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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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3,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,220
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 236 | 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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Photo of fourplayed
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fnger off white head with some sparse lacing. Clear red tinged amber color.

Very mild smells of citrus and earth hops, some sweet malt notes, some grain.

Taste is more hops up front that are biting and earthy, the sweet notes, malts and grains are very much in the background.

Lite to Medium body, medium zesty carbonation, decent hop bite and dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.

This a good hoppy offering from SA. Good Job! Could have gotten higher rating with better malt, citrus and sweet note balance....but that's just a taste preference.

fourplayed, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a surprisingly (not inappropriate) copper with a large, 2.5 finger head of light tan. The beer shows exceptional clarity with nice active carbonation and maintains a copper, perhaps slightly reddish color when held up to the light. 4/5

S: A strong, bitter hoppiness comes out of this one; though I would say the spicier German and floral English hops dominate over any citrusy or piney American hops. The strength in this beer fades quickly, but in doing so, reveals the more restrained but persistent piney American hops, but not a distinct Cascade aroma that I can pick up, which is surprising considering what this IPA is supposed to represent. I like it, it's a nice stepping stone aroma that might appeal to drinkers of German imports. I'm going to give it a 4

T: The hops are again more restrained in the taste, but provide a very solid component of the flavor. They are refreshing, but balanced. This isn't an American slap in your face ooh look at my citrusy piney hops IPA. But it's an IPA nonetheless. I like the balance/blend of the hops with each other, it provides a very interesting and unique flavor. It's not a crazy IPA in flavor, but well deserving of a 4.

M: Nice carbonation, nice body, there isn't much to not like here. 5

D: 4.5 This is a very drinkable and affordable IPA, and one I will recommend frequently.

mdwalsh, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of david18
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if Sam Adams has gotten even better at making styles or if I've been more impressed as they start making my favorites. I have always loved Boston Beer's brews and found the to be so close to quintessential style but few have stood out to be the best. Recently the Noble Pils was an acception to that and the Latitude 48 is close to that too.

Great golden color with a one inch head and great hop aroma. Really good bitter flavor with a perfect balance of malt and hops with alcohol. I bought a twelve pack, shared some and really enjoyed the rest.

david18, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a mildly aggressive hop nose. It's incredibly balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop punch up front with loads of piney character. A solid malt flavor follows with crystal and bisquit malts. It goes down easy with dry, bitter, bready finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine session IPA. It's smooth and flavorful without being over the top.

WesWes, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an egg white, two-finger frothy head. Great head retention and good lacing as well. Good armoa. Fresh grass and lemon zest. Faint, sweet biscuit malt with honey and citrus hop flavor to start. This is followed by a solid kick of grassy hops. Weaker in the hop department than your average IPA, but well mixed and good flavor.

uustal, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of jdoncbus
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expires April 2011.

Poured into a Sam Adams' turbulator. Darker shade of gold that releases a fluffy head that sticks well against the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Sweet biscuit aroma with a faint whiff of floral hops. Notes of lemongrass and a touch of pine.

Smooth creamy malt on the front which dives into a grassy, floral, and piny hop finish. The palate is left very dry and requiring an additional sip to moisten the environment. The acidic hop finish lingers for quite sometime.

An easy to drink IPA which is for the most part balanced; far more malt than your typical California IPA. If you are more of a citrus leaning hophead you may not enjoy but I appreciated it regardless and happy to see the BBC release an IPA. It's certainly an east coast IPA.

jdoncbus, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of youngleo
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice big bubbled head. Head was offwhite in color. IPA itself was golden brown in color. Head hung around a long time and had some nice thick lacing clinging to the glass. Has a slight hoppy citrus smell also notes of malt. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Bitter hung around in the mouth for a little while. Also had that pine flavor going on. Also tasted some malt. I didnt really think it had any sweet flavor. Im not saying thats a bad thing. Its just didnt taste sweet to me. Felt good in the mouth. Im going to buy again. But according to our local Miller rep. (around here Miller distributes Sam Adams products) this IPA is sold out in all the local stores. This is some good beer reasonably priced.

youngleo, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale appears a dark but translucent orange color with a foamy off white head.

