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

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BA SCORE
79
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3,238 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 244 | 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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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of madjr80
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance light copper color; light, fluffy head

Smell fresh hops

Taste hop lingers on the tongue, but not overly bitter.

Very good in drinkability; not too heavy in body and not too high
In alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good; not too much of anything, but a great balanced brew.

madjr80, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Latitude 48 IPA--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 55 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lacy white head. Clear very thin bright dark amber color. Earthy mild floral hop front. Dry sweet crisp tangy zesty earthy thin toasted caramel hop resin infused mild fruit biscuit Euro hop IPA body. Dry hop spice bitter mild citrus end. Noble Euro IPA. Sampled on 11/10/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 11/10/2010.

philbertk, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with my first Latitude 48. Interesting how the label indicates hops from america, germany and england.

Poured clear with 3/4 inch head that was fairly thick and lasting. Nice aroma but not a citrus or pine bomb as are some IPA's.

Very smooth and extremely drinkable. Nice hop flavor and balance. Definitely not over the top. An IPA that should appeal to a wide array of drinkers.

Nice offering from SA. I can't wait till Noble Pils is available again.

nniicckkww, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Freshie
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This will probably become America's most accessible AIPA.

A very golden, and crisp color. Fervent carbonation, and nice one finger head.

Smell is citrusy, maybe more grapefruity than other citrus aromas. Hops tingle the nostrils, some very grassy and earthy notes.

Taste is very hoppy upfront, with citrus sweetness coming in later. Toasty malt in the backbone. A very well-balanced IPA, good mix of flavours.

With a clean and finishing after taste, Latitude 48 makes for one sessionable IPA.

Very good beer from BBC.

Freshie, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by February 2011.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber. Produced a huge foamy light tan colored head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing here and there.

(S)- Some rustic caramel-like pine with subtle lemon and lime citrus.

(T)- A good blend of caramel malt and dry; almost piney hops. Hints at lemon, lime, and pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not very hop-forward, but it does mesh well with the caramel malts creating a smoother/sweeter profile. Minimal bitterness.

(D)- It is good for sure, but nothing extraordinary in a style that is flooding the market. Straightforward; a no-nonsense beer easy enough to enjoy.

sweemzander, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of JMOvechkin
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Good head, nice light amber color. Looks like an IPA should look.

S: Good bit of citrus, maybe a bit of sweetness.

T: Love the hoppy flavor of this. Hits you right off the bat. Good balance of ingredients, finishes smoother then it starts which is fun.

M: Heavier feel then I expected. Good carbonation level.

D: Have had four, will finish the other two tomorrow. Sam has a good thing going here.

JMOvechkin, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of whisperjet
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a very clear amber with 2 fingers of creamy head. Good retention with thick and bubbly lace that rings the glass through the whole drink.

s: Strong and citrusy. Hoppy and smooth, lemongrassy. The smell is very bright and inviting.

t: Pleasantly bitter, not too much punch though. Very hoppy and earthy, well balanced. Grassy, crisp, and clean. Hints of grapefruit.

m: Thin and light. Coats the mouth and feels very clean and dry.

d: Very easy to drink, great overall feel. A well balanced pale ale.

whisperjet, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of bgjohnston
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head that quickly dies down to a light foam on top. I get a slight pine aroma off the top of the glass. Taste is as expected: starts off mildly sweet, then progresses to a citrus and pine bite, finishing slightly bitter. Overall, this seems like a light, drinkable beer, good on days when you aren't looking for the next big thing. It may be my next go-to choice when having a large number of people over.

bgjohnston, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latitude 48 pours a clear copper color into the glass with a moderate sized frothy off white head on top. The foam fades away quickly to a thin sheet on the beer and leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma has a quite a bit of citrus hops and some pine notes. A touch of pale malt/bread is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, mildly carbonated, and dry. The flavor is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malt. It begins with lemon and orange citrus hops. In the middle caramel and toasted malt make their presence known. At the end the flavor turns bitter with a touch of pine hop character and it finishes dry. Once gone the hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, well balanced beer that's easy to drink. It seems a little thin in the body and I noticed the hop aroma seems to fade about half way down the pint. Otherwise, a terrific brew.

