Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper brew with some off-white head. Nose is my favorite out of all the deconstructed series - tropical fruit, pine, and grapefruit. Flavor is earthy with caramel and resin.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroam, grapefruit esters, cruitsy notes
color slight hazy, lacey head, nice light amber
taste, grapefruit bitterness love it, on the front, piney sweet notes emerge.
overall, good job, I like the grapefruitness of this beer.
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: Poured clear reddish-amber, with a small off-white head. Aroma was a mix of citrus notes, maybe grapefruit and orange. Medium-thick, with a slight oilyness. Mild citrus taste up front, that gives way to a nice piney hops note that lingers nicely on the tongue without being too bitter.
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part 2 of vertical (Next to the Ahtanum, Zeus and baseline Lat 48): As expected all three beers have pretty much identical appearances. Same score as the Zeus and baseline. "Nice deep golden hue with a big frothy slightly off-white head and streams of lacework."
Aroma: Yep it is Simcoe... grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, resin and pepper. I LOVE IT! No single hop beer routinely provides the nose that the Simcoe does.
Has much as I love the aroma of a single hopped Simcoe, I am let down by the one note flavor profile. Initially it is cool to taste all those tropical characteristics but they wear out the welcome quickly. This is the Simcoe downfall if you ask me.
All three offer an "alpha strong" mouth feel that has metallic, tea bag and boozy notes. Hard to distinguish one from the other with maybe the Simcoe being slightly softer.
I like me Simcoe hops and this beer does not disappoint. That said... I still think this hop is better used blended with one or two other different siblings. (Tied with the EKG as my second favorite of the 5 single hopped Lat 48)
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Let’s 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. There’s 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. "It’s 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. Makes me think of it as Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe’s kid brother, with it’s pithy, citrusy character, the premier really accentuating the bitterness.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Latitude 48 IPA - Simcoe
Date: November 08, 2011
Appearance: hazy orange, fine beige head
Aroma: dry yet fruity aroma, light citrus
Flavor: fruity orange flavor, plenty of citrus, bitter citrus rind, hint of spicyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber with a light khaki head. nose is citrus, bubblegum, sticky, and bitter. smooth on teh palate, chewy fruits, bitter, and a nice finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Rating #207. Clear, dark amber pour with a nice light tan head. Piney aroma with a light underlying malt sweetness. Bitter hop bite up front that lingers on the back of the tongue for awhile. Not bad. (2027)
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of grapefruit, some resiny undertones. Tastes citrussy and bitter with some caramel on the finish. The Simcoe hops could have been much more assertive than they were.
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Same amber pour with ample head. The most mellowed of all the varieties. Missing that ’cat pee’ note that I normally associate with this hop. Bitter lingering finish with the pine.