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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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3,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 260 | 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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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color, clear, high carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: pine and citrus hops, light caramel

Taste: pine and citrus hops, caramel, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start, big bitter spike in the middle becoming less bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Super drinkable and one of the better east coast ipas to come out recently--although not quite at the same level as Southern Tiers 2xipa. I could have two or three. I have been impressed with the last several Sam Adams new beers--not counting Coastal Wheat--and this continues the positive trend.

tigg924, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of jettjon
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle scored "Enjoy by September" into a pint glass. This one's a coppery reddish clear color beneath a thin, light tan head. Nose is bready with faint hops aroma and hints of diacetyl and malt. In the mouth, it's nicely crisp and hoppy up front with a decent malt backbone to keep things in check. Nice bold piney and grapefruit hops flavor but balanced well. Mouth is surprisingly semi-viscous and pleasingly so; it's also nicely crisp and thirst quenching. Drinkability is very good overall; it is crisp, tasty, and enjoyable.

Overall: Quite a good beer on its own merits. While it's classified as an American IPA I found myself comparing it to SNPA; the Latitude 48 wins in this comparison. I don't think it would compare as well to a DFH60, which would be its stylistic equivalent. At any rate, a good brew and worth investigating.

jettjon, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 11/2008) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear red with orange color notes. Bubbles moving up through the beer go up to a persistent 1/4" tan (with hints of orange) chunky foam with walls and islands of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. Nice color and pretty to look at.

Smell: Grapefruit-scented American hops dominate tempered with a hint of sweet malt. The other hops (German / English) are not present in the smell. It smells like a classic American IPA and quite tasty.

Taste: Grapefruit/citrus/bergamot flavors up front, then this is tempered with some malt sweetness and mild bitter finish that is part of the grapefruit again, and some of the English hops that come out more in the end. The bitter finish with this beer is a mix of American and English bitter flavors. I wish I could describe it better, but if you've had a typical American IPA and an English ESB - you'll know what I'm talking about when you taste it. It's quite good.

Mouthfeel: Thick like an American IPA - a bit chewy and it sticks to the teeth a bit. Some carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: While the American IPA is not my favorite style, I have to admit it does grow on me and there are aspects to this beer that remind me of my current favorite AIPA - Dogfish Head 60min IPA. But this beer has it's own character and is very drinkable. It's still a one beer per sitting for me (a lot of bitterness after awhile is too much for me to stomach) but it's quite enjoyable on its own or with a meal (I had it with Ham steaks and Mac n' cheese). A solid good beer.

damndirtyape, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Latitude pours a reddish brown color that is a little bit strange for a IIPA. The tan head is pretty nice though, at least two fingers tall and very rocky. Retention is great, and lacing is also great.

The aroma is divided between hops and malt in a roughly equal fashion. Sweet malts and citrus, resin and a general spiciness from the hops.

As IPAs go, Latitude is on the malty side. Sweet caramel malts with a little bit of a toasted flavor. Grapefruit flavors from the hops then combines with a resinous, almost leafy hop flavor. The finish has a little bit of bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel is pretty basic, moderate on all counts.

Overall, Latitude is a decent, malt-forward IPA. It looks pretty damn good though.

Hojaminbag, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend left this in my refrigerator. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep clear brown color. The head is an off white color, three fingers tall, poor retention, thin lacing, and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are earthy hops, pine resin, and toffee.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, toffee, and watered down hop residue.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a muddled finish.
Drinkability: This is a decent beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery reddish color with an off white head that is about one to one and a half fingers in depth and gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with piney hops and a slight toffee nose present. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with piney hops over the top. The hops are present but not overpowering like some ipas. There is also notes of toffee and pepper present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a drinkable beer, it is well balanced, but it is not a big hop beer like some ipa's. A nice starter ipa but not a hop head ipa.

goblue3509, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Pale copper with good clarity and a nice eggshell head. Head retention is good and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Lemon, pepper, anise and toffee make up the nose.

