mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice lite buttery aroma. Flavors are caramel, butterscotch, berries, sweet, hoppy. Packed with flavor but all within a light body. The complexity is really enjoyable. The bitterness satisfies the craving. The finish and mouthfeel stick with you way beyond the last sip. Also very interesting is faint cinnamon that weaves itís way in and out as you enjoy it.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is pretty tasty too. Some bitterness, but surprisingly not as dry or crisp as their Hallertau pils. Just a bit more bitter than the others.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - This is a crystal clear amber ale with a soft, dense, yellowish off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a fruity wooden aroma, soft and noble, resiny and spicy. The medium body is smooth and the finish is very clean and dry. This is like a Pilsner/IPA mash-up. The bitterness is mellow and wooden. Thereís almost a hint of sweetness toward the finish, like a caramel apple. The aftertaste is kind of herbal. This is kind of an odd setting for this hop, but it tastes good.
csaso (1316) - Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - good medium amber color, not much head. Very good flavor, pretty hoppy
adam42381 (375) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4353) - 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.
wlajwl (3773) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The use of a German hop variety as the only hops used in an IPA makes this a little strange. Rather strange in the aroma, the flavor is mildly malty with a tinge of bitterness from the amount of hops used in the aftertaste. The aroma and flavor are more subdued than Iíd expect in an IPA but the ease of drinking compared to other IPAs make this a good choice, although a little strange just the same.
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Piney and lemony hoppy aroma, with floral notes and light bready notes. Awesome grassy/piney hops, with light citric and floral notes. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear orangey amber with a dense off-white head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up lemon and herbal notes over honey and bready malts.. deeper down was a little earthy character.. quite enjoyable. The flavor found mostly honey at the core, with lemon and orange bitterness around.. a few too many sugars around, but it was certainly tasty. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation on the palate.. well-balanced, and I found the hops interesting.
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells sweet, floral earthy and herbal. Flowers mixed with hints of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty with a buttery and floral/herbal bitterness that survives long after each sip. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and level of carbonation. This one seems to be the smoothest of the bunch. Floral herbal bitterness goes down quite smooth. This one is also the least IPA like.