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

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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 Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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. (616 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (527 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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; (361 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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. (378 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention, lasting a very long time, with it eventually fading to leave a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of pine, citrus, and earthy hop smells. Backing these aromas are some nice smells of a bready and doughy nature giving a rather balanced smell to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with sweeter bready and moderately hopped flavor. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a caramel nature with some light hints of an orange and tangerine sweetness mixed within. The hop upfront are largely of a grapefruit citrus nature with some hints of an earthy hop there as well. The citrus and earthy flavors grown stronger as the taste advances onward, with them being of comparable strength at the end. Some other hop flavors of a light earthy and floral nature develop as well, and mix with the malty and sweet, as well as the other hop flavors, to leave a rather pleasantly bitter but balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit above average with the carbonation level being average. The moderateness of both the carbonation and thickness are really nice for the more balanced tastes of the brew. Overall the feel was well done.

Overall – This was a malty and moderately sweet but hop balanced IPA with a rather easy drinking taste and feel. Overall rather well done. (1,523 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. Head retention seems to be better than most of the others in the Deconstructed IPA pack.

S: Earthy pine hops. Some grassy and caramel notes. Not as complex as I expected it to be. Caramel aromas increase as the beer warms, a trend in this series.

T: Perhaps the most intensely bitter beer of the bunch. Pine and rind-like flavors from the hops that lingers in your mouth.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, coats your mouth.

O: I went into this beer thinking it would be more complex in both aroma and flavor. It's certainly one of the more intense hops in terms of bitterness and is easily classified as an IPA but I think the Mosaic and Simcoe beers were both better. The only thing left at this point is to revisit the true Latitude 48 IPA using all five hops. This has been a fun journey through the single hop brews and I think I've learned a bit and taken something away from it. It's a trip well worth a go if you're into hops. (1,054 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy Before Oct 2014
L - creamy ivory head tops a copper colored ale
S - caramel and bready malt, earthy pine, faint citrus
T - very earthy and piny, plenty of malt backbone with caramel and bread notes
F - medium, creamy but resinous, slightly peppery finish with some lingering pine
O - not my favorite of the deconstructed bunch, but it's not the worst either. It was fun to try these, but obviously I prefer the regular Latitude 48 IPA. (443 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear, deep amber, copper color with lots of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice, fluffy white head that is a good 1/2 inc when first poured. Excellent head retention here. Excellent lacing here too. Aromas of piney, floral, resinous hops with hints of spice along with slightly tasted caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same, with nice piney, floral, spicey, resinous hop bitterness upfront followed by slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness. The ho flavor is big and bold and certainly dominates the flavor profile but unlike some other hop flavor dominating IPAs it is not overly bitter. Has a slightly crisp and chewy, really smooth. medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A very good and well balanced IPA with superb drinkability.

Eric (864 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden-amber clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Dry-spicy hops. Floral and pleasantly aromatic. Very nice!

T: Mm. I see why Sam Adams saved this for last. Definitely the most hoppy -- and delicious -- one of the set. Who knew I liked CTZ so much? Aftertaste is long, lingering, citrusy, and bitter.

M: Lacking the caramel stickiness of its brethren, this might be why I like it so.

O: Highly recommended. By far the best of the batch, if the thinnest and most astringently bitter. (564 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear light copper/golden orange with a white, fluffy, two-finger head of foam. Decent rings of sticky lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of pine, earth, and some grapefruit.

T - Pine, grass, mint, grapefruit pith. Musty and herbal in the mid-palate. Caramel malt base beer fails to provide the correct balance. Lingering bitter bone-dry finish.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied. Standard SA prickly carbonation. Quite oily.

O - A bitter bomb. Not well balanced. Zeus hop totally overpowers the base beer. Average at best. (584 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The great Zeus flexes his muscles here but not necessarily in a good way. While many of these single hop IPA's in this series seem to be slightly overwhelmed by the malt this one does not. It carries a pungent ganja like aroma and a sharp, piney bitterness bites hard on the taste....

This one is too sharply bitter on its own as a single hop but in a way it brings a little more out of the malt used as it takes on a more toffee like flavor.

This one does taste like an IPA. Some will like this better than others. Heavy on the pine and ganja...for me this has too much pure bitterness and dryness to it. (607 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 10/2014. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is very good IPA. Good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,313 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Small head and copperish to reddish hue. Medium hoppiness and sweetness. Not a bad overall beer. Sam Adams has done themselves well this v pack and beer selection Not too much more else i could really say about this beer other than what i have written (277 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Zeus hops as having an "intense piney and resinous character."

