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 zimm421
3.14/5  rDev -14%
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 -4.1%
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 +4.7%
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 +14%
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 +5.2%
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 +6.3%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.6%
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 -6.3%
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 -18.9%
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 -12.1%
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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Photo of rambojr03
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for Latitude 48, and bought it as part of the Brewmaster's Summer Collection. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the mouthfeel and aftertaste of the beer. I drank the beer from a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass, and that fact alone usually increases my opinion of any beer I drink from it.

If anything, maybe the fact that I've been drinking all the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA I can get my hands on (due to Iowa law changing, beers like this are finally available) has biased me against this beer. I don't see myself buying this beer again (as much to do with the collection it's among- I had a very tough time drinking the two Samuel Adams Light beers in the pack).

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from seasonal 12-pack with brewery-fresh date of 08/10.
We all know Sam Adams as one of the first mass marketed "micro breweries", and they will always hold a special place in most beer lovers hearts as their Boston Lager was one of the first widely available tasty brews.
That being said, there has not been much from Mr Koch and Co. that has been worth sampling lately. So when Latitude 48 came out, with its promise of a "blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the "hop belt" of the Northern Hemisphere", their was a hint of hope. After all, SA advertises this as their IPA.
The beer was poured into a Sam Adams glass, cream-colored head with a coppery hue. Biscuit malt aroma covered any hop presence which was not a good sign.
Mild hops give way to strong malt and earthy tones with a nice medium body. Tough when the body of the beer gets more play than the hops.
I can drink this beer, but why. Either you are looking for a true IPA, or like your hops to be balanced with an abundance of malt, in which case you could have a nice imperial amber.
Time to stop wasting cash on Sam Adams.

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

I would think of this as either a mild IPA, or maybe more so a very hops-florals APA with a good zip.

Sam's seasonal replacement for their Noble Hops which I greatly loved. Not quite as good as the Noble in my opinion, but still a very interesting and creative offering.

A= copper-red, modest head, good rimming and lacing.

S= somewhat light nose but very creatively pleasant with a scent that's driving me nuts to identify. Possibly something like rose hips with cereal or that instant oatmeal with dried strawberry bits. I'll guess that it's something in the pink-grapefruit hops arena. Nice honey after it warms.

T= again, very interesting, with nice hops floral varieties and bitters, toasted malts, a very bright note which is what's bugging me to identify in the scent. Again, it could be light strawberry but more likely from pink-grapefruit hops or even something in whatever malts they've used. Definitely creative and successfully done.

M= nice hops bitters, toasty malts, mild astringency, pleasant to savor. Somewhat chewy finish.

D= very drinkable, probably great with a good grilled swiss-burger. Working well with salt-vinegar pork-rind chicarrones at the moment.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark orange color with two fingers of thick white head. Head retention is really good, as is the amount of sticky lacing left on the glass.

You can definitely make out the hops in the nose. Some faint pine smell as well as some malts are also in there.

Earthy flavor up front, with some caramel malt flavoring. In the back there is some hop bitterness. Hop character isn't as pronounced as I thought it would be. The earthy flavor is fairly bold, and washes the others out a bit. Slightly wet finish.

Overall, it is a fairly solid beer. Definitely one of the better Sam Adams varieties I have tried. Nice amount of flavor combined with some fairly easy drinking make for a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear orange body with a fluffy white head.

Nose has quite a bit hop smell. Malt for sure, but a nice mix of very fresh flowery, earthy, citrus, resin sort of smell. The resin and earth work well with the malt which really shines through.

Taste is medium bodied, and actually seems pretty thick. Taste has a really big malty body, but with a big wave of hops. The mixture of hops is really well balanced and the German and English hops take the forefront with being very big and at the same time never overpowering. It's honestly like one of those big 9% ABV double ipa's, but with the volume turned down. Very light bitterness with only enough to give it some backbone. It's so strange to have a big hoppy beer that's not a pallate killer. I'm telling you, the mix of hops from around the world is just so well balanced against a smaller abv, it's crazy.

I gotta say, for a 5.8% abv beer, I'm really impressed. The mixture of hops is like some sort of secret mixture to give it the impression of a big hop monster, but works well at lower volumes. Great job Sam Adams. Keep it up.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best by October.

Pours a deceptively dark caramel color with a healthy two finger head. Aroma is hoppy, dominated by noble hop aromas and a malty sweetness.

This is a very balanced beer, a substantial malt backbone is punctuated with a healty dose of hop flavors and a strong bitter bite. This is not your typical west coast style ipa, the european hops impart a different style of hop flavor. But it is far more bitter than most english sytle ipas that I have had... a nice hybrid.

