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

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 28
Gots: 357 | 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 negroobserver
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Excellent clear golden amber color. Filtered.

SMELL: Strong presence of SAAZ hops. Light maltiness.

TASTE: Flat in the front and middle, but ends with a powerful hoppy bitterness, which lingers in the mouth for at least a few seconds.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth texture. Medium Carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: The hops are an overwhelming presence here. I usually like that, but something about this beer and the hoppy quality isn't sitting well with me. I suspect that there is a lack of diversity with the types of hops used, which can be detrimental to a beer's success. I like the beer, but I don't love it.


Photo of slatetupelo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark copper with a thick head that leaves a coat of lacing behind.

T - It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected it to, strong piney hops up front and a bitterness that lingers. There doesn't seem to much of a malt backbone and the mouthfeel seems a little thin.

D - This is the only IPA that I can get in my area and it's only 6% abv, so I"ll be drinking these fairly regular. I've had much better IPAs. Overall, it's a decent brew.

Photo of Hopalong29
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with nice head which disipates to a cap that contributes a continual lacing throughout the glass.
Hints of pine and citrus, not overly impressive here.
This is where I felt a little let down. Was looking for a little more hops here and just didn't find it.
Felt this was a decent IPA just not what I prefer.

Photo of popery
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This isn't bad, but it's an average to mediocre IPA, when judged against the style. It's watery and simple. It kinda has delicacy, but the hoppiness is very middle of the road. It's sorta piney-grassy. Lots of caramel malt. Fairly sweet. Bitterness is mild. Just a lot of bready malt that doesn't seem right with hops. The feel starts kinda creamy but gets watery. It's not a bad beer, just not a great IPA.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color. A tall, orange-tinted head bubbles up with a very thick, frothy texture. Retention is very strong, and some sticky ribbons of lace adhere to the glass pretty nicely.

S: Very mild toasted malt notes, along with some basic hints of caramel. Hop aromas are primarily tropical and citric, with some lesser herbal and candied notes. Some light, vaguely English yeast esters as well.

T: Toastier than many IPAs, but it's pleasantly bready and even borderline nutty. Light caramel is also present. Hop bitterness is quite firm, with tropical/citrus and herbal flavors competing more evenly than the nose initially suggested.

M: Fairly hefty in body. Carbonation is active and perky, joining with an abrupt, substantially hoppy finish for an emphatic, drying crispness overall.

D: A winner from Samuel Adams. They'd gone without a regular IPA offering for such a long time, but this is a welcome addition with excellent balance and enough hop bitterness for most hopheads. This manages a depth of both malt and hops that few IPAs even attempt, let alone accomplish.

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

Medium-light amber, filtered, giant, off-white, rocky, whipped cream head that leaves a spider web lacing.

Grass and caramel; raw vegetation and skunk; pine and flowers. The smell comes at me in combinations of two as it warms.

Vegetation, sweet pine, delicate caramelized sugar and a moderately strong bitterness in the sip and finish.

A little sticky, but not too thick.

A great American IPA that I could sit down and drink a bunch of at the bar. By far my favorite Sam Adams beer. If you tld me this was brewed by Goose Island or Three Floyds...I'd believe you.

Photo of CMB2012
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless 16oz snifter.

Pours a dark rusty red with a minimal off white head, maybe 1 finger thick. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing, some of which lasts the whole round.

smells sweet and citrusy - bubble gum, ripe juicy cantaloupe, and orange. Some caramel notes too.

Very hop forward with pine being the most intense and lasting impression. The pine is accompanied by some grapefruit and bubble gum. Not much else as the resiny pine is a bit overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is balanced and dry. Nice carbonation melds well with the bitter hop profile.

A very solid IPA from Mr. Adams and at 6.00% it's a possible candidate for a heavier session brew. Got this six pack for 7.99, a pretty good deal around here. Still the brew is lacking some complexity that could make it rather exceptional.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and the color of a shiny new penny with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly to a two inch frothy head of beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some honey notes. Flavors of semi-sweet caramel malt layered with tangerine, orange rind, pine, and grapefruit. Hop flavor is interesting and tasty but could be fresher and brighter, and seems to fight with the malt to rise to the top.

