DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber with a beige head. Very subdues fruity and piney hops aroma. Bitter hoppy flavor with some pine and grapefruit. Medium-bodied.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of our friend Nathan. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep orange color; significant, creamy light-tan head with solid retention and lacing; nice pour. Modest earthiness and pine in the aroma; restrained sweetness, or at least buried sweetness, but not much coming through here. Medium body; medium carbonation; some juicy pine and earthy notes, along with a candied core sweetness that shows more prominently here than in the nose; a slightly coarse hop character, and, like most of these, not particularly enjoyable to drink. Rough hops, overly sweet core, and a core bitterness that becomes more pronounced, but without much hop flavor to support it. Eh. Like all of the other single-hop varieties, better than the original version, but underwhelming. Lengthy finish of sticky pine and earthy hop bitterness; ends both dry and with crystalline sweetness sticking.
jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber body with orange highlights. Fizzy, off-white head. Strong plant aroma of leafy hops. Notes of earth, caramel, toasted grain, resin, pines, flowers. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter, a bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Tastes of grapefruit skin, citrus, orange and pine. Aggressive hops with strong raw-hop aroma and taste make this rendition less clean than the others (except for the Simcoe). Not my favorite.
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a Shaker. Pours a very dark burnt orange with about half a finger of white head. Heavy aroma of sprucy hops. Taste is medium bitter. Very nice pine taste. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long, very bitter finish. Overall, very good. Something I would buy a 6pk of.
high_on_hops (466) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An off-white head with a golden IPA color. smooth for an IPA. The smell and taste have more of the standard hop signature, with strong pine and bitterness.
Aurelius (3715) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one smelled strongly of west coast hopping when you first cracked it open, but then it settled down. Nice zip. There were some bubblegum notes in there too as the beer warmed. Long bitter aftertaste. Decent enough. Iím now going to go cut-and-paste my appearance and mouthfeel comments from the other beers in the sampler: Average label, orangy beer with a fluffy head.
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TheJester (1642) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL bottle. Same orange-copper and nice (small) beige head as the others. This is the strongest and best smelling of the bunch, so far, and could almost be passed off as an APA. Itís the first (so far) to really have a notable resin note. There is even more resin in the flavour, and significant bitterness from start to finish. As nice as this is, I gotta say I like Zeus even more as an aroma hop than a flavour hop.
Sammer (964) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty much in line with the other LAT 48 beers. Citrus, pine and earth tastes. Very decent.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, resin, caramel, and toasting. Pouted amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, resin, hops, and light wood. Medium body. Dry, then slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, resin, hop finish is dry.