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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with a thick off white head.

S- Hops come through the most with pine leading by a little bit over citrus.

T- Good balance between malt and hops, with the piney tastes coming through.

M- More creamy than a typical crisp IPA, not necessarily a bad thing, just a little different.

O- A good, balanced middle of the pack IPA.

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Photo of Spider889
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by August 2012.

Poured into a Kirta Halbe stange.

The beer is a rich copper color with a nice frothy head of one finger. Lacing is immediately apparent. I'm liking this beer already.

The aroma is amazingly dank and potent. Well done Samuel Adams! Latitude 48 is flush with tons of fresh wet hoppy goodness that provides an endless onslaught against one's senses. A bit of caramel sweetness filters in and out of perceptibility.

Much more malt-forward in the taste than in the aroma, caramel and warm dark toasted wheat bread aim to balance the bitterness. I'd say it worked, as this IPA has a very smooth and restrained bitterness given how powerful the aroma is. Pine and sweetened white grapefruit show through the malt.

Medium bordering on full-bodied. Sweet finish.

Overall very solid though bordering on being harmed by how malty it turned out to be.

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Photo of mcsean
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jeff96gt
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of aflies
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dools9
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Perfect Pint

A: Dark, amber/red gold, big two finger off white head is creamy and frothy and retains excellently. Lots of lacing is left behind.

S: Big aromas of carmamel malts and toffee, hops are citrusy and a bit of sappy pine. Theres a slightly earthy component as well.

T: First thing I notice is the balance it has for an ipa. Not too bitter, not too sweet, somewhere in the middle. Mostly dry piney bitterness with bready malts, mild citric accent.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and the caronation is about average, kind of fizzy.

O: Mild for an ipa but I enjoyed it. Not a great beer for the style but its pretty good.

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Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great IPA for anybody. Although I prefer more floral hops this brew has great attributes all around. The flavor tends to stay exclusively on more bitter hop varieties whereas some other IPAs might have a progression of tastes but it remains a very refreshing and satisfying recipe.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Dark, caramel, maple syrup color. Mild lacing with a finger of head. Looks like an Irish red.

Ar: Faint toffee and charcoal. It's nothing appealing. Lemme taste this sucker.

Ta: Sigh...I am battling Latitude 48 vs its cousin Whitewater IPA and it is losing. This beer lacks the character, the bite, the bitterness and the hops of an IPA. It is just...bland. This doesn't taste too different than Sam Adams Boston Lager. Maybe just a hint more of hops.

Mf: The usual thick and rich character you'd expect from Sam Adams. Deep and refreshing

Ov: It doesn't taste like an IPA. It looks like an Irish Red. It has almost no smell. I barely taste any bitterness or hops but it is still enjoyable. I'm curious to pour this next to Sam Adams Boston Lager and see if people can distinguish the two. I think Sam Adams is playing a joke on us. Tastes identical to their Boston Lager. Give me another whitewater IPA, thanks. Cheers!

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Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a deep amber, with a one inch off white head, that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is carmel, floral hops, citrus, and biscuit. Taste is similar, but a nice hit of grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for its 6% ABV, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. I rarely purchase this beer, but I do enjoy it. So different from most IPAs.

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Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jmcgahran1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Havion383
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of steelreserve69
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopstamon
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As much as I wanted this to be bigger and better... it wasn't/ It was a typical S A brew that was average at best. I appreciate that they have been expanding there selection and trying new things, but nothing seems to branch out beyond "commercial" in flavor and body.

I give it a three... a IPA lovers "lawnmowing beer"... better than "The King of Riceweiser" ... and more expensive to boot.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a six pack

a-pours a nice amber. very dark for an IPA. pretty good head.

s- the floral tones are prominent in the front and i don't really smell anything else

t- this is a pretty mild taste as far as IPA's go but it is balanced pretty well. The hops come through very clearly at the end even if they aren't as bold as some. This would be a great IPA for those who have never tried the style before.

m- feels good going down. The hops are very pleasant going down

o- this is a great session beer (if you can handle the six percent). An excellend example of the style but certainly not anything to get too worked up about. What I would expect from Boston Brewing co. A solid, reliable beer that fits the style excellently.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear reddish with a light brown head. Way too clear in my mind for any beer. Head leaves lacing and pours relatively thick.

S- Bread is the first thing I get followed by the hop aroma that would remind me of a pale ale.

T- Balanced for the most part with pine hops being the most prevalent flavor. Some sweetness and bitter but not very bitter. A somewhat sour-bitter finish that doesn't seem right.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy texture and a slippery finish that slowly fades after drinking.

O- Not bad for a Sam Adams IPA, but nothing exceptional either. For the most part it is what I expected for a mass-brew IPA.

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Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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