WanderingFool, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, copper body with a creamy, rocky, off white head...the head retains well falling into a thin, wispy cap...nice lacing

S - First whiff I detect a hint of citrus hop leading into aromas of sweet caramel...piney hops are detectable as well

T - The flavors of the different hop varities stand out in their own ways...a blast of sweet citrus hops start off the beer...next comes the English hops which are earthy in flavor...also in the middle are flavors of toasted and sweet caramel malt...the end of the beer showcases the piney hops that provide the bitterness

M - Medium bodied...some creaminess to it with nice carbonation...adequet bitterness...but light metallic and alcohol presence

D - I was very surprised with this one...I've always wanted Sam Adams to put out an IPA and now I'd say this is one of my favorite Sam Adams brews...nicely done

thain709, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber body and a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Looks really good.

Smell: Rich caramel malts and a nice blend of hops. Noble hops, pine, a little citrus.

Taste: Flowery English hops come through stronger in the taste than in the smell. Drying bitterness. I really love the hop flavor of this beer.

BierFan, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Docer
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from a 6-pack I just purchased, poured into a tumbler glass...

- Dark clear copper.. almost a solid amber colored ale.. quick fizzing white head down to a micro thin ring and some dusting...

- Nice zesty hop forward smell.. grassy earthy herbal.. some citrus, lemon, sweet caramel and roasty sweet malts,...

- Citrusy bitter hoppy goodness.. impressed.. some earthy grassy notes... sweet malty notes without being too sweet and syrupy.

- Light to medium bodied.. slightly drying bitterness.... rather.

- Very drinkable, bit bubbly on the carbonation, but overall tasty enough to call it very drinkable. Impressed, and maybe the best Samuel Adams beer I have had so far.

Docer, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with about two and a half fingers worth of slightly tan head. Craggy bubbles recede at a moderate pace. The brew is a deep brownish orange. The smell is noble, herbal, and sweet towards the end. An interesting smell that reminds me of both Czech Pilsner and English ESB (a la London Pride). The sheer amount of hops and citrus are what make this American.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is lots of noble tasting hoppiness that's both very light and dense with flavor. The back end of the hop profile ends like herbal candy. Lemon citrus zest is present throughout and maybe even a bit of orange and grapefruit as well. Overall a very impressive showing from BBC in my opinion. A full bodied and drinkable IPA with subtle complexity but enough bitterness and punch to match my desire.

Thur123, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with an expiration date of Feb. '11 notched into the side label. If you're curious about the name, their web site says it refers to the 48th degree latitude line in the northern hemisphere where all the hops used in this beer are grown.

The beer pours a clear copper color that looks like a new penny when held to the light. It made 2-fingers of fluffy white head that lasted awhile and left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Nice, hoppy, IPA-like smell with a touch of honey-like sweetness and trace of alcohol in the background. I also get a big earthy smell.

Nice combination of the various hops used gives this one a citrusy. piny, and earthy hop flavor all at once. A touch of caramel malt sweetness helps to balance it a bit, but the hops still rule. Slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

Light body- almost too light bordering on watery with only moderate carbonation.

Overall I liked this and it's drinkable, but I wish it had a little more body and I'm not crazy about the bitter alcoholic aftertaste. One final word of caution - do not drink this beer ice cold. Until it warms up a bit the malty sweetness doesn't come out and you are left with an overabundance of bitterness. Warming brings out the malts.

matjack85, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6-pack yesterday for $8.99 at Ayotte's. Enjoying a bottle or 2 on a cold, lazy Sunday afternoon....

Color is a clear, vibrant copper, and there's steady carbo rising up. Head is thin and white, the fine bubbles mostly clinging to the edge, with a little lace. Has a solid, hop-heavy aroma, with some earthiness present. Pretty smooth feel, and the body is a solid medium.

Has some subtle sweetness in the form of toasty malt right off the bat. That aspect vanishes quickly, though, in a wave of hops from near and far. There's some earthy English hops in the mix, along with some herbal action from the German side. And if that's not enough, the American hops throw some piney citrus into the mix. And all of those hops stick around and linger long after the liquid has hit the belly. I like it; this is a solid, very drinkable IPA.

Prosit!!

