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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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3,305 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,305
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 275 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this at a Brew Fest

A= Nice amber color, it also had a nice head that took awhile to disappear and left behind some nice lacing.

S= It had some floral hops to me and had a sweet malt backbone to me.

T= It had a pine and floral taste up front and also had some earthy taste overall. It had a carmel backbone to this one. The bitters kind of hung around in the aftertaste in this beer.

M= It had a Medium body and had the right amount of carbonation in this one.

D= It had a really nice taste and went down good very nice IPA from Samuel Adams would drink this one again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it's slightly below most of it's ABV being 5.8 but I will give it a shot.

A - It pours a solid amber with an inch of head that lasts qute a while.

S- Well you get slight pine and maybe some citrus. Taste will be most known.

T - ehh. Wow for most beverages it would be ehh but it is more balanced than most smutty nose Ips's I liked it.

M - Light and refreshing all the way loved it.

D - yes and please more so I have never been more confused on an IPA in all my life please bring me some more!

Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear copper, with a huge, and very thick head. The head on this is quite amazing.

S: Slightly dusty american style hops. Pine, and earthy notes. There is almost a bit of a brine thing going on in the finish.

T: Hops up front. Bitter, with pine notes throughout. A slight bit of earthiness to it, and a good bit of grapefruit in the finish. The bitterness is pretty considerable for SA. There is a bit of a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M: Slightly oily, medium thickness, and slightly high on the carbonation.

D: Good to be sure. And way more bitter than I thought Sam might go, but it doesn't beat out so many in it's category.

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

Nice IPA from Sam Adams that hits the hops hard enough to satisfy the hopheads but has enough malt to balance it right out. They waited awhile to make an IPA an it seems they got it right. I drank quite a few of these in one sitting and they never got overbearing

Photo of pweis909
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive amber porange with a white head that recedes to leave thin lacing on the glass and the surface of the beer.

Some subdued spicy hops noticed initially in the nose, but aroma became dominated by caramel. The caramel malts lend a middle sweetness to the taste, only to be washed away with a firm but not agressive hop bitterness.

This beer coats my mouth with a slight slickness before hop atringency cuts throught it.

This is a nice balanced beer, not an agressive IPA. It could pass as east coast IPA or possibly even an amber ale given its strong caramel malt character. But make no mistake, it is a highly quaffable brew worth keeping around. I

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

There is a serious hop presence in this copper-red colored beer. A hops presentation that uses English, German and North American varieties. Although this is not what has come to be known as "an extreme beer recipe", there is plenty of the citrus dry bitterness associated with this style. Poured into a Young's dimpled English pub mug, this is still more of an American take on the subtler British versions. In fact its a bit of a hybrid.

I wish there was a little more support from the malts, because the finish is rather starkly dry.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly cloudy copper with a thin but available head and good lace. Smell of hop, grapefuit citrus and malt. Taste like a slightly watered down IPA with the malt and piney grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A fair non complex IPA, maybe just a little more malt to round it out.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

never seen this Sam Adams before and they rarely make a beer that i don't enjoy so i figured this was a sure bet. It pours a really great looking copper color with a nice frothy white head. The smell is really great, a fine balance of malt and hops it really is a good smelling beer. The taste is awesome, maybe its the fact i haven't had an IPA in months but man on man this is good. Its hard to make a good IPA to be cheap, with the price of hops and all but Sam Adams does it again.

love it!

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

pours a clear copper ipa color with a nice 2 finger staying head nice lacing as you drink this it clings to the glass ..smell is typical ipa its citrus and malts with a grass and hop smells..taste was delicious hops right of the bat that are balanced with some caramel malts..lots of citrus and grass tastes in this very good ipa...mouth feel was medium with nice carbonation it was creamy and well balanced..very solid ipa from SA

Photo of DogFood11
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its a lively looking brew. You get the feeling of freshness during the pour. The smell of candied fruits and citrus hit me in clouds rising from the pour. Retention is admirable leaving behind spider webbed lace.

It would be hard to match expectations after the perfect appearance but this is an excellent offering all around. A balanced IPA that leans on a sturdy, sweet, candied malt bill. Hops are towards the second half of each drink. They sting it just enough to lay down some bitter footprints and a layer of citrus.

Notes: This is without a doubt the best "Balanced", "Moderate" type of IPA I've had in quite a while. Boston Beer Co. will win over many folks that dabble in the craft beer world with this one.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard about this from a friend who tried this at a party in New York and loved it. Sure enough, when it finally became available in my neck of the woods, I was eager to see if this could live up to the hype. I was a bit let down by the some of the newer offerings from Sam Adams like the Coastal Wheat and Blackberry Witbier but sure enough, this was a pleasant surprise and a good idea behind an IPA.

This had a good pour to it - a nice light brown hue, decent head, and just a bit of lacing. The carbonation and mouthfeel were very pleasing and neither too light or heavy. The mouthfeel had the hoppiness of an American IPA, the complexity and heartiness of a German beer, and the dry earthiness of an English Ale...it's almost as if you could feel each region of the hops in each sip and somehow, they were mixed together harmoniously. The aftertaste had a slight dry-hopped consistency to them but this is by no means a hop bomb.

