1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,163 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,163 | Reviews: 1,004 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are from yesterday; this paired very nicely with tacos.

The color is a clear, deep burnished copper. A fluffy white head stands at just over one finger and maintains itself for more than a reasonable length of time before dissipating to a thick foam that leaves an absolute curtain of lacing all down the glass.
Hops aromas off the bat balance nicely with a caramel malt. Earthy and herbal/grassy notes are present with a light sweetness, but the aroma is lighter than the flavor and a bit tough to get much from.
The flavor follows suit, though more strongly. A nice, sturdy hops presence mingles with a doughy and caramel malt. A sweetness comes in and out. Hops are solid but are more of an APA strength. This is a nice, tasty brew that could be more hop-forward for the style, though it is good. Citrus lies underneath.
A medium body with a nice balance of crisp and smooth make up the mouthfeel, contributed to by a moderate carbonation.
This is extremely drinkable and a good IPA from Sam Adams.

Brenden, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out red with a foamy white cap. Head retention is good. A small ring seems to leave more lace than it should be able to.

S- Ripe tropical fruit and lemon citrus hints. Bready yeast and malt notes in the background. Some caramel malt.

T- Hop forward but pretty much balanced out by the malt. The hops lend a lot of citrus zest and pine as well as a slight tropical fruit. Somewhat floral as well. The finish brings a bready yeast and some grainy malt.

MF- The body is in the lighter range of things but has a nice creaminess to it. Bitterness is appropriate for the style and hop flavors of the beer.

DB- The more I drink, the more the floral and bitterness kick up. I don't have a problem with this but it began to take away from the better flavors of the beer. That being said, it is still a solid IPA.

cbutova, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-dark red colour with minimal head.

s-spicey hops and some of the more citrus type hops coming through. Not a ton of malt character in the smell.

t-Def tastes more like an english IPA but definitely beefed up. Some American IPA shines through IMO via the grapefruit hops.

m-Feels about average for a 5.8abv beer.

d-this beer is ridiculously drinkable. I haven't been reaching for SA alot lately but this could change all that.

Mit, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Latitude 48 at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

ours a tarnished copper color and is clear. Modest creamy off-white head, has a little staying power and sticks to the glass.

Smell is a grain aroma, with a candy-like fragrance. Bit of a toffee and caramel essence.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a bitter cereal flavor on the finish. Not a hop bomb, and it is absent the citrus grapefruit flavors of the typical American IPA. I make it more of the British style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean. Dry bitter afertaste.

Very drinkable, and nice break from the traditional American IPA. I'll pick this up when I see it.

RJLarse, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A. 1 finger head. Color is a dark orange ruby. Nice retention. Some lacing.

S. Smell is decently hoppy. Some Piney hop aromas. Get some bitterness as well. Caramel malt. Pretty nice balance. A little bit of citrus hop smell comes out as it warms.

T. Taste is a lot like the nose. Some piney hop flavors. Pretty decent bitterness from the hops balanced well against a sweet malt base. Some caramel malt flavors come out. Pretty well balanced easy drinking IPA. Not bad for Sam Adams.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a semisweet finish.

D. Drikable. Smooth and well balanced. Not a bad IPA by any means. Pretty good beer for Sam Adams. Hope this shows up on tap at more places.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of claminat420
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent amber color with a off white colored head. head is very frothy that leaves medium amount of lacing.

S- caramel from the malt. from the hops all i can get is a slight earthy floral scent with the slightest citrus hint.

T- same as smell. for an ipa the hop action is quite weak but what can you expect from a bigger brewery who doesn't usually mess with this style.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

D- prolly won't by this ever again.

