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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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3,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,219
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 236 | 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

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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of Soonami
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eh. Not great. It's not really worth the time for an in depth review. The beer is thin, the bitterness is not what I was expecting for an American IPA, this is definitely a disappointing beer that a hophead will find way underwhelming. I didn't see the abv when i bought the beer, but the 5.8% is a pretty good indication that this beer would be lacking the malt character and body I was looking for. That combined with the minimal hopping made for an okay beer.

Soonami, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of boomboom
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost a perfect copper color, with light carbonation and excellent lacing when swirled around the glass.

The smell is a bit earthy, with strong caramel and malt coming through. Hops don't come through like other, more flowery-smelling IPA's, but nonetheless the hops are there in the background. Alcohol is there as well,especially when swirled, but not strong given the 5.8% abv.

Taste is very bready, with solid malt backbone and hops lingering in the background that don't dominate. Bitterness comes after and really lingers nicely.

This is a great session beer from SA and one of my favorites from them. I usually prefer very hoppy, flowery IPA's but this is a nice diversion from that. I will seek this out again.

boomboom, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. Heeeey, Sam Adams glass getting used on a Sam Adams beer!

A- pours a very dark amber with a half a finger slightly off white head. It looks nice...but it doesn't look like most IPAs I've seen. Most are usually of the orange variety...the darker amber looks a little weird.

S- the hops I'm getting are a little fruity, nice and sweet...wondering what I'm gonna be getting out of this. Smells really good, though

T- getting some bitterness, some floral hops, minimal sweetness. Simcoe is one of the hops in this, and I can taste it a little bit...not a lot. Very earthy.

M- about what you'd expect from an IPA. Nothing new here

D- I like my IPAs fruity or bitter. This is more in the earthy variety, English style...not the biggest fan of English style IPAs. Oh well. Its solid, though...just not my favorite

bigfnjoe, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed a lot of Sam Adams beers, and was glad to see they were brewing an IPA. I'm not expecting too much, though.

Very dark for the style, this is deep copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving nice lacing. The nose is decent. With citrus and fruit, a resiny, green bitterness that is hallmark of the East Coast. As it warms, the fruitiness really grows. A moderate malty sweetness is present, and almost a touch of alcohol?

The palate is solid. Opening with a blend of moderate bitterness, fresh, green and resiny, and a rather potent malt character. The malt is very, very crystal malt in character, a dry, burnt caramel flavor. The malt character slowly gives way to a moderately aggressive grapefruit bitterness. There's just a little resin character to the palate, which is nice, but it's also just a little watery. Mild sweetness and moderate bitterness are present on the finish. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this is solid stuff. This is an excellent East Coast IPA, but on the whole, it isn't something I'd drink too often. Well crafted for what it is, though.

DefenCorps, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very attractive light copper color and is crystal clear. The head is a surprisingly deep parchment color. Like most all Sam beers, it has excellent head retention and lacing.

The aroma on the IPA is very different from most run of the mill examples, and is quite enjoyable. Very floral and earthy, with some citrus notes as well. This beer also has a nice toasty malt character in the nose that does a good job of accenting the floral notes.

The flavor is not quite as hop forward as the nose, but there is still a good amount of floral, earthy and even a bit of piney grapefruit hop flavor. The malt in this beer is substantial, with a nice caramel, toasty and nutty character to it. This brew is very bitter, but also has decent balance from the malts.

The mouthfeel is medium with a subdued carbonation that is right on. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the finish which is very dry, but not unpleasant. Both hops and slightly toasted malt linger long after the sips are finished.

This is a decently drinkable IPA, and a nice change of pace. It is not, however, a beer that I would feel that interested in seeking out again.

zoso1967, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this one in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass of course. Best by March 2011. The body was deep amber and clear. The dense lumpy head left sheets of lace. Very pretty.

The smell was lightly metallic with notes of rotting hay. Earthy.

The taste was leafy and spicy. There was a gentle bite of hops with enough caramel malts for good balance. The hops are boss but not too prominent. Drying crispy finish. Very drinkable but i would still choose Noble Pils over this one given the choice.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with just the right amount of zesty carbonation.

Cresant, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Andrew644
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a lively head that sticks to the glass.

S- Nice floral smell to it, its light but subtle.

T- It has a balance that most IPA's don't have, this is probably because of the three different hops included in this beer. Each of them has their own job and they work very well with each other. It gives a deeper flavor to have that many hops working together instead of creating just a one hop version. I am not big on IPA's but this is definately my favorite IPA so far.

