Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Buttery, Cascade-type aroma. Fairly standard Sam bottle, orangey beer. Resinous, cat-whizzy hopping which makes the beer taste drier than I would have thought, compared to the other versions of this IPA. Medium mouthfeel, some astringency. This hop is obviously a supporting actor and not really a standalone player.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
crazyvin (1837) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber colored body with a tan head that had nice retention and good lace. Aroma had a big hit of sweet grapefruit upfront and some mild pine, malts were a distant caramel note. Flavor was slightly fruity and certainly bitter. Bitterness was enhanced by the beers overall dryness. Malts were slightly more apparent in the flavor still leaning towards the caramel characteristics. Decent.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, pine, resin, and evergreen, but it is weak. Poured amber/orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, frothy, off-white/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of slight caramel, hops, pine, resin, light wood, and light malt. Medium body. Thin, watery, then slightly sticky and lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, slightly sweet, hop, malt, pine, resin finish is dry.
TheJester (1689) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. The last of the six for me. And somehow Iíve managed to try them in reverse order of how much I like them. This one looks the same, and smells similar to the Zeus. However, the pine is tempered with a little sweet citrus in the nose. The flavour is a little milder than the Zeus, more citrussy, and more drinkable.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best of all of the LAT 48 IPAís. Nicely hopped, with mild tastes of wheat, citrus, pine and spice. Complex and interesting.
CanIHave4Beers (2878) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now I never expected one of these beers to look better than the other ones... This one has the same basic orange color but the head is huge and fluffy leaving a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma has a good bit of tropical fruit but also that big caramel bit & the two sort of fight for dominance in the aroma and donít mesh all that great. After a few whiffs that onion on fruity simcoe character wins out, which is for the best. This beer reminds me of something I had noticed a few times in Simcoe focused beers from much smaller breweries. Crystal malt and simcoe donít mix so hot. At least not in my mind, whats good here is that there is plenty of that nice character of sharp fruit rind and onion from the hops along with a very nice bitterness, itís close enough to very good because the hops are so vibrant. But the sweetness of the malt muddles the flavors of the hops in an unpleasant way that at best tastes like Iced Tea & gives a sensation that you are eating a very strange exotic fruit. Not that either of those flavors are terrible but I think this hop varietal works either better in a mix or with an entirely drier beer all together. You would think with a my comments that I didnít like this, but the hops did carry it through for the most part and made it an enjoyable beer.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber/orange, with am off white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Flavor is grapefruit, pine resin, and caramel. Medium to light body.
Boutip (4433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is a nice well balanced mix between some semi-sweet caramel malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though the floral or fruity notes did not come out as much as I had expected Ė I prefer the Mikkeller single hops version to this one.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours clear deep copper with tan head. The aroma is on the mild side with a mix of tangelo citrus, pears and spicy hops. The taste is similar with spicy hops that lean more towards bittering than flavor. I also get a blending of grapefruit and tangelo that are also on the bitter side and call up murmurs of hop resin.