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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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: 545 | Reviews: 58
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.