BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part 1 of vertical (Next to the EKG and baseline Lat 48): As expected all three beers have pretty much identical appearances with just slightly more head on the Hallertau which gives it a 5 versus the 4 of the other two. "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 Hallertau which displays a more robust resiny leafy and "raw" character with a bit of clove versus the EKG which is so smooth and mellow with light fruitiness, grassy and earthy tones versus. I prefer the smoothness of the EKG and itís ability to let the malt shine as well. That said the Hallertau has a cleaner finish which is my main issue with the base 5 hopped brew... 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. In the end the Hallertau proved the best with better head retention and cleaner finish.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 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. Herbaceous, leafy hops with some subtle dried lemon. In a roundabout way, it reminds me of a slightly bumped up SABL, in terms of ABV and IBUís, and, of course, the yeast. Is there a particular order Iím supposed to do this in? This is third after Ahtanum and Simcoe as is, so far, my fav of the bunch.
Peacehammer (558) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark orange with no head. Nice, fresh piney hop aroma. Taste is of fresh hops, very smooth to drink. Some back end malt characters make this one quite enjoyable.†
BVery (5129) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich orange pour with a small clingy head. Aroma is caramel, bread, and earth. Medium palate. Taste is bold resiny hops and caramel. Very tasty.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Latitude 48 IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Date: November 07, 2011
Appearance: hazy orange, fine beige head, bitsof lace
Aroma: dry earthy aroma, dry caramel, earthy hops
Flavor: dry pale malt flavor, just a hint of sweetness, light spicyness, earthy, touch of citrus, spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice amber color with a short white head. Has a rather in your face bitter taste.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber with a cream head. fresh citrusy hops, earthy, malts, and slightly spiced. easy palate, flavor is bitter, spicy, and a light citrus finish.
Cletus (6250) - 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 pine, some lemony hints, floral, herbal. Taste yields restrained spiciness with some grassy undertones.
Butters (3574) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Just a shade lighter on the pour. Piney and fairly bitter and distinctly ínobleí hop character. I prefer the east kent over this.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber. Aroma of grassy and herbal hops. Flavor starts with some sweetness, light graininess and light fruitiness and finishes bitter with noble, slightly spicy hops and light citric notes. Medium-bodied.