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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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 610
Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep those bottles rollin' right outta here! It is slow going, but progress is being made.

From the bottle: "This bold IPA features 5 varieties of hops, including Mosaic (tm) hops from the Pacific Northwest. These add a burst of citrus notes to the distinctive layers of German, English, and other American hops, all from growing regions near the 'hop belt' of the 48th Latitude. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "This distinctive IPA is brewed using 5 different hop varieties from the renowned German, English and American growing regions. The result is a layered and robust brew, in which the citrusy, piney, and earthy hop character is balanced by a slight malty sweetness. Hop Varieties: East Kent Goldings, Mosaic (tm), Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Simcoe, Zeus".

I had my S.A. Perfect Pour glass standing by for the Pop! Once accomplished, a reasonable pour was conducted, producing a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite hoppy, especially of the pine scent, but it was difficult to parse one from another. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an interesting admixture of flavors, but it just did not add up to the sum of its parts. The E.K.G. hops gave it an earthiness that seemed to prevail, masking the citrus and pine that should have led the parade. I liked the others in the series, but adding all of them together was a seemingly failed experiment. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. It left a cool, minty earthiness, but it just was not my kind of AIPA.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good bodied IPA, with a good complex malt flavor. The hops addition is good, albeit bitter. Seems that limiting this to one or two hops styles would make for a better beer. The hops are spicy, earthy, fruity and Piney but it's just too much to call this world class.

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Photo of Squire123
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear light amber, good cap and lacing.

Aroma: Like a hop alpine forest, or what I imagine one would smell like if such a thing existed. Like clean, clear, conifer scented mountain air with a bunch of hops thrown in somehow. Hops are earthy, piney, spicy and full up front. No real malt presence.

Taste: Is a whole different kettle of fish in that it's a good bit stronger than the aroma. Clashing hops so loud the malt is barely audible. Malt is present though in an underlying sweetness that manages to clash with rather than blend with the hops which are still shouting. Finish is clean with a slight lingering hop bitterness.

Texture: Medium

Overall: Like someone took Boston Lager and hop wired it. They've got the right elements, 6%, solid malt, selection of hops, it's as if they were trying to make something different without being too different yet the results are rather indifferent. Having been pleasantly surprised by this Brewer in the past perhaps I was expecting more but unfortunately got less.

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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 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 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 SteenLarsen
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams makes many excellent beers but this one in my mind is not one of them. All too bitter and harsh. It is not brewart to throw tons of cascade hops in the brew kettle and the result is a rather harsh bitter brew with no delicate balance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams "Latitude 48 IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "...ENJOY BEFORE... JUNE 2015"

Following Jim Koch's recent rant I've been returning to all of the Samuel Adams beers. I remember sampling the Latitude 48 with a friend of mine who was very excited to try it, and then found it fairly basic. I felt the same.

Overall it's a decent well-made beer. It looks good in the glass and it's got great head retention and lacing. Where I think it fails is that there's too much going on within the hop schedule. The aroma combines American hops with English and German varieties, and therefore nothing really comes into focus. It's floral, piney and earthy, and lightly citrusy with some additional tropical fruit (mango, perhaps). That's fine as it still gives a hoppy impression, and actually gives it character and depth as you're inclined to look a little deeper into finding what's actually there, but that doesn't work in the flavor, where the hops are less bright to begin with, and then simply become a jumbled mess. It's muddy, and the combination of earthy pine, floral, and tropical fruits just doesn't seem to come together well. Perhaps had it been a straightforward golden malt it might have worked better, as the bit of caramel combines with the pine, clouding things even more. What you end up with is a beer that's hoppy upfront, and then becomes a bog of malt and hop mired in bitterness. It was a noble experiment, to combine hops grown across the 48th latitude, but in my mind it just didn't work. I'd much rather see a beer designed around its flavor principals, than put together to accommodate a marketing twist.

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Photo of Southside830
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was the first hoppy beer I ever tried. All I remember is an intense hop aroma and bitter taste. At first it was overwhelming but after I was done I had a new appreciation for craft beers.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

From a bottle into a New Belgium Globe
A: burnished amber, 2 finger fluffy head that leaves great lacing
S: lots of hops -- grapefruit, blueberry, a little pine -- and a little caramel malty sweetness
T: follows the nose but it doesn't all come together very well, for me; biscuity malts to go with the caramel; pretty sweet, a little soapy, and not very bitter, and then there's almost a metallic edge on the end that doesn't make any sense at all, and isn't pleasant.
M: medium carbonation, fairly thin
Overall: the different parts just don't add up very well. Not real great.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel, flowery, grapefruit, bread and some pine

TASTE: this is a less hoppy and more balanced IPA than most of this style, initially sweet caramel then a metallic hop profile that lingered, there is also a grapefruit citrus note as well.

