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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%
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

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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.

Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Ipa poured copper/amber in color. Impressive cream colored head which has some good lace as well as retention. Brilliant clarity.

Nice mix of hops and malts in the aroma. Nothing in your face, but it's definitely appealing. More of a pine smell from the hops as apposed to a fruity one.

Taste good too! The bitterness from the hops great you at the door. The malts come in and help balance things out in the middle, but the hops still linger on to the finish. Somewhat earthy, but not too earthy.

Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a tad higher than I prefer, but it's doesn't get in the way too much.

I could drink a sixer no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm impressed. I like Sam Adams, but I guess I expected this to be a bit tamer than it actually is. The ABV may be on the low side, but the flavor isn't.

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

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with thick white head that dissipates, leaving lots of lacing around the glass. Smells of a whole mix of hops, citrus with some earthy and grassy notes, with some caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced flavour with bitterness and some sweetness. Really nice carbonation level. I enjoy this IPA from Sam Adams.

Photo of Mcculler
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty beer: orange with auburn and ruby highlights, under a solid off white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells very mildly of grapes, bitter herbs, bready malts, and grapefruit.

Tastes of bitter herbs, old mint, bland and overripe fruits, grapefruit pith.

Nice mouthfeel - slick with a vigorous and lifting carbonation.

Rather drinkable at 5.8 but I wont go for another.

Sexy looking beer but no substance. This is not my kind of IPA: the English, German, and American hops do not seem to combine well, nor are they being very diplomatic with the malts. And then, this seems like Boston Lager in IPA form. The catchy name got me - but never again, even for 1.35 a single.

Photo of WJVII
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful deep burnt orange yet slightly red amber color when held to the light. The head was about 2 fingers from an aggressive pour and ended up very frothy and bubbly leaving good sticky lacing. The aroma was full of citrus and pine needle. There is a slight caramel malt nose as well. The taste up front was immediately grapefruit and sour lemon, but then the nice malt balance kicks in to settle and the after taste is a nice piny bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is nice. This was a very decent brew from Sam Adams.

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

Latitude 48 is a nice deep amber/orange beer with a nice thick creamy white head that is leaving loads of lacing as it drops. Fine looking IPA.

The aroma shows a nice balance between fresh hops and clean toasted maltiness.

The flavor shows an equal balance between the lightly toasted clean tasty malts with a light nuttiness and caramel note to them and the hops are pleasantly bitter with a very nice mild spiciness in their bight. The finish dries out a touch with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and somewhat creamy while the carbonation seems perfect for the body.

An very good IPA, with it's balance between malts and hops it won't make many West Coasters happy but it does carry an impressive amount of hops regardless. Recommended!

Photo of Stunner97
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- darkish copper in color with white head, and moderate carbonation, nice appearance for the style

Smell- nice strong hops dominate the nose and have on point smell for ipa

Taste- very nice balance on this ipa with good malt presence and yet very nice approachable hops aswell, very balanced and nothing overpowering on this beer, a very on point example of the style

mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth feel,

Drinkability- surely a highly drinkable example of and ipa with just the perfect amount of hops and balance is right spot on, for the price point as well its just a really great value, i think sam adams really this one on the screws, its a good entry ipa aswell to for people just trying the style because the balance is so spot on, well done

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

A- dark amber brown color, looks great, 1 finger head

S- very piny, hops, citrus, and caramel

T- taste is exceptional, similar to Hop Devil, its good for Sam Adams, actually surprised me

M- light carbonation

D- Very smooth

This is one of Samuel Adams best tasting beers, definietly worth a try, there are better IPAs out there, but this is a good IPA. One note, the box handles are flimsy and the box fell on the ground breaking five bottles. OUCH!! Sam Adams needs to do a better in packaging their cases.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of RRC87
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a half inch head that quickly cuts down to about a quarter inch. The remaining head sticks around quite impressively and does leave a decent lacing.

S: Strong sent of malt with wisps of citrusy hops cutting through. Smell is what you would expect from a well balanced IPA.

T: Hits you initially with a solid malty back bone that is quite pleasant, but then the hops become pleasant and things don't really mesh well. The back end is dominated by citrusy hops that for some reason leave you with a slightly alkaline taste.

M: Medium heavy feel to it that clings to your tongue. Perhaps a bit more carbonated than I would prefer but it serves to cut through the previously mentioned tongue clinginess.

D: The First few sips go down quite easily, but the less flattering notes seem to build as. The last few mouthfuls were a bit of a chore. It got where I just wanted to finish it so I could move on.

Overall: I can see what they were going for but it seems that they came up just a bit short. A two seems a bit harsh on taste but if a two is "not impressed" then that is what it is. With a little tinkering I could see this turning into either a good British or a good American IPA. Instead it lands somewhere in the middle and just doesn't work all that well.

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