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 elniko
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass. Best by October 2010.

A: Rich deep amber coloring with smaller head than expected but really nice lacing. Quality looking brew.

S: For an IPA, nose is a littled but still quite nice. Nose more pine than citrus.

T & M: Nicely balanced with a very crisp mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Melded together nicely, the hops add to the taste but are not to extent of causing a bitter complex.

D: Quite drinkable, a nice job by SA. This would be a good introductory IPA to a non craft drinker.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend bought a variety pack for this past Saturday night, so when it was opened I grabbed the Lat 48, as I was eager to give it a try. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark leather colored body. Much darker than I was expecting for an IPA. Decent sized head formation. Smell was hoppy and a bit piney, smelled like an IPA. Flavor was good, but it was different from what I was expecting again. The hops were there, but they were much more subdued and were there more for flavor. There wasn't a hop bite at all; instead I got more of the mouthfeel from the malt in the body. I guess this could be considered an IPA for a drinker that wants a smoother IPA than the hop monsters that are usually on the market. I enjoyed this beer, because its drinkability was not overpowered by a huge hop presence, but was instead enhanced just enough for my liking.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber color with an orange hue. It's very clear with a ton of bubbles rising through it. It has a solid inch of foamy/rocky head with a creamy off-white color. It took a little while for it to settle with some nice lacing on the glass.

It has some grapefruit aromas, but mainly woody/piney hops with a sweet malt undertone.

The hops of very apparent up front, but actually pretty mellow with some earthy/grassy flavor and slightly oily with hints of pine. There's some toasted biscuity malt with a subtle spiciness and it's mildly bitter on the finish. Really very flavorful, but not as bitter as you would expect. The flavors are pretty balances, although they lean towards the bitter.

It's light to medium body with medium-high carbonation with a little sharpness. Dry, clean finish.

This is a very easy drinking beer. The hops are present, but more as a flavoring component than for bitterness. The bitterness is certainly there, but counterbalance very well by the malty flavors. I'd call this a session IPA, if anything. Great beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got two bottles in a sampler 12 pack. Love those sampler packs.

Pours a beautiful amber to copper color, clear with a small head but plenty of lacing.

Smells strongly of hops with some spice, a touch of coffee and quite a bit like a forest.

Tastes of plenty of hops, sweet caramel and pine trees. Moderate bitterness that's a touch strong for my tastes, but since I don't really like this style of beer, that's not surprising. Bitter aftertaste lingers, typical of several of Sam Adams' brews.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. An almost silky feel with enough carbonation to know it's alive, but not overpower. One of this brew's strong points.

Drinkability is pretty low. Doubtful I'd ever pick up a sixer of this stuff, despite it being a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Chestnut brown with a finger of creamy beige lace on top. Tons of sticky lace clings to the rim of the glass.

S - Piney hops and dark chocolate. What a novel idea! This is a pale ale / IPA with a deeply roasted malt nose. Roasty, toasty, and deep, yet also vibrantly hoppy and green.

T - Cold coffee, toasted oats, and loads of hop character.

M - Medium bodied, and solidly made. The carbonation is slightly creamy, and a nice long finish leaves hop flavors lingering between your teeth.

D - I like it! Sam Adams keeps improving upon a very solid base by expanding into new territories with their bigger beers, but is also doing a great job with the "everyday" type stuff like this.

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Photo of dcook11
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-very nice pour. Large white head, dark amber medium carbonation.

S- Smells great! Hoppy,with an odd sweetness that I cant put my finger on. Cotton candy and fruit?

T-Just right for an ipa. Not really aggresive, but well balanced and very drinkable. Turning out to be one of my favorite IPA's.

M-Just perfect! Nice bite, yet smooth.


This is a winner. Probably one of the best beers ive ever had.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - amber/copper color, decent head, retention is marginal

S - grassy, herb like hop aroma; 'worty' malt aroma

T - hop flavors are largely German in nature with some English earthy hops, American hops are well-disguised here with only a hint of citrus/pine like character expected; mild yeast fruitiness; malt seems 'wort-like' and under-attenuated

M - medium-to-full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a pretty ho-hum beer. It's not awful, but really average. They might have been better off marketing this as an English IPA and focusing more on Kent Goldings or the something similar.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought the Samuel Adam Summer Styles Variety Pack mostly becuase of the price, but also to get this Latitude 48:

A Pours am almost orange hue into my new belgium goblet. one finger of robust, straw colored head that doesnt really seem to settle away. persistent lacing...

S Nice sweet maltiness to the nose. hops absent

T: the hops come thru splendidly on the taste. not nearly as strong as an IPA IMHO, but very good. the hops hang around for a bit.

M: this is very nice. smooth silky, no alcohol burn, lite-medium body .

D: VERY drinkable. like this a lot but not realluy lovin it...

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle after a beer festival- had heard about this one and very excited to try it! Love the concept!

