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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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Kenharkerjr
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of gfournier
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of GrinkoN
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

-Nice Light
-Slight to no head retention

-Heavy Hops
-Citrus on the back end

-lasting back end

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

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Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of Beergod50
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
1/5  rDev -72.7%

One of the absolute worst beers I have ever tried!!! ...bought a sixer to try it & didn't even finishish the first of one! Threw the rest out & literally vomited about 15 min. after the last sip from the NASTY metallic aftertaste. It was like I was sucking on a nail for a couple of hours!!! I like some of Sam's other offerings, but this one is pure SHIT!!!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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;

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Photo of car2052
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a Tulip glass.

A: Clear, Dark copper. 2 finger off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a small layer of foam on top.
S: Lots of pine with hints of blueberry. Not as much citrus aroma.
T: Decent Bitterness up front with flavors of grapefruit and resiny pine. Malt prescence is there, but is dominated by the oily hop flavor.
M: Medium body. Slightly oily. Leaves a mild bitter aftertaste.
O: Not a bad IPA, and is a bit more balanced than some West-Coast counterparts. Reasonably priced, and is usually sold in some samplers if you just wanted to try a few. Would try again.

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Photo of StalkerFishy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Picked it up on a whim at a local convenience store, and it isn't bad. It's a bit more bitter than what I expected, but otherwise it has solid flavor.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Thought this was one of the better Sam Adams beers I have had. Pored a nice deep orange color with an awesome head, white and foamy. Smells of oine and some citrus. Hop flavor is bold and awesomely balanced (I believe 5 different hops in this one). Even though the hops is dominant, there is still a touch of malt sweetness to balance. I loved it !!!!!

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Photo of ENogueira
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12 oz bottle from the "Hopology" sampler. Pours amber in color with a very foamy head. According to the label it has 5 types of hops, so I was expecting that to dominate the taste buds. It does. At this point I wanted to reconcile the bitterness to some kind of sweet or citrus flavor, but I found some caramel, grass, and malt instead. It was a notch above okay due to the complexity of the hops, but I'm not sure this is a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Didn't expect much from Sam Adams since most of their beers are mediocre at best, but I was impressed with this one. Pours a nice deep reddish amber with good lacing. Nice piney citrus aroma. The tastes are of malty sweetness, citrus and hop bitterness though not intense. I normally go for the high ibu ipas, but the balance between the hoppiness and maltyness in this one makes up for the lack of intense bitterness. Somehow it works. Nice job Sam Adams!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.33/5  rDev -9%

A nice IPA from SA. The color is a dark yellow with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of citrus from the hops. The taste was full of pine and grapefruit and really made an effort to make sure the hops were the central point of this brew. I actually thought it was very good. Nice mouthfeel made for an overall very nice IPA that I'll probably get again soon.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Deep clear amber. Two inch head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, and sweet malt.

T - Citrus, honey, malt,and pine.

M - Medium

O - My favorite from the Hopology Collection. A perfect balance of sweetness and hops without the nasty bitterness. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of GarrettWelson
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like this offering by Sam Adams. I generally like their Boston Lager as far as somewhat mass-market beers go. I think that on the whole they've managed to be a very solidly good company despite their size. This is my first venture into the less-common brews that Sam Adams puts out. I've previously had their Boston Lager and their Summer Ale - both of which I enjoy.

The Latitude 48 has everything I want in an IPA. It's taste is slightly (but not overwhelmingly) bitter, and it goes down easily. It has a pleasant deep amber color and a nice head when poured into a glass. The mouthfeel is smooth, and it doesn't go down heavy like some IPAs (which, don't get me wrong, I like a lot, but just not all the time).

On the whole, I'd recommend the Latitude 48 IPA as a good, not too complex, easily drinkable IPA. It's a perfect beer for the summer, and I'll be getting more soon.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sixer shared with a good friend of mine.

A: Light amber with moderate head and retention.

S: Mild hop malt and citrus.

T: Same as the smell. Well balanced.

M: Smooth with mild bite. Refreshing.

O: Like most Sam IPA's, it a good starter, but not intense or very complex. Decent.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12 pack of the Latitude 48 deconstructed series and this was the last one for me to try. Pretty good looking beer with some IPA nose. Decent taste, probably the best one of the series but not great. Overall a reasonable beer but not one I will be going out of my way to get again, but one I would drink if offered.

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Photo of Zachariha
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Blah Blah Blah the same two paragraph response from amateur dictionary readers.
This beer gave me a headache. It tastes like lemon mixed with cigarette butts

Not worth the try.
I think I've said a "mouthfeel" and the "taste" will not leave my poor head!

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