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

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A novel idea. I'm having fun working my way through the 12 pack.
This beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.
An herbal, piney aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.
Very piney taste; resinous. The malt was almost overwhelmed by the hops.
I like hops, but this was a little too bitter for me. Oh, well. On to the next one

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from the Deconstructed box..Best before dating on the label

Pours lightly hazed darker almond orangy amber. Khaki head that stays a bit, leaves better then average, sloppy and slippery strands of lacing.

Resiny and citric hop nose.

Resiny, grainy hops run this show. I pick up some pine, some more citrus and more and more hop infused resin. Not a long finish or a lot of complexity, but another workmanlike IPA, that simply put is good drinking and quite enjoyable.

That it for my box set of IPAs...said it before, but hats of to S.A, for this collection of hoppy brews and for the interesting tastes and smells they provided.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark copper color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some biscuit malt mixed in. The flavor is a great mix of resiny and orange citrus hops, along with some biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. The beer is also very dry, but easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness glass.

Pours a nice slighhtly hazy amber color with a small white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Nose is very nice, its hoppy and fresh with some tropical fruit.

Taste is much more bitter than the others in the pack, there's a nice mango/pineapple flavor that is nice and fresh. There's a good creamy mouthfeel that makes it a highlight in the pack.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: This hop gives a very herbal, piney aroma with some spice and citrus. Lots of pine with good hints of grapefruit, orange, mesquite, and a little pepper. A good amount of caramel and toffee malts round it out.

Taste: Strong piney and citrus taste up front consisting of resin, grapefruit, and orange peel. This is followed by a good kick of peppery spice from mesquite. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts. The spice makes this hop stand out from the rest of the pack.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: This hop stands alone very well with the spice adding an interesting element. This pack has been very interesting.

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

All these beers look the same, coppery orange, good amount of clarity, ample head. Neat peppery hop aroma, this has been my favorite smell wise of the Latitude series.

Easy drinking, yet hoppy, subtle caramel, bitter, mild pine, citrus & pepper hop flavor. Just the right tough of sweetness to it. Carbonation just right, allows every aspect of the beer to come out.

One of, if not the best single hop ipa I've ever drank. Good price point on these too. A real every day ipa.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing pale copper with a light khaki tan head forming a thick billowing head after a vigorous pour. Lacing starts to forms in fine scattered patterns with each sip. Aromatics this one comes off initially with a much danker earthiness and pine than the rest of the varieties. Flavor hits with a much harsher angle of bitterness, earthy pine needle collaboration really makes your palate run and hide with the hop bitterness. The first few sips result in billowing hop burps that run through the nares. The caramel biscuit malts really don't make it to the party in this version the hops just tend to overshadow the malts in this version, I'm pretty sure Zeus is a higher alpha acid varietial and it shows in this beer. Mouthfeel is resinous with hops medium bodied evenly carbonated a really enjoyable experience really. When it comes down to it, another fine single hopped IPA very excited to have 6 more of these different IPAs in the fridge. If need be I'll provide updates on my thoughts about these beers.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a beautiful clear orange-amber in color with a towering tan head that lasted a long time and left exceptional lacing on glass.

Smell: Notably hoppy, with a grapefruit and pine-like aroma. Earthy. Hints at a bitter or sour brew.

Taste: caramel malt more hidden than in the other versions of this series, with a strong piney hop component that turns even more bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Nowhere near as enjoyable as the standard Latitude IPA, with too much of a resinous pine flavor. Borders on 3.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a rather dry finish. A slight harshness from the hops.

Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48 (my BA rating is an A), I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. Not this one, however; too harsh, too bitter given the corresponding flavor component, and a lesser mouthfeel. Still, I highly recommend the deconstructed Latitude IPA mix pack to all BA members: aside from home brews, this presents an unrivaled chance to study the similarities and differences in 4 hop varieties. Based on this beer, I think Zeus hops may be a fine addition to many brews but should not be left to stand on their own unless used in small quantities.

Photo of richkrull
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent amber color with a bit of white head and decent lacing.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Maybe a little spicy as well.

Taste is malty up front with a slightly bitter hop finish. Not too strong.

Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty east drinking beer.

Overall a hood IPA. Not great but I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind drinking it again but could use more hops.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was number 2 in a personal tasting of this series.

