Latitude 48 IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Latitude  48 IPALatitude  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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Added by Hopfenpeter on 09-09-2011

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 610
Photo of IIPAHOP
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Excellent IPA by Samuel Adams. Very nice color. Great taste and smell. Smooth tasty feel going down. They make a few different IPA's and this is one of the best.

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Photo of monorailred
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful, copper colored IPA with a crisp, refreshing taste and a nice bitter bite. This is one of the smoother IPAs I have had and is very drinkable. The beer keeps a decent head and has a nice, fragrant aroma. I have been on a streak of IPAs of late and this is one I would like to have more of...

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a dark amber color with no visible carbonation. Head is frothy and dimples down beautifully. Sticky cobweb lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine sap with a little bit of caramel maltiness. Hops are a real beauty here. Absolutely a great example of the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is medium bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Taste is bitter and sweet; chewy malt is accented by some very floral hops. Mid sip, there's a caramel feeling, and the aftertaste is all hops. The hop oils coat the tongue and prime you for another sip.

Overall: One of the best damn IPAs I have had, American or otherwise. I'd like to see an Imperial IPA from these guys.

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange and gold. Medium white head.

S: Aroma is fresh saaz hops with a good amount of zest and it is dominated by this. And a little bit sweet caramel malt in the background.

T: herbal and floral subtle at first but with a mild bitterness that instantly hits the back of the throat. A slight sweetness is barely present about halfway through. Finishes with a fresh hop taste that clean your mouth.

AT: Medium/Light body that drinks relatively with a large aftertaste.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a rich, deep amber, that shines dark orange in the light. Head boiled up to about a fingers worth, slow to fade, good retention.

S - Good lord! Smells exactly like the envy of every hop-oriented brew. The perfect, clean smell of hops up front, with mild malt sweetness hovering just below. You can detect a mild citrus zest, and a touch of floral aroma. Very balanced, very clean. My mouth buds are jealous of my nose.

T - Malt sweetness dominates for a half second, but as your mouth adapts, it is punched by a thorough burst of hops. The floral side of the hop character seems to be the winner, with the citrus notes trailing just behind the swallow. All in all, very balanced and surprisingly delicious. The bitterness of the hops fades quickly.

M - Standard IPA mouthfeel, enough thickness to give it heft and character, not so much that it requires chewing. Smooth drinking, with very subtle carbonation.

O - My experience with Sam Adams is that they generally have a terrible aftertaste with a lot of their most highly regarded beers. This particular beer surprised and delighted me. Not overpowering, but definitely flavorful and interesting. I would drink this again. Right now, in fact, I think I will. I would recommend this is a good starting point IPA for people who've just started exploring craft brews. The drawback is that, as far as I know, these are only available in sample pack releases now. Hopefully they'll bring it back full time.

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Photo of Hazer115
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

It poured very dark amber almost to the dark red side, much darker than I was anticipating. It had a two finger light tan head that seemed to last the entire time it took me to dink it. The lacing on the glass was clearly defined.

It had a very floral smell to it; you could clearly smell the hops right from the get go.

Very refreshing taste with a sight bitter finish and what I though was a light mouthfeel.

I would absolutely recommend this beer to friends and will most definitely be buying more of this one.

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Photo of JamesS
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a wonderful menegerie of hops. Went down well with just some hop roughness.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color. The white head is a good 1/2 inch when poured, eventually settling to a good thick white ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice layer of foam on the surface. Decent lace too. Aromas of citrus, floral, and pine hops were also present. Has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor upfront, along with a more earthy hop undertone, followed by chewy caramel malt. Good balance of flavors, with the hop varieties dominating a bit, as it should be. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Coats the inside of my mouth nicely. An all around very good beer here.


