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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

A - Deep dark caramel, nice big tan head, lots of cling.

S - Sweet caramel obvious. Bittering hops there but competing.

T - Nice caramel center. Hops do their job to rein it in.

M - Medium body, good carb, creamy, nice balance.

D - Nothing hugely different. A nice very drinkable average IPA.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good IPA. It has a light bodied malt smell with a hint of hops. The taste is about the same I would say it is a balanced brew with both the malts and hops noticeable but just not my favorite IPA. Anyway it is surely one I would not hesitate to drink again!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces a >2cm head of off-white bubbles. Fades to a perpetual 0.5cm cap atop the body, and leaves excellent lacing along the entire glass. Body is dark amber color with orange highlights. Transparent with visible, but lazy, carbonation.

Bright aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, mandarin orange and sweet malt upfront, pine in the back. Letting this sit a bit, I get the smell of fresh, hoppy wort.

Opens with fairly sharp malt sweetness that's quickly overtaken by equally sharp hop bitterness. This transitions to a bitter grapefruit rind character that never lessens, but gradually fading a bit to reveal a biscuit and cracker flavor malt backbone along with some of the more complex peach and mango flavors to pull through, but they're still fairly subsumed by the bitterness.

Medium bodied with carbonation that's plentiful enough to make this foam up pleasantly on the palate. Finish is very dry, but also a bit sticky.

I really enjoyed this IPA and thought it hit all the right notes for the style. Why this doesn't get a higher rating, I don't know. Still, this is an easy-to-find pleaser for me and I look forward to having more.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired on the Wegmans pick six shelf. Don't recall the best by date. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Golden copper color with a moderate head and tight lacing. Hop belt (!) hop aromas and subtle hop flavor compared to what the marketing would lead you to believe. Maybe I've had too many flower powers. Good flavor though. Easy drinking moderate ABV ipa. Wouldn't seek out per se but would do in a pinch.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a perfect medium golden amber color with a one finger white head that lingers for a long time.

S: The beer has that hopy smell that one expects from an IPA. There is also the smell of citrus with a hint of pine.

T: The beer is good but is very one dimensional. The hops in the beer overpower the rest of the flavors.

M: Good viscosity and good carbonation.

O: This is a good beer but there are better IPAs out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are about a C+; this is me least favourite style.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and downright bad retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Mainly a moderate quantity of bittering hops (I can't discern which) with some caramelized malt somewhere in there. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some pleasant bittering hops comprise the majority of the flavour, with caramelized malt as a foundation to back them. Luckily, the bittering hops aren't overdone as in many IPAs. They're restrained, though the bitterness still bleeds unfavorably through the finish, a feature I've never cared for. Though a bit simple, it's a flavorful beer. It's balanced well and built in a straightforward but effective manner.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness in the first half. It suits the flavour in a general way.

Dr: Drinkable, but far from special. It's fairly priced, but doesn't offer anything unique in terms of the style. Try it and forget it; there are better beers both in this style and from this brewery.

Low C


I grabbed a seasonal variety box on August 23rd, 2013, and decided to provide some additional notes. Served from the bottle; hopology series.

T: Floral hops, some fruity hop character. Pale malts, pilsner malts, maybe even vienna malt. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Nicely balanced, though it's rather simple. No notable subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's got a good flavour to it in a general sense. I do like it, but little stands out. Uninspired and somewhat boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Refreshing. Lightly crisp. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'd have another. But its simplicity and lack of a unique committed approach holds it back. Not as generic as most macrobrew IPAs, but there's not anything special about it. Hides its modest ABV well. Well priced. I wouldn't buy a 6er, but I won't frown if they continue to throw this one into the 12 pack seasonal boxes.

High C

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's a copper color, its got a hazy clarity. A white head that turns into a lace of head. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

It's aroma isn't very strong. There are a lot of pine notes, a bit floral and citrusy.

It's a prety malty brew. The hops are very piney and sit firmly on the back of the tongue. It's got a very dark flavor.

It's medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

A good beer. Not my favorite IPA, but one that is a good beer for the price.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA is dark and gorgeous, earthy, and thin.

It poured dark copper with a massive tan head. A ton of thick lace held on fron the rim to the base of the empty glass. The flavor had notes of grass, pine, and resin. There was a sweet yeasty metallic finish that detracted slightly from an otherwise strong earthy flavor. The feel was thin and short-lived for an IPA.

Latitude 48 IPA was surprisingly good looking and flavorful. The weak bitterness keeps it a notch below the exceptional year-round IPAs (e.g., Torpedo, Two-Hearted, and Centennial).

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Photo of patpbr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - redish, Not a color I see in many IPAs
S- citrus , grass
T- This is interesting, with the use of different hops. get a little malt and sweetness mixing in. the malt was a little heavy
M- Metallic feel, not to heavy. Nothing to exciting going on here
O- I like it enough. Maybe the other five will help it grow on me. An average IPA at best

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - has a cool reddish gold color. A few fingers of thick, sticky foam, eggshell colored. Plenty of stickage. Nice start.

