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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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1,021 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,021
Hads: 3,415
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 445 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Inflames
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours amber with a one finger off white head. Retention is good and settles to a thin layer that remains on top of the beer throughout. Light lacing.

S - Herbal hops, sweet fruit and graininess; feels a little light in the nose

T&M - Hop bitterness nicely balanced with malts. Light citrus tones. Medium to full bodied and slightly chewy. Nice level of carbonation on the tongue.

D - A well crafted brew that will certainly appeal to a wide variety of people. I always appreciate a tasty brew that is sessionable.

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Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely copper orange color with a large white head that stuck around and left some good rings of lacing. Aroma is light, but hoppy, floral, fragrant, with a touch of sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same as it smells. Light bitterness, but decent hop flavor, with a light but sturdy toasty, cracker like malt backing. This beer tasty, but nothing really sings. Medium body, light carbonation, almost creamy. This is a super easy drinking IPA. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the flavor, just needs to be kicked up a notch.

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Photo of OverToad
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my local Krogers and was pleased to see another new summer beer from SA. This is a fantastic beer that has some bitterness but yet it has some sweetness to it as well. I hope SA makes this available in its own 6er. SA has beet hitting some home runs as of late.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color that leaves a 1 1/2 finger head that stays for a while and leaves a lot of lacing. In the nose it is initially hops followed by a lot of citrus and then sweet malt. The taste is the same, I can taste the citrus a lot more than I can in other IPA's but it blends very well and compliments the beer greatly. The mouthfeel is good and so is the drinkability. This is a damn good beer from a damn good brewery and a respectable IPA.

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Photo of ps42
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this new brew in the Sam Adams summer styles sampler pack. I was excited to see that they were debuting an IPA to fill the void in their otherwise (mostly) solid lineup, so I poured a chilled bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and here's what happened next.

Appearance - Pours a caramel brown with a fair amount of head. Its a bit on the dark side for an IPA

Smell - Has an earthy aroma to it. Earth and mild floral hops.

Taste - This is a very well crafted IPA. The sweet malts can be tasted for a moment before the characteristic hop taste takes over. This taste is a mix between citrusy and floral, but not overpowering. Its IBU is definitely on the mild end of the IPA spectrum. The finish is remarkably smooth.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than your average IPA, with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Latitude 48 is as close to a session beer as your ever gonna get with an IPA. It tastes great, isn't too heavy, and doesn't hammer you over the head with bitterness. Its just a remarkably well balanced beer.

Final Thoughts

Too often within this style do brewers get carried away with creating their desired hop character and taste, and too often the biggest casualty of this quest is the balance of the brew. Every once in a while, I want a hop assault on my taste buds, but for the other 90% of the time when I'm feeling an IPA, something like Latitude 48 is what I'm after. Its an incredibly well balanced, if uncomplicated brew, and one that Jim Koch should consider making a year round offering. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored body. Sizeable cream head sticks to the glass. Caramel malts on the nose, a couple strands of bitter and floral hops. Mmm. Caramel malt front follwed by a nice compilation of different hops. Fairly wet mouth. Nice IPA from a reliable brewery

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color with a good amount of head, fades fast and doesn't leave much lacing though, fairly dark for most IPA's but a nice change of pace.

Smell has a good amount of hops but also has a solid malt backbone that provides balance.

Taste is similar to the aroma in that there is a hop presence up forward that dances with pine and some citrus, but finishes with the malt, an easily drinkable and unoffensive IPA.

I can easily see this being a session beer when it comes to IPA's. The hops aren't strong enough to kill your taste buds but has enough to want to come back. Hopefully this beer sticks around, a vast improvement over their other newly created beer, Coastal Wheat.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - earthy, grassy hops

A - poured into a pint glass, half finger head, golden brown color with red overtones. Head remained good throughout. Wish I could say that all the time.

T - taste starts off sharp, with a lemony hop flavor on the front of the tongue, mild sweetness on the back. Good balance. The hops start hitting the back of the palate near the end of the beer.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent. Not overly carbonated, not too syrupy feeling, slightly creamy. The initial sharpness reduces as the beer warms and is consumed into the body.

D- Big hop heads may be disappointed ( the "intense hop" character advertised on the bottle may not be right on) as this is defintiely more balanced (and less bitter), therefore making a borderline session beer. A three pack of this works perfect.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours an amber brown with small head. No real retention.

Smells of sweet dark fruits and floral hops, but not heavy.

The taste is similar. Piney and floral hops, some dark fruit sweetness. Bitterness is moderate throughout.