Mouthfeel is full, but somewhat thick and slick. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable, this one is very good, but is not among the great IPA's.

Photo of augustgarage
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before May, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber with a touch of copper and lighter amber highlights. A solid lasting finger of off-white suds coats the surface. Dense woven lacing, no legs.

Sugar-coated citrus, faint caramel, and pale malt in the nose. Faintly spicy/grassy hops.

Sweet palate entry followed by alternating waves of hops and malt. Moderately bitter balance with orange pith, grapefruit zest, evergreen, and mint on one hand...toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of caraway on the other. Finish is quite dry, but there is a softer lightly sweet aftertaste as well vaguely reminiscent of butterscotch (not diacetyl).

Nearly medium-bodied and well carbonated.

The hops contribute a decent amount of flavor, but they don't really take center-stage (the malt balance is slightly over-done I think)...definitely won't mistake this for a "West Coast IPA" of any sort. Not a bad beer, but I'll generally take a Ranger or Torpedo if I'm going to have an IPA from one of the bigger craft brewers.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beet was a clear, dark orange color, with a one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt and piney hops.

Taste was toasted grains, malt, biscuit, pine hops.

Rather unimpressed by this one. Not much depth or complexity in aroma or flavor. There are much better options out there.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, slightly pungent aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything else, with a touch of citrus (orange?), and some malt in the finish. There was also a slight grain component that didn't add much. An uneven flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but not something I'd come back to regularly.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - golden, nice head
smell - hoppy smell, no hint of any malt
taste - I am a West Coast hop head and this beer is too bitter, no malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is thin
Drinkability is fine, if you like this beer. Sam Adams could have put it on cruise control years ago but they continue to try new things, much like DFH. I will not try this beer again but I love Sam Adams Boston Lager, Winter brew, Same Adams Ale, Summer brew, etc.

Photo of jadpsu
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that provides good lacing but only average retention.
Smell: Hops prevail with some sharp oily floral, citrus and piny aroma.
Taste: Not much in the way of malts. Hops have a bitter bite. Tart with a citrus grapefruit taste.
I would like to get some malt but not much maltiness (if any) come through.

Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by dated June 2011.

Pours a dark amber color with decent head and a modest but sturdy ring of lacing.

Not much to the nose; a bit of toasted malt and faint hit of pine hops.

Malt-forward, very biscuit-like, with notes of caramel and forest pine. There is a bitterness in the finish, but none of the juicy or herbal hops I expect from the style.

Mouthfeel is okay...body is not exactly what I'd expect from the style.

This is an IPA? More like an amber ale with generous doses of malt and hops (mostly malt). The hop profile tastes eerily similar to Noble Pils and Boston Lager. I have to wonder if the Boston Brewing company is afraid to make their styles too dissimilar from each other in order to appeal to the supermarket demographic ("Joe Six-Pack").

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a two finger offwhite head that deposits some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy hops and some toasty caramel malts.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness.

Taste opens with a solid floral hop bitterness that moves toward grapefruit midway through. Honeyed crackery pale malt balances nicely. Finishes clean and even with a grainy pale malt aftertaste.

Solid American IPA with a heady blend of English and American hops.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Good rocky off-white head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. Some florals, and a hint of hop bitterness.

Taste: Fresh florals up front with a bit of citrus coming in later. Towards the finish it gets fairly bitter, and has some hints of pine too. Generally bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation tingle here; a bit distracting. Otherwise, this is light- to medium-bodied... smooth up front, but more grainy towards the finish.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV with decent taste. Goes down fine.

Not bad, but not well balanced in the flavor department, and finishes a bit too bitter. OK in a sampler pack, but I won't get a 6-pack again.

Photo of mnrider
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish almost copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing as the head turns thin.

S: Typical citrus and oily hops. Not to strong yet still has a nice kick.

T/M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent smooth creamy feel. Hops and malts blend together effortlessly, with a clean aftertaste. Not that bitter either. Hops are pretty much all oil, which creates a weaker hop taste.

