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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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BA SCORE
83
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1,019 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,019
Hads: 3,397
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 34
Gots: 426 | 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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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

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Photo of Hendry
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a one finger khaki head,tons of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt,with some hops poking through.

Taste starts of with a malty coating on the palate before the hops take hold, so there is a good balance here overall. Not an overly dry finish going on.

Mouthfeel is light medium, good drinkability,solid carbonation.

Decent effort,and features Mosaic Hops which I was anxious to try, but the malty blast takes on a slightly diacetyl quality which doesn't appeal to me.Not great,not bad. (500 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Close to two fingers of fairly dense foam, eggshell white, some dimpling going on, retention level is good, likewise the lacing comes in thick sheets with admirable stickiness. Bronzed orange liquid, closer to brown than yellow, good clarity with tight, active beads of tiny bubbles. Expressive nose, floral with heavy sweet citrus dew, pine sap and peach to apricot fruit, also hits you with some toasty, bready notes and roasted cocoa, at times close to coffee, more of a puncher than a finesse boxer. Medium-bodied, there is a bitter bite but this is quickly overcome by the fluffy carbonation and general creamy mouth feel. Emphasis remains on the orange, pink grapefruit citrus, flowers and pine. While it lacks a keen edge, there is some pineapple, mango in there with the peach, apricot base. The roast maybe higher here, dries out the finish with mocha, cocoa and bread crust. Not getting much caramel or butterscotch, more metallic or earthy accents. Pretty consistent profile nose to palate, not sure of freshness of bottle, may have had a fresher, more brisk demeanor in its youth. But pleasing enough in a basic sense and decently sessionable. (1,155 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/2011 original review
Had on tap at the end of the brewery tour. Fresh and refreshing!

This pours an amber golden with a thick head sitting atop. Citrus and pine resin comes through on the aroma. It’s more of an English-style IPA, with a lighter hop profile (in comparison to the West Coast hop bombs), balanced by a pleasing malty backbone. Hallertau, Goldenings, Simcoe, Zues and Atium blend together to good use. (420 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of foamy head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Floral hop aroma with some citrus and fruit.

Taste- Bitter mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hop flavors with a touch of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I am not a fan of IPAs this was a decent one to try. I could actually taste the different flavors from the hops instead of an overpowering bitterness that other IPAs that I've tried. (552 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very clear golden brown with about a finger of white foam. Nice stick to the glass and a very thin puff of head.

S - Resinous hops, caramel, malts, floral.

T - Bitter, dank hops, some sweet from the malts tries to balance, but not very effectively. Dry finish. The carbonation takes over the after taste as the bubbles just sting your tongue. Not sure if that is the desired effect, but I don't think so.

O - This is a light to medium bodied IPA that drinks easy. I remember it tasting different when it first came out so I wonder if it changed. Also, I just purchased this recently, but it says it is retired so not sure if that is accurate? This is solid IPA, but their are so many better options that I don't think I'll be coming back. (753 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is clear copper with a medium tall, compact tan head. Nice lacings.

S: Lots of carmell, sweet malt. Bitter and floral hops brings tropical fruits and ripe oranges as well as some nettles. A bit bready.

T: The hops are way stronger in taste, than in smell. Lots of tropical citric fruits and even some nice pine. Bitter hops. Bready sweet caramell malt.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation quite strong.

O: Not bad, but not very exciting either. (492 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Somewhat dark copper/bronze, semi-clear. One finger of off white head, large bubbles.

S - Subtle citrus hops, piney/earthy aroma. An undertone of caramel and bread.

T - This is hoppier than it smells, but the flavor profile is very balanced. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasty breadiness. It's not that bitter, and is pretty sweet for the style.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate body. The carbonation is moderate-to-high.

O - I didn't expect much of this beer, but I found myself really liking it. It's definitely not a hop bomb, but it's a good easy drinking beer with a surprising amount of hop complexity and smoothness. (672 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

A: Pours a reddish-copper brown color with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of pine, wheat, hops, barley, yeast, sugars

T: Tastes alright, wheat, grains, malts, yeast, sugars, has a strong hop finish

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, has a good hop kick at the end, although I don't really like it but its an IPA so I can expand my horizons a bit.

O: Overall this beer was alright, if I didn't have an aversion to hops I'd probably like it more but still it was a fairly mild IPA and was not too over done for me. (614 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a good Bier... Fresh scent of pine.. awakens the sense of smell.. the sense of taste.. a sense of India...a culture that understands the quality of breathing.. of patience amongst turmoil.. of a pause in the daily maelstrom of life.
Not the best entry for this brewery, but a nice Ale.. it quenches the one's thirst.. and gives pause to enjoy bier.. and to enjoy bier...'tis a gift worth embracing..
sMc (423 characters)

Photo of Smoke
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hadn't had a hoppy beer from Sam Adams in a long time and was excited to try this one out. From the start I noticed that this one had a much more herbal spin to it than I expected. Definitely not the traditional American IPA grapefruit/pine combo. Having said that, there was also a dullness to the hop character. The beer wasn't out of code, but it wasn't that bright hop flavor I've come to expect in an American IPA. I like that it wasn't over the top bitter, but would have preferred it to be a bit more aromatic an a little less earthy. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was looking for something a little more true to the style these days. (643 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best reviewers were secure enough to review BBC fairly. This is an great everywhere, starter, and always available IPA, and it's gotten better in the latest Mosaic infused 4 hop release.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, resulting in a clear dark amber color with a large head; lotsa lace left behind

Smell: Balanced, subtle, mostly floral grapefruit, grass, with caramel malt, pale ale undertones.

Taste: Follows the smell, but brighter: a little more of toffee, malt, up front, and then the mix of hops; grapefruit and pineapple flavors are paramount, and then a nice clean finish. Also a bit beery, boozy.

Mouthfeel: somewhat creamy, great feel, medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice finish.

Overall: must try IPA - MUST come in cans soon to make my regular list. As good as Avery, Goose Island. Great starter IPA. What starbucks did for coffee, may Sam do for craft!

I'll take one of these any time. One on every corner.

Came back: tasted vs 21st amendment. (clearer, darker, thinner, more ale like, more English) But still a winner. Great with food - beans, sausage, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce from garden. (1,141 characters)

Photo of codysjb
2.21/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light. Not much hop Profile and more malt forward. Extremely simple and pretty much one sided wwith a generic English ale malt taste and the minorest of bitterness on the palate. Mouthful just screams light and not much there. Overall very generic and virtually any other ipa has more going for it. Not worth grabbing (317 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get why many are disappointed with this, and I think it's for the same reasons why I like it. Its ABV is modest for the style, and the malt, while not particularly flavorful, provides some level of balance. I know the "b word" may not belong in a discussion on IPAs, but personally, I think balance is a good idea. Anyway, I'll admit I'm not an IPA connoisseur, but I can't help but think this is well executed, even if its bitterness is placed into moderation. The flavors work, and if nothing else, it's a good introduction for a casual beer drinker into the style. Fresh citrus, grapefruit, and pine come from the hops in the smell and taste, and again, while the malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, it does seem to give it that [insert "b word"]. Mouthfeel is great, with medium/high thickness and carbonation that is fairly low (it could be increased a bit I feel). Anyway, aside from the Boston Lager, this is without question in my opinion the best feature of the season's "Harvest Collection" 12-pack. Overall, this is an approachable IPA, one that may not be bold, extreme, or extravagant, but one that simply delivers great taste, a great mouthfeel, and clearly great quality ingredients. (1,206 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice coppery complexion is mired by an over carbonation that adheres to the side of the snifter. The head was off white with a fluffy texture and it laced well.

More malt on the nose than hop this IPA has a backdrop of tea leaves. Additional delving reveals an earthy, resinous pine that starts to take over the grains and malt.

A very hearty grainy malt meets the palate and then a mildly resinous pine ends. The hop flavor is pure with an outdoorsy, earthy taste but it's relatively bitter and satisfying.

Perhaps it's the extra carbonation but the feel is very loose and easy; quite refreshing. The aftertaste is slightly piney and bitter but not detracting. (669 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark shade of amber, approaching copper. Head retention is good, and there's some very nice lace formation going on. A solid malt body hinted at by the color shows up on the nose with caramel/toffee notes. Hop aromatics are not as strong as one would like with an IPA, just an overall bright, floral character with a bit of pineapple from Simcoe hops.

The balance present in the aroma follows on the palate. While bitter, it doesn't quite have the level of perceived bitterness that the IPA style has evolved. A nice juicy caramel malt base with almost IPA-level hoppiness defines the flavor profile. Besides bitterness, which actually seems to be picking up the further into the glass I get, there's not much in the way of flavor contribution hop-wise. Maybe a slight minty-herbal quality and some grapefruit.

