deyholla (12588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a bit of tangy citrus to balance the resin. Flavor is very similar with a pine note throughout that is joined by a slight citrus note. zimm421 (63) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Appears a clear amber to copper color. With a bubbly off-white head. Smells of grassy and earthy notes, as well as a bready/biscuty smell. The taste is far too sweet. Tastes again of the bready flavors with a lot of butteriness as well. Only a slight hint of bitterness at the end with earthy flavors. Palate is soft, creamy and thick with a low level of carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but doesn’t fit within the IPA guidelines as I understand them. Slightly disappointed here, hope the others are more impressive. HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Probably my favorite in the series, which doesn’t say a whole ton. Pretty nice lemon pepper hop profile on that boring but clean malt body. Solidly drinkable; I’d take another, for sure. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Deep clear orange red body with a thin white head. Aromas and flavor are more malty than hoppy. Some cereal grain malts combined with lighter hops. Palate is good. Seems more like an american pale ale profile. Quite drinkable and enjoyable. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2011
I love the grit and mold this hop variety reveals in it’s oldworld take on bitterness. This brew pours amber with a decent heads that doesn’t last. Smells like those gritty little moldy hops I like so much. Full body with good carbonation. This brew seems a bit off center. I can tell they are trying to spotlight the hop variety. Which is the point, right? Decent hop balance but lacking in real flavor (as a beer). Theres a nice biscuit nuance that adds to my enjoyment. The finish is bittered well. Overall: I wouldn’t buy it as a beer alone but I do appreciate the experimental attitude of the brewer. It’s a third the price of the Mikkeller single hop series.
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Clear amber pour, with a white head. Biscuity malt, sweetness, lemon grass, and herbal hops. Not that great, I like the regular version better. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2011
12 oz. bottle from the variety pack - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one and a third finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine and light herbal hops. Flavor is pine and floral hops, esters, and lightly sweetened malt. Medium body. Smooth finish. No lingering astringent aftertaste. This taste very similar to the EKG version. A good IPA.
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear orangey amber with a dense off-white head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up lemon and herbal notes over honey and bready malts.. deeper down was a little earthy character.. quite enjoyable. The flavor found mostly honey at the core, with lemon and orange bitterness around.. a few too many sugars around, but it was certainly tasty. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation on the palate.. well-balanced, and I found the hops interesting. Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is ripe with citrus notes, particularly lemon. Flavor has some lemon and orange but also a fair share of pine. Very soft hint of spice on the finish. The bitterness is mellow compared to the Zeus and Simcoe versions, but it doesnt seem to be any sweeter. Palate is smooth and well carbonated. Not great, but good enough. I dont think Hallertau is bold enough to stand alone in a single hop IPA. oobawa (1862) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Well, I’ve discovered the hop responsible for ruining Latitude 48: the Hallertau Mittelfrueh. While this hop does wonders for pilsners, as a component of an IPA, it shows its failings. The taste is piney bitterness and bread-laced malt sweetness, and not much else, save for mild herbal notes on the fade. Call this brew an India Pilsner Ale.