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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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3,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,303
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 273 | 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 JMad
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...
The color was mahogany, off white head with good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt and fresh citrus hops.
Tastes of lemon and pepper, sweet malt and piney bitterness.
Feels lighter than most IPA's, kind of bites the mouth.
Drinks very good, it's a great beer and I was impressed.

Photo of gromis
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has a beautiful golden color to it. Very nice head also, but dissipates a little quicker than I'd like....

Smell is of piney, citrus hops.

Taste is pine / citrus hops with a long pine fade.

I'm not a hop head (but I'm learning to appreciate it more), but this one is a very doable IPA.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a very deep rich reddish brown color with a fluffy off white head. As the head recedes it leaves tremendous lacing, almost like shear curtains on the glass. The aroma is sweet spicy piney hops. Has a huge soapy component, almost like pert plus. Really flora. The flavor is huge. Really a big beer for Sam Adams and unlike there regular brews I have had. Big spicy hop profile with floral notes and a grapefruit acidity on the finish. Leaves that palate juicy and finishes semi dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has excellent carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic. It's great to see an ipa with huge flavor that doe ant feel watered down. Truly balanced and inviting.

Photo of EStreet20
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Great look, copper penny color with perfect clarity. Nice sized off white head that leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of hops, spicy noble hop aroma with a tiny earthy kick, and some sweetness to back it up.

T - Nice hop bitterness balances out the ample malt flavor. Hop flavors are big here, but it's a spicy characteristic and some more of that earthy taste. The malt sweetness is big but held in check. A different kind of hop taste than most Am. IPA fans are used too, but nice all around with some tea like flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Medium in body, nice and smooth.

D - This is a nice, smooth beer. Not what most expect from an American IPA, but that's not what Mr. Koch and Co. were going for. Either way, it's a nice, hoppy brew with an ABV on the lower end for the style that makes you want more.

Notes: I saw a video some time back where Jim Koch explained that the goal of a brewer should be to make "one of a kind beers." This is pretty damn distinctive. As an IPA fan I wanted to see BBC brew one, but I also knew they owuldn't go after the typical citrus bomb that's been done before. This is an IPA that, while I won't reach for it every time as I love West Coast IPAs and APAs, fills a niche in that it is truly an exhibition of hops from the world over. It uses hops from the US, England and Germany and produces a hop flavor that I'm not sure I'e found before. In fact, it seems like the German hops are at the forefront, which would normally be a no-no for the style, but it definitely works here. It's almost like an Alt with a drier flavor and a more subdued sweetness and I'm loving it. Solid and innovative beer from BBC

Photo of bump8628
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange with an attractive looking bone-colored head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Hop character is dominated by earth and spice with a nice hit of pine just behind. Not much in the way of citrus in this particular IPA. Malt is solid with some toast and balancing caramel. Clean with a mild sweetness.

A pretty nice and very flavorful IPA. The Goldings and Hallertauer hops give it a unique profile not found in most American IPAs. That said, I think I'll continue to stick with my West Coast citrus-bombs, though I wouldn't mind a go with Latitude 48 every now and again.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head but it lasts. The color is a deep amber and very clear. Leaves a blanket of lace.

Pleasant floral hop presence. Caramel malt with a modest sweetness.

Perhaps the most biting bitter beer from Sam Adams. There's a good caramel beginning but the swallow and aftermath is all peppery hop. Standard body.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty orange amber color with a very fluffy frothy white head. Thick coat of lacing is forming. Aroma is lightly hoppy; citric and floral. Malt has a caramel smell to it. Taste is more of the same. Hops are pleasant but come in the form of bittering hops, which can't hold a candle to the caramelly malt backbone. Its this weird harsh wall of bitterness that you can't really taste. This is a pale ale, not an IPA. Feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of bonbright7
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this fresh bottle at the Sam Adams tasting at my local beer store. I was pleased with the dark amber and brown ale that came forward with a milky head, which I take to be a tell tale of new beer. The malt creaminess and the abundance of hops played a furious duet as I took another taste. The ale was very easy to drink without a thought.

This very good ale from Sam Adams was welcome news to me as I had the feeling the brewery was making all kinds of bland styles from stouts to wheat ales.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of the beer almost looks like a penny and the smell has a nice citrus, juicy quality to it with some pine mixed in there. Also has a sort of green apple smell from the hops as well.The taste has a nice malty backing to match the color. The malts used come off as roasted biscuit like malt with a tiny touch of honey. As for the hops it almost tastes like juicy fruits and pine with the bitterness evolving on the back of your tongue just enough to remind you that its an IPA made with American hops.

