1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - ZeusSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 390
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 390 | Reviews: 175 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thebrood1987:
Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Resinous pine floral flower smell with some citrus underneath it. The malt is the same like all the other Latitude 48 beers with a smooth velvet like sugar sweet almost bready malt and then come the bitter pine resinous hop that ends dry and bitter. You get a slight touch of citrus hop flavor but I love how the pungent pine hop flavor and bitterness come through a really good amount.. very surprising because it reminds me of a West Coast IPA just with more malts.

My favorite quality about this beer is that the Zeus hop is DELICIOUS. It leaves you with this deep rich pine bitterness that digs into your tongue and almost creates a woody tobacco taste as well. Hands down my favorite single hop beer that I've tried in the deconstructed mix pack. This is more bitter and piney then the original latitude 48 and could even give some West Coast IPA's some good competition especially if they lowered the malt in this.

I wish they released this Zeus IPA as a year round beer with a different malt bill from Latitude 48. It could be a totally new beer for Samuel Adams that would really give the hop heads something to consider as a regular favorite.

thebrood1987, May 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DaftPatrick, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

warnerry, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +9.6%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

generallee, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Billolick, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Mora2000, May 05, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JC333, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

kingcrowing, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

juicebox, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

MattyG85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 01, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

chinchill, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

richkrull, May 24, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9.6%

LXIXME, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Brenden, May 26, 2011
Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

samtrillo, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

GilGarp, Jul 30, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.