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

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

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3,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 209 | 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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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12 pack. 'Enjoy before' date notched August 2010.

Pours a dark, almost brownish-orange color, with a soft, khaki head. Lace rings the entire glass. Smell is floral, sharp, a bit minty, and sweet, like a fresh cut lawn. Taste is very hoppy at first, wet leafy, lawny, grassy hops with a twinge of lime at the end. The malt base is subdued, but not-so-obviously there based on the deep color of this brew. A touch of raw-sugar sweetness within the sip. Finishes dry, but not a lot of aftertaste. Pleas for the next drink. I'm a bit confused by the multinational hops, maybe it is a bit of overload, but this is definitely a unique offering from Sam Adams, and something I'm glad to have sampled.

sixerofelixir, May 26, 2010
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +12%

American IPA, huh? I'm thinking more American ESB.

This beer makes up for some of the duds in the Summer Brewmaster's Selection.

A -- Deep copper with a light tan head, surprised to see the dark, rich color.

S -- Earthy English hop notes, toffee and some vague spicy hops in the finish.

T -- Earthy, biscuit, some toffee mixed with mild diacetyl, mildly citrus bittering as a mellow backbone.

M -- Soft to chewy mouthfeel with a medium to heavy body.

D -- Drinkability is very nice, but could become overpowering after a couple. The flavor and character of this brew is very nice. I think they got the hop balance better than Goose Island's Mild Winter -- which begs the question, this big and bold a beer in a Summer Seasonal selection?

steveh, May 25, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Pours a deep copper color with a creamy khaki-colored head that retains quite well and leaves some nice lattice patterns of lace on the glass. As expected, Sam Adams nails the appearance aspect here.

S: Heavy caramel and an earthy presence, though the hops aren't quite as intense as I would prefer. Hop aromatics are mainly citrus, grassy, and a bit floral. Definitely could use a bit more intensity, especially given the solid malt backbone. More hops would really make this shine.

T&M: Flavor, like the aroma, is light in the hop department. Some nice citrus and herbal flavor, almost like a light Simcoe presence, with a hefty caramel malt presence. Finish showcases some lingering leafy hop flavor with a hint of toasted caramel. Body is medium with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: Lower ABV makes it easy to drink, but more hops would've made it even better. Reminds me of a lighter version of Hop Ottin' IPA, specifically. A solid brew from Sam Adams, though.

BamaBeerBuff, May 24, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle, 5.8% abv. Best before August. Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Head holds well for a few minutes, then fades leaving a nice patchwork of lace.

Caramel toasty malt leads the way in the nose. Spicy, and slightly floral hop aroma. A hint of fruit near the end.

As in the nose, the malt character is caramel and toasty. Things balance well with the slightly spicy, softly floral hops. A noble hop feel to this. Bitterness is somewhat restrained, but really works with the malt character. A dry finish.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. The caramel character cuts back on the drinkability a bit for me. Still, I like the flavors working here. Really comes across like a well made amber than an ipa.

Bierguy5, May 23, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Nice dark ale, very appealing to the eye with a nice head and lacing.

S: Lots going on here, strong hops, caramel malt, citrus, and pine all at once.

T: Pretty complex in my opinion. Not a hop bomb, but a nice mild introductory IPA. Lots going on, hops are the dominant force but there's also some citrus and strong aftertaste.

M: Very smooth and crisp, goes down clean

O: Very drinkable. Nice and tasty, I'd enjoy this on a hot day.

If this were available in a sixer, I'd buy it. The only place I've found it was in the Summer sampler pack and I'm not willing to put up with the Blackberry Witbier just to get it.

bundy462, May 23, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12%

The new beer in the summer Sam Adams variety pack. Pours a nice light amber color, nice frothy head to it. Faint hoppy aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, slight carbonation. Some good hop flavors in there, but not overpowering like most. Lacks the usual citrusy burst characteristic of most IPA's. Finishes clean and smooth, quite well balanced. Expected this one to be a little more 'in the face' with the hops, but it's pretty subdued actually. A nice easy drinking IPA though, it's easy on the taste buds.. solid brew, definitely recommended.

oriolesfan4, May 23, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Part of the Sam Adams Summer 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Plenty of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Vaguely floral. On the muted side.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little caramel malt. Again, on the timid side.
Not a hop bomb, fairly well-balanced.
Decent IPA.

lordofthewiens, May 22, 2010
Photo of jimj21
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

Twelve ounce bottle bought as part of Samuel Adams Summer sampler twelve pack. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with about two and a half fingers of beige head. Retention and lacing are both great. Good amount of bubble activity in the glass. I would expect a little haze from an IPA though.

Smell is the low point of this beer. What is there is good, but it is just weak overall. With an IPA, I expect to not have to search for the aroma. What is there is floral and citrusy in the way of hop aroma and some caramel malt.

I was not expecting a hop bomb and I didn't get one. This is a very good, balanced IPA. The hops used give this spicy and piney flavors. A touch of citrus is there too. Malt comes through as caramel and toasted bread. Bitterness is mild and balances the malt sweetness on the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Good level of carbonation, but definitely not over the top. Creamy texture. A bit dry.

