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

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 419
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 6.27%
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (718 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  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. (494 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (604 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 TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  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. (482 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,398 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 russpowell
3.6/5  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 (541 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.79/5  rDev -24%
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? (901 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 chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,233 characters)

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

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of khaki head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lacing. Color is a dark amber copper.

Aroma: Has a bready/biscuity malt profile. This one is definitely more pine flavored and fresh smelling. Has a light grapefruit citrus.

Taste: This one start out with some sweet citrus flavors followed by the piney earthy hops. Then the bready/biscuity malts kick in but they don't show as much here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but kind of creamy as well. More bitter than the East Kent Goldings. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too malty for me, but not as malty as the East Kent. I think I thought the original was a bit too malty as well. I like the hops here and thought this one was a bit more hop forward. (815 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange hued, slightly hazy, and teeming with effervescence. The head is off white and nearly a half inch, leaving some decent lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings light citrus, pine, malt, and some earthy notes. The flavor is decent, although the hop character is not showcased as much as I had hoped, which seems to be a trend with this series. Although I would prefer less of a balancing act and a more hop forward beer, the Zeus IPA is pretty tasty and drinkable. (484 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting The Foodery (N. Liberties and I saw that they had singles and sixes of Lat. 48 in bottles and asked if I could purchase singles. "Why would you want to do that?" was the reply and I must have been dumbfounded because the counterman went on to explain that one sixer equaled the SA Lat. 48 Deconstructed series and I could have one of each of the bottles that construed the series by buying one sixer. Deconstructed IPA? Color me SOLD!

From the bottle: "Hop Variety: Zeus; Growing Region Along the 48th Latitude: Yakima Valley, WA; Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Zeus IPA is brewed with only Zeus hops from the Yakima Valley area of WA. The hops are added at three points during the brewing process - bittering, late kettle, and dry hopping. Zeus hops contribute bitterness and an intense, pungent resinous pine flavor. This brew leans strongly toward the hop character, but is softened by the malt's sweetness."

I am a sucker for AIPAs and the very thought of this series set my mouth to watering and my Hop jones Monkey that lives on my back to chattering in a tone that I had not heard before. I am regressing to an earlier, uglier time, thanks to these bottles. The CANQuest (TM) weaned me off of the hop kick and now I am right back on that pony. Dang!

This was the fourth of the six.

How can you go wrong with a hops varietal named for the Greek god of the sky and thunder? By my reckoning, the sky should fall on my head and thunder (and lightning) strike me once I am finished. Once more, I had two fingers of tawny head, but unlike previous iterations, it fell like Wile E. Coyote going over a cliff. The dense, sticky lacing in its wake left me trying to remember where I left the jackhammer so that I could remove it later. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Say, if I take these beers to the nearest scrap metal yard, do you think they could use the copper? Nose was as advertised - imagine yourself in a stand of pine trees and it is the dead of winter with snow falling and you have just popped a Wintergreen Life Saver in your mouth and you inhale deeply. Then you exhale. This smelled like what you would taste on the exhalation. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of prickly on the tongue, but Zeus was striking my tongue with thunderbolts of hops. "... [S]oftened by the malt's sweetness"?!? Holy mother, I would hate to be hit by the full-on onslaught! "... [I]ntense, pungent, resinous ..." were all apt adjectives for the pine flavor that was evident in my mouth. Wow! I felt like I were smoking a menthol cigarette or rinsing my dirty mouth with Pine-Sol. Finish was initially equally piney, slowly giving way to a quick wash of malty sweetness and then back to the hops, which simply lingered. Is it good if I do not hear that silly monkey at this point? (2,795 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,639 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (641 characters)

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