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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stro26
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

to be a sam adams product i was suprised..

i really enjoy this beer.

Ive been looking for an IPA that wasnt 7+ % abv so i could drink a decent ammount of beers without getting really really buzzed.

at 6% this is good... also as an ipa lover i wish this was hoppier but for the price and flavor this is my daily drinker beer if I cant find somthing like two hearted ale or other very hoppy beers.

I would def. say it isnt bad and a perfect starter beer for someone who has never had an IPA.

could have been done alot better but ill accept it.

I would describe it as your very basic generic IPA

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Photo of cousineddy
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber, copper in color, two fingers of slightly lingering offwhite head, good lacing

Smell: Heavy citrus, hops, and florals. Offset nicely by a suble malty aroma.

Taste: Starts out malty, with a citrusy backnote. Finishes with hops and a slight metallic hint.

Mouthfeel: Not to fizzy, nice even texture.

Overall: This is my first foray into the IPA style. Im not sure if i am ready for a real hop monster, but this seems like a good place to start. It has enough maltiness to keep me from getting bitter beer face. I look forward to sampling for entries of this style in the future.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AndrewM90
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours copper with a two finger off white head. Head retention is decent, and there is a good amount of sticky lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Scent is fairly docile. Pine up front with a some sweet malt, and a hint of citrus zing...

T - Pretty much follows the nose with a good amount of caramel up front and some citrus notes from the hops. Pine comes across in the finish with some lingering malt. Nice balance between hops and malt...

M - Nice and smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Solid session beer. Could see myself putting a few of these back. If your looking for a hop bomb, look elsewhere. This brew is well balanced, and would be a great choice for someone looking to transition into the style...


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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thatruth
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a nestea color into a full copper brown with amber tint. off white almost cream colored 3/4" head.

smells of hops of around the 48th latitude. seriously, smells hella hoppy. undertones of wheat over a hint of barley. and hops.

tastes flat with an unflattering on-bringing, staunch aftertaste. musty background noise. off.

an odd brew from a stalwart brewer.

**tab on bottle marked FEB 2012

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: March 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of off-white fluffy head with decent head retention; Caramel colored and clear appearance with visible carbonation; Very nice lacing left down the glass

S - Notes of caramel and toffee with spicy, herbal, grassy, and citrusy hops

T - Similar to the nose; Caramel, toffee, biscuity, and toasty malts provide good balance to the nice presence of hops; Hop flavors include herbal, grassy, citrusy orange, and slighty spicy and minty qualities; A mild sensation of both sweetness and bitterness is present here

M - Medium bodied; Good amount of carbonation; Semi-dry finish that leaves a slick mouthfeel

O - Sam Adams is not typically known for producing extremely hoppy brews, but for me, Latitude 48 has a really nice profile of hoppy flavors. This beer does a nice job of providing a good mixture of noble hops and some American hop varieties, all while maintaining balance with the caramel, biscuity, and toasty malts. I will absolutely enjoy this year-round offering from Sam Adams again.

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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by may so this should be pretty fresh, enjoyed after a Pats win.

A: Darker than typical IPA, amber copper (looks like it could be a irish red). Creamy white head left a wall of lacing, for a Sam Adams I've never seen this much lacing.

S: Apples, grapefruit, tart citrus, minimal malt smell.

T: Hmm unique, very sweet hop flavor, different than most though, more mango/peach, with hints of lemon, but that peach/mango really dominates palate at first. Not very bitter at all. As I continued I got more noble/piney hop flavor. Solid malt backbone as well thats more pronounced as beer warms. Very well balanced.

M: Medium to light, creamy, slightly low carbonation, excellent session ipa. Could drink this all night long, would make an awesome summer/bbq beer.

O: Really impressed with this, I had it a few years back and thought it was horrendous, I think Koch changed up the recipe. One of the more complex beers I've had and excellent value. Nothing too groundbreaking but highly recommended. Good intro to craft beer, much better than Harpoon IPA.

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3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a rich amber color with a nice head of foam that unfortunately did not retain well and left only a little lacing. The aroma was of pale malt and some biscuity malt along with citrusy hops that slanted towards grapefruit. The flavors were nice especially for Sam Adams, a macro-micro producer. I tasted bitter, piney hops along with the grapefruit notes with a caramel malt background and a clean finish. Simple but effective. The mouthfeel was pleasant, the body medium and the carbonation good.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,785 ratings.
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