Beer Camp Across America - West Latitude
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Rye Beer
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
298
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 02, 2020
Added:
Feb 04, 2016
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  63
SCORE
84
Good
Beer Camp Across America - West LatitudeBeer Camp Across America - West Latitude
Notes: Collaboration with Bear Republic Brewing Co., Faction Brewing, Mad River Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Company

West Latitude compbines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian "aloha" from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchored by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body but looms large, like the long shadows of a westward setting sun.

2016 Beer Camp Across America collaboration
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
July 4th, 2016 - Right out of the bottle this sessionable rye comes kicking with smells of jerky and pork ribs, and the same is true with the flavor. Though the intensity of these notes have been thinned by the reasonably light body, though beefy jerky notes are clear as day, with the peppery part most pronounced in the aftertaste.
Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 4/4/16; drank 5/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); a curtain of frothy tree-rung lace.

Mild blood orange & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & mild blood orange flavors; a drying finish. Simple but pleasant; too reserved flavor-wise for me to embrace.
Dec 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.53 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by BWED from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into Willibecher.

A- Mahogany in color. Great clarity. Head is dense and hangs on through the life of the beer. Cream colored. Great lacing.

S- Brown sugar, roast, slight pine and some floral notes.

T- Flavor is light, roasty, with a subtle sweetness. Floral notes also in there, with a bit of spice.

M- Body is rather light. Sweet mostly throughout. Finish has that floral note with a mildly spicy roast, Lingers a bit.

O- Not as much of a rye character as expected. Though a solid drinker.
Apr 04, 2018
 
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.64 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.44 by lochef81 from Michigan

May 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Apr 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some rye. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, rye. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.
Apr 04, 2017
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
- duvel glass.

A: Cola pour sits a flat black in the vessel with a quickly diminishing beach sand colored head. Lacing is small and intricate in design.

S: Sweet sugary coated grapefruit first emerges. Citrus-pine juice, wet and juicy, with a fresh forest like scent of spruce. Some sweet cola finishes off with a slice of fresh tart lemon and sour fruit.

T: The flavor was sour citrus and lemon hops against a soft, roasted barley malting and dry rye spicing. Pine resin hops are sticky, with a soft bittering roast with some peppercorns. Things conclude with a roasted peppery hop flower with some spicy anise.

M: The mouthful was medium full, slick in texture and sticky in consistency. Spicy rye warmth on inner cheeks with a soft touch of carbonation.

O: Drinks like a black ipa. Hoppy and well pronounced, with roasted barley and peppery rye. Labeled as a session rye, at 5.5% drinks with a full spectrum of flavor and depth.
Mar 23, 2017
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Reviewed by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle thanks to mothmanscott, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a caramel reddish color body, 1 finger off white foam head, spotty lacing, carbonation
S: fantastic floral aroma, sweet malt, some light musty rye
M: medium body with a drying finish on the tongue
T: slight citrus, some herbal/ vegetable taste, tartness coming from hibiscus, earthy hops, slight mineraly in the finish
O: great easy drinking rye, I'm amazed how tame the rye is and as rye beer lover this is really cool on the lightness of rye and blend of other flavors. Great selection.
Mar 15, 2017
 
Rated: 2.84 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of grainy caramelized malt notes with hibiscus is a bit weird. Taste is a mix of caramelized grainy notes with residual sugar and hibiscus notes which are more or less clashing against each other’s. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not a big fan of the caramelized malt notes and the hibiscus notes.
Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by mmorris15 from Maine

Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.72 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by DruC4 from Michigan

Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.73 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small but firm head of foam.

Grapefruit and rye hoppiness in the smell, more fruity character.

Caramel and grainy malt balanced by the rye spicy hop and citrus. I held on to the bottle longer than I should have but hey, it's drinking well. A good and solid beer.
Nov 17, 2016
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear reddish-brown or mahogany, with a goodly amount of effervescence steaming up from the bottom of the glass. The pour produces 2 fingers of light tan, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves a coating of webby lacing. THIS IS A VERY ATTRACTIVE BREW! Aroma is an earthy malt backbone of caramel, roast, cocoa, musty rye spice & dates blended with grapefruit, tropical & floral hops. Taste is much less malt forward/intense than the nose with caramel, toast & roast in front followed by low impact rye spice with earthy, fruity & citrus hops prominent. Finishing dry & bitter across the tongue, front to back with an increasingly bitter & drawing pine, ash aftertaste. Mouthfeel is the most light bodied rye beer I have had to date. This makes sense since it is a session ale. Moderate carbonation, clean, somewhat smooth for the style & dry with a hint of chalkiness on the back & center of the tongue. The bitterness lingers long in the dry aftertaste. I don't know how to identify the hibiscus but I do pick up a slight vegetal/herbal hint & something in the aftertaste that is very ash like.
Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by rwilde from Ohio

Oct 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.2 by Ljoreilly from Georgia

Oct 16, 2016
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear or nearly clear deep amber color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is a bit lacking but a half finger of foamy lacing is left.