It smells of sweet oranges, and caramel. It also smells a bit herbal there is a mild minty smell going on. I also smell a bit of floral smell going on as well. I also smell a bit of a raw grainy smell.

The taste is comprised of a sweet orange flavor and a bit of a grainy flavor. There is also a mild caramel malty flavor. It also tastes quite a bit like flowers. It is a very floral IPA. I also get a bit of a honey taste and a bit of a pine tree taste. As all IPAs do this one ends with bitterness though the bitterness is quite mild. I am a bit surprised by the complexity of this beer. This is not a one dimensional IPA. It has a solid malt body but the citrus, floral and bitter quality of the hops shine through. Though I think that it is a good creative well made IPA the strong floral quality of the beer gets to me. It kind of tastes like flower poling.

The carbonation is moderate about average for the style. The carbonation does not add anything to the beer but it does not take anything away from the beer.

The drinkability is ok but the strong floral quality would limit how many of these I would want to drink.

Overall a unique quite tasty IPA Sam Adams did a good job with it. Not a great IPA but better than many.

chumba526, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of JoeFourstringer
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like it... bottle poured into sam adams boston lager glass.

nice thick head and strong hoppy, herbal and bready smell.

medium/heavy body. dark amber color.

hoppy bitter taste with a floral back-taste. lighter than other IPAs I've had.

This one caught me by surprise, definitely recommend it and will repeat.

JoeFourstringer, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & piney hops with some orange rind thrown in

T: Follows the nose, plus some breadyness & honey malt up front, Apples & pears as this warms, plus herbal & grassy hops. Finishes grassy with a touch of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & okay balance

Drinks easy enough, but not an IPA I can get too excited about. Would work in a pinch

russpowell, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Samp01
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of earthy hops, some sweet malts. Taste is earthy hops with some sweet caramel malts. Palate is med body, good carbonation. Finish is bitter earthy piney hops followed by a good amount of sweet caramel malts, not overly hopped. Overall an interesting and unique blend of hops and sweet malts. A nice drinkable Brit IPA

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of BMoldy
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this up in my pint glass. The color is a light amber, sort of like cream soda, with a similarly creamy head that sat nicely on top for a good couple of minutes. Left some really defined lacing all the way down, though that might have had to do more with the beer I'd had in the glass previously. Piny hops make up most of the smell, with little else to build off of. The taste was bitter and not much else. The pine notes lingered on the tongue as well, probably from an ample addition of Cascade hops, and I felt like there was a subtle mint taste as well. I couldn't really detect the sweetness they boasted of on the label, though the slightly higher ABV showed through enough. Sort of flat along the edges, and I couldn't really decide if the body was hearty or just built off of mountain of hops (I'll probably side with the latter). The flavors lasted quite a while after each sip, leaving the palate a little overwhelmed.

As much of a fan of hops as I am, I found this IPA to be lacking in the complexity that makes a truly great example of the style. On the positive side, it was crisp and bitter, and the pine presence gave it a little more depth than it would have otherwise had. Still, it would have benefitted from a bigger body (maybe throw in some good malts from the 48th parallel? hehe) and a more balanced hop profile. Perhaps I enjoyed it too cold, but to be honest the taste didn't really seem to improve over time. Thankfully I got this one from a friend, because I doubt I'd go out and buy it. I'm still happy I tried it, though.

BMoldy, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of IIKaRuII
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical IPA. but i will say i wasvery bias when buying this because i do love my sam adams. appearance i would say is a nice amber brown, and tatse kinda like a flower. veerrryy floral taste that almost is over powering. the after taste is actually a settling citrus flavor that i do enjoy. the mouthfeel of this is little to no carbonation and i really wouldnt say its amazing or anything. drinkability is actually just a little above normal. the finish is well worth the beer though because it leaves you wanting more.

