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

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Ratings: 3,333
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 314 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Decent head and gentle lace. Clear with light bubbles.

S: Fresh hops and grapefruit. Typical American IPA.

T: Less than stellar. Vegetal hops. The maintaste is bland, but not untasty. Some hops in the clean, citrus aftertaste -- ever-so-slightly soapy. Sweetness inserts itself along the way.

M: Carbonated, full, quenching, and generally swell.

D: Good beer, but not a great IPA. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable. Other Sam Adams brews are more recommended.

Photo of jmich24
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review of the updated Latitude 48. This first was froma bottle in a sampler pack a year earlier.

A: Big two finger light tan head. Rich amber in color.
S: Hoppier than I remember. Some citrus, grassiness and a little spice from the hops. Sweet carmel malt. Overall a little better than average for me.
T: The taste is more hop forward than the smell. Nice suprize. Citrus, sweet carmel malts and a nice long finishing bitterness.
M: Medium mouthfeel, apropriate carbination.
D: This is by far the best BB offering in my opinion. Nice bitter IPA. ABV @ 6.00 makes this one nice and drinkable.

The was a very pleasent surpize from Boston Beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by notch of June 2011. Was a clear copper color with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy head that slowly settled into a good collar and film covering most of the surface. Good quick sliding lace with just a little sticking.

The aroma was good with tropical citrus hop , floral/grassy hops and toasted malt. Simcoe is a major player and I really enjoy the aroma of that one. The taste is also good with a good non-bitter hop bite accompanied by a smooth malt base. It doesn't knock you out with flavor but it's good. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of creamy. Good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a good AIPA that delivers a good hop flavor without much bitterness which would make this a good beer to get friends to try IPA's. Usually not a big fan of SA beers but I do like this one. Since there are better IPA's out there, I don't see buying a six pack. But since SA's are more common on tap, this would be a great choice if limited tap options. Avail here in TX. Rotation - see above [O;BO]

Photo of Spineypanda
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper in color with a large and billowing head. Lace retention is good.
Smell is typical IPA, but not very citrusy as one would presume from knowing the hop varietals.
Taste is mild but still bitter, something I somewhat find appealing.
Mouthfeel is crisp as hell! This is something I seriously look for in any pale ale, IPA or the sort.

A good beer all around, great mouthfeel and refreshing attributes.

Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red, almost too dark, pour with frothy 2-finger cream head. Nice lace and decent head retention, just a different color for an IPA.

Nose is weak citrus, earthy hops, and a cocoa sweetness. Aroma strengthens later in the glass, though, with stronger citrus - mainly grapefruit with a hint of tangerine.

Lots of malt body. Gritty hop bite 2/3 of the way through the glass and an earthy hop finish. Very strong caramel malt, maybe a little too strong for the hops. More like a stronger pale ale than an IPA.

Not a bad spring beer, but not a great IPA.

Photo of bosox941827
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass
A - Pours a very clear dark amber/orange with a fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin lacing.
S - A hint of grapefruit/citrus, but I get a pretty strong caramel/chocolate malt flavor as well which predominates down the glass.
T - Caramel malts up front, transitioning to an earthy hop flavor, which is quite nice. This mixes with a hint of the chocolate/roasted malts (which lend to the dark color also, I'm assuming). The finish comes back to the hops and is quite long and grapefruit-y. Quite nice.
M - Medium carbonation, appropriate for the style.
D - Quite drinkable, especially with the low ABV; long after-finish may reduce it a bit, but still good.
Took a chance on a sixer of this and glad I did; another quality brew by Boston Beer.

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Dark-golden color with frothy, off-white head. Clumped-up and stringy lacing dominated the interior of the glass. Very little amounts of carbonation on the visual. Smell carries some hints of malt sweetness, but this sort of musty earthiness as well. Seems to be very characteristic in many SA beers I've had. Don't know, but it doesn't really work in my favor. Little amount of hoppiness as well.

Taste is very, very light in flavor. More like a pilsner than an American IPA. Minimal hop characteristic throughout with a thin malt backbone. Overall, very lacking. Also, the beer has the distinguishable yeast flavor that I also find in SA beers.

Just about medium-bodied with not much carbonation on the tongue. Drinks easy, but could use more depth in flavor. Not really a SA winner for me, I'd consider a different alternative for an IPA.

