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 LXIXME
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

A light aroma of citrus hops blended with with a light caramel aroma.

Nice citrus hops bite in the taste of this beer, and after the initial hops passes there is a slight maltiness that seems to mix quite well.

A dry aftertaste that bring with it a slight bit of hops and malts with this medium bodied IPA.

A decent enough IPA seems to be better now then when they first released it, either that or the field has got watered down out there.

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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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in a mixed 12 pack into a tumbler pint. I was excited to still see it available. Clear, vibrant, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of resiny, wet hops and rich, sweet caramel and toffee. Flavors are sharp and bitter initially, with rich, wet hops shining through, balanced with a sweet, roasty toffee backbone. Rich and bitter balanced aftertaste with a rich, slick finish. Tasty.

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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 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 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 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 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 Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is as much malty as it is hoppy, and has an overtone of honey-sweet apple. It pours a dark, slightly hazy coppery amber with a thick, fluffy and persistent pale tan head. Flavor has firm hoppy and malty notes with an undertone of caramel and subtle bitter and apple notes, plus just a touch of sweetness that balances the hop bitterness. Tasty! Firm, lively texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a hoppy, fruity, slightly malty finish.

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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 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 PorterLambic
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-amber color with a 1" head of light tan. Decent retention. Drops to a clumpy, thick film with some pretty good lacing.
Smell is not all hops, there is balance. Hops is present, of course, though there is malt along with a green grape and caramel notes. Biggest problem here is the scent is weak, well balanced but hard to pick up.
Taste is hops first with lighter malt, citrus, evergreen and some woodiness. Decently balanced but not as well as the nose. A fairly complex IPA, though.
Mostly full-bodied, warming with a somewhat restrained carbonation, for the style at least. A drinkable beer that tries to let you know not to drink too fast. Only 6% ABV but feels like 8% in many ways. Better than the other way 'round.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 SerialTicker
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this and poured it into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

The first time I had this, I didn't care much for it. I got it again in the Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection, and I like it more this time around.

Appearance: As I originally thought, a LOT like a Boston Lager, with a similar head, and similar spotty, sticky lacing in areas.

Smell: Roasted malts, and a bit of hops. Pretty nice.

Taste: I still stick by my original review -- a tad bitter. Other than that though, I enjoy it. Roasted malts, earthiness, and some hops, especially with the bite at the end. I even feel like I got a bit of a coffee flavor on one of my sips.

Mouthfeel: Foams up nicely, giving almost a creamy texture. Pleasant.

Overall, I like Latitude 48 IPA more than I originally did, but I still wouldn't buy a six-pack simply due to its emphasis on bitterness over flavor.

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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 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 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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