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

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - ZeusSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus
BA SCORE
3.64/5
423 Ratings
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - ZeusSamuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
423
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – (unchanged from full Lat 48) Light maple with a reddish hue. White head settles quickly into a halo, but still leaves a nice lace.

S – Bright pine, and orange citrus. Mildly grassy. Touch of spiced candy ginger.

T – Big pine note right up front. Interesting radicchio, almost basil-like bitterness.

M – (unchanged from full lat 48) Soft, medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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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

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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