michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, light bread, and light florals. Poured amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, bread, slight resin, and slight lemon. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, hop, slight resin finish is dry.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Common rating for all 6 Latitutes in the Deconstructed IPA mix pack
In short: Six biscuity semi-dry IPAs that are moderately hoppy. Some are bland, some pretty good
How: Bottle 12oz. Part of the Deconstructed IPA mix pack. Consumed fresh a few weeks after the mix pack was release.
The look: Dark dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The malt backbone has grainy toasted malts that are moderately caramelized and also have a strong honeyed cookies sensation. Sensation of dry bread crumbs and honeyed cookies. Nice full mouthfeel, a bit fluffy, appropriate active carbonation. Hopping is far from intense, these are not hop bombs, all the variations of this beer are more about balance. Some honeyed cookies in the comeback
Latitude 48 IPA (7-3-8-3-16= 3.7): Refreshing citrusy signature that focuses on fresh oranges and grass with a tiny bit of spiciness. Bitterness level is mild-medium and the finish is moderately dry. This was actually a pretty decent session IPA, underrated imho.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings (6-3-6-3-13 = 3.1)More grassy and spicy. Finish is a little more harsh and dry. Less refreshing
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Ahtanum (6-3-6-3-14 = 3.2): Hopping is smooth, a bit apricots, a bit grassy. Probably the smoother, rounder and more fruity of the bunch. Bitterness level is mild-medium. A little too smooth
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Zeus (7-3-7-3-12= 3.2): More high-alpha acids. Bitter grapefruits sensation. A bit acrid and it somehow makes the mouth less enjoyable and also the beer a little less sessionnable than the other entries in this series
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh (6-3-6-3-11= 2.9): A bit more yellowed grass than the other variations. Somehow this one felt more caramelized and with more sweet soft-candies than the others. Iím sure it isnít sweeter than the other variations but it did feel sweeter and did not feel well balanced. My least favorite one of the bunch.
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA Ė Simcoe (7-3-7-3-16= 3.6): Not surprisingly my favorite of the single hop versions. More piney, more sandy and drier than the others. More assertive bitterness than any of the other versions. I liked it just as much as the non-Deconstructed version.
Conclusion: This was a rewarding exercise and I was surprised at how much I preferred some over others, I expected to given them similar scores. Drinking these six beers was a fun thing to do, and I can safely say that I havenít had that much latitude since my wife let me chose what household chores I could do first.
Sammer (964) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Seems to be a bit bolder and fresher than the other LAT 48 beers. More bitterness and more flavor. Good stuff.
TheJester (1644) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 mL bottle. Lovely copper-orange with a small but persistent beige head. Nice looking beer. Mild aroma is earthy-spicy. Flavour is earthy as well. Not much but a mild sweetness fro the malt. Better than the Goldings. Actually, closer to what I expected from the Goldings.
mnurda (1047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottlle from the sample pack. First time I have tasted this type of hops. Could get used to this for sure
CanIHave4Beers (2757) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange color with a medium sized semi loose head and some lace. The aroma is mostly caramel with a little bit of herbal and citrus zest hop aroma. The flavor is more on the malt heavy side with plenty of caramel and light toasty malt, there is a bit of citrus flavor which like the aroma is akin to lemon zest. The bitterness is just very mild here, but itís noticeable and the caramel seems to be kept enough in check to make it a little less annoying. This isnít bad at all. I think after giving all these a try Iíll have to go back to the original one and see if I like it any better.
zathrus13 (1660) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange/copper, with an off white head. Aroma is citrus and pine, with some caramel. Nothing dominating. Flavor is earthy hop, caramel, and malt.
llcooldave (985) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight cardboard aroma that changes to floral citrus and pine. Gorgeous deep amber/copper color and crystal clear. Really nice clean malt flavor with some spice and citrus. Overall, good stuff... probably the best tasting of the series.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a bright orange color with a white head. Aroma was lemony, grassy, some herbal spiceyness and caramel malt. Flavor was nice balance of malt and bitterness with light fruity hop notes. OK.
adam42381 (369) - 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 golden-orange highlights and a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing
Smell: Nice mix of grassy hops and malt. Smells similar to a pilsner.
Taste: Sweet herbal notes with lemon up front followed by fairly sweet malt in the middle before ending with bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter with a touch of sweetness.
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. I love the way different hop varieties can change a whole beer. This tastes nothing like the other Deconstructed beers and thatís the point. This doesnít really taste like a traditional IPA (at least not what Iím used to), but I really like this one and definitely recommend giving it a shot.