All in all this is an exciting new beer from sam adams. Would love to see this beer year round

Reviewed on my Droid

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Photo of devilben02
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color that is a bit cloudy, with a creamy head that leaves very good lacing on the glass. The aroma is nondescript, with a bit of graininess and a light malt sweetness. The flavor is underwhelming, with no outstanding hop presence, only a dull earthy bitterness (that is not entirely pleasant) contrasted by a light caramel sweetness. The light and tingly carbonation is pleasant, and there is a nice smooth finish.

If this was labeled as only a pale ale, I would rate is as average or above. The fact that the term "IPA" is on the label makes this much more disappointing. It doesn't have the dominant hop character that is desirable in an IPA. Overall, it's nice that Sam is always trying to experiment and branch out, but it doesn't always produce great results.

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Photo of capra12
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mikey711 for this as a road beer. lol

Poured into a pint glass,

Appearance: orange and brown with a frothy 2 finger head leaving a weblike and spotty lacing.

Smell: I get mild hops with a hint of citrus

Taste: Opens with a mild hop bitter with citrus profile which is brief. There is a mild malt profile right after the open as the hop profile finishes this brew leaving a mildly hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this at a BMC bar, and recommend this to those who want a light bodied brew with a solid flavor profile.

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

Boston Beer's new summer seasonal pale ale boasts a rich amber color, nice sticky head. Smells hoppy and sweet, aromas of orange and pine. Hoppy taste, bitter, with floral notes and a dry finish. Well balanced, smooth, and very drinkable. It's a great beer: Sam should brew this one year-round.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours a deep red-orange with a one-finger white head that lingers throughout. It maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of only a slight hint of hops and nothing else that I could pick up on. The flavor was a light malt with a small amount of hops. It was light on the palate and had medium carbonation. Overall this was not my favorite bew from Samuel Adams. I was expecting more when I first saw this 'new' IPA, but was let down. However it is still a nice brew, just not what I expected. It could be improved if there was more of a hoppy flavor to it though.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12 pack. 'Enjoy before' date notched August 2010.

Pours a dark, almost brownish-orange color, with a soft, khaki head. Lace rings the entire glass. Smell is floral, sharp, a bit minty, and sweet, like a fresh cut lawn. Taste is very hoppy at first, wet leafy, lawny, grassy hops with a twinge of lime at the end. The malt base is subdued, but not-so-obviously there based on the deep color of this brew. A touch of raw-sugar sweetness within the sip. Finishes dry, but not a lot of aftertaste. Pleas for the next drink. I'm a bit confused by the multinational hops, maybe it is a bit of overload, but this is definitely a unique offering from Sam Adams, and something I'm glad to have sampled.

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

American IPA, huh? I'm thinking more American ESB.

This beer makes up for some of the duds in the Summer Brewmaster's Selection.

A -- Deep copper with a light tan head, surprised to see the dark, rich color.

S -- Earthy English hop notes, toffee and some vague spicy hops in the finish.

T -- Earthy, biscuit, some toffee mixed with mild diacetyl, mildly citrus bittering as a mellow backbone.

M -- Soft to chewy mouthfeel with a medium to heavy body.

D -- Drinkability is very nice, but could become overpowering after a couple. The flavor and character of this brew is very nice. I think they got the hop balance better than Goose Island's Mild Winter -- which begs the question, this big and bold a beer in a Summer Seasonal selection?

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with a creamy khaki-colored head that retains quite well and leaves some nice lattice patterns of lace on the glass. As expected, Sam Adams nails the appearance aspect here.

S: Heavy caramel and an earthy presence, though the hops aren't quite as intense as I would prefer. Hop aromatics are mainly citrus, grassy, and a bit floral. Definitely could use a bit more intensity, especially given the solid malt backbone. More hops would really make this shine.

T&M: Flavor, like the aroma, is light in the hop department. Some nice citrus and herbal flavor, almost like a light Simcoe presence, with a hefty caramel malt presence. Finish showcases some lingering leafy hop flavor with a hint of toasted caramel. Body is medium with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: Lower ABV makes it easy to drink, but more hops would've made it even better. Reminds me of a lighter version of Hop Ottin' IPA, specifically. A solid brew from Sam Adams, though.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.8% abv. Best before August. Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Head holds well for a few minutes, then fades leaving a nice patchwork of lace.

Caramel toasty malt leads the way in the nose. Spicy, and slightly floral hop aroma. A hint of fruit near the end.

As in the nose, the malt character is caramel and toasty. Things balance well with the slightly spicy, softly floral hops. A noble hop feel to this. Bitterness is somewhat restrained, but really works with the malt character. A dry finish.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. The caramel character cuts back on the drinkability a bit for me. Still, I like the flavors working here. Really comes across like a well made amber than an ipa.

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