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

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - ZeusSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As with the previous, pours a nice, orange-amber with thick light-tan/white head, about a couple fingers thick.

Nose is not impressive:Sweetness, some malt and other grains, just a faint trace of hops. Blah.

Mouth stuffed with heavy carbonation, malted barley sweetness, and slight grassy hops. A little too grassy, and excess carbonation, not nearly enough hop bite. Thin body.

You would think SA, after all their years/decades worth of experience and competition, would be able to at least make a competent average IPA, oh well. On to better brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
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?

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing half of this mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Would it be cheating if I copied and pasted my appearance write up from the previous Deconstructed reviews? Well, I'll spare the redundancy and just mention that this one ended up with a little less head, and shorter retention than the previous two. This could be a product of my pour, or it could be the oils in the hops. That's for you to decide.

This is an interesting aroma. The Zeus hops are giving off a lot of spiciness. There's herbs, black pepper, pine, mesquite and citrus. Again, malts are quite strong in their toastiness.

Now these hops are unique. Unique, yes. Do I like them, uhnnhhnhnn... A strong spiciness attacks the tongue. Its very dense and oily. As the aftertaste develops so citrus and pine flash by. This one subdues the big malts better, but they still give lots of bread crust flavors. Just like the other IPAs in this series, a stripped down, medicinal bitterness builds and builds in the aftertaste.

For me, the sharp carbonation worsens the stinging bitterness. Its full of hop oils that provide a dry finish.

This one is very hoppy, but its just too aggressive.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, somewhat watery and a faint hop. In the taste, minty like pine and not much malt backing. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty pine like aftertaste. Thin and lack of body, and the minty pine is eh!

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear rust colored body with decent white head. No lacing whatsoever.

This actually had a fairly foul smell of cat piss and chlorine. I'm sure there were other hops in there but I withheld the urge to keep whiffing.

Thank goodness, the cat piss and chlorine were only smells. It still has that ammonia-like taste, but it has the decency to at least showcase a little pine and earthy hops. It's pretty bitter.

A little thin and heavily carbonated. Dry in the end.

Overall, it was a remarkably average beer. Of the few I've had from the deconstructed pack it's by far the worst of the bunch. More to follow...

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Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Lemon zest, caramel, candy sugar, papaya and tangerine.

T: Orange citrus, a hint of lemon, sugary caramel, salt and possible cough syrup?

M: Medium bodied, creamy and dry.

O: The saltiness kind of destroys this IPA. Nice bitterness but mediocre at best.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The single hop has been done before but I like the idea of it in a 12 pack.

Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.
Aroma is pine needles and biscuit - punch. Taste is soft pine and grapefruit and sweet toasted grain. Lazy, rolling bitter. Like the aroma, tastes pretty wimpy.

Despite the mighty name and high alpha content Zeus is a gentle hop.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Meh, its normal or below normal, not bad but not impressive, can I get more vague than that?

Smell: You can def smell the distinct hop smell of Zeus in this.

T/M -- Taste, definitely a distinct Zeus taste, backed up by malt. Above average mouthfeel.

Overall: I must take my hat off and salute Sam Adam's (and I'm a west coaster and thats hard to admit liking them) but this is a very cool theme that is doing nothing but rewarding my palette, I must highly encourage all BA's to buy the 48/Decon kit and learn something from it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a copper color w/ a sliver of off-white head. Very clear looking beer. No carbonation and very minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Hops/slight malt note to this brew. Very faint smell, w/ a earthy woody smell as well. Very bitter to me.

T- Very bitter, earthy, malt, and aftertaste really sticks around for a while. A little salt(?) vibe as well. Some pine.

M- Bitter, and one dimensional.

O- OK beer. Can't really recommend it.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark amber with a half inch creamy tan head with fair retention of lacing. aroma is very light, with some hops, pine, and lemon peels. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated but light. Taste is of spices, piney, slightly hoppy, but yeasty. An alright summer beer but not really for me.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The drink by date was September of 2011.

The beer pours to a nice one finger head, but the coloring is amber with no inclusions. The color is kind of off as a deconstructed IPA.

The Zeus smelled earthy, with overtones of peat.

The taste is like an amateur's IPA. The flavors are really strong and imbalanced. I don't really get what the brewers were going for, and the after-taste is just bitterness from chilled through room temperature state.

Thanks to Samuel for trying something different, but this really didn't do it for me.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Crystal clear amber, very short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Pine resin, with subtle malt tones underneath and just a hint of citrus.
T: Very piney, a bit of malt character. One-dimensional.
M: The amount of pine resin flavors makes this somewhat unpleasant, a bit harsh.
O: Interesting to see the single hop influence, but if I'm brewing with this one, I'd keep it in the background.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber in color, dark for an IPA but the same as all the other Latitude 48 beers. One-finger head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells sweet and pine-like.

