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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
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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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Ratings: 3,791 |  Reviews: 1,074
Photo of Ilovesuds
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack expeting a well balanced citrisy IPA typical fom Sam Adams. What a shock to pour this dark gold liquid into a pint glass. The nose was all malt. If I was blind folded I would have thought I was going to drink an English Ale (sweet). Mouthfeel is excellant. Sudsy small bubbles that you can swish around in your mouth. Again, all malt and sweet. Very heavy caramel until the finish which is hoppy. In fact, that little bitter/dry finish kind of cleanses the palate for the next sip. This beer is not what I was expecting but a nice surprise. It's complex but if I was to keep an IPA on hand in the fridge I would choose another. But I would drink this again.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is dark! It mirrors a Barleywine or Dubbel. Darkest IPA I have ever seen. Extremely dense amber. Got a huge head on the pour also. At least 2 fingers. Although the color isn't a good representation of the style. Most I see are quite a bit lighter. Smell is very sweet, grassy and herbal caramel malts with a big grapefruit kick and sharp hoppiness. Outstanding for a lower abv IPA. I must say the bitterness is quite prominent. Never really expected this out of Sam Adams. Taste is also very dirty and earthy with hints of tropical fruits. They picked a great blend of hops to play with. Mouthfeel is very creamy with well balanced carbonation. This seriously has quite a flavor punch to it. I can't help but think most people will rate is lower just because it is Sam Adams. It ranks right up there with the big boys or small boys rather in my opinion. Seek this one out.

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Photo of OCBeerBaron
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 6er of this today... Poured into pint glass.

A- Nice color with a decent head that leaves a nice lace. Moderate carbonation seen.

S- Smells hoppy and fresh with some malt hints.

T- Tastes good at first and even better through the finish. Not the hops I was expecting but not too weak.

M- Easy to drink, not too full.

O- I'm a fan and will get this again. I would like to try it on tap if I ever find it.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A- Light brown with a light white head of about half an inch

S- citrusy aroma, very strong of orange. Nice but not overpowering

T- hoppy taste, but takes a minute to hit. First taste is a bit malty, then come the hops. Taste of orange and grapefruit. Intense yet unique flavor

M- smooth, good carbonation mix

O- great ipa; somewhat unique to the style, I really enjoyed it

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finished the Deconstructed IPAs, now on to the "Constructed" IPA! Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a two fingered light tan head that is slow to drop. Leaves a nice cap of foam and lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit, apricot and earthy hops. Glad the Zeus doesn't come through! Nice caramel malt backbone.

Flavors of spicy, grapefruit, apricot, and earthy hop bitterness, with a very nice caramel malt sweetness. Finish is long, bitter, with grapefruit and earthy spiciness lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, with astringent bitterness that coats the mouth, a little drying. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice constructed IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Was surprised to see this in my parents fridge when I went home for a visit.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a one finger dense head, tan in color. Moderate retention and decent lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: Light citrus, on the earthy side. There is a bit of grapefruit and some grass with a hint of pine. A good bit of caramel and bready malt fill out the aroma.

T: Opens up a little sweet with the caramel and a bit of toffee which leads into some lemon and grapefruit. Seemed a bit simple to me though.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. Seemed a little boring actually. Would have liked a bit more oompf on this one.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and the head capped it off perfectly. Nice bronze color. Cap drops to a thin cap but it sticks around for a decent amount of time and to the sides of the glass. Smell is very mild and dosent' grab my attention at all. First sip shows some pepper and spiceyness up front quickly followed by some bitterness. More of an earthy hoppiness than a floral/citrus hops that I've become accustomed to but still nice bitterness. The malt backbone really stands out in this one. Taste is more potent than the smell. Bitterness is enough to push this one unquestionably intonthe ipa range but to me this was very different from what I'm used to. I don't mean that in a bad way, but not a traditional American ipa. I would gonfor this one again if I had the chance. Nice beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good choice for International IPA day. Had one for lunch with cheese and crackers. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good size off-white head. Head retention is good and lacing is thick rings around the glass.

Smells pretty faint for an IPA. Some piney hops and malt, fairly subdued.

Taste is more robust. Nice balance of piney hops and malt with the malt more than holding its own.

Mouthfeel is crisp, Bitterness in the finish. Malt presence not too sweet. Nice head and nicely carbonated.

Overall, a pretty good IPA. I like the hops bombs a little better, but this is a well crafted, tasty brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled April 2011
A big pour produces a four-finger thick, almost glass over-flowing, thickly lacing, tan tinged, pale head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, pretty, deep red stained copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied orange zest, sweet caramel malt, cracker like malt character, a definite biscuit character, a softly spicy hop character and a touch of pine. This is definitely hop dominated, but the malt actually plays a fairly significant role here (at least there is some noticeable hop character). There is a certain dankness to the nose that reminds me of funky hemp oil like note.