Photo of aasher
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Latitude 48 pours a rich amber with a nice one finger off white head. The aromas are of light pine and a whole lot of caramel and sweet maltiness. There's way too much sweetness going on here. The taste too is super malty with slight bitterness to finish. It's hard to get past the sweetness. It has a decent body for an IPA but it's just average. It's pretty average all around. Next time I'll go with the Ranger.

Photo of megahurts4
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Appearance: reddish amber, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: floral hops, malts, and a slight caramel.

Taste: floral hops, warm smooth malts, honey, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly bitter.

This is a nice IPA. It has a lot of good flavor. The hops are potent first, inviting malts second, and bitter finish.

Photo of beerNdarts
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, poured into cold (not frozen) mug.

A- Medium amber, I used a cooled glass so not very much foam. Some lacing as I drink.

S- Floral and piney, not getting much else.

T- Wow! Its an IPA alright. This beer screams it... the label says theres a malt flavor, but it barely registers. What is the IBU rating on this beer? I taste bitter, spicy, piney hops all the way through, with a bit of citrus on the back end.

M- Surprisingly clean and thin.

D- Very good. Sams proving once again that they actually give a S about beer.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a rich amber brew sits a thick clingy head. This head is a creamy off white colored foam that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass and makes cool lace rings and patterns along the way.

Smell: Mostly I get citrusy hop notes with lighter pine notes and some mellow sweet and lightly toasted maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Just like the nose suggested I get plenty citrus and spicy hop notes with mild pine backing it up. This is all set up on a nice malt base with some light caramel malt and bready sweetness. The palate is smooth medium bodied with average balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's a good solid IPA. It's not going to blow away most hopheads but it will offer some nice hops in a very drinkable package.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, May freshness date on bottle.

A - Pours a deep orange amber with foamy, 2.5 finger head that goes down very slowly. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S - I'm getting a lot of citrusy zest in the aroma. Hops a bit piney with some grapefruit notes. Good, sweet malts on the back end. Actually smells very good.

T - Lots of fruit up front. I taste a good amount of orange, but mellow. Hops decently bitter and piney. Not extremely complex, but I felt it does a decent job of capturing the style.

M - Actually a rather thin mouthfeel, decent amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - Quite drinkable, it's refreshing.

Overall - I'm actually impressed. I think BBC did a good job of capturing the style in this beer. Again, nothing overly complex here, but a good, basic, American IPA.

Photo of rebel1771
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a big frothy head that sticks around a long time.

S: Big grapefruit aroma with kind of a soapy twang. Sweet malts are also noticeable.

T: Spicy grapefruit punch up front with pine resin thrown in. There's a good amount of malt that follows the hops.

D: Solid brew from a solid brewery. Sam Adams nailed the style pretty well.

Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear copper-orange body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, citrusy, and piney hops over a caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, lots of juicy, citrusy, piney, coppery, and decently bitter hops. Underneath, a toasty biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced excellently. Resinous hops and toasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, as you'd expect from a Sam Adams brew with this alcohol content.

Verdict: I'm happy to report that Latitude 48 is a legitimate American IPA. Sam Adams brews are usually rather solid examples of their style, but this one is probably one of their strongest offerings. A perfect introductory IPA.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is hoppy with a bit of malt as well. I also get some grassy notes. Taste is pretty well balanced. The maltiness and hoppiness are both mellow and not very "in your face". I get some tasty caramel malt and some piney hops with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is a little too light with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is high on this. Overall, this is a very "user friendly IPA". Not too extreme that could get Coors and Bud drinkers into IPAs.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint from a 12oz. Pours a deep amber, one inch, eggshell head with pretty nice rings of lace forming sip lines down the glass.
Light orange citrus and something else form a light fart odor. Not super appealing by smell. Very strange.
The taste was much better. No fart taste. Starts very citric, orange and grapefruit, slight pine, and some bready malts. Decently balanced. A little thin in the mouth, strange, infrequent carbonation bursts. I'm glad I tried it, but can only drink one at a time trying to finish the sixer.

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

A cellar temperature bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle has a best by May 2011 mark on the label. The beer is a very pretty copper color. It is clear. The head is small, about a finger thick, and has an off-white color. A decent amount of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some film and foam is left behind as I swirl the glass about.

