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

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 340 | FT: 0
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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 claspada
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of spicy and fruity hops initially with some earthy tones in the background. The maltiness is also present highlighted by toasted breadiness.
The taste follow the nose, but backwards, with the toasty maltiness at the forefront and then you are welcomed with the spicy, citrus and earthy hops flavors.
Mouthfeel is average with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is by far one of the best beers Sam Adams have ever made, much better than Noble Pils or their Imperial Hallertau Pilsner. Definitely their best hopped beer ever.

Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange to copper color with a very foamy head that never leaves. Good looking pour. Smells of sweet malts and earthy pines. Nice hop finis to round out a good smelling IPA. Taste is well balanced and amazingly smooth. Not a huge hop flavor but enough to keep a bitter finish. Very well carbonated and hints of citrus fruits and bready malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is an extremely drinkable brew from Sam Adams. Easy on the wallet and very sessionable.

Photo of Tartarus
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Pours a translucent amber color with about half a finger of head that disapates quickly leaving a very thin pancake of head on top and small traces of head clinging to the edge of the glass. Smells faintly of cascade hops and not much else.

T&M: Mouthfeel is a little thin. Flavor hits you with hops and not much else and leaves with a dry aftertaste. Not much carbonation to speak of. I feel like a lot of IPA's I've been trying recently have had something a little extra to set them apart, but this one seems to be a little lacking in that department. It's still tasty, but I feel like it's holding something back.

D: Pretty drinkable IPA, not too heavy and the tamer flavors lead to being more sessionable in my opinion.

Photo of Outchillen
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive bought this a couple times now, im not a huge ipa guy, but one of my favs

A: Copper

S: This has a great smell, a little malty, nice mild hops

T: very mild and smooth for an ipa, a light citrus note from the hops

M/D: Mild body, clean aftertaste, I have gotten it before, will get it again, looking forward to the special variety pack of this

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

Label notched as best by May 2011, so hopefully still reasonably fresh. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear dark amber body with a huge four finger off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Looks good.

The aroma is half hops, half malt. The hops are only slightly citrus, a little tangy, and not overpowering. The sweet malt aroma balances the hops very well.

The flavors follow the aroma. Nice blend of the slightly bitter hops and the toasty, bready malt. Not extremely complex but tasty. If, there are American hops here, they are muted compared to most American IPAs. But, being different is OK.

Medium mouthfeel that goes down easily. BBC continues to put out solid beers and this is another great example.

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

A: deep copper, with a finger-thick head

S: hoppy, with citrus and pine notes up front; earthy, with a slight sweetness on the backside

T: similar to smell, with intense, floral hops (pine, citrus); balanced beautifully with malty sweetness (honey)

M: light, but full body; makes the tongue tingle; crisp, yet smooth

D: could drink it all day

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

I've had pretty much every Sams they offer, but I never get around to reviewing them. So, heres a review!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pour is a crystal clear copper with a one finger head that slowly fades to leave some nice side lacing and a white halo along with some very thin clouding.

S - Nice sweet malts and fragrant hops. Nice pine notes, not getting any citrus though.

T - Just like the nose, there are some sweet malts but those nice bitter pine resin hops really are front and center with this IPA. A nice smooth blending.

M - Rather crisp carbonation yet somehow this is just very smooth.

D - Yeah I could put back plenty of these, and have. A sessionable 12 pack IPA if there is one. One of my favorite Sam Adams.

Photo of jjboesen
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Get your pens out geography students because we are going to learn about the 48th latitude and the hop varieties that grow around it.

The initial pour is your average pour in that it opens with a massive head of billowing foam. Beneath this, there is a translucent body, copper in color, that contains an alarmed school of carbonation bubbles that race higgedly-piggedly to the surface. The glass rim is coated with your average gooey lacing.

The nose gets a subtle floral aroma while the palate is relucantly introduced to some shy malts and their hoppy playmates, both of whom slam the door with an intense finish. Bang!

While not a necessarily overwhelming quaff, this is nice, crisp and comfortable - no hop bomb, this is. I give you Sams' Latitude 48, a geography lesson in a glass: a simple, if not pleasant, brew that makes for a well-rounded quaff,

Photo of Whobody
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance Is very nice. A dark-Golden-color, well carbonated beer with a thick white, creamy head after the pour.

Smell is obviously very hoppy, not sure how to describe them, maybe very floral.

Taste has a strong flavor of the bittering hops. Very smooth going down. nice bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel has a smoothness to it. Kind of creamy.

This beer is very drinkable for the IPA lovers. It falls into suite well with the style. Very drinkable for a 6% avb.

Photo of SamN
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby red with a thick creamy head. Almost too red, looks like juice, but to light it glows with caramel malts. Lace is classic IPA; soapy, sticky with moderate lacing. Not very active in the glass. Smell is faint for an IPA. Some citrus fruits, dried orange rinds. Too faint. Taste is hop-forward, with an initial rush of hops greeting the palette. Dry biscuit malt flavors are unsatisfying, not adding enough mild sweetness. The hops are somehow flat and dull, not juicy and refreshing like they should be. Overall, there is just not enough balancing sweet character. I don't particularly like the hops flavors Sam Adams made. It finishes quite bitter and oddly burnt metal tasting.

I let this beer warm up slightly, sipped and pondered the profile a bit more, and while some more pronounced caramel malt came through and the hops became a little more citrusy, I still don't much care for this one. I feel like the malt dropped the ball here and let the hops run a bit wild.

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper brew with a bubbly tan head that fills the pint glass quickly after a medium pour. Has excellent retention and leaves a fine sheet of tall lace. A commingling of citrus and oily hops with hints of orange peel and unexpected gingerbread to the nose. Tastes of big oily hops with a pleasant fruity and citrusy middle and a slightly chalky aftertaste. A little spicy alcohol heat lingers. Medium bodied yet floats lighter than expected on the palate. Not a perfect IPA, but darn tasty and satisfying, which equals a win in my book.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a great clarity. Solid finger of white head with a lot of frothy lace.

S: Lemon zest, orange, grass, green peppers, and a heavy dose of cilantro especially upon opening. Vegetation heavy, a unique smell, but not that appealing especially in the category of IPA.

T: Strong upfront bitterness, very grassy. Lemon heavy, some white grapefruit, bitter melon. An interesting mix of flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp but soft carbonation, easy going.

D: Definitely a interesting IPA, I've never had this kind of combination of flavours. The German hops add a unique twist almost a pils meets IPA. Worth a try.

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

12oz bottle served in SA Perfect Pint

A: Pours a clear burnt copper color. Attractive off-white head doesn't last too long.

S: Restrained sweet citric hops along with some pine. Hint of malt hangs in the background. Slight carmel aroma.

T: Has that typical "Sam Adams" flavor, which I can't quite describe but it is very apparent. Malt flavor is more dominant than hop character. Carmel, a little butterscotch, and some bready-ness. Hops are spicy and herbal with just a little tangerine. Finishes with some zesty bitterness.

M: Ample carbonation. Soft and coating feel.

D: Flavorful and straight to the point. This is a good bargain IPA option. Far from a favorite, but more than serviceable.

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.

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