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

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Ratings: 3,309
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Against artificial lighting a cherry orange color has a light, but rapid sense of rise for carbonation. The head is frothy, a good size, with an equally good retention rate that leaves a thick band for a lacing.

S: Ale like fruitiness or raw apple skins go against a pine and flowery grapefruit hopping. The strength is moderate, nothing that will bowl you over but still enough to be respectable if you give it a chance. Toasted caramel comes on the close with some light lemony juice notes.

T: Smooth flavor, toasted caramel sweetness meets a typical west coast hopping of flowery cascade notes. A bite of grapefruit appears mid-palate with a slight left hook, before a close of caramel grains and dry hops of flowery citrus. The dry hopping really shines at the proper temperature, especially moments right before the swallow with a nice balance as with most their beers. Adequate in hops, smooth in character, and a good backing of malts.

M: Medium with a creamy caramel malt base rests on the tongue. Light effervesce with some detection on the tip of the tongue along with a flowery coating.

D: Sam Adams continues to make session quality beers. Some may argue they don't go big enough but their beers are always a joy to drink, and provide enough quality and cleanness to be case worthy in most respect. They hardly disappoint and this is no exception. Looking for a hop bomb, maybe not so much, looking for a good quality, sessionable ipa with great balance that you can easily share with your friends, look no further.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into and sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color with some reddish colors. Small white head floating on top with decent carbonation in the body of the beer.

The aroma is on par with a good IPA. Hoppy and crisp, some bitter notes, backed by a decent aroma of fresh baked bread. A little more malty in the nose than other IPAs, but a pretty good balance.

First up on the palate is citrus, followed by light caramel and honey, then finishing with some bitter, peppery notes. This is a nice, bitter IPA. I like that. It is very active on the tongue, and puts out some pretty solid flavor.

Overall, not a bad IPA...I hadn't seen this one from Sam Adams before, and thought I would give it a try...glad I did.

Photo of Lerxst
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours copper in color with a one finger off white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Somewhat subdued for an IPA. Faint pine and citrus hop aromas linger, but aren't pronounced at all. A bready malt presence also makes itself known.

T-Balanced comes to mind here. Neither the hops or the malt are taking over. Citrus hops coming through with an equally balanced attack from the bready malt. Slightly sweet and a bit spicy.

M-Not quite medium body with a somewhat harsh carb bite that detracts.

D-Fairly easy drinking, but doesn't make me want another.

A decent, but not inspiring offering from SA.

Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a medium amber to copper and not quite as crystal clear as Sam Adams usually seem to be (regardless of style). The head is not very thick, but is creamy and lasts throughout the drink as a solid blanket of timy bubbles and lots of lace.

S - There is an interesting interplay of American West Coast hops and malt. The hops seem piney and resiny.

T - The taste is not as interesting as the aroma. They resiny hops are right at the front and they are not sufficiently balanced by malt or sweetness. Alcohol is not detectable. In the aftertaste are lots more hops. The label talks about a variety of hops being used, but American West Coast is all I detect.

M - The body is moderate and is lightened somewhat by carbonation. There is some mouth-coating sweetness that leaves you with an overall satisfying feeling (but not too heavy).

D - This is a pretty decent IPA. I think it is a better example of its style than many of Sam Adams' attampts at classic styles. Still, there are so many IPAs out there, this one doesn't stand out in any particular way.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/30/10

Best before March 2011

Copper in color with amber highlights. One inch of dense foam. The head drops pretty quickly but retention is decent, as are the swaths of lace.

The aroma has a sharp, herbal & medicinal edge. Astringent & reminiscent of solvency. Pine & citrus - lemon zest mostly with a little orange peel. Not too malty; just a general toastiness.

The taste starts off with a kick of pine bitterness, progresses to a none-too-substantial malt middle ground of toasted bread & a touch of caramel, them moves on to a dry, mildly citric-laden finish of lemon zest, grapefruit pith & orange peel.

Latitude 48 is medium bodied, though pretty sharp. Carbonation is higher than average but not too prickly. The finish is quite dry & has an odd, chalky feel. Residual bitterness lingers.