This is a great beer and a great IPA. Very balanced, but all the flavors come through nicely. I hope this becomes a year round addition to the Samuel Adams lineup. This is one of the best I have had from the Boston Beer Company.

jimj21, May 21, 2010
Photo of CheckMate
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. pours an clear amber color with an inch and a half of off white head. scents of bright lemony hops and bready malts hit the nose. The taste of grassy hops immediately hits the tongue with bitter lemon citrus and bready malts in the background. medium bodied with light/moderate carbonation but has a grassy aftertaste. pretty good drink ability, wished it was a little bit brighter with the hops IMO but an okay drink all the same.


CheckMate, May 20, 2010
Photo of gratedjuice
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

A- amber colored ale with a light foam, nothing special

S- Has a pleasant light hop smell, nothing too overwhelming

T- Bitter taste with light citrus flavoring. Very refreshing and a great choice for a summer beer.

M- it has a light carbonation but is still smooth

D- Nice smooth summer beer, not my favorite but I would definitely order it again. If you can find it give it a try.

gratedjuice, May 20, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

A: Deep amber color with a huge white head that overflows a little from the glass and looks a bit like soap foam. Decent lace and nice clarity.

S: Very floral and slightly soapy smelling with maybe a touch of lemon.

T: Very clean with some resinous pine oil and a decent bitter pine finish. A mile sweetness is detectable. Heavy herbal presence and some grassiness

M: More body than i expected for the abv and very full.

D: Very easy to put this one down and with enough flavor to quench my thirst. I would have liked it to be a bit more citrusy but overall a very solid offering

mikey711, May 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is grassy and piney hops but is very faint. The flavor is grassy hops with some pine and citrus mixed in but it is a little faint as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this IPA, but it could be a little more aggressive in the flavor and aroma.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +12%

Part of a sampler that I have been crawling through, thanks to the wide scale availability of Oberon.

This is a radiant red-amber clear body, with a thin white head, clinging a little to the side of the glass.

Highly floral aroma, a big malty sweet one with a good floral hop character.

The flavor is a crisp combo of a violent piney hop at the front, which has surprisingly little staying power, towards the middle there are some oaky flavors and a hint of vineyard---grape, pear. All in all a very hefty flavor that isn't one note.

Well balanced feel but a little watery.

A nice balance, not the most head turning brew but a worthy taste.

cnally, May 18, 2010
Photo of Thiestru
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber with a one-finger whitish head, which later diminishes but some foam remains nonetheless. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: The smell reminds me of the old Imperial Pilsner, owing to the German hops. Very floral. Caramel malts are present, too; altogether a delicious smell.

Taste: Completely delivers on what the smell promised. Floral hops, check. Caramel malts, check. What it makes me think of is a stronger version of Boston Lager, stronger in alcohol content and flavor. It isn't a massive wallop of bitterness, but it's really scrumptious, and different from most IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, kind of creamy.

Drinkability: I'm very happy about this new beer from Sam Adams, and I hope I find this around in the next few months, because I want to keep this on hand. This is a perfect session IPA, because of the delicious, non-extreme flavor and relatively low ABV.

Thanks for another great brew, Boston Brewing Co.!

Thiestru, May 17, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: Not too much head retention or foam. Dark amber and pretty transparent.

Smell: Cloves with a hint of pepper. Lot of malt as well. I like this a lot!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily spiced, like cloves, with a very strong maltiness as well. Good piny hop bitterness in the end. The total package makes this taste like coffee. Smoothness holds up throughout.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink. Maybe not something I'd drink too much of because of the relatively high alcohol content for a light/not dark beer.

Overall: Not bad. Pretty color. Not bad to drink at all. Smells and tastes very good.

tjsdomer2, May 17, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +12%

Pretty amber/red color, with nice solid tan head that laces strong. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming through this American IPA.

Citrusy spice hop aroma, some caramel and sweet malt evident. Balanced nicely, but with a good harsh hop bite in the nose. Bitter orange hop in the taste, some pine characteristics as well. Malt more in the background as far as flavor goes. Some syrupy sweetness is there but the hops stay strong throughout, ending with a nice bitter bite that lingers longer.

This beer has a nice body, smooth and well carbonated. A very drinkable IPA by a brewer that you'd expect nothing less from.

ZimZamZoom, May 16, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours deep red-amber with a thick creamy head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and fruity citrus hop.

Taste is surprisingly malty for an IPA. Grainy caramel malt and drying woody cedar, and earthy hop bitterness is balanced. Finishes with strong tobacco, lemon, and lingering floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a nice session brew. Very balanced caramel malt and earthy hops provides more of an English than American IPA experience. Hop bitterness pleasantly builds as it warms.

Blakaeris, May 16, 2010
Photo of aval89
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A: dark copper color with a fluffy off white 1 finger head... Head settles at about an 1/8 inch head.. Lots of tiny bubbles..

S: semi piney/citrus hops.. Little roasted malts.. Semi sweet... Also hints of caramel...

T: fruity malt is upfront... Middle is nutty, roasted malts with caramel.. Finish is bitter hop... Almost like a burnt resin aftertaste

Mf: mf is medium bodied.. With medium carbonation...

