Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus
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IPA - American
3.66 | pDev: 10.93%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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iguanodon from Utah

2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Original rating 2011-06-17] Coppery color. Not much smell at all, maybe some sweetness (caramel?) and some earth but I’m having a tough time getting any aroma. Taste is a little stronger, but nothing memorable. Good balance but over all pretty bland.

Oct 03, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid orange appearance, 3/4" white head, plenty of clarity. Aroma was hoppy and all about that CTZ goodness.

Minimal amounts of caramel help out a sturdy ibu presence that isn't all bitterness, there is a peppery edge, citrus, grapefruit, pine, aspect to the beer. For a single hop beer, this one comes off more than just one dimensional, you'd think there was a medley of hops in it given the flavor range. Good stuff.

Feb 22, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. Nose is resin/pine. Very strong bitter forward flavor. Cuts through the sweetness. Nice blend.

Dec 05, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours orange red with a small white head with nice lacing. Smells of piney and slight floral. Tastes of piney hops, good malt character, slight floral. Beer is light bodied and nicely drinkable with a nice bite. Overall, an above average beer.

Oct 04, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only American Zeus hops, which create an intense piney and resinous character. This brew leans strongly towards the hop character, but is balanced by the malt's sweetness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available in 12 oz. bottles as part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel white color over a maple amber body with light speckled sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) The Zeus hop generates a piney, resinous aroma with a moderate to intense bitterness atop a milder caramel and pale malt body with a soft sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Strikingly bitter up front, with strong hop notes of resinous pine, subdued fruit and earth. Zeus is not quite primed as a show-carrying hop with its generally limited flavor range but is notably the most bitter single hop out of the 5 beers that I have had in this series. The malt profile tries to make up for the deficit in balance with a bready malt profile and a caramel sweetness, but the Zeus hop ultimately wins the balance to the hop side with its striking bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is mildly oily, medium resinous and moderately dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is lightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) The grand finale of the single hops incorporated into Latitude 48, as well as the only hop variety I have not previously experienced in an isolated form, turned out to power the driving force of bitterness that comes through strongly in the complete 5-hop IPA recipe. Because of this potential, I find Zeus a better bittering hop than as a flavor or aroma hop as its flavor diversity is quite limited. Despite this, it has the power to add a serious smack of bitterness to any beer without signifigantly compromising or overshadowing a flavor hop like Simcoe or Mosaic. Paired with a complimentary hop of a broader and more defined flavor range, Zeus could make a formidable sidekick hop to round out and beef up just about any IPA on the market. 3.75

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA

Feb 06, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear copper with some off white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and resin hops, with a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like resin hops, with some citrus zest and honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was maybe the best IPA of the pack, with crisp scent and taste and passable body. Not delicious, but really not bad.

Dec 28, 2014
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly into a thin broken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation and there was significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: caramel, bread, pepper.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread then an average piney hop profile with just a hint of a metallic taste.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good IPA but not spectacular, there was a slight metallic taste that was somewhat unpleasant to me.

Oct 13, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is dark copper to near amber, head is light tan and presents thick almost 1/2 inch.

Smell is piney, earthy, a good amount of caramel malt but its clean followed by some more biscuity malt, light toast.

Taste is a bit sweeter, more caramel than in the nose; hops are bitter, earthy, somewhat harsh.

Mouthfeel is fairly balanced and more ipa like, less sweet in the lingering feel and more bitter.

Overall, an ipa that leans more towards a hoppy amber ale with a harsher bitter flavor

Oct 08, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; moderate lacing;

S: earthy with a little pine and caramel;

T: earthy up front; spiciness kicks in mid-palate and stay through the finish; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a nice piece of the Latitude 48 puzzle;

Sep 27, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2014. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Copper-orange pour and a two-finger, puffy cream colored head.

The aroma has an earthy and spicy hop feel to it more than floral and pine.

The body is medium to full.

The hops present themselves more in the flavor with a bold bite on the palate that lingers at the finish.

Sep 20, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a massive amber tinged head. The head has fantastic retention, lasting a very long time, with it eventually fading to leave a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of pine, citrus, and earthy hop smells. Backing these aromas are some nice smells of a bready and doughy nature giving a rather balanced smell to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with sweeter bready and moderately hopped flavor. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a caramel nature with some light hints of an orange and tangerine sweetness mixed within. The hop upfront are largely of a grapefruit citrus nature with some hints of an earthy hop there as well. The citrus and earthy flavors grown stronger as the taste advances onward, with them being of comparable strength at the end. Some other hop flavors of a light earthy and floral nature develop as well, and mix with the malty and sweet, as well as the other hop flavors, to leave a rather pleasantly bitter but balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit above average with the carbonation level being average. The moderateness of both the carbonation and thickness are really nice for the more balanced tastes of the brew. Overall the feel was well done.

Overall – This was a malty and moderately sweet but hop balanced IPA with a rather easy drinking taste and feel. Overall rather well done.

