DSG (4932) - 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.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of our friend Nathan. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep orange color; modest, fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice lacing. Lots of candied sweetness coming through in the aroma, with that English-style floral and earthy hop character note quite enough to keep up. Medium body; medium CO2; candied maltiness forms the core of things here, with a light, zesty herbal and floral hop character that just barely cuts through the core sweetness; oranges, dried fruits, not a particularly strong IPA. Modest, toasty finish, with some lingering floral bitterness.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber body with orange highlights. Fizzy, off-white head. LIght aroma of stale bread, earthiness, caramel and flowers. The flavor is moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter. It finishes light o moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. The East Kent Goldings hops are not aggressive enough to tame the sweet malts. But certainly not cloying. Just a sweet IPA.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Bottle says best by September. Pours a burnt orange with about 1 finger of white head. Aroma of citrus hops and a slight ?caramel? malt. Taste is medium bitter with a very light sweet. Very earthy presence. Medium bodied with a slick yet creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a slightly long, bitter finish. Overall, not too bad. I think I like the regular Latitude 48 better though.
high_on_hops (532) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An off-white foamy head and golden IPA color. The aroma is sweet and has a strong resin/spruce smell. The taste is smooth and slightly sweet, probably the most drinkable of the 5 deconstructed IPAs.
mcox90 (1429) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rusty orange with a 1/2" white head. Floral hop scent with a sweet malt base. Grassy hop and apricot flavor up front follwed by sweet malt thats a bit on the light side. palate is medium bodied.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, slight caramel, light apple, slight apricot, slight Earth, and honey. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, apples, slight caramel, light Earth, slight wood, and a hint of diacetyl. Medium body. Sticky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, slightly bitter, malt, apple, light caramel finish is dry.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 – 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 – 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. I’m sure it isn’t 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 – 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 haven’t had that much latitude since my wife let me chose what household chores I could do first.
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper/lt. Brown w/ lt khaki head about 1" - nice lacing. Aroma of bread and floral/herbs. Mild and pleasant with malts w/ caramel and fruit sweetness. Smooth almost syrupy mouthfeel - med to full body w/ avg carbonation. Flavors follow aroma - caramel sweetness followed by some hoppy bitterness. Fairly balanced, but malts come through more than expected for an IPA.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Grassy taste with some citrus and earth. A decent IPA, smooth and not too heavy.