4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Bierman9, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Funny thing, growing up. All of the old ways of life fade and become but a memory, and you make new ones, but never is there a return to who you were when you were young... You're older now. You've seen life, you've known pain and searing loss, you've had many a beer. They can bring back memories, but never yourself at the time.
So this one, pours a mahogany like so much maple syrup over the pancakes your dad used to make... at least I hope he did. Those were some of the best days, the Saturdays when Dad was home, cooking pancakes for the family... a rich, amber liquid with a finger of head on top (perhaps you put whipped cream on yours? Then that, I suppose, though a bit more soapy... almost like homemade whipped cream... a thinner, more cream colored version rather than the sterile white)... And the lace clings to the side like so many snowflakes on a window on a cold morning...
The aroma, then, there's a bit more of that maple-syrup or molasses, a clean, earthy aroma with a balanced hopping... a tinge of grapefruit amongst the waves of pine.
The flavour is balanced as well, though a bit more grapefruit bitterness there, especially in the finish. The malt of maple and a bit of molasses in the back, maybe even a hint of wood, almost an oak-barrel vanillin there. Actually I'm pretty certain of it, a smidge of vanilla. Nice.
The body is medium and the carbonation is as well, while the bitterness leaves a bit of dry lingering bitterness in the finish.
There's only forwards now, I suppose, now a wife of my own and it's up to me to create the memories for mine that I've had the incredible pleasure of thinking back on all these years. Don't just drink something, experience it. Let it flood you with thoughts, feelings and memories, it's all the better for enjoyment. And do what is in your power to create those lovely maple-syrup mornings in the cozy breakfast room in the cold winter... take the time to cook a hot breakfast, to savour the moments... you never know which one may last forever in the mind of someone you love.

khiasmus, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and fire orange is the color of the Lat. 48. The head is tall thick and rocky. It's the same color as yellow onion skin and settles to a mountain range of sudsy foam. No doubt a pretty beer.

The nose is also good but not the same caliber as the beautiful appearance. Warm grains spiked with sharp citrus hops. Light kisses of grapefruit or some other distant citrus scent.

The taste is my least favorite part of this brew. It's not bad just not much above average. There is an over sweetened milled grain flavor that tastes more engineered then brewed. The hops are there but not well defined other then some bittness and ho hum citrus. For an American ipa I find it lacking boldness and character.

The mouthfeel comes back a little stronger but doesn't add much positive to the drinking experience. The beer is muted, almost watered down but does have a firm carbonation. A good beer but not a great one. Worth checking out but not one I would be urged to buy again.

jbphoto88, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with the area of the label with the freshness dating mangled, so I can't tell... Poured into a tulip.

A - Gorgeous amber with ruby hues, great clarity, and a well formed head of large frothy bubbles. Good retention with patchy lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango hops aroma with an earthy and bread malt sweetness. Not dank or pungent, but very nice. Clean fermentation with no esters or real yeast character.

T - Moderate bitterness, the hops don't come off as the smell would lead you to think. Woody, spicy, herbal hops flavor. Bread sweetness, crackers from the malt. Somewhat balanced but the bitterness does show up. Peppery hops finish.

M - Medium bodied and decently dry. Good carbonation with a bit of a sour aftertaste.

D - Moderate to high. If you're looking for a lupulin fix that caters to the English hops side, this one is for you.

ectomorph, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, with about 1.5 fingers of egg shell white head. Retention is okay, and a fine film of tight lacing remains throughout.

Smell: Slight caramel malts up front followed by citrus and a lot of piney hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Sweet caramel malts up front, followed by a bit of citrus in the middle and a pleasant amount of piney hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer leans toward being light bodied, but the carbonation is about right. This is a very drinkable beer overall, a quality IPA.

zhanson88, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of czechsaaz
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is moderately hoppy. More pine resin but some citrus notes.A bit of sugary malt underneath.

Copper colored and very clear with tons of rising carbonation that feedsa small quarter inch layer of off-white head.

Hoppy bitter start that gives way to a brown sugar malt backbone. Some grass hop flavor along with the citrus bittering.

A little thin bodied with an aggressive carbonation level.

Not bad but nothing special. Given that Sam products go on supermarket sales regularly, I'd buy it again. There are many less enjoyable beers in the price category.

czechsaaz, Nov 05, 2010
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
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 3,238 ratings.