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

quite a nice little IPA. Never really had (knowingly) the Zeus hop.

Pours a glossy dark caramel color. Large, barely off-white head. Somewhat rocky, very sticky.

Bitter aroma. Pine and herbal spice. Some citrus zest just to get it above the earth. Some caramel/crystal malt in there to throw in some sweetness.

More bitter than not, perfect for IPA. American IPA I would expect more grapefruit/citrus characteristics, but that's being too confined to certain American hops. Still, this one has some bite. Pine and spice. Somewhat metallic I think.

Overall a nice IPA. Love the single hop idea

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Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched-SEP
Served in a pint glass

This beer initially looked identical to the other five in the Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA series. Crystal clear and deep orangey-amber in appearance with a two-finger crop of creamy, light tan froth. Solid head retention. Drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass. The overall mass of the lacing, along with its sticking power, did not quite match what I saw in the rest of the series however.

The aroma was hoppy and became progressively more so with time. With the exception of the Simcoe, the nose on this beer was the most impressive in the series. Nice balance between the citrusy hops and the sweet, caramel malts. Candied orange peel notes were apparent. Some spices too.

The flavor profile was quite hop forward as well. Sweet, bready malts appeared up front before the hops kicked in. The hops were ultra crisp and bitter. Notes of grapefruit rind dominated the flavor profile. Super pithy and dry. Spicy in the center. The beer finished extremely piney, oily and resiny. It seemed like an eternity before the intensely dry bitterness left my mouth.

The beer was creamy and smooth yet a bit light for the style. A lively, spritzy effervescence helped the liquid glide across my palate.

Although Zeus packs an enormous amount of hop flavor, it lacks the balance and refinement that some of the other high alpha acid hops possess. I remembered disliking the original Latitude 48 IPA when I tried it because of its sharp, astringent bitterness, particularly on the finish. Apparently, it seems like Zeus was the hop variety responsible for this.

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

What a wonderful idea by Sammy A! A deconstruction of the Lat 48 so we as beer advocates can taste single hop ales. The Zeus portion was copper clear in color. Good carbonation but head retention was a little amiss. The nose was pine and slight citrus. The taste was a full bodied beer with great pine taste. There is a slight citrus, but the after taste is powered by pine. The mouthfeel was good, some may not like the heavy body, but I sure did. Great Job Sammy A!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: clear copper orange; moderate head; decent carb action; ok lacing
S: floral and hoppy smell with trace of butter
T: very raw-tasting, pungent hops; this is the lance in the 48 latitude arsenal; highly bitter; I really like it for its in-your-face clarity


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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 Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, nice sized cream colored head. Whatever, im reviewing the hops in this pack. Scent is a caramel malt start, with a sticky sappy oily hop finish. Caramel start to the taste, but this one is all about oily hop, kinda pungent almost. Trying to think if there have been many beers ive had where this was the sole hop, but i think its used in conjunction a lot. I like this though, i would drink this is this was the recipe.

Im really into these hops, and this is my favorite offering in this extremely cool pack.

You keep brewing, ill keep buying

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
Steady pour, three-finger thick head. The aroma smells of deeply caramelized orange zest, quite a bit of caramelized floral character; the nose is sweet and almost hibiscus like at times. When you dig around towards the finish you get a big toasted maltiness that leans towards biscuits and even some whole grain like notes. At times the finish can seem quite austere and lemon like, but I can’t shake how floral this smells.

Bitter tasting and not overly sweet tasting, the finish has a combination of bitter hops and bitter malt even; the lack of sweetness and the bitter malt note is definitely brought out by the Bahn-Mi I just ate. The body is chewy, fairly viscous and it definitely lingers a bit on the palate, though the hops do a decent job of cleaning things up after each sip. There is a spicy whole grain flavor to this beer that almost reminds me of rye bread; much of the spiciness though is a direct contribution of the hops with a peppery, green herbaceous spiciness. The sweet malt accentuates a clean citrus zest character that leans towards orange and there is also a floral, almost spicy-rose character to this beer. There is a fair amount of pine character to accompany the general herbaceous flavors that this beer has, but this has a fairly balanced hop attack with a bitter / spicy / herbal / citrus character each of which contribute to the overall character of this beer.

Not bad, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this hop, but I like the balanced character that this hop has; it is quite a solid beer and this hop explains why it is such a popular hop among IPA brewers in the US.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The zeus version looks the same as the other ones. Unusually dark amber color, great clarity, thick sticky head, good lacing.