Interesting hop bill, but this doesn't have the aromatic power that defines a great IPA. The flavor is nicely balanced but lacking in complexity. This could make a pretty good gateway IPA. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Weston19
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served into a Sam Adams glass

A: Amber color, good carbonation, after a couple minutes head reduced to about half a pinky.

S: Grapefruit, hops, piney, light citrus

T: Pretty much follows the nose; grapefruit, hops, gives a nutty aftertaste once it hits the back of the throat, doesn't finish too bitter.

M: It has a smooth and dry finish. Leaves a bitter taste once you finish taking a sip.

O: It's a decent beer. The taste isn't bad but it's nothing special and it's nothing robust. I would've liked it if there was more flavor to it like some of the other IPA's out there. (579 characters)

Photo of HerdNo1
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a standard ale glass. A thick, white head lingered throughout and left tons of lacing. The beer itself was a crystal clear light amber color.

S: Lots of piney notes up front followed by citrus peel and maybe a bit of tobacco. The malt was detectable but played a decidedly supporting role.

T: Unlike in the nose, the malt is present here and I don't mind that a bit. Too many IPA's are nothing but unbalanced hop bombs. Anyone can add a ton of hops to a pale ale. Balance is missing from too many of them. The hops are still the dominant player in this beer but the malt balances it nicely enough to prevent them from being overwhelming.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: I like this IPA. It's not an over the top IPA and it's certainly not a DIPA. Rather, it's a balanced beer in which the hops play the most important but not the only role. Nice beer to kick back and enjoy and you could actually drink more than one. (967 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. It has a dark red color with a big foamy white head which leaves behind some lacing. It's basically clear and there are a couple of visible bubbles coming up here and there.

S. Malty and and slight roasted nut scent.

T/M. It has a malt taste, roasted. A hint of a caramel. There's a tart sourness there. It has a lemon undertone.

O. It tastes like a Sam Adams version of a red ale. There's really nothing interesting there. (429 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus notes and some earthy hops, with a nice malt body. Beer has a light/medium body with good carbonation and finishes nicely, going down smooth. While it does not have the alcohol bite of most IPAs this beer is definitely a nice beer to have and is very good. (423 characters)

Photo of PaleZombie
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep burnt orange color almost an amber color. About 1 finger of nice foamy off white head. Very clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Nice piney floral smell, has a dank character to it. A little bit of citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Not too strong in the nose though.

T - Similar to the nose but way more pronounced. First you get the nice citrus, then a finish of piney floral bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body. On the high end of medium carbonation.

O - This was a pretty solid IPA but it lacked the citrus punch I like in my IPA's. It reminded me of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but less grapefruit'y. Overall a solid beer though and well balanced. (736 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper; clear; medium, frothy head, good lacing

Aroma: Slight grass; malty; caramel and light grapefruit

Taste: Juicy malt, creamy on start; quick turn to roasted grain and hoppy bite; finishes semi-sweet with a mild hope bite

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (315 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Has a moderate sized off-white head with a clear amber color. Head has very nice retention. Leaves moderate/heavy lacing. Has a bready, caramel malt smell. Not much hops in the aroma.

Tastes of caramel malts, rye bread, roasty, and toffee, with a bit of hops. More bitter than you would expect with the minimal hop presence. Has an average mouthfeel with moderate carbonation for an IPA. (388 characters)

Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle; it's the first time I've had this beer as my taste for ipas are growing by the year. Appearance is a medium to full carbonation with a head of about an inch that settles to an 1/4 inch. The smell is a nice balance of hops to yeast. As a former baker I adore the smell of yeast! The mouthfeel is a subtle balance of slight carbonation hops and sweetness. Overall a really good beer that I would drink again and recommend to others (452 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: bright copper body with a 2 finger off-white or light beige head that leaves chunky globs of lacing behind at first and then thins out

Aroma: very light, no citrus, no hops to me, smoky, toasted grains but very faint,

Flavors: nothing I would expect from an American IPA, caramel, roasted sweet grains, light citrus, light herbal lemon grass, smoky oak barrel feel, mineral, soft earthy feel

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, yes too balanced for an American IPA, I would have guessed England, mild-moderate bitterness, grassy aftertaste,

To the Point: the German and English hops seem to dominate, mild citrusy style, for an American IPA style – eh it’s Okay, do I like it … yes.

I think they need to age this Ale in oak barrels (757 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid IPA and a cool idea. I absolutely love the look of this beer. Nice, dark, reddish-copper with a mild whitish head. Taste has a robust floral hoppiness exactly like you'd want from an IPA. I think that this would be better in the in the fall with some football and chili. I'll be back. (300 characters)

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.