Aroma - lots of pine and concentrated grapefruit. Almost a graham cracker note as it sets up.

Taste - some nice crackery, biscuity notes out of the gate. I like the blend of hops here. Some notes of orange and grapefruit, spicy pine. Bitterness is full on but not painful. Dry and just a tad medicinal on the aftertaste and finish, but overall this is great.

Mouthfeel - crisp, smooth, and medium weight.

Drinkability - for an ipa with this much flavor, I could see my way through a handful of bottles. Very impressive blend of hop flavor.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smelled fairly bold with floral, pine, and a multitude of other hops on the nose.

First taste was pretty good. Fair amount of bitterness, then finishes crisp with a bit of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Fairly light on the palate. Hops makes the likelihood of pounding a few of these unlikely.

Overall, a solid American IPA. Nothing too special, but then again, still pretty good.

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Photo of ikats
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color, very clear with a solid slightly off-white head. Aroma is flowery with grassy, slightly sweet and piney notes. Tasting the beer hops have a bit of a bite upfront and some bitterness comes through as you drink it and lingers a bit as the aftertaste. There is sweet malty base as well. Probably medium-light body. Drinkable. Enjoyable, but not my favorite IPA.

The best part of this beer for me is the opportunity to drink five deconstructed ales. Having reviewed the part I get a little more appreciation for the components that go into putting the final product together.

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Photo of Florida9
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear, very dark amber in color. Forms a sizable dark cream colored head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Malty with a blend of earthy and grassy hops. Some caramel in the mix as well.

T: Caramel malts. Woody, earthy hops. There is a moderate bitterness. Fairly unexciting and too damn malty.

M: Medium body with medium-heavy carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A decent, drinkable beer. Too malty for my preference, since I imagine this beer was brewed in the Sam Adams style, malty would be appropriate.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body was amber with a bit of a red hue. There was good lacing and head that were both off white in color. The aroma was floral and fruity sweet. One thing I really liked was that the hops did not totally push out the flavor of the malt. There was definitely a bit of a grainy sweetness. The hops were bitter but also had that fruity sweetness I mentioned in the aroma. The mouthfeel was about average and was pretty thin.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color. The white head is a good 1/2 inch when poured, eventually settling to a good thick white ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice layer of foam on the surface. Decent lace too. Aromas of citrus, floral, and pine hops were also present. Has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor upfront, along with a more earthy hop undertone, followed by chewy caramel malt. Good balance of flavors, with the hop varieties dominating a bit, as it should be. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Coats the inside of my mouth nicely. An all around very good beer here.


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Photo of Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am in perfect agreement with the other reviewers who basically are saying that this beer is set up nice, but it never blows you away. The description implies a lot when they say its "brewed with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere." great marketing, but I prefer a more complex hop profile and fruitiness in the flavor. This is a little bland to me. I live in a small town where the bars don't have anything great on tap - if this was there I would order it in a second compared to your standard BMC, Guiness, Stella, etc. But where there are just so many great IPAs out there to buy- I just had a Ithaca 'Flower Power' tonight for example, this comes out to be about average. The bar is way up there. Very good for a mass production type of brewery I must say though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head packed tight with a few curious giant bubbles in it. Slightly hazed lovely mahogany color. Smells very nice - caramel and burnt sugar. Taste is really quite mild for an IPA and although good does not come anywhere close to what the smell foreshadowed. Personally I think this is a C beer dressed up through hyped carbonation and color crafting to make it appear B or even A.

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Photo of travipa
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

with anticipation i purchased a six pack of the touted samuel adams latitude 48 ipa. the nose promised bittersweet cream hops.the mouthfeel made me think i would experience smooth bitter hoppiness finish. the brewers made the mistake of thinking more malt sweetness would balance
the hop edge. malt masks the natural hop finish.
true ipa is very bitter,yes, but, on its own contains ribbons of sweetness malt completely dominates. sorry samuel adams, you missed a great opportunity to show us bitter goodness.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in the Sam Adams 12pk Winter Collection variety pack for about $13 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in mid Fall 2010.

Pours a dark copper color that is semi-clear. As a thick, fluffy head that reduces to just lacing. Scent is heavy with malts and bitter hops. Taste is crisp and clean. I'm picking up hints of citrus, apricot, some carmel malts, and of course mildly bitter hops. Has a good clean refreshing taste that is tasty but yet not too bitter. Another quality brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a dark amber color with no visible carbonation. Head is frothy and dimples down beautifully. Sticky cobweb lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine sap with a little bit of caramel maltiness. Hops are a real beauty here. Absolutely a great example of the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is medium bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Taste is bitter and sweet; chewy malt is accented by some very floral hops. Mid sip, there's a caramel feeling, and the aftertaste is all hops. The hop oils coat the tongue and prime you for another sip.

