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.

3,306 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,306
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 276 | 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)
View: Beers (117) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,306 | Reviews: 1,010 | Display Reviews Only:
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

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a flared glass
A: amber, clear, decent (1.5-fing. head), good carbonation
S: combination of yeast and malt
T: complex hoppiness, but misses the bitter knife found in many IPAs. The blend of hops is wonderful, and contributes to the grass-and-grapefruit complexity of the flavor
M: the razzing carb beads make the beer come alive

I really liked this IPA for its complexity and roundness

Photo of DannyDan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a reddish amber with an off white head that maintains good retention and has very nice lacing to it.
S. It has a citrus, floral hops and pine that give it a pleasant smell
T. 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 citrus and hops taste don't seem to be as overwhelming as in some IPA's.
M/D. The mouthfeel is a sticky, chewy feel but is surprisingly easy to drink and is an IPA that I prefer over the other ones I have reviewed on here.

Photo of DaveCS
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is just astounding, the hops range from very citrus and sweet to piney in the same quaff, there is a lot of hop action going on here. The color of the beer is actually quiet dark for an IPA, almost amber, but very clean looking. The head retention is almost biblical. Almost 15 minutes after I poured the beer in the glass, it still has a well defined head. The malts really stand out for the initial time in the mouth, then it is the hops turn. The hops are very balanced, nothing overwhelming here. The beer finishes very crisp, very little after taste, and of that it fades rapidly. The beer has some very nice carbonation, very light but noticeable. Over all this beer is a great beer that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys IPAs, Sam Adams comes through again!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, as the beer tastes like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad brew, definitely worth a try.

Photo of magnj
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper body with a white sticky head that hangs around and leaves lacing for the entirety of the glass.

S - Well balanced aroma with the hops contributing a unique tropical and earthy smell. Malt is vaguely sweet, no perceivable yeast contribution.

T - Big hop flavor up front, not extremely bitter though there is a bite. Again well balanced against the sweet malt which is a little hard to describe. Hop flavors are unique as the smell indicated. American pine and tropical fruits and a bit herbal.

M/D - Medium body, not as sticky as the taste might suggest. Easy to drink, tasty, and on the lower end of the ABV spectrum it has high drinkability. An all around nice beer that I've somehow never seen despite supposedly being a year around offering since 2009.

Photo of mattkoon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is a piney citrus just like a good ipa should be. Some ipa's are harsh and bitting. This ipa however is not. It's a great mix of full flavor and drinkability. You can tell this beer is made with a healthy dose of high quality hops.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of dirty off-white head. This retains with roughly a ½ finger of foam that leaves a sticky latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy, citric, and even a bit herbal smelling. A bit of sweeter tropical fruit character pushes itself through as well and mingles with more malty notes of caramel and toasted bread.

The taste is grassy feeling in the mouth and bitter with citrus rind and green fruit. The hops are balanced on the edges of the profile by sweet caramel and grainy malt. This finishes with a dry pithy bitterness that lingers with some force. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness that prickles the mouth. An underlying oily slickness keeps this fairly smooth despite the harshness of the hops at times. I'm picking up no alcohol at all.

This was a decent enough effort of an IPA from Sam Adams. The hops came off as a little too abrasive at times but this did lessen some as things warmed up and the body on this really helped keep things together. I'd like to give this one a shot on draft at some point.

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

Clear amber with one finger of off white head. The head recedes rather quickly though a cap of foam remains all the way down. Lacing is fine and plentiful. Aroma is citrus hops. Tastes like a standard American IPA with one difference. The combination of hops yields a "green" flavor to the citrus. Like under ripe grapefruit. Not bad as such but unusual. I am more used to the "over ripe" citrus which yields a much sweeter IPA. Mouthfeel was just right for the style and with a modest 5.8% abv makes this one highly drinkable. It has a dry bitter finish.

Photo of wcintula
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one! Poured into short pilsner glass. Amber/orange body with a big foamy head, lots of tiny bubbles to support it.. Smell of yeast and strong piney hop/citrusy hop. The flavour follows well with nice bittering. Nice carbonation, lighter body, refreshing and tasty. Easy to drink.

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

Clear copper with fast rising bubbles, Foamy white head and sticky lace all the way till the end.

