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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 aerozeppl
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Super clear copper color. I mean they filtered the hell out of this. A finger of billowy white head sits on top of it. Sticky lacing.

S: The nose screams German hops which is not what an American IPA is. More the spiciness and earthiness of continental hops than anything else. Not a bad nose but not to style at all.

T: The hops are there but again are not the right type. It has a pleasant sweetness to it. The malt is almost the highlight of this beer rather than the hops.

M: A little bit sticky. Carbonation is good.

D: Meh. It is a decent beer but a poor American IPA. Not to style at all. Sadly I am pouring half this one as I have better beers in the fridge.

Photo of gford217
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear amber with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding an impressive creamy white head that shows exceptional retention.

Aroma is fairly subdued but still solid with some light juicy citrus, mainly oranges and pinapples. There is plenty of sweet, but lightly toasted caramel malts balancing things out.

The taste is more of the same though the hops take on a slightly more pungent grapefruit flavor than the aroma. The backbone is hefty with lots of bready malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation, almost effervescent. Slightly bitter, but nothing scathing.

This is a solid, well-balanced IPA that's as much sweet malts as it is hops. Still, a really solid effort from Boston Beer. One of the best I've had from them.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange color with an off white head. In the aroma, gritty grapefruit hop citrus. In the taste, pine hop bitterness and ending with a grapefruit hop, balanced out with a gingerbread like maltiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Quite English, with a hint of wesct coast IPA thought process.

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

pours a bright medium copper color a one finger tightly bubbled head and nice lace to the finish. mild fruity aroma along with hint of spice and citrus and pine. fruity and citrus up front then hops kick in the middle and finishs with a lingering hop bite. medium mouthfeel and carbonation good should make all the hop heads happy.

Photo of legatovibrato24
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deeper copper/amber than most IPAs, and also has a more clear color than i would have liked. Nonetheless the smell is citrus/pine with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Typical of an IPA thus far.

The taste yields a hop bite at first which I love, however it never seems to be balanced by a note of malt characteristics. Not a huge problem for a hophead like me, however he malt sweetness balancing the hops is usually what makes the bite of the next sip of a hoppy beer so fulfilling.

This is a solid offering from sam adams, but I would willingly pay $2 more for a sixer of dogfish 60 minute.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always up to try something new (at least new to me) from Sam Adams. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very clear copper color with a great head and nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly nondescript, as is the taste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Just not great either. I might not pick it up in the future, but I'm not sorry I picked it up today.

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice mid-deep copper color with excellent head and excellent lacing. Very nice scent with a deep citrus hop aroma and a nice sweet malt backing. Very deep and thick flavor with a nice up-front maltiness and a very huge hope (citrus and floral) bite on the tongue. Goes down fairly smooth, but there is a lasting hop roughness that hurts it.

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

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with some faint herbal notes. The taste is more herbal than the aroma with some citrus and pine. There is a firm bitterness that envelops the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine IPA that I would certainly drink again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paired with my homemade pad Thai, I call it "bad Thai."

Clear, marzen-like orange. Light beige head leaves snowstorm lace and long lasting lacey satisfaction.

Pine and peach fuzz hop aroma. Also has that noble hop, freshly vacuumed carpet smell. Settles into a faint hop candy as it warms.

Taste is soft pine with a light bitter kiss in back. Toasted cracker malt. Prickly hop resin mouthfeel.

A very Sam Adams brew. The sum is better than all its parts.

Photo of Kinsman
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been looking at trying this beer since it came out this summer, and am just now getting around to it.

Pours an amber colored body with a 1 finger thick mostly-white head. Head faded rather quick, but did leave a good looking lace behind.

Aroma is certainly unique compared to many other American IPA's. The blend of European and American hop varieties is very noticeable in the aroma, as it is not as citrusy as many American versions, but not as floral or spicy as an English IPA. Most notable would be an earthy and floral hop presence with a bit of a piney note lingering behind. Citrus notes are also noted, but not in the level that I'm used to. The malt also provides a bit of a toasted bread aroma.

The first taste is pleasantly bitter and heavy on the floral, earth and slightly spicy hops. Hallertau and East Kent Goldings have no problem showing off the Old Worlds best. The dry-hopped Simcoe provides a more familiar American twist with notes of citrus and pine. Again, the malt gives a slightly bready taste but at this point, the beer is fresh enough to be almost all hop flavor.

Mouthfeel shows of a medium-body feel and a slightly bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability ranks high on this IPA. I really appreciate the blend of different hops from around the world. As always, the Boston Beer Company has put out another quality product.

Photo of Kadonny
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle label in this one was blue, not green.

A: A medium copper orange color with a one finger white head. Some lacing but not a ton.

S: Herbal and earthy spicy hops with some slight citrus tones and some bready sweetness.

