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

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 311 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drinking Date: 1/21/10
Best-by Date: May 2011

Glassware: Pint Glass

Appearance- Rich copper hue. Perfectly clear and clean looking. Thick off-white head thas fluffy and almost creamy. Retained well and left lots of lacing

Smell- Pungent. The beer had a piney smell. It was both earthy and floral. Crisp and zesty smell.

Taste- The hop flavor is immediately evident. However, it is herbal tasting (just like it smells) and not just plain bitter. It is an unusual taste, but I enjoyed it. This earthy flavor is balanced by the malt so that it is not overpowering. Leaves this balanced flavor as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied; finishes clean. moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - To me, this beer is one to be enjoyed singly. The strength of the hop flavor is heavy and lingering on the palate. In my experience with this brew, the flavor of subsequent beers (another IPA or any other kind) is influenced and 'ruined' by this flavor. This characteristic is probably typical of the IPA style. Make this the only one or the last one of the evening.

Notes: I enjoy this beer and recommend it. More goodness from Sam Adams.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Light amber in color. Aroma of herbal, grassy, citrus hops. In the flavor, more of the same. Citric/herbal hops, mild bite, just enough bready malt flavor to balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit slick but good feel. A nice session IPA from Sam Adams, glad I finally got to try this.

Photo of aggiearcher13
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best-By date of May 2011.

A: Reddish-Orange, copper is probably a good description, with about a half inch of creamy light tan head that hangs around and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Malty for the style, a lot of toast and a little sweetness. Hops of course, but not the punch-you-in-the-face hop aroma you'd really expect for the style. It's mostly floral with a bit of citrus.

T: A little most citrus hop flavors on the palate and bitter. Toasty though, a very bready tasting IPA, almost to the degree of being an amber ale. It just doesn't do it for me.

M: Oily mouthfeel, good body to it.

D: Just not something I'm going to go back to, at least not for a six pack of it. The malt profile just gets in the way to much for me to really enjoy it as an IPA. Tell me it's a hopped up red ale and I'm on board, but even so just barely.

Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a transparent deep copper/orange with a finger-width off-white head. Retention is fair; leave some great sticky lace. The nose is more on the malty side, than the citrusy hop side. Burnt malts, sweet candy, and mild floral tone. Faint citrus zest on the finish.

Good moderately-full mouth. On the heavier side for the style, but not too heavy that it would be difficult to have multiples. Mild bitter hop bite at the onset, but this is fleeting. Gives way to a sweet bready flavor that finishes well. This isn't a "hop head's" IPA, but it's a good one nonetheless. Standard drinkable IPA that won't burn you out, yet still packs plenty of flavor. A good one to introduce others to the style.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice coppery-orange color with about a half-inch of foamy, off-white head that very good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was fairly well balanced between the malts and hops, the hops being mostly pine. The taste was similar with the hops having a stronger presence than the malt. There was some citrusy hops on the finish and just a touch of malt sweetness.

The body was a bit better than typical for the style, fuller than average. Drinkability was good, I could see throwing a sixer in the fridge for when your not in the mood for a tongue burner.

Overall, a solidly good beer. Would also make a good introduction to the style for someone just exploring IPAs. Worth trying.

Photo of Padraigs2010
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think Sam Adams gets a bad rep, sometimes. This beer has an exceptional color and head. Good lacing and perfect carbonation. The aroma is one of hops and malt. Very balanced. The taste is identical to the smell. This beer is a perfect marriage between sweet and bitter. Exceptionally balanced. This is a beer that should be a welcomed addition to your beer quiver. This beer goes great with spicy foods, but could also be a good session beer despite the fact that it is approximately one percent ABV % higher than a traditional session beer. I will not forget this beer.

Photo of nukem5
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear coppery hue with a nice 2-3 fingers of tan foam resting on top.

S: Hop aroma hits you as you pour, very nice.Lots of earthy and citrus scents to bring this to the lead of your average SA.

