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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Photo of Giggy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 0%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -9.9%
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 -4.1%
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 -1.1%
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 +10.4%
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 -1.9%
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 0%
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 -10.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +5.5%
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 tykees88
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of carolinahophead
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jim Koch is the Man . A True Pioneer in the craft beer business.
A brown & clear apperance , it pours a good head out of the bottle also has nice lace as you drink it.
You do get the the citrus aromas ... aka pink grapefruit with brown sugar maybe some lemon too .
This is an easy drinking ipa and can be great with spicy food. Let the beer warm up & it gets a whole lot better.
This is a good beer for the people coast to coast .... Maybe just for hopheads or someone wanting a good American Craft beer .

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Photo of ackleydg
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous red-orange with a two-finger head. Strong retention and lacing.

Smells nice - mostly grassy and floral, but also kind of sweet.

Nice and complex taste. Starts with the hops, finishes with sweeter malt undertones.

Pretty foamy mouthfeel.

I would get this again for sure.

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Photo of Tundruth
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single bottle at the local 7-11 for 99 cents, sweet!
Poured into a scotch snifter because its the best thing I could find to sample it from at the time.
Appearance is a medium orange/tan in color and an off white head rose to over half the height of my snifter glass and lasted a bit, leaving behind nice lacing.
Smells strongly of of a complex and delicious mix of big, dry hops.
Taste follows in the nose of the beer, it is complex and hoppy, giving it an all around impressively delicious American IPA flavor that is perfectly balanced. Tastes very much like pine as I think most IPAs I try seem to, and also there is a biscuit flavor in there that must be the product of the malts used in its brewing process.
MF- great. not as good as the nose or the taste but still great nonetheless. Carbonation is just right and the body of the beer is heavy but not too heavy to the point that it is sticky or thick in any way.
Overall I am impressed, one of the better SA beers I've had and I am usually enjoy SA beers nonetheless.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle by Pennsylvania beer historian, Rich Wagner. Thanks, as always, for the free brews, Rich!

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a translucent, deep golden color. A massive, 3 finger, foamy head on the initial pour. The head lasts a few minutes. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass

S - A nice citrusy smell. Not as intense as some other IPA's I've had but not bad.

T - A caramel-like sweetness and a slightly citrusy taste are the initial flavors I get. Not as much of the "grapefruit" taste that I like but it's not bad. Malty background that finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A thin to medium consistancy. Nicely carbonated. Slighlty bitter aftertaste.

O - An OK IPA but there are many others that I think are better tasting and better balanced. A decent stab at an IPA by SA but I'd much prefer a DFH 60, Smuttynose or Two-Hearted IPA to this.


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Photo of ferrari29
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Sam Adams pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with plenty of head; 1-2 finger creme colored foam; head is frothy and rocky, dissipated very quickly and left behind a very sticky layering of head; well carbonation; body has a brown to reddish colored hue

S - Notes of pine an hints of citrus; hop based scents all around; caramel malt character is faint, let's hope the malt is more prevalent in the taste; light crisp, clean and airy scents, like a lager; pine bitterness

T - Light hop bit; hop and some pine; the malt backbone does not have a heavy caramel taste to it, more like grassy with a residual taste of anise or green vegetable

M - Tangy and effervescent; thin body; harsh bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds and disappears very quickly

D - Very surprised of Sam Adams, I thought it would have more hop character, especially in the nose; with so many hops form the 48th latitude I thought there would be more bite; still an enjoyable drink and should not be passed up if given the opportunity to drink

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

Finally got my hands on some of this. Wanted to try the 'deconstructed' versions, but this will have to do for now. Giant Eagle had this as a sixer for $8.99.

The pour produces a brilliant (clear) marmalade orange colored brew, with a very substantial ecru head. The head is blocky and lasts pretty well. Nice lacing develops on the glass. This is a very good looking glass of beer.

The nose is a bit light for my standards for the style. A bit of dry hopping would do wonders for this beer. I keep seeing BBC/SA commercials where they tout 'dry hopping' of their Boston Lager. They shouldn't forget that IPA's almost demand dry hopping to give that big resiny nose we hop heads are looking for. Nevertheless, the nose does indicate a complex arrangement of hops, and a light caramel background.

The taste is right up there with some of my favorite IPAs. Very hop forward .. perhaps in the 70's IBU range .. it presents multiple hop notes. There is piney resin, along with citrus. I think there is a strong statement from Simcoe. Maltiness is there, just behind the curtain .. don't look too hard. Caramel and bread crusts comprise the malt end.

A moderate carbonation level of about 2 volumes keeps it lively, and I imagine that if I'd decanted this into my SA glass, it would hold a head cap throughout the beer. I'd put the carbonation level at 'spot on'. Any higher and it might be 'bitey'. Mouthfeel is just right for an IPA of this size. At 6% abv, its a bit over 'session beer' weight, but I could easily enjoy 3 or 4 of these in an evening.

Overall, another fine brew from BBC/SA. I must give these guys their due ... they consistently produce fine beer, available just about everywhere in the country. Sometimes when I go out, I worry that I will be relagated to choices of 'swill' from the BMC lot (on the golf course, for example). As long as I can get some SA, I'm never disappointed. I try to get my non-craft loving friends introduced by some of SA's gateway brews. Nice job on this one guys. I'm a fan for life. Though I brew my own, I still occasionally pick up sixers and bombers of various craft brews. Sam Adams will always be on my list of 'worthy' beers to enjoy.

Latitude 48 is well worth looking for, and trying, even if you are not a hop head. Its not over the top, but just a good solid example of the style.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into DB glass

A: Dark brown amber. Most IPAs tend to be lighter in SRM and focus hops rather then malt. A little much on the malt color for a single IPA. Slight white head little lacing

S: Tea like hops. A mix of earthy and piney hops. No citrusy or floral hops.

T: Average for the smell. Taste like some browns and ambers I've had. Not hop forward enough. Sierra Nevada PA is more hop forward.

O: Good everyday drink IPA but for the flavor profile just go with SN Pale ale. Its more hop flavor per oz by far.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy and herbal hop flowers mixed with a bit of caramel and bread. Light hints of apricot and citrus in the aroma as well. The taste follows the aroma fairly well. Nice bready caramel base with just enough earthy hops to make this IPA like. A little bit of a mineral or metallic note in there somewhere. Medium body and level of carbonation, resinous slick mouthfeel. This is a decent readily available IPA, but it is not one of my favorites. I'd like to see a bit more caramel type maltiness and a bit more hop bite. Some cascade or centennial could have added some great complexity to the hop bill.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker.

A: Pours a dull orange with a one finger head.

S: Resiny hops are present with the strong, unmistakable suggestion of crystal malts.

T: As in the smell, this is far too malty for an IPA. Hops are there, but they aren't aggressive enough by any stretch of the imagination.

D: Boredom keeps this from drinkability. A combination of substandard balance with lower ABV drive the nail in this brew's coffin.

Overall: My hat's of to Sam for taking a shot at this popular style. However, this one is just not up to snuff. SA beers tend to be "gateway" options, but I just don't think that an IPA is the right vehicle for introducing someone to craft beer. Considering the popularity of this style, there are just too many other options that I would reach for before I have this one again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this AIPA from a 12 oz bottlie into a pint glass. This beer poured a copper color, it produced a white head. Head retention was average and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated my hops and citrus. The taste of the AIPA has a malt base which gives way to sweet and then bitter hops. Overall, this IPA is better than I expected and IPA to be from Sam Adams. It's not overly aggressive but it has more "umph" than most safe mass produced versions of this style.

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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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