Appearance- Brilliant deep orange, nearly reddish/amber in color. Nice billowing pale beige head towers up to 2 fingers and lingers. Plenty of beady bubbles trail up from the bottom of the glass. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma- HOPS! Everything from delicate floral notes to slightly pungent piney/resinous to herbal and lightly citrus. Light powdery yeast and some biscuit and caramel.

Flavor- Caramel malt sweetness and the more delicate floral and herbal hop flavors up front. Herbal and light citrusy hops intensify into the middle and piney, pungent, resinous hop flavors take the stage from the middle well into the finish, lingering for quite some time after I swallow. Biscuit-like malt and soft notes of burnt sugar also in the finish hang into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Whole mouth bitterness! After the moderate CO2 subsides, you get a mouth full of resinous mouth coating, herbal bitterness. Slightly sticky with moderate residual sugars. Medium to full bodied, but feels a little bigger from the massive hop presence that completely fills the mouth. Pretty good drinkability.

Overall- A tasty brew with a lot going on! Nice malty balance for such a hop centered brew. The hop combination in this really make for an interesting experience! You get a little bit of everything from pine to herbal to floral and it is a lot of fun trying to tease it apart! Awesome concept and a well made brew!

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Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed a summer seasonal in hope to make it to the weekend.

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a reddish copper look. Doesn't necessarily translate into an expected AM IPA look I thought it would. A small head that does not disapper. Lacing creeps up the side of the glass

S- earthy hops with some brown sugar maybe? A little fruit as well. Faint, faint, faint citrus

T- small citrus taste is second to some sweet malt. There are some dark tones of bitter fruit. It's not bad, by any stretch. I really wanted a sam adam's grapefruit pop in the mouth though

M- medium bodied and creamey

D- look, BBC makes good brews that can be enjoyed. In my opinion... this is not their best attempt at a good old fashioned IPA. However... I can still enjoy drinking some of these. I will hold out for another IPA attempt someday

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan. This beer has a wonderful mix of malt and hop flavor, but with dominating hops. The aroma is a mix of cornbread with melon, strawberries, and orange peel - nice and interesting. A sweet tangerine flavor opens the flavor and its quickly followed by dry, cracked wheat and pepper. Hops quickly rush in with bitter orange peel and pine. I love that this is an unusual beer that's plenty bitter and still very drinkable. I'll look forward to this coming out in 6-packs. Thank you Boston Beer.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish copper in color, with a thick cream colored head. Quite clear and moderately bubbly.

S: Brown sugar and some earthy tones. Some hints of fruit as well.

T: Taste is brown sugar, roasted, and a little grassy. Finish is tart, but in a good way. A lot less hops then I expected.

M: Creamy with lots of carbonation.

D: An interesting, tasty, and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Brewery freshness month of August.

Pours a clear orange color with 2 fingers of slightly yellowish stained head. Pretty decent retension and as the head receeds, the lace clings all over the glass. The aroma of Latitude 48 is a mixture of hop goodness with characteristics smelling like herbs and pine to lemony citrus. As it warms some of the grainy sweetness comes through in the nose and the hops start to smell a bit grassy. Taste includes a nice amount of hop flavors a bit herbal and like resinous pine. Alcohol is present in both flavor and warming ability. Slight malt backing with a hint of sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Leaves an aftertaste of hops as previously described and a bit of grassiness as well. Overall pretty good.

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

Copper orange color. Tanned, tall head sits proudly but dwindles too quickly. Some stick, but it's sparse. Nose is earthy: citrus from the hops, lemongrass, tropical fruits, hint of pine wood. Slight caramel malt note.

Similar flavor profile, with alpha acids coming on strong enough for a good IPA. Fruity and hoppy, the caramel malt notes fall in line behind. Finishes slightly bitter, with a floral aftertaste and some spices linger. Body is smooth and medium-full for style - not as thinned out as many modern IPAs. Definitely on the East Coast side of the style. Damn tasty.

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Photo of zimm421
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown color that is fairly clear. Off-white to tan head, with some lacing.

Doesn't have a strong aroma, a few hops and little hint of malts. Nothing special whatsoever. Nothing good in the taste either, very malty, probably too much so. Barely any hops or bitterness, pretty boring.

Medium-bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Would be fairly drinkable if the malt backbone wasn't so strong. Just doesn't appeal to me at all, and not something I'll buy again.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Summer Styles Variety pack.

Appearance- nice amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was actually quite a good IPA. I enjoyed it very much. Can't wait until it comes out in six packs in the fall.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a seasonal 12 pack just to try this beer, and so my wife could drink Sam light.

I'm really thrilled to try different Sam beers as they come out, because no matter how you look at it, they're highly competent brewers. I'm a big fan of their recent noble pils, and it's good to see them branch out and make some good varieties. For a while they kind of rested on their laurels and seemed to churn out somewhat boring or superficial seasonals, but they've done a good job over the past few years of kicking out some solid efforts.