T: Lots of herbal hops with some mint tones and some earthy spicyness to it. The bready malt holds the beer together but it's far from sweet. Some slight citrus comes in at the end with a metallic type flavor that finishes bitter. A bit off putting for the finish.

M: Medium, but prickly and coating. No alcohol. Again, the finish is off.

D: Meh, that's all I can say. Average.

I had high hopes for this one and it left me disappointed. This almost had a bit of an English style to it, almost like it is trying to find an identity. The finish is what kills this beer with the metallic flavor that is a total turn off. I love that SA tried to make a good IPA, but I think they missed the mark. Shame.

Photo of theghost3
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, translucent copper with a 1-finger light white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is caramel malts and slight orange. The taste is herbal and bitter citrus hops; burnt toast with a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, crisp, and acidic.

This is just an average IPA. The appearance is a little darker than most IPAs. I really didn't like the metallic aftertaste and the major herbal qualities.

Photo of mntlover
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with some brownish tint nice big fluffy cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice light caramel malts with nice herbal hop notes minty with pine hints, over all not big in your face hop bomb more like a nice Pale Ale perhaps or an English IPA.

Taste is kind of disappointment from nose light malt some caramel notes underneath a grainy texture and flavor. Hops are present herbal mostly minty with pine like the nose. Lingering bitterness is light but the malt that lingers needs to be better less grainy or perhaps I'm missing something.

Mouthfeel is nice a big medium but lighter in finish at same time kind of weird but nice fell .

Drinkability is well eh looks good, smells good taste is just not there for me. Then again might have it again and love it lord knows bought enough stuff i raved about before and on second tasting wondered wtf I was thinking the first time.

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

Appearance: Pours to a dark, caramel-brown with strong ruby undertones. Light-tan head that hangs around and leaves some moderately sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of herbal hops in the nose, and not much else.

Taste: Some moderate grainy malt up front followed by those previewed herbal hops. However, the herbal hops give way to a citrusy, metallic bitterness that doesn't sit too well with me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Although I do not particularly care for the citrus flavor coming through in the finish, this is not the worst American IPA I have had.

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

A - Pours a copper amber color with a large rocky head and mild carbonation. The head retains fairly well and leaves a creamy layer across the top. As I work through the glass, the foam sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy.

S - The nose is poor as it's tough to get any aroma, what's there is very faint. Slightly sweet from the malt, a little herbal, and faint lemon with citrus.

T - Earthy, grassy, herbal, a little floral, some lemony zest, and pine bitterness. The balance is very, very good. The lemon flavoring coming through reminds me too much of a flavor type I experience with some lagers, that part I don't particularly care for. What I do like is the hops have some bite, especially at the end and a lingering hop pine bitterness. It's definitely an American IPA style and not English style. The balance is good and the hops are very bold for a Sam Adams beer.

M - Medium body, semi-dry to dry finish, lots of pricklies on the tongue.

D - Good.

I see myself buying this for a big party, for quaffing, as possibly a "tweener beer" to introduce a lager drinker to the IPA world. It will be interesting to see what the shelf life of this stuff will be, wish Sam would put fresh dates on the bottle. Overall, I'm not blown away by it but I am thrilled to see this company finally brew something in the IPA family. It's a nice first step. Besides Utopias (an impressive beer), I think the Imperial Hallertau Pils they brewed a few years ago blows this beer away. I really wish they would brew that one again, it's the one and only Sam Adams beer I've ever purchased multiple cases of and for an Imperial Pils, it ranks very high on my list.

Photo of gopens44
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery and crystal clear. Head was about 1" height until it burned off, leaving a thin layer of laced bubbles

S - Roasted malts and not a heck of a lot else. Let it warm up even more to find, not much else. Nose was working fine too.

T - Hops came out pretty quick, as so did the taste of either molasses or slightly burnt caramel popcorn. Not a bad taste mind you, but that's the best or most accurate comparison I cna make. Obviously it was from the malts. Something a little synthetic about this beer that I can't put my finger on, like hop extract used? Wasn't bad, certainly wasn't infected, just a little off in balance.

M - A little dry with high carbonation. Silky finish

D - Not bad. Not my favorite IPA by a mile, but it's worth a buy if there's slim pickings at a bar, outing or store.

Photo of Bonis
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber, large off white head with good retention, leaves a little lace. Pretty standard for an IPA, but looks good.

S - A nice mix of hops, some citrus and tropical aromas peak through. A nice touch of toasted malts and a hint of caramel are also apparent.

T - A big hop bite up front, herbal and spicy. Bitterness lingers in the mouth for a few seconds, but not overbearing. A sweet caramel malt aftertaste mixes with citrus and tropical hop flavors and a touch of tea leaf, which is quite pleasant. A fairly well balanced beer, but I've tasted better IPAs for sure.

M - Pretty full bodied considering the ABV. There is a bit of burning sensation as well, but not because of the alcohol. A nice crispness to finish.

D - A pretty easy drink, but not one I'll go for often. A very solid offering from Sam Adams nonetheless.

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, amber in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney hop and citrus notes
Taste-Robust, toasted malt, then a pleasant burst of hops that lingers to the finish. Nicely balanced with toasted malt and hop leaf bitterness. Tasty. Probably my favorite offering from S.A. so far.

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are from yesterday; this paired very nicely with tacos.

The color is a clear, deep burnished copper. A fluffy white head stands at just over one finger and maintains itself for more than a reasonable length of time before dissipating to a thick foam that leaves an absolute curtain of lacing all down the glass.
Hops aromas off the bat balance nicely with a caramel malt. Earthy and herbal/grassy notes are present with a light sweetness, but the aroma is lighter than the flavor and a bit tough to get much from.
The flavor follows suit, though more strongly. A nice, sturdy hops presence mingles with a doughy and caramel malt. A sweetness comes in and out. Hops are solid but are more of an APA strength. This is a nice, tasty brew that could be more hop-forward for the style, though it is good. Citrus lies underneath.
A medium body with a nice balance of crisp and smooth make up the mouthfeel, contributed to by a moderate carbonation.
This is extremely drinkable and a good IPA from Sam Adams.

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

A- Pours out red with a foamy white cap. Head retention is good. A small ring seems to leave more lace than it should be able to.

S- Ripe tropical fruit and lemon citrus hints. Bready yeast and malt notes in the background. Some caramel malt.

T- Hop forward but pretty much balanced out by the malt. The hops lend a lot of citrus zest and pine as well as a slight tropical fruit. Somewhat floral as well. The finish brings a bready yeast and some grainy malt.

MF- The body is in the lighter range of things but has a nice creaminess to it. Bitterness is appropriate for the style and hop flavors of the beer.

DB- The more I drink, the more the floral and bitterness kick up. I don't have a problem with this but it began to take away from the better flavors of the beer. That being said, it is still a solid IPA.

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

a-dark red colour with minimal head.

s-spicey hops and some of the more citrus type hops coming through. Not a ton of malt character in the smell.

t-Def tastes more like an english IPA but definitely beefed up. Some American IPA shines through IMO via the grapefruit hops.

m-Feels about average for a 5.8abv beer.

d-this beer is ridiculously drinkable. I haven't been reaching for SA alot lately but this could change all that.

Photo of RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Latitude 48 at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

ours a tarnished copper color and is clear. Modest creamy off-white head, has a little staying power and sticks to the glass.

Smell is a grain aroma, with a candy-like fragrance. Bit of a toffee and caramel essence.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a bitter cereal flavor on the finish. Not a hop bomb, and it is absent the citrus grapefruit flavors of the typical American IPA. I make it more of the British style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean. Dry bitter afertaste.

Very drinkable, and nice break from the traditional American IPA. I'll pick this up when I see it.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A. 1 finger head. Color is a dark orange ruby. Nice retention. Some lacing.

S. Smell is decently hoppy. Some Piney hop aromas. Get some bitterness as well. Caramel malt. Pretty nice balance. A little bit of citrus hop smell comes out as it warms.

T. Taste is a lot like the nose. Some piney hop flavors. Pretty decent bitterness from the hops balanced well against a sweet malt base. Some caramel malt flavors come out. Pretty well balanced easy drinking IPA. Not bad for Sam Adams.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a semisweet finish.

D. Drikable. Smooth and well balanced. Not a bad IPA by any means. Pretty good beer for Sam Adams. Hope this shows up on tap at more places.

Photo of claminat420
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent amber color with a off white colored head. head is very frothy that leaves medium amount of lacing.

S- caramel from the malt. from the hops all i can get is a slight earthy floral scent with the slightest citrus hint.

T- same as smell. for an ipa the hop action is quite weak but what can you expect from a bigger brewery who doesn't usually mess with this style.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

D- prolly won't by this ever again.

Overall- coming from MI i can get WAYYY better ipa's than this.. founder's centennial ipa, short's huma, etc. prolly wont buy ever again but just thought it was worth a try.

Photo of Star80
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code best before February 2011, so I'd figure this one was brewed around August? Pours out a dark copper, not one of those pale IPA, this one will have a solid malty base. Hops are clinging the sides of my Perfect Pint glass quite nicely. By the way, the glass is great, really good for most of the beers I drink. Anyway, has that fainty stale hop smell. I had one of these in my summer variety pack and did not get this smell, you know, that tragic smell of dead hops. It is slightly stale smell, not a big one. BUT, I am not getting even the same floral hop smell I get from a good old fresh Boston Lager. The hops are herbal, earthy, from the European hops firstly, and end with a grapefruity citrus from the American, must be Cascades. But there a malty sweetness, making this is very balanced IPA. In fact, I would say this is an untypical American IPA which I am accustomed to. Mouthfeel in great and this is highly drinkable.

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