T: Bitterness is quite low for this style. It has a nice pepper spice and lemon and tartness, but could really stand being turned up a notch. A bittersweet toffee flavor plus a light fruitiness rounds things out.

M: The medium-light body is slightly slick and has the about the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer didn't do that much for me, to be honest. It's a nice IPA, but doesn't stand up that well to the better members of this family.

Rayek, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice amber color with a 2"white head on it, that lay down to a thin lace across the top of the beer. A very nice,strong aroma of hops. The taste is very strong of hops but very tasty and a little bitter. Has very little carbanation to it. I think it is very drinkable if you like hoppy beer and IPA's.

chefhatt, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner Glass.

A: This beer isn't amber, it's downright RED, fading to orange in bright light. The color is bright and beer is clear, with a nice, foamy light tan head.

S: Hops are pine and grapefruit. Strawberry scents come along with a cereal scent to the malts, which is actually heavy enough to almost be offputting, hence the somewhat low marks in this field. Little bit of caramel when the beer warms.

T: Very interesting and so well blended it's hard to separate flavors. Hops are true to the scent, with a mild pine and grapefruit zest flavor. Firm but not overwhelming bitterness which is most apparent at first sip and on the finish. The malts come through in the middle. Hints of bread, honey, wood, strawberry and just a hint of vanilla. The palate mellows and gets just a touch sweeter as the brew warms. As I said, very well blended and the flavors come across as a BEER, not as a combination of FLAVORS in a beer.

M: Full, yet not heavy. Just enough biting bitter to induce salivation. Mildly carbonated.

D: Hard to imagine pairings for this one, and it's a bit of a powerhouse to drink as a session brew. Burps well, though.

TheMadJack, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium globe

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge off-white head. Nice lacing with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Pretty.

S - Nice piney hops and a surprising amount of caramel malt. There's a bit of pineapple wafting around, too.

T - Pine and orange hops with more caramel and biscuit malt in the backbone. There's a definite grassy and floral aroma to be found, with a lemony bitterness in the finish.

M - Creamy, medium-to-thin bodied. Carbonation is nice and prickly.

D - Definitely one of the better SA offerings, I can see enjoying a few more of these before the summer is over.

jsanford, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Elimination
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes from a company that has been doing it since the beginning, they really were a forefather of the craft beer industry.

But this is not a IPA, this is a malty slightly hoppy ale of some sort. Im from the west coast and hops pracifcally flow in the rivers here, so ill put this simply, this is not an ipa...

I looks ok, smells a bit like grapefruit and hops, tastes like sugar and malt, mouthfeel is eh a beer i guess, but i dont really like drinking it

Elimination, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A: Nice, big, fluffy, cream colored head, has some substance, stays 3+ fingers for a while, starts leaving lace right away, the beer is darker than I expected for an IPA, brown amber in color, which is darker than a typical IPA, the head leaves some slight lace but stays as a noticeable dollop on top the whole time

S: Good hop aroma, very pungent smelling, nice floral and slightly fruity hop notes, the sweetness of the hops is helped along by a good malt presence

T: Some pretty strong floral notes hit first, has a pretty strong bite to it, much more sharp and resiny than the aroma led on, has a sting to it almost, it isn't super bitter but definitely pretty full flavored, definitely more hop flavor than I was expecting for Sam Adams

M: Slightly thin body, a lot of Sam Adams are as little thin for me, and this is a little thin for how I like my IPA's, but nothing that ruins it or anything

D: High, has solid flavor and a good hop bite, all while being easy to drink

Notes: I wasn't sure what to expect out of a Sam Adams IPA. I usually associate them with approachable beers. They make so many different styles, but nothing that I consider "out there". Most of there beers would be inoffensive to even non craft drinkers. However, this beer is a pretty flavorful IPA. It is a solid addition to their line-up and isn't compromising as far as toning it down.

dpodratsky3, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Boppar
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Deep golden orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Hops (of both the pine and floral varieties), honey, orange peel, sweet malts.

T: See above. It's funny, this tastes a bit more like an APA than an IPA. There's a ton of hoppy freshness right off the bat. Pine cones and wildflowers greet the palate, followed immediately by sweet malts, honey and orange peels. The finish is interesting: a bitter orange taste, almost like orange pith, and a dry hop finish. Not as much sustain as an IPA typically has, and the dry-hopping is not as evident as it usually is.

M: Creamy, slick, and fluffy.

D: This goes down quite nicely. As I mentioned earlier, although this may seem to have more in common with an APA than an IPA, it is a delightfully refreshing summer brew any way you look at it.

Boppar, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent copper color with very little head retention and lacing. No carbonation bubbles either.

S - More caramel aromas and malt sweetness than expected for an American IPA. There are some slight earthy hop aromas at the end.

T - A lot more bittering flavor as expected with floral and woody hop flavors...typical of Samuel Adams. Caramel and light roasted malt flavors also blend well with hops throughout the beer.

M/D - This one was a little flat on the palate for me, could have used a little more carbonation. Medium/thin body that is easy to drink but nothing that begs for another sip.

VaTechHopHead, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There's a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It's an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Copper color with a red glow and a very slight haze. Big, off-white head with dimples and ample lacing

S- Big bushels of dank, potent, citric hops with a caramel/honey scent carrying it all through

T- The flavor falls a bit flat from what I expected from the smell but I suppose Sam Adams doesn't want to scare off those who aren't solid hop-heads. The flavor is bitter but in a tart sort of way.

M- Solid body with a vivid carbonation that catches the taste buds

D- Very solid beer and an affordable IPA

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of off-white head formed on top of the clear, golden bronze body. The foam receded slowly and left small amounts of lace when provoked.

The nose is pretty subtle...some piney hops and pale malts. Nothing else jumps out here.

The flavors are pretty much in line with the nose, but I am getting an underlying sweetness I could not smell...almost caramel. Starts off a little weak with a grainy malt character that slowly fades as the hop presence grows. The finish is (sorta) bitter and somewhat sweet.

The mouth feel is medium but thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable and refreshing; a good beer but nothing great. Worth a try still...

mgbickel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is just a decent but not great american IPA. The pour is nice, with plenty of action. You can smell the multiplee varieties of hops. However, I was expecting more of a smooth blend of hops. This seemed too much for an IPA. The taste is refreshing, with a little sweetness of honey along with the taste of hops.

I had one of these on a hot day, and could (and did) have more than one. It is a nice example of the style, but not one of BBC's best brews.

socon67, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of cnjohn19
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this is one-sixth of a summer sampler from sam adams...i'll admit, i've always skipped over sam adams, but it seems to be pretty popular here in chapel hill...

perfect pour with a thick and fluffy head...crystal clear body of amber and iced-tea-like color...the smell of this beer is puzzling however and seems to have a metallic finish...there's some sort of sweetness to the smell too, tough to decipher...

i think you'll find this one tasty, despite its odd smell...to no surprise the hops dominate giving it a citrus hit, with a surprising sweetness which resembles a mandarin organge...

but once again, in terms of the mouthfeel this beer leaves you flat...nothing too exciting about the finish...overall in terms of drinkability this beer's ups and downs will make it tough to thoroughly enjoy...

definitely not the beer to ultimately make me a sam adams drinker, although their boston lager is good for its style!

other notes: enjoyed this beer on a hot sunday night listening to the decemberists "the wanting comes in waves/repaid"

cnjohn19, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Latitude 48 pours a surprisingly dark copper color. It's definitely one of the darker American IPAs I've seen. It's very clear, and almost looks deep red when held to light. Very interesting. An off-white head covers the top and rises to about a finger and a half in depth. It was rather quick to recede. Lacing was a little sticky and light.

The nose is pretty good, but is underpowered. It smells sweet and malty up front. Sugar and caramel, as well as a toasted malt scent, are in the mix. Hops are noted and have an interesting array of aromas going on. There's a little citrus grapefruit, a healthy dose of pine, and some light floral qualities. The presence of some noble hops is appreciated. Alcohol is buried. All in all, it's okay. More muscle would help.

The flavor is alright, but isn't mind-blowing by an stretch. It does have a sweet, malty base anchoring things down. Caramel and toasted malts seem to be the base. There's not exactly a shortage of hops in the mix. There's quite a bit of hop flavor that includes citrus grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and some floral notes. Honestly, it seems a bit convoluted. It does have a bitter kick, but it's not tongue scathing. I think narrowing the hop profile might be a good move. Alcohol is blended well. It finishes with a sweet/bitter clash. It's also very dry.

The body is on the heftier side of light. Almost medium. Carbonation is mid-range and seems appropriate. It goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is above average. If I liked the flavor more, it'd score much better here. For what it is, it's easy drinking. I'm kind of enjoying it, but there's much better American IPAs out there.

I had somewhat high hopes for Latitude 48. It isn't bad beer, but it is somewhat disappointing for me. I expected BBC's first American IPA release in quite some time to be better. It's just okay. I believe a better hop profile would improve things overall. This one's just too jumbled. More of piney/citric focus would be the right call. It's alright. Definitely worth trying out.

prototypic, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange color..clean looking...creamy white head...

S-Nice aroma..I get a good dose of Hallertau...Herbal...a little toffee like maltiness...

T-Pretty balanced...nice toffee like malt back bone....still plenty of hop impressions to be found....herbal but a tight piney bitterness...finishes pretty dry...

M-Creamy texture...medium bodied....a bit too dry for my liking..

D-I really like the aroma of this...the taste is a bit too dry and sharp on the finish for me....has some balance at first but then really gets hop heavy on the finish (asprin)

ZAP, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark red brass color with hints of copper color surrounding the center. Nice cream lacing covers the empty half. of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty flavors are the most noticeable with traces of citrus infused but slightly hidden.

Taste: Abundant amounts of malt are obvious; strong aftertaste of all the many different hops is spicy and cleansing.

Mouthfeel: A spicy sweet but light flavoring covers the mouth in all areas, making an enjoyable sip.

Drinkability: Though the flavors may be too intense to enjoy a lot of these brews, you wouldn't mind drinking more with a semi-low ABV for the style.

brewdub17, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dad invide us over after his birthday for beer/wine (wine for the ladies) and I was anxious to try this new concocion. I have mixed feelings about it.

I was a bit tired that night so I just bummed it and drank from the bottle. It appeared somewhat orange and had a decent amount of fizz. The aroma was an interesting medium leval of hops. I'm use to seeing either little hops or so many that a trip to the dentist afterwards is required, but this was a balanced amount. The flavor of the hops was peculiar with all the different types mixing together. It wasn't bad but just seemed strange because my tongue couldn't pick out any particular flavor. The acidity wasn't bad at all, again that near-perfect mid-level. It has just a slight sting going down the pipe.

Overall it's a decent beer, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I was more knowlegeable about different hop flavors and could have made a game of picking them out. This is definitely a beer for beer geeks.

DesMoinesMike, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint (fitting huh?). The beer is reddish bordering on bronze. It has a thick and sticky tan head.

I really like the aroma of spice, citrus and caramel. It is a little different and very inviting.

The beer has a nice combination of malts and hops. The hops add some spice notes with pine sap. The malts are slightly sweet with some bread and honey qualities. The hops become more assertive as you work through the glass.

The mouth is slightly oily and coating. It borders on thick. This is an easy drinker and one of my new favorites from Sam. Well done!

Redrover, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of biteme398
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a orange tinge and head is very large, dissipating very slowly with decent lacing. Smell is a little light for the style but otherwise typical. The texture is chewy and the hops are present immediately. Overall, a fairly normal IPA that is perhaps a tad smoother than some other brands. I don't usually drink IPAs but this is a nice compliment in the summer variety pack.

biteme398, Jul 09, 2010
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,269 ratings.