Overall- coming from MI i can get WAYYY better ipa's than this.. founder's centennial ipa, short's huma, etc. prolly wont buy ever again but just thought it was worth a try.

claminat420, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Star80
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code best before February 2011, so I'd figure this one was brewed around August? Pours out a dark copper, not one of those pale IPA, this one will have a solid malty base. Hops are clinging the sides of my Perfect Pint glass quite nicely. By the way, the glass is great, really good for most of the beers I drink. Anyway, has that fainty stale hop smell. I had one of these in my summer variety pack and did not get this smell, you know, that tragic smell of dead hops. It is slightly stale smell, not a big one. BUT, I am not getting even the same floral hop smell I get from a good old fresh Boston Lager. The hops are herbal, earthy, from the European hops firstly, and end with a grapefruity citrus from the American, must be Cascades. But there a malty sweetness, making this is very balanced IPA. In fact, I would say this is an untypical American IPA which I am accustomed to. Mouthfeel in great and this is highly drinkable.

Star80, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Ipa poured copper/amber in color. Impressive cream colored head which has some good lace as well as retention. Brilliant clarity.

Nice mix of hops and malts in the aroma. Nothing in your face, but it's definitely appealing. More of a pine smell from the hops as apposed to a fruity one.

Taste good too! The bitterness from the hops great you at the door. The malts come in and help balance things out in the middle, but the hops still linger on to the finish. Somewhat earthy, but not too earthy.

Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a tad higher than I prefer, but it's doesn't get in the way too much.

I could drink a sixer no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm impressed. I like Sam Adams, but I guess I expected this to be a bit tamer than it actually is. The ABV may be on the low side, but the flavor isn't.

Morey, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with thick white head that dissipates, leaving lots of lacing around the glass. Smells of a whole mix of hops, citrus with some earthy and grassy notes, with some caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced flavour with bitterness and some sweetness. Really nice carbonation level. I enjoy this IPA from Sam Adams.

kwjd, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Mcculler
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty beer: orange with auburn and ruby highlights, under a solid off white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells very mildly of grapes, bitter herbs, bready malts, and grapefruit.

Tastes of bitter herbs, old mint, bland and overripe fruits, grapefruit pith.

Nice mouthfeel - slick with a vigorous and lifting carbonation.

Rather drinkable at 5.8 but I wont go for another.

Sexy looking beer but no substance. This is not my kind of IPA: the English, German, and American hops do not seem to combine well, nor are they being very diplomatic with the malts. And then, this seems like Boston Lager in IPA form. The catchy name got me - but never again, even for 1.35 a single.

Mcculler, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful deep burnt orange yet slightly red amber color when held to the light. The head was about 2 fingers from an aggressive pour and ended up very frothy and bubbly leaving good sticky lacing. The aroma was full of citrus and pine needle. There is a slight caramel malt nose as well. The taste up front was immediately grapefruit and sour lemon, but then the nice malt balance kicks in to settle and the after taste is a nice piny bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is nice. This was a very decent brew from Sam Adams.

WJVII, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latitude 48 is a nice deep amber/orange beer with a nice thick creamy white head that is leaving loads of lacing as it drops. Fine looking IPA.

The aroma shows a nice balance between fresh hops and clean toasted maltiness.

The flavor shows an equal balance between the lightly toasted clean tasty malts with a light nuttiness and caramel note to them and the hops are pleasantly bitter with a very nice mild spiciness in their bight. The finish dries out a touch with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and somewhat creamy while the carbonation seems perfect for the body.

An very good IPA, with it's balance between malts and hops it won't make many West Coasters happy but it does carry an impressive amount of hops regardless. Recommended!

BlackBearForge, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- darkish copper in color with white head, and moderate carbonation, nice appearance for the style

Smell- nice strong hops dominate the nose and have on point smell for ipa

Taste- very nice balance on this ipa with good malt presence and yet very nice approachable hops aswell, very balanced and nothing overpowering on this beer, a very on point example of the style

mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth feel,

Drinkability- surely a highly drinkable example of and ipa with just the perfect amount of hops and balance is right spot on, for the price point as well its just a really great value, i think sam adams really this one on the screws, its a good entry ipa aswell to for people just trying the style because the balance is so spot on, well done

Stunner97, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of BeerConnoiseur
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark amber brown color, looks great, 1 finger head

S- very piny, hops, citrus, and caramel

T- taste is exceptional, similar to Hop Devil, its good for Sam Adams, actually surprised me

M- light carbonation

D- Very smooth

This is one of Samuel Adams best tasting beers, definietly worth a try, there are better IPAs out there, but this is a good IPA. One note, the box handles are flimsy and the box fell on the ground breaking five bottles. OUCH!! Sam Adams needs to do a better in packaging their cases.

