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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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: 3,800 |  Reviews: 1,075
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kwjd. Fantastically drinkable and enjoyable IPA.Balance! Pours initially foamy grapefruit muddy grapefruit colour appearance. Hops citrus and pure to smell. Above average mouthfeel, even creamy. Not an astringent note. Goes down smoothly. Good one!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear, amber with slight golden hue body.

S: caramel malts, lemongrass, citrus, some grass

T: biscuit and caramel malts. hops provide mostly floral, citrus and earthy notes

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: not very special and not one of their better IPAs let alone beers.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very balanced ipa from sam adams. this pours a crystal clear honey color with a vibrant thick white head that sticks around. smells like some of the czech hops, bitter and fruity without a ton of the resinous characteristics. flavor is more than just hops, with nice german style malts that stand up to the hops. the hop profile is a little fruity and quite pungent, bitter in the long finish. mouthfeel is right on for this beer, medium bodied and fairly carbonated. not a total session ipa, as it can get a little heavy after awhile, but one you would definitely have several of. an excellent summer ipa overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 2 inch puffy whitish-orange head that settles down to a dome on top of the beer. Nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops with a solid malt backbone. Taste is of citrus zest mixed with some herbal hops. The malt on the finish is not as apparent as I would have thought. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA and another solid beer from Sam Adams.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Laditude 48 IPA was something that I was rather excited about trying once I came across it. The beer pours out as an appealing yellowish golden color with a pretty thick looking head on it. The lacing on the glas with each sip is pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer is generously hopped, lots of citrusy aromas on the nose with a little bit of malt coming through in the background. The taste follows the same way as the smell, big citrus flavors up front that finish with a biscuity flavor. The mouthfeel is light and not very filling. The finish is dry making the next sip pretty enjoyable. I like this IPA, hopefully it'll stick around for a little while.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new beer in the summer Sam Adams variety pack. Pours a nice light amber color, nice frothy head to it. Faint hoppy aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, slight carbonation. Some good hop flavors in there, but not overpowering like most. Lacks the usual citrusy burst characteristic of most IPA's. Finishes clean and smooth, quite well balanced. Expected this one to be a little more 'in the face' with the hops, but it's pretty subdued actually. A nice easy drinking IPA though, it's easy on the taste buds.. solid brew, definitely recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, one of a few souvenirs from a recent vacation trip through the NW United States.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some streaky lace upon its demise. It smells mildly of fruity, somewhat bitter hops, and equally tame bready malt. The taste is bitter pine and soft citrus hops, and a not quite up to the task pale maltiness. The carbonation is just south of average, the body medium weight, a bit punchy, but smooth overall. It finishes well-balanced, some latent hops and malt still waging a laid-back war of, well, slappy hands, I guess.

Is it hoppy? Sure. Does something feel underwhelming? Oh yeah. Why do big microbreweries seem to have that effect? Maybe it's the Euro-hop part of the 'Latitude 48' quotient that leaves me an American IPA...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Steering away from the common and more traditional styles for which the Boston Beer Company is known, they step down this creative and deviant path of IPA to celebrate what it is to win over the more serious beer lovers- creating a statement that the Sam Adams brand isn't just for the "crossover effect". Or, do they?

As the hoppy ale pours, it brings on a golden-copper hue that's deeply amber and clear as a bell. As its arid froth builds, its less creamy and more honeycomb as its large pockets climb up the glass. But with long staying power and trickling with broken lace, the ale certainly looks the part of IPA.

Its somewhat subdued scent is white washed with citrusy and sprucy hop character. White grapefruit and a host of bitter citrus peels shape the beer's predominant bouquet. As a toasted and nutty scent comes about, it brings a sweeter caramel and honey character that weaves together like graham crackers. Yet trailing with a pleasant herbal and grassy scent, a waft of broken pine needles emit as well.