Drinkability is fine. This beer isn't anything special but it's decent enough. I was given a bottle by a co-worker. Had I bought a six pack, I wouldn't have trouble finishing it over a few days. That said, this market is ripe with better IPAs in this price range, so I won't have the opportunity.

Photo of paulkramer
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lame. Great color, nice lacing, fair taste and drinkability. Nothing memorable. Strange mix. Almost tastes like their Boston Lager. Why did I choose this over all the other IPA's out there? I expected something much better from SA. Definitely will not buy again.

Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours extremely clear - light brown with just a few gold highlights. Head formation is off white in color, breaks down to a quick film.

S - An equal combination of some 2 row sweetness, caramel malts, and just a bit of grapefruit hopping. Very fruity.

T - Starts off with some nutty caramel notes, but lots of bitterness behind it. Some earthy, grapefruit hops come in mid-stream, bringing more balance. Finishes somewhat dry, extra bitter. Seems like more english than american hops.

M - Moderate to full bodied - carbonation adds alot of body as well. Strong textured - finishes with a bit of a bitter oily texture.

D - Very drinkable. ABV is manageable. For an IPA, I don't find this beer to be an over the top hop bomb. Flavors are generally well integrated - although can be very bitter.

This seems to be more of an English IPA to me...

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper with a nice sticky head and lots of lacing.

S- Weak smells of some medicinal bitterness, pine and citrus rind.

T- Bitter, medicinal and citrus rind. Its too astringent and mechanical tasting. Im not getting a nice fresh hoppiness.

M- Wildly carbonated. It hurts.

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery orange with a short, persistent, off-white cap. A bit of lacing, moderately sticky. The aroma was grassy and fruity, tropical mango, light citrus, some caramel and herbal character in the background. Sturdy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Solid hop flavour throughout, herbal and grassy, citrus and fruity. Mild caramel sweetness with (surprisingly) a bit of alcohol noticeable towards the end. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Pretty good overall.

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't a particularly good AIPA, it's alright and nothing more. I just had a Sierra Nevada wet hop and there is just no comparison. The beer is crystal clear amber with not much head, a touch of lace, and a rather cloying perfume like whiff in the nose. There are also sweetish malts in the nose that don't belong there.

The taste is very leafy, very dry, not much malty backbone to this one. It is watery, tart, leafy, and lacks the estery notes and piney resins to make this even slightly memorable. This is just one more in a long line of disappointing offerings from SA. It's okay, its not offensive, its quite drinkable, it just isn't a very good AIPA. There isn't much aftertaste because once the tart leafy hops are gone, there just isn't much left in the mouth to draw the flavor out. There is a slight chicory sweet malt flavor underneath and it doesn't belong there. There are so many better AIPAs why settle for this one.

Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before February 2011, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Latitude 48 pours a deep cherry color, with bright red highlights shining through. Possibly the darkest IPA I've ever seen. Bone colored head is about two fingers in height. Head retention is middling, but the beer leaves sheets of lacing down the side of my glass. The nose is hoppy enough to be an American IPA, but has more of the aroma of an English IPA, very herbal and spicy, with just a hint of citrus in the background. There's also a healthy caramel presence. The malty sweetness is still caramel on my palate, and it's pretty brief. The hop bitterness comes in next and is fairly pronounced, right in line for an American IPA. The hop flavors on the back end are really great, it's a pretty balanced blend of grapefruit/citrus and herbal/spicy. Most IPAs I've had have either strongly American or strongly English/European hop flavors, but Latitude 48 lets both shine through prominently. In terms of malt/hops interplay Latitude 48 is a fairly balanced IPA. The result is a beer with a little bit more rich of a mouthfeel than one might expect (especially for a beer that's under 6%ABV), but it doesn't become too big for the beer. Carbonation is soild, but I would have preferred it to be even a little higher to go along with the body. Latitude 48 is another solid offering from Sam Adams, a balanced and drinkable IPA with great hop flavor.

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep red. Head is minimal, retention is also minimal, but lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: Sweet, slightly sharp citrus hops.

