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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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new from Sam Adams, so another review to come.

A: Pours a nice 1+ finger head in my SA Perfect Pint Glass and slowly fades. It's crystal clear toasty amber orange color with hints of red.

N: SOme nice hops, some spicy hops, a little pine and citrus, some fresh dry hops, little aromatic grassy hops, some noble hops, similar to noble pils but not as good. The faintest hint of malts behind that.

T: Again, very similar to noble pils in taste, with lots of nice noble and low alpha hops. Chewy hops start with more floral and grassy hops, a little piny taste. No real citrus this time. A decent bitterness too with plenty of low alpha hops and not many heavier hops. A touch of sweetness and dark malts, but much lower on malt. If I didn't know better, I would say SA is trying to disguise the noble pils as this so they can keep it year round, with a few minor changes. I still got a couple noble pils left so I'll go get one and try it side by side once I'm done with the review.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A little bitterness on the finish, but never really gets too heavy. Some spicy bitterness with hints of pine and grassy flavors. A touch of chewy hops too, mild and floral overall. Just a touch of sweetness but mostly dry. Leaves a little astringent grassy bitterness too. A nice lingering flavor.

Noble pils comparison: Also poured into another SA Perfect Pint glass so I can compare them better. They seem to have the same head, but noble pils is much lighter with all golden color where latitude is caramel colored. On the nose noble pils is much lighter, grassier, spicier, brighter and fruitier hops where latitude is heavier and chewier hops with a little crystal malt. Taste is also much different with noble pils being a lot grassier, spicier, and more mild on the hops, and no real malt flavors except perhaps a hint of wheat, but latitude has some crystal malts, chewier and piny hops. So I guess I just cracked a pils when I didn't need to, cause they're not really alike. Latitude IS a nice beer though, but different. Hard to tell which I like better, but I think the noble pils for now. But latitude is a nice addition to the SA lineup.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a lumpy vanilla milkshake head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Fresh tropical fruity and earthy hop aroma with a distinct "Sam Adams" malty smell. Well balanced flavors of herbal and citric hops with a sweet malty backbone. On the leaner side of medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A solid IPA, pretty much what I expect from BBC, a decent tasting, well balanced lightweight IPA.

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

Pours a nice amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace.

Average smell with only light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer a little depth. Used too IPA's having a much more hoppy taste and smell but I can live with this. A bit light on the ABV @ 5.8% too. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear amber-brown, with a multi-part pour into a perfect pint, leaving a huge two and a half finger light brown foamy head. laces neatly with each sip.

S: pine, first then citrus and floral. with malt balancing it out in the background.

T: a good cross between pine, citrus and roasted sweet malt. has a decently ling bitter hop and pine aftertaste

M: smooth, slightly coating, i guess is why such a long aftertaste.

D: very drinkable, great balance of hop and malt. good IPA from the biggest craft brewery.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Body is deep, translucent brown. Very little visible carbonation or sediment. 3 fingers of white, foamy, rocky head that fades to about a half finger. Great lacing. Overall a delicious looking beer. Just looks dark and spicy.

S - Beautiful smell. Smells of a variety of hops. Strong floral aroma with nice sweet malt backbone. Definitely well crafted aroma. No alcohol smell at all.

T - Very complex taste. Hoppy upfront, fades to malty sweetness. All the hops blend together so well I can't distinguish which is which. Almost a minty taste at the end of this. Sweetness does a great job of balancing this out. Slightly bitter aftertaste but that is more than welcome.

MF - A little hard on the carbonation here. Adds to the bitterness slightly. Good idea, but I think it was taken a little to far. Bottle conditioning would have made this better carbonated and added a little depth to the appearance.

D - Good drinkability, save the carbonation. On the lighter side, so if they made this in a 6 pack I'd definitely be all over this one.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark amber-gold with about and inch or so of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a little bitter with some nice German hop presence. Some slight fruity flavor.

The taste is has an interesting hop feel to it. There is no clear hop that takes over but there is a mix of bitterness that seem to mix well together. No harsh bitterness to get used to, it has a good fruit flavor. Some slight apple and grape hints with a little orange as well.

The feel is medium to light and goes down pretty easy. A good IPA that is pretty drinkable, but bitter for the people used to having their taste of hops. It has a good amount of carbonation and is pretty darn smooth. I am impressed with the first taste of an IPA from SA.

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Photo of zdk9
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light orange. A touch of head but not a lot.

S- More hoppy than expected. Some nitrogeny/cat pee stuff.

T- A good amount of bitterness. Some pine flavor.

M- Nice stinging bitterness. I'm liking the duration of the flavor in this one.

