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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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3,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 208 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep red. Head is minimal, retention is also minimal, but lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: Sweet, slightly sharp citrus hops.

Taste: Opens with pine hops and grapefruit. There's a bit of a tug of war here between the citrus hops and some smooth malts. The malts start off winning the tug of war, but then by the end they're losing. Neither gets taken over. Some bitter lemon comes in at the end of the battle. It's a pretty good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Decently high carbonation and an average body.

Drinkability: Like most Sam Adams, this sticks out in the drinkability area. I could drink these all day long. The ABV is pretty low for an IPA, even if it doesn't feel that way.

Another solid choice from Sam Adams.

shand, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

Brew poured into a becker glass.

Brew pours a copper amber color. Nice burnt orange. Thick chunky, lace leaving head. Lace leaves behind a nice ring and a thick head remains as you drink. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet citrusy hops, earthy nose as well. Biscuit malts are detected. A solid slightly above average smell.

Brew is balanced and smooth, sweet hops, biscuit malts. Brew has a decent carbonation and hop spice to it and is smoothed out by the biscuit malts. Slight hop oil resin is detected in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter finish, dry drinking. Brew is good and tasty.

Very good solid drinkable IPA. A brew that will not offend a hop newbie, but will definitely hit the spot for a hop fix. Very good drinkable brew. Case worthy.

magine, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of goalie33
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 13 oz tulip glass.
A: Red-amber color. Thin off-white head sticks around. Lots of carbonation. Very clear color. Some lacing on the glass.
S: Nice floral, hoppy aroma.
T: Malty beginning gives way to a dry but not so bitter finish. Very high drinkability.

This was my first IPA and based on what I've heard about thee style, this one is very mild. Just like most Sam Adams brews, it is not towards the extreme end of its style.

goalie33, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before Feb (2011) notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus with caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Pine up front followed by a toasted bread-like flavor in the middle and ending with bitter citrus. Flavor is quite dry. Aftertaste is bitter lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem.

Overall: Very solid overall. There are better IPAs out there, but this is worth trying.

adam42381, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours rather dark for an IPA; it's dark copper colored with a finger of off-white, creamy, and acidic head with excellent lacing.

S: The nose features piney/resiny hops with a strong caramel malt character, and noticeable-but-not-prominent citrus notes in the background.

T: The taste reveals grapefruit, piney hops, coriander, pepper, and some breadiness that turns a bit sour and funky at the end.

M: It is medium bodied and creamy.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of SA but kudos to them for a nice brew. I'm reminded of HopDevil.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of maleman
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness date noted on the bottle side. Poured a medium to dark amber with a creamy one-finger head that quickly receded into a tight cap. Nice, clingy lacing.

S - the hops are there in spades along with a little bit of pepper.

T - pepper was also heavy in the taste along with a good bit of resin. not as hoppy as it smelled. some grass tones are also present.

M - medium-bodied with average carbonation. the aftertaste was pleasant...not overpowering.

D - not SA's best offering, but not bad. hard to find down south so i don't get the chance to partake of it very often, but i enjoy it when i do.

maleman, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Latitude 48 is a pretty beer. It pours a vibrant golden orange with a medium cream colored head. Like the rest of Sam Adams' beers, though, the head is made of huge bubbles that soon pop, leaving the cap looking like swiss cheese before it disappears completely. That kind of bugs me, but it's not a big deal. Some people like it.

Like all IPAs, the beer lives and dies on the aroma and the taste. Latitude 48 tastes mainly English to me. Simcoe hops taste earthy to me, as do East Kent Goldings, so the combination seems to make sense. But that earthy, slightly pungent, slightly spicy taste is pretty much all I get in the hops department. None of the big citrus or pine you'd expect from an American IPA.

This lack of American characteristics isn't necessarily a bad thing. Like a good English IPA, there's a nice balance between the malt and the hops. But I just find it kind of bland. Whether it's a problem with this beer or whether I just don't like the English style (I haven't found one that I've loved yet, but then I've never been to England), I don't know. But if I'm going to be drinking an IPA, I want the hops to kick me in the teeth. There's nothing wrong with balance and a safecracker's touch with hops, but if that's what I'm looking for I'll drink an English pale ale or bitter.

Latitude 48 is not a bad beer at all, but I don't think it accomplishes what it sets out to do.

CharlatanSin, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden-enjoyed in a willybecker chilled.

The color is medium copper with good clarity and a rocky beige cap with spacious bubbles and average sized bead. The lace clings well and carbonation is visible. The smell is slightly sweet with herbal hop aromas with a subtle citrusy accent and mild caramel from the malt. the texture has semi-high carbonation with moderately balanced bitterness and moderate astringency with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor starts slightly citrus oriented with a mild grapefruit rind and lemon zest quality and moves into a slight toasted/caramel malt flavor in the midddle. The hops have a different kind of citrus and herbal quality which is zesty and comes off as slightly tart, but not overly bitter. The malt seems to shadow the hops slightly but the overall flavor is pretty balanced like a strong american pale with a good amount of hop flavor. I enjoyed this beer and I was not surprised where Sam Adams went with it, just wish it could have had a bit more...something. It was drinkable and I liked it, but it didn't completely win me over.

