bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ageing a little now so the punch from the hops is well diminished but still shows nice zesty resinous citrus notes. Big bitter finish post swallow. Lovely
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Poured straight into my Sam Adams glass, the Zeus has a notably more orangey head, a little less robust than the Hallertau. Same light copper malt color. Taste still brings on the pine resin and hop-leafy bitterness; this seems to have held out the best, so far, of my aged stash. All these beers have shown a nice, rich malt profile that tilts them toward an American Pale Ale, no matter which hops are used. This has been a fun experiment, and since Sam doesnít have a regular IPA in its line-up, you can try these with no baseline to check them against. Except for the original Lat. 48į.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper pour with a medium sized head. Minimal lacing on my class. Worried I let this sit a bit too long, but, nope, the flavor is still there. Nice sweet hoppy taste with a very smooth finish. This one is standing out to me so far out of the deconstructed series. A brilliant idea by Sam Adams.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a monstrous sizing of foamed head while the liquid was a light tea brown hue. As for the aroma, my nose is able to detect a grassy scent of hops that almost have a faint smell of some dried out chronic while also having a danky skunk smell that comes along with imported green bottles. The flavor has a grassy flavor of hay too that also has a taste of skunkiness like Beckís or St. Pauliís girl. Another thing worth mentioning is that the taste of the beer is bready with a notice of multi-grain and oats.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright amber with some off-white head. Nose is dank with pine and caramel malt. Flavor is earthy with a good amount of malt and dank sticky hops.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroam,floral, spruce, citrus, resin,
color, clear amber, lacing head
taste, bitterness on the tongue, piney too, not ballanced by thats what i like
overall great beer loved it.
BillWyce (698) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes: Poured slightly hazy orange-amber with a thick, off-white head that lasted nicely. Piney aroma, somewhat sharply so. Medium-bodied, with mild depth. Sharp, resiny pine flavor that lingers a bit on the tongue.
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part 2 of vertical (Next to the Ahtanum, Simcoe and baseline Lat 48): As expected all three beers have pretty much identical appearances. Same score as the Simcoe and baseline. "Nice deep golden hue with a big frothy slightly off-white head and streams of lacework."
Yeah, a pungent resiny, leafy and even dank tone about the nose of this single hop. This hop must be the one that gives the baseline beer the dank quality it has. I am NOT A FAN, my least favorite aroma of all 6 beers.
The taste of this beer is bold and crass, aggressive raw and earthy notes with a long metallic finish. That said, I do like the singularity of the hop on the palate.
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 .
Overall, sure is unruly and needs a firm hand to keep it in place but at least it is not afraid to show itís true colors. Catty, Resiny, Brash. YEP... but good enough to score higher than the Ahtanum.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Lightly resinous, lightly oily lemon hop character. It may be my least favorite of the Deconstructed pack, not that it ultimately matters much, as this has been a fun learning endeavor overall. I feel like a kid in the public school system enjoying a perfunctory math ditto!
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Latitude 48 IPA - Zeus
Date: November 07, 2011
Appearance: hazy orange, fine beige head, scattered lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma
Flavor: sweet citrus flavor, light spicyness, touch of fruityness, well balanced bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4