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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

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2,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 2839
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%

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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of lordofthewiens


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Summer 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Plenty of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Vaguely floral. On the muted side.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little caramel malt. Again, on the timid side.
Not a hop bomb, fairly well-balanced.
Decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 21:47:51 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of jimj21


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce bottle bought as part of Samuel Adams Summer sampler twelve pack. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with about two and a half fingers of beige head. Retention and lacing are both great. Good amount of bubble activity in the glass. I would expect a little haze from an IPA though.

Smell is the low point of this beer. What is there is good, but it is just weak overall. With an IPA, I expect to not have to search for the aroma. What is there is floral and citrusy in the way of hop aroma and some caramel malt.

I was not expecting a hop bomb and I didn't get one. This is a very good, balanced IPA. The hops used give this spicy and piney flavors. A touch of citrus is there too. Malt comes through as caramel and toasted bread. Bitterness is mild and balances the malt sweetness on the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Good level of carbonation, but definitely not over the top. Creamy texture. A bit dry.

This is a great beer and a great IPA. Very balanced, but all the flavors come through nicely. I hope this becomes a year round addition to the Samuel Adams lineup. This is one of the best I have had from the Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 23:55:02 | More by jimj21
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. pours an clear amber color with an inch and a half of off white head. scents of bright lemony hops and bready malts hit the nose. The taste of grassy hops immediately hits the tongue with bitter lemon citrus and bready malts in the background. medium bodied with light/moderate carbonation but has a grassy aftertaste. pretty good drink ability, wished it was a little bit brighter with the hops IMO but an okay drink all the same.


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 23:30:11 | More by CheckMate
Photo of gratedjuice


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- amber colored ale with a light foam, nothing special

S- Has a pleasant light hop smell, nothing too overwhelming

T- Bitter taste with light citrus flavoring. Very refreshing and a great choice for a summer beer.

M- it has a light carbonation but is still smooth

D- Nice smooth summer beer, not my favorite but I would definitely order it again. If you can find it give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:36:31 | More by gratedjuice
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color with a huge white head that overflows a little from the glass and looks a bit like soap foam. Decent lace and nice clarity.

S: Very floral and slightly soapy smelling with maybe a touch of lemon.

T: Very clean with some resinous pine oil and a decent bitter pine finish. A mile sweetness is detectable. Heavy herbal presence and some grassiness

M: More body than i expected for the abv and very full.

D: Very easy to put this one down and with enough flavor to quench my thirst. I would have liked it to be a bit more citrusy but overall a very solid offering

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:09:27 | More by mikey711
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is grassy and piney hops but is very faint. The flavor is grassy hops with some pine and citrus mixed in but it is a little faint as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this IPA, but it could be a little more aggressive in the flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:04:54 | More by Mora2000
Photo of cnally


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler that I have been crawling through, thanks to the wide scale availability of Oberon.

This is a radiant red-amber clear body, with a thin white head, clinging a little to the side of the glass.

Highly floral aroma, a big malty sweet one with a good floral hop character.

The flavor is a crisp combo of a violent piney hop at the front, which has surprisingly little staying power, towards the middle there are some oaky flavors and a hint of vineyard---grape, pear. All in all a very hefty flavor that isn't one note.

Well balanced feel but a little watery.

A nice balance, not the most head turning brew but a worthy taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:23:18 | More by cnally
Photo of Thiestru


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber with a one-finger whitish head, which later diminishes but some foam remains nonetheless. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: The smell reminds me of the old Imperial Pilsner, owing to the German hops. Very floral. Caramel malts are present, too; altogether a delicious smell.

Taste: Completely delivers on what the smell promised. Floral hops, check. Caramel malts, check. What it makes me think of is a stronger version of Boston Lager, stronger in alcohol content and flavor. It isn't a massive wallop of bitterness, but it's really scrumptious, and different from most IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, kind of creamy.

Drinkability: I'm very happy about this new beer from Sam Adams, and I hope I find this around in the next few months, because I want to keep this on hand. This is a perfect session IPA, because of the delicious, non-extreme flavor and relatively low ABV.

Thanks for another great brew, Boston Brewing Co.!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:38:49 | More by Thiestru
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not too much head retention or foam. Dark amber and pretty transparent.

Smell: Cloves with a hint of pepper. Lot of malt as well. I like this a lot!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily spiced, like cloves, with a very strong maltiness as well. Good piny hop bitterness in the end. The total package makes this taste like coffee. Smoothness holds up throughout.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink. Maybe not something I'd drink too much of because of the relatively high alcohol content for a light/not dark beer.

Overall: Not bad. Pretty color. Not bad to drink at all. Smells and tastes very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 04:38:45 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty amber/red color, with nice solid tan head that laces strong. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming through this American IPA.