Taste: Opens with pine hops and grapefruit. There's a bit of a tug of war here between the citrus hops and some smooth malts. The malts start off winning the tug of war, but then by the end they're losing. Neither gets taken over. Some bitter lemon comes in at the end of the battle. It's a pretty good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Decently high carbonation and an average body.

Drinkability: Like most Sam Adams, this sticks out in the drinkability area. I could drink these all day long. The ABV is pretty low for an IPA, even if it doesn't feel that way.

Another solid choice from Sam Adams.

Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured into a becker glass.

Brew pours a copper amber color. Nice burnt orange. Thick chunky, lace leaving head. Lace leaves behind a nice ring and a thick head remains as you drink. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet citrusy hops, earthy nose as well. Biscuit malts are detected. A solid slightly above average smell.

Brew is balanced and smooth, sweet hops, biscuit malts. Brew has a decent carbonation and hop spice to it and is smoothed out by the biscuit malts. Slight hop oil resin is detected in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter finish, dry drinking. Brew is good and tasty.

Very good solid drinkable IPA. A brew that will not offend a hop newbie, but will definitely hit the spot for a hop fix. Very good drinkable brew. Case worthy.

Photo of goalie33
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 13 oz tulip glass.
A: Red-amber color. Thin off-white head sticks around. Lots of carbonation. Very clear color. Some lacing on the glass.
S: Nice floral, hoppy aroma.
T: Malty beginning gives way to a dry but not so bitter finish. Very high drinkability.

This was my first IPA and based on what I've heard about thee style, this one is very mild. Just like most Sam Adams brews, it is not towards the extreme end of its style.

Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before Feb (2011) notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus with caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Pine up front followed by a toasted bread-like flavor in the middle and ending with bitter citrus. Flavor is quite dry. Aftertaste is bitter lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem.

Overall: Very solid overall. There are better IPAs out there, but this is worth trying.

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

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours rather dark for an IPA; it's dark copper colored with a finger of off-white, creamy, and acidic head with excellent lacing.

S: The nose features piney/resiny hops with a strong caramel malt character, and noticeable-but-not-prominent citrus notes in the background.

T: The taste reveals grapefruit, piney hops, coriander, pepper, and some breadiness that turns a bit sour and funky at the end.

M: It is medium bodied and creamy.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of SA but kudos to them for a nice brew. I'm reminded of HopDevil.

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

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness date noted on the bottle side. Poured a medium to dark amber with a creamy one-finger head that quickly receded into a tight cap. Nice, clingy lacing.

S - the hops are there in spades along with a little bit of pepper.

T - pepper was also heavy in the taste along with a good bit of resin. not as hoppy as it smelled. some grass tones are also present.

M - medium-bodied with average carbonation. the aftertaste was pleasant...not overpowering.

D - not SA's best offering, but not bad. hard to find down south so i don't get the chance to partake of it very often, but i enjoy it when i do.

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

Latitude 48 is a pretty beer. It pours a vibrant golden orange with a medium cream colored head. Like the rest of Sam Adams' beers, though, the head is made of huge bubbles that soon pop, leaving the cap looking like swiss cheese before it disappears completely. That kind of bugs me, but it's not a big deal. Some people like it.

Like all IPAs, the beer lives and dies on the aroma and the taste. Latitude 48 tastes mainly English to me. Simcoe hops taste earthy to me, as do East Kent Goldings, so the combination seems to make sense. But that earthy, slightly pungent, slightly spicy taste is pretty much all I get in the hops department. None of the big citrus or pine you'd expect from an American IPA.

This lack of American characteristics isn't necessarily a bad thing. Like a good English IPA, there's a nice balance between the malt and the hops. But I just find it kind of bland. Whether it's a problem with this beer or whether I just don't like the English style (I haven't found one that I've loved yet, but then I've never been to England), I don't know. But if I'm going to be drinking an IPA, I want the hops to kick me in the teeth. There's nothing wrong with balance and a safecracker's touch with hops, but if that's what I'm looking for I'll drink an English pale ale or bitter.

Latitude 48 is not a bad beer at all, but I don't think it accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden-enjoyed in a willybecker chilled.

