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

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 343 | FT: 0
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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 keith712
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack I picked up, wanted to try another IPA...

appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a nice 1.5" head. This IPA is very clear and a warm copper color. The head dissipated fast but held a thin 1/8" all the way down, leaving some lacing.

nose: I can tell it's an IPA but something else is hiding in there, the malt perhaps, some piney tones, not alot of grapefruit/citrus presence like most of the hoppier IPA's.

taste: It doesn't bite hard at all, the malt-iness takes hold, finally the bitter comes on late and presents the hops albeit not real powerful. Low to low medium carbonation. Dare I say there is some sweetness hiding in there as well. Crispness, not really...

mouthfeel: Heavier on the palate than it would see from it's appearance. Not a real fast drinker as it seems to hang around in the mouth a bit. Feels a little flat (I think a bit more carbonation would help this one).

drinkability: Not alot, at least to me. As noted earlier, it's kind of "heavy in the mouth." At a rated 5.8% alcohol it's not real "hot" either.

Overall: This IPA does not present the crisp hops "punch" I have come to love from a nice IPA and lacks the strength of some better IPA's such as Stone and Sierra Nevada. FAR better than the average crap beer but a few notches below my favorites. I will drink this one only if my favorites are not available. I score it a 6.5 out of 10.

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

A- A burnished gold color with a finger length of head. It quickly subsides and leaves minimal lacing in the glass.

Smell- Piney with hints of citrus peel. Grapefruity. Slight malt aroma in the back ground. Hoppy but smooth

T- First to hit is the slightly caramel sweetness of the malt, but the bitterness of the hops comes crashing down on it. Tangy grapefruit notes hit first followed by a pine resin flavor of the simcoe hops. Finally the bitterness subsides leaving behind a grainy grassy aftertaste.

M- Smooth with a bit of astringent bitterness on the back-end. Slightly bright resonants.

D- Very easy drinking.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my perfect pint glass

A - Clear, golden orange with a nice sized white head resting on top.

S - Some citrus and pine mixed with pale malts but not picking up much in the aroma of this one.

T - Light citrus and piney hops mingle with the pale malts to create a pretty balanced beer. Extremely average in all way's.

M - medium bodied, normal amount of carbonation for the style

D - Drinkable for sure but not really extraordinary. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these but I know I could find a better IPA almost anywhere.

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

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger lumpy tan head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Sticky webs and rings of lacing.

S: Rich caramel malts. Citrus, grapefruit and pine.

T: Sweet caramel up front with a little citrus bite. Bready malt character in the middle along with resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Sharly bitter in the finish and a little dry. Maybe a little sweet aftertaste, but a nicley balanced IPA (won't be hoopy enough for some).

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, clean and dry with a little resiny character in the middle.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Moderate abv make it sessionable.

Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and garnet; attractive looking. Hoppy smell is a bit different, seems to lean more on the Euro side. Taste is also different but enjoyable (that much more actually since I've never had a beer quite like this). It has a firm hop sting with a dry finish. Body is on the full side with a smooth texture. Malts are working well, providing just enough sweetness. I like it.

A nice beer with a unique take on an IPA--a refreshing change from the ubiquitous citrus bombs.

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

A: Golden orange with a gorgeous frothy off white head that's already leaving awesome lacing.

S: piney floral hops. Some orange citrus also.
Smells very tasty.

T: nice piney floral with some grassiness. Very tasty and a real nice mixture of flavors. I believe they use alot of simcoe in this which proves once again that's one of my favorite hop varieties.

M: nice light bodied. Smooth crisp and a super easy drinker. Great carbonation.

Overall: I never even heard of this Sam Adams offering until today when I was putting together a mixed sixer at wegmans. A very pleasant surprise. Very Enjoyable and at 5.8% it's a great sessionable drinker with lots of flavor.

Photo of rpardon7
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a coppery orange brown with a tight white head that remained for much of the beer and left nice lacing. Smell is of piney and citrus hops maybe a hint of grass. Taste is dominated by hops but not a real strong hop flavor very mild and citrusy, not a ton of malt but a hint of sweetness come from the malt. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp medium carbonation. This is not an overwhelming ipa which might be nice for someone getting into the craft realm. That said its a solid no frills or big kick ipa that is very drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little bit of citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by a hops presence that is on the lighter side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's certainly not one of the tops beers that I've had in the style but it's still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber color with a finger sized head that stays put.

Smell: Full hop aroma with floral notes. Beautiful strong hop smell.

Taste: Pine, citrus and floral hops wrapped into smooth malts. Good balance between the two. The bitterness is lower than I'd expect from an IPA but almost perfect for this beer. Not a strong alcohol presence apparent from the taste.

Drinkability: Fantastic beer. The mix of hops makes this beer refreshing and interesting enough to keep one interested. This is the best beer I've had from Sam Adams. Typically their beers lack the malt body I'd expect from a particular style but this AIPA hits the mark.

Photo of madjr80
4.32/5  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.

Photo of philbertk
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of nniicckkww
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Freshie
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of JMOvechkin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of whisperjet
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of bgjohnston
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Photo of BierFan
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Thur123
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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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.

Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.


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


Photo of khiasmus
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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