DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again, I let these sit in my fridge since last July, expecting to do a grand YouTube comparison of all 6 at a time. It wasnít to be. So Iíll strain myself into just doing two at a time. Tonight its Zeus and Hallertau.
The Hallertau kicks up a robust head over bright copper beer. The bubbles pop away, releasing a fragrant hop aroma that seems more American now. A few more minutes, and it shows a bit of peppery German hop, as in "normal" beer smell. Taste starts with a nice malt texture, and a separate thread of hop bitterness on the top of the tongue. Despite the noble hops, it has a definite APA character, aided no doubt by the darker malt bill. Hop bitterness settles to the soft palate in back of my mouth. These two left a much better impression than the EKG and Simcoe versions Iíd tried before.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a thick fluffy topping of frothy head while the liquid was a dense copper color. In the aroma, there is a subtle usage of hops that smell somewhat zesty, but there is a balancing nose of Sammy styled malts too. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter with a notice of honey and a thick taste of tea. Thereís also a minor hint of the signature malts that are always found in Sam Adams beers.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper, brilliantly clear. Nice head. Muted aroma not offering much. sweetness up front which gives way to a standard pale ale bitterness. Lingers a bit. Just a good average drinking pale style
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper pour with some off-white head. Nose of pine and floral hops with some caramel. Flavor is citrus, resin, and malt.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma, slight flora hop notes criutsy fruitness, from the lemon faint though
color, fairly clear, white head some lacing
taste, a mild blend of flora hoppyness on the tongue, then some pineness on the back
overall, ok not my fav I perfer more bitternes, but its drinkable.
BillWyce (694) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes: Poured clear orange-amber, with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma was mild and lemony. Medium-bodied, medium depth. Mild lemony taste up front with a pine note that shows in the middle and lingers nicely in the finish.
BBB63 (5941) - 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 (4347) - 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 (614) - 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 (5934) - 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.