IIKaRuII, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs and I'm a big fan of Samuel Adams, so once I saw this I had to give it a whirl. There was a definite character to this beer that fits with what I expect from Samuel Adams. It had a nice body and good flow. So, the appearance was very good, but the rest of the experience turned out to be disappointing. The hoppiness of an IPA and the depth of flavor wasn't there. I think it was worth trying, but I'm pretty certain there are better IPAs in this price range.

CalhounJohn, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of sluggermatt15
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in the Sam Adams Summer Variety Pack. I was anxious to give it a shot.

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Off-white foam head with small retention time. Above average.

S- Hops, some malts, some spices. Not too impressive.

T- The hops are pretty sharp and ever apparent. There are a little bit of malts in the after taste as well as a little bitterness. The bitterness isn't bad, but is probably from the hops. Pretty good.

M- Full bodied for an IPA. Not a ton of carbonation, which is a plus.

D- Somewhat drinkable, better than your average beer. On a hot summer night, one could go for a few.

sluggermatt15, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-white head and clear dark amber body

S-pine, floral and citrus

T-sweet malt, sugar, floral, juicy grapefruit and slightly medicinal


D-nice beer. Nice play of malt and hops. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I would drink this again.

jneiswender, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a clear, transparent burnt orange hue. Almost looks like a marzen, actually. Big fluffy head that recedes quickly, leaving a ton of stringy lacing. Lazy lines of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom to the top of the glass. Smell has definite floral and citrus hops, with just the tiniest hint of yeast and malt at the end. There's also a soapy quality to the smell, something that I wasn't expecting.

Starts off with a kick of hoppy bitterness that becomes present throughout the entire flavor profile. In the middle is a malty, bready backbone that provides a clean, contrasting sweetness to the hops. Mild nuances of caramel show up towards the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, the hops having been tempered by the bready malts. Mouthfeel is remarkably full for a beer of this type, with a subtle chewiness that's both interesting and welcome. Finishes dry and smooth, with not too much carbonation.

IPAs still aren't my thing, but I can still appreciate a well-done beer when I taste one. Thanks to a good balance of hops and malts, I wouldn't mind revisiting this particular pale ale. I just wish it was more readily available around these parts.

r0nyn, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip beer is amber, dark, and clear with a thick off white head of small and medium bubbles, carbonation low, lacing high, looks good.

Beer is sharp in the nose and piny.

Beer is sharp at the open with biting bitterness that creeps forward on the palate. Its aggressive and bold, not sweet up front. There isn't much in the way of flavors just the bitterness that builds the more you drink. Its a good IPA but you could have developed the midpalate better.

drabmuh, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. Pours a robust, 2 finger, foamy, brownish-white head. Settles very slowly leaving a hefty froth, and plenty of sticky residue behind. Substantial beer ring lacing left behind as you drink.

S: A slight sweet malt with a bit of a soapy piny hop.

T: A little malty, very piny. Sharp hops dominate this one.

M: Syrupy thick texture leaves malt shocking the palette and clinging throughout.

D: A sipping beer. Too sharp to enjoy otherwise.

Atmosphere is really good. Great thick, hearty appearance, and although basic, a really full nose. Flavor has a subtle non-distinct sweetness. Also basic, but full, hearty, and syrupy thick. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very attractive pour: clear, reddish amber with a creamy white-head. The aroma was unmistakably piney like a good American IPA.
The taste is rather unique with the mixture of all those domestic and european hops. Samuel Adams is known for its balanced beers, and this one is no exception with nod toward the hop bitters. The flavor does suffer from a somewhat muddled bitterness - no doubt from all the hop varieties. There is also a faint medicinal flavor coming through. Having said all that, the sweet malty flavor is nicely balanced by the hops. There is a faint tea like flavor in the aftertaste. In fact, this one reminds me a lot of "English" style IPA by Left Hand Brewing company.
As with most Samuel Adams' products this has a very clean mouthfeel with a nice lingering sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation level is subtle.
I enjoyed this one - it is nice to have a flavorful, domestic IPA offering something different from the crowded market of highly hopped, golden IPAs. I think this one would have been better if the brewery concentrated on fewer hops.

