Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
And now for the last of the mixpack... Fairly pungent aroma, dominated by the hops but with some caramel and orange. Definitely a mellower brew than the Simcoe. Had a bit more of an English quality to it, but still a distinctly American IPA. A little starchy in the mouthfeel. Strangely bitter finish - not sure quite how to describe it - not overpowering, but akin to a íslow burní. Decent enough. New Leaf Market.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Common rating for all 6 Latitutes in the Deconstructed IPA mix pack
In short: Six biscuity semi-dry IPAs that are moderately hoppy. Some are bland, some pretty good
How: Bottle 12oz. Part of the Deconstructed IPA mix pack. Consumed fresh a few weeks after the mix pack was release.
The look: Dark dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The malt backbone has grainy toasted malts that are moderately caramelized and also have a strong honeyed cookies sensation. Sensation of dry bread crumbs and honeyed cookies. Nice full mouthfeel, a bit fluffy, appropriate active carbonation. Hopping is far from intense, these are not hop bombs, all the variations of this beer are more about balance. Some honeyed cookies in the comeback
Latitude 48 IPA (7-3-8-3-16= 3.7): Refreshing citrusy signature that focuses on fresh oranges and grass with a tiny bit of spiciness. Bitterness level is mild-medium and the finish is moderately dry. This was actually a pretty decent session IPA, underrated imho.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings (6-3-6-3-13 = 3.1)More grassy and spicy. Finish is a little more harsh and dry. Less refreshing
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Ahtanum (6-3-6-3-14 = 3.2): Hopping is smooth, a bit apricots, a bit grassy. Probably the smoother, rounder and more fruity of the bunch. Bitterness level is mild-medium. A little too smooth
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Zeus (7-3-7-3-12= 3.2): More high-alpha acids. Bitter grapefruits sensation. A bit acrid and it somehow makes the mouth less enjoyable and also the beer a little less sessionnable than the other entries in this series
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh (6-3-6-3-11= 2.9): A bit more yellowed grass than the other variations. Somehow this one felt more caramelized and with more sweet soft-candies than the others. Iím sure it isnít sweeter than the other variations but it did feel sweeter and did not feel well balanced. My least favorite one of the bunch.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Simcoe (7-3-7-3-16= 3.6): Not surprisingly my favorite of the single hop versions. More piney, more sandy and drier than the others. More assertive bitterness than any of the other versions. I liked it just as much as the non-Deconstructed version.
Conclusion: This was a rewarding exercise and I was surprised at how much I preferred some over others, I expected to given them similar scores. Drinking these six beers was a fun thing to do, and I can safely say that I havenít had that much latitude since my wife let me chose what household chores I could do first.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, orange, slight caramel, and slight grapefruit. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, grains, hops, light wood, slight caramel, and Earth. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Earth, hop, caramel finish is lightly dry.
TheJester (1779) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL bottle. Lovely copper-orange, crystal-clear, with a nice, small, beige head. The aroma is citrus and spice, and quite appealing. This hop brings more flavour and bitterness than the others in this line (so far). The hops are sweet orange in the flavour, which works with the sweetness from the malt. The bitterness is apparent without being pronounced.
Sammer (1025) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pine and citrus in mild forms here. Very drinkable, lower abv IPA. Iíd drink this one again.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper/orange, with a white head. Aroma is piney hops, caramel, and some citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, not really citrus or pine standing out. Also some caramel and malt. Medium body. Nothing special about this hop variety on it own
adam42381 (372) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing which leaves rings of spiderwebs on on the glass.
Smell: Nice even mix of pine and citrus with sweet malt and dried fruits in the background. Thereís also a floral touch thrown in there as well. My favorite aroma of the whole Deconstructed pack.
Taste: Malty sweetness up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle before ending with bitter lemon peel at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem. Goes down very easy.
Overall: Good beer overall. The flavor is a huge contrast to the Deconstructed Zeus I just had. That one was very bitter and this one is pretty sweet. I like it and am still amazed at the way a single hop changes a beer completely. Iíd recommend giving this one a shot.
Syzzer (581) - Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is a boring beer with not much personality. I was really interested in what they thought represents the 48th latitude
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours an orange color with a big fluffy white head and great lacing on the glass. I find it curious that the head/lace is so much better on this one than the East Kent Golding version. I poured it at the same temp into the same glass that was clean both times I used it. Iíve always heard that hops have something to do with the head/retention... well you bet yer britches they do. The aroma is very pleasantly fruity with that olí caramel character. The hops here seem to really blend with that caramel pretty dang well, at least better than they did with the East Kent Golding version. The beer smells lightly soapy in a pleasant "just stepped out of the shower" kind of way. I imagine that the IBUs in Ahtanum must be high, or at least their flavor must be much more dominant than at least the East Kent Goldings because this beer is far more balanced, yes the caramel and the soapiness are there, but theyíre less annoying here. The brighter hop flavor and stronger bitterness make this seem much more like an IPA than either of the other two variants Iíve tried of this beer. There is a little bit of citrus rind and grassy hop flavor all throughout this beer. Iím a little surprised at how much I am enjoying this one.
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and it was interesting to discover this new type of hops though it is somewhat similar to other West Coast hops.