To taste, the beer is toasty-sweet and softly grainy. The taste of bran and toasted kinwoa come to mind as its cooked caramel and cracker-like flavor trends dry and grainy. But the middle brings about the hop dominance that IPA deserves. Grapefruit, tart oranges, a pep of lemon and something juniper-like comes about as the ale develops a gripping bitter quality that's decorated with chives and pine resin to finish.

Its dry body is highly sternly carbonated and it easily lifts its early caramels to leave that palate with husk, toasted nuts and a mineral "scrubbing character". The ale is highly crisp, highly clean and only allows a glimmer of astringency to enter the fray as its grain and vegetative hops are stretched a bit too thin. Slight warmth closes the taste, even as its sharp bitterness lingers onward.

I rather liked the beer as it is the rustic and unrefined taste that shaped IPAs of a decade ago. I fully appreciate that taste even as newer varieties have clearly created more unique flavor and fuller body. A full appreciation of the range of IPA reveals that there's not only one way to do hops.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are about a C+; this is me least favourite style.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and downright bad retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Mainly a moderate quantity of bittering hops (I can't discern which) with some caramelized malt somewhere in there. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some pleasant bittering hops comprise the majority of the flavour, with caramelized malt as a foundation to back them. Luckily, the bittering hops aren't overdone as in many IPAs. They're restrained, though the bitterness still bleeds unfavorably through the finish, a feature I've never cared for. Though a bit simple, it's a flavorful beer. It's balanced well and built in a straightforward but effective manner.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness in the first half. It suits the flavour in a general way.

Dr: Drinkable, but far from special. It's fairly priced, but doesn't offer anything unique in terms of the style. Try it and forget it; there are better beers both in this style and from this brewery.

Low C


I grabbed a seasonal variety box on August 23rd, 2013, and decided to provide some additional notes. Served from the bottle; hopology series.

T: Floral hops, some fruity hop character. Pale malts, pilsner malts, maybe even vienna malt. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Nicely balanced, though it's rather simple. No notable subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's got a good flavour to it in a general sense. I do like it, but little stands out. Uninspired and somewhat boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Refreshing. Lightly crisp. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'd have another. But its simplicity and lack of a unique committed approach holds it back. Not as generic as most macrobrew IPAs, but there's not anything special about it. Hides its modest ABV well. Well priced. I wouldn't buy a 6er, but I won't frown if they continue to throw this one into the 12 pack seasonal boxes.

High C

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best by 9/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, herbal, grapefruit, floral, pineapple, mango, caramel, bread, earth, and light pine. Pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of orange, caramel, bread, herbal, floral, grapefruit, pine, earth, pineapple, mango, and light toast. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, floral, tropical fruit, caramel, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Good balance of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness; with the maltiness being slightly more prominent that what is normal for an IPA. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Not over the top hoppy like most people would prefer; but has nice balance and hop flavor, and is very drinkable. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated, dark amber color (dark than the average IPA) with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty, earthy and of some pine notes. Caramel and roasted malt aroma was present, too.

T - I'd say this is a malt-forward IPA. Caramel sweetness dominates with roasty malt and earthy hops backing it all up.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is not your typical American IPA. It leans more toward an English flavor with its malt domination.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a prodigious head; loads of lace left behind

Smell: Floral grapefruit, with toffee undertones

Taste: A little bit of toffee malt, up front, and then the melange of hops takes over; grapefruit and pineapple flavors abound but there is is a European element, too; after the swallow, the toffee malt re-emerges to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very respectable IPA; well-balanced and flavorful

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is dominant with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Taste is OK with solid notes of bitter hops and a semi-sweet caramel malt which is well balanced with the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation. Nothing extraordinary about this IPA but well brewed nonetheless.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light tan heads slowly recedes over a clear honey copper colored IPA, looks very enticing.

Very light almost bitter citrus aroma with a slight caramel malt hint in it.

Light mixed taste with caramel malts, light hops, sort of a black cherry, and a slight spicy hint. Easy drinking with a smooth medium body and slight peppery hint in a dryish aftertaste.

Not bad but not at all what I was looking for in an IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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