The overwhelming hop presence in the aroma seems to fool the mind into thinking that this will be a hard to handle IPA that would sacrifice drinkability. But there are toasty malts and esters of bready grains.

The hops dry your plait but ends surprisingly clean with a biscuit like after taste thanks to the malts. I love the idea of taking North eastern hops and combining them with English and German Hops all giving this unique IPA a very powerful and satisfying feel.

Good Job Sammy

Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a brewery of this size, all I can summarize is "Magnificent"!

Sweet & malty, hoppy & bitter - complex yet balanced flavour profile that smells as good as it tastes and finishes. All of this, with an ABV well below the APA hoppy standard. Proof that alcohol isn't the fundamental bedrock of flavour...

Have now enjoyed several bottles from several locations : this could well become my new Session Ale!

Photo of Bfarr
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear ruby orange with huge tan foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Aromatic citrus with caramel sweetness and hints of pine and english hops. Great hop bite up front yet nicely balanced in the end although obviously tipped to the hop side. Grapefruit with bits of pine and earthy pepper lead to a sweet finish and a moderate bitter linger. Even, almost non-descript carbonation and mouthfeel save for a light syrup feel.

This could use a bit more in the hop flavor profile but it is much more interesting than the average overhopped American IPA. Overall, it's very enjoyable and a fairly balanced drinking experience.

Photo of jampics2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as a single.

Latitude looks nice in the glass. It's an amber color with copper and honey colored highlights. The white head sticks around and provides for some great lace. The beer is relatively transparent with lots of active carbonation.

The smell is full of citrus and a touch of toasted malt. The citrus is pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Some orange, grapefruit and a touch of pine. The nose could be much, much more expressive in terms of hops and the malt should take more of a backseat.

The taste of this beer is nothing out of the ordinary. I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams, but I do expect their beers to taste better than the average brewery - after all, they have the pockets and presumably the experience to nail a new recipe. This beer falls way short - the hops are disjointed, adding lingering bitterness and a touch of fruit but dropping out inbetween. The malt is sweet at first, then some toast is overshadowed by the bitterness. Just a mess - and, there's even some wateriness and a touch of house yeast (berries and trub) in the mix. Hugely dissapointing given my expectations, but nothing I'd dump out. I feel like I've homebrewed much better.

Mouthfeel is full of sparkling bubbles and has medium body, but the watery drop-off makes it seem lighter. The beer is drinkable and perhaps even sessionable, but the beer is just a letdown given the notariety and reputation of the brewer. An average offering from Sam.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a see thru reddish color with a big white head that falls fairly slowly, good
lacing is left down the glass.

S:Nose is pretty mild all together with nothing to exciting. Sweet malts are picked up
with some subtle hop aroma as well but nothing to overpowering.

T:Pretty much just like the nose, mild. Sweetness from the malt is picked up on the
front and in the middle with hops coming thru on the backend with some pine and
citrus bite that lingers around for awhile.

M:Mouthfeel is good and body is also decent as well. Flavors seem to blend together
nicely for a decent feel all together.

D:All in all this was a pretty good and easy to drink brew. More of a balanced IPA with
the flavors all kind of mixing and blending together with each other. With that being said
this brew has some decent flavors to it but not a hop bomb IPA if that is what you are
looking for, but for between $7-8 budget its a good drink.

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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA has a medium, beige head and a very clear amber appearance, with lots of carbonation. There is a good amount of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is hop heavy, and that is really the only smell that comes across. Taste is likewise very much of piney hops, but maybe some other features can be detected. Mouth-feel is moderately full bodied, and the beer is refreshing and easy drinking. Although Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a run-of-the-mill IPA, it is a good beer, and I would recommend giving it a try.


Photo of bigrzman
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with a clear freshness date. Pours out with an amber color and a white head that laces the glass.

Smells like lemon dish detergent. Not appealing but I know its the 10 pounds of Cascade hops they pounded into this beer.

Hop bitterness up front. Very beautiful lemony, citrusy, spicy hops with some earthy tones as well. Malts are simple and sweet overshadowed by the massive blast of hops. This has English, German, and especially American hop varieties in it. It is spanning the whole 48th Latitude.

Mouthfeel is prickly and drying. Enjoyable in this style. Body is light to medium.

Drinkability is pretty good. I love IPAs so I am a little biased here.

Low notes on this beer is the smell. It smells like Lemon Palmolive dish detergent. However, the IBU kick in this beer is delightful for all those Hopheads out there!

Photo of r3o
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light copper color, with a pronounce head that disolve rather quickly
S: smply malt and hops, a bit sweet
T: the hops predominate, there's some citrus in there, with a sweet on the back that reminded me of passion fruit.
M: feels heavy, good carbonation, somewhat coarse.
D: not much romance on this one, I'd go with a different IPA next time.

Photo of beyah
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Latitude 48 pours is amber in color with a head that does not last very long, good lacing.

Oh the smell clean malt aroma and hops profile.
Just what a good IPA should smell like.

The hop character is very spicy up front with a clean bitterness ocuring just prior to swallowing. There is a nice ballance between hops and malt sweatness.

Very drinkable, excellent mouthfeel, in this catagory I prefer Harpoon IPA but this is a decent session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Try this beer with 34° Whole Grain Crispbread and Dubliner Cheese, yum!

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

Nice, clear copper color. Good frothy off white head on top that lingers for a while.

Smell is heavy on hops and little of anything else.

Taste has a nice hop character to it. Clean, full bodied, and a bit of malt notes. Most of this is hops and a standard American IPA taste. It's got a lot of flavor and the bittering is right on.

The carbonation has some bite to it but not overpowering. Works well with the bitterness of the hops.

Its a good beer. I'm really shocked I hadn't had this before. It's a good IPA, definitely one for IPA lovers. Sam Adams makes some really good commercially awesome beers, and this doesn't disappoint.

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

Pours a nice thick healthy head and plenty of lacing throughout. Pine overtones in aroma and especially in the first sip, let it warm up a bit or it's medicinal tasting. Well balanced and a very drinkable American IPA. I'm impressed Sam Adams! A well done beer and highly recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a nice amber-copper coloring. No head on the beer. There are smells of hops (obviously), but also a sweet smell (maybe citrus?). The beer has a heavy hop forward flavor that hits all over the front of the tongue. The bitter hops flavors are balanced with the sweetness of the malt, and the beer is light and crisp. The beer is a little lighter than my preference for IPAs, both in body and ABV, but it's a pretty tasty foray for ol' BBC. Very easy to polish off a six pack, but might not seek this particular one out again, unless for a party setting where mass-consumption is the norm.

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

The Latitude 48 poured a orangish amber with a good 3 finger foam head. Not much in the way of retention but the beer was a little cold. Left some decent web lacing.

The smell was of grapefruit and a tiny bit of pine. It had a nice spiciness to the flavor due to one of the hops. It has a decent about of bitterness and is not a world beater but a pretty good ipa.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/4/10.

48 pours amber-orange with a slight, well-retaining light khaki head. The carbonation is copious and moves swiftly up my snifter. The lacing is quite nice- sticky and cascading like a waterfall.

Caramel malt aromas blend fairly evenly with a grassy and slight citrus hop profile. There is also a biscuit-esque dry character evident. Overall, the grassy hops and biscuit aromas dominate the smell.

A somewhat spicy hop character jumps on my tongue, along with the grassy hop notes that I smelled. Caramel malts do a fairly nice job standing up to the hop combination. The finish hints at sweet citrus hops (orange and tangerine) and a biscuit flavor supports the citrus-hop finish.

Lat. 48 has a solid, creamy medium feel on the middle of my palate, while the hop combination lends a biting crispness to the sides of my mouth. The carbonation complements the other aspects of the feel with it's effervescence. I think the mouthfeel is the finest aspect of this beer.

I will not necessarily seek this out over many other IPAs, but it is interesting enough to have once in awhile. It would certainly be sessionable at 5.8%, as well.

Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce single bottle. A standard, run-of-the-mill IPA... Yet another countless brew churned out by Sam Adams... Catching vapors of quantity opposed to quality but overall a decent stab at the style nonetheless... Nothing exotic but would mix well with spicey foods on the strength of the substantial IBUs inherent in the taste profile... Good but not great.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,306 ratings.