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

BA SCORE
83
good
1,071 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good
Read the review
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPASamuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 04-02-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,071
Ratings:
3,780
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
605
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,071 | Ratings: 3,780
Photo of PA-hunter
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a copper/amber color with a two finger head that laces the glass. Hazy.

Smell- Sweet bready malt, grapefruit citrus.

Taste- Light caramel malt with a touch of sweetness. Citric notes of grapefruit and orange come through, a bit bland, leading to a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with light carbonation.

Overall- A lacking low taste IPA in my opinion. May be much better on draft. I was dissappointed by the lack in flavor on this one.

 517 characters

Photo of Nyg
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only had 1. Not awful not great. Another mix of hops confusing to your mouth. more bitter then most of the Sam's. There's probably a reason why this isn't really a stocked beer around here

 188 characters

Photo of Samlover55
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

darker than some of the ipas ive had, has a hoppy nose, great citrussy taste and amazing crisp mouthfeel as my first sip turned into a gulp overall a solid IPA from BBC

 168 characters

Photo of breardon1776
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Semi-deep orange-amber color. mild head. Not much lacing. Good carbonation. Delightful hop smell. Very consistent 'Sam' flavor . Compared to a regular Sam, it has less pine and more citrus zest (but nothing overwhelming). Makes taste buds on all sides of my tongue dance. A little chalky in the throat. A good beer though.

 331 characters

Photo of Kenharkerjr
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my Go-to IPA. Out of all of the Samuel Adam's IPA's, this one is the best. It has citrus on top of citrus, like freshly squeezed grapefruit. And the ABV is there, as well. It's a great sit at home IPA.

 214 characters

Photo of IIPAHOP
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Excellent IPA by Samuel Adams. Very nice color. Great taste and smell. Smooth tasty feel going down. They make a few different IPA's and this is one of the best.

 169 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Sam Adams and I tried this one a while ago, but didn’t get around to reviewing it. I found a fresh batch that I wanted to try again and to review so let’s take a look. It has a mild, but respectable 6.0% ABV with 60 IBUs. The name is derived from the “hop belt” which is largely centered around the 48th Parallel and this variety features the Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest which give it a distinctive citrus hoppy component. There are several other hops in this variety as well.

Look-I served chilled and fresh into a tall glass and pours a very clear amber color with a reddish copper hue in the right light. The head is one finger thick and frothy which soon settles down into a thin film.

Smell-It has a bready malt backbone freckled with noticeable citrus hops which come through nicely.

Taste-It has the same nice bready malt flavor that the nose picked up, but also had a noticeable honey overtone to it as well. You all know how nicely honey plays with citrus so this is delicious. That was a pleasant surprise. Then I get orange zest, lemon peel, tangerine, and some grassy hops that show up later on with the delayed release of carbonation which dances simultaneously with the hops. The alcohol is mild and bites the citrus at the end.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth medium-bodied feel with a delayed release of the respectable levels of carbonation. It leaves a lingering, but fine-tuned coating on the tongue composed of the hop resins and a slight citrus tinge from the hops.

Overall-Lending to the presence of the Mosiac hops, I recognize a mild West Coast Style IPA aspect to this brew. It is crisp, finishes clean, and is not too hoppy. Although I am a hop head, it is nice sometimes for something more realistic and mild for those long rainy days. Great job, Sam Adams!

 1,811 characters

Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured brilliant copper amber liquid into a 19 oz. Spiegelau glass, kicking up a 1” frothy white foam collar that produces thin lace.
S: Big grass scented with pine, spice, and earthiness over a trace of biscuit and fresh grains that is apparent from a few feet away.
T: A rich malt attack introduces a wave of hop flavors that suggest fresh mown grass and pine. Moderately high hop bitterness. Hop forward but well balanced by the malt with a slight sweetness on the finish.
F: Very creamy smooth, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: The brewery has done a marvelous job developing the hop flavors and achieving a balance between the different hop varieties.

 678 characters

Photo of gfournier
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/copper color with about a quarter inch of off white head that disappears leaving a layer of lacing on the top of the beer.

S: Carmel and piney aroma.

T: Similar to the smell, but the citrus hop bitterness comes out more in the flavor

M: Medium bodied beer with average carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer. It's not my favorite, but I do rather enjoy it.

 383 characters

Photo of Lahoi
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, nice head, decent lacing. But from there it was all downhill. I am starting to wonder if I got a stale beer. I did not enjoy it at all, and i am an IPA fan. This beer does not seem to be in the same category as lagunitas, stone, Sierra Nevada, founders, New Belgium IPAs. I thought it tasted like a brown ale. I'm all about earthy, but this beer simply tasted dirty.