Serving type: bottle

BeerConnoiseur, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of RRC87
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a half inch head that quickly cuts down to about a quarter inch. The remaining head sticks around quite impressively and does leave a decent lacing.

S: Strong sent of malt with wisps of citrusy hops cutting through. Smell is what you would expect from a well balanced IPA.

T: Hits you initially with a solid malty back bone that is quite pleasant, but then the hops become pleasant and things don't really mesh well. The back end is dominated by citrusy hops that for some reason leave you with a slightly alkaline taste.

M: Medium heavy feel to it that clings to your tongue. Perhaps a bit more carbonated than I would prefer but it serves to cut through the previously mentioned tongue clinginess.

D: The First few sips go down quite easily, but the less flattering notes seem to build as. The last few mouthfuls were a bit of a chore. It got where I just wanted to finish it so I could move on.

Overall: I can see what they were going for but it seems that they came up just a bit short. A two seems a bit harsh on taste but if a two is "not impressed" then that is what it is. With a little tinkering I could see this turning into either a good British or a good American IPA. Instead it lands somewhere in the middle and just doesn't work all that well.

RRC87, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a touch off white head. a fingers worth of foam sits in place and reminas there.

Lots of piney hops in the smell and some toasted malts.

Very intense hop presence, I get a lot of grapefruit citrus in the initial taste which leads to a thick wall of bitterness and then fades into more of a tropical fruit taste. There are also some caramel malts that come through in the end. Nice amount of bitterness in this one.

Has an almost juicy feel, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a very tasty IPA from Samuel Adams. I enjoy it quite a bit, but i think with such a complex taste, this would do well with a little bit higher ABV around 6.5%. I bought this as a single and will now be considering picking up a six pack.

wolfinthemirror, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with fairly dense off-white head, quarter inch sticks around, thin splotches of lace. Smell: minty, mildly spicy and earthy. Beneath the hops, it's bready with diacetyl and sour yeasty notes, meh. Taste: there's a nice bitterness to go with bready and unfiltered apple juice flavors, but not a lot of hop flavor... again spicy, earthy with slight citrus. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness but the finish is sweet and wet. Not a bad effort especially if it's widely available on tap, but this bottle is likely the only one I'll buy.

Best by Feb 2011.

babaracas, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted orange bodied with a thick crop of stained ivory suds. They slowly erode toward the surface of the liquid and leave thick stains of lace every time the glass is moved.
Herbal- almost medicial- aromatics, backed with pine resin, lime peels, and an earthiness that suggests aged cheddar. Malt is appropriately secondary, adding bread and toffee balancers.
Taste-wise, malt is laid out first, with toast and honey, and ever-so lightly dabbed with apple butter. It's a firm trait, that stands up through the remainder, rather than just appearing and fading out. Hops bring a general floral, herbal bitterness with spikes of citrus. The more time one spends parsing through the hopping, the more interesting this gets. The Hallertauers are heavy with lemon pepper and dried herbs. The East Kent Goldings add further herbal, and a dirty earthiness, and an another funky hint of aged cheese. The US hops (Simcoe and Ahtanum) are a bit stunted in the meld, but bring a welcome brightness of grapefruit, lime, mint, and some meshing pine resin traits. The overall bitterness is evened out by the steadfast malts.
It carries a medium-light feel, with abundant carbonation as it rapidly acquaints itself with the back of one's throat.
This is an enigma. Even after several attempts, I can't decide if the hops work for or against each other. My thinking says this would benefit from being bigger, as at >6%, perhaps too much is jammed in. For it's size and what it is, it's hugely complex, and at least a little confused. But at it's price and availability, I'll gladly come back to solve its riddles.

cokes, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$7.49 / 6-pk.

