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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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 423
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Willis tower pint glass.

The color is dark gold with two fingers of foamy off-white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty piney with a sweetness that is that is also a little creamy in a aroma in the nose as well.

The taste is a little fruit at first with bitterness kicking my tongue and leaves a wet pine and some malty goodness. Some slight caramel is there in the back holding there just as the resiny bitterness eases back into the forefront and takes over toward the end.

This beer feels a bit medium bodied and it drinks really well. There is some great character to this beer that was a little surprising it may make for my favorite of the Latitude 48 De-constructed.

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Photo of Icehouse57
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Piney... resinous... grapefruit smell... Very nice aroma from a hop I'm not too familiar with.

Appearance was beautiful. Clear liquid amber.

Taste is balanced pretty well... More malt in the front with a nice bolt of Zeus' lightning hops in the tail. The bitterness is mostly in the back end of this drink, with thin toffee up front.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Not too thin... right where it should be, I think.

Overall very nice. What a cool concept. Sam Adams does it again!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some citrus hops with grapefruit notes and some caramel malts. There is a touch of floral hops as well and a bit of bready malt smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops flavor with grapefruit and bitterness. There is a bit of caramel malts in the background. Through the middle some bready malts and a bit of pine hop flavor come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel hop and some fruit flavors with some citrus hop bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp and overall pretty dry. There s some nice bitterness in the finish that adds a dry kick that is nice.

D - Very drinkable. The bitterness is really nice and the hop profile is also pretty solid. The hop and malt balance here is pretty solid and works well together.

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Photo of babaracas
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

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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 hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of MrOH
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of cokes
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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 gdrydenc
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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