It has some European hops in it too to give it that Samuel Adams Boston Lager hop taste. Its nice because it melds the Boston Lager hoppiness which uses Noble hops with the more pungent hoppiness that you get from American hops really well with a nice balance of the two. More flavorful hops than bittering hops but still is pretty bitter and should satisfy the IPA fans and if it doesn't then they probably have something against Samuel Adams.

I like this one a lot definitely one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Its finally slowly coming to 6 packs in my area so this will become a regular go to IPA for me.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper with an off-white foamy head. Good retention, some lace.

Citric and pine aromas, with some sweet toasted malt.

Hop forward, but not as strong as expected. Toasted malt, some sweetness rolled in, a little brown bread, some light fruit, light bitter finish. Decent.

Medium to medium-full. Appropriate carbonation.

Decent beer, but nothing special. I liked it but think this would bore me after a while. Needs some sharp edges, or some dominant intensity. Balanced? Maybe, but it is just a bit average.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also hoppy, some citrus, not much malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good brew.

Photo of BeefyMee
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazing ruby amber color. Heads shapes up perfectly and leaves some great lacing.

S: Sweet, citrusy and slightly floral hops are dominant with a grainy undercurrent.

T: The hop profile is outstanding. Big grapefruit leaning citrus flavor gives way to a mounting bitterness that really hits the back of your throat and lingers in the aftertaste. Malt is unassuming but there if you look and provides a nice little degree of balance so that the hops are not overpowering.

D: An all nighter.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color (a little darker than others in the style) with an average sized, creamy, smooth looking, off-white head. About average retention and a nice smooth layer of lace left.

S - Nice mix of malt and hops in the aroma. Some nice caramel, and slight sweet bread malt aromas. Hops provide citrus (orange in particular), grassy and herbal aromas. A bit of earthy spiciness comes out a bit later.

T - Similar to the nose with a nice caramel and toffee malt sweetness being the backbone to the hoppy bitterness. Nice mix of orange, herbal, and grassy hop flavors. None really overpower and usually orange opens it up then the herbal/grassy flavors come out a bit later. Some earthy spiciness and a touch lemon rind as well.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Good body, but nothing overly special.

D - Very easy to drink beer with a good mix of malt and hops. Body helps this to be a tasty, refreshing, easy to drink beer.

Notes: A nice easy to drink IPA that is pretty refreshing, especially on a warm day. Not a hop bomb, but a more balanced IPA. Flavors typical from US, UK, and German ingredients come out well.

Photo of whelms48
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have gotten the Sam Adams Summer variety pack a few times this summer and and the 48 is the one that I crave the most! The color amber color and and taste make me love this beer. I wish that I was better at review and giving details but you have to try for your self in the end anyway.

Photo of beerman207
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, huge head from the pour - sticks around forever - very nice appearance.

S: Unfortunately, the nose for me is disappointing. Has hops present as well as a big malt presence.

T: Good IPA but nothing earth shattering. Malt dominates along with some grapefruit

M: Good mouthfeel - Not too carbonated

D: Could drink this all night. Nothing special but always a pleasant visit with Sam Adams.

Photo of Brno
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really a lovely well balanced beer. Nice darker amber color with a thick head that holds a lot of aroma. Smells of different hops and some malt, giving you a thought that it may be a bit sweet, like their Octoberfest. The taste is wonderfully complex in the various hops that are never too overwhelming. Easily a more drinkable IPA that tastes more German inspired than English based. No tinny flavor on the aftertaste.

Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/25/2010. Bottle is marked best by Nov. 2010.

Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation and a thick, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smells, well, hoppy. The American hops are prevalent here with citrus and pine notes along with some tropical fruit. A bit of a floral component from the other hops, perhaps the British. Noble hop aromas not detectable. A touch of caramel and malt round it out.

Flavor is mostly a repeat of the aroma. Balanced and varied hop flavors. Good bitter with a balance of caramel sweetness. Slightly nutty aftertaste with plenty of hop resins as well.

Full body, creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation to balance.

Photo of jwhancher
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a variety case of Sammy. Poured this one into a snifter.

A: pours a nice clear amber with good head that gently fades in about a minute or two. Lingers around just enough.

S: reminds me of Hop Devil with mostly spicy hops but also some citrus and floral. Peppery aroma masks the sweet malts - likely crystal & caramel.

M: nice even bodied medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet.

D: nice drinkable beer that could go for a session or with a meal. I dig.

T: not quite enough hop bite that I look for in an IPA but good nonetheless. More even in terms of hop & malt balance. I wish both areas were tuned up just slightly more.

Wow! Very impressive IPA from Sam.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.8% ABV, Enjoy by Aug notched.

