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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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Ratings: 3,028
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 150 | 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 aristeros


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, with one finger of white head. Little retention and lacing. Excellent clarity. Poured into a pint glass. Smells of pine resins, light citrus, and moderate malts.

Moderate hop bitterness up front with moderate resins and citrus. Some light caramel and biscuit and cut grass, with a bittecitrus r, crisp finish. Not the punchiest IPA I've had by any stretch of the imagination, but competitive, and has enough hop presence to be interesting.

Light to moderate body, with a crisp, citrus finish.

Pleasant overall; I'd certainly kill a six pack of these if I was in the mood for an IPA. No alcohol presence to speak of and overall, a well-balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:53:36 | More by aristeros
Photo of Baraka


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Copper with a huge billowy head that doesn't relent and stains the sides of the glass with sticky lace

S: some definite hop aromas, although there appears to be a definite malt backbone as well

T: As expected from the smell, this is a fairly balanced IPA, although there is still a solid amount of bittering and flavorful hops that makes it a fairly tasty brew

M: Medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish

D: solid, although perhaps not incredible, IPA that is an easy drinker and has enough hop bitterness and flavor to make it worthwhile. It's good to see a Sam Adams do an IPA, and, as expected, they deliver with a solid balanced and sessionable offering. I'd have another!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 23:52:11 | More by Baraka
Photo of aepb1


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper with a white head that stays quite well

S- Floral hops, very little citrus that I was searching for in an American IPA. There are some malts and piney hops in there

T- Great balance of citrus hops to the toffee malts! Don't really get the hoppy aftertaste I'm used to with this style

M- Light bodied, good carbonation

D- Well-rounded and that makes it VERY easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 15:25:55 | More by aepb1
Photo of erosier


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amber copper color with a medium bodied and medium sized white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, some citrus-y notes followed by a big grassy and piney hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts then a nice mix of earthy, grassy, and pine-y hops. It is not overwhelming and the flavors are mixed well together.
M: Crisp, medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable, it's not an in-your-face IPA but it's a nice IPA for sure. The flavors are all there and balanced well.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 10:37:52 | More by erosier
Photo of irishtimepiece


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I recall several years ago reading a quote from Jim Koch saying that they haven't made an IPA because the market is saturated with great IPAs already and they won't put one out unless they feel it can compete. Here goes nothin'.

Poured into a Sam Adam's 25th Anniversary glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper with a dense 1 finger off white head that fades at a moderate pace to a solid cap. Lacing is fair at the top of bulb, weak in the middle, and gets heavier as the diameter of the glass lessens. A bit dark for an IPA, I suppose.

Aroma is of grassy and floral hops with a touch of pine. Smells like springtime in East Texas with a fair sweetness in the air. Unusual for an American IPA, it lacks the in-your-face citrus blast.

Taste is moderate in bitterness but forward in hop flavor. Largely floral and earthy with gentle pine notes. A simple caramel malt backbone is present throughout. Interesting in that the pine is what lingers when the glass is drained.

Feels a bit thin and the gasses explode when rolled over the tongue. A touch over carbonated for my tastes.

I almost finished two in the course of this review, quite drinkable.

Overall impression is that it's just barely outside the box. On the darker side for an IPA, lacks the typical(and maybe trite) citrus blast, and at only 5.8 isn't quite as strong as one would expect. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to getting it in six packs so I don't have to put up with the Blackberry Witbier in the mix pack to get it. Jim brought something different to the American IPA market and that may be the competitive edge he was looking for before releasing an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 00:02:10 | More by irishtimepiece
Photo of mjurney


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Dark amber-orange color, clear, few little bubble, small foamy head, lacing looks alright on the glass.
[Smell]: Malts and some citrus hops, but not too aggressive.
[Taste]: Flavor is a lot milder than most IPA. Malty up front, a little caramel, some citrus/grassy hops.
[Mouthfeel]: Body is light, carbonation is fairly good, finish is light citrus crispness.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable, but doesn't taste like a true IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:54:16 | More by mjurney
Photo of wingman14


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with an off white head. The smell is hoppy up front with sweet almost caramel notes. The taste starts mildly bitter with a good amount of hop flavor and moves to the sweet notes. The beer finishes with a hint of bitter and an alcohol aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, good depth of flavor, and nice carbonation. This is an easy drinking IPA, lots of flavor but not crazy hops. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:55:06 | More by wingman14
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

Pours lots of head, about 2 fingers. Color of head was off white. Color is a dark copper brown. Head left some splattered lace.

Aroma: Some floral hops notes. but lots of malt flavors here It does have some citrus.

Taste: Very malty flavor. Lots of bready malts. Grassy, floral hops. Light amount of citrus. More malts than I want in an ipa.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, barely bitter. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends malty, dry, and sticky.

Overall, this beer is just too malty to be an ipa. SA really failed with this one. Not that drinkable for a style that should be easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:46:48 | More by mothman
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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color with a nice sized off-white head and a lot of bubbles. Poor retention and not much lacing.

S - A lot of malts and caramel backbone. A fairly varied hop profile that comes across a little weak.

