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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hopfenpeter on 09-09-2011

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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 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 Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am in perfect agreement with the other reviewers who basically are saying that this beer is set up nice, but it never blows you away. The description implies a lot when they say its "brewed with a select 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." great marketing, but I prefer a more complex hop profile and fruitiness in the flavor. This is a little bland to me. I live in a small town where the bars don't have anything great on tap - if this was there I would order it in a second compared to your standard BMC, Guiness, Stella, etc. But where there are just so many great IPAs out there to buy- I just had a Ithaca 'Flower Power' tonight for example, this comes out to be about average. The bar is way up there. Very good for a mass production type of brewery I must say though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head packed tight with a few curious giant bubbles in it. Slightly hazed lovely mahogany color. Smells very nice - caramel and burnt sugar. Taste is really quite mild for an IPA and although good does not come anywhere close to what the smell foreshadowed. Personally I think this is a C beer dressed up through hyped carbonation and color crafting to make it appear B or even A.

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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 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 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 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 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 Crossmd
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 42 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Pours a red-amber with a nicely retained two finger head. Nice lacing.

Smells of caramel, some dirt and breads, and just a hint of hops. Very interesting for an IPA, well layered and rich, not typical though. My interest is piqued.

Taste is a round blend of many of the smells with a tiny hop kick at the end. Really giving a lot of leeway to the malts for an American IPA and this to me makes it feel really kind of dirty. I want that huge hop presence that i was expecting to come clean everything up and it really just dries down into a little bit of a muddled dirt and malts.

Structure is good, just slightly effervescent and a nice roundness to the mouthfeel that makes it feel well crafted.

Overall, a solid effort, not within the style so much that I think of when American IPA is mentioned, as there's no citrus hops, no pine in the nose, etc. I won't be picking this up again probably just because of the identity crisis that it's got going on, but I can see this appealing to a good number of people.


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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 Hopfenpeter
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised that this beer was not yet listed at beer advocate
Apparently this is different from the deconstructed one. This time it is a blend of all the different types of hops, which were used separately in the prior versions of Latitude 48 .
The beer poured a clear amber gold, with a bubble white head building about two fingers high. It leaves nice lacing on the glass after dissipating.
The smell is full of fruity hop flavors and announced a rich hop character.
Tasting the beer, the front is filled with the more flowery and citrusy flavors, being followed fast with a short malty balance in the middle. The finish is all hop again, this time the more bitter version. It leaves you prepared for the next sip.
Nice version of an IPA, for my taste a little on the bitter side, but good job!

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