DrnkMcDermott (2782) - 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.
backdaft (208) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Deconstructed 12 pack. Deep, clear copper with an off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and earthy, grassy hops. Taste is similar; sweet malt, grassy hops, & some lemon zest. Medium body with a hint of lingering bitterness.
86Moose (59) - - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good entry in the Samuel Adams Deconstructed Series. A very bitter IPA. Not hoppy like traditional UPAs. A distinct & unique beer.
cfrancis (2279) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a small white frothy top. Aroma is earthy pine hop presence. Taste is pine and a touch of lemon hop with some light caramel sweetness coming from the malt.
jhliesen (714) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Latitude 48 deconstructed case--ok, Iím starting to dig this. The Hallertau isnít so much of an IPA, again and I can swear that this had the flavor of a German type lager. It was a clear copper color with a medium-large, white head. Aroma of dry grass and caramel, the taste was slightly sweet and bready. Not much bitterness on the end. Total Wine.
lawman834 (219) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with a moderate pale head. Plenty of lacing. Very balanced. Carmel malt and a dry hop bite that isnít overpowering. Thereís almost a spiciness to it. That in conjunction with the malt profile gives it more of a Marzen character than that of your typical IPA, which is perfectly fine by me.
hopbag (78) - - JUL 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral notes. Gentle citrus and pine. Bitterness is gentle while still giving some IPA bite. Not a ton of hop flavor, but itís a pleasant beer. Hallertau would go well in a simple malty beer with high levels of late hopping or a dry hop. A little bit of spice and some darker notes but mostly just pleasant. Not really an IPA.
degbert (1078) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Same dark orange-amber and high, large-grained, lacy head as the rest in the series. Nose seems muted; itís bread, orange, a touch of metallic, and what I can only call dusty nutmeg. Thereís a bitterness on the tongue like weak black tea with lemon, followed by more muted spice notes, orange, and bready elements. Finish is long and whisper-thin; puts me in mind of instant iced tea powder. I donít think this hop is strong enough on its own; in the end, itís like beery Nestea.
NikkTwist (1540) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear deep gold pour. Fizzy/foamy white head mostly disappeared. Citrus, resin hops. Medium-light caramel malts.
keith0718 (361) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This is a solid IPA. It is very well balanced. It has a nice hop flavor.
williamstome (845) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold pour, big white head. Light aroma of citrus, lemon, toffee, bread. Flavor is pretty minimal. Pine, flowers... whyyyyy