I had this alongside the other 3 of the 4 'deconstructed' single hop latitude 48's and I must say I have a newfound respect for the beer -the singling out of the hops allows you to see how the hops are blended to make this beer and they are utilized very well. I still prefer a slightly drier mouthfeel than this beer has with less caramel to distract from the hops, but there is sufficient hop flavor in this and the aroma is very pleasant too. I think the feel and color would be the only categories I would change and I stand by this review I just wanted to share the insight the 'deconstructed' version gave me and point out I appreciat the fact Sam Adams did this. This is probably the best beer for them to try it with too, although a boston lager with all of the single hops would probably be a cool experiment.

Slatetank, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of iamnitrox
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%

A-Darker than most IPAs, which was a little odd, but I liked the amber-ish color of it

S-Very hoppy bouquet that was pleasing on the nose

T-Wonderfully bitter with alot of aftertaste that was dry and hoppy. It breathes out the nose very good and lingers.

M-Definately strong and pushy on the tastebuds. But I like it that way. It is even similar to some Imperial IPAs. Definately has a strong character.

D-A little heavy on the palate. Similar in heaviness to the Bear Republic Racer no. 5 IPA or the Stone 14th anniv I-IPA. Sticks on the tongue, but tastes great at colder and cellar temps. Very nice standing alone.

This was a pleasant surprise from Samuel Adams. I never would have imagined that anything from Boston Brewing would be my favorite India Pale ale thus far.

iamnitrox, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of sway0925
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

served from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with an eggshell head which fell apart quickly.

smell had a nice floral bouquet, good hops sweet malty

taste of fresh woodsy hops, roasted malt, a very well balanced earthiness, a light body.

good mouth feel, soft body

drinkability is good but not great would like to have seen this with a little more body reminds me of a good session beer some sweet and hoppy to start the night with.

sway0925, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Dodt
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

picked up a single bottle of this on a trip to the six pack store
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance copper colored with a thick cream colored head
smell a strong hoppy smell with a bit of sweetness
taste a slightly sweet beer with a bit of maltyness
for me this another quality beer from the people at boston beer.

Dodt, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A - Crisp and translucent copper body topped by a somewhat frothy eggshell colored head standing over an inch tall. The head leaves some nice lacing as the brew is consumed.

S - Wet pineapple, some red licorice and slightly sweet malt.

T - Mild, leafy hops layered over a firm base malt of slightly roasted grains.

M - Moderately coarse which assists in calling out some of the hoppy flavor. It goes down well.

~ Overall this is a beer that I recommend everyone try, especially if you enjoy a good Pale Ale or IPA. The beer's flavors are mild enough to not overwhelm your palette but still come through offer some nice character.

cdkrenz, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of bernardus1212
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into a Tall footed pilsner. I had this guy during a BBQ. poured a bright orange color nice white head. The smell was intoxicating. Nice balance between the sweetness and the hops. Taste had a little lemon great hops and a touch of malt sweetness. I drank this guy all day long in the florida sun. Paired well with the guava grilled wings I had too. Highly recommend this beer for just that occasion.

bernardus1212, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Clear copper. Thick, dense foam.

S - Fruity, peppery spice, grapefruity citrus and honey undertones.

T - Sweet-ish, not too bitter and a soft alcoholic tone. Hops are pine, herbs, grass and citrus. A bit of chalky earthiness as well.

M - Smooth, soft body.

D - OK brew. Nice flavour and mouthfeel, but doesn't stand out amongst IPAs.

allergictomacros, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Franz4
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Auburn translucent pour with a small off-white head that settled to a thin ring.

S- Smells of citrus and slightly grassy. Citrus seems to be orange/lemon mostly. A slight brown sugar presence as well.

T- Grassy hop presence with some lemon, malt is well hidden, touch of pine in the finish, but is enough to give it a touch of balance.

M- light-medium bodied, slightly oily, fine carbonation that could be smoothed out a touch

D- Nice solid IPA, not the best by far, but easily drinkable, I'll enjoy it this evening.

Franz4, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

A- pours a clear dirty coppery amber with bright orange highlights. the beige foam is rocky, appealing, incredibly long lasting, and a monster lace dropper. dense and stiff but still kinda wiggly, with that old wrinkly hoppy look as it recedes. i should have expected nothing less.

S- big bold grapefruit, mandarin, pine and lime peel with some watermelon and cedar thrown in for good measure. full steam woodsy/floral simcoe has a touch of greenness within its resinous aroma and the british hops back there round the hop side out. when their website called it "powerful citrus and earthy", they nailed it. some malt sweetness lingers behind the hops with a toffee like smell, providing a nice contrast to the bitter. if simplicity were the key, and it may very well be, then this would take the cake. my nose, however, would fare better with a little more depth. namely in the malt aisle.

