. Hops are pretty much all oil, which creates a weaker hop taste.

D: Solid brew here. Sam Adams gets some props on this one. Recommended for sure. Only improvement for me would be a more dominant hop taste.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber color with a nice rocky 2 finger head. Head retention is stellar with unbroken rings of lacing with each sip. Head lasts all the way to the bottom.

Fruity, citric hop nose with a good malt base.

Sip starts with a decent hop flavor (pine/citrus), then transitions to a straight bitterness. Decent malt presence throughout. Bittering hop lingers way too long into the finish.

Medium body with nice carbonation levels.

Drinkability takes a hit due to the flavorless bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't have a problem putting down a few, but that dry bitterness might wear on the palette after a while.

Hoagie1973, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of TallPaul07
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pour a really nice amber color, definitely darker than I had expected and had a nice two finger head (aggressive pour).

S - The smell was not extremely strong, smelled a little piney/resiny but nothing to write home about - smelled like an IPA at least.

T - The front end of this beer had a really nice malt/hops balance with pretty good flavor, extremely smooth...but the finish was lacking.

M - As mentioned above this beer was very smooth and had a pretty nice mouthfeel in part due to the balance.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable, mostly because it's not a hop bomb and doesn't wreck your palette.

In summary, I wasn't disappointed with this brew. It certainly met my expectations. In scenarios when I would ordinarily buy a 6'er of SN, I would say this would be a pretty good alternative. This would also be a great beer for someone wanting to dip their toe into the IPA water!

TallPaul07, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Marked "Best by" April 2011 (plenty fresh).

Pours a perfectly clear ad lovely amber color with a good amount of tan head. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing. Zero sediment in bottle.

Hops dominate the malts in both the aroma and the taste, but the hops don't mask the malts in either. IMO, this is how an IPA should be balanced. The bitterness is partly countered by malt sweetness; IBU around 60, I'd guess. There's a little earthiness (English hops?) and some citrus and fruity notes.

Perhaps the hops (a "select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude") could be more pronounced in both the aroma and flavor; so some might lower the rating a bit for not creating the full "hopslam" you sometimes get from an American IPA. While I too like a good "hopslam", this beer is so enjoyable it deserves a high rating. It does leave a long-lasting, and not overly bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M - moderate but very fine-grained carbonation; medium body

chinchill, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of ahogue
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, dark amber color with some reds in it. Half-finger head stuck around as a lace on top.

S: Nice hop scents, some citrus in there.

T: Stronger than your typical Sam Adams, lots more hops. Good flavor, not too bitter, with a little fruit in the front.

M: Good carbonation, strong hops in the mouth.

D: Decent flavor, better than standard, easy to drink.

ahogue, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Triples
4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine IPA. Looks good: bright copper color; smells good: citrusy grapfruity; tastes good: extremely well balanced between hop bitters and malty goodness. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Left an intriguing trail of lace down the side of the glass. Wonderfully drinkable. I think I'll have another.

Triples, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 16 Aug 2010. Served in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Large light brown head. Minimally carbonated. Clear brick red in color. Aroma is nutty, somewhat malty, a bit astringent. Starts with some citrus and pine, becoming a little sweeter and maltier towards the middle and finish. Some caramel and almond. Finishes with a touch of resin and spice. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Overall not an in your face IPA but pretty easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of JonathanCrites
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a bright amber into my pint class with an extremely creamy head that lasted until the very last drop.

S - Hops, hops and more hops.

T - This beer has a floral hop flavor that straddles the line between bitterness and savor. I really enjoyed every drink, the malts came through in the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy and a heavier mouthfeel for an IPA.

D - Very drinkable, the hops didn't build too much over time so I could have kept on drinking.

JonathanCrites, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of rajendra82
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was burnt sienna in color, and the two finger thick head was nicely proportioned and durable. The hops smelled very herbal and earthy, and there was floral tinge to the smell as well. The taste was a well balanced affair, with malt sweetness coming across like hard toffee, and hop bitterness holding firm from start to finish of each sip. The mouthfeel was creamy and dry, with a puckering bitter finish and a drawn out aftertaste. A very well crafted AIPA from Sam Adams here, and the widespread availability makes it a beer I am probably going to fall back on quite often in the future.

rajendra82, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drinking Date: 1/21/10
Best-by Date: May 2011

Glassware: Pint Glass

Appearance- Rich copper hue. Perfectly clear and clean looking. Thick off-white head thas fluffy and almost creamy. Retained well and left lots of lacing

Smell- Pungent. The beer had a piney smell. It was both earthy and floral. Crisp and zesty smell.

