Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.78/5 rDev -23.8%
As with the previous, pours a nice, orange-amber with thick light-tan/white head, about a couple fingers thick.
Nose is not impressive:Sweetness, some malt and other grains, just a faint trace of hops. Blah.
Mouth stuffed with heavy carbonation, malted barley sweetness, and slight grassy hops. A little too grassy, and excess carbonation, not nearly enough hop bite. Thin body.
You would think SA, after all their years/decades worth of experience and competition, would be able to at least make a competent average IPA, oh well. On to better brew.
06-04-2011 21:52:11 | More by happy4hoppybeer
2.78/5 rDev -23.8%
The fifth and unfortunate final Sam Adams beer poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass last night, a failure I will never live down. I shall finish this "diagonal" at my nearest convenience.
Beer is red to amber with a thin white head of small bubbles, lacing? You betchya, carbonation? moderate to low but steady. Retention? Sure, why not.
Aroma is sweet with a mild earthiness and hop aroma.
This one does include the hop in the flavor profile but again it is not very bitter for an IPA, what are the IBUs on here? 35 - 40? Whatever they are they are too low for this to be a good AIPA. Too malty, too sweet, not enough of the hop shining through. THESE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE SINGLE HOP BEERS TO SHOWCASE THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL HOPS right? Didn't turn out that way. You end up with 4 (possibly 5) really mediocre malty IPAs. If I mixed them all together would I get Latitude 48 back?
05-16-2011 20:00:04 | More by drabmuh
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Would it be cheating if I copied and pasted my appearance write up from the previous Deconstructed reviews? Well, I'll spare the redundancy and just mention that this one ended up with a little less head, and shorter retention than the previous two. This could be a product of my pour, or it could be the oils in the hops. That's for you to decide.
This is an interesting aroma. The Zeus hops are giving off a lot of spiciness. There's herbs, black pepper, pine, mesquite and citrus. Again, malts are quite strong in their toastiness.
Now these hops are unique. Unique, yes. Do I like them, uhnnhhnhnn... A strong spiciness attacks the tongue. Its very dense and oily. As the aftertaste develops so citrus and pine flash by. This one subdues the big malts better, but they still give lots of bread crust flavors. Just like the other IPAs in this series, a stripped down, medicinal bitterness builds and builds in the aftertaste.
For me, the sharp carbonation worsens the stinging bitterness. Its full of hop oils that provide a dry finish.
This one is very hoppy, but its just too aggressive.
06-09-2011 03:54:15 | More by MbpBugeye
2.85/5 rDev -21.9%
Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, somewhat watery and a faint hop. In the taste, minty like pine and not much malt backing. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty pine like aftertaste. Thin and lack of body, and the minty pine is eh!
05-26-2011 19:48:47 | More by OWSLEY069
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
A: Pours a clear amber with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly.
N: Lemon zest, caramel, candy sugar, papaya and tangerine.
T: Orange citrus, a hint of lemon, sugary caramel, salt and possible cough syrup?
M: Medium bodied, creamy and dry.
O: The saltiness kind of destroys this IPA. Nice bitterness but mediocre at best.
06-14-2011 00:24:00 | More by justintcoons
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
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...
06-22-2011 02:20:04 | More by Vonerichs
3/5 rDev -17.8%
The single hop has been done before but I like the idea of it in a 12 pack.
Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.
Aroma is pine needles and biscuit - punch. Taste is soft pine and grapefruit and sweet toasted grain. Lazy, rolling bitter. Like the aroma, tastes pretty wimpy.
Despite the mighty name and high alpha content Zeus is a gentle hop.
05-25-2011 00:42:45 | More by donkeyrunner
3/5 rDev -17.8%
A. Meh, its normal or below normal, not bad but not impressive, can I get more vague than that?
Smell: You can def smell the distinct hop smell of Zeus in this.
T/M -- Taste, definitely a distinct Zeus taste, backed up by malt. Above average mouthfeel.
Overall: I must take my hat off and salute Sam Adam's (and I'm a west coaster and thats hard to admit liking them) but this is a very cool theme that is doing nothing but rewarding my palette, I must highly encourage all BA's to buy the 48/Decon kit and learn something from it.
05-25-2011 03:40:20 | More by alexhahn82
3/5 rDev -17.8%
A: The beer pours a dark amber color, almost copper with a finger of slightly off-white head.
S: Smells a touch citrusy with quite a bit of grassy hops, and feet. Mildly piney with some bready malts and quite a bit of sweet caramel and toffee notes.
T: Luckily the flavor is better than the nose. Grassy, floral, and hints of citrus peel provide the hop flavor. There is a mild bitterness but like the nose, quite a bit of malty sweetness with a little bread.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Luckily, not as bad as the final version, but still not something I'd care to drink again.
05-12-2011 04:35:49 | More by womencantsail
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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