Moderate body and mild carbonation.

Okay beer. Not the best IPA I've had but worth trying. Would be easy to session.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thin white head that fades too fast with little to no lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus up front with lots of floral hops in the back. There also is an earthy hoppiness as well. Very complex. Along with a sweet bread maltiness as well.

The flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Full of pine, floral, earthy, citrus hop flavor with a very clean bitterness that lingers well into a sweet bread doughy finish.

Has a nice medium body and a slightly dry finish. Full carbonation

Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice initial head with decent retention and an amber color.

smell is of piney, citrusy and earthy hops. slightly floral as well. little esteryness and underlying breadiness.

taste has underlying sweetness without too many dextrin sugars. hops are different in nature but balance nicely. slight biscuit character comes through.

mouthfeel is dry enough to accomodate the malt sweetness while allowing the hops to come through. interesting interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear bright golden copper with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells very malt forward but still has enough hops in there to let you know this is an IPA

taste is ok - more of a american pale - not too hoppy or malty - tangy citrus slightly salty hops balanced by the carmel grainy malts

mouthfeel is light maybe a little too much carbonation

drinkability is good - nice flavors and low abv - i just do not see myself buying this again since its only in the summer mix 12 pack

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Dad gave me a bottle of this beer to try. Seeing how I usually don't buy Sam Adams beers.

Pours a deep amber and copper hues with a quick disappearing head, but good bubbling.

The aroma is a earthy, woody, an caramel malty nose. You can smell the hop complexity of this beer. As well as the hop balance.

The taste is well balanced, but of course leans towards the hoppy bitter sde. Caramel and biscuits combine with earthy, piney, and grassy hops. This is a simple, yet well rounded IPA.

Light resiny palate from start to finish. With nice malty notes easily picked up as well.

I've to say, Sam Adams dialed this IPA in pretty well. I must admit I'm somewhat biased against Sam Adams beer. But this is pretty damn good!

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Photo of mschofield
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I was drinking this beer, I kept thinking "if only it was a pale ale I'd rate it higher - it just isn't an IPA"

The color is a beautiful brillantly clear dark amber, topped with a sudsy 2+ finger tan head. Maybe a little dark for an IPA, but great for a Pale ale.

The aroma does have some hops in it, but not enough for an IPA. It's balanced, there are spicy and citrusy hops but they don't overwhelm.

The taste is .. that word again balanced. Mostly I'm getting a malty, bready taste, balanced by earthy hops. Sure there is a nice blast of grapefruit, but more of an APA level. Again, would be great as a pale ale.

Body is way off the charts for an IPA, it's full bodied .. as a Pale ale it would be more of a medium-full for that style.

But as I examine the bottle closer .. it's a Latitude 48 Ale.. doesn't say IPA. Check the Sam Adams website, and it's not listed yet. BA says American IPA. I thought this was the Boston IPA they tried out last year in the Beer Lovers Choice. Beer News listed it as Sam Adams new IPA when the label was first found. But I think we've all been had, Sam doesn't call this an IPA. It's a Pale Ale, and a damn good one.

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Photo of thscc1659
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying that I usually am not a huge fan of IPAs, but this one was definitely an exception.

A-Clear burnt siena color

S-Definitely can notice the hops, but controlled.

T-Unlike most IPAs, the hops were used to buttress the taste rather than overwhelm your pallet. Found the obvious yet controlled bitterness quite enjoyable.

M-Very enjoyable. Good carbonation level releases the taste.

D-Thanks to the subtle hops, I could drink several of these before feeling the need to move on to a less bitter beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark and inviting mahoghany colour with a tannish head that is sticky and leaving a nice this wispy lace. burnt sugar malt aroma with a nice spicy, grassy herbal hop aroma. very nice. the taste is bit more subtle with a dark brown sugar maltiness accentuated by some spicy and peppery hop notes. no hint of any NW hops...curious as to the american hops used. it has a nice long bitter finish...nothing over the top and this seems wholly balanced in nature. nice full mouthfeel, with a matching overall body. drinkability is nice.

although this offering is a nicely constructed hoppy ale/IPA...it just seems to be missing something that would edge it closer to "YUM!" stage. on the other hand, i would love to taste this on tap paired with some spicy buffalo wings or jalapeno poppers.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before August notched on label:

Pours deep copper with a thin head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is of citric/tropical fruitiness (mango, grapefruit) with woody notes.

The taste is of bitterish, slightly tart, fruitiness with a sweet, caramelish/toffeeish, backing. It has a floral, slightly woody, spicy dry finish.

It has a creamy, smooth, medium body.

It's a milder, easy-drinking IPA...Don't expect a "West Coast" hop bomb...Still, enough hop character to keep it interesting. It claims to use German, English and American hops. It's a bit "different" - but, still enjoyable. A fine selection for an easy-drinking hoppy brew!

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Photo of HalfFull
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of rocky off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace. Bit dark though offers decent lace.

Average nose with some light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer little depth. Slight nudge for a lack of deterring factors.

Moderately bitter in flavor though hop notes don't really carry forward to the taste. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

This bottle was much better than the last one from a few days ago and noted in numbers. Bottom line: there is way too much variation from bottle to bottle in all Sam brews, and this review gives the benefit of the doubt....

Edit take two. Bottle with a best by date of Sept. '11 and consumed in June so assuming it's fresh. Quite rich and malty and lacking a definitive hop aroma. Mediocre and malty in the end. Blah..

Edit take three in the fall of 2012. Fresh bottle from a fall seasonal mixed case. Take two reaffirmed as there is way too much caramel throwing this beer out of balance given the hop aroma, especially for a relatively modest ABV. Also lacks bitterness for the style, tasting a bit like a hoppy version of Oktoberfest..Yet I say that with reservation..

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Photo of david131
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep orange liquid with some red highlights. A thick and creamy off-white head with good retention sits on top and leaves good lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Citrus, flowers, and brown sugar. A little on the faint side, but it is nice.

T- Brown sugar, caramel, some citrus hops, and a touch of cinnamon. Lacking a little something, but it's not bad.

M- The carbonation emphasizes the bitterness. Clean on the finish.

D- Not a very interesting beer, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours deep amber with a fairly large off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Bready background, with herbal hop notes.

Taste: Buttery malt flavors throughout, finishing with bitter-spicy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A good IPA, although not the best and certainly not the strongest. This won't satisfy the craziest hophead, but is very drinkable and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice. Pours a dark brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a medium-sized, very foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves impressive lacing.

Smell: Grassy, earthy hops backed by a sweet malty smell.

Taste: Fairly bitter up front with a wide variety of hop notes. It has grassy, earthy, piney, and other hop flavors that give it a nice bitterness up front. It develops into a sweet malty flavor towards the back with lingering bitterness. Has a bit of a citrus taste right at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: A little light on body but still crisp and relatively clean.

Drinkability: A decent enough IPA. Not good enough to seriously look for again but certainly good enough to enjoy if it's around. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Summer Sampler pack from Sam Adams. Heres We Goes!

Appearance- Rich dark copper in color. Puffy off white creamy head that falls into a puddle. The lacing is pretty prevelent. A gorgeous beer to look at in a tulip glass.

Aroma- Hops up front signify IPA but that aroma isn't as intense as I was expecting from a brewery that takes such great pride in their hops. It has a spicy earthy aroma. Not very citrusy to my nose with some back ground malt.

Taste- Not a hop bomb by any means but still fairly hopped. It's got a very spicy hop flavor, It is very earthen so it seems to derive it's flavor from the czech hops as opposed to it's American hops. There is a nice malt character in the back with a nice honey sweet finish. It is a very smooth tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- Beautifully balanced. This is a perfect balance of body and carbonation. It still has that nice slick IPA feel with a great dry finish.

Drinkability- It goes down pretty smooth. I will save the other one for later. It is a very tasty brew not the best example of the style but a good beer. I can see this as being a good baby step beer for someone but as a true IPA lover I will stick to my faves. A valliant effort for Sam Adams and I applaud them for it I like this brewery because they are not afraid to take chances. I was a little disappointed being they take such great pride in their hops but like a I said still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal clear dark red/amber with a sticky finger of head that left a great lacing down the glass.

S - Exceptionally well balanced mix of hop and malt. At first is a fresh piney hop aroma, then a caramel sweetness comes through.

T - The well balanced aroma really comes out in the flavor. The flavor starts with a playful hop bite that moves out of the way and gets chased down by smooth maltiness that rounds out the flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, this is very drinkable and I hope we see it in six packs soon.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice rich copper color with a sizable creamy head.
Smell: Very strong hop aroma coupled with a good sized malt flavor that reminds me of molasses.
Taste: Very subtle hop flavor with a good measure of malt to smooth it out. It gives it a slight honey after taste.
Mouthfeel and Drinkbability: Very easy to drink and not too harsh at all. Good balance of flavors and textures and the beer really has this silky honey weight to it that I like.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.