D: Solid brew here. Sam Adams gets some props on this one. Recommended for sure. Only improvement for me would be a more dominant hop taste.


Photo of Hoagie1973
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber color with a nice rocky 2 finger head. Head retention is stellar with unbroken rings of lacing with each sip. Head lasts all the way to the bottom.

Fruity, citric hop nose with a good malt base.

Sip starts with a decent hop flavor (pine/citrus), then transitions to a straight bitterness. Decent malt presence throughout. Bittering hop lingers way too long into the finish.

Medium body with nice carbonation levels.

Drinkability takes a hit due to the flavorless bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't have a problem putting down a few, but that dry bitterness might wear on the palette after a while.

Photo of TallPaul07
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pour a really nice amber color, definitely darker than I had expected and had a nice two finger head (aggressive pour).

S - The smell was not extremely strong, smelled a little piney/resiny but nothing to write home about - smelled like an IPA at least.

T - The front end of this beer had a really nice malt/hops balance with pretty good flavor, extremely smooth...but the finish was lacking.

M - As mentioned above this beer was very smooth and had a pretty nice mouthfeel in part due to the balance.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable, mostly because it's not a hop bomb and doesn't wreck your palette.

In summary, I wasn't disappointed with this brew. It certainly met my expectations. In scenarios when I would ordinarily buy a 6'er of SN, I would say this would be a pretty good alternative. This would also be a great beer for someone wanting to dip their toe into the IPA water!

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Marked "Best by" April 2011 (plenty fresh).

Pours a perfectly clear ad lovely amber color with a good amount of tan head. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing. Zero sediment in bottle.

Hops dominate the malts in both the aroma and the taste, but the hops don't mask the malts in either. IMO, this is how an IPA should be balanced. The bitterness is partly countered by malt sweetness; IBU around 60, I'd guess. There's a little earthiness (English hops?) and some citrus and fruity notes.

Perhaps the hops (a "select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude") could be more pronounced in both the aroma and flavor; so some might lower the rating a bit for not creating the full "hopslam" you sometimes get from an American IPA. While I too like a good "hopslam", this beer is so enjoyable it deserves a high rating. It does leave a long-lasting, and not overly bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M - moderate but very fine-grained carbonation; medium body

Photo of ahogue
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, dark amber color with some reds in it. Half-finger head stuck around as a lace on top.

S: Nice hop scents, some citrus in there.

T: Stronger than your typical Sam Adams, lots more hops. Good flavor, not too bitter, with a little fruit in the front.

M: Good carbonation, strong hops in the mouth.

D: Decent flavor, better than standard, easy to drink.

Photo of Triples
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine IPA. Looks good: bright copper color; smells good: citrusy grapfruity; tastes good: extremely well balanced between hop bitters and malty goodness. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Left an intriguing trail of lace down the side of the glass. Wonderfully drinkable. I think I'll have another.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 16 Aug 2010. Served in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Large light brown head. Minimally carbonated. Clear brick red in color. Aroma is nutty, somewhat malty, a bit astringent. Starts with some citrus and pine, becoming a little sweeter and maltier towards the middle and finish. Some caramel and almond. Finishes with a touch of resin and spice. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Overall not an in your face IPA but pretty easy to drink.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a bright amber into my pint class with an extremely creamy head that lasted until the very last drop.

S - Hops, hops and more hops.

T - This beer has a floral hop flavor that straddles the line between bitterness and savor. I really enjoyed every drink, the malts came through in the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy and a heavier mouthfeel for an IPA.

D - Very drinkable, the hops didn't build too much over time so I could have kept on drinking.

Photo of rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was burnt sienna in color, and the two finger thick head was nicely proportioned and durable. The hops smelled very herbal and earthy, and there was floral tinge to the smell as well. The taste was a well balanced affair, with malt sweetness coming across like hard toffee, and hop bitterness holding firm from start to finish of each sip. The mouthfeel was creamy and dry, with a puckering bitter finish and a drawn out aftertaste. A very well crafted AIPA from Sam Adams here, and the widespread availability makes it a beer I am probably going to fall back on quite often in the future.

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