 381 characters

Photo of GrinkoN
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look:
-Nice Light
-Flowy
-Golden
-Slight to no head retention

Smell:
-Heavy Hops
-Earthy
-Citrus on the back end

Taste:
-Bitter
-lasting back end
-Earthy/Dirt

Mouth Feel:
-Light moves to heavy
-No carbonation
-Hangs around
-Dirt, dirt, dirt

 245 characters

Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:
-Pours a clear deep amber with a medium-large foamy beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-Grass,Caramel,Bread,Orange zest
T:
-Follows the nose plus grapefruit and a resiny note
F:
-medium-full bodied,medium-high carbonation
O:
Reminds me of an einglish-style IPA though a bit more hoppy

 294 characters

Photo of ALEXJMZ
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

 483 characters

Photo of SteenLarsen
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

 247 characters

Photo of SierraFlight
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at a party. No assessment of appearance. Aromas were floral, hop resin, orange zest. Flavors were bitter grassy hops, dinner roll, grapefruit rind. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, bitter finish.

 209 characters

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Hop Tour 6 Pack

A clear dark amber color, with almost no head and mild lacing around the edges.

This is slightly dank and resinous, leaving a little of that sticky hop taste on your tongue. Lots of complex hop character going on, but will very little malt backbone to accentuate. This is all about the hops.

Overall, pretty good. This is the type of IPA that someone would like if you wish for a more complex hop forward IPA.

This was a nice study of different hop beers (hop tour 6 pack), but there are better options out there for an IPA.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

 606 characters

Photo of Beergod50
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this, but I don't buy it consistently. I usually opt for the lager or the Rebel IPA throughout the year and this, when I can find it, in the summer. It is clean, bright and flavorful, yet I often crave a deeper, more biting bitterness and will opt for the rebel IPA in it's place. I like to vary my IPA's so as not to burn out on their taste. This fits in well when rotated with the other Sam Adams products mentioned.

 425 characters

Photo of Southside830
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

 192 characters

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't mind this beer. It's not not truely great, but it is my no means bad. Very drinkable and should not be ignored simply because it says Sam Adams.

 159 characters

Photo of Taybeh
3.25/5  rDev -11%

From a bottle into a New Belgium Globe
A: burnished amber, 2 finger fluffy head that leaves great lacing
S: lots of hops -- grapefruit, blueberry, a little pine -- and a little caramel malty sweetness
T: follows the nose but it doesn't all come together very well, for me; biscuity malts to go with the caramel; pretty sweet, a little soapy, and not very bitter, and then there's almost a metallic edge on the end that doesn't make any sense at all, and isn't pleasant.
M: medium carbonation, fairly thin
Overall: the different parts just don't add up very well. Not real great.

 580 characters

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel, flowery, grapefruit, bread and some pine

TASTE: this is a less hoppy and more balanced IPA than most of this style, initially sweet caramel then a metallic hop profile that lingered, there is also a grapefruit citrus note as well.

PALATE: a little watery, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this was a good beer but nothing special. I bought the deconstructed IPA 12 pack and liked the Simcoe, Mosaic and Hallertau Mittelfrueh single hop versions better. I salute Samuel Adams for coming up with the idea to do this. It was fun and educational. I learned something about my own hop preferences.

 902 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a new belgium chalice: color is dark copper, head is big, at least 1 inch thick and tan in color with a reddish hue.

Aroma is very pleasant: malt forward, flavors are toast, light biscuit and a solid caramel; hops are piney, earthy, bitter. lighter grapefruit.

Taste is also pleasant and malt forward: similar to the aroma the flavors are toast, biscuit, and caramel; hops are even more earthy and piney than the aroma presents. Nice flavor, definitely a malty ipa.

Mouthfeel is very good: clean bitterness, nice flavor and lingering presence.

Overall, very malty ipa with a lean towards caramel and bitterness in aroma and flavor.

 648 characters

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a nice deep orange. Mildly carbonated. Not too much on the nose, which is a bit disappointing. I liked to be punched in the face with hop aroma from my IPAs. Tastes of a variety of different hops. Resiny at first, followed by a bit of pine. Tastes a bit like an English IPA. Overall not bad.

 298 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly with nice lacing;

S: earthy, with a bit of pine in the background;

T: restrained; earthiness is really all I get; mild bitterness on finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: bottle was at the end of its "drink by" period, so hops may have faded;

 329 characters

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a pint glass many times.
Today, once again I had it in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some nice speckled spider web lacing sticking and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a sharp bittersweet citrus arranging itself into a nice crisp light piney - ness.
The taste offered a crisp bittersweet citrus and sharp pine and then as it warmed there was a decent caramel malt that combined nicely.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but good for the style and for me as it carried a nice crisp rolling outlay of delicious citrus over my palate.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that makes a great budget beer.

 764 characters

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,780 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe