Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 94 | 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: Hopfenpeter on 09-09-2011

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Reviews by Retroman40:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is absolutely gorgeous. The body is a dark, orangish-brown and murky with lots of carbonation and had a bountiful, brownish-white head that was full without exploding and pitted well on top of the liquid leaving some awesome, shaving cream foam around the edges of my pint glass. You could stand a quarter on this head, which I’ve only rarely seen and then usually with big, malty Belgians.

Smell – The dry hopping is evident here as is the use of British bitter-type hops. I would have liked to have seen a bit more complexity with all of the different hops used but the aroma is pleasing enough. I get a light grainy biscuit as well but this is definitely hop-dominated.

Taste – The hops pull back just a tad at the taste but are still big and lead the way. The promised Simcoe was hard to find and the heavy malts, evidenced in the ale’s color, fought like made just to get half a face in the pic. Sweetish notes came out a bit more on the tongue than the nose but otherwise this is quite a bitter brew.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied IPA hybrid is slick and slightly sweet but is ruled by a bitter streak. Carbonation is appropriately light.

Drinkability – This is a powerful AIPA and not to be sessioned. It will garnish the respect of any hophead and will be thoroughly enjoyable by the beer-drinking enthusiast.

Photo of LXIXME
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

A light aroma of citrus hops blended with with a light caramel aroma.

Nice citrus hops bite in the taste of this beer, and after the initial hops passes there is a slight maltiness that seems to mix quite well.

A dry aftertaste that bring with it a slight bit of hops and malts with this medium bodied IPA.

A decent enough IPA seems to be better now then when they first released it, either that or the field has got watered down out there.

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 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 Hazer115
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

It poured very dark amber almost to the dark red side, much darker than I was anticipating. It had a two finger light tan head that seemed to last the entire time it took me to dink it. The lacing on the glass was clearly defined.

It had a very floral smell to it; you could clearly smell the hops right from the get go.

Very refreshing taste with a sight bitter finish and what I though was a light mouthfeel.

I would absolutely recommend this beer to friends and will most definitely be buying more of this one.

Photo of lemonlime311
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a wide glass. It is a shame that Sam Adams retired this beer. First off we still sell it at the liquor store I work at. This is one of their best beers. As I am just getting into IPA's I used to hate them but I acquire a taste for them and this is one of the better one I have tryed.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber in color, pours well with a nice smooth head to it. Look's good right from the start.

Smell: Very hoppy smell to it but I like the smell. It has a very fresh smell. I would say above average for a typical IPA.

Taste: Rich and hoppy notes hit the palate. Boston Beer Company has outdone it self with this little gem. From the first sip to the last the taste is consistently good, not great but pretty good. Not a huge Sam Adam's fan but I am impress with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter and first but then a smooth rich after taste. To me most IPA are a little bitter.

Overall: For the price of $7.99 a 6pk compared to other IPA's it definitely is excellent. Also considering that I am not a fan of Sam Adams and this is one of their products I am impressed.

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 mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white,

notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, and a good use of roasted malts. Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish,

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 tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

a: clear copper in color with a thick white head that sticks pretty well.

s: hoppy nose with citrus, floral and pine notes. malt is there but not prominent. not bad.

t: solid hop flavor. citrus and floral hop flavors are there with a nice bitter earthiness. bready malt sweetness keeps the flavor well balanced.

m: good mouthfeel.

glad to see Sam Adams step up to the plate and put out an IPA to be proud of. recommended.

Photo of tjsmith910
2.16/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

a very pretty dark amber & thick head with amazing lacing throughout. A nice look for a beer. but that is where it ends for me. IPA's are suppost to follow basic hop rules par say but this beer just was not worth my time. to much on the hops, no flavor at all. pure bitterness. very heavy and a mouth feel of terrible. Not the worst IPA but damn close in my opinion.

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 DarthKostrizer
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a cool looking copper color with a great 1 inch off white head and great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Great hop aroma. It's not overly piney or earthy but for me just the right amount of hops on the nose

Taste: The flavor has a bunch of piney hop notes and a nice caramel background and just a slight candy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight dry finish

Overall: I actually really liked this beer quite a bit and I highly recommend this beer.

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 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 brewyou2
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will review this beer only to say that I personally have not enjoyed any IPAs that I have tried. sorry, can't get past the insanely bitter hops. if anyone has any suggestions for me feel free to let me know, I strive to enjoy every beer this world has to offer.

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

Average is the best I can come up with, and I don't think it is spot on for an IPA. Too much malt flavor, pretty lager-like seemed to me. Looked good - nice translucent golden color. DIdn't find the big impact from hops that I expected, so a bit dissappointed with it overall. It's an OK average brew n my mind that I wouldn't go out of my way for, but wouldn't turn down either.

Reviewed from notes.

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's an okay IPA, but I wouldn't drink it again.

Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light amber with an off white head with good retention
S-citrus, malt background
T-pine bitterness with hint of citrus in the background. Low malt profile keeping focus on the hops
M-medium bodied
O-pretty decent IPA. Has a good balance while still keeping it hop forward. Wouldn't seek it out but would drink it if it was available

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color. The white head is a good 1/2 inch when poured, eventually settling to a good thick white ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice layer of foam on the surface. Decent lace too. Aromas of citrus, floral, and pine hops were also present. Has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor upfront, along with a more earthy hop undertone, followed by chewy caramel malt. Good balance of flavors, with the hop varieties dominating a bit, as it should be. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Coats the inside of my mouth nicely. An all around very good beer here.


Photo of obrike
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the SA IPA Hop-ology beers in the mix pack.

This one poured a very pretty dark amber. Lovely thick head with great lacing throughout. A good-looking brew.

Getting some sweet biscuity malt upon the first whiff...some buried flowery hops as well.

Taste follows...certainly a big malty sweet kick. The hops are secondary on this one; the sweet biscuity malt dominates the palate...a bit of flowery, earthy hops, but not a bitter blast. Folks seeking a fairly smooth, non-puckering IPA may certainly enjoy this one a bit more than those looking for a west coast hop bomb.

Not a bad release from Sam Adams, but it certainly does not hit the IPA home-run...just a solid base hit.

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 Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am in perfect agreement with the other reviewers who basically are saying that this beer is set up nice, but it never blows you away. The description implies a lot when they say its "brewed with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere." great marketing, but I prefer a more complex hop profile and fruitiness in the flavor. This is a little bland to me. I live in a small town where the bars don't have anything great on tap - if this was there I would order it in a second compared to your standard BMC, Guiness, Stella, etc. But where there are just so many great IPAs out there to buy- I just had a Ithaca 'Flower Power' tonight for example, this comes out to be about average. The bar is way up there. Very good for a mass production type of brewery I must say though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in a mixed 12 pack into a tumbler pint. I was excited to still see it available. Clear, vibrant, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of resiny, wet hops and rich, sweet caramel and toffee. Flavors are sharp and bitter initially, with rich, wet hops shining through, balanced with a sweet, roasty toffee backbone. Rich and bitter balanced aftertaste with a rich, slick finish. Tasty.

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Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.