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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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3,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,274
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 263 | 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 feelmefoam
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had an IPA from Sam Adams before, so I was excited to see this on the shelf at my local store! We'll see how it goes down.

The beer starts off right, with two fingers of white, creamy foam sitting on top of an apple-juice colored beer. The head retention is pretty phenomenal, it's still hanging around and leaves some really nice lacing around the glass. I'm close to giving this a 4.5, but it just falls a little short for me. Really nice start though.

The aroma is the most disappointing part of the beer, and that's not too bad, as this is only hindered by its lack of 'oomph'. Light caramel malt hides behind a more showy display of citrus, but it really needs some more power. As I float back through the smell library in my brain, I want to compare Lat48 to the amazing aroma of Bell's Two Hearted (my favorite smelling beer), and this just doesn't come close. My brain librarian's a little disappointed. Good formula, not enough pizazz.

The flavor picks things back up. Again, not the most flavorful IPA I've sampled, but its built on a solid toasty-sweet malt background and provides a nice 'mainly-citrus, minutely-pine' hop flavor, too. A little bitterness comes in towards the end of each sip.

The body is dead-on medium with a little sparkling effervescence after each sip. Fairly full yet smooth feel in the orifice. Good stuff.

Drinkability on this one is high, as it's pretty cheap for an IPA and its pretty tasty. A pretty solid beer that's got the Boston Beer tag, so you know you can find it almost anywhere in the country. Pretty nice experience for my first Sam Adams IPA.

feelmefoam, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Pint glass

Look - Pretty clear, amber tone with about 2 fingers of slightly off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Definitely hoppy, but not overpowering. Definitely Cascade hops, can't identify the German or English hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Definite hoppiness at the very beginning, which spurs a pretty intense bitterness in the middle and finish. Texture is well-balanced, maybe a little more toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - I love the complexity and the hop mixture. Perhaps a little too bitter and hoppy for me, but still a decent brew.

Nerudamann, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Best by February of 2011, according to the label.

Poured a clear orangey-amber color with a big, rocky, beige head that took its sweet time dropping. Lots of lace. Great looking beer!

Piney in the nose, but not all that strong. As it warms up, there's some sweet malt scents discernable as well.

Odd tasting. Sure, there's some hop flavor, but its almost equally malty, which isn't what I look for in an IPA.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but it doesn't seem like an IPA. If this was sold as a pale ale, I might actually rate it higher. That said, if the price is right I'd drinjk it again, just not when I'm looking for an IPA fix.

woemad, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker Amber with a nice white head. Great Lacing

S: toffee, caramel, and toasted malts with a beautiful noble hop aroma. slight citrus.

T: Very similar to Boston Lager but with way more hops. More hop flavor and than bitterness IMO. Well balanced. Biscuity.

MF: what you would expect of an IPA. moderate body with moderately high carbonation.

D: although this web site says 5.8% the bottle said 6 or so%, either way this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

rmolledo, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear amber beer with a nice thick fluffy head. Hops dominate the smell. Hops dominate the taste with some residual malt sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well at 5.8 percent. Mouthfeel is ok. A decent beer, not super high on my list of ipa's.

tweeder263, Dec 02, 2010
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
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