A: Bright copper body topped with a thick rocky head of moderate retention leaving moderate lacing and a thin creamy head.

S: Sweet caramel malt with distant citrus and spicy hop character. Pretty standard.

T: Sweet bready backbone with resinous hop flavors and hints of citrus. Aftertaste is potent pine and resin that builds and ultimately overpowers the pleasant first impressions. Not my idea of a good time.

M: Light to medium body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Resinous on the tongue and just a bit of carbonic bite.

D: The initial flavor is good, but the aftertaste is unpleasant and overpowering. One or two is fine, but food is necessary to clean the palate and make it tolerable in the long run.

O: Disappointing.

dpnelson1978, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark amber brown color, looks great, no head though

S- very piny and hops

T- taste is mediocre, not as good as Stone's IPA, but its good for Sam Adams, actually surprised me

M- some carbonation, not bad though

D- not bad, somewhat smooth

overall, Sam Adams really surprised me on this one, after being continuously disappointed with their mediocre beers, this one is one of their best tastings, worth a try, probably worth a 6 pack if the price is right, there are better IPAs out there but this is a good IPA

Pballa4lyfe, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for an IPA. Dark amber to brown colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head. In my opinion this color is best described as burnt orange.

Strongly malty with a NW American hop scent, mostly Centennial. Little bit of caramel and noble hop scent.

Starts out neutral and slightly bitter. This has a definite Pilsener noble hop flavor under the stronger C Hop flavors. A bit earthy the English style hops are mostly lost here. The flavor makes me think "Boston Lager Extra IPA."

Mouthfeel is good and thicker than most.

Drinkability is quite good. If this has a fault complexity is it. Still I wouldn't exactly refuse more of it.

Zorro, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-copper with an off-white foamy head.

Smell: Mildly spicy floral hop notes, grassy and caramel-malty.

Taste: Bite of citrus hop balanced by a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: With the dryish finish and decent (if not pushing the envelope) IPA profile, it's easy to drink and this is easily my favorite Sam Adams.

JackieTH, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of unojuno
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now sold as "Latitude 48 IPA", with different color scheme. I assume the same beer, but I have not had this by Sam Adams before.

Appearance: Traditional American IPA amber color. Foamy <1 finger head when poured into a standard pint glass. Head dissipates to leave traces on the side of glass.

Smell: Traces of pine and grass. Floral hops tickle the nose. Smells like an IPA.

Taste: Again, a typical American IPA. Nothing new, but very very delicious. Begins subtle, has a gentle bite, then dry, then smooth. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation along with a medium body.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, especially from Sam Adams. Not something to drink many at a time. Although they are very hops happy at times, it isn't often to find an IPA on the shelves with their label. Not badly priced for the fine beer.

unojuno, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Feb 2011.

Pours clear copper/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is some citrus, floral, pine and grassy hops with some caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous and earthy, some pine, a moderate caramel malt presence to balance the solid bitterness. Finishes mostly dry.

Medium bodied, can get a tad sticky, medium to high carbonation.

A solid IPA and one of the better beers I've had from Sam Adams.

elgiacomo, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had this in a summer sampler, and it was just past the best by date....and it was not good. Picked up a freshy single this time.

A - Rich dark caramel in color, nice clarity, creamy 2 fingers light tan head. Foamy lacing is abundant.

S - Aroma is slightly caramel, with some floral hops. Malt undertones are solid.

T - Bitterness is sharp, but not too lingering. It's very floral, and pine-y. It's a tad zesty, and there is a well balanced malty finish. I'm rather impressed, given the disappointing first couple of bottles.

M - The feel is pushing medium, but carbonation is a bit too much, lending it a fizzy quality that's a bit too attention-grabbing for my taste.

D/Final Opinions - A breath of fresh air from Sam Adams. While impressively tasty, the stinging carbonation is a little off-putting to drink too many in a sitting.

EgadBananas, Oct 10, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,163 ratings.