BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part 1 of vertical (Next to the Hallertau and baseline Lat 48): As expected all three beers have pretty much identical appearances with just slightly more head on the Hallertau. "Nice deep golden hue with a big frothy slightly off-white head and streams of lacework."
Aroma of the Hallertau is a tad more spicy, resiny and leafy than the EKG which is more herbal and grassy. When compared to the base Lat 48, I actually like the nose of the single noble hopped beers more (not as dank nor fusel in nature). Both single hopped brews get a 8 score while the base got dropped to a 7.
It is one the palate where these two single hopped beers go different directions. The EKG is so smooth and mellow with light fruitiness, grassy and earthy tones versus the Hallertau which displays a more robust resiny leafy and "raw" character. I prefer the smoothness of the EKG and itís ability to let the malt shine as well. The EKG while not as clean as the Hallertau seems a bit more complex... Hallertau gets a 7, EKG a 8, base was a 6.
The mouth feel is equally lively and crisp in all three beers, what sets them apart is the Hallertau cleaner finish.
Overall I liked both of these noble hopped versions better than the 5 hop base beer. I feel the malt bill allows these hops to show what they do best. It pains me to say this but the Hallertau won this battle even though I still love the EKG hop more in my homebrew applications. (3.7 ainít a shabby score)
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Letís pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:
"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.
Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.
Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. Thereís a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "Itís an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."
OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Last but not least, the EKGís! Leafy, soundly earthy aroma with subdued floral, peeled lemon hints. It was enjoyed, and, as it is the final Deconstructed brew (I donated their duplicates to KP), letís putím in order from top to bottom:
Hallertau, EKG tying with the Simcoe, followed by Ahtanum and, lastly, the Zeus (is loose).
BillWyce (621) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: Poured clear orange-amber with a 2-finger, off-white head. Mild aroma with earthy and piney notes. Medium-thick. Mild taste of piney hops with an interesting fruit note reminiscent of apricots. Very interesting to see the effect of each of the different hop varieties when used individually.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Latitude 48 IPA - East Kent Goldings
Date: November 07, 2011
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy beige head
Aroma: earthy aroma, sweet crystal malt
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, sweet pale malt, balancing bitterness, touch of citrus
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
XmnwildX12 (2074) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber color with a short white gead. Has a citrus bitterness taste that is easy to drink.
mar (4481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber pour with an amber head. nose is dry, light fruits, and faintly bittler. easy on the palate, flavor is bitter, dry, and hoppy.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold/copper with an off white head. Smells of biscuits, some nutty hints, some spicy hints, melon, molasses. Tastes of molasses and melon with some spicy elements and a dry earthy finish.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured clear lighter orange with a very nice cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up soft bready notes and apricot, with crisp, clean earthy accents.. very soft overall and not that exciting or seemingly complex. The flavor found bready notes, molasses, and honey at the core.. lighter-skinned fruity and grassy bitterness around.. some sour notes toward the finish.. soft overall, with a sharp kick at the end. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate.. a tad cloying on the swallow.. this came across as more of an ESB, and probably suffered a bit since I didnít drink it super fresh.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Same clear golden amber pour with fair light khaki head that is a little smaller than the control beer. Earthy. Decent lingering bitterness. Actually pretty drinkable just with this single hop.
DSG (4715) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of some earthy hops, caramel and malt. Flavor has some slightly grainy caramelly malt, a bit of biscuits and honey and earth and earthy and slightly citric hoppy bitterness. Medium-bodied.