PALATE: a little watery, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this was a good beer but nothing special. I bought the deconstructed IPA 12 pack and liked the Simcoe, Mosaic and Hallertau Mittelfrueh single hop versions better. I salute Samuel Adams for coming up with the idea to do this. It was fun and educational. I learned something about my own hop preferences.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a new belgium chalice: color is dark copper, head is big, at least 1 inch thick and tan in color with a reddish hue.

Aroma is very pleasant: malt forward, flavors are toast, light biscuit and a solid caramel; hops are piney, earthy, bitter. lighter grapefruit.

Taste is also pleasant and malt forward: similar to the aroma the flavors are toast, biscuit, and caramel; hops are even more earthy and piney than the aroma presents. Nice flavor, definitely a malty ipa.

Mouthfeel is very good: clean bitterness, nice flavor and lingering presence.

Overall, very malty ipa with a lean towards caramel and bitterness in aroma and flavor.

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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 MikeB20
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A clear golden amber with a fluffy two finger light tan head.

S: Caramel malt with some floral and citrus notes. A little bit of grass or hay.

T: A huge malt backbone helps to balance the bitterness of the hops but it seems to overpower them a bit. Caramel flavors along with some earthy pine and citrus from the hops.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. The beer really coats your mouth with each sip.

O: This is the final product from the 2014 version of the deconstructed IPA. It's certainly more complex than any of the single hop varieties but it's not as hop forward as say the Mosaic, Simcoe or Zeus beers. It's fairly well balanced but I'd prefer some more hop aroma and flavor for an IPA. At that, it's enjoyable and very drinkable.

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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 ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

interesting mix of German, English and American hops. I had all the single hop deconstructed versions so now time for the version with them all in it.

Aroma leans floral with also some pine....

Taste is oily hop juice..earthy with a piney bitterness on the finish...malt lends light caramel.

Overall it does not turn out nearly as good as I was hoping for as I like all the hops included in this version. It's fine...definitely floral and fresh with a bit of cutting bitterness on the finish..the more I drink the more the bitterness on the finish flexes...

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Photo of beerlust
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

actually a pretty good rendition of a real IPA from what has become nearly a mainstream brewery. Sam Adams used to get respect as an alternative to the big breweries but has lost most of their cachet (or self-respect) nowadays and pumped out multiple nonsensical varieties. I still buy and drink Boston Lager (on sale) for lawnmowing and family gatherings, but most of their seasonal product is not that great. This one is good for the price, decently hoppy and not overpowering. Available only in mixed 12-packs as far as I can tell.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours out a clear rusty amber. About a half inch head, with lots of lacing down the glass. It has that dark IPA look of something that has fallen off, unfortunately.

Smells include grassy hops, some black pepper, a little bit of grapefruit that is sadly faded.

The taste is similar. Some bitter grassiness, a bit of toasty bready malt, a little bit of caramel. No real citrus hop character, which seems to be noted in some of the reviews. Basically bitter with no supporting flavors.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation.

Not one of the best IPAs I've ever had, by far. I'd like to try some of the deconstructed versions, but I'm not sure they'd be very good. I'd like to try this much fresher. It's a best by of May 2014, but I feel like (not sure) that they put their IPAs as a 6 month out best by date.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a nice golden color with a decent head.

S - Hops dominate, particularly citrus.

T - Very citrus taste with decent enough malt in the background.

M - Very good carbonation level with a good dry finish.

O - This is a really nice beer, a little on the high alcohol side for a session, but if you like hops you should try this one.

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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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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 BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering at the time by SA. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with bubbly white head. Aroma of floral, piney hops, citrus, pine, some light flowers. Low to medium bitter , with some clove flavor going on alongside muted pine and very light citrus. A good intro to the style, but nothing special. Very sessionable.

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Photo of mothman
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 edition with mosaic hops

Beige head. Good retention with a lot of lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Flavor profile is piney hops. Hop resiny juiciness. A fair amount of bready malts. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Pretty standard.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky.

Overall, an okay ipa, but nothing standing out here. Decent.

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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 TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent enough. Clear copper under a good sized head that settles to some sort of cap and ring combo. Plenty of lace.

Lots of pine in the nose alongside sugary malt and just a whiff of alcohol. Juicy, resinous. Interesting.

Lots of pine to taste also, alongside some citrus peel. Still pretty sweet from malt, just a tad too much so for my liking. Proper lingering dry hop finish.

Drinkable, just a little too much malt sweetness.

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Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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