T- meaty. resinous. herbal. pine tar and bitumen pitch. burnt grapefruit. simcoe. it can be savory with a touch of petroleum and on the next sip piney and green. earthy malt flavors are there to lend a hand but the sweetness is toned down and the scale leans heavy on the hop side. fine by me. bitterness doesn't peak or recede-- it stays at a constant level from start until long into the finish, instead allowing the more subtle malt flavors to ebb and flow from sweet to toasty and back again to a nutty brown sugar in the end.

MF- the feeling of substance paired with the resinous hoppy character again creates a nice balance. juicy and somewhat soft. medium carbonation and a moderate dryness also contribute to the satisfying texture. there's a bit of residual stickiness to complete that well-rounded IPA feel.

D- a pretty damn good for this finely crafted brew. the first time is saw this at giant eagle i was curious, the second time i bought a sixer. not as aggressive in bitterness and alcohol as others may be and that suits me fine cuz it raises my personal drinkabilitimeter as well as my balance-o-graph, which happen to work in conjunction with one another (most of the time). a fine IPA and way to use the simcoe.

hustlesworth, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Been waiting to try this one since it came out in 12 packs. Pours a deep copper color with a frothy tan head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing, really nice looking beer but maybe a shade darker than an IPA should be. The aroma has a really complex hop profile that is a bit extraordinary for an American IPA, with notes of grass and mint, as well as some citrus, pine and herbal hop character, caramel and toasted bread maltiness, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor also starts out with some minty and floral hops, with a background citrus and pine character, along with some honey wheat bread, caramel, walnut, fruity esters and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really good. This is by no means a traditional American IPA, but it's a really tasty beer with a more complex hop profile than you usually get from American iterations.

silver0rlead, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

Served in a DFH Snifter

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a small amount of thin head.

S: Very nice rich smell that is typically associated with IPA's with a little amount of sweetness on top

T: Pretty decent taste but nothing that particularly blew me away. Leaves a slight smokey/woody taste in the mouth afterward but nothing unpleasant.

M: Nice tingle on the tongue and a bit of a bite as it is being drank but not as much of a bite as is typically seen with IPA's

D: Pretty easy drinking brew but the smokey/woody aftertaste diminishes its overall drinkability.

A decent brew which I would grab if I was in a real hurry and wanted a lower price IPA but more than likely I wont be buying it again.

BigPlay1824, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

A: Super clear copper color. I mean they filtered the hell out of this. A finger of billowy white head sits on top of it. Sticky lacing.

S: The nose screams German hops which is not what an American IPA is. More the spiciness and earthiness of continental hops than anything else. Not a bad nose but not to style at all.

T: The hops are there but again are not the right type. It has a pleasant sweetness to it. The malt is almost the highlight of this beer rather than the hops.

M: A little bit sticky. Carbonation is good.

D: Meh. It is a decent beer but a poor American IPA. Not to style at all. Sadly I am pouring half this one as I have better beers in the fridge.

aerozeppl, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a deep, clear amber with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding an impressive creamy white head that shows exceptional retention.

Aroma is fairly subdued but still solid with some light juicy citrus, mainly oranges and pinapples. There is plenty of sweet, but lightly toasted caramel malts balancing things out.

The taste is more of the same though the hops take on a slightly more pungent grapefruit flavor than the aroma. The backbone is hefty with lots of bready malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation, almost effervescent. Slightly bitter, but nothing scathing.

This is a solid, well-balanced IPA that's as much sweet malts as it is hops. Still, a really solid effort from Boston Beer. One of the best I've had from them.

gford217, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a clean orange color with an off white head. In the aroma, gritty grapefruit hop citrus. In the taste, pine hop bitterness and ending with a grapefruit hop, balanced out with a gingerbread like maltiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Quite English, with a hint of wesct coast IPA thought process.

OWSLEY069, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of billybob
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

pours a bright medium copper color a one finger tightly bubbled head and nice lace to the finish. mild fruity aroma along with hint of spice and citrus and pine. fruity and citrus up front then hops kick in the middle and finishs with a lingering hop bite. medium mouthfeel and carbonation good should make all the hop heads happy.

billybob, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of legatovibrato24
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

The color is a deeper copper/amber than most IPAs, and also has a more clear color than i would have liked. Nonetheless the smell is citrus/pine with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Typical of an IPA thus far.

The taste yields a hop bite at first which I love, however it never seems to be balanced by a note of malt characteristics. Not a huge problem for a hophead like me, however he malt sweetness balancing the hops is usually what makes the bite of the next sip of a hoppy beer so fulfilling.

This is a solid offering from sam adams, but I would willingly pay $2 more for a sixer of dogfish 60 minute.

legatovibrato24, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Always up to try something new (at least new to me) from Sam Adams. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very clear copper color with a great head and nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly nondescript, as is the taste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Just not great either. I might not pick it up in the future, but I'm not sorry I picked it up today.

ProudBeerSnob, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a very nice mid-deep copper color with excellent head and excellent lacing. Very nice scent with a deep citrus hop aroma and a nice sweet malt backing. Very deep and thick flavor with a nice up-front maltiness and a very huge hope (citrus and floral) bite on the tongue. Goes down fairly smooth, but there is a lasting hop roughness that hurts it.

JamesS, Oct 22, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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