I’m getting a mildly piney nose - there is nothing terribly intense here. No really pine in the flavor profile. Also, the resin is quite low-key. This is likely the least interesting of the deconstructed samples. (450 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, caramel and bready malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew will not be among my favorite IPAs. (327 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last in the series. Looks good. Smells nice. Pretty good flavor profile. Something about it made me immediately thing "Simcoe", as in a reminiscent kind of thing. Lots of oil with the hops. A hit of tangy and very mildly earthy tones hits and stays constant. I can dig this one. Nice to drink. Not my favorite of the series though. (331 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour with a medium sized head. Minimal lacing on my class. Worried I let this sit a bit too long, but, nope, the flavor is still there. Nice sweet hoppy taste with a very smooth finish. This one is standing out to me so far out of the deconstructed series. A brilliant idea by Sam Adams. (299 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber topped with a thin, but dense off white head. Head falls slowly and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Herbal hop notes with hints of grapefruit.

T- Bitter herbal hop notes right away, not citrus or grapefruit just a pleasant sustained bitter note. Caramel malt balances things out but the hop bitterness carries through till the finish which is dry and somewhat clean with yet more bitter herbal notes.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Mostly clean, the hop oil is noticeable but not too much of a distraction to the enjoyment of the beer.

O- Tried this hop before and wasn't much of a fan of it, but this has changed my mind. Not a great stand alone hop, but it would work well with lots of other hops to make some interesting flavor profiles. The 5.8% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further. (1,131 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp herbal hop and earthy caramel malt.

The taste was well balanced with a bit of smokiness amongst the caramel and a drying herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good IPA. (326 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's pull up the initial Latitude 48 review:

"Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with an initially fluffy, though ultimately short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish light-colored caramel sauce paired with oven toaster-toasted biscuit tops. Aromatic pops of hoppy spices, lemon juice, and dried, tea-like herbs fill the nose.

Taste: A maltiness tasting of toasted biscuits hit with a small-sized spoonful of caramel and toffee. There’s a short-lived sweetness that drops out in anticipation of the incoming hops, which bring about a mixture of grassy herbs, lightly earthy spice, and lemon peel (a bit of pith included). Well-integrated bitterness. A last hint of dry caramel and spiced tea on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lat-48 comes up just shy of the medium body mark. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, nicely hoppy brew without hitting you over the head with scorching bitterness. "It’s an ale." --Matt Simpson. Too right, Matt, too right."

OK. Well, appearance and mouthfeel are the similar all across the board and in step with the original, as is the underlying malt character. Lightly resinous, lightly oily lemon hop character. It may be my least favorite of the Deconstructed pack, not that it ultimately matters much, as this has been a fun learning endeavor overall. I feel like a kid in the public school system enjoying a perfunctory math ditto! (1,388 characters)

Photo of SmartyPints
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden copper color. Two finger tan head shows great retention. Lots of web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light citrus from the hops in the front of the aroma. A almost overpowering caramel biscuity malt base in the middle almost ruin this aroma for me. Light piney/earthy hop aroma in the end help to attempt to balance this aroma out without much help.

T- Light pine bitterness that transforms into a almost bitter citrus bite in the front of the beer. The carmael malts drive in right after that with these taking up all of the middle flavor of the beer washing away any sort of hop presence. The ending of the beer shows off a little alcohol with some earthy bitter hop tones that begin to counterbalance all that sweetness but falls very short.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hints of bitter citrus and loads of caramel malts lay rest of the palate. Aftertaste is hints of bitter hop, lots of caramel malts, and light alcohol. Flavors once again could have been a lot more balanced and not so malt driven which seems unlike the style. No off flavors were present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- A nice attempt once again at showcasing one hop Sam Adams but the malt base just came out stronger. (1,295 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a hazy coppery/amber with a white head and some struggling bubbles.

It smells grassy and citrusy. Lots of sweet caramel malt.

It tastes like grass. It's a bit bitter and sweet. It's all right.

It's medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall I'm glad to be done with this 12 pack. Sort of a slog when I got to the end. Not really an IPA guy but I thought I'd give it a shot. I totally understand why most beers have more than one variety of hops. Single hopped beers are weird. (516 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish orange, slightly hazy, with a very nice light tan head that hangs around for several minutes and leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus. Caramel malts. Not overpowering.

T: Not overly bitter, a little on the sweet side. Malt-heavy and earthy for the style and a little sweet. Hop profile is a little orange-grapefruit.

M: Great body, as you would expect in a malt-forward IPA like this.

O: A solid, well-balanced IPA but I really prefer something a little more hop-forward. (481 characters)

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