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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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,029 | Ratings: 3,471
Photo of scaliasux
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold-amber. Clear and bubbly. Short, cream colored head. Decent persistence.

Smell - Grassy and citrus hops dominate. Light malt in the background.

Taste - Goodly dose of pine and citrus hops flavors. Pine, grapefruit. Some pale malt character is evident, but obviously in the background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light and dry.

Overall - Nice hoppy beer that doesn't go overboard. Hops flavors are exemplified but the beer strikes me as having a nice balance.

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Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good IPA.

Copper, bright with big off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is juicy orange, pine, dry bread crust, hints of grapefruit and wood.

Taste is juicy, jammy, bittersweet orange, wood pine. It has lightly raisiny, caramelly-toasty sweetness under spicy-peppery bitterness with orange-wood-grapefruit hop elements. Bitterness is stornger in finish and lingers a bit but with increasing sweetness. Overall, bitter and sweet together, a bit English in character but also a bit America - a good, well-rounded IPA with dominant hop character but nice firm maltiness to support it and some complexity.

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Photo of ssmack
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with best before date of May 14.

Caramel brown colour. One inch fine beige head and excellent lacing.

A mild aroma of sweet toffee.

There is lots of malt in the taste - toffee and toast. Then the hops show up - grapefruit and bitter hay.

Medium feel.

Not a typical American IPA. It seems more British with a bit of hope punch. Well balanced. Not as complex as some but very good.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep, translucent gold color topped with a thin layer of beige foam. Fantastic lacing and plenty of carbonation. If only head retention were better.

This might come as a surprise... but it's hoppy! A decent bouquet of fruity & floral hops. Nothing outstanding for the style, but nose pleasing nonetheless.

Bitterness hits you right up front and hangs around for the duration of your sip... Unfortunately, so does an unpleasant funk - dirty dish water comes to mind. Plenty of citrus can be found here, once you can get past the twang. Muddy pine notes linger in the aftertaste. Missing balance.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bitter, dry finish - almost chalky quality.

I found this one hard to enjoy. I enjoy a bitter beer, but this one lacks balance. This, added with the unpleasant flavors I experienced make this impossible to recommend.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, amber color. Looks like a pale.
S- Piney, Earthy, and Spicy, all in one.
T- I'm very impressed with SA for this one. It's got a nice flavor of light caramel balanced with a not so bitter hop selection. The bitterness lingers, but it is certainly not overpowering. This is like a perfectly balanced pale in IPA form. Claps.
M-Medium bodied like it should be.
O-Nothing wrong with this one. A very sessionable and sippable IPA. Congrats Sam Adams, for making a beer that I can finally drink more than one of.

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Photo of Boggdogg
1.89/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a very hoppy, bitter beer. Look and feel we're good but smell and taste is not what I like in a beer. Way too bitter for my taste. Got a six pack in a Samuel Adams verity pack. Chocked down one and gave the other 5 away. Will never buy again.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank this straight from the bottle.
Smell out of the 12 oz. bottle was very mild in hop aroma.
Taste was ok, a little hoppy, not overly so.
Mouthfeel was typical Sam Adams, consistent light carbonation.
Overall, it was ok. I wasn't expecting anything great and it delivered.

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Photo of ranger7
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Copper/dark amber. Very small and insignificant head.

S - Very floral, hops.

T - Sharp bite of hops/citrus. Lingering bitterness.

M - Clean aftertaste. Sticky and dry.

Summary - Not bad. Full of hops. I would not drink this by itself. Was okay with nachos.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a two finger foamy off white head. Lacing sticks throughout the glass and is quite impressive.

S: Citrus, lemon peel and pine hop aromas with some fresh herbal notes. I thinkt he best way to describe the overall aroma is fresh. Very little in the way of malt on the nose initially but as the beer warms some caramel begins to come through.

T: A nice citrus rind bite up front from the hops followed by just a touch of malt sweetness with a lingering bitterness and some of those pine resin flavors. Clearly leans toward being bitter but overall there's a nice balance going on here. Easy drinking.

M: Slick and full but finishes dry. Not much to note here but it's good for the style.

O: I've been wanting to do a review of this beer for a while now. This is one of the better offerings to come out of the Boston Beer Company in the past few years. A solid IPA that might not grab a serious hop head but it's very approchable and easy to recommend.

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Photo of Hendry
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a one finger khaki head,tons of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt,with some hops poking through.

Taste starts of with a malty coating on the palate before the hops take hold, so there is a good balance here overall. Not an overly dry finish going on.

Mouthfeel is light medium, good drinkability,solid carbonation.

