Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is ripe with citrus notes, particularly lemon. Flavor has some lemon and orange but also a fair share of pine. Very soft hint of spice on the finish. The bitterness is mellow compared to the Zeus and Simcoe versions, but it doesnt seem to be any sweeter. Palate is smooth and well carbonated. Not great, but good enough. I dont think Hallertau is bold enough to stand alone in a single hop IPA.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Well, I’ve discovered the hop responsible for ruining Latitude 48: the Hallertau Mittelfrueh. While this hop does wonders for pilsners, as a component of an IPA, it shows its failings. The taste is piney bitterness and bread-laced malt sweetness, and not much else, save for mild herbal notes on the fade. Call this brew an India Pilsner Ale.
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours out an attractive amber/orange color with a small white head. Aroma is of light sweet caramel and light grassy hops. Taste is bready malts, caramel, and a light grassy lemony hop flavor. This hop doesn’t really impress me.
LinusStick (2866) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first in the deconstructed series and excited to try the rest. This beer was average at best. Aroma was so so. A light caramel malt with some hints of grass. Pour was a nice medium gold with a decent bit of rising bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was very malt forward in the beginning. Sweet caramel soon gives way to the lemony hops. The hops are spicy and a tad on the sour side, but not very bitter. The mouth is dry after the swallow and a slight bitterness is left lingering. Not bad but a bit boring.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binny’s LP. Also pours a deep copper with offwhite head. Nose really bizarre. Sweet spicy note with some citrus peel but mostly an herbal thing going on, mint? On taste, quite mellow but a really beautiful showcase of HM. I like the herbal quality without being grassy. Good balance between malt and hops. My favorite of the single hops, easily. Excellent.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich copper colored body with a thin light khaki head. The nose is sweet and earthy with a little bit of citrus. There is also some dough and a little yeast. The taste is a little sweet with some orange rinds and bread crust. There is also some almond. nice and smooth. A good IPA.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head. Already getting some lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, bread, and some buttery citrus. Taste is bitter, like citrus pith, with a semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Bitter finish. Different, but not too shabby.
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice copper coloured body, slightly more orange or brown-tinted than the Zeus varietal with one centimetres of tan head that just settles - shorter head than the Zeus. Aroma of flowers, perfume, grass and a hint of oak - much more floral and perfumey than the Zeus. Medium-bodied; Mildish characteristics with some perfume and herbal grassiness at first with less of the defined malt than the Zeus. Aftertaste is very mild with a touch of the grass and perfume coming through but not much else. Overall, a bit refreshing, but relatively mild compared to the Zeus - the hops are too low in Alpha Acids and they show too much perfume compared to the Zeus. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan on 30-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2011 in a vertical test with the Sam Adams Zeus varietal IPA. I preferred the Zeus to this one, however.
drfabulous (4049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce from 12 pack bought a HyVee. Ok. Second of pack, and I’m feeling like sucker is on my forehead. Is this so much different than Simcoe? Same malty IPA body. Slightly different aroma and taste....but how different? Maybe more caramel. But that is not a hop issue. Passable, but nothing amazing.
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from TWCP Beerfest 2011. Tried right after the East Kent, so maybe this one got a bump from that comparison, but it wound up being my favorite along with the Ahtanum. Pours a bright orange-gold color with a small off-white head. Aroma of grassy and herbal hops, orange citrus, sweet and caramel malts, and pineapple. Flavor of grassy hops, earth, orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel malts, and cereal grains. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a citrusy mouthfeel. Nice IPA.