Like Ahtanum, this one is darker than amber but not quite copper with lots of clarity. An off-white head is about a finger tall and stays around, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.
Pine is in this one, as well as citrus, but this is an interesting hops profiling with more of an earthy feel to it in the nose and very herbal as well. The combination is almost woody, maybe even grassy like Saaz.
This one goes with a harsher bitterness in the flavor than I could have expected from the aroma. There's almost a pine needle coming up front. Grassiness still comes through, as does a bite of spice. Malts don't add as much balance to this one as to others and this could really benefit from an increase in the light caramel and breads flavors the hops provide. it's a really nice flavor under the blaring harshness of the bitterness.
This is a crisp, smooth beer with a medium body. It runs quite dry and I'm glad the hops profile doesn't add a harsh edge in the mouthfeel.
It's a good beer, but one of the ones I prefered least out of all of them.

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The zeus version looks the same as the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is more citrus forward with grapefruit notes.

Flavor seems more sharp and bitter than the others, possibly because of the high alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a slight bit over carbonated, like the others.

Overall it's good but I think the simcoe was my favorite. It's interesting to have these single hop beers but I can see why the best IPAs often have 3-4+ different varieties. It gives more balance and depth of flavors.

Photo of cokes
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same peripherals as the others, so I'll focus on the differences.
The nose is a bit muted, and the malt seems to muddy it more (and the more of these I try, I begin to wonder why they didn't go with a drier malt profile). The Zeus brings pine needles, hay bales, and lime rinds.
Same sweetish, caramel-bready malt base. Zeus brings a profound (for the series) bitterness wrought of pine sap, citrus peels, grapefruit juice, and spearmint. Resinous on the finish, with a good amount of lingering bitterness.
This is a nice showcase for the Zeus hop, aside from a mediocre aroma, it's a hop that can carry an IPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours huge off-white thick head, one-third inch retained head, on orange body. Orange and malt aroma. Bold orange and grapefruit citrus flavour, though more subdued than the East Kent Goldings single hop version. This is a good IPA, one of the best of the series.

Photo of secondtooth
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a rich and frothy off-white head. Stylish and lovely ornate lacing.

Nose is mild citrus and pine. Not too imposing.

Easy-drinking and well-balanced, with malts blended well with the hops. I get some pine and orange peel, and some lemon even. A palate-pleasing and fine IPA, for sure.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful idea by Sammy A! A deconstruction of the Lat 48 so we as beer advocates can taste single hop ales. The Zeus portion was copper clear in color. Good carbonation but head retention was a little amiss. The nose was pine and slight citrus. The taste was a full bodied beer with great pine taste. There is a slight citrus, but the after taste is powered by pine. The mouthfeel was good, some may not like the heavy body, but I sure did. Great Job Sammy A!

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second stop on my Deconstructed Latitude 48 tour – Zeus.

The Zeus variety of Latitude 48 is a nice amber/copper color. There’s not an ounce of haze, and it features strong orange highlights when held to light. An off-white head stretches over two and a half fingers tall and tops it off nicely. It was very slow to dissipate. A thick web of sticky lace trailed down the glass.

The nose is pretty good. Maybe a tad weak, but not bad at all. It smells quite malty up front. A mix of caramel and toffee seems to be the centerpiece. Hops don’t seem all that strong, but what is here is pretty good. Zeus hops add a mix of piney and light grassy notes. Smells a little earthy overall. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. It is a little sweet and malty initially. Caramel and toffee flavors blend with a bit of toasted malt. The hop flavor is much stronger than the nose suggested. It’s primarily piney, but features some grassy and floral flavors. It is quite resiny and bitter. Definitely sticks to the palate. Seems a little one dimensional, but alright. There’s less balance than anticipated. I do like that. Alcohol is not noticeable for the most part. Finishes a little sweet, bitter, and dry.

The body is medium and is rather impressive. Carbonation is laid back and soft. It’s smooth and easy drinking. I’ll stick with a single bottle, but wouldn’t object to another.

Latitude 48 – Zeus is pretty good stuff. I’m not in love with it, but it’s alright. Zeus hops definitely add some pizzazz that Latitude 48 generally lacks. The hop flavor is strong, piney, and resiny. It works pretty well. My only complaint is that it’s a little one-dimensional in terms of hop flavor, but I guess that’s kind of the point with this mix pack. Ah well…not bad.

Photo of plfahey
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep copper with brilliant clarity. Moderately low beige head with fair retention and slight lacing.

