SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BevMo: Poured with a thin frothy layer of head while the liquid was a medium brass/copper color. As for the aroma, my nose is fooled with a heavier scent of caramel fashioned malts that hide the subtle hops that give off a minimum olfaction of pollen from a flower. The flavor is a slightly more hopped version of the Sam Adams Boston Lager and is somewhat bitterer. Other than that this addition is easily forgettable.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good colour and head, similar to the hallertau. Aroma heavy on the toffee. Malt balance too strong. Toffee and caramel heavy detracts from balance
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to mora2000.
Deep copper brew with some off-white head. Nose of herbal hops, apricot, and caramel - flavor is herbal as well with some earth and more caramel.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma, flowers, like tree fruit flowers, hard to grasp, some fruit hop esters
color, light amber, typ, head, some lacing
taste, hop bitters on front but mild, balanced pretty well
overall, ok, i would try again and Iam sure I will when this pack comes back out!
Peacehammer (614) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark amber/gold. Very easy to drink with only some Backend hop bitterness. Almost some sweetness and a decent body
BBB63 (5941) - 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 (4347) - 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 (694) - 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 (10886) - 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 (2078) - 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.