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Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Latitude  48 IPALatitude  48 IPA

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551 Ratings
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hopfenpeter on 09-09-2011

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Ratings: 551 | Reviews: 58
Photo of ALEXJMZ
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange and gold. Medium white head.

S: Aroma is fresh saaz hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. And a little bit sweet caramel malt in the background.

T: herbal and floral subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. A slight sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh hop taste that clean your mouth.

AT: Medium/Light body that drinks relatively with a large aftertaste.

Photo of SteenLarsen
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams makes many excellent beers but this one in my mind is not one of them. All too bitter and harsh. It is not brewart to throw tons of cascade hops in the brew kettle and the result is a rather harsh bitter brew with no delicate balance.

Photo of Jackjaffar
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Virtually no smell at all.. Everything else was average to below average.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams "Latitude 48 IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "...ENJOY BEFORE... JUNE 2015"

Following Jim Koch's recent rant I've been returning to all of the Samuel Adams beers. I remember sampling the Latitude 48 with a friend of mine who was very excited to try it, and then found it fairly basic. I felt the same.

Overall it's a decent well-made beer. It looks good in the glass and it's got great head retention and lacing. Where I think it fails is that there's too much going on within the hop schedule. The aroma combines American hops with English and German varieties, and therefore nothing really comes into focus. It's floral, piney and earthy, and lightly citrusy with some additional tropical fruit (mango, perhaps). That's fine as it still gives a hoppy impression, and actually gives it character and depth as you're inclined to look a little deeper into finding what's actually there, but that doesn't work in the flavor, where the hops are less bright to begin with, and then simply become a jumbled mess. It's muddy, and the combination of earthy pine, floral, and tropical fruits just doesn't seem to come together well. Perhaps had it been a straightforward golden malt it might have worked better, as the bit of caramel combines with the pine, clouding things even more. What you end up with is a beer that's hoppy upfront, and then becomes a bog of malt and hop mired in bitterness. It was a noble experiment, to combine hops grown across the 48th latitude, but in my mind it just didn't work. I'd much rather see a beer designed around its flavor principals, than put together to accommodate a marketing twist.

Photo of Southside830
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was the first hoppy beer I ever tried. All I remember is an intense hop aroma and bitter taste. At first it was overwhelming but after I was done I had a new appreciation for craft beers.

Photo of Taybeh
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

From a bottle into a New Belgium Globe
A: burnished amber, 2 finger fluffy head that leaves great lacing
S: lots of hops -- grapefruit, blueberry, a little pine -- and a little caramel malty sweetness
T: follows the nose but it doesn't all come together very well, for me; biscuity malts to go with the caramel; pretty sweet, a little soapy, and not very bitter, and then there's almost a metallic edge on the end that doesn't make any sense at all, and isn't pleasant.
M: medium carbonation, fairly thin
Overall: the different parts just don't add up very well. Not real great.

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin layer of bubbles remained, significant lacing on the glass and slightly higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread a little pepper and some pine.

TASTE: this is not the hoppiest of IPA's, more balanced toward the malt end of the spectrum than most of this style, initially sweet caramel then a mild piney hop profile, it reminded me of an English ale more than an American IPA.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this was a good beer but nothing special. I bought the deconstructed IPA 12 pack and liked the Simcoe, Mosaic and Hallertau Mittelfrueh single hop versions better. I salute Samuel Adams for coming up with the idea to do this. It was fun and educational. I learned something about my own hop preferences.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a new belgium chalice: color is dark copper, head is big, at least 1 inch thick and tan in color with a reddish hue.

Aroma is very pleasant: malt forward, flavors are toast, light biscuit and a solid caramel; hops are piney, earthy, bitter. lighter grapefruit.

Taste is also pleasant and malt forward: similar to the aroma the flavors are toast, biscuit, and caramel; hops are even more earthy and piney than the aroma presents. Nice flavor, definitely a malty ipa.

Mouthfeel is very good: clean bitterness, nice flavor and lingering presence.