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Photo of pschul4
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Next one with Areich6, needed something to get that chitty cinnamon taste out of my mouth

A- Pours a nice light amber with a big head that leaves tons of lacing

S- Smells awesome with a great hit of hops and not much malt to bring it down

T- Nice sharp hop bite in the front but it leaves me too quickly. I want that hop bite to last so much longer.. sadface.jpg

M- Little too creamy for an IPA but I would prefer that over too thin

O- Really solid but not mind melting. Would drink again

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Photo of lemonlime311
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a wide glass. It is a shame that Sam Adams retired this beer. First off we still sell it at the liquor store I work at. This is one of their best beers. As I am just getting into IPA's I used to hate them but I acquire a taste for them and this is one of the better one I have tryed.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber in color, pours well with a nice smooth head to it. Look's good right from the start.

Smell: Very hoppy smell to it but I like the smell. It has a very fresh smell. I would say above average for a typical IPA.

Taste: Rich and hoppy notes hit the palate. Boston Beer Company has outdone it self with this little gem. From the first sip to the last the taste is consistently good, not great but pretty good. Not a huge Sam Adam's fan but I am impress with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter and first but then a smooth rich after taste. To me most IPA are a little bitter.

Overall: For the price of $7.99 a 6pk compared to other IPA's it definitely is excellent. Also considering that I am not a fan of Sam Adams and this is one of their products I am impressed.

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Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

a: clear copper in color with a thick white head that sticks pretty well.

s: hoppy nose with citrus, floral and pine notes. malt is there but not prominent. not bad.

t: solid hop flavor. citrus and floral hop flavors are there with a nice bitter earthiness. bready malt sweetness keeps the flavor well balanced.

m: good mouthfeel.

glad to see Sam Adams step up to the plate and put out an IPA to be proud of. recommended.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. The culmination of the entire deconstruction series.

A: Golden clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Herbal and citrusy. Quite pleasant and aromatic. Herbaceaousness takes the day.

T: Maybe it's the priming of the previous five (half) beers, but this is exceptionally complex and definitely delicious. Almost perfectly balanced between hoppy and fruity; sweet and bitter. Fruit takes the day on the endtaste. Aftertaste is clean and pleasant.

M: Rich and pleasant.

O: Great IPA. Highly recommended. Would drink again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white,

notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, and a good use of roasted malts. Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish,

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep amber beer with a tall off-white head and a great hoppy aroma. The hop character is fruity, with orange and grapefruit-peel flavors. The taste is balanced, with lots of resiny, pine-like qualities. There is plenty of malt to balance the beer and complexity. Full in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stunned to see that I've never rated this beer, as the case I bought over 3 years ago has been very slowly enjoyed and tonight is my last bottle? Definitely no longer "fresh", the hops have faded, but still a decent beer and an indication of what a (relatively) big brewer can accomplish, if so inclined...

Still looks nice in a glass, amber with white peaks and enough carbonation to be fun to drink. The dried blood aroma of faded hops is solely due to their age (and poor care keeping) of this bottle, I well remember this beer packing a tropical aromatic punch. Likewise the taste is now malt-forward and many nuances are missing, but still an enjoyable portfolio despite being kept well beyond its date.

Not fond of the latitude moniker, but this continues to be an exceptionally well brewed beer. Thank-you, Sam Adams!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is absolutely gorgeous. The body is a dark, orangish-brown and murky with lots of carbonation and had a bountiful, brownish-white head that was full without exploding and pitted well on top of the liquid leaving some awesome, shaving cream foam around the edges of my pint glass. You could stand a quarter on this head, which I’ve only rarely seen and then usually with big, malty Belgians.

Smell – The dry hopping is evident here as is the use of British bitter-type hops. I would have liked to have seen a bit more complexity with all of the different hops used but the aroma is pleasing enough. I get a light grainy biscuit as well but this is definitely hop-dominated.

Taste – The hops pull back just a tad at the taste but are still big and lead the way. The promised Simcoe was hard to find and the heavy malts, evidenced in the ale’s color, fought like made just to get half a face in the pic. Sweetish notes came out a bit more on the tongue than the nose but otherwise this is quite a bitter brew.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied IPA hybrid is slick and slightly sweet but is ruled by a bitter streak. Carbonation is appropriately light.