D- Eh, not an amazing beer. I could drink this as a session beer if it was less alcohol but not so unfortunately.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold, almost brown tints with a good stick lacy head. Classic hoppy smell that reminds one of citrus and has some caramel/sweet malts. Taste is more of the same as the hops are more prevalent than the sticky sweet malt (caramel, biscuity) but there is a good herbal citric hopiness that really pleases the tongue. Finishes crisp and a tad dry for a perfect finish and this is a really good if laid-back session beer. Nothing outstanding but everything spot on.

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Photo of Inflames
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA? More of a pale or a hoppy red. Maybe I'm use to IPAs having that strong NW hop character. This IPA comes packed with noble hops which makes this beer's hop profile remind me of the noble pils they put out. I normally don't like this much carmel malt in my ipa's but for this beer I have found an exception. Beside my beliefs, I find this beer enjoyable. A solid offering in a market where IPA has become an umbrella term for super hoppy beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours amber with a one finger off white head. Retention is good and settles to a thin layer that remains on top of the beer throughout. Light lacing.

S - Herbal hops, sweet fruit and graininess; feels a little light in the nose

T&M - Hop bitterness nicely balanced with malts. Light citrus tones. Medium to full bodied and slightly chewy. Nice level of carbonation on the tongue.

D - A well crafted brew that will certainly appeal to a wide variety of people. I always appreciate a tasty brew that is sessionable.

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Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely copper orange color with a large white head that stuck around and left some good rings of lacing. Aroma is light, but hoppy, floral, fragrant, with a touch of sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same as it smells. Light bitterness, but decent hop flavor, with a light but sturdy toasty, cracker like malt backing. This beer tasty, but nothing really sings. Medium body, light carbonation, almost creamy. This is a super easy drinking IPA. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the flavor, just needs to be kicked up a notch.

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Photo of OverToad
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my local Krogers and was pleased to see another new summer beer from SA. This is a fantastic beer that has some bitterness but yet it has some sweetness to it as well. I hope SA makes this available in its own 6er. SA has beet hitting some home runs as of late.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color that leaves a 1 1/2 finger head that stays for a while and leaves a lot of lacing. In the nose it is initially hops followed by a lot of citrus and then sweet malt. The taste is the same, I can taste the citrus a lot more than I can in other IPA's but it blends very well and compliments the beer greatly. The mouthfeel is good and so is the drinkability. This is a damn good beer from a damn good brewery and a respectable IPA.

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Photo of ps42
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this new brew in the Sam Adams summer styles sampler pack. I was excited to see that they were debuting an IPA to fill the void in their otherwise (mostly) solid lineup, so I poured a chilled bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and here's what happened next.

Appearance - Pours a caramel brown with a fair amount of head. Its a bit on the dark side for an IPA

Smell - Has an earthy aroma to it. Earth and mild floral hops.

Taste - This is a very well crafted IPA. The sweet malts can be tasted for a moment before the characteristic hop taste takes over. This taste is a mix between citrusy and floral, but not overpowering. Its IBU is definitely on the mild end of the IPA spectrum. The finish is remarkably smooth.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than your average IPA, with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Latitude 48 is as close to a session beer as your ever gonna get with an IPA. It tastes great, isn't too heavy, and doesn't hammer you over the head with bitterness. Its just a remarkably well balanced beer.

Final Thoughts

Too often within this style do brewers get carried away with creating their desired hop character and taste, and too often the biggest casualty of this quest is the balance of the brew. Every once in a while, I want a hop assault on my taste buds, but for the other 90% of the time when I'm feeling an IPA, something like Latitude 48 is what I'm after. Its an incredibly well balanced, if uncomplicated brew, and one that Jim Koch should consider making a year round offering. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored body. Sizeable cream head sticks to the glass. Caramel malts on the nose, a couple strands of bitter and floral hops. Mmm. Caramel malt front follwed by a nice compilation of different hops. Fairly wet mouth. Nice IPA from a reliable brewery

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color with a good amount of head, fades fast and doesn't leave much lacing though, fairly dark for most IPA's but a nice change of pace.

Smell has a good amount of hops but also has a solid malt backbone that provides balance.

Taste is similar to the aroma in that there is a hop presence up forward that dances with pine and some citrus, but finishes with the malt, an easily drinkable and unoffensive IPA.

I can easily see this being a session beer when it comes to IPA's. The hops aren't strong enough to kill your taste buds but has enough to want to come back. Hopefully this beer sticks around, a vast improvement over their other newly created beer, Coastal Wheat.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - earthy, grassy hops

A - poured into a pint glass, half finger head, golden brown color with red overtones. Head remained good throughout. Wish I could say that all the time.

T - taste starts off sharp, with a lemony hop flavor on the front of the tongue, mild sweetness on the back. Good balance. The hops start hitting the back of the palate near the end of the beer.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent. Not overly carbonated, not too syrupy feeling, slightly creamy. The initial sharpness reduces as the beer warms and is consumed into the body.