The beer has a soft, malty fullness to it that is a touch creamy textured due to being degassed during my vigorous pour. The beer has a spicy, herbal bitterness to it with a fair amount of peppery grapefruit zest. The bitterness lingers in the finish with a nice bite to it as well as a solid herbal note with a peppery edge to it. The malt plays a more subtle role here in the flavor than it does in the nose; there is a solid biscuit character here as well as a dry cracker like note in the finish. A dank hopiness is a bit more subtle than in the nose, but it is noticeable in the herbaceous finish. There is lots of pine, perhaps a touch of cedar, and even some menthol that is brought out in my second pour as it was soft enough to retain some carbonation. The carbonation adds some prickly texture, as well as a touch of peppery character.

A great start to this series, this was definitely an interesting take on an IPA and I can’t wait to see what the individual components taste like. I like that despite the dark malt base, this is not too crystal malt dominated; the malt is actually quite complimentary here.

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Photo of KrupaTroopa
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear golden brown with a nice retaining head to it.

S - nose isn't all that strong, but its still pleasant. Pretty average.

T - taste is great. Nice hoppiness comes through and lingers for a good aftertaste.

M - nice and smooth. It's got the right amount of carbonation and the taste is good enough to swig this one down pretty easy.

O - although not really exceptional, this beer does things the right way. It's is a good example of an IPA that I know I can go back to.

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Photo of Damian
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The beer poured an absolutely crystal clear, deep amber color and was topped by a thick, frothy crop of light tan foam. Outstanding retention. The head slowly faded to a thick, resilient cap. Large sheets of sticky lacing coated the glass.

Not much complexity in the nose. Initially, the hops were present but they seemed rather muted. Earthy and herbal hops. Slightly spicy. Lots of semi-sweet malts (biscuity malts). The malts soon overshadowed the hops, before the nose again turned powdery and dry. Almost Aspirin-like. As time passed, the sweet malts again dominated and the hops were nowhere to be found.

The taste was rather unappealing. Slightly malty up front. Spicy. Lots of pungent, earthy and herbal hops came through in the center. Leafy and lemony. The finish was incredibly bitter and harsh. Super oily, resiny and dry. Ultra pithy with sharp notes of grapefruit rind. Overall, not very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth. Decent.

All in all, this beer was a real disappointment. I love hoppy and bitter IPAs but this example lacked balance and complexity, as well as drinkability.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company looks great in my Free The Hops pint glass. Nice caramel color sitting under a small head. Smell is earthy with some malts and very little hops coming through. Unfortunately, the taste is similar. Nothing special stands out. It's just plain from sip to swallow. Lacking an IPA taste in my opinion.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Soft with pine, orange, lemon, and white grape. Lightly herbal, sage note. Undertone of bready malt.

T – Bread with bitter marmalade and pine up front. Juicy orange center. Grapefruit and pith backend.

M – Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering pith bitterness.

O – Great balance and flavor. A beer on the citrusy and sweet side of the style.

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent, deep amber with very little head.

Smell--Flowery, tangy hops with a very distinct, very pleasant malt balance. There's almost a cinnamon-y quality, and newly unwrapped chocolate orange. Interesting. The hop essence is airy, lightly piney and very lightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel--Pretty light in carbonation, which is a tad disappointing. But it has a very nice, medium body and a clean, not overly dry finish.
There is a touch of wateriness.
Taste--Hops wrap around sweet malts, and distant spicy/ yeasty notes.

Overall--This is a smooth, balanced and highly drinkable IPA. The hop blend here seems very unique to me. A better carbonated, slightly higher ABV version of this would really make my IPA day.

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Photo of Marty30
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into A Sam Adams glass at fridge temp.

A. Dark copper color,with a 2 finger offwhite head that hangs around for a good bit.Great lacing stuck to the glass.Lots of carbonation.

S. The smell is pretty week on this one,I have to give this a couple swirls to bring it out.I'm getting some faint piney hops and some caramal malts.Not much else

T. Really malty tons of caramal and toffee,some piney hops.

M. Mouth isn't bad, a good medium feel with good carbonation prickiling the tounge.A sweet finish.

Overall just to malty for me for the style. Not a terrible beer in anyway but there are way better IPA's readily available.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, one of a few souvenirs from a recent vacation trip through the NW United States.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some streaky lace upon its demise. It smells mildly of fruity, somewhat bitter hops, and equally tame bready malt. The taste is bitter pine and soft citrus hops, and a not quite up to the task pale maltiness. The carbonation is just south of average, the body medium weight, a bit punchy, but smooth overall. It finishes well-balanced, some latent hops and malt still waging a laid-back war of, well, slappy hands, I guess.