M- Good mouthfeel with a lively carbonation that helps the flavor find its way around your mouth.

D- Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Andrew644, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copperish amber color with a small off-white head that lingers around as a small ring for a good while and and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Fruity aroma of citrus and some tropical fruits upfront witha nice caramel sweetness balancing it out in the back.

Taste starts with notes of fresh grapefruit and mango and lighter notes of pine upfront with a subtle caramel and toffee sweetness that lingers on into the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. This isn't an aggressively hopped IPA like some of the top examples of the style, but it is another solid SA offering. Refreshing, flavorful, and easily drinkable. This isn't anything groundbreaking but it does make a great everyday IPA, and I think I'll be keeping these on hand in the future.

Vengeance526, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love the head on this beer, big and frothy, leave nice lacing too
the smell is of cascade, only the british equivalent to that, cause this is a british ipa replica
taste is decent maltyness, nice pilgrim hop bitterness to it
creamy mouthfeel, slightly dry
you can easily gulp down a few of these in one sitting

nickthegun12, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Against artificial lighting a cherry orange color has a light, but rapid sense of rise for carbonation. The head is frothy, a good size, with an equally good retention rate that leaves a thick band for a lacing.

S: Ale like fruitiness or raw apple skins go against a pine and flowery grapefruit hopping. The strength is moderate, nothing that will bowl you over but still enough to be respectable if you give it a chance. Toasted caramel comes on the close with some light lemony juice notes.

T: Smooth flavor, toasted caramel sweetness meets a typical west coast hopping of flowery cascade notes. A bite of grapefruit appears mid-palate with a slight left hook, before a close of caramel grains and dry hops of flowery citrus. The dry hopping really shines at the proper temperature, especially moments right before the swallow with a nice balance as with most their beers. Adequate in hops, smooth in character, and a good backing of malts.

M: Medium with a creamy caramel malt base rests on the tongue. Light effervesce with some detection on the tip of the tongue along with a flowery coating.

D: Sam Adams continues to make session quality beers. Some may argue they don't go big enough but their beers are always a joy to drink, and provide enough quality and cleanness to be case worthy in most respect. They hardly disappoint and this is no exception. Looking for a hop bomb, maybe not so much, looking for a good quality, sessionable ipa with great balance that you can easily share with your friends, look no further.

beerthulhu, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into and sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color with some reddish colors. Small white head floating on top with decent carbonation in the body of the beer.

The aroma is on par with a good IPA. Hoppy and crisp, some bitter notes, backed by a decent aroma of fresh baked bread. A little more malty in the nose than other IPAs, but a pretty good balance.

First up on the palate is citrus, followed by light caramel and honey, then finishing with some bitter, peppery notes. This is a nice, bitter IPA. I like that. It is very active on the tongue, and puts out some pretty solid flavor.

Overall, not a bad IPA...I hadn't seen this one from Sam Adams before, and thought I would give it a try...glad I did.

movingtrain, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours copper in color with a one finger off white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Somewhat subdued for an IPA. Faint pine and citrus hop aromas linger, but aren't pronounced at all. A bready malt presence also makes itself known.

T-Balanced comes to mind here. Neither the hops or the malt are taking over. Citrus hops coming through with an equally balanced attack from the bready malt. Slightly sweet and a bit spicy.

M-Not quite medium body with a somewhat harsh carb bite that detracts.

D-Fairly easy drinking, but doesn't make me want another.

A decent, but not inspiring offering from SA.

Lerxst, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium amber to copper and not quite as crystal clear as Sam Adams usually seem to be (regardless of style). The head is not very thick, but is creamy and lasts throughout the drink as a solid blanket of timy bubbles and lots of lace.

S - There is an interesting interplay of American West Coast hops and malt. The hops seem piney and resiny.

T - The taste is not as interesting as the aroma. They resiny hops are right at the front and they are not sufficiently balanced by malt or sweetness. Alcohol is not detectable. In the aftertaste are lots more hops. The label talks about a variety of hops being used, but American West Coast is all I detect.

M - The body is moderate and is lightened somewhat by carbonation. There is some mouth-coating sweetness that leaves you with an overall satisfying feeling (but not too heavy).

D - This is a pretty decent IPA. I think it is a better example of its style than many of Sam Adams' attampts at classic styles. Still, there are so many IPAs out there, this one doesn't stand out in any particular way.

Radome, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/30/10

Best before March 2011

Copper in color with amber highlights. One inch of dense foam. The head drops pretty quickly but retention is decent, as are the swaths of lace.

