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

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BA SCORE
82
good

418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
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?

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like all these beers, this pours a nice copper color with a decent white head and some lacing. I can't say I've had the Zeus hop before in a way that I could identify it as such. I know it's a high alpha acid hop that acts as a replacement for Tomahawk hops. As such, it's quite bitter with citrus and herbal qualities, but I think it falls a bit flat. part of the problem is the grainy base beer, but part of the problem is that that these hops need some more depth of flavor (not bitterness), and some balancing pine notes perhaps. The finish has some interesting chili pepper notes. As always, an interesting experience tasting the single hop, but I don't think I'll be seeking out Zeus single varietal beers .

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

quite a nice little IPA. Never really had (knowingly) the Zeus hop.

Pours a glossy dark caramel color. Large, barely off-white head. Somewhat rocky, very sticky.

Bitter aroma. Pine and herbal spice. Some citrus zest just to get it above the earth. Some caramel/crystal malt in there to throw in some sweetness.

More bitter than not, perfect for IPA. American IPA I would expect more grapefruit/citrus characteristics, but that's being too confined to certain American hops. Still, this one has some bite. Pine and spice. Somewhat metallic I think.

Overall a nice IPA. Love the single hop idea

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with little head or lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and malty.

Taste: Sweet malt with hops this is the best of the mix pack so far for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mostly dry finish.

Overall: Kind of like a Dogfish 90 minute Jr. which is a very good thing. I will need to drink a second one before I make a final decision on this one.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange, decent sized foam and retention. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell: pungent hops, pine, dank, resin.

Taste: Pine, decent bitterness throughout. Easily noted are citrus zest, hop oils, and a caramel malt body. Aggressive hop presence. Grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth

Overall; the most ipa like of the series. Solid.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

80% of the way there. Ahtanum was a pleasant surprise, here's hopin' Zeus is too.

A: Describing the appearance is getting repetitive. Amber, golden brown, nice glow at the base. This one, though, generates a bigger head that laces in abundance.

S: The piniest nose, resiny like a freshly cut Christmas tree. Okay, maybe not a freshly cut one, but at least a pine car freshener. The nose is firm, caramel providing a good backing.

T: I love the pine bite, sharp and arboreal. It's not a hop bomb, instead the hops provide a pow of flavor. Caramel malts are a nice touch, bringing out the best of the hops. The hops take on a floral taste near the end, a twist on the initial pine taste. I'm putting this one on par with Ahtanum, the pine really makes it work.

M: Chewy and zesty, the hops stand out with a sweet arboreal pine. The past two have been good to very good. I'm hoping that the Simcoe holds up as well.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp herbal hop and earthy caramel malt.

The taste was well balanced with a bit of smokiness amongst the caramel and a drying herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good IPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the deconstructed 12 pack.
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of herbal/citrus hops. Sweet, floral and fruity mixed with hints of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty with an herbal and long lingering bitterness. Fairly dry finish with a medium body and level of carbonation. I like this one a lot better than the EKG version, but as IPA's go its too funky different.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#6 in my and inflatablechair's single hop IPA fun time.

Sticky lacing... great retention... brew is clear orange.

Nose shows descent pine presence and still too much toasty malt for an IPA IMO... but the pine is very nice and easily identifiable...

The Zeus has the most lingering bitterness out of all of the single hop Lat 48's... the pine element begins front and center and moves quickly through the palate, but is honestly sorta finished by the end.

Body almost seems punctuated by a more pronounced hop presence.

4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.