Decent effort,and features Mosaic Hops which I was anxious to try, but the malty blast takes on a slightly diacetyl quality which doesn't appeal to me.Not great,not bad.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Close to two fingers of fairly dense foam, eggshell white, some dimpling going on, retention level is good, likewise the lacing comes in thick sheets with admirable stickiness. Bronzed orange liquid, closer to brown than yellow, good clarity with tight, active beads of tiny bubbles. Expressive nose, floral with heavy sweet citrus dew, pine sap and peach to apricot fruit, also hits you with some toasty, bready notes and roasted cocoa, at times close to coffee, more of a puncher than a finesse boxer. Medium-bodied, there is a bitter bite but this is quickly overcome by the fluffy carbonation and general creamy mouth feel. Emphasis remains on the orange, pink grapefruit citrus, flowers and pine. While it lacks a keen edge, there is some pineapple, mango in there with the peach, apricot base. The roast maybe higher here, dries out the finish with mocha, cocoa and bread crust. Not getting much caramel or butterscotch, more metallic or earthy accents. Pretty consistent profile nose to palate, not sure of freshness of bottle, may have had a fresher, more brisk demeanor in its youth. But pleasing enough in a basic sense and decently sessionable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/2011 original review
Had on tap at the end of the brewery tour. Fresh and refreshing!

This pours an amber golden with a thick head sitting atop. Citrus and pine resin comes through on the aroma. It’s more of an English-style IPA, with a lighter hop profile (in comparison to the West Coast hop bombs), balanced by a pleasing malty backbone. Hallertau, Goldenings, Simcoe, Zues and Atium blend together to good use.

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Photo of scratch69
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a fingers worth of foamy head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Floral hop aroma with some citrus and fruit.

Taste- Bitter mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hop flavors with a touch of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I am not a fan of IPAs this was a decent one to try. I could actually taste the different flavors from the hops instead of an overpowering bitterness that other IPAs that I've tried.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very clear golden brown with about a finger of white foam. Nice stick to the glass and a very thin puff of head.

S - Resinous hops, caramel, malts, floral.

T - Bitter, dank hops, some sweet from the malts tries to balance, but not very effectively. Dry finish. The carbonation takes over the after taste as the bubbles just sting your tongue. Not sure if that is the desired effect, but I don't think so.

O - This is a light to medium bodied IPA that drinks easy. I remember it tasting different when it first came out so I wonder if it changed. Also, I just purchased this recently, but it says it is retired so not sure if that is accurate? This is solid IPA, but their are so many better options that I don't think I'll be coming back.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is clear copper with a medium tall, compact tan head. Nice lacings.

S: Lots of carmell, sweet malt. Bitter and floral hops brings tropical fruits and ripe oranges as well as some nettles. A bit bready.

T: The hops are way stronger in taste, than in smell. Lots of tropical citric fruits and even some nice pine. Bitter hops. Bready sweet caramell malt.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation quite strong.

O: Not bad, but not very exciting either.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Somewhat dark copper/bronze, semi-clear. One finger of off white head, large bubbles.

S - Subtle citrus hops, piney/earthy aroma. An undertone of caramel and bread.

T - This is hoppier than it smells, but the flavor profile is very balanced. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasty breadiness. It's not that bitter, and is pretty sweet for the style.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate body. The carbonation is moderate-to-high.

O - I didn't expect much of this beer, but I found myself really liking it. It's definitely not a hop bomb, but it's a good easy drinking beer with a surprising amount of hop complexity and smoothness.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

A: Pours a reddish-copper brown color with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of pine, wheat, hops, barley, yeast, sugars

T: Tastes alright, wheat, grains, malts, yeast, sugars, has a strong hop finish

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, has a good hop kick at the end, although I don't really like it but its an IPA so I can expand my horizons a bit.

O: Overall this beer was alright, if I didn't have an aversion to hops I'd probably like it more but still it was a fairly mild IPA and was not too over done for me.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Latitude 48 IPA is a good Bier... Fresh scent of pine.. awakens the sense of smell.. the sense of taste.. a sense of India...a culture that understands the quality of breathing.. of patience amongst turmoil.. of a pause in the daily maelstrom of life.
Not the best entry for this brewery, but a nice Ale.. it quenches the one's thirst.. and gives pause to enjoy bier.. and to enjoy bier...'tis a gift worth embracing..

