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

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83
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345 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:24:58 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-26-2012 18:01:20 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-07-2014 18:54:23 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 21:45:35 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it as well.

citrus bouquets dancing around the smell, creating just wonderful floral scents that really gave this a nice lively presence. Lots of sugar in here as well, as I was picking up a nice sweetness to it, Nothing really shredding about the bittering hop profile, it was rather subtle in its complexities and very nice in how balanced it was against the sugary profile that backed it up. The first flavor I noticed was a very nice orange note that came through, this was almost soaked with sugar it was coming through so sweet, a deep earthy malt profile was hiding out underneath of this, really giving it some depth and a nice overall sense of balance

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:39:20 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma is dominated by resinous flavour with notes of citrus and some light dry caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some resinous flavour with notes of dry caramel malt and some citrus notes are also discernable. Body is average with good carbonation. Interesting experiment and definitely a type of hops I would like to try again on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 18:37:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:35:49 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 18:30:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-02-2013 01:20:39 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-27-2014 04:19:55 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with gold highlights. It had a one-figner head of bubbly, off-white foam that left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and very piney. Some roasty caramel malt, too.

T - It tasted of strong bitterness. Very spicy with piney and grassy hops. It had a good roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Okay, but I think the Zeus is a little unbalanced. Good aroma yet not as good taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:56:49 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:49:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is there but it’s a bit more subdued than some of the other Latitude 48 versions. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but certainly not the front-runner of the 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:51:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:02:19 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 12:01:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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?

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:00:04 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this along with 3 of the other 'deconstructed' latitude 48 single hop beers and the original.

Enjoyed cool and allowed to gradually increase in temp in the taster glass. I split these w/ BA Carlos.

A deep copper the head retention is improved from the Ekg and lace sticks well. In other aspects similar in clarity and bead is the same-small and copper with a visibly carbonated body. The smell is great, the best of the ones we tried. Unfortunately I didn't have access to the Hallertau. I would say this aroma is layered with tropical and lemony/grapefruit citrus notes with a slight floral tinge. The feel is great too, bitter, but tangy/juicy with a slight sweet tinge and mild astringency. The carbonation level is good and finish is semi-dry.

I really like the way the Zeus works with the malt bill, very complimentary a spicy edge to counter the somewhat caramel sweetness. Thereis some juiciness which is lemony and there might be a hint of grapefruit, but probably golden grapefruit not ruby red. I enjoyed the balance yet it does seem to favor the hop in the flavor slightly with the bitterness only slightly higher than the others and generally an overall good hop that stands up well in this IPA. I enjoyed this and would drink it anytime it makes me want to do more Columbus, Zeus or Tomahawk single hop beers as a homebrewer. I have done 1 and it was also very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 16:26:00 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gonna review all these with just the hop changes, mostly copy paste.

A: Clear amber orange color. Big fluffy head, decent lacing.

N: Light malts, bit toasty reddish crystal malts. Earthy herbal musty dark resin fruity hops, light spicy hops as well.

T: Semi sweet malts, toasty crystal and reddish malts. Herbal, light earthy but chewy hops, pretty bitter, touch of grassy green plant like, gets more bitter, but of copper metallic like hop flavor, but syrupy hop extract like flavor as well.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Not the best hop, plenty of bitterness, but the flavors and aromas are not my fav, especially with the metallic and herbal flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:28:47 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:31:01 | More by Mora2000
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mactrail

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bitter beer with a touch of malt.

This is the most beautiful reddish gold color. Perfect head and long-lasting lacing. Initial taste is some toasted malt. I think the hops overwhelm any trace of malt. Pine pitch and grapefruit pith. This is not my favorite hop profile. It just provides an unrelieved bitterness. Nice resiny aroma.

Clean flavors. BBC is a master of producing well-made beer in demanding lighter styles like this and the East-West Kolsch. Can't hate them for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:16:31 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
Steady pour, three-finger thick head. The aroma smells of deeply caramelized orange zest, quite a bit of caramelized floral character; the nose is sweet and almost hibiscus like at times. When you dig around towards the finish you get a big toasted maltiness that leans towards biscuits and even some whole grain like notes. At times the finish can seem quite austere and lemon like, but I can’t shake how floral this smells.

Bitter tasting and not overly sweet tasting, the finish has a combination of bitter hops and bitter malt even; the lack of sweetness and the bitter malt note is definitely brought out by the Bahn-Mi I just ate. The body is chewy, fairly viscous and it definitely lingers a bit on the palate, though the hops do a decent job of cleaning things up after each sip. There is a spicy whole grain flavor to this beer that almost reminds me of rye bread; much of the spiciness though is a direct contribution of the hops with a peppery, green herbaceous spiciness. The sweet malt accentuates a clean citrus zest character that leans towards orange and there is also a floral, almost spicy-rose character to this beer. There is a fair amount of pine character to accompany the general herbaceous flavors that this beer has, but this has a fairly balanced hop attack with a bitter / spicy / herbal / citrus character each of which contribute to the overall character of this beer.

Not bad, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this hop, but I like the balanced character that this hop has; it is quite a solid beer and this hop explains why it is such a popular hop among IPA brewers in the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:21:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, slowly settling head. Leaves solid lace after each sip. The broth is still the dark copper color. Crystal clear.

Slightly sour but moderate hop smell. Seems to be a little more complex than the others in this series. I detect flowers and light pine.

Spicy and peppery hop flavor. Stronger bitterness than the other deconstructeds. Good malt start, but the tale is the hop finish which lasts long after the swallow. The body is like the others.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:31:39 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts. Thick lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: strong grapefruit and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and earthy tones are most dominant. Some fruit sweetness is detectable late. Bitterness is sharp.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this is a slower drinking IPA with the sharp hops. This beer was very earthy and piney.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 17:26:25 | More by Gavage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%

11-22-2013 04:00:08 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-21-2012 00:20:41 | More by imperialking
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.