The aroma has a sharp, herbal & medicinal edge. Astringent & reminiscent of solvency. Pine & citrus - lemon zest mostly with a little orange peel. Not too malty; just a general toastiness.

The taste starts off with a kick of pine bitterness, progresses to a none-too-substantial malt middle ground of toasted bread & a touch of caramel, them moves on to a dry, mildly citric-laden finish of lemon zest, grapefruit pith & orange peel.

Latitude 48 is medium bodied, though pretty sharp. Carbonation is higher than average but not too prickly. The finish is quite dry & has an odd, chalky feel. Residual bitterness lingers.

Drinkability is fine. This beer isn't anything special but it's decent enough. I was given a bottle by a co-worker. Had I bought a six pack, I wouldn't have trouble finishing it over a few days. That said, this market is ripe with better IPAs in this price range, so I won't have the opportunity.

Ryan011235, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of paulkramer
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lame. Great color, nice lacing, fair taste and drinkability. Nothing memorable. Strange mix. Almost tastes like their Boston Lager. Why did I choose this over all the other IPA's out there? I expected something much better from SA. Definitely will not buy again.

paulkramer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours extremely clear - light brown with just a few gold highlights. Head formation is off white in color, breaks down to a quick film.

S - An equal combination of some 2 row sweetness, caramel malts, and just a bit of grapefruit hopping. Very fruity.

T - Starts off with some nutty caramel notes, but lots of bitterness behind it. Some earthy, grapefruit hops come in mid-stream, bringing more balance. Finishes somewhat dry, extra bitter. Seems like more english than american hops.

M - Moderate to full bodied - carbonation adds alot of body as well. Strong textured - finishes with a bit of a bitter oily texture.

D - Very drinkable. ABV is manageable. For an IPA, I don't find this beer to be an over the top hop bomb. Flavors are generally well integrated - although can be very bitter.

This seems to be more of an English IPA to me...

katan, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper with a nice sticky head and lots of lacing.

S- Weak smells of some medicinal bitterness, pine and citrus rind.

T- Bitter, medicinal and citrus rind. Its too astringent and mechanical tasting. Im not getting a nice fresh hoppiness.

M- Wildly carbonated. It hurts.

MbpBugeye, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery orange with a short, persistent, off-white cap. A bit of lacing, moderately sticky. The aroma was grassy and fruity, tropical mango, light citrus, some caramel and herbal character in the background. Sturdy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Solid hop flavour throughout, herbal and grassy, citrus and fruity. Mild caramel sweetness with (surprisingly) a bit of alcohol noticeable towards the end. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Pretty good overall.

DrJay, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a particularly good AIPA, it's alright and nothing more. I just had a Sierra Nevada wet hop and there is just no comparison. The beer is crystal clear amber with not much head, a touch of lace, and a rather cloying perfume like whiff in the nose. There are also sweetish malts in the nose that don't belong there.

The taste is very leafy, very dry, not much malty backbone to this one. It is watery, tart, leafy, and lacks the estery notes and piney resins to make this even slightly memorable. This is just one more in a long line of disappointing offerings from SA. It's okay, its not offensive, its quite drinkable, it just isn't a very good AIPA. There isn't much aftertaste because once the tart leafy hops are gone, there just isn't much left in the mouth to draw the flavor out. There is a slight chicory sweet malt flavor underneath and it doesn't belong there. There are so many better AIPAs why settle for this one.

albern, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before February 2011, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Latitude 48 pours a deep cherry color, with bright red highlights shining through. Possibly the darkest IPA I've ever seen. Bone colored head is about two fingers in height. Head retention is middling, but the beer leaves sheets of lacing down the side of my glass. The nose is hoppy enough to be an American IPA, but has more of the aroma of an English IPA, very herbal and spicy, with just a hint of citrus in the background. There's also a healthy caramel presence. The malty sweetness is still caramel on my palate, and it's pretty brief. The hop bitterness comes in next and is fairly pronounced, right in line for an American IPA. The hop flavors on the back end are really great, it's a pretty balanced blend of grapefruit/citrus and herbal/spicy. Most IPAs I've had have either strongly American or strongly English/European hop flavors, but Latitude 48 lets both shine through prominently. In terms of malt/hops interplay Latitude 48 is a fairly balanced IPA. The result is a beer with a little bit more rich of a mouthfeel than one might expect (especially for a beer that's under 6%ABV), but it doesn't become too big for the beer. Carbonation is soild, but I would have preferred it to be even a little higher to go along with the body. Latitude 48 is another solid offering from Sam Adams, a balanced and drinkable IPA with great hop flavor.

axeman9182, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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