D- Big hop heads may be disappointed ( the "intense hop" character advertised on the bottle may not be right on) as this is defintiely more balanced (and less bitter), therefore making a borderline session beer. A three pack of this works perfect.

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours an amber brown with small head. No real retention.

Smells of sweet dark fruits and floral hops, but not heavy.

The taste is similar. Piney and floral hops, some dark fruit sweetness. Bitterness is moderate throughout.

Moderate body and mild carbonation.

Okay beer. Not the best IPA I've had but worth trying. Would be easy to session.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thin white head that fades too fast with little to no lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus up front with lots of floral hops in the back. There also is an earthy hoppiness as well. Very complex. Along with a sweet bread maltiness as well.

The flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Full of pine, floral, earthy, citrus hop flavor with a very clean bitterness that lingers well into a sweet bread doughy finish.

Has a nice medium body and a slightly dry finish. Full carbonation

Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice initial head with decent retention and an amber color.

smell is of piney, citrusy and earthy hops. slightly floral as well. little esteryness and underlying breadiness.

taste has underlying sweetness without too many dextrin sugars. hops are different in nature but balance nicely. slight biscuit character comes through.

mouthfeel is dry enough to accomodate the malt sweetness while allowing the hops to come through. interesting interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear bright golden copper with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells very malt forward but still has enough hops in there to let you know this is an IPA

taste is ok - more of a american pale - not too hoppy or malty - tangy citrus slightly salty hops balanced by the carmel grainy malts

mouthfeel is light maybe a little too much carbonation

drinkability is good - nice flavors and low abv - i just do not see myself buying this again since its only in the summer mix 12 pack

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Dad gave me a bottle of this beer to try. Seeing how I usually don't buy Sam Adams beers.

Pours a deep amber and copper hues with a quick disappearing head, but good bubbling.

The aroma is a earthy, woody, an caramel malty nose. You can smell the hop complexity of this beer. As well as the hop balance.

The taste is well balanced, but of course leans towards the hoppy bitter sde. Caramel and biscuits combine with earthy, piney, and grassy hops. This is a simple, yet well rounded IPA.

Light resiny palate from start to finish. With nice malty notes easily picked up as well.

I've to say, Sam Adams dialed this IPA in pretty well. I must admit I'm somewhat biased against Sam Adams beer. But this is pretty damn good!

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

As I was drinking this beer, I kept thinking "if only it was a pale ale I'd rate it higher - it just isn't an IPA"

The color is a beautiful brillantly clear dark amber, topped with a sudsy 2+ finger tan head. Maybe a little dark for an IPA, but great for a Pale ale.

The aroma does have some hops in it, but not enough for an IPA. It's balanced, there are spicy and citrusy hops but they don't overwhelm.

The taste is .. that word again balanced. Mostly I'm getting a malty, bready taste, balanced by earthy hops. Sure there is a nice blast of grapefruit, but more of an APA level. Again, would be great as a pale ale.

Body is way off the charts for an IPA, it's full bodied .. as a Pale ale it would be more of a medium-full for that style.

But as I examine the bottle closer .. it's a Latitude 48 Ale.. doesn't say IPA. Check the Sam Adams website, and it's not listed yet. BA says American IPA. I thought this was the Boston IPA they tried out last year in the Beer Lovers Choice. Beer News listed it as Sam Adams new IPA when the label was first found. But I think we've all been had, Sam doesn't call this an IPA. It's a Pale Ale, and a damn good one.

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Photo of thscc1659
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying that I usually am not a huge fan of IPAs, but this one was definitely an exception.

A-Clear burnt siena color

S-Definitely can notice the hops, but controlled.

T-Unlike most IPAs, the hops were used to buttress the taste rather than overwhelm your pallet. Found the obvious yet controlled bitterness quite enjoyable.

M-Very enjoyable. Good carbonation level releases the taste.

D-Thanks to the subtle hops, I could drink several of these before feeling the need to move on to a less bitter beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark and inviting mahoghany colour with a tannish head that is sticky and leaving a nice this wispy lace. burnt sugar malt aroma with a nice spicy, grassy herbal hop aroma. very nice. the taste is bit more subtle with a dark brown sugar maltiness accentuated by some spicy and peppery hop notes. no hint of any NW hops...curious as to the american hops used. it has a nice long bitter finish...nothing over the top and this seems wholly balanced in nature. nice full mouthfeel, with a matching overall body. drinkability is nice.

although this offering is a nicely constructed hoppy ale/IPA...it just seems to be missing something that would edge it closer to "YUM!" stage. on the other hand, i would love to taste this on tap paired with some spicy buffalo wings or jalapeno poppers.

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