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 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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Photo of threeviews
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams 25th Anniversary logo glass (of which was designed special for Samuel Adams).

A-Pours a nice clear, golden amber with a 1/2-1" head, filling the vessel right to to the top of the tulip. Strong lacing despite the modest 6% ABV...looks great and the vessel is only adding to the eye candy.

S-Definitely East-Coast in style. Mostly floral with hints of pine and vanilla. Citrus is not at all present as is the defining moment with IPA's from the west.

T-Slick, sweet caramel mellows to a nice, semi-mild bitterness. Nothing overwheming and pleasant, making this one of the better session IPA's I have taste...perhaps the best of the lot (Cricket Hill's Hopnotic IPA is one which will rival this).

M-Moderate carbonation together with the malt sweetness and hop bitterness should entice fans of both east-coast IPA's and English ESB's.

O-If you are at all fans of the aforementioned styles, you should check this out...just make sure you are consuming a bottle well within its 'best by:' date, as you will not get the full hop experience offered by this brew.

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Photo of d1blet
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A medium amber brown with a thick, full head (about a good 2 fingers' length) that leaves behind a nice lace.

Smell: Overall pretty sweet with notes of floral. Somewhat malty.

Taste: Interesting to say least. Predominately pine with hints of floral throughout. Bitterness throughout but is well balanced with the various flavor from the different hops. The bitterness lingers on the tongue but isn't as refreshing as I was hoping it to be. Perhaps it is a bit underwhelming in that respect. Towards the middle of the sip, the hoppiness fades away in which a typical maltiness comes into play.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light carbonation. Medium body that has a this light creaminess to it.

Overall: This is an OK IPA. Probably stacks up well amongst the many. However, I prefer a slightly lighter, more refreshing IPA. The various characteristics of the hops that you taste initially does make this brew stand out a bit amongst its peers and it is these hops that do the talking for this brew. A pretty solid beer all around, but I probably won't be coming back for it.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice translucent amber color with a solid 2cm dense frothy tan head. Good retention and great lacing down the whole beer.

Leathery-like hops dominates the nose. Smells like Beach pine.

Front ended hop flavor with light Pune and floral notes balanced well with caramel malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Good balance. Good flavor. Nothing spectacular going on in the nose or depth in flavor. But a good easy drinking everyday IPA I must say.

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Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker]

The pour was a very clear medium brown with a slight yellow hue that layed around the edge of the glass. The head was average in size (about 1 to 2 fingers) with a nice rocky appearance that stuck around for a nice while which created some really nice lacing that rolled down the glass as you drank it. The aroma was a mix of sweet and bitter with a nutty bread malt, a nice resin hop with a mild dose of a sweet yeast and also had notes of citrus and dried fruit. The flavor had a mild sweet-bitter feel to it with just a hint of dried fruit at first then had an increase in bitterness and a nice hoppy finish with mild citrus note at the end leaving the flavor to hang around for a nice while allowing full enjoyment of this brew. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and very dry in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a nice balanced IPA with the bitter and sweet working quite well together.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
2.39/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an almost transparent,dirty penny brown with some dull orange peaking through.Decent two fingers worth of slightly tawny head that showed moderate retention and left wispy lacing.

S-Overly sweet and bready.Brown bread,caramel,some muted,stale,earthy hop notes of watered down oj and wet grass.Weak and what is there is not what I'm looking for in my American IPA's.

T-The taste follows the nose.Too sweet with caramelized grains,multigrain toast,weak pine,odd spice,dead grass and stale citrus.

M-Medium bodied with an almost dingy aftertaste.Too much like an English IPA.I know that there's English hops in this.It doesn't fit into the American IPA category in my opinion.

O-Not good!

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Photo of wcudwight
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brass colored beer with a off-white with hints of tan head that rises a finger in height. Head fades and leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Spicy and citrus in the aroma with some bready like smells. Smells kind of sweet which I find interesting. Well balanced in the flavor with some earthy, toasted and sweet flavors. Nice citrus/spicy hop kick. Full bodied and easy to drink. Sam Adams puts out many solid beers that you can find on the average grocery store shelves. This one joins that strong line-up.

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Photo of Giggy
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/brown color. Slight head off-white in color.
S: Not a lot there. Smells slightly sweet like caramel, can smell the malt.
T: This is where this IPA comes alive. Nice blend of hops gives it the IPA test. Sweet beginning with a bitter end. Not the best IPA but enjoyable.
M: The bitter dry finsh keeps you drinking more. Medium body and carbonation

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

bottle from northyorksammy

Pale copper, one finger of white head, some lace. Smell is of bitter hop initially, decent malt presence, citrus fruit, tangerine, light grapefruit and pine. Taste is hoppy initially, up front malt profile, bitter throughout, lightly sweet, pine, citrus and grapefruit in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, med-full body, good weight nice resin and oils. Good easy drinking IPA, though there are better this is solid for sure.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear light amber color with a full finger head.

S- A very balanced and assertive hop aroma with out being obnoxious. A caramelly malt sweetness is evident in the background too.

T- All the different hop flavors are all here piney, floral, resiney, spicy, earthy, and citrus. Did I miss any? The malt profile is of dark caramel and brings a big balance to the hops. Finishes very smooth and balanced.

