Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of dry ops with nice floral notes is quite amazing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with loads of floral notes with a dry but not astringent hoppy finish. East Kent Goldings are probably one of my favourite hops when they are by themselves. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really love this one and probably at par with the single hops Mikkeller version.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - East Kent Goldings - This is a very clear, sparkling amber ale with a thin, dense, off white head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of slightly sweet caramel malt and herbal, leafy hops. Itís medium bodied, very smooth and foamy with a dry, crisp finish. Itís well balanced with herbal, medicinal hop flavors and sturdy caramel malt. For some reason, I kind of taste pilsner malt. The flavor gets more bitter and resiny at the finish. This is the oddest of this series of beers. It seems a bit like an ESB. I would gladly drink any of the Latitude 48 IPAs and this one is no exception. Well done.
csaso (1198) - Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - nice amber color, good hop flavor with some citrus, bitterness. Good balance.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 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 medium amber color with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head. Nice head retention and solid lacing.
Smell: Grassy hops, sweet malt and a touch of apricot.
Taste: Grassy hops and apricot up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with a combination of more grassy hop notes and lemon zest. Aftertaste is mild and fairly bitter. You can definitely taste the English.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem.
Overall: Good beer overall. Itís amazing to me how a different hop variety can change a beer so much. Yesterday I had the Simcoe and this is nothing like it. This one is more of an English IPA to me. Itís definitely worth a shot.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: I was expecting something more British tasting, but this was an all American IPA. I guess this proves that styles truly are created by yeasts. I donít care what the description said, I tasted lemon. I definitely didnít expect something as fruity as it was.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark amber with an average, off-white head that mostly lasted and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate dark bread and caramel; moderate apricot and earthy hops; lighter lemon hops; and slight buttered toast. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to rather sweet and moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, lemon, apricot floral, earthy and metallic hops, dark bread, and I swear more lemon. There was also something earthy or herbal in the finish. The medium body was a little syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a mostly dry and slightly metallic finish.
Drake (7850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Georgetown, DC. Pours a clear copper color with a large off white creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy, floral and minty hops with a bit of a tea-like note and some toasted malts. The taste is earthy and floral hops with a toasted malt finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - 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).
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wines and More - Cranston, RI. Nice, soft, velvety clean lemon aroma. Distinct unique EKG lemon and mint flavors push through. This has got the softness, nuance, and delicate complexity of a demi-English Barleywine. Fresh and delightful.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with a dense head. So far the best of the bunch. Earthy, moderate bitterness, easy drinker.
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this was the best of the Deconstructedís. The hops werenít strong...a floral like hop with light fruity notes, caramel malts and a bit of biscuit notes. This was less cloying and sweet than the others.