Overall: One of the best damn IPAs I have had, American or otherwise. I'd like to see an Imperial IPA from these guys.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice to look at, little aroma. Taste is mainly Noble hops. To be honest, other than appearance, this beer is a little weak all the way around. Nothing really asserts itself in a positive way. The taste is similar to their Noble Pils, but not as good. There is also a soapy quality to the taste. I'm drinking this a month after the notched date, so maybe that has something to do with it, but one wouldn't expect a quality beer to fall apart so quickly, especially not an IPA.

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Photo of kevosbob
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Boston Beer Company has surprised me with this addition to their Brewmaster’s Collection. Latitude 48 is a well balanced India pale ale with a 6% alcohol by volume. What makes this beer special is the hops have been specifically selected from different areas along latitude 48 around the northern hemisphere. Latitude 48 is know for being the “hop belt” because typically along this region you’ll find lots of moisture and long summer days, perfect for growing hops. The combination of Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble, East Kent Goldings, Zeus, Simcoe, and Ahtanum hops creates a complex hop character and aroma without being overpowering. Best of all its found in normal priced six-packs and in the ‘Beers of Summer’ variety 12-pack featuring six different beers from the Sam Adams lineup.

This beer pours a beautiful sunset-orange with brown highlights. The head becomes thick and stable after a vigorous pour and complements the orange color of the beer with an eggshell-white head color. The smell of this beer is not overpowering and somewhat hard to define. I smell notes of citrus, florals, grasses or leafs, and a slight smell of pine. Not one hop strain stands out, which I find nice for a standard IPA on a hot summer day.

The taste of this beer is very nice without being overpowering. The same hops notes hit your tongue as what hit your nose which is still very complex but in a nice balanced way. I taste a little more pine and citrus hops as the beer warms up a bit, but even at a warmer temperature everything seems to stay in balance. The pale, caramel, and honey malts give this beer a nice body that has a slight toasted and nutty taste. It’s had to believe this beer has a bitterness rating of 75 because there is only a very slight lingering flavor with this beer. What does last as a flavor is still the mixture of hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not anything over the top or adventurous, but it is a great beer for almost any occasion. If I was invited to a summer BBQ, this would be the six-pack I would bring to share. It is well balanced, easy drinking, reasonably priced, has a story behind the name and brew process, and has a slightly above normal ABV level; all factors that can impress another beer drinker at a party. I would suggest trying this beer for yourself before summer is over.

My Beer Rating: 3.7

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Photo of Dave128
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle with "enjoy by" date of December 2011.

A - Pours a dark amber color. On the initial pour the head reaches 2 or 3 fingers, and actually lasts a good amount of time before slowly sinking down into the glass into a disc and then a ring around the edge. Truly, a great looking beer all around.

S - Smells of dark grains and grassy hops. I can't pinpoint the type of hops used, but I imagine it uses a variety because of the whole latitude 48 thing.

T - Piney and resinous up front with a slight malt sweetness. An average amount of bitterness on the finish is well balanced with the hop spice and caramel malt flavor. I removed half a point here because of a metallic taste I would get every now and then that really threw some sips off.

M - Medium bodied with a the right amount of carbonation.

O - A smooth drinking IPA. It has a great complexity of flavor and I can pick up different notes on every sip.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap before dispersing totally. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Definate hoppy aroma that definately is not West Coast in style. This is a herbal, grassy hop aroma. There might be some Simcoe hop in there as well but it plays a very small part.

The flavor starts of with a lot of grassy hops but as I delve deeper into the glass, the fruity hops start to come out. Has a Juicy Fruit flavor that plays against the medicinal nature of the Old World hops. Bitterness is moderate. The malt adds little flavor but does give a good dose of sweetness.

Solid body and carbonation. Typical IPA texture.

Although the hop bill is not something that lovers of West Coast type of IPAs, it does deliver a solid hop flavor. I would not mind having this in my fridge regularly.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is absolutely gorgeous. The body is a dark, orangish-brown and murky with lots of carbonation and had a bountiful, brownish-white head that was full without exploding and pitted well on top of the liquid leaving some awesome, shaving cream foam around the edges of my pint glass. You could stand a quarter on this head, which I’ve only rarely seen and then usually with big, malty Belgians.

Smell – The dry hopping is evident here as is the use of British bitter-type hops. I would have liked to have seen a bit more complexity with all of the different hops used but the aroma is pleasing enough. I get a light grainy biscuit as well but this is definitely hop-dominated.

Taste – The hops pull back just a tad at the taste but are still big and lead the way. The promised Simcoe was hard to find and the heavy malts, evidenced in the ale’s color, fought like made just to get half a face in the pic. Sweetish notes came out a bit more on the tongue than the nose but otherwise this is quite a bitter brew.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied IPA hybrid is slick and slightly sweet but is ruled by a bitter streak. Carbonation is appropriately light.

Drinkability – This is a powerful AIPA and not to be sessioned. It will garnish the respect of any hophead and will be thoroughly enjoyable by the beer-drinking enthusiast.

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