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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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3,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,091
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 181 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

I have gotten the Sam Adams Summer variety pack a few times this summer and and the 48 is the one that I crave the most! The color amber color and and taste make me love this beer. I wish that I was better at review and giving details but you have to try for your self in the end anyway.

09-03-2010 22:46:38 | More by whelms48
Photo of beerman207


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Copper, huge head from the pour - sticks around forever - very nice appearance.

S: Unfortunately, the nose for me is disappointing. Has hops present as well as a big malt presence.

T: Good IPA but nothing earth shattering. Malt dominates along with some grapefruit

M: Good mouthfeel - Not too carbonated

D: Could drink this all night. Nothing special but always a pleasant visit with Sam Adams.

09-03-2010 22:17:11 | More by beerman207
Photo of Brno

New York

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

Really a lovely well balanced beer. Nice darker amber color with a thick head that holds a lot of aroma. Smells of different hops and some malt, giving you a thought that it may be a bit sweet, like their Octoberfest. The taste is wonderfully complex in the various hops that are never too overwhelming. Easily a more drinkable IPA that tastes more German inspired than English based. No tinny flavor on the aftertaste.

09-02-2010 01:58:07 | More by Brno
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Reviewed on 6/25/2010. Bottle is marked best by Nov. 2010.

Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation and a thick, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smells, well, hoppy. The American hops are prevalent here with citrus and pine notes along with some tropical fruit. A bit of a floral component from the other hops, perhaps the British. Noble hop aromas not detectable. A touch of caramel and malt round it out.

Flavor is mostly a repeat of the aroma. Balanced and varied hop flavors. Good bitter with a balance of caramel sweetness. Slightly nutty aftertaste with plenty of hop resins as well.

Full body, creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation to balance.

08-28-2010 18:25:38 | More by goldbot
Photo of jwhancher


4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Bought a variety case of Sammy. Poured this one into a snifter.

A: pours a nice clear amber with good head that gently fades in about a minute or two. Lingers around just enough.

S: reminds me of Hop Devil with mostly spicy hops but also some citrus and floral. Peppery aroma masks the sweet malts - likely crystal & caramel.

M: nice even bodied medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet.

D: nice drinkable beer that could go for a session or with a meal. I dig.

T: not quite enough hop bite that I look for in an IPA but good nonetheless. More even in terms of hop & malt balance. I wish both areas were tuned up just slightly more.

Wow! Very impressive IPA from Sam.

08-24-2010 01:49:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.8% ABV, Enjoy by Aug notched.

A - Clear golden amber on the pour, Latitude 48 almost began to gush a bit. A frothy two-finger off-white bone-colored head rises to the occasion then lowers slowly leaving beautiful sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Hops are evident immediately with a strong pine and resin aroma. Dry leaves also come into play a bit followed by a lower level of citrusy grapefruit. Mild English and caramel malts lay the groundwork for the hop aroma. Floral aspects on the back end are reminiscent of Michael's stores.

T - Caramel malts with a bit of toffee come fourth and seem a bit too pronounced. The resiny hops are still there but fall short and definitely don't offer the complexities the aroma does.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Latitude 48 starts a bit creamy and instantly changes to a fully carbonated and lightly bitter, dry finish in the mouthfeel.

D - It's an easy drinking IPA but lacks a real hop addition to bring it up to a solid IPA level. The aroma offers many more complex things than the taste does.

08-22-2010 15:59:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jazer


2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

Kind of bitter to me. Wonderful Appearance and smell. You know your drinking a beer. I like the idea behind the harvesting of the hops along the 48th parallel. Makes for a different and interesting drink. Just a little too hoppy for me.

Wouldn't recommend it. Really.

08-19-2010 22:23:18 | More by jazer
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a copper / old penny amber with a massive off white head that manages superb retention - still a half finger left at the bottom of the glass... that being said, lacing is minimal. Aroma is big on caramel malts; there are also some earthy and floral hop notes present. Not as big a hop aroma as I'm used to with the typical American IPA. Taste is sweet caramel malt up front, followed by some spicy, citrusy hops and light grapefruit rind in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and creamy. It's fairly drinkable and not too imposing on the palate - more of a British IPA than American to me - more malt character and the hops are toned down. A good intro to IPA's for someone who hasn't acquired the appetite for bitter beers, perhaps.

08-18-2010 14:20:02 | More by jpro
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

The bouquet is citrusy with a little pine and some floral notes, but isn't very strong. The bittering hops are strong enough to let you know that it's an IPA, but not so much so that they smack you in the face. This is a much more approachable IPA that can be sold to a mass market. This is a good IPA for someone who isn't a Hop-head but is trying to appreciate IPA's more.

The reasonable amount of alcohol and lower bitterness makes this one easy to drink for an evening.

08-17-2010 01:34:07 | More by TonyVic
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz brown bottle with enjoy before date of August 2010

Sam Adams Latitude 48 poured a clear amber color and produced a smaller light tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very limited lacing. The nose is floral, of grassy and light citrus hops. The flavor is of hops with a mild malt background and a little lingering bitterness. The malt keeps the hops from being overpowering and balances out the ale. Mouth feel is to the smoother side with light prickly carbonation.

Latitude 48 is not over-the-top with hops for an American IPA making its drinkability good...just fine for me as I am not a hop head.

08-16-2010 22:24:32 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

luckily a friend left a few bottles from his summer pack while partying at my house and thank god this one was there because ive been dying to try it, but i didnt want to buy a whole 12 pack for 2 of these.

fridge temp poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass. pours a copper amber/ burnt orange color. with about a finger and a half of rocky head. pretty average retention, a little lace. i enjoy the color, a little darker than your usual ipa.

nothing blwoing my nostrils out, but i kind of expected that. the noble hops definatly showing there faces. a little of spicy, earthy, floral, a little piney hops. lots of caramel malts showing to balance.

not an extremely hoppy beer, but it definatly qualifies as an ipa. has a very interesting tasting bouquet of hops. noble hops. earthy, floral, citrus, a touch of pine and a touch of spicey hoppiness. a great caramel and biscuit malt with a hint of grain balances things out very nicely.

pretty decent mouthfeel. some lingering bitterness, a touch resinous, oily on the palate. medium bodied.

drinks pretty good, but without being able to buy a 6 pack of this, i guess drinkability kind of suffers. because i could definatly pound these back all night.

08-15-2010 22:17:33 | More by dogfishandi
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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

Sam Adams IPA? Not exactly holding my breath. SABL is one of my favorite beers, but this may be outside their comfort zone.

Appearance- A rich amber, almost ruby hue. Very nice looking. A full inch of creamy tan head mellows into a soapy cap and laces nicely. It'd look more beautiful if I wasn't afraid that the dark color is a sign of maltiness to come.

Smell- Quite malty. There are some nice hop aromas, but mostly earthy and grassy. A touch of citrus, but only a slight hint. Caramel and biscuit.

Taste- Follows the nose. More biscuit than caramel. The hops are okay. Grassy and a little floral. Some pine. The malt sweetness comes in at the end again.

Mouthfeel- Nice body. Creamy and good.

Drinkability- More malt on the finish than I'd prefer.

I like IPAs a certain way. Dry, hoppy as hell, tons of citrus, almost zero malt. It's a preference. Other folks will really enjoy this type, but not me. It's totally fine, and a pretty decent effort, but I wouldn't get it again, frankly.

08-13-2010 20:44:39 | More by callmescraps
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a deep amber orange color. Quite pretty actually. Get a good 1/2 inch head retention and nice pretty lacing. Get a good wiff of hops, but some malt too. The taste is solid, malt and hop presence equal out. I wasn't expecting a west coast IPA and this isn't. SA tends towards maltier and European style beers and that's what you have here. It's another good Sam Adams Ale.

I wouldn't reach for this as a hop fix, but would love to see it on tap at all the places that carry the SA line-up as their only craft options.

08-12-2010 21:57:36 | More by modernartblues
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Good pour with a great head. Three plus fingers of slightly amber head, which hung in there until I took a taste. Gave me a moustache when I had to taste it. Good lace cling, like clouds, different shapes to try and recognize. Dark copper color, a solid 19 on the SRM color chart. Nice smell and taste of hops, but not too bitter. I liked the feel of the beer as it rolled over my tongue and splashed on my upper pallet. Wonderful refreshing taste which gets better as the beer warms just a bit. Good beer for the price, flavorful and clean.