T: Plenty of hop oils flavor this as well, nice and spicey EKG's really stand out.Still a very good balance of sweet malts as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel full bodied and good amount of lacing down glass.

D: Very drinkable and would love to have some BBQ with a few,mine was very much enjoyed with some crakers and blue cheese.

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Notched freshness date for May 2011
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

A Nor'easter is predicted tonight for the Boston area with 12-16" inches of snow expected. Work has been cancelled, time to celebrate and have a beer...

Pours bronze orange color with a fluffy white head leaving trails of sticky lace.

A malty sweet nose with whiffs of citrus fruits and hops. Slightly floral as well.

A syrupy honey sweetness with a tang citrus finish. Biscuit malt flavors with hints of caramel sweetness. A solid IPA offering from Samuel Adams.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue in a crystal-clear body. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which caps the appearance nicely. A solid-looking beer.

Smell: citrusy hop aroma with a little bit of spiciness and a little bit of funk. Malt is quite present as well with a bit of a toasty, nutty contribution. I like it.

Taste: quite malty for an American IPA. Bitterness really comes through at the end, but it is almost too well balanced. Hop flavors continue along the citrus line with a sort of sagey, dried-herb quality. Malt is nutty and biscuity with both dry and sweet characteristics. I'm kind of on the fence here; it's not my absolute favorite but it is pretty well-crafted. I'll call it good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nicely fizzy carbonation. It could be better, but it's not bad by any means.

Drinkability: decently quaffable, but the flavor profile just doesn't grab me.

Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is clear, coppery-orangey-amber with a small whitish head.

S: Toasted bread and caramel malt. Not terribly strong in the nose, and I'm not really getting hops.

T: Toasted bread and biscuity malt up front, with a touch of sweeter caramel malt. Hops show up mid-sip, providing an earthy, herbal flavor at first, but finish with some grassiness and a lingering lemony bitterness. Good balance between malt and hops.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. Carbonation is about where you want it for this type of beer.

D: A nicely-balanced IPA that in some ways leans more toward the English side of the ledger, flavor-wise. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but far from the worst.

Photo of JMforman
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great look. Deep amber with a frothy white head. The head stayed through the entire drink.

S- Bread, grapefruit, tropical fruit

T- Fairly malty. Bread, biscuit, and caramel upfront giving way to grapefruit and grapefruit rind with a bitter finish.

M- Medium and smooth

D- Quite.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A robust orange with a thin mikly head. Hints of lacing.
S- Smell is lightly toasted hops, with some fruity hops playing a role in there. Slightly herbal and earthy. Hop oil is the big player.
T- Slightly citric (more tangerine than orange), noticible toasted malt. not as bitter as many ipa's and better balanced.
M- Oily, coats the tongue.
D- A decent but not an outstanding IPA. It's a good basic IPA, which is what BBC does well, making good, basic versions of various styles.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.

With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.

Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.

Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a long lasting off-white, head and a lot of lacing. Nice aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Light-medium, tangy body. Taste is very hoppy, citrusy with a good malty background. Long, bitter finish. Good, I think, underrated IPA.

Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Bell jar.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber body, verging into copper, topped by 2" of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing. This is an absolutely spot-on IPA appearance-wise.

S: Clean hoppiness starts things off, with grapefruit and grassiness being the predominant aromas; some caramel malt is present as well. Solid, but a little less than dynamic.

T: The European hops take over from the more aromatic American ones here, with vegetal, earthy bitterness displacing any real citrus or floral flavors. The caramel malt also takes on far more prominence here, although the hoppiness is never entirely drowned out. Still, it's definitely sweeter on the finish than I'd have liked. Decent enough, but no better than average for such a great style.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. Quite nice.

D: Not bad, but a little on the sticky side.

Notes: Ok beer, but a pale shade of an actual, good IPA. Drinkable is the best compliment one could pay this beer.