M- Good carbonation, medium bodied and smooth.

O- Certainly not your typical West coast IPA. More of a kitchen sink IPA with regards to the hop bill. Defineatly worth a try.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a dark copper orange color with a thick beige head that lasts a good while and leaves solid rings of lacing.

Has a pretty good citrus aroma with a touch of floral hops as well.

Has a bitter grapefruit hop flavor throughout with the slightest hint of malt early on. The bitterness is rather harsh and has a good bite.

Medium body with smooth carbonation.

Good brew. I kept hoping for greatness but it fell a little short, however, not short enough to miss. This is certainly worth having.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: A fairly dark cooper with a big egg-white head which was very bubbly.

Smell: Bitter and citrusy with some salty-caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet toffee notes followed by a lasting bitterness. Also, quiet a bit of spiciness. It's like grapefruit covered in a little bit of cracked peppercorn really. More complex than I was expecting.

Mouth: Medium body with a bit of carbonation.

Overall: A good, safe IPA that I would try again, but only if something more adventurous/flavorful was not available.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aromas of brady malt, caramel, and I am getting some kind of funky fruitiness almost like durian. Weird. This is a fuller bodied malty IPA with the malt keeping the hops in check. However the hops are still prevalent. A nice balanced IPA in a style that I would expect from Boston Beer Company.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, grass, caramle, malts,

taste: malts, dry bitter hop finish,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: decent ipa but there are so many better ones out there I'd rather be drinking.


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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light tan heads slowly recedes over a clear honey copper colored IPA, looks very enticing.

Very light almost bitter citrus aroma with a slight caramel malt hint in it.

Light mixed taste with caramel malts, light hops, sort of a black cherry, and a slight spicy hint. Easy drinking with a smooth medium body and slight peppery hint in a dryish aftertaste.

Not bad but not at all what I was looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a prodigious head; loads of lace left behind

Smell: Floral grapefruit, with toffee undertones

Taste: A little bit of toffee malt, up front, and then the melange of hops takes over; grapefruit and pineapple flavors abound but there is is a European element, too; after the swallow, the toffee malt re-emerges to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very respectable IPA; well-balanced and flavorful

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Photo of csiewert
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma has notes of caramel malt and citrusy fruity hops. The taste is similar with a stringent bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and clean finishing. Overall a decent ipa.

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Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a tulip. Best by AUG 2011 notched on label.

A: Clear copper with active carbonation and a thick, foamy tan head.

S: Piny hops, roasted malt, orange peel, and coriander.

T: Sweet caramel and bready malt with a black pepper and hops at the finish. Sweet and malt carries the day more so than the hops, though there is a full hops finish.

M: Creamy, almost a little too oily. Medium-bodied with a nice hops bitterness that doesn't dry too much but is right there with you at the end.

O: A good AIPA, but not great. Would receive a better overall score from me if the sweet and malty flavor was more in balance with the hops.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured 2 fingers of a bubbly beige head that sticks around for a while. Only a bit of lacing as much of it seems too heavy to stick around. Body is an orange amber color. Quite a lot of bubbles rushing to the top on this one. Actually a very nice looking beer.

S. Mmmm, IPA smell. I love it. Citrus with emphasis on oranges and of course don't forget the pine hops. Decent malt background balances it out very well.

T. Oh. This is where this comes apart. Very flat kind of flavor. I get the pine, with a good bit of bitterness to it. A bit of caramel malt too, but not as well balanced as the nose told me it would be.

M. Medium bodied, actually slightly creamy going down. Not heavy, just creamy. Dry finish.

O. The lead up was excellent, but the taste of this beer just did not impress me. It honestly kind of assaults the taste buds. Hops! *wham* Now malt! *pow* Meh.

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Photo of obrike
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's quite a looker...bought a variety pack at HEB in North Austin.

Vibrant copper hue...looks like a dark honey in my pint glass...tall, sudsy head...nice of the better looking SA beers I've had.

Good hop, some pine, followed by a sweet mellow malt...a sign of great things to come?

Well, the taste did not quite match the look and smell...not bad, but certainly a little more on the tame side than I was hoping for. The caramel malt profile actually over took the hops a bit...not what I look for in a good IPA. Hops were super-buried, but there.

For an IPA, this was rather run-of-the-mill, but, still, a nice, easy drinkin' brew from Sam Adams nonetheless.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cross between a super dark copper and a light amber, a bit less then a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and leaves a nice facing behind.

S - Smells of floral hops with a lemony/Orange nose. Nice malt aroma too.

T - Pleasantly bitter up front, nice sweet caramel balance. Piney hops up front with a fruity/lemons/pruney/spicey taste. Slightly dry at the finish

M - Medium bodied or slightly less, nice coronation

O - Great balance of taste and drinkability

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

A- nice orange brown color, bubbly two finger head with pretty good lacing throughout

S- smells like oranges and lemons and grapefruit. The hoppy smell is also somewhat of a pepper spice.

T- hop forward ipa. The malts do a sing and a jig in the background but not much that would deserve an encore. The pepper hop smell is tasted along with that great citrus hop taste

M- medium bodied on the lighter side. good carbonation.

O- pretty good beer here. Won't get the respect it deserves because its sam adams

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,795 ratings