The color is medium copper with good clarity and a rocky beige cap with spacious bubbles and average sized bead. The lace clings well and carbonation is visible. The smell is slightly sweet with herbal hop aromas with a subtle citrusy accent and mild caramel from the malt. the texture has semi-high carbonation with moderately balanced bitterness and moderate astringency with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor starts slightly citrus oriented with a mild grapefruit rind and lemon zest quality and moves into a slight toasted/caramel malt flavor in the midddle. The hops have a different kind of citrus and herbal quality which is zesty and comes off as slightly tart, but not overly bitter. The malt seems to shadow the hops slightly but the overall flavor is pretty balanced like a strong american pale with a good amount of hop flavor. I enjoyed this beer and I was not surprised where Sam Adams went with it, just wish it could have had a bit more...something. It was drinkable and I liked it, but it didn't completely win me over.

I had this alongside the other 3 of the 4 'deconstructed' single hop latitude 48's and I must say I have a newfound respect for the beer -the singling out of the hops allows you to see how the hops are blended to make this beer and they are utilized very well. I still prefer a slightly drier mouthfeel than this beer has with less caramel to distract from the hops, but there is sufficient hop flavor in this and the aroma is very pleasant too. I think the feel and color would be the only categories I would change and I stand by this review I just wanted to share the insight the 'deconstructed' version gave me and point out I appreciat the fact Sam Adams did this. This is probably the best beer for them to try it with too, although a boston lager with all of the single hops would probably be a cool experiment.

Photo of iamnitrox
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Darker than most IPAs, which was a little odd, but I liked the amber-ish color of it

S-Very hoppy bouquet that was pleasing on the nose

T-Wonderfully bitter with alot of aftertaste that was dry and hoppy. It breathes out the nose very good and lingers.

M-Definately strong and pushy on the tastebuds. But I like it that way. It is even similar to some Imperial IPAs. Definately has a strong character.

D-A little heavy on the palate. Similar in heaviness to the Bear Republic Racer no. 5 IPA or the Stone 14th anniv I-IPA. Sticks on the tongue, but tastes great at colder and cellar temps. Very nice standing alone.

This was a pleasant surprise from Samuel Adams. I never would have imagined that anything from Boston Brewing would be my favorite India Pale ale thus far.

Photo of sway0925
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with an eggshell head which fell apart quickly.

smell had a nice floral bouquet, good hops sweet malty

taste of fresh woodsy hops, roasted malt, a very well balanced earthiness, a light body.

good mouth feel, soft body

drinkability is good but not great would like to have seen this with a little more body reminds me of a good session beer some sweet and hoppy to start the night with.

Photo of Dodt
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a single bottle of this on a trip to the six pack store
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance copper colored with a thick cream colored head
smell a strong hoppy smell with a bit of sweetness
taste a slightly sweet beer with a bit of maltyness
for me this another quality beer from the people at boston beer.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crisp and translucent copper body topped by a somewhat frothy eggshell colored head standing over an inch tall. The head leaves some nice lacing as the brew is consumed.

S - Wet pineapple, some red licorice and slightly sweet malt.

T - Mild, leafy hops layered over a firm base malt of slightly roasted grains.

M - Moderately coarse which assists in calling out some of the hoppy flavor. It goes down well.

~ Overall this is a beer that I recommend everyone try, especially if you enjoy a good Pale Ale or IPA. The beer's flavors are mild enough to not overwhelm your palette but still come through offer some nice character.

Photo of bernardus1212
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tall footed pilsner. I had this guy during a BBQ. poured a bright orange color nice white head. The smell was intoxicating. Nice balance between the sweetness and the hops. Taste had a little lemon great hops and a touch of malt sweetness. I drank this guy all day long in the florida sun. Paired well with the guava grilled wings I had too. Highly recommend this beer for just that occasion.

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

A - Clear copper. Thick, dense foam.

S - Fruity, peppery spice, grapefruity citrus and honey undertones.

T - Sweet-ish, not too bitter and a soft alcoholic tone. Hops are pine, herbs, grass and citrus. A bit of chalky earthiness as well.

M - Smooth, soft body.

D - OK brew. Nice flavour and mouthfeel, but doesn't stand out amongst IPAs.

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