Is it hoppy? Sure. Does something feel underwhelming? Oh yeah. Why do big microbreweries seem to have that effect? Maybe it's the Euro-hop part of the 'Latitude 48' quotient that leaves me wanting...in an American IPA...

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Oct 2011 notched into the bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Hazy dark amber body. Huge, thick offwhite/cream head with tons of retention.

Smell - Mild hop character with a bit more maltiness than you'd normally find in an IPA.

Taste - Noticable alcohol. Balanced hop and malt. Mild hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Mild astringent finish.

Overall Drinkabily - Flavorful. Enjoyable. Great for a mass produced American beer.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.
This poured poured a nice amber color. Thick off white head that didn't last long.
Not much aroma at all but a slight malty smell with some German hops.
The taste was quite good. A unique IPA in terms of hops used and a sweeter malt profile then most.
Good carbonation and less dry then other ipas.
Good beer.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is light copper color with a good two finger white head.

The smell is good. It has a nice hop aroma, but not overpowering.

The taste is much better than I expected. The hops are dominant, yet not overpowing somehow.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is very drinkable. I really like this beer. This was quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear, dark amber with 1/4" head with great retention. Smells malty with floral and citrus hop overtones. Taste a nice malt/hop balance. Hops hit the spectrum - piney, floral, citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and well carbonated.

I really like this IPA from Sam Adams. Not as potent as many IPAs but well balanced and well hopped.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the milder end of the IPA scale. Pleasant melding of hop flavors. Lots of hops but not overly bitter. Interesting fruity flavors with a touch of pineapple. Bitter aftertaste with some yeasty, toasted flavors along with it. Clear light amber color and perfect carbonation, like everything from Boston Beer. Not much distinct aroma, but nice nose breathing out. A little of everything-- pine, flowers, browned biscuits-- but very measured and nothing stands out.

Highly drinkable. A bit acidic and refreshing.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the Latitude 48 Desconstructed 12 pack. I thought I should try the multi-hop version first before moving on to the single hop beers.

Poured into a pint glass, it has an unusually dark redish amber color with thick, sticky, lacey head.

Aroma is hoppy and reasonably fresh but not as citrusy as I like. Pine and pith is how I would describe it - not like orange juice but more like the bitter white part of the orange.

Flavor is barleywine light in that it is more caramel in the malts and balance in hops. American, Engish, and German hops were used and you can tell the variety adds grapefruit, spice, and grass to the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated. Well balanced and low in alcohol.

Overall it's hard to really fault the 48 but also difficult to get all that excited about it. I'm still looking forward to trying the other deconstructed beers.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final Deconstructed review. Appearance is same as all the "component" brews. Maybe a little larger head, but still dense with lacing as it recedes. Color is a nice clear golden amber.

Smell is definitely a mix of what I've been tasting so far. A little sweet with piney and citrus hop scents. Taste is more piney, earthy with a large malt backbone. Bitterness is up front but falls away quickly.

This round seems a bit heavier than the rest, a little stickier and less crisp.

Overall, I'd drink it when offered, but there's a lot of better examples out there in my book. This has been a fun little project though, kudos to SA for a neat offering.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

Deep amber color with caramel colored, dense head. Roasted nuts and citrusy hops smell coming through - not overpowering. Extremely well balanced - hops pack a punch at first, but quickly back off and let heavy maltness come through. A very chewy beer. A suprisingly good, and unique, IPA.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The American craft IPA is one of my favorite styles, my absolute favorite being it's doubled older brother. I find the Samuel Adams Pale Ale to be very underwhelming, however I really enjoyed the hoppy and fresh tasting Noble Pils. Thus I really have no idea where this one will lie!

A - Pours a clear copper amber with a big two finger light tan head. Appears well carbonated in the glass. The head retains but the lacing is not very sticky.

S - Very sweet smelling with grassy, bitter hops. Some citrus. Overly malty and sweet smelling which covers whatever else may be going on underneath.

T - The taste is initially sharp and bitter with piney hops, but then the citrus flavor comes through. Finishes dry and sweet with some noticeable alcohol. Simcoe hops definitely seem to dominate, and it wasn't as overly sweet as I was expecting. Toasted caramel is also present in the finish. It may not be my ideal IPA flavor palette, but it is definitely more along the lines of the hoppier styles I like to drink and considerably hoppy for a Sam Adams brew.

M - A bit resiny and overly sticky. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation level was just right.

O - Overall, not a terrible IPA but definitely not in the same realm as the most coveted American craft brewed IPAs. But for a Sam Adams beer, it is pretty decent and uniquely hoppy.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,791 ratings
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