Citrusy spice hop aroma, some caramel and sweet malt evident. Balanced nicely, but with a good harsh hop bite in the nose. Bitter orange hop in the taste, some pine characteristics as well. Malt more in the background as far as flavor goes. Some syrupy sweetness is there but the hops stay strong throughout, ending with a nice bitter bite that lingers longer.

This beer has a nice body, smooth and well carbonated. A very drinkable IPA by a brewer that you'd expect nothing less from.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 18:59:38 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Blakaeris


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red-amber with a thick creamy head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and fruity citrus hop.

Taste is surprisingly malty for an IPA. Grainy caramel malt and drying woody cedar, and earthy hop bitterness is balanced. Finishes with strong tobacco, lemon, and lingering floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a nice session brew. Very balanced caramel malt and earthy hops provides more of an English than American IPA experience. Hop bitterness pleasantly builds as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 16:43:52 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of aval89


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark copper color with a fluffy off white 1 finger head... Head settles at about an 1/8 inch head.. Lots of tiny bubbles..

S: semi piney/citrus hops.. Little roasted malts.. Semi sweet... Also hints of caramel...

T: fruity malt is upfront... Middle is nutty, roasted malts with caramel.. Finish is bitter hop... Almost like a burnt resin aftertaste

Mf: mf is medium bodied.. With medium carbonation...

Drinkability is pretty easy for an IPA.. A decent brew...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 10:11:50 | More by aval89
Photo of crossovert


3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before Aug 10.

Pours a deep reddish brown that is crystal clear. It has a foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell BLOWS, there is nothing here, a scant bit of hops and a pinch of generic malt. Their Pilsener smalls hoppier than this, and this smells just like their Nobel Pils but weaker. It also has an off scent that I don't enjoy.

The taste has a bit more flavor but still it is bland and tasteless for the most part. There is no bitterness or maltiness. There is just a generic grapefruit/noble hop flavor with a bit of funkiness. It tastes like if a macro company made an IPA.

This is a very weak IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:21:04 | More by crossovert
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper bodied, one finger of white head, mild retention and lacing.

Aroma: Faint malt hides behind the citrus and pine hops. Surprising hop profile for a SA brew.

Taste: The citrus and pine hops really stand out among anything. A bit more calm then your traditional IPA. Mild bittering hops get you at the end with the sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Not a bad sessionable IPA with the moderate ABV. I think SA could of done a lot more with this beer, but all-in-all not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:34:37 | More by travduke
Photo of jwinship83


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

samual adams IPA in a bottle? wow! part of the 2010 summer seasonal mixed 12 pack. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. expires in august of this year.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with a solid finger of tightly knit white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind incomplete rings of lacing.

S- this one starts out with sweet caramel malt and a little bit of bread. after that comes a pretty generous helping of hops. grapefruit and pine come through the strongest.

T- very pleasing. it starts off with sweet caramel and toffee like malts. after that comes more hops than i was expecting. lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine. nice and bitter.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. crisp and clean.

D- this is something that i wish i was able to buy six packs up. depending on the price, it might become on of my go to beers. glad they bottled this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:30:10 | More by jwinship83
Photo of kbanks13


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear but deep amber/copper color with 1 finger of creamy white head.

S: Floral and citric aromas. Grapefruit undertones, some pine also detectable.

T: Oh man, this is one tasty IPA. First I tasted the grapefruit and a little bit of the resiny pine that was present in the nose. This quickly faded to a well developed, but not overpowering malty backbone. The malts tended to linger more on the tongue than the hops did, but a little pine hung around for a while. Didn't taste like I had just licked an air freshener like some other IPAs have made me feel.

M: Creamy and smooth, goes down easy. A fair amount of carbonation but not more than I would expect or want from this style.

D: As a person who tends to not like IPAs, this one was very enjoyable and I would consider having another. Not too abrasive on the palate like some IPAs, so I think that it wouldn't be too tough to have a few with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:54:33 | More by kbanks13
Photo of jlindros


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new from Sam Adams, so another review to come.

A: Pours a nice 1+ finger head in my SA Perfect Pint Glass and slowly fades. It's crystal clear toasty amber orange color with hints of red.

N: SOme nice hops, some spicy hops, a little pine and citrus, some fresh dry hops, little aromatic grassy hops, some noble hops, similar to noble pils but not as good. The faintest hint of malts behind that.

T: Again, very similar to noble pils in taste, with lots of nice noble and low alpha hops. Chewy hops start with more floral and grassy hops, a little piny taste. No real citrus this time. A decent bitterness too with plenty of low alpha hops and not many heavier hops. A touch of sweetness and dark malts, but much lower on malt. If I didn't know better, I would say SA is trying to disguise the noble pils as this so they can keep it year round, with a few minor changes. I still got a couple noble pils left so I'll go get one and try it side by side once I'm done with the review.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A little bitterness on the finish, but never really gets too heavy. Some spicy bitterness with hints of pine and grassy flavors. A touch of chewy hops too, mild and floral overall. Just a touch of sweetness but mostly dry. Leaves a little astringent grassy bitterness too. A nice lingering flavor.