3.5 S: The rye and hibiscus step right out into the forefront right from the start. Behind that is a floral and herbal hoppiness. Caramel sweet maltiness with a touch of doughiness and a stanky pine. Good but nothing special.

3.5 T: The taste offers a grand mix of herbal, piney, and earthiness. Spicy earthy rye, floral and herbal hibiscus, and piney hops. Moderately bitter. On the drier side, but not imbalanced. Caramel maltiness to round it out.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation that is a touch bity. Light creaminess and smooth enough.

3.5 D: Not bad, but doesn't stand out despite having an interesting flavor profile.
Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by BamfBacon from Ohio

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by BigRed10 from Illinois

Sep 17, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Comes in a brown color and rises to a full 1" of lesser tan head. Aroma is unlike almost anything you've had in this color beer, very tropical/island feel to it. Kind of like that super rare black ipa that smells more of hops than roast.

Taste is interesting, there's the floral hop arrangement, the nutty brown malt vibe, the earthy rye breadiness. Toffee. For this being a rye beer, its almost the last thing you can pick up on. Everything else leans forward while it sits subdued in the background. Mouthfeel and body stay relatively light.
Sep 14, 2016
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle dated 4/4/16 poured into a tulip
A: Fairly dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Rye, hibiscus and nutty... an interesting combination
T: Nothing stands out. There's some generic grain, hops and florals but nothing definitive or unique
M: Medium-bodied, a touch acidic
O: I wish either the rye or hibiscus would have shown more, neither stands out
Sep 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by ahommell from Mississippi

Sep 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Sep 11, 2016
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
West latitude pours birlliant brown (SRM 27) under a 1/2" persistent cream to light tan foam cap. The beer has an enticing aroma composed of rye spice, light roast, a trace of nuttiness, a hint of eartiness and some light floral. The attack starts with creamy rye flavors with some near the toasty end of rye which sets it apart from German Rogenbier. There is a slight sweetness that dries out by the finish. A light grainy tartness near the finish with help from the hibiscus joins with coffee and chocolate. While roast is pleasant, there is nothing harsh or burnt. The bitterness is mild to just above and the malt is medium to medium high. Both the grains and a mild hop presence contribute to the bitterenss. West Latitude has a very creamy texture with a medium to medium full body and medium full carbonation. This is a big flavored beer with moderate alcohol making it very easy to drink.
Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Sep 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Sep 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by Benish from Utah

Sep 03, 2016
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This came in a pricey 12pck from the beer store just around the corner. It poured a clear deep mahogany with off white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent had pine and touch of bitter citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and came off the pallet very dry...like most ryes. There is pine and citrus peel. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok...certainly worth a shot.
Sep 01, 2016
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours mahogany brown color with red accents that lead up to a 1-2 finger tan head that was full of tiny bubbles, fading ever so slowly and leaving really nice foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of toasted grains, rye, wet cardboard, peppery spices, mild brown sugar, floral hops, malt and earthy notes. The rye and grains are the strongest accents of the aroma, but as it sits and warms up it all blends together and seems muted.

Tastes very similar to the nose with toasted grains, a strong rye component, wet cardboard, peppery spices, mild brown sugar, floral hops, malt and earthy notes, followed by piney hops, spruce, more rye and I guess the hibiscus since there is a flowery sweetness before the spicy bitterness takes over as it fades. Zesty is a good way to describe it.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and almost watery, with a lighter body, low carbonation and a spicy bitter finish which is on the dry side. It was good, but not really exciting at all, lacking anything that made it unique besides the rye for a rye beer. A session rye by design was accomplished, but to me it comes off as a safe attempt at making this style of brew.
Aug 31, 2016
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle pour to shaker. Deep caramel color with foam that sticks. Nose on the malty side with some grassy hop. Big body, especially for a session beer. Bitterness is almost balanced by the residual sugar from the rye. Enjoyable and unique.
Aug 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by user785335 from Florida

Aug 28, 2016
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 04/04/16," into nonic pint. This beer is notable for its complexity (including the trendy hibiscus), but the combination of rye spiciness and hop fruitiness is what makes it memorable.
Aug 28, 2016
Beer Camp Across America - West Latitude from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 423 ratings