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

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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 babaracas
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with two plus fingers of dense, almost meringue-like, cream colored head, slowly settles to a nice cap leaving concentric rings of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, resinous pine and a whiff of lemon peel, with the usual toasty and light caramel malt base. Hops are more subdued than I'd like. Taste: floral, herbal, lemon-heavy iced tea, sugary sweet caramel. Nice bitterness, definitely not balanced, though finishes slightly sweet. Decent, not great. So far through the deconstructed pack, this one most resembles the standard 48 as I remember it. Guess I should attribute the base beer's slight "yeasty" tangyness to their use of this hop? Best by Sept. 2011.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Resinous pine floral flower smell with some citrus underneath it. The malt is the same like all the other Latitude 48 beers with a smooth velvet like sugar sweet almost bready malt and then come the bitter pine resinous hop that ends dry and bitter. You get a slight touch of citrus hop flavor but I love how the pungent pine hop flavor and bitterness come through a really good amount.. very surprising because it reminds me of a West Coast IPA just with more malts.

My favorite quality about this beer is that the Zeus hop is DELICIOUS. It leaves you with this deep rich pine bitterness that digs into your tongue and almost creates a woody tobacco taste as well. Hands down my favorite single hop beer that I've tried in the deconstructed mix pack. This is more bitter and piney then the original latitude 48 and could even give some West Coast IPA's some good competition especially if they lowered the malt in this.

I wish they released this Zeus IPA as a year round beer with a different malt bill from Latitude 48. It could be a totally new beer for Samuel Adams that would really give the hop heads something to consider as a regular favorite.

Photo of drabmuh
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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?

Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle with "Zeus" printed on label, into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hops, faint pine note
Taste-Piney, sappy, earthy coarse hop notes. Great hop-leaf flavor throughout, and sharp, piney hop bite. Diggin' the Zeus hop.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second one of the five Latitude 48 De-constructed I have tried.

A off white head turns into a film. Copper color body. Tiny bubbles getting bigger rushing towards the top. Decent looking beer.

The smell is kind of a weak pine and some floral. Other than that, not much.

The taste, thank goodness is much better than the aroma. Bitterness is there but followed up by a healthy dose of bready and caramel malt to balance it out.

Medium body, leaves the mouth feeling dry from the bitter hops. Carbonation is on the low side. Feels good.

The taste is good but the lack of aroma was a disappointment. Nice mouth feel makes this a easy drinking IPA. Bitterness and malt are well balanced.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It matches the amber copper deep rich gold of the other beers with an above average head.
S: Deep bitter rich pine resin aroma.
T: Deep rich honey sugary flavor with some rich pine bitterness that makes it taste like sap.
D/O: Very good bittering hop flavor with some nice balanced sweetness while not being overly floral.

Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent amber with a thinner frothy cream colored head. very bubbly. some lacing. head is noticeably thinner than other 48s aside from ahtanum.

S-a strong scent of stale grassy hops. the stale grass is very pungent.

T-comes in with a boring bitterness thats faint of hops. its boring, but not completely unsatisfying. it then transforms in to a decent after-taste of stale grassy hops. this is a more powerful flavor. the bitterness is decent and lasts throughout the experience.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dryer finish

O-its definitely decent. it reminds more of a classic IPA than the other lat 48s aside from ahtanum (and simcoe which i haven't opened yet). this might satisfy your hop fix. its boring, but its good.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, clear, topped with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Doesn't smell like a whole lot, is Zeus primarily a bittering hop? just might be. The taste is a little more representative of the style, bitter and fruity, slightly sweet. I think this purpose of this series of beers is to showcase the hop while not making a deliberately well rounded beer. A better than average IPA, I love the concept of showcasing hop varieties, be it good or bad.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a semi translucent amber with a thin head. Strong aroma of pine. Slight floral aroma as well as some grapefruit. Smells great. Taste is mostly pine upfront. A bit flowery. Hints of grapefruit near the end but its minimal. Some sweet caramel and malt flavors. Pine is the main flavor here. This one also has a bit of an oily mouthfeel to it but it isn't overly off-putting. Another solid IPA from this mix pack. Overall, I dig this one a lot and I'm starting to wish these IPAs weren't just a one shot deal.

Photo of MrOH
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper, off-white head, slippery lace.

Pungent earthy funk, grapefruit, pine.

Pine and grapefruit rind. Some caramel underneath it all. Very bitter.

Medium bodied, good carb.

This and the Simcoe are the true IPAs of the varietals. I greatly prefer the Simcoe, as I just don't care for the flavor of CTZ (although I do like the aroma). Gonna have to try the normal and see how it all fits together.