T - Malts and a malt backbone. It's very malty. There is a little bit of hops that comes through on the end, but it is a little too non-present for my liking. No bitterness at all.

M - Decent carbonation, light bodied, little thin.

D - Well, really easy to drink, and fairly refreshing. Not a good beer, but not horrible, would have it again and not complain.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 14:11:46 | More by AgentZero
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Beer pours more of a copper color, but seems like a dark copper with an amber hue. Lots of carbonation bubbles keep the rather large tan head going on forever.

The smell is grassy and herbal hops with lots of caramel malty notes to back it up. There is a hint of cirtus but you really have to be looking for it to notice it. Not really quite as strong as I typically look for in an IPA.

This really has more roasted and caramel malts in the flavor than I would expect in an American IPA. The malt presence goes above and beyond the intended purpose of balancing the beer out, and seems to steal the show from the hops... not good in an American IPA. The hops are earthy and piney with some grassy notes. Much like in the nose there are some citrus notes but they are well hidden. Medium bodied and well carbonated. The high carbonation levels seem to keep the flavor exploding on your tongue during the whole beer.

Overall I would say this is a very solid beer, if you go into it without knowing that they are intending it to be an American IPA. Maybe it is better suited to be an English IPA. But a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:07:18 | More by CBlack85
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear copper with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like citrus hops with honey malt, and a little creamy yeast and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like delicate and sweet citrus hops, with light caramel and honey malt, and a bit of creamy yeast. It had a smooth bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation.
D: This had a very clean and enjoyable flavor, with good body too, so it was quite easy to drink. It wasn't super powerful, but it was still quite tasty. Worth a try, even if it's not quite as good as other benchmark IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 15:17:20 | More by Pencible
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer uses three different countries' hops, from near the 48th Latitude, which is the hop-belt of the Northern Hemisphere. Killer!

Pours a bronzed copper color, with a big fluffy head. Just a big solid, gorgeous, beautiful-looking beer that beckons you to drink it.

Aroma is toffee/caramel against the herbal hop aroma, which also is a little big grassy, but not intensely so. There are interesting impressions of tea and bubblegum buried in the aroma, too.

Flavor is grassy bitterness, which is controlled and kept in check with more prominent citrus fruit and light pine needle. Good toffee/caramel malt balance. A bright and balanced flavor.

Texturally this is gentle, gliding and not over-carbonated. Creamy; light-to-medium bodied.

Boston Beer Co./Samuel Adams don't throw their hat in the IPA ring very much, but they really should, as this is great on every level. About as easy-drinking and well-rounded an IPA as I've had in a long time. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 14:06:23 | More by Metalmonk
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Medium amber color with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass. Very similar in color to Boston Lager.

Smell: Piney and earthy hops over a sweet caramel and pale malty undertone.

Taste: The front end starts off with a sweet caramel malty flavor over a few very sweet pale malt notes. Back end finishes up with a medium piney and earthy hop bitterness. Not as bitter as a lot of IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with very active carbonation that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking and is not too filling. Very refreshing.

Final Notes: Tastes more like an English IPA than an American IPA. I find this to be an advantage since I'm not a huge IPA drinker to begin with, and would pair well against spicy food. This is an IPA for people who really don't care for IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 22:38:46 | More by bagpiper2005
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Took me a while, but I finally got my hands on a Summer Styles box to try this guy. It pours a clear deep amber topped by a finger or so of thick ecru foam. The nose is citrus hops, caramel, maple syrup, and orange peel. The taste is pretty similar, emphasizing the citrus peel, hoppy bitterness, and a slight edge of toffee. Very straightforward, though tasty, IPA here. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I'm gonna haveta echo the sentiments of others by saying that this guy should be a year-rounder. It's a solid IPA and would be welcomed by drinkers across the country if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 22:07:43 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark transluscent amber with a fairly large off-white head.

Smell - Citrus, pine, and caramel, plus a bready note underneath.

Taste - A slightly sweet and hoppy start, and a crisp hoppy finish. The sweetness balances the hops very well.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Notes - This is a good little IPA, by far the best beer in the summer pack. It's not an especially hoppy one though, so a true hophead probably wouldn't care for it, but for balance lovers like me it fits together well. I'm not sure if they sell this on its own, but if they do I might buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 17:29:17 | More by Fnord
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, color is significantly darker than your standard IPA, rusty brown, with about 1 finger of tan head. Nice bubbles rising, leaves pretty minimal lacing.

Smell is solid pine hops with a hint of malt in the back.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose, a little pine hops, a little sugary malts, no alc and no yeast flavor. I would strongly disagree with anyone who says that this beer has roasted malt notes. Not very hoppy for an IPA. I would put bitterness at a 3/10. Just a small bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, medium to light body with pretty high carbonation, just a little slick left over.

Drinkability is pretty good, no alcohol comes through, but its definitely lacking in bitterness and hop character for an IPA. Nonetheless, it would be a fine session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 13:41:57 | More by Imsothirsty
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated, dark amber color (dark than the average IPA) with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty, earthy and of some pine notes. Caramel and roasted malt aroma was present, too.