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Photo of Smoke
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hadn't had a hoppy beer from Sam Adams in a long time and was excited to try this one out. From the start I noticed that this one had a much more herbal spin to it than I expected. Definitely not the traditional American IPA grapefruit/pine combo. Having said that, there was also a dullness to the hop character. The beer wasn't out of code, but it wasn't that bright hop flavor I've come to expect in an American IPA. I like that it wasn't over the top bitter, but would have preferred it to be a bit more aromatic an a little less earthy. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was looking for something a little more true to the style these days.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best reviewers were secure enough to review BBC fairly. This is an great everywhere, starter, and always available IPA, and it's gotten better in the latest Mosaic infused 4 hop release.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, resulting in a clear dark amber color with a large head; lotsa lace left behind

Smell: Balanced, subtle, mostly floral grapefruit, grass, with caramel malt, pale ale undertones.

Taste: Follows the smell, but brighter: a little more of toffee, malt, up front, and then the mix of hops; grapefruit and pineapple flavors are paramount, and then a nice clean finish. Also a bit beery, boozy.

Mouthfeel: somewhat creamy, great feel, medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice finish.

Overall: must try IPA - MUST come in cans soon to make my regular list. As good as Avery, Goose Island. Great starter IPA. What starbucks did for coffee, may Sam do for craft!

I'll take one of these any time. One on every corner.

Came back: tasted vs 21st amendment. (clearer, darker, thinner, more ale like, more English) But still a winner. Great with food - beans, sausage, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce from garden.

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Photo of codysjb
2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light. Not much hop Profile and more malt forward. Extremely simple and pretty much one sided wwith a generic English ale malt taste and the minorest of bitterness on the palate. Mouthful just screams light and not much there. Overall very generic and virtually any other ipa has more going for it. Not worth grabbing

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Photo of DeFaz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get why many are disappointed with this, and I think it's for the same reasons why I like it. Its ABV is modest for the style, and the malt, while not particularly flavorful, provides some level of balance. I know the "b word" may not belong in a discussion on IPAs, but personally, I think balance is a good idea. Anyway, I'll admit I'm not an IPA connoisseur, but I can't help but think this is well executed, even if its bitterness is placed into moderation. The flavors work, and if nothing else, it's a good introduction for a casual beer drinker into the style. Fresh citrus, grapefruit, and pine come from the hops in the smell and taste, and again, while the malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, it does seem to give it that [insert "b word"]. Mouthfeel is great, with medium/high thickness and carbonation that is fairly low (it could be increased a bit I feel). Anyway, aside from the Boston Lager, this is without question in my opinion the best feature of the season's "Harvest Collection" 12-pack. Overall, this is an approachable IPA, one that may not be bold, extreme, or extravagant, but one that simply delivers great taste, a great mouthfeel, and clearly great quality ingredients.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice coppery complexion is mired by an over carbonation that adheres to the side of the snifter. The head was off white with a fluffy texture and it laced well.

More malt on the nose than hop this IPA has a backdrop of tea leaves. Additional delving reveals an earthy, resinous pine that starts to take over the grains and malt.

A very hearty grainy malt meets the palate and then a mildly resinous pine ends. The hop flavor is pure with an outdoorsy, earthy taste but it's relatively bitter and satisfying.

Perhaps it's the extra carbonation but the feel is very loose and easy; quite refreshing. The aftertaste is slightly piney and bitter but not detracting.

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Photo of gr0g
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark shade of amber, approaching copper. Head retention is good, and there's some very nice lace formation going on. A solid malt body hinted at by the color shows up on the nose with caramel/toffee notes. Hop aromatics are not as strong as one would like with an IPA, just an overall bright, floral character with a bit of pineapple from Simcoe hops.

The balance present in the aroma follows on the palate. While bitter, it doesn't quite have the level of perceived bitterness that the IPA style has evolved. A nice juicy caramel malt base with almost IPA-level hoppiness defines the flavor profile. Besides bitterness, which actually seems to be picking up the further into the glass I get, there's not much in the way of flavor contribution hop-wise. Maybe a slight minty-herbal quality and some grapefruit.

Interesting hop bill, but this doesn't have the aromatic power that defines a great IPA. The flavor is nicely balanced but lacking in complexity. This could make a pretty good gateway IPA.

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Photo of Weston19
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served into a Sam Adams glass

A: Amber color, good carbonation, after a couple minutes head reduced to about half a pinky.

S: Grapefruit, hops, piney, light citrus

T: Pretty much follows the nose; grapefruit, hops, gives a nutty aftertaste once it hits the back of the throat, doesn't finish too bitter.

M: It has a smooth and dry finish. Leaves a bitter taste once you finish taking a sip.

O: It's a decent beer. The taste isn't bad but it's nothing special and it's nothing robust. I would've liked it if there was more flavor to it like some of the other IPA's out there.

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