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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Samuel Adams® Latitude 48 IPA is a unique IPA 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. The combination of hops in this beer creates a distinctive but not overpowering hop character. The beer is dry hopped with Ahtanum, Simcoe®*, and East Kent Goldings hops for a powerful citrus and earthy aroma. The hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamP01 (556) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours a deep clear amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of earthy hops, some sweet malts. Taste is earthy hops with some sweet caramel malts. Palate is med body, good carbonation. Finish is bitter earthy piney hops followed by a good amount of sweet caramel malts, not overly hopped. Overall an interesting and unique blend of hops and sweet malts. A nice drinkable brew Brit IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sickboy79 (66) - USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle. I good solid IPA. One of the best Sam beers in a while. It has a nice full flavor. Front end is very floral and citrus and with nice hoppy bite on the finish, with a touch of carmel flavor from the malt. Very solid. I prefer this over the standard Sam Adams Pale Ale. I would buy it again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (714) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
From a 12oz into a pint glass. Pours a copper clear gold. One inch of head and a lot of lacing. Thin film on the beer never really disappears. Aroma of floral and piney hops. Mouthfeel is moderate, not sticky and full of carbonation...a little too full. Taste is of floral hops primarily, other flavors of pine, resin, well I guess that’s about it. A good British style IPA with a solid malt backbone and not too overbearing hops. Very drinkable and it won’t destroy your palate. It’s actually one of the better Sammies that I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: The nose has light notes of pine and citrus with a bit of orange.
Appearance: It pours a clear amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head.
Taste: The flavor is relatively balanced with some bready malt, lots of pine, resinous hops. The orange citrus comes out a bit more as the beer warms. There is some soapiness as well.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a very dry, lingering, bitter finish.
Overall: It reminds me of a drier, more bitter Sierra Southern Hemishere. Not too shabby!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Breinstein (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
According to the description, Sam Adams was out to get the best hops from the top growing regions: Yakima Valley, East Kent, and Hallertau. Aroma: hops: grassy, flowery, herbal, spicy, and some citrus. Visual: Golden with a decent white head that lingers due to the relatively heavy hopping. Taste: more of the same. Well balanced in hop flavor: not too much of any one of the classic hop from each region (Hallertau, Cascade, Goldings). Malt in the background that lacks some needed complexity in an IPA but works well with the smooth bitterness and far from cloying hop flavor. Overall, a light IPA that accomplishes what Sam Adams wanted. It displays the flavor and aroma characteristics of the core hops from each major region without letting one dominate the other. Malt is there only to balance and due to the quality of hops there is not much of the characteristic bitterness of a traditional IPA. Nor is there as much in terms of ABV as would be expected in an IPA. Maybe not what one might expect but well balanced, smooth, and pleasing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1234) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice looking foamed beige head. Excellent lacing along the glass. Noticeable pine resin hoppy aroma but slightly subdued overall for an IPA. Flavor is very nice. A touch of malt sweetness followed by a bitter and long lasting finish.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH47 (27) - Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Not so much to say in the nose, no big floral presence or malt. Taste is rather light some malt body but not rich or sticky like an IPA should be. Hop bitterness is balanced with the malt but not too bright or floral. Finish is easy only leaving hop oil and the toast of the malt behind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
As usual, Sam Adams delivers a fine product, though like many of their standards brews, ’48’ will not be ripping apart any envelopes. It has the expected bite and aroma of an IPA, and embodies the quality that fans of the label have come to expect. But it lacks a hook, that unique aspect that we all want to find. I was excited to see the IPA on the shelf of my favorite store, and snatched it up immediately. I am certainly not disappointed with the brew, it simply lacks...well...something. It’s just short of great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1414) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours a crystal clear amber with an antique lace colored head that lasts for a while. Aroma is sweet malt, wet bread and hop spice. Taste is sweet toasted malt, and a little citrusy/piney hop bitterness. Pretty good tasting and well balanced, but not very assertive like an IPA should be.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Crisp spice and resin aroma. Brilliantly clear amber ale. Thin white head. Sweet malty initially with some honey notes but then opens into a nice palate of spruce, fresh hay and spicy notes that are well supported by malt presence. Bitterness is mild in line with a Brit IPA. Very enjoyable, will buy again.


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