08-12-2010 21:08:53 | More by beerprovedwright
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A-Clear copper color with a decently thick head.

S-Not overpowering by any means. Decent hop aromas combined with a mild sweetness combined with some spiciness.

T-Pretty good tasting beer. Nothing to go crazy about but this brew is a good mellow drinking IPA. Citrus hops are blended with a caramel malt. This beer is well balanced. Spiciness kicks in at the end.

M-Relatively light bodied. Carbonated.

D-A good session brew. Would appreciate if this beer was distributed by itself rather than in a variety pack.

08-12-2010 18:36:51 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz bottle poured into a glass split with oglmcdgl. Thanks to Dermopower for the bottle.

A- Forty eight comes looking like a IPA with a bright orange hazy copper look with a strong off white head up above. Decent lacing on this.

S-Smells in between an amber and an IPA. There is a nice caramel plus nuts with small citrus with grapefruit. Some earthiness. A nice musk that is not all that shabby.

T- Sweet up front with a mild nut backed with earthy grass and low pine appeal. Small melon flavor and a dash of caramel. Not quite an IPA and somewhat sweet but not bad.

M- Easy on the mouth, this one is not bitter, there is some pine staying with me but the smooth malts pretty much dominate. A nice hoppy amber in my eyes with a nice crunchy carb thats not bitey.

D- I would not mind having a few of these, here and there, on occasion. Easy summer beer here.

08-12-2010 00:33:16 | More by BARFLYB
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

pours rather dark for an IPA, an amber hued copper with a light tan head thats pretty generous in size and retention, and leaves decent lacing.

smells relatively hoppy, but malt is very strong as well. biscuity, ligh caramelly malt is most dominant. hops are floral and a touch of citrus. not that great.

taste is bit more hop dominant than the aroma, though the malt still is there (which was expected with Sam). hops remain floral and lemony with a white bread, doughy, biscuity malt backbone. a bit of pine and spice does come through as the beer warms, which makes this one a bit tastier than the first few sips. still, nothing special.

light side of medium bodied with some resins left in the mouth. decent carbonation.

drinks well. not extremely tasty or bitter so it ends up being rather easy drinking, yet unremarkable. safe.

08-09-2010 23:44:08 | More by silentjay
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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

A 12oz bottle split with onix1agr on a beautiful sunday afternoon watching the phills.

A- two big billowy fingers of light tan head from a firm pour. Crystal clear copper in color.

S- muted citrus and pine hops with a mild sweetness. Toasted honey wheat bread.

T- nice balance between bitter and sweet. Grapefruit rind and cut grass. Earthy and herbal. Sweet toasted wheat bread.

M- medium body and carb. Nice dry finish.

D- tasty enough but in this world of brilliant aipa's this one is middle of the pack.

08-08-2010 19:19:50 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful deep copper-amber hue with excellent clarity (as is to be expected from this brewery's wares), showing off a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers forever and sticks to the walls of the glass with a mighty grip, leaving behind thick curtains of lacing as it drains away.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, showing some faint notes of citrus and fruity esters, along with a slight hint of grassiness. Nothing much else seems to make itself known.

Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, giving it a mouthfeel very reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale -- in fact, I'd very much like to enjoy this served from a cask. A slightly sweet, somewhat biscuity malt character makes for a solid base upon which hop notes are layered and mingle with one another appropriately -- each hop region is distinct: slight spice and grassy notes from the German hops, some mildly earthy, herbaceous character from the English, and a slightly citric tangerine-and-grapefruit quality from the American. Finishes long and dry, with a lingering grapefruit character.

Quite drinkable, and very well-crafted overall. For the Americanized palate, nothing mind-blowing, but to an open one, definitely interesting and wonderfully executed. Certainly an impressive take on the style.

08-08-2010 05:33:26 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Part 2 of the Summer Styles 12-pack.

A- Pours a surprisingly dark amber red color with a creamy 2 finger off-white head.

S- Fairly prominent hop bite in the nose with a kind of buttery malt note.