Aroma-Pungent American hops, green, citrusy, and resiny. Bready malts with substantial caramel showing through.

Flavor-Pungent, earthy, green hop flavor kicks things off, with almost a hint of catty simcoe character. Some grainy malt and caramel play through the mid-palate before hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish to dry things out. Drawn out finish is earthy and green.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Solid but not exceptional, similar to many others from the bunch. I'm not sure I've ever had Zeus hops before, and they come across as earthy and pungent. The beer is good, not my favorite, but certainly not bad.

Having now tasted through the deconstructed IPAs, I can say that none of them stood out as exceptional beers, and yet I'm very glad that Sam Adams did this series and I'm glad that I tried it. Definitely worth buying.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Herbal & woody probably the strongest part of this beer

T: Herbal hops, faint pear & stronger grassyness, plus woody hops as well. Herbal & woody hops, along with green apple skin & dryness once warm Finishes dry, grassy with earthy bitterness & some woody notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth, balance seems out of whack, but I believe it is the hop used here

Drank easy enough, but not a great AIPA, I applaud the attempt

Photo of zimm421
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a very dark copper color with a bubbly off-white head. The head doesn't stick around for that long and doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is of floral hops with a slight hint of pine. There is also a slight sweet hint to the aromas. The taste starts out a little too sweet, but quickly becomes more bitter with a nice pine and floral flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Overall, this is a good IPA. A very interesting breakdown of the Latitude 48 IPA. Goes down easy and is definitely enjoyable to drink any time of the year.

Photo of Vonerichs
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear rust colored body with decent white head. No lacing whatsoever.

This actually had a fairly foul smell of cat piss and chlorine. I'm sure there were other hops in there but I withheld the urge to keep whiffing.

Thank goodness, the cat piss and chlorine were only smells. It still has that ammonia-like taste, but it has the decency to at least showcase a little pine and earthy hops. It's pretty bitter.

A little thin and heavily carbonated. Dry in the end.

Overall, it was a remarkably average beer. Of the few I've had from the deconstructed pack it's by far the worst of the bunch. More to follow...

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small yet dense khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of caramel malt, a bit bready. I don't pick up much from the hops on this one. I get a light grassy and herbal note. Most disappointing nose out of the bunch.

The taste is of the caramel malt base. The hops are definitely more present in the taste. They bring a copper like flavor, a bit grassy, with a resiny finish. The flavor is strong but it isn't the most tasty hop. It does bring the bitter.

The beer has a moderate body with tingly carbonation. The finish is bitter but it doesn't crush the palate like I thought it would.

Not my favorite out of the bunch. Clearly this hop is used for bittering.

Photo of bum732
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Very dank, marijuana like, spicy white pepper, some pine needles, caramel sweetness.

L: Clear amber orange, off-white creamy head with good lacing.

T: Grapefruit spiciness with some pine. Sharp medium high bitterness yields to some soft malt sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with some spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Sharp and quite pungent, pretty good.

Photo of trappistlover
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head. Carbonation is ridiculous. Nice lacing. Aroma has pine, caramel notes and some dank hops. Taste is bitter with a heaviness than slightly holds down the malt sweetness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty good, but the Ahtanum had more citrusy brightness to it.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2014. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Copper-orange pour and a two-finger, puffy cream colored head.

The aroma has an earthy and spicy hop feel to it more than floral and pine.

The body is medium to full.

The hops present themselves more in the flavor with a bold bite on the palate that lingers at the finish.

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

80% of the way there. Ahtanum was a pleasant surprise, here's hopin' Zeus is too.

A: Describing the appearance is getting repetitive. Amber, golden brown, nice glow at the base. This one, though, generates a bigger head that laces in abundance.

S: The piniest nose, resiny like a freshly cut Christmas tree. Okay, maybe not a freshly cut one, but at least a pine car freshener. The nose is firm, caramel providing a good backing.

T: I love the pine bite, sharp and arboreal. It's not a hop bomb, instead the hops provide a pow of flavor. Caramel malts are a nice touch, bringing out the best of the hops. The hops take on a floral taste near the end, a twist on the initial pine taste. I'm putting this one on par with Ahtanum, the pine really makes it work.

M: Chewy and zesty, the hops stand out with a sweet arboreal pine. The past two have been good to very good. I'm hoping that the Simcoe holds up as well.

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