That translates over to the ABV% as well. This isn't a session beer but I'll be damned if I couldn't have more than one in a sitting as it's each to enjoy a few of these as the beer warms up and the subtle notes reveal themselves. IPA's are nearly a dime a dozen these days but Sam Adams has a winner here because there's nothing out there quite like this. Cheers to them for upping the ante and coming out with a brew that is just as unique in conception as it is in actualization. A must-try for those looking for something off the beaten path!

Photo of paco1029384756
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with one and a half fingers of off white head and good retention.

Scent of caramel, some citrus, and light sugars. I was expecting less of an IPA from Sam Adams, but this has a pretty good scent and it balanced well.

Taste of caramel, leafy hops, and citrus. Finishes clean with a decent level of bitterness. A simple IPA, but it's the right price that I could pick it up again and drink it regularly.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium-light bodied with a good bite of carbonation; not too heavy, not too crisp, very good.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 was a brilliant amber color with good clarity. It had a beige head with good retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and fruity hops. The taste full of hop flavor with some lightly toasted malt and some bitterness. The finish was dry with more hop flavor lingering. The mouthfeel was good; about medium in body and somewhat creamy. Drinkabity was also good. This is a good tasting, easy drinking, and not over the top IPA.

Photo of tewaris
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a best before date of February 2011 poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" on September 30, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Bright and clear, dark amber red colored with a big, creamy, off white head that's going to leave an excellent, excellent, lacing. I don't know if it's the Sam Adams glass, but IS this a beautiful IPA! The head on this thing is creamy, dense, and rocky, like a classic Belgian ale. Have to wait for the foam to subside before noting anything on aroma.

Aroma 3/5
Nice malt aroma to it, slightly toasty and sweet perhaps. However, where are the hops? Such a weak hop aroma for an ale that tastes this good! A shame.

Taste 4.5/5
Bitter and flavorful from beginning to finish, with a supporting malt base. Has a familiar citrusy zing to it. The taste is very good, if not the best. The finish is clean and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Nice and crisp, with some remnant maltiness without being anywhere close to cloying. Classic AIPA style.

Drinkability 5/5
Props to Sam Adams for making a good tasting IPA with relatively low alcohol. Just dry hop it generously guys and we have a winner! (Wouldn't the brewers love it when drunk douches tell them what to do!).

Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great... Three fingers of thick light tan, and pillowy head. The body is cleanly filtered and is copper in color.

The aroma is more malty than hoppy. There is a caramel/toffee front, with a nice piney finish in the aroma.

In the taste, the hops are more prevalent. Mostly pine in character, and finishes with a mixed sweetness of the malt (toffee) and bitterness from the piney hops.

Feel is smooth, a bit of carbonation, and a dry finish. A very well rounded IPA!

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Best by February notched on the label. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, 3/4 inch, rocky, tan-colored head. Head settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with spots and webs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is very subdued - some citrus notes and a light, resinous quality follows. Citrus starts and traverses a light, malty backbone before converging on a mild bitterness that continues on to the finish and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency, with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oily quality. Acidity lightly stimulates the salivary glands. A very solid American IPA. Glad to see that Sam Adams has finally added an IPA, and a fairly tasty one at that, to their line-up.

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I get to try this one after hearing lots of good things about it...

Into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint it goes a dark golden with a thick fluffy head atop and lacing all the way through... Beautiful looking...

Citrusy piney aromas roll out of this one and actually surprise me a little bit... Dang, this smells really hoppy actually... More so than I was expecting... Lots of grapefruit rind...

Resiny oily piney hoppiness bursts onto the palate first followed by the malts for balance and then a long slow finish of bitter citrusy hops... Ok, I'll say it.. This is a damn good easy drinking little IPA.. No, its not the worlds hoppiest or most extreme but it is what they wanted it to be... A brew for those who love their hops...

I find it amazing that Sam Adams actually brews a nice little IPA and then the folks in the craft beer market bitch and gripe because its not hoppy enough for them... I mean, come on folks... This is a dang good beer in my opinion.. Easily accessible at a good price and a terrific session brew to boot...

Hats off to Boston Beer Co for this one...

Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Latitude 48 pours out a classic clear mahogany color with a slight but persistent head. The nose is a bit bland, with light hops, but it provides a nice toasty malt character as well, which is welcome. The taste is similar, with moderately high bitterness, decent resinous hop flavor. The pleasant toasted malt character, though, makes it very drinkable, with excellent balance between the two flavors.

Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange with a very large tan frothy head. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent with a nice mixture of citrus hops with roasted malt. The taste has a slightly bitter hop flavor with citrus,bread yeast,and pine. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. A pretty good IPA,not the flavor packed,but a good solid beer.