Photo of cichief
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A very nice amber/red, with a nice thick tan head, clear without any haze.

S- Somewhat floral and citrus.

T- Nice an hopp, citrus and pine, well balanced with the malt.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated without being fizzy.

D- A nice drinkable IPA, not overly done like so many American IPAs.

Photo of cbn
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty amber color, clear body, active head settles to a thin cap with lace curtains.

Sweet and salty aroma, caramelized pineapple, citrus, yeasty spice on an ocean-breeze.

Aggressive hop use balanced by generous malt presence. Spicy orange-marmalade on a moist biscuit.

Smooth and slightly biting, coats the mouth with sweet malt syrup and spicy hop oil.

Drinkability, even within the style, remains average because of a slightly cloying mouthfeel.

Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not expecting this to be so orange in color; it was almost red. The smell was citrus and hops. I expected it to be sweeter, but the red color comes out in the flavor. There is some dark malty flavor and a bitterness that was not unpleasant. This beer has a unique toasty flavor for an IPA, yet it is smooth and easy to drink. If I had more than one of these, I would have cracked a second and third. I'm not a huge Sam Adams fan, but this beer is good.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange and gold. Medium white head. with some bubbles poking through.

S: Aroma is fresh saaz hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. And a little bit sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

T: herbal and floral subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. Good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh hop taste that clean your mouth.

D: Medium/Light body that drinks relatively with a large aftertaste.

Photo of ujsplace
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper-orange colored brew with a very solid, two-finger thick head that leaves ample lacing on the sides as it slowly fades. Really a great looking brew.

Smells of citrus and grains as well as a nice malt backbone.

Tastes of citrus, pine and has a mild malt sweetness that balances out the hops nicely. Bitter, but not as much as I would have expected. Slightly reminiscent of some black tea.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable IPA - for those who aren't hopheads. Personally for me, this is a bit lighter than I expected, but then I would enjoy a case of this stuff. Goes down really easy and the abv is managable - great session brew.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fairly nice head that leaves some okay lacing as well. Interesting beer, but not my idea of an IPA. There is a nice bitterness throughout, both in the aroma and taste, but I'm not a fan of all the hops used here. The hallartaus here don't mesh all that well with the other hops, and the flavors are muddled. Pine, earth, bitter citrus, forest floor, and a tanginess that seems out of place. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It also fades on the finish and has a slightly weird aftertaste- sorta like alkaseltzer.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sa latitude 48
a 4
s 3.5-4
t 4
m 4
d 3.5-4

the beer presents as an orangey light amber with a short head. the cap sticks around well but doesn't leave all that much lace for an ipa. the smell is citric in the lower reaches of the register and there is clearly a lot of malt going on, some caramelized. upon tasting the malty sweetness is apparent, accompanied by some orange-like citric flavor and the bitterness is mostly a vague baratone orange rind. due to maltiness the body is at least medium, and the carbonation is pretty lush. the sweetness does not become as burdensome as it does in some east coast IPAs, like flying dog's, but it's enough to make the cracking of a second bottle less likely.

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of bubblegum, and a hint of tea. Overall, an easy drinking IPA, with good aroma, complexity, and blend.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/red more on the red mahogany side. A slight amount of white head with some big bubbles poking through.

Aroma is fresh piney hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. I get a somewhat sweet caramel malt in the background but I had to search for it.

Sweet and subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. A good amount of tingle from the carbonation. A slight caramel sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh piney hop taste that leaves more of an astringency than bitterness.

Medium/Light body that drinks relatively fast for the amount of hops that cut through the nose. I really like how bitter but smooth this beer is.

Photo of bierguru
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.

It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell

When tasting this right away get some orange, grapefruit, and lemon taste followed by some
floral hops and pine and have a slight grapefruit aftertaste mixed with a hint of pine.

The mouthfeel lite and crisp

easy to drink one of the better american ipa

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