Drinkability is pretty easy for an IPA.. A decent brew...

aval89, May 15, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

12 oz bottle best before Aug 10.

Pours a deep reddish brown that is crystal clear. It has a foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell BLOWS, there is nothing here, a scant bit of hops and a pinch of generic malt. Their Pilsener smalls hoppier than this, and this smells just like their Nobel Pils but weaker. It also has an off scent that I don't enjoy.

The taste has a bit more flavor but still it is bland and tasteless for the most part. There is no bitterness or maltiness. There is just a generic grapefruit/noble hop flavor with a bit of funkiness. It tastes like if a macro company made an IPA.

This is a very weak IPA.

crossovert, May 15, 2010
Photo of travduke
4/5  rDev +12%

Appearance: Copper bodied, one finger of white head, mild retention and lacing.

Aroma: Faint malt hides behind the citrus and pine hops. Surprising hop profile for a SA brew.

Taste: The citrus and pine hops really stand out among anything. A bit more calm then your traditional IPA. Mild bittering hops get you at the end with the sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Not a bad sessionable IPA with the moderate ABV. I think SA could of done a lot more with this beer, but all-in-all not bad.

travduke, May 14, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

samual adams IPA in a bottle? wow! part of the 2010 summer seasonal mixed 12 pack. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. expires in august of this year.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with a solid finger of tightly knit white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind incomplete rings of lacing.

S- this one starts out with sweet caramel malt and a little bit of bread. after that comes a pretty generous helping of hops. grapefruit and pine come through the strongest.

T- very pleasing. it starts off with sweet caramel and toffee like malts. after that comes more hops than i was expecting. lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine. nice and bitter.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. crisp and clean.

D- this is something that i wish i was able to buy six packs up. depending on the price, it might become on of my go to beers. glad they bottled this one.

jwinship83, May 10, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear but deep amber/copper color with 1 finger of creamy white head.

S: Floral and citric aromas. Grapefruit undertones, some pine also detectable.

T: Oh man, this is one tasty IPA. First I tasted the grapefruit and a little bit of the resiny pine that was present in the nose. This quickly faded to a well developed, but not overpowering malty backbone. The malts tended to linger more on the tongue than the hops did, but a little pine hung around for a while. Didn't taste like I had just licked an air freshener like some other IPAs have made me feel.

M: Creamy and smooth, goes down easy. A fair amount of carbonation but not more than I would expect or want from this style.

D: As a person who tends to not like IPAs, this one was very enjoyable and I would consider having another. Not too abrasive on the palate like some IPAs, so I think that it wouldn't be too tough to have a few with dinner.

kbanks13, May 10, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Another new from Sam Adams, so another review to come.

A: Pours a nice 1+ finger head in my SA Perfect Pint Glass and slowly fades. It's crystal clear toasty amber orange color with hints of red.

N: SOme nice hops, some spicy hops, a little pine and citrus, some fresh dry hops, little aromatic grassy hops, some noble hops, similar to noble pils but not as good. The faintest hint of malts behind that.

T: Again, very similar to noble pils in taste, with lots of nice noble and low alpha hops. Chewy hops start with more floral and grassy hops, a little piny taste. No real citrus this time. A decent bitterness too with plenty of low alpha hops and not many heavier hops. A touch of sweetness and dark malts, but much lower on malt. If I didn't know better, I would say SA is trying to disguise the noble pils as this so they can keep it year round, with a few minor changes. I still got a couple noble pils left so I'll go get one and try it side by side once I'm done with the review.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A little bitterness on the finish, but never really gets too heavy. Some spicy bitterness with hints of pine and grassy flavors. A touch of chewy hops too, mild and floral overall. Just a touch of sweetness but mostly dry. Leaves a little astringent grassy bitterness too. A nice lingering flavor.

Noble pils comparison: Also poured into another SA Perfect Pint glass so I can compare them better. They seem to have the same head, but noble pils is much lighter with all golden color where latitude is caramel colored. On the nose noble pils is much lighter, grassier, spicier, brighter and fruitier hops where latitude is heavier and chewier hops with a little crystal malt. Taste is also much different with noble pils being a lot grassier, spicier, and more mild on the hops, and no real malt flavors except perhaps a hint of wheat, but latitude has some crystal malts, chewier and piny hops. So I guess I just cracked a pils when I didn't need to, cause they're not really alike. Latitude IS a nice beer though, but different. Hard to tell which I like better, but I think the noble pils for now. But latitude is a nice addition to the SA lineup.

jlindros, May 10, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Clear copper with a lumpy vanilla milkshake head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Fresh tropical fruity and earthy hop aroma with a distinct "Sam Adams" malty smell. Well balanced flavors of herbal and citric hops with a sweet malty backbone. On the leaner side of medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A solid IPA, pretty much what I expect from BBC, a decent tasting, well balanced lightweight IPA.

biggred1, May 09, 2010
Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a nice amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace.

Average smell with only light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer a little depth. Used too IPA's having a much more hoppy taste and smell but I can live with this. A bit light on the ABV @ 5.8% too. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

ExtraStout, May 09, 2010
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