The beer has a nice floral hop aroma. It isn't very complex; it's hoppy but not overpowering.

Some light malts give way to a bitter middle. Oily bitterness makes up the finish and aftertaste. The initial hops are floral, but those in the finish have more of a pine taste. The overall hoppiness is stronger than the aroma lead me to expect.

This is a fuller bodied beer that has a good amount of carbonation and mouthcoating. The coating is a little oily and has some dry hoppy bitterness.

This beer is enjoyable to drink. I could make my way through a few bottles in an evening. I can easily see myself splitting a six pack with a friend. This si a straightforward IPA with enough kick to keep it interesting. Another fine SA beer worth investigating.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Frothy white head, good retention with decent lacing. Very light and transparent caramel brown. Smell very hoppy with overwhelming Cascade hops. Taste light malt up front then a faint taste of raw hops like biting into a pellet but not much of a finish. Smooth but bitterness is not as refined or refreshing as some other brews, nonetheless very drinkable.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a reddish, amber color with absolutely no haze. It has nice head and retention.

The aroma is of grapefruit and citrus with a toasty maltiness. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste is not overwhelmingly bitter and it's not my favorite IPA. Some nice caramel flavors with a citrus bitterness.

It feels a little thin on the mouth but it's a decent IPA and I would drink another.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's an amber color, very clear with a bubbly off-white head.

It's got a hoppy aroma, but not powerful. Grapefruit seems to be the dominant flavor with a little caramel note to it.

There is definitely a nice malt balance on the front of the sip. The hops come through stronger at the end. It's good, bitter aftertaste but drinks really smooth

Pretty good but I'm not blown away.

Photo of Gushue3
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours deep amber with frothy head that doesnt leave. leaves mediun lacing. looks nice

S- sweet, citrusy hops.

T- maltier than i expected from the smell. Pine and citrus some through a little in the middle with a bitter hop on the finish that lingers a little.

M- feels light/medium with medium carbonation.

O- havent had this since the single hop mix pack. Interesting to see how the hops come together. Not a bad IPA but not y first choice

Photo of JizackFH
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a perfect clear copper color. It has a small 1-finger off-white head, that leaves some decent lacing behind on the glass.

S - This smells of toasted malts and caramel. It has a nice amount of hops, but not as much as I had hoped for. So far this is quite a strange IPA.

T - The taste is very toasty, nutty, and there is a pretty big caramel presence as well. Also, there is a decent hop presence, but I really wish there was a lot more. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down smooth, and there is some hop bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. There is a bit of creamy feel as well.

D - Good drinkability here. It goes down quite easy, and has a good flavor. It is a lot more toasty and nutty than most IPAs that I've ever had. Overall, it's a good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be more fruity and have much more of a hoppy bite. Its worth a try though for sure.

Photo of trappistlover
2.24/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with off-white head. Active carbonation and nice lacing developing. Aroma of cardboard, wood, and some citrus. Taste is malty sweet with a hop bite of the end. Not what I was expecting. I don't like this at all. yuck.

Photo of rlshep
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light grapefruit, pine and orange. Mild alcohol.

Appearance: Off-white chunky head. Good lacing. Fire orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: High bitterness. Citrus and pine flavors comes through from aroma. A touch of dark caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is really dry. Alcohol, noticeable but not hot.

Overall: A pretty good beer a little harsh from the high bitterness. Good aroma and flavor. One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had lately. Would definitely drink again.

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

12oz bottle (best by 5/11) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours copper, mostly clear, small 1/2 inch offwhite frothy head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, and floral hops, soap/resin

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, pine and floral in the background, not too bitter. Fairly strong golden caramel malt base, grainy. Pretty juicy in the middle with citrus. There's quite a nice hop variety here; earthy, bitter, and fairly juicy citrus. Good qualities of both English and American IPAs. Alcohol is just a little spicy. Finish is a little dry, some bitter pine resin, and a fair share of caramel sweetness. One of the sweeter IPA finishes.

M: Medium carbonation, good solid body that's chewy, not perfectly smooth. A little fizzy in the finish.

D: This might be the best beer I've had from Sam Adams. I wasn't expecting much, but this is a really solid, juicy IPA. If this was a cheap/freshly available as other SA beers, it might be a staple in my fridge.

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