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

Brewed by:
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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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.

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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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