Aug 11, 2014
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MikeB20 from Delaware

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. Head retention seems to be better than most of the others in the Deconstructed IPA pack.

S: Earthy pine hops. Some grassy and caramel notes. Not as complex as I expected it to be. Caramel aromas increase as the beer warms, a trend in this series.

T: Perhaps the most intensely bitter beer of the bunch. Pine and rind-like flavors from the hops that lingers in your mouth.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, coats your mouth.

O: I went into this beer thinking it would be more complex in both aroma and flavor. It's certainly one of the more intense hops in terms of bitterness and is easily classified as an IPA but I think the Mosaic and Simcoe beers were both better. The only thing left at this point is to revisit the true Latitude 48 IPA using all five hops. This has been a fun journey through the single hop brews and I think I've learned a bit and taken something away from it. It's a trip well worth a go if you're into hops.

Aug 10, 2014
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy Before Oct 2014
L - creamy ivory head tops a copper colored ale
S - caramel and bready malt, earthy pine, faint citrus
T - very earthy and piny, plenty of malt backbone with caramel and bread notes
F - medium, creamy but resinous, slightly peppery finish with some lingering pine
O - not my favorite of the deconstructed bunch, but it's not the worst either. It was fun to try these, but obviously I prefer the regular Latitude 48 IPA.

Aug 09, 2014
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear, deep amber, copper color with lots of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice, fluffy white head that is a good 1/2 inc when first poured. Excellent head retention here. Excellent lacing here too. Aromas of piney, floral, resinous hops with hints of spice along with slightly tasted caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same, with nice piney, floral, spicey, resinous hop bitterness upfront followed by slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness. The ho flavor is big and bold and certainly dominates the flavor profile but unlike some other hop flavor dominating IPAs it is not overly bitter. Has a slightly crisp and chewy, really smooth. medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A very good and well balanced IPA with superb drinkability.


Jul 22, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden-amber clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Dry-spicy hops. Floral and pleasantly aromatic. Very nice!

T: Mm. I see why Sam Adams saved this for last. Definitely the most hoppy -- and delicious -- one of the set. Who knew I liked CTZ so much? Aftertaste is long, lingering, citrusy, and bitter.

M: Lacking the caramel stickiness of its brethren, this might be why I like it so.

O: Highly recommended. By far the best of the batch, if the thinnest and most astringently bitter.

Jul 19, 2014
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TempeBeerMan from Arizona

3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear light copper/golden orange with a white, fluffy, two-finger head of foam. Decent rings of sticky lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of pine, earth, and some grapefruit.

T - Pine, grass, mint, grapefruit pith. Musty and herbal in the mid-palate. Caramel malt base beer fails to provide the correct balance. Lingering bitter bone-dry finish.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied. Standard SA prickly carbonation. Quite oily.

O - A bitter bomb. Not well balanced. Zeus hop totally overpowers the base beer. Average at best.

Jul 08, 2014
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The great Zeus flexes his muscles here but not necessarily in a good way. While many of these single hop IPA's in this series seem to be slightly overwhelmed by the malt this one does not. It carries a pungent ganja like aroma and a sharp, piney bitterness bites hard on the taste....

This one is too sharply bitter on its own as a single hop but in a way it brings a little more out of the malt used as it takes on a more toffee like flavor.

This one does taste like an IPA. Some will like this better than others. Heavy on the pine and ganja...for me this has too much pure bitterness and dryness to it.

Jul 02, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jun 29, 2014
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Small head and copperish to reddish hue. Medium hoppiness and sweetness. Not a bad overall beer. Sam Adams has done themselves well this v pack and beer selection Not too much more else i could really say about this beer other than what i have written

Jun 25, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Zeus hops as having an "intense piney and resinous character."

I’m getting a mildly piney nose - there is nothing terribly intense here. No really pine in the flavor profile. Also, the resin is quite low-key. This is likely the least interesting of the deconstructed samples.

Jun 19, 2014
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, caramel and bready malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew will not be among my favorite IPAs.

Jun 04, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Aug 25, 2012
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iabeerbaron from Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour with a medium sized head. Minimal lacing on my class. Worried I let this sit a bit too long, but, nope, the flavor is still there. Nice sweet hoppy taste with a very smooth finish. This one is standing out to me so far out of the deconstructed series. A brilliant idea by Sam Adams.

Apr 11, 2012
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ToddT from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber topped with a thin, but dense off white head. Head falls slowly and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Herbal hop notes with hints of grapefruit.

T- Bitter herbal hop notes right away, not citrus or grapefruit just a pleasant sustained bitter note. Caramel malt balances things out but the hop bitterness carries through till the finish which is dry and somewhat clean with yet more bitter herbal notes.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Mostly clean, the hop oil is noticeable but not too much of a distraction to the enjoyment of the beer.

O- Tried this hop before and wasn't much of a fan of it, but this has changed my mind. Not a great stand alone hop, but it would work well with lots of other hops to make some interesting flavor profiles. The 5.8% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

Mar 18, 2012
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plaid75 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Feb 17, 2012
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