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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 TippySelenoid
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a hazy coppery/amber with a white head and some struggling bubbles.

It smells grassy and citrusy. Lots of sweet caramel malt.

It tastes like grass. It's a bit bitter and sweet. It's all right.

It's medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall I'm glad to be done with this 12 pack. Sort of a slog when I got to the end. Not really an IPA guy but I thought I'd give it a shot. I totally understand why most beers have more than one variety of hops. Single hopped beers are weird.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish orange, slightly hazy, with a very nice light tan head that hangs around for several minutes and leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus. Caramel malts. Not overpowering.

T: Not overly bitter, a little on the sweet side. Malt-heavy and earthy for the style and a little sweet. Hop profile is a little orange-grapefruit.

M: Great body, as you would expect in a malt-forward IPA like this.

O: A solid, well-balanced IPA but I really prefer something a little more hop-forward.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it as well.

citrus bouquets dancing around the smell, creating just wonderful floral scents that really gave this a nice lively presence. Lots of sugar in here as well, as I was picking up a nice sweetness to it, Nothing really shredding about the bittering hop profile, it was rather subtle in its complexities and very nice in how balanced it was against the sugary profile that backed it up. The first flavor I noticed was a very nice orange note that came through, this was almost soaked with sugar it was coming through so sweet, a deep earthy malt profile was hiding out underneath of this, really giving it some depth and a nice overall sense of balance

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Photo of peacebone116
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrTopher for this collection--poured from bottle to snifter on 7/30/11.

A: Bright copper with a head that fades to nice lace.

N: Caramel & pine, and a hint of citrus.

T/M: Bitter pine rounds out with a wonderful malt sweetness; bready caramel--I feel this typifies the American-IPA style a bit better than some of the other deconstructions of the Lat 48. Again, this beer is medium to light mouthfeel with a clean finish.

Overall, I really like the malt backing to this, as it plays with the Zeus hop characteristics to provide a great level of complexity.

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Photo of ikats
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber in color with light brown head. Very clear. Very sticky. Aroma is somewhat subdued (comparing to other versions in the Latitude 48 series). Resiny, sweet pine notes. Taste is similar. There is some bitterness, but not much (and it is mostly evident in the aftertaste). Smooth, medium-light body. Very drinkable (I started drinking this beer and realized that I didn't review it almost to the very end).

This is day two, beer four of the series. Somehow I'm managing to pull them out of the box in the order they are listed on the site. So far Zeus seems to be the list pronounced hops. I can imagine it working as background hops so to speak.

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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 JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep sweet malty aroma with a great hop hit at the end. Interesting taste, with great malt sweetness, slight caramel flavors, and a wonderful hop citrusnesss. Went down quite well indeed!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 8/7/11

Enjoy by September 2011

Clear, medium shade of tobacco brown. Three finger head drops considerably leaving behind specks and a few trails of lace that fill out over time.

Smells simple and straightforward - green pine hops, floral notions, caramel and bread. Tastes the same. Pine is steady throughout but bitterness isn't rampant. Some juicy sweetness lingers in the mid-section. Bread is more apparent than caramel and at times seems spiced (probably a result of the piney aspect of the hops). Finishes dry with resin bite. Medium body. Moderate carbonation keeps things active.

Like all the other Latitude 48s, this is on the malty order but it doesn't seem as bad with this one. Not bad and the hops seem to have held up well.

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Photo of escapegoat
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the Deconstructed series, my pick is the Simcoe

A - Very similar to the rest, amber/orange with light carbonation
S - Unrefined - mix of hops and malt, but not particularly appetizing smell
T - Unlike the smell, the flavors come together on the tongue - probably the most balanced between hop and malt of the series
M - A bit cloying on the tongue, but well balanced overall

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated best before september 2011

pours a clear copperish yellow with a thick off white head.

smell is very piney with sweet malt.

Taste is a slightly bitter and bready malty blend. Maybe it isn't too fresh, but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed the deconstructed 12 pack for multiple reasons: they are good beers, and it is a very novel way to showcase different variations.

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Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and a 3 finger foamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing which leaves rings of spiderwebs on on the glass.

Smell: Pine is dominant with a little sweet caramel malt creeping through in the background.

Taste: Resinous pine dominates up front - and throughout for that matter - followed by a touch of malty sweetness in the middle before ending with bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and longlasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these with no problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. It's probably the most bitter of the Deconstructed bunch. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +27%
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?

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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 Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 nppeders
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit, and centennial like burnt fruit aroma, and resin. Smells pretty dank.

Flavor, very resinous of the bat, the middle is fruity, and then the end finish’s bitter. A very nice hop.

This is a very nice hop variety that can handle the job fairly well on it's own. Reminds me of centennial.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper body, excellent clarity, topped by four level fingers of just-off-white micro-bubbles. Good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by pine, with maybe hints of citrus waaay in the background.

Sweet caramel coats the tongue. Big crash of pine and bitterness before the swallow. Pine carries through the aftertaste. Somewhat one-dimensional.

Solid medium mouthfeel, somewhat chewy.

An okay IPA, just not enough going on besides the piney bitterness.

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Photo of tapman
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium copper color w/ one finger head of light brown, quickly dissipating foam.

Like the other Lat IPAs; malt makes a light maple syrup/ medium brown sugar aroma, but this one has hop aroma of astringent vegetation and tart, sweet lemon.

Bitterness is moderately strong; hops have a sharp vegetal bite that comes off as fresh and earthy when mixed with the malt, which tastes the same as the nose, but with more roasty-ness.

Bitterness reall attacks the puckering mechanism in my mouth at the front of the sip. Carbonation is minimal and it dries the mouth seconds after the finish.

Not bad. Maybe my 3rd or 4th place for the entire deconstruction pack.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent standard amber color with a nice sturdy foamy single finger head in my pint glass. Smell is a wall of pine resins accented with medium heavy anise-type spicing and earth tones.
Flavor carries through the nose elements with the addition of a nice sweet caramel / biscuit malt element. Although this one could use a bit more complexity and sophistication, it does the pine and spice elements that hops can do very well. I suppose that is why this one is paired with other hops in the mix of the original beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Zeus pours a brilliant amber into my Perfect Pint glass. A dense cream cap has great retention and leaves good lace. It's a nice look.

If there's one thing the Deconstructed series is doing for me, it's teaching me the properties of various hop types. Zeus hits me with a wall of resinous pine, plus anise and black pepper. I'm not really digging it as a standalone hop. To me, it really begs for an extra variety, or two to compliment/offset it. The caramel and toasted malt flavors from this series of beers make only a tacit appearance. The beer's bitterness lingers long after the last sip. The medium body is puckering and sticky.

The look is solid, but I'm not digging this hop that much. Still, it's a pretty solid offering.

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