Taste is malty at first, quite sweet and hoppy and bitter on the finish. There's substantial pine and some citrus rind flavors, but they aren't very overwhelming and come in about halfway through.

Medium-full mouthfeel, sweet, average carbonation.

After trying several from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12-pack, this isn't my favorite, but none of them are really very great IPAs. Doesn't mean this isn't drinkable, but it's a bit too sweet.

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Photo of afdempse
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber, decent cap of foam that stays until the end. Burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Flavor is one-dimensional and bitter. Malt is very understated with a barely notieceable caramel note. Hop flavor is absent, but the bitterness overwhelms. Astringent finish with alternating notes of straw-like grain and hop bitterness. Not memorable and certainly not very drinkable.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
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.

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Photo of SmartyPints
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden copper color. Two finger tan head shows great retention. Lots of web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light citrus from the hops in the front of the aroma. A almost overpowering caramel biscuity malt base in the middle almost ruin this aroma for me. Light piney/earthy hop aroma in the end help to attempt to balance this aroma out without much help.

T- Light pine bitterness that transforms into a almost bitter citrus bite in the front of the beer. The carmael malts drive in right after that with these taking up all of the middle flavor of the beer washing away any sort of hop presence. The ending of the beer shows off a little alcohol with some earthy bitter hop tones that begin to counterbalance all that sweetness but falls very short.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hints of bitter citrus and loads of caramel malts lay rest of the palate. Aftertaste is hints of bitter hop, lots of caramel malts, and light alcohol. Flavors once again could have been a lot more balanced and not so malt driven which seems unlike the style. No off flavors were present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- A nice attempt once again at showcasing one hop Sam Adams but the malt base just came out stronger.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part V. Same appearance as all the rest. Clear golden amber with finger of dense head. Good carbonation.

Smell and taste are both very piney, overwhelming the malt this time. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel isn't as crisp, a bit heavier, than the others.

A bit too bitter and one dimensional for my taste.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A novel idea. I'm having fun working my way through the 12 pack.
This beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.
An herbal, piney aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.
Very piney taste; resinous. The malt was almost overwhelmed by the hops.
I like hops, but this was a little too bitter for me. Oh, well. On to the next one

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker: Nice golden-brass, transparent body, under big ol' rocky, fluffy, sticky head. Leaves a big sheet of sticky lacing.

Solid, woody pine aroma at first that gives way to a bit of cooked orange. Pretty bold, definitely bitter.

Light lemon & dry tea at first, quickly followed by a strong pine & citrus pith bitterness. Finishes strongly bitter, with an aftertaste like chewing on leaves. Not bad, but way bitter, sure. That cooked orange taste finds its way in after a while.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth at first but wears on the tongue without much effort.

Of all the Latitude 48s, I'd say this is the only one I wouldn't go back to. This seems like more of an academic effort, but still can take a pint of this.

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Photo of clint1019
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The color is a medium amber with a frothy cream colored head. Did have some decent lacing.

S - Malty, Fruity, slighly butterscotchy. Not smelling much in the way of hops though. If anything maybe a faint pine aroma.

T - Has a light malt taste that finishes with a big hop bitterness that stays long after you've finished the beer.

M - Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Not bad , but not great. This just isn't a well balanced beer. There's not enough malt sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. And there isn't much of a hop aroma to the beer.

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Photo of HOMEPL8
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thicker, less carbonated than the East Kent...thicker, longer lasting 2 finger head...dense. More pine than I prefer...and next to the East Kent, I found myself leaning to the EK in preference...This one just didn't work for looks great, presentation was good, but the taste was only average for an IPA...not my preference.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number 4 of the variety pack. Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper with a huge, rocky light tan head. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice cap of foam and lots of lacing.

Aromas of spicy, woody, grapefruit, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Some orange also in there, deeply rooted.

Flavors of woody, garlicy, grapefruit, like a subdued version of Summit. Good caramel malt sweetness. I don't like the flavor of this one so much. Too much like summit, which I truly don't care for. Finish is not as long as the others, medium, fades with grapefruit and a touch of onion.

Mouthfeel is medium, mouthcoating bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, my least favorite so far. I hope to God the "constructed" version doesn't feature this hop too prominently.

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Photo of HamdenHector
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;

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Photo of projectflam86
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deconstructed 12pk.

A- Pours a copper color with a thick foam head that leaves really nice lacing.

S- Floral and slightly citrus hop aroma with some nice caramel biscuit malt. Smells almost like more of an APA.

T- Quite a bit more bitter than the Hallertau least it tastes so on the palate. I wouldn't be surprised if the IBUs were very similar for both but this one seems a bit sharper. Pungent pine and floral hop bitterness throughout. The caramel malt that was very apparent in the nose has seemed to lose it's presence. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The bitter aftertaste lingers quite a bit.

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