T - I'd say this is a malt-forward IPA. Caramel sweetness dominates with roasty malt and earthy hops backing it all up.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is not your typical American IPA. It leans more toward an English flavor with its malt domination.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 02:18:41 | More by zeff80
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass. Best by October 2010.

A: Rich deep amber coloring with smaller head than expected but really nice lacing. Quality looking brew.

S: For an IPA, nose is a littled but still quite nice. Nose more pine than citrus.

T & M: Nicely balanced with a very crisp mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Melded together nicely, the hops add to the taste but are not to extent of causing a bitter complex.

D: Quite drinkable, a nice job by SA. This would be a good introductory IPA to a non craft drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:37:49 | More by elniko
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend bought a variety pack for this past Saturday night, so when it was opened I grabbed the Lat 48, as I was eager to give it a try. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark leather colored body. Much darker than I was expecting for an IPA. Decent sized head formation. Smell was hoppy and a bit piney, smelled like an IPA. Flavor was good, but it was different from what I was expecting again. The hops were there, but they were much more subdued and were there more for flavor. There wasn't a hop bite at all; instead I got more of the mouthfeel from the malt in the body. I guess this could be considered an IPA for a drinker that wants a smoother IPA than the hop monsters that are usually on the market. I enjoyed this beer, because its drinkability was not overpowered by a huge hop presence, but was instead enhanced just enough for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:44:47 | More by morebeergood
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4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber color with an orange hue. It's very clear with a ton of bubbles rising through it. It has a solid inch of foamy/rocky head with a creamy off-white color. It took a little while for it to settle with some nice lacing on the glass.

It has some grapefruit aromas, but mainly woody/piney hops with a sweet malt undertone.

The hops of very apparent up front, but actually pretty mellow with some earthy/grassy flavor and slightly oily with hints of pine. There's some toasted biscuity malt with a subtle spiciness and it's mildly bitter on the finish. Really very flavorful, but not as bitter as you would expect. The flavors are pretty balances, although they lean towards the bitter.

It's light to medium body with medium-high carbonation with a little sharpness. Dry, clean finish.

This is a very easy drinking beer. The hops are present, but more as a flavoring component than for bitterness. The bitterness is certainly there, but counterbalance very well by the malty flavors. I'd call this a session IPA, if anything. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:49:20 | More by Kallessin
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got two bottles in a sampler 12 pack. Love those sampler packs.

Pours a beautiful amber to copper color, clear with a small head but plenty of lacing.

Smells strongly of hops with some spice, a touch of coffee and quite a bit like a forest.

Tastes of plenty of hops, sweet caramel and pine trees. Moderate bitterness that's a touch strong for my tastes, but since I don't really like this style of beer, that's not surprising. Bitter aftertaste lingers, typical of several of Sam Adams' brews.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. An almost silky feel with enough carbonation to know it's alive, but not overpower. One of this brew's strong points.

Drinkability is pretty low. Doubtful I'd ever pick up a sixer of this stuff, despite it being a pretty good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:00:23 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Chestnut brown with a finger of creamy beige lace on top. Tons of sticky lace clings to the rim of the glass.

S - Piney hops and dark chocolate. What a novel idea! This is a pale ale / IPA with a deeply roasted malt nose. Roasty, toasty, and deep, yet also vibrantly hoppy and green.

T - Cold coffee, toasted oats, and loads of hop character.

M - Medium bodied, and solidly made. The carbonation is slightly creamy, and a nice long finish leaves hop flavors lingering between your teeth.

D - I like it! Sam Adams keeps improving upon a very solid base by expanding into new territories with their bigger beers, but is also doing a great job with the "everyday" type stuff like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 04:46:23 | More by pmcadamis
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5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-very nice pour. Large white head, dark amber medium carbonation.

S- Smells great! Hoppy,with an odd sweetness that I cant put my finger on. Cotton candy and fruit?

T-Just right for an ipa. Not really aggresive, but well balanced and very drinkable. Turning out to be one of my favorite IPA's.

M-Just perfect! Nice bite, yet smooth.


This is a winner. Probably one of the best beers ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:48:03 | More by dcook11
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - amber/copper color, decent head, retention is marginal

S - grassy, herb like hop aroma; 'worty' malt aroma

T - hop flavors are largely German in nature with some English earthy hops, American hops are well-disguised here with only a hint of citrus/pine like character expected; mild yeast fruitiness; malt seems 'wort-like' and under-attenuated

M - medium-to-full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a pretty ho-hum beer. It's not awful, but really average. They might have been better off marketing this as an English IPA and focusing more on Kent Goldings or the something similar.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 23:03:47 | More by scoobybrew
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought the Samuel Adam Summer Styles Variety Pack mostly becuase of the price, but also to get this Latitude 48:

A Pours am almost orange hue into my new belgium goblet. one finger of robust, straw colored head that doesnt really seem to settle away. persistent lacing...

S Nice sweet maltiness to the nose. hops absent

T: the hops come thru splendidly on the taste. not nearly as strong as an IPA IMHO, but very good. the hops hang around for a bit.

M: this is very nice. smooth silky, no alcohol burn, lite-medium body .

D: VERY drinkable. like this a lot but not realluy lovin it...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 17:40:33 | More by burnerfinger
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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