Photo of tzieser
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass. pours a crystal clear copper color. nice two finger head that sticks for a while.

s: good hop aroma compared to the others in the pack. notes of pine dominate. very little to no citrus or floral character.

t: high bitterness compared to the others in the series. notes of piney resin dominate. not much else, save for sweet maltiness that all the others also have.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

not my favorite in the pack

Photo of cokes
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same peripherals as the others, so I'll focus on the differences.
The nose is a bit muted, and the malt seems to muddy it more (and the more of these I try, I begin to wonder why they didn't go with a drier malt profile). The Zeus brings pine needles, hay bales, and lime rinds.
Same sweetish, caramel-bready malt base. Zeus brings a profound (for the series) bitterness wrought of pine sap, citrus peels, grapefruit juice, and spearmint. Resinous on the finish, with a good amount of lingering bitterness.
This is a nice showcase for the Zeus hop, aside from a mediocre aroma, it's a hop that can carry an IPA.

Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim. Some sots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting and exhibiting good retention. Nose expresses citrus and an earthy/herbal quality with a slightly resinous aroma towards the back. Taste is a bit less citrusy and more earthy/herbal. Citrus comes off more as the rind than sweet, with a slightly medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost prickly carbonation, a slightly oily texture and a bit of acidity. A decent single-hop, but a little too herbal for my preference. So far this one is middle of the pack for me out of all of the offerings from the Deconstructed 12-pack.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zeus is a hop I don't have any homebrewing experience with or really any at all, never seen it listed on a bottle or anything.

A- Amber body with an off-white head that builds to about two fingers. Retention is pretty good and some spots of lace stay on the glass.

S- Hop notes seem to be citrus, tropical fruit, slightly floral and herbal. Some dark fruit, caramel, bread and yeast influence as well.

T- Starts out with a nice citrus, peach and zesty note followed by floral, earthy and herbal hop flavors. Rounded out by caramel malt, yeast bread and spice.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

A pretty nice hop flavor going on in this one. It seems that with this series that the Sam Adams malt, yeast or even amount of hops aren't really letting the single hops shine as much as they could. Still worth trying the series though.

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber, with nice red tones and crystal clear. Nice full light tan head on it. Good lacing.

S: Big pine smell right off the bat. Earthy, herbal, and quite pungent.

T: Earthy Pungent and Piney. With a very strong bitterness in the finish. Big pine and resin flavor. This is a hop that means business, and is pretty damn tasty.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Clean finish.

O: Tasty as all hell with a very strong bitterness. Tasty, bold, and piney.

Photo of silentjay
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

just a bit lighter than the simcoe version I had the other night with a nicely sized eggshell colored head that retains and laces well.

mmm. pine! fresh cut grass and citrus zest as well. a strong caramel malt base behind that.

caramel malt comes first, pine (resiny!) and grass with some lemon pepper and herbal tea.

very resiny and syrupy medium bodied brew with slight carbonation and a bitter finish.

overall, very good. I like piney IPA's so this one works well for me. A bit too syrupy on the tongue to be easy drinking, but its tasty.

again, wonderful concept. just wish they toned back that malt profile to let the hops really distinguish themselves.

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of gdrydenc
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part 2 of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack!

A - Pours very similar to it's big brother, the original Latitude 48. Bright orange/amber, with a bit of foamy offwhite head.

S - Pretty muted, but there's a bit of resin in the nose. Mainly sweetish, which is odd.

T - Well, the sweetness is gone, and it's become pretty much entirely piney and resiny. The finish is quite bitter, so this is pretty much entirely a bitter-bomb.

M - Almost just as creamy as the original, which is nice. The one issue is the lingering bitterness, which I really don't like.

Overall, this isn't as good of an IPA as the original, but it's an interesting version for sure.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of plfahey
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep copper with brilliant clarity. Moderately low beige head with fair retention and slight lacing.

Aroma-Pungent American hops, green, citrusy, and resiny. Bready malts with substantial caramel showing through.

Flavor-Pungent, earthy, green hop flavor kicks things off, with almost a hint of catty simcoe character. Some grainy malt and caramel play through the mid-palate before hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish to dry things out. Drawn out finish is earthy and green.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Solid but not exceptional, similar to many others from the bunch. I'm not sure I've ever had Zeus hops before, and they come across as earthy and pungent. The beer is good, not my favorite, but certainly not bad.

Having now tasted through the deconstructed IPAs, I can say that none of them stood out as exceptional beers, and yet I'm very glad that Sam Adams did this series and I'm glad that I tried it. Definitely worth buying.

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