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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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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Knapp85, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

zeff80, May 08, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Slatetank, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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

russpowell, May 11, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

jlindros, May 05, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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?

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

mactrail, May 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

smcolw, May 07, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the "Deconstructed Series", can't say enough how much of an awesome idea this is.

Here goes the Zeus.... pours a nice copper color, tons of foamy head. Nice floral aroma. Taste is like a straight up pine cone in your mouth, medium mouthfeel. Awesome lacing down the glass. The disappointing part for me here is the taste doesn't follow through. After a nice strong bitterness up front, the aftertaste leaves much to be desired. Very strong on the front end, but very weak at the back end. Could definitely use more of a backbone but a solid tasting beer, can't wait to try the others.

oriolesfan4, Jun 08, 2011
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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.