Noble pils comparison: Also poured into another SA Perfect Pint glass so I can compare them better. They seem to have the same head, but noble pils is much lighter with all golden color where latitude is caramel colored. On the nose noble pils is much lighter, grassier, spicier, brighter and fruitier hops where latitude is heavier and chewier hops with a little crystal malt. Taste is also much different with noble pils being a lot grassier, spicier, and more mild on the hops, and no real malt flavors except perhaps a hint of wheat, but latitude has some crystal malts, chewier and piny hops. So I guess I just cracked a pils when I didn't need to, cause they're not really alike. Latitude IS a nice beer though, but different. Hard to tell which I like better, but I think the noble pils for now. But latitude is a nice addition to the SA lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 01:18:21 | More by jlindros
Photo of biggred1


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a lumpy vanilla milkshake head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Fresh tropical fruity and earthy hop aroma with a distinct "Sam Adams" malty smell. Well balanced flavors of herbal and citric hops with a sweet malty backbone. On the leaner side of medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A solid IPA, pretty much what I expect from BBC, a decent tasting, well balanced lightweight IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:36:20 | More by biggred1
Photo of ExtraStout


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace.

Average smell with only light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer a little depth. Used too IPA's having a much more hoppy taste and smell but I can live with this. A bit light on the ABV @ 5.8% too. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:30:05 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of rootbeerman


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear amber-brown, with a multi-part pour into a perfect pint, leaving a huge two and a half finger light brown foamy head. laces neatly with each sip.

S: pine, first then citrus and floral. with malt balancing it out in the background.

T: a good cross between pine, citrus and roasted sweet malt. has a decently ling bitter hop and pine aftertaste

M: smooth, slightly coating, i guess is why such a long aftertaste.

D: very drinkable, great balance of hop and malt. good IPA from the biggest craft brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 08:28:02 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of MikeBrandman


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Body is deep, translucent brown. Very little visible carbonation or sediment. 3 fingers of white, foamy, rocky head that fades to about a half finger. Great lacing. Overall a delicious looking beer. Just looks dark and spicy.

S - Beautiful smell. Smells of a variety of hops. Strong floral aroma with nice sweet malt backbone. Definitely well crafted aroma. No alcohol smell at all.

T - Very complex taste. Hoppy upfront, fades to malty sweetness. All the hops blend together so well I can't distinguish which is which. Almost a minty taste at the end of this. Sweetness does a great job of balancing this out. Slightly bitter aftertaste but that is more than welcome.

MF - A little hard on the carbonation here. Adds to the bitterness slightly. Good idea, but I think it was taken a little to far. Bottle conditioning would have made this better carbonated and added a little depth to the appearance.

D - Good drinkability, save the carbonation. On the lighter side, so if they made this in a 6 pack I'd definitely be all over this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 02:25:40 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark amber-gold with about and inch or so of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a little bitter with some nice German hop presence. Some slight fruity flavor.

The taste is has an interesting hop feel to it. There is no clear hop that takes over but there is a mix of bitterness that seem to mix well together. No harsh bitterness to get used to, it has a good fruit flavor. Some slight apple and grape hints with a little orange as well.

The feel is medium to light and goes down pretty easy. A good IPA that is pretty drinkable, but bitter for the people used to having their taste of hops. It has a good amount of carbonation and is pretty darn smooth. I am impressed with the first taste of an IPA from SA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:36:34 | More by Duhast500
Photo of zdk9


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light orange. A touch of head but not a lot.

S- More hoppy than expected. Some nitrogeny/cat pee stuff.

T- A good amount of bitterness. Some pine flavor.

M- Nice stinging bitterness. I'm liking the duration of the flavor in this one.

D- Eh, not an amazing beer. I could drink this as a session beer if it was less alcohol but not so unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:12:18 | More by zdk9
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold, almost brown tints with a good stick lacy head. Classic hoppy smell that reminds one of citrus and has some caramel/sweet malts. Taste is more of the same as the hops are more prevalent than the sticky sweet malt (caramel, biscuity) but there is a good herbal citric hopiness that really pleases the tongue. Finishes crisp and a tad dry for a perfect finish and this is a really good if laid-back session beer. Nothing outstanding but everything spot on.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 19:01:38 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Inflames


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA? More of a pale or a hoppy red. Maybe I'm use to IPAs having that strong NW hop character. This IPA comes packed with noble hops which makes this beer's hop profile remind me of the noble pils they put out. I normally don't like this much carmel malt in my ipa's but for this beer I have found an exception. Beside my beliefs, I find this beer enjoyable. A solid offering in a market where IPA has become an umbrella term for super hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 03:20:54 | More by Inflames
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