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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only American Zeus hops, which create an intense piney and resinous character. This brew leans strongly towards the hop character, but is balanced by the malt's sweetness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available in 12 oz. bottles as part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel white color over a maple amber body with light speckled sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) The Zeus hop generates a piney, resinous aroma with a moderate to intense bitterness atop a milder caramel and pale malt body with a soft sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Strikingly bitter up front, with strong hop notes of resinous pine, subdued fruit and earth. Zeus is not quite primed as a show-carrying hop with its generally limited flavor range but is notably the most bitter single hop out of the 5 beers that I have had in this series. The malt profile tries to make up for the deficit in balance with a bready malt profile and a caramel sweetness, but the Zeus hop ultimately wins the balance to the hop side with its striking bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is mildly oily, medium resinous and moderately dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is lightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) The grand finale of the single hops incorporated into Latitude 48, as well as the only hop variety I have not previously experienced in an isolated form, turned out to power the driving force of bitterness that comes through strongly in the complete 5-hop IPA recipe. Because of this potential, I find Zeus a better bittering hop than as a flavor or aroma hop as its flavor diversity is quite limited. Despite this, it has the power to add a serious smack of bitterness to any beer without signifigantly compromising or overshadowing a flavor hop like Simcoe or Mosaic. Paired with a complimentary hop of a broader and more defined flavor range, Zeus could make a formidable sidekick hop to round out and beef up just about any IPA on the market. 3.75

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zanico
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear copper with some off white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and resin hops, with a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like resin hops, with some citrus zest and honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was maybe the best IPA of the pack, with crisp scent and taste and passable body. Not delicious, but really not bad.

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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly into a thin broken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation and there was significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: caramel, bread, pepper.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread then an average piney hop profile with just a hint of a metallic taste.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good IPA but not spectacular, there was a slight metallic taste that was somewhat unpleasant to me.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is dark copper to near amber, head is light tan and presents thick almost 1/2 inch.

Smell is piney, earthy, a good amount of caramel malt but its clean followed by some more biscuity malt, light toast.

Taste is a bit sweeter, more caramel than in the nose; hops are bitter, earthy, somewhat harsh.

Mouthfeel is fairly balanced and more ipa like, less sweet in the lingering feel and more bitter.

Overall, an ipa that leans more towards a hoppy amber ale with a harsher bitter flavor

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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; moderate lacing;

S: earthy with a little pine and caramel;

T: earthy up front; spiciness kicks in mid-palate and stay through the finish; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a nice piece of the Latitude 48 puzzle;

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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