The label is an obvious nod to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, although that kind of tempered my tasting. The color, aroma and pour are almost indistinguishable from SNPA, so when the taste didn't quite live up, it was disappointing.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this beer, and look forward to drinking the other one out of the mix - but I think it really falls down when it comes to the hop-malt balance. It's somehwat too malty, and I hesitate to say this, but it has a certain novice homebrewing essence to it. Too caramelly, which fits in with the excessive mouthfeel.

It's that exacting balance that makes SNPA the standard for all pseudo-Indian Pale Ales, so while it's not always appropriate to compare beers with SNPA, it's a good benchmark to see where something went wrong.

I'll recommend this beer for anyone who likes pale ales/IPAs that are a little malty with some excessive mouthfeel.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Copper color with lots of fine bubbles rising to the top. It produced about a 2-finger head, kinda fluffy looking, and it had great retention. It left very nice splashy lacing.

S - Earthy English hops, a bit of honey, mild cracker & pine. About all I get in the aroma, it's simple and smells very very fresh & inviting.

T - A bit of citrus & pine edge with mildly sweet caramel, honey and earthy hops. English style hops are noticeable from beginning to end, it finishes with very mild bitterness but it's just enough to satisfy, and a bit of sweet caramel peeks in as well. Very balanced to me.

M - A bit oily, pretty smooth as well. Around medium bodied with very soft Co2 bite.

D - This is very good, the appearance of this beer is amazing, and the rich earthy flavor, and low bitterness, keeps you thirsty for more, and at 5.8% ABV it's gotta be one of the most drinkable IPA's Ive had. I'd buy this again for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a medium-sized, stemmed, tulip glass. The color is much darker than i expected, i'd say dark copper. Moderately aggressive pour yielded a one-finger head that looks like it will stick around.

Aroma is of earthy and floral hops with a lemon or grapefruit rind edge. There is some underlying bread, nuttiness and burnt sugar coming through as well.

Taste is very gentle and well balanced. Earthy hops, dark bread and brown sugar appear from beginning to end. Bitterness is minimal and lingering flavor is just a hint of hops along with a very light burnt bread flavor, very clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, delicate and fluffy. Carbonation lends a nice crispness to ensure the beer is alive.

An interesting IPA from Sam Adams, to say the least. Highly drinkable. I would expect a more toned down IPA like this from them though. A very nice effort. I'd love for them to go for a double!

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Photo of charlzm
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed May 28th, 2010.

Coppery colored brew with an off-white head.

Piney hop aroma is present, but restrained.

Smooth caramel malt flavor up front, followed by surprisingly strong pine hop note. The contrast of the two flavors, while not especially earth-shattering, is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and just dry enough to finish well.

I was surprised by this one - Samuel Adams always makes a quality product, but I was expecting a tamer, less tasty brew.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of tan head, clear amber coloring with active bubbling.

s- not too much in the nose, it's malt heavy for an ipa, some citrus topped off with light biscuit.

t- light, some bitterness, light citrus, balanced male upfront. not overly flavorful here, but i suppose i'm used to hop bombs.

m- medium with some slickness.

d- good, very easy drinking, just wish there was more flavor to make me want to buy this again, i guess sam adams has to appeal to the masses, as i got this beer in their popular summer variety pack.

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Photo of bashiba
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a perfect crystal clear amber with bright ruby highlights and a thick and creamy long lasting head, great lacing, looks perfect.

The smell is very nice with fresh green hops and a light bit of biscuity toasted malt.

The flavor is good, but not great, a dominating pine hop character with a bit of orange peal. The biscuit malt that was present in the nose is much more muted in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of oil and a nice dry finish.

Easy enough to drink, will probably pick up on occasion, but doesn't stand out in the sea of good IPA's on the shelves.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A 1/2" of head with nice lacing. A brownish amber color.

Smell - A light hop and malt smell with a florist shop background. (all i can think of is walking by the florist)

Taste - Hops and roasted malts with that florist thing going on. The middle is a bit on the bitter side with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Light turning to a little tooth at the end.

Drinkability - I do not know if i would call this a true IPA but it is not a bad beer at all. It is definitely worthy of another buy.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife got an assorted 12 pack of Samuel Adams beers from a client of hers; this was one of the beers. Pours a nice dark golden amber color, with a bit of light tan foam on top. Nothing interesting at all going on with the nose, smells almost lager-like. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, with just a hint of hops. Another right down the middle of the road offering from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep red color with a nice tannish colored head. Head leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Nothing really special going on here. Light hops, piney, a bit of floral and malts in the background.

T- Again nothing crazy going on here. A bit of bittering, piney, some citrus and a bready malt backbone.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- This wasn't a bad beer but I expect more out of an IPA. I would consider this one a "beginner" IPA.

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