Taste- The hop flavor is immediately evident. However, it is herbal tasting (just like it smells) and not just plain bitter. It is an unusual taste, but I enjoyed it. This earthy flavor is balanced by the malt so that it is not overpowering. Leaves this balanced flavor as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied; finishes clean. moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - To me, this beer is one to be enjoyed singly. The strength of the hop flavor is heavy and lingering on the palate. In my experience with this brew, the flavor of subsequent beers (another IPA or any other kind) is influenced and 'ruined' by this flavor. This characteristic is probably typical of the IPA style. Make this the only one or the last one of the evening.


Notes: I enjoy this beer and recommend it. More goodness from Sam Adams.

BeerMeInMS, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Light amber in color. Aroma of herbal, grassy, citrus hops. In the flavor, more of the same. Citric/herbal hops, mild bite, just enough bready malt flavor to balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit slick but good feel. A nice session IPA from Sam Adams, glad I finally got to try this.

Stinkypuss, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of aggiearcher13
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best-By date of May 2011.

A: Reddish-Orange, copper is probably a good description, with about a half inch of creamy light tan head that hangs around and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Malty for the style, a lot of toast and a little sweetness. Hops of course, but not the punch-you-in-the-face hop aroma you'd really expect for the style. It's mostly floral with a bit of citrus.

T: A little most citrus hop flavors on the palate and bitter. Toasty though, a very bready tasting IPA, almost to the degree of being an amber ale. It just doesn't do it for me.

M: Oily mouthfeel, good body to it.

D: Just not something I'm going to go back to, at least not for a six pack of it. The malt profile just gets in the way to much for me to really enjoy it as an IPA. Tell me it's a hopped up red ale and I'm on board, but even so just barely.

aggiearcher13, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a transparent deep copper/orange with a finger-width off-white head. Retention is fair; leave some great sticky lace. The nose is more on the malty side, than the citrusy hop side. Burnt malts, sweet candy, and mild floral tone. Faint citrus zest on the finish.

Good moderately-full mouth. On the heavier side for the style, but not too heavy that it would be difficult to have multiples. Mild bitter hop bite at the onset, but this is fleeting. Gives way to a sweet bready flavor that finishes well. This isn't a "hop head's" IPA, but it's a good one nonetheless. Standard drinkable IPA that won't burn you out, yet still packs plenty of flavor. A good one to introduce others to the style.

Onenote81, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice coppery-orange color with about a half-inch of foamy, off-white head that very good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was fairly well balanced between the malts and hops, the hops being mostly pine. The taste was similar with the hops having a stronger presence than the malt. There was some citrusy hops on the finish and just a touch of malt sweetness.

The body was a bit better than typical for the style, fuller than average. Drinkability was good, I could see throwing a sixer in the fridge for when your not in the mood for a tongue burner.

Overall, a solidly good beer. Would also make a good introduction to the style for someone just exploring IPAs. Worth trying.

beertunes, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Padraigs2010
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think Sam Adams gets a bad rep, sometimes. This beer has an exceptional color and head. Good lacing and perfect carbonation. The aroma is one of hops and malt. Very balanced. The taste is identical to the smell. This beer is a perfect marriage between sweet and bitter. Exceptionally balanced. This is a beer that should be a welcomed addition to your beer quiver. This beer goes great with spicy foods, but could also be a good session beer despite the fact that it is approximately one percent ABV % higher than a traditional session beer. I will not forget this beer.

Padraigs2010, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear coppery hue with a nice 2-3 fingers of tan foam resting on top.

S: Hop aroma hits you as you pour, very nice.Lots of earthy and citrus scents to bring this to the lead of your average SA.

T: Plenty of hop oils flavor this as well, nice and spicey EKG's really stand out.Still a very good balance of sweet malts as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel full bodied and good amount of lacing down glass.

D: Very drinkable and would love to have some BBQ with a few,mine was very much enjoyed with some crakers and blue cheese.

nukem5, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Notched freshness date for May 2011
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

A Nor'easter is predicted tonight for the Boston area with 12-16" inches of snow expected. Work has been cancelled, time to celebrate and have a beer...

Pours bronze orange color with a fluffy white head leaving trails of sticky lace.

A malty sweet nose with whiffs of citrus fruits and hops. Slightly floral as well.

A syrupy honey sweetness with a tang citrus finish. Biscuit malt flavors with hints of caramel sweetness. A solid IPA offering from Samuel Adams.

Hibernator, Jan 12, 2011
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,272 ratings.