Drinkability – This is a powerful AIPA and not to be sessioned. It will garnish the respect of any hophead and will be thoroughly enjoyable by the beer-drinking enthusiast.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a cool looking copper color with a great 1 inch off white head and great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Great hop aroma. It's not overly piney or earthy but for me just the right amount of hops on the nose

Taste: The flavor has a bunch of piney hop notes and a nice caramel background and just a slight candy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight dry finish

Overall: I actually really liked this beer quite a bit and I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich amber color with a two finger head.
Head retention is very consistent leaving a good lace around the glass.

The aroma is well balanced. Citrus, some piney notes, mixed with a slightly sweet malt.

The flavor pretty much emulates the aroma. Bitter dry hops hit the palate at first after being balanced with a bread like malt. Finishes bitter yet clean.

Slightly carbonated medium mouth feel. Lighter finish on the the tongue though.

Overall this is a good IPA. Nothing extreme just a decent balance that I would enjoy as long as the brew is available.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smelled fairly bold with floral, pine, and a multitude of other hops on the nose.

First taste was pretty good. Fair amount of bitterness, then finishes crisp with a bit of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Fairly light on the palate. Hops makes the likelihood of pounding a few of these unlikely.

Overall, a solid American IPA. Nothing too special, but then again, still pretty good.

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Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About copper in color with complete clarity and brightness, this IPA develops a fluffy head up, where it stops at one finger. Retention is good, and patching sticks nicely and in plenty nearly to the glass's bottom.
While there's a good balance of hops and malts in the nose, this beer asserts itself as an IPA with a strong and complex hops bouquet offering citrus, flora, some sweet tropical fruits, and some dry leaf after big pine notes, balanced by some biscuit.
There's a bit more earthiness in the flavor, then the pine hits. Citrus and fruits are still there, but bread and biscuit take the malts further. There's even a bit of roast meeting grapefruit and orange zest in the middle.
It's semi-dry all the way in a medium body, crisp but getting some backup from heft in the malts to add a smoothness. Dryness and sweetness are distinct but harmonious in the finish.

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Photo of cherotr
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass; perfect tan color, big head, leading to lots of lacing

S- standard ipa aroma. nothing over-powering.

T- a good amount of hops. pepper, grapefruit? lingering bitterness.

M- creamy, very smooth, lightly carbonated.

O- good.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dull brownish amber with a nice frothy white head, like most of the Sam Adams beers.

Smells of nice spicy hops with a sweet fruit character.

Tastes nice and hoppy, heavy on the hops, not very complex however, more bitter than anything.

Nice smooth, thick mouthfeel, overall a very good IPA.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a pint glass many times.
Today, once again I had it in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some nice speckled spider web lacing sticking and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a sharp bittersweet citrus arranging itself into a nice crisp light piney - ness.
The taste offered a crisp bittersweet citrus and sharp pine and then as it warmed there was a decent caramel malt that combined nicely.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but good for the style and for me as it carried a nice crisp rolling outlay of delicious citrus over my palate.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that makes a great budget beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in to a Sam Adams glass ( what else?)

Red russet / dark amber with a faint, consistent carbonation. Thick two finger foam quickly settled into a nice white capped layer with decent lacings on the glass

Hops with a pine aroma

Clean hoppy bitterness as expected. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness aftertaste on the back of my tongue.

In fairness to the label, I should have enjoyed this more than three months ago. Hoppy IPA beer brewed in an American IPA style. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden amber in color, with a large, fairly dense white head, thick glass-coating lacing, and modest carbonation.

Aroma: Dense pine tar hops dominate the aroma, there is some toasted malt as well.

Taste: Opens with considerable pine tar hops and toasted malts. While the malt backbone is very solid, the hops command the limelight. There is a mild undercurrent of sweetness. As the taste progresses, the hops rise to ascendency. Finishes with a long, lingering pine tar hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, with just a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style, perhaps a go-to beer for hop-heads.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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