Photo of mavbrew
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber in color with some light brown highlights. The two finger thick head is off-white that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The smell of hops hits the nose first and is the most prominent smell. A hint of caramel malts is present as well.

T: Kind of bitter with a pine/floral flavor up front. Has an earthy overall taste to it, you can taste the sweet caramel malts. The bitters stick around with the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much else to say here.

D: Sam Adams is not really none for IPA's and that being said this is not the best IPA but it is a good solid beer. Being a lower ABV, I would say this could be a decent session beer.

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a foamy 2 finger tan head, that leaves cloudy foam with great retention; lacing leaves rings and is very nice.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, light grains and light caramel. Pretty nice nose overall.

Tastes of floral and piney hops, sap or syrup, sweet malt, caramel, light brown sugar, some grains and citrus or lemon; pretty tasty and well balanced between the hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy, with medium carbonation and a medium body that trails off with a grainy dry finish. Grainy aftertaste, but overall a good beer that was easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Nice amber color with a huge frothy sticky head and nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice with some malty sweetness and a lovely hop aroma. There is also a very faint yeast like smell.

The taste is good. Starts off a bit sweet and malty which quickly yields to the bitterness from the hops through the finish. Drinkability is pretty good.

I really enjoyed this one, will definitely have it again.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Color is red-orange with hints of brown. Darker than many IPAs I've seen. A two inch white foamy head sits atop the beer and leaves copious amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Oily resinous hops, pine, and citrus. There is a nice strong smell of sweet caramel and bready malts as well.

T: Oily, resinous hops challenge the palate first, with pine and fruity citrus notes following closely behind. After the initial hop blow, a strong malt backbone balances it nicely. Sweet caramel, breadiness, and a pleasant taste of grain round out the malt body. The malt taste becomes even more apparent as the beer warms. The finish consists of grain and a lingering taste of hop oils that lasts quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Just a little thicker in body than most IPAs.

D: Good. This beer sits heavier in the stomach than many IPAs I've had, but this is still a very tasty and refreshing beer. I would absolutely have another.

Notes: This is a different recipe than the Latitude 48 that was released in the Summer Variety pack. The level of bitterness is substantially higher than in the original recipe, but the beer is still very well balanced. I enjoyed this new recipe quite a bit more, though I liked the original as well. This is a great East Coast IPA, and it gives some of the better ones out there a real run for their money.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth."

--Charles Lamb

Blazing bonfire orange with butterscotch highlights and a fawn colored crown that filled about one-third of the glass on the first pour. A gentle rockiness during melting and an attractive array of lace solidify the above score.

The nose is a pleasing combination of hops that is dominated by the tropical fruitiness of Simcoe. Ahtanum and East Kent Goldings are present as well. More power and pungency is needed for the style, however. It smells like the malt will be lightly toasted rather than exclusively pale.

Latitude 48 IPA is well-brewed beer that succeeds because my favorite hop (Simcoe) has the lion's share of the flavor spotlight and because it's impressively hoppy. A 'best by' date of February 2011 means that this bottle is a few months old, at the very most.

The malt is, indeed, lightly toasted bready and is earthy and nutty as well. Those flavors are matched (first half of the mouthful), then exceeded (second half of the mouthful) by a rush of bitingly bitter grapefruit peel. On second thought, Ahtanum carries as much of the load as Simcoe. Guessing IBUs is a fool's game... but this fool says 75ish.

The mouthfeel would be right at home on a 7.5% IPA. The beer is more full and creamy than expected and the bubbles add exactly the right amount of sparkle, without slipping over the line into sharp fizziness.

Latitude 48 IPA is a more than worthy American IPA that I would love to drink again and again. It's hard to figure why some so-called craft beer lovers hate on BBC/Sam Adams. With the exception of Sierra Nevada and Anchor (and a few others that I'm probably forgetting), these guys are the best 'our beer is available everywhere' breweries in America.

Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off - this is the newer version of this beer - more hops. This is the most beautiful clear dark amber colored beer I have ever remembered seeing! Wow.

The aroma was a pretty average soapy herbal affair that didn't hold up to repeated whiffs.

The flavor is at first all hop bitterness without much flavor, but sometimes a certain herbal/ earthy aspect shows with some sweet malt behind it.

Medium body and a bitter finish. Very well crafted, but not in a way to evoke any excitement or enthusiasm from me.

It's sad really, Jim Koch is either too timid, ignorant, or stubborn to make a kick-ass "hell-yeah" IPA. It's sad that it took him until 2010 to figure out how to make an IPA that would have turned heads in the early 90's. Just goes to show that these guys are the Budweiser of Craft Beer - they probably have the know-how, but opt to stake their claim on solid, middle of the road styles for the [craft] masses.

And just who do I think I am huh? I'm the shirtless guy on the street double-fisting a bomber of Avery Maharaja and Green Flash Imperial IPA (or a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid) while screaming at traffic.

Hey Jimmy - you already got your bills paid on your pedestrian fare, so give us hooligans what we want or you gets no street cred beeyaatch!

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,305 ratings.