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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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

A - Pours a translucent dark copper with a thick head that leaves a coat of lacing behind.

T - It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected it to, strong piney hops up front and a bitterness that lingers. There doesn't seem to much of a malt backbone and the mouthfeel seems a little thin.

D - This is the only IPA that I can get in my area and it's only 6% abv, so I"ll be drinking these fairly regular. I've had much better IPAs. Overall, it's a decent brew.

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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with best before date of May 14.

Caramel brown colour. One inch fine beige head and excellent lacing.

A mild aroma of sweet toffee.

There is lots of malt in the taste - toffee and toast. Then the hops show up - grapefruit and bitter hay.

Medium feel.

Not a typical American IPA. It seems more British with a bit of hope punch. Well balanced. Not as complex as some but very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quite slowly, leaving sparse lacing behind. Appears mostly clear, but slightly hazy due to the deeper color.

S: There's a little more going on here than I expect from Sam Adams. A bit of citrus fruit, slight pine resin, and a pleasant touch of biscuity malt. It smells pretty hoppy; I hope the flavor can match it.

T: Much like the aroma, there is a good bit going on in the taste. A crisp citrus fruitiness, along with subtle pine notes are picked up on first. The malt profile comes in halfway through, providing a slightly bready taste. The finish is hoppy and slightly bitter. Overall it's pretty well balanced and pretty darn tasty.

M: Despite what the label says, the body is medium at best. The high carbonation level takes away from the weight of the body, but makes it dance a little and makes the flavors pop out on the tongue. Feels nice.

D: Very high drinkability. This is an impressive IPA for this particular brewery. I'm usually a little let down by Sam Adams, despite their constant attempts at innovation, but this is pretty solid. In no way is it a competitor with other big IPA's, but it's balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking. Perfect for a warm evening, and one that I will continue to go back to.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-very nice pour. Large white head, dark amber medium carbonation.

S- Smells great! Hoppy,with an odd sweetness that I cant put my finger on. Cotton candy and fruit?

T-Just right for an ipa. Not really aggresive, but well balanced and very drinkable. Turning out to be one of my favorite IPA's.

M-Just perfect! Nice bite, yet smooth.


This is a winner. Probably one of the best beers ive ever had.

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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)
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,791 ratings
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