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

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Style:
Rye Beer
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
422
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
85
Very 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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BWED from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -8%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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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ONUMello from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -9%
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
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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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CHickman from New York

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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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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
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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katybee from Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dark brown, medium-light bodied , with the punch of grapefruit to complement the rye flavor.

A very solid rye; different in character than stout or porter, with grapefruity citrus overtones. Not really complex at all, though; none of the biscuity-ness of a stout, and no sweetness. (Hop Rod Rye is similar but with a bit more character and punch.)

Yet as a "Session rye" it's definitely got it's place amidst the other beers in this category. And flavorful and refreshing. Just thought with all the brewers collaorating, that this might be something more....

Aug 15, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this should be better than it is, especially given the breweries involved. i was somewhat surprised to see it coming in at a darker color, closer to brown than anything, with an active lighter head and a lot of bubbles. it smells like a darker rye malt, which i kind of like, but thats really about all we get out of this. a slight chocolate roasty thing going on, but nowhere near the hops i expected for the style and hardly a trace of any hibiscus, just a slight floral element that i have to look for to find. i like the rye though, i think this is better than the other rye beer in the box, its more featured and with much more depth, nice with the darker malts too. smooth and easy drinking on the feel, lots of body but also a ton of bubbles, really nice settling in the tummy. none of these beers were very bold to me, i liked past releases under the beer camp name a lot better i think, and aside from the brown, they were all a bit safe and pedestrian. i realize these have been out for awhile now, so some hops and other more robust elements may have faded, and the beer really is pretty good as it is, i liked this one much better than others, but its crazy how sort of uninteresting they seem to be given the purpose of the project. maybe my second or third favorite though overall from this release.

Aug 13, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brief impressions from a bottle:

Malt-emphatic, with some of rye malt's signature spiciness poking through the sweetness along with some breadiness.

Decent for a rye beer if you don't mind simplicity and shallowness. I find no hibiscus, and would be surprised if anyone actually picked up on it in a blind tasting.

Drinkable but unremarkable. Still, it's nice to see a rye beer from a popular brewery; maybe this will turn drinkers on to superior expressions of the category.

Low C- (2.52) / BELOW AVERAGE

Aug 11, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Bevmo Glendale for $24 in late May. Packaged in April.

Beer poured brownish with a beautiful white head that faded pretty quickly.

Nose was hints of rye spiciness and citrus.

Taste is rye bread forward with some hints of floral hops and a mild bite from the hibiscus in the end.

Feel is light to medium bodied and lively on the palate.

Overall i really liked how the brewers reduced the malt bill in order to showcase the rye and hibiscus. Most rye beers are usually overpowered by the larger barley based malt bills and hops bill to be just barely detectable.

Aug 10, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Served in a snifter glass.

Darker caramel body, on the lighter side of brown, one finger white head, short retention. Didn't see much lacing. Smells of a big rye punch, floral notes, bready biscuit, caramel and a bit of pine as well. The rye smells somewhat spicy, but on the flavour, it definitely tastes like rye. Nice rye spice, bread, biscuit, caramel to go along with it, and a light resinous pine and floral bitterness finishes things off. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, fair bit of carbonation, slightly overbittered for what the rest of the beer offers. Overall, an interesting rye-forward beer that was certainly worth trying.

Aug 02, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with moderate light penetration. There's an inch of creamy beige resting on top. I smell botanical hibiscus with a hint of earthy rye. I taste the floral hibiscus at the front of the palate. The back of the palate brings forth dark malt, earthy rye, and a light dose of piney hops. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

Jul 31, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7/22....pours dark reddish brown, but with very low foam. Very subtle rye nose, light caramel. Empty. Malty rye sweet open, some fading, but the rye bitter holds throughout. Nuanced flavor profile. Simplistic, rich mouthfeel.

Jul 30, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark brownish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper + ruby red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye malts with a light aroma of fruity yeast (apple + pear) along with moderate aromas of floral/hibiscus + citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of spicy rye malts with a light amount of caramel malts and just a hint of sweetness. There is a light presence of light fruity yeast (apple + pear). Finally there is a slightly less than moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit zest, pine, and floral/hibiscus hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades away in a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The flavors from the rye are not as pronounced as I had hoped for but this is still a very enjoyable beer with a very nice hop profile. Easy to drink and just about sessionable but I could still easily have a couple of these.

Jul 30, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: rye and earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: bread, spicy rye, some grapefruit, moderate bitterness, and finishes with some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a good beer that is easy to drink. Probably my least favorite in the pack though.

Jul 28, 2016
Beer Camp Across America - West Latitude from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 422 ratings