Latona IPA
Sound Brewery

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American IPA
3.91 | pDev: 7.93%
Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly dark murky orange/copper color with a stifled small cap of a head. Slightly foamy but dissolving quite quickly.
The aroma had some yeasty/doughy malts playing with some citrus rind and pine in a mostly bitter fashion.
The flavor leans towards a slight bitterness initially but clings to a moderate sweet citrusy side nicely. Slight aftertaste of bread and citrus.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Bitterness seems to bite like an old school enduring harshness. Sturdy carbonation and ABV. Hoppy bitter finish.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good AIPA I'd have again.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves spiky undergound city lace as it recedes.

Smells of rising brown bread dough, muddled citrus and tropical fruit (mostly orange and mango), mint leaves and softly piney hops.

Tastes of more sweet brown bread, grapefruit and orange rind, more fresh mind and gentle resiny hops.

Feels mild and soft. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Big and bitter.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any beer that is designed to honor the Latona Pub, my favorite watering hole in Seattle, gets a little extra credit from me. But this one wouldn't really need it. It's solid on its own merits. The Nelson Sauvin figures large, and that's definitely to its credit. A worthy tribute, and then some, to my favorite neighborhood spot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus juice, citrus zest, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, dirt, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but the hop flavors are a bit on the earthy and dirty side to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at the hoppy brew tap takeover at Beer Rev YEGDT.

This beer appears a glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy and weakly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some rather sparse outlying specks of island atoll lace around the glass as it quite quickly abates.

It smells of grainy, bready pale and caramel malt, prominent, yet indistinct light orchard fruit notes, and faint earthy, weedy, and weakly citrusy hops. The taste is somewhat grainy and doughy caramel malt, more strangely understated and mixed-up beyond belief citrusy, leafy, and piney hops, and a subtle booziness having its third smoke outside the gate.

The bubbles are pretty tame and innocuous for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, the hops picking this point in time to make a minor fuss. It finishes hoppy, uber-alles, the west coast pushiness hardly worth questioning at this juncture.

A pleasant enough IPA, the grainy and hoppy measures working it out, as it were - even though the former does well to dominate the conversation. Nice to be able to try this so far from the purported limited distribution zone, eh?

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice tribute to one of my all-time favorite watering holes, Seattle's Latona Pub. I got a lot of 'cat pee' on the nose with this one, and more kiwi fruit on the taste than I have for any other IPA I've previously tried. In fact, the flavor was sort of like kiwi-grapefruit-mint juice (the Nelson Sauvin figuring large, I suppose). Inviting, interesting, and refreshing--but perhaps slightly lacking that sweet and sturdy malt base which I personally prefer on offerings of this type. It was, at any rate, my first beer from Sound, and it makes me want to seek out their other offerings--because, ultimately, this was very good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy honey golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of bright white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was a big blast of combined pine and citrus hops that added up to a unique lupulin scent. There was just enough malt in the background to provide some balance. The flavor profile was pretty similar, but the malt had stronger presence, and that really let the hop flavors shine. The pine hops had the front, and there was a nicely bitter citrus finish.

The body was a bit fuller tan typical for the style, but not heavy or thick, and the citrus lingered over an otherwise clean finish. Drinkability was good, my pint went quickly, and I'm considering another pint. Overall, a nice take on the style. I'm not sure how much of this will be available outside the brewery and the Latona Pub (it's my understanding that this brewed first as an anniversary beer beer for the pub), maybe it'll become a rotating or seasonal brew. Certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear pale golden color with a modest white head, decent amount of bubbles and some sticky white lacing

S: Tropical fruits and floral notes. Smells so nice and fresh!

T: Initial blast of tropical fruit, citrus and flowers with a nice biiterness that starts about midway and finishes up. There is a little slickness to it on the finish.

M: Light medium bodied, well carbonated, bitterness sits on the palate for a while.

O: Very good IPA! This should be the new Sound mainstay IPA

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Photo of harrymel
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the folks at the brewery, this was brewed once for Latona's 15th anniversary (in Seattle), and once again for the brewery.

Pours a golden ale with a solid sheet of white foam and leaves rope lace. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, mint and grass - really digging the fruit in the nose here - a winner from this aspect. Nice sweetness combated with a healthy bitterness accented with peach and hemp and grapefruit rinds. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb and a wet, slick finish. A really good beer. I've had over five pints in the last three days.

This brewery kills IPA's for me. Love 'em.

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Latona IPA from Sound Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 24 ratings