jkrich, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a dark red amber colored brew, which supports a tan, foamy two fingered head that lingers. The aroma is remarkable for citric grapefruit notes, honey, and fresh spice, with an overarching umbrella of floral hop varieties. The taste begins with a flash of sugary sweetness, rapidly progressing to a fruity (grapefruit and passion fruit specifically) and bready graininess. These flavors are then expertly balanced and washed down with a bright hoppy finish, which remains for a smooth, dissipating aftertaste. The brew has a fair, medium body, with an accompanied medium carbonation. Surprisingly, it has a high drinkability, as hops that are present in the nose are cut from the taste, for a smoother conclusion.

Overall, we enjoyed this brew. The idea itself, of uniting several contrasting hops from comparable regions is, for lack of a better term, very cool. What is most enjoyable about the brew itself is its fresh aroma and the superb balance of flavors.

TheBrewo, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So it was my turn this week to bring beer to hockey, but since I waited to the last minute, and was forced to hit a less than stellar beer store on the way to the rink. This was one of the few respectable offerings.

Deep amber, two fingers of off-white head, and good retention and lacing. High carbonation. Very sweet, malty nose, with only a subtle hint of herbal and bitter hop presence. The taste confirmed the aroma, starting out very malty, evolving to slightly more citrus, and then finishing on a very dry and bitter note. Medium/malty thickness, and well-carbonated. This turned out to be much more respectable than I had anticipated; a decent session ipa.

donniecuffs, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of keith712
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack I picked up, wanted to try another IPA...

appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a nice 1.5" head. This IPA is very clear and a warm copper color. The head dissipated fast but held a thin 1/8" all the way down, leaving some lacing.

nose: I can tell it's an IPA but something else is hiding in there, the malt perhaps, some piney tones, not alot of grapefruit/citrus presence like most of the hoppier IPA's.

taste: It doesn't bite hard at all, the malt-iness takes hold, finally the bitter comes on late and presents the hops albeit not real powerful. Low to low medium carbonation. Dare I say there is some sweetness hiding in there as well. Crispness, not really...

mouthfeel: Heavier on the palate than it would see from it's appearance. Not a real fast drinker as it seems to hang around in the mouth a bit. Feels a little flat (I think a bit more carbonation would help this one).

drinkability: Not alot, at least to me. As noted earlier, it's kind of "heavy in the mouth." At a rated 5.8% alcohol it's not real "hot" either.

Overall: This IPA does not present the crisp hops "punch" I have come to love from a nice IPA and lacks the strength of some better IPA's such as Stone and Sierra Nevada. FAR better than the average crap beer but a few notches below my favorites. I will drink this one only if my favorites are not available. I score it a 6.5 out of 10.

keith712, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Jdmpolk
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A burnished gold color with a finger length of head. It quickly subsides and leaves minimal lacing in the glass.

Smell- Piney with hints of citrus peel. Grapefruity. Slight malt aroma in the back ground. Hoppy but smooth

T- First to hit is the slightly caramel sweetness of the malt, but the bitterness of the hops comes crashing down on it. Tangy grapefruit notes hit first followed by a pine resin flavor of the simcoe hops. Finally the bitterness subsides leaving behind a grainy grassy aftertaste.

M- Smooth with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back-end. Slightly bright resonants.

D- Very easy drinking.

Jdmpolk, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass

A - Clear, golden orange with a nice sized white head resting on top.

S - Some citrus and pine mixed with pale malts but not picking up much in the aroma of this one.

T - Light citrus and piney hops mingle with the pale malts to create a pretty balanced beer. Extremely average in all way's.

M - medium bodied, normal amount of carbonation for the style

D - Drinkable for sure but not really extraordinary. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these but I know I could find a better IPA almost anywhere.

jpmclaug, Nov 19, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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