DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I got the 12-pack last July and stashed it in the fridge with the idea of a video tasting comparing all six at once. Never got around to happening. Now it’s 10 months later, and I finally decide to just do two at a time. I’m comparing this to the Simcoe, both poured in Sam Adams glasses.
Pour: I got the whole bottle into the glass, with the foam puffing up just to the rim. Look is filtered amber with bit of floating sediment. Foam stays at the one finger level for some time.
Aroma: Less oxidized than the Simcoe. Hop aroma is greatly settled out.
Taste: Malts to the front now. Hops are only slightly present, just enough to keep the beer honest. Bit of earthy English hop, but just barely there.
Total package is a lighter mouthfeel, like an English bitter. A little too mild to stand as even an English IPA, but that’s my fault for not drinking it fresh.
mansquito (3572) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours orange with white head. Aroma is earthy, herbal, and lightly fruity. Taste is more similar to a less malty ESB than it is to what we imagine an IPA to be in this day and age. I am not sure how it really works out at the end, but I feel that more creativity with English hops is in order.
chinchill (2145) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle dated best by Sept. 2011 from Sept. 2011 notes.
Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a good head that lasted a long time. Light carbonation visible. Good amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: More earthy than the standard Latitude IPA as well as at least some of the other deconstructed versions. Some floral and fruit notes and ample malt aromas.
Taste: good flavor without flaws excepting the light hop/heavy malt balance and the less appealing (but still definitely appealing) hop flavor component (earthy and herbal).
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and smooth; soft for style yet with some crispness; slightly dry finish.
Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. That said, this is not my favorite of these. Like the others, it lacks some of the complexity of the ’regular’ version, but this one also lacks the hop-forward character and aroma. Hop-wise, it is more of an APA than IPA.
But getting past comparison to standard Latitude 48 and expectations for an IPA, this is a very enjoyable brew that grew better with repeated tasting.
shrubber85 (7960) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light grass/hay and toffee malt aroma. Golden yellow with nice fluffy head. Sweet barley malt and moderately bitter earthy grass flavor. Well, I can see why most brewers don’t use this hop type for an IPA - this is more in line with a Bitter. Still I like it.
Patrickctenchi (4100) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep copper/amber with a soft off-white head.
Earthy, berry aroma.
Taste is herbal, fruit/floral bitter.....woody.
Not bad, but nothing really stand out in this one.
Strangebrewer (902) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Poured clear medium amber with a thin lasting off-white head. Citrusy orange aroma. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Flavour of herbal hops, a pine note with sweet apricots. Sticky finish.
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep gold color with a forced carb type white head. Aromas of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is sweet and very lightly bitter. Flavors of cooked green beans and dumpster drippings. Fuck you. No.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this one. Truth is, I enjoy all hops, so these single hop offerings are of special interest to me... especially when "IPA" is on the label. Nice pour, a light caramel body with a sustained creamy head. The nose is both floral and earthy with a light malty sweetness beneath it. In the flavor, the malt is dry and grainy. The hops, although not intense, soon take over, floral and earthy with a tangy fruit flavoring. The bitterness is moderate but ever present and lasts long into the finish. Quite a pleasant surprise.
jsmerig (1291) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Latitude 48 east Kent holdings
Pours a clear brownish gold. Aroma of cherries and apricot. Taste is mellow earthy and woody. Mouthfeel is smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is heavy earthy, herbal and woody hops with cracker malt and light pear esters. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Flavor is moderate earthy and herbal hops, minty notes with light cracker malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"more enjoyable than i thought it would be. with the kent goldings the only show in town, i actually kinda enjoyed the earthy nutiness and sweet malt combo, with a hint of tropical fruit in the flavor. not what i look for regularly in an ipa, but nice. more in the english style."