T- Good amount of hop bitterness in the front with a nice malty backbone as a counterpoint. Hops are the dominant taste though.

M/D- Perfect level of carbonation for the mouthfeel. fairly refreshing. Pretty good drinkability, but the bitterness might get to me after a few.

A very solid IPA from Sam Adams. Would definitely like to see this in 6-packs in the future.

08-08-2010 02:36:49 | More by geryeb624
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Alright, I think I found my favorite non imperial style of SA.

Good amber appearance, lots of clarity, big nose of hops blew me away from this brewery. Their previous ipa attempt failed miserably in my book.

Taste, have had it really good, and just good. Hops play a part like no other SA (why do they always talk about hops if they never seem to back it up until now!). Just an enjoyable citrusy pale with great carbonation throughout. Good bitterness, way to go SA.

08-05-2010 15:34:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: light brown in color, clear, high carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: pine and citrus hops, light caramel

Taste: pine and citrus hops, caramel, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start, big bitter spike in the middle becoming less bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Super drinkable and one of the better east coast ipas to come out recently--although not quite at the same level as Southern Tiers 2xipa. I could have two or three. I have been impressed with the last several Sam Adams new beers--not counting Coastal Wheat--and this continues the positive trend.

08-05-2010 14:55:12 | More by tigg924
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

From a 12 oz. bottle scored "Enjoy by September" into a pint glass. This one's a coppery reddish clear color beneath a thin, light tan head. Nose is bready with faint hops aroma and hints of diacetyl and malt. In the mouth, it's nicely crisp and hoppy up front with a decent malt backbone to keep things in check. Nice bold piney and grapefruit hops flavor but balanced well. Mouth is surprisingly semi-viscous and pleasingly so; it's also nicely crisp and thirst quenching. Drinkability is very good overall; it is crisp, tasty, and enjoyable.

Overall: Quite a good beer on its own merits. While it's classified as an American IPA I found myself comparing it to SNPA; the Latitude 48 wins in this comparison. I don't think it would compare as well to a DFH60, which would be its stylistic equivalent. At any rate, a good brew and worth investigating.

08-04-2010 23:47:26 | More by jettjon
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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Single bottle (best by 11/2008) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear red with orange color notes. Bubbles moving up through the beer go up to a persistent 1/4" tan (with hints of orange) chunky foam with walls and islands of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. Nice color and pretty to look at.

Smell: Grapefruit-scented American hops dominate tempered with a hint of sweet malt. The other hops (German / English) are not present in the smell. It smells like a classic American IPA and quite tasty.

Taste: Grapefruit/citrus/bergamot flavors up front, then this is tempered with some malt sweetness and mild bitter finish that is part of the grapefruit again, and some of the English hops that come out more in the end. The bitter finish with this beer is a mix of American and English bitter flavors. I wish I could describe it better, but if you've had a typical American IPA and an English ESB - you'll know what I'm talking about when you taste it. It's quite good.

Mouthfeel: Thick like an American IPA - a bit chewy and it sticks to the teeth a bit. Some carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: While the American IPA is not my favorite style, I have to admit it does grow on me and there are aspects to this beer that remind me of my current favorite AIPA - Dogfish Head 60min IPA. But this beer has it's own character and is very drinkable. It's still a one beer per sitting for me (a lot of bitterness after awhile is too much for me to stomach) but it's quite enjoyable on its own or with a meal (I had it with Ham steaks and Mac n' cheese). A solid good beer.

08-02-2010 22:27:30 | More by damndirtyape
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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

Latitude pours a reddish brown color that is a little bit strange for a IIPA. The tan head is pretty nice though, at least two fingers tall and very rocky. Retention is great, and lacing is also great.

The aroma is divided between hops and malt in a roughly equal fashion. Sweet malts and citrus, resin and a general spiciness from the hops.

As IPAs go, Latitude is on the malty side. Sweet caramel malts with a little bit of a toasted flavor. Grapefruit flavors from the hops then combines with a resinous, almost leafy hop flavor. The finish has a little bit of bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel is pretty basic, moderate on all counts.

Overall, Latitude is a decent, malt-forward IPA. It looks pretty damn good though.

08-02-2010 14:22:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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