A - Clear golden amber on the pour, Latitude 48 almost began to gush a bit. A frothy two-finger off-white bone-colored head rises to the occasion then lowers slowly leaving beautiful sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Hops are evident immediately with a strong pine and resin aroma. Dry leaves also come into play a bit followed by a lower level of citrusy grapefruit. Mild English and caramel malts lay the groundwork for the hop aroma. Floral aspects on the back end are reminiscent of Michael's stores.

T - Caramel malts with a bit of toffee come fourth and seem a bit too pronounced. The resiny hops are still there but fall short and definitely don't offer the complexities the aroma does.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Latitude 48 starts a bit creamy and instantly changes to a fully carbonated and lightly bitter, dry finish in the mouthfeel.

D - It's an easy drinking IPA but lacks a real hop addition to bring it up to a solid IPA level. The aroma offers many more complex things than the taste does.

Photo of jazer
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kind of bitter to me. Wonderful Appearance and smell. You know your drinking a beer. I like the idea behind the harvesting of the hops along the 48th parallel. Makes for a different and interesting drink. Just a little too hoppy for me.

Wouldn't recommend it. Really.

Photo of jpro
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper / old penny amber with a massive off white head that manages superb retention - still a half finger left at the bottom of the glass... that being said, lacing is minimal. Aroma is big on caramel malts; there are also some earthy and floral hop notes present. Not as big a hop aroma as I'm used to with the typical American IPA. Taste is sweet caramel malt up front, followed by some spicy, citrusy hops and light grapefruit rind in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and creamy. It's fairly drinkable and not too imposing on the palate - more of a British IPA than American to me - more malt character and the hops are toned down. A good intro to IPA's for someone who hasn't acquired the appetite for bitter beers, perhaps.

Photo of TonyVic
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bouquet is citrusy with a little pine and some floral notes, but isn't very strong. The bittering hops are strong enough to let you know that it's an IPA, but not so much so that they smack you in the face. This is a much more approachable IPA that can be sold to a mass market. This is a good IPA for someone who isn't a Hop-head but is trying to appreciate IPA's more.

The reasonable amount of alcohol and lower bitterness makes this one easy to drink for an evening.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with enjoy before date of August 2010

Sam Adams Latitude 48 poured a clear amber color and produced a smaller light tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very limited lacing. The nose is floral, of grassy and light citrus hops. The flavor is of hops with a mild malt background and a little lingering bitterness. The malt keeps the hops from being overpowering and balances out the ale. Mouth feel is to the smoother side with light prickly carbonation.

Latitude 48 is not over-the-top with hops for an American IPA making its drinkability good...just fine for me as I am not a hop head.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

luckily a friend left a few bottles from his summer pack while partying at my house and thank god this one was there because ive been dying to try it, but i didnt want to buy a whole 12 pack for 2 of these.

fridge temp poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass. pours a copper amber/ burnt orange color. with about a finger and a half of rocky head. pretty average retention, a little lace. i enjoy the color, a little darker than your usual ipa.

nothing blwoing my nostrils out, but i kind of expected that. the noble hops definatly showing there faces. a little of spicy, earthy, floral, a little piney hops. lots of caramel malts showing to balance.

not an extremely hoppy beer, but it definatly qualifies as an ipa. has a very interesting tasting bouquet of hops. noble hops. earthy, floral, citrus, a touch of pine and a touch of spicey hoppiness. a great caramel and biscuit malt with a hint of grain balances things out very nicely.

pretty decent mouthfeel. some lingering bitterness, a touch resinous, oily on the palate. medium bodied.

drinks pretty good, but without being able to buy a 6 pack of this, i guess drinkability kind of suffers. because i could definatly pound these back all night.

Photo of callmescraps
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams IPA? Not exactly holding my breath. SABL is one of my favorite beers, but this may be outside their comfort zone.

Appearance- A rich amber, almost ruby hue. Very nice looking. A full inch of creamy tan head mellows into a soapy cap and laces nicely. It'd look more beautiful if I wasn't afraid that the dark color is a sign of maltiness to come.

Smell- Quite malty. There are some nice hop aromas, but mostly earthy and grassy. A touch of citrus, but only a slight hint. Caramel and biscuit.

Taste- Follows the nose. More biscuit than caramel. The hops are okay. Grassy and a little floral. Some pine. The malt sweetness comes in at the end again.

Mouthfeel- Nice body. Creamy and good.

Drinkability- More malt on the finish than I'd prefer.

I like IPAs a certain way. Dry, hoppy as hell, tons of citrus, almost zero malt. It's a preference. Other folks will really enjoy this type, but not me. It's totally fine, and a pretty decent effort, but I wouldn't get it again, frankly.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,303 ratings.