Overall, very malty ipa with a lean towards caramel and bitterness in aroma and flavor.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a pint glass many times.
Today, once again I had it in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some nice speckled spider web lacing sticking and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a sharp bittersweet citrus arranging itself into a nice crisp light piney - ness.
The taste offered a crisp bittersweet citrus and sharp pine and then as it warmed there was a decent caramel malt that combined nicely.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but good for the style and for me as it carried a nice crisp rolling outlay of delicious citrus over my palate.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that makes a great budget beer.

Photo of MikeB20
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A clear golden amber with a fluffy two finger light tan head.

S: Caramel malt with some floral and citrus notes. A little bit of grass or hay.

T: A huge malt backbone helps to balance the bitterness of the hops but it seems to overpower them a bit. Caramel flavors along with some earthy pine and citrus from the hops.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. The beer really coats your mouth with each sip.

O: This is the final product from the 2014 version of the deconstructed IPA. It's certainly more complex than any of the single hop varieties but it's not as hop forward as say the Mosaic, Simcoe or Zeus beers. It's fairly well balanced but I'd prefer some more hop aroma and flavor for an IPA. At that, it's enjoyable and very drinkable.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. The culmination of the entire deconstruction series.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Herbal and citrusy. Quite pleasant and aromatic. Herbaceaousness takes the day.

T: Maybe it's the priming of the previous five (half) beers, but this is exceptionally complex and definitely delicious. Almost perfectly balanced between hoppy and fruity; sweet and bitter. Fruit takes the day on the endtaste. Aftertaste is clean and pleasant.

M: Rich and pleasant.

O: Great IPA. Highly recommended. Would drink again.

Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

interesting mix of German, English and American hops. I had all the single hop deconstructed versions so now time for the version with them all in it.

Aroma leans floral with also some pine....

Taste is oily hop juice..earthy with a piney bitterness on the finish...malt lends light caramel.

Overall it does not turn out nearly as good as I was hoping for as I like all the hops included in this version. It's fine...definitely floral and fresh with a bit of cutting bitterness on the finish..the more I drink the more the bitterness on the finish flexes...

Photo of beerlust
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

actually a pretty good rendition of a real IPA from what has become nearly a mainstream brewery. Sam Adams used to get respect as an alternative to the big breweries but has lost most of their cachet (or self-respect) nowadays and pumped out multiple nonsensical varieties. I still buy and drink Boston Lager (on sale) for lawnmowing and family gatherings, but most of their seasonal product is not that great. This one is good for the price, decently hoppy and not overpowering. Available only in mixed 12-packs as far as I can tell.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours out a clear rusty amber. About a half inch head, with lots of lacing down the glass. It has that dark IPA look of something that has fallen off, unfortunately.

Smells include grassy hops, some black pepper, a little bit of grapefruit that is sadly faded.

The taste is similar. Some bitter grassiness, a bit of toasty bready malt, a little bit of caramel. No real citrus hop character, which seems to be noted in some of the reviews. Basically bitter with no supporting flavors.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation.

Not one of the best IPAs I've ever had, by far. I'd like to try some of the deconstructed versions, but I'm not sure they'd be very good. I'd like to try this much fresher. It's a best by of May 2014, but I feel like (not sure) that they put their IPAs as a 6 month out best by date.

Photo of Retroman40
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a nice golden color with a decent head.

S - Hops dominate, particularly citrus.

T - Very citrus taste with decent enough malt in the background.

M - Very good carbonation level with a good dry finish.

O - This is a really nice beer, a little on the high alcohol side for a session, but if you like hops you should try this one.

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

Appearance: Deep golden amber in color, with a large, fairly dense white head, thick glass-coating lacing, and modest carbonation.

Aroma: Dense pine tar hops dominate the aroma, there is some toasted malt as well.

Taste: Opens with considerable pine tar hops and toasted malts. While the malt backbone is very solid, the hops command the limelight. There is a mild undercurrent of sweetness. As the taste progresses, the hops rise to ascendency. Finishes with a long, lingering pine tar hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, with just a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style, perhaps a go-to beer for hop-heads.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About copper in color with complete clarity and brightness, this IPA develops a fluffy head up, where it stops at one finger. Retention is good, and patching sticks nicely and in plenty nearly to the glass's bottom.
While there's a good balance of hops and malts in the nose, this beer asserts itself as an IPA with a strong and complex hops bouquet offering citrus, flora, some sweet tropical fruits, and some dry leaf after big pine notes, balanced by some biscuit.
There's a bit more earthiness in the flavor, then the pine hits. Citrus and fruits are still there, but bread and biscuit take the malts further. There's even a bit of roast meeting grapefruit and orange zest in the middle.
It's semi-dry all the way in a medium body, crisp but getting some backup from heft in the malts to add a smoothness. Dryness and sweetness are distinct but harmonious in the finish.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering at the time by SA. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with bubbly white head. Aroma of floral, piney hops, citrus, pine, some light flowers. Low to medium bitter , with some clove flavor going on alongside muted pine and very light citrus. A good intro to the style, but nothing special. Very sessionable.

Photo of mothman
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 edition with mosaic hops

Beige head. Good retention with a lot of lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Flavor profile is piney hops. Hop resiny juiciness. A fair amount of bready malts. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Pretty standard.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky.

Overall, an okay ipa, but nothing standing out here. Decent.

Photo of monorailred
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful, copper colored IPA with a crisp, refreshing taste and a nice bitter bite. This is one of the smoother IPAs I have had and is very drinkable. The beer keeps a decent head and has a nice, fragrant aroma. I have been on a streak of IPAs of late and this is one I would like to have more of...

Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent enough. Clear copper under a good sized head that settles to some sort of cap and ring combo. Plenty of lace.

Lots of pine in the nose alongside sugary malt and just a whiff of alcohol. Juicy, resinous. Interesting.

Lots of pine to taste also, alongside some citrus peel. Still pretty sweet from malt, just a tad too much so for my liking. Proper lingering dry hop finish.

Drinkable, just a little too much malt sweetness.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in to a Sam Adams glass ( what else?)

Red russet / dark amber with a faint, consistent carbonation. Thick two finger foam quickly settled into a nice white capped layer with decent lacings on the glass

Hops with a pine aroma

Clean hoppy bitterness as expected. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness aftertaste on the back of my tongue.

In fairness to the label, I should have enjoyed this more than three months ago. Hoppy IPA beer brewed in an American IPA style. Enjoyable.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stunned to see that I've never rated this beer, as the case I bought over 3 years ago has been very slowly enjoyed and tonight is my last bottle? Definitely no longer "fresh", the hops have faded, but still a decent beer and an indication of what a (relatively) big brewer can accomplish, if so inclined...

Still looks nice in a glass, amber with white peaks and enough carbonation to be fun to drink. The dried blood aroma of faded hops is solely due to their age (and poor care keeping) of this bottle, I well remember this beer packing a tropical aromatic punch. Likewise the taste is now malt-forward and many nuances are missing, but still an enjoyable portfolio despite being kept well beyond its date.

Not fond of the latitude moniker, but this continues to be an exceptionally well brewed beer. Thank-you, Sam Adams!

Photo of SerialHiker
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with medium transparency…Poured forming nice head, but that thinned after about a minute…some carbonation bubbles in the middle, but not too many…(3/5)

Smell: Classic IPA aroma…overall, pretty average…can definitely tell it’s a complex blend of hops, typical of sam adams…(3/5)

Taste: While there are multiple hop varieties in this, the flavor is very tame…nothing really stands out, though as a blend the taste is enjoyable…hoppy opening with slight bitter after taste…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Average heaviness, average carbonation…does leave a hoppy aftertaste…(3/5)

Overall: Though I like the concept of drinking from multiple hops grown near the 48th degree latitude, this beer is pretty basic…there is little that would stand this beer out amongst the growing field of IPA in your local beer store…I’ve bought this in six pack a couple of times, but only when it’s on sale…good to try once, but certainly doesn’t stand out…(3/5)

Photo of cherotr
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass; perfect tan color, big head, leading to lots of lacing

S- standard ipa aroma. nothing over-powering.

T- a good amount of hops. pepper, grapefruit? lingering bitterness.

M- creamy, very smooth, lightly carbonated.

O- good.

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Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.