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

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 3,805 |  Reviews: 1,076
Reviews by CFHMagnet:
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3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured 2 fingers of a bubbly beige head that sticks around for a while. Only a bit of lacing as much of it seems too heavy to stick around. Body is an orange amber color. Quite a lot of bubbles rushing to the top on this one. Actually a very nice looking beer.

S. Mmmm, IPA smell. I love it. Citrus with emphasis on oranges and of course don't forget the pine hops. Decent malt background balances it out very well.

T. Oh. This is where this comes apart. Very flat kind of flavor. I get the pine, with a good bit of bitterness to it. A bit of caramel malt too, but not as well balanced as the nose told me it would be.

M. Medium bodied, actually slightly creamy going down. Not heavy, just creamy. Dry finish.

O. The lead up was excellent, but the taste of this beer just did not impress me. It honestly kind of assaults the taste buds. Hops! *wham* Now malt! *pow* Meh.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent brew from SA...I prefer this over Rebel IPA.Best Samuel Adams I've had so far.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer on hand to sit back and watch the Big Chill,Go Blue!

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Aromas are a great mix of herbal,leafy,and citric hop overtop of a English malt base,big caramel and biscuit.A great hop profile on the palate,its herbal,its grassy,and its citric,all three German,American,and English hop profiles going on,a bit of iron,and caramel biscuit malt hold up well to the hops.There isnt many American craft brewers that make a better "standard" American IPA than this,I would gladly drink alot more of this.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of legalag11
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/4/10.

48 pours amber-orange with a slight, well-retaining light khaki head. The carbonation is copious and moves swiftly up my snifter. The lacing is quite nice- sticky and cascading like a waterfall.

Caramel malt aromas blend fairly evenly with a grassy and slight citrus hop profile. There is also a biscuit-esque dry character evident. Overall, the grassy hops and biscuit aromas dominate the smell.

A somewhat spicy hop character jumps on my tongue, along with the grassy hop notes that I smelled. Caramel malts do a fairly nice job standing up to the hop combination. The finish hints at sweet citrus hops (orange and tangerine) and a biscuit flavor supports the citrus-hop finish.

Lat. 48 has a solid, creamy medium feel on the middle of my palate, while the hop combination lends a biting crispness to the sides of my mouth. The carbonation complements the other aspects of the feel with it's effervescence. I think the mouthfeel is the finest aspect of this beer.

I will not necessarily seek this out over many other IPAs, but it is interesting enough to have once in awhile. It would certainly be sessionable at 5.8%, as well.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a light copper with good clarity and a finger of rocky off-white head. The head has good retention and leave some lacing on the glass.

S: A confusion of a medium Old and New World hops aromas that is mostly citrus and earthy with some and floral notes. There is a moderate malt sweetness with some caramel and bready character. It has a light bit of ale esters mixed with a low alcohol aroma.

T: The hops blend is interesting with medium-strong flavors that are again citrusy and earthy with some spice and floral highlights. There is medium caramel and honey malt sweetness against slighty more hops bitterness making for a balanced] that is modestly bitter. There is a light fruitiness from the ale yeast and a light alcohol in the background.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of cabonation. There is slight prickle on the palate and a low warmth.

O: If you're a fan of English IPAs you probably be pleased as this is a reserved American IPA that still has brings a good amount of hops just not as much as I'd like for the style. That being said I do like the hops flavor it's just that I want more flavor, bitterness and aroma in my IPA but this could be the basis for an impressive beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've got mixed feelings about this beer. It's a little dark to be called a pale ale, but that's not new. The nose is made up of leafy, grassy, lemon-limey hops, which is quite apparent in their Noble Pils. The malt bill is doughy and chewier than pils. The lemon-lime hop character is there, which I like, but I liked it first in Noble Pils, and it lacks bitterness. It's a good IPA, and I do enjoy the hops that give it that zest. I just think the Pilsner was great and they should try something new for their IPA besides adding darker, thicker malts. Still a good beer, but when I want an IPA, i'll reach for something else, and when I want that taste, i'll wait for a Noble.

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Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.

With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.

Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very clear amber, with medium carbonation, 2 finger white head that sticks around for awhile.

S - A bit of sweet and toasted malt with a slight floral hop aroma.

T - A little biscuit malt, a touch of sweetness, slight floral and citrus hop flavor. End with a bitterness level of a Pale Ale.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation.

O - This is an IPA? It is a good pale ale, but don't try to pass this off as an AIPA.

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Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Outchillen
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive bought this a couple times now, im not a huge ipa guy, but one of my favs

A: Copper

S: This has a great smell, a little malty, nice mild hops

T: very mild and smooth for an ipa, a light citrus note from the hops

M/D: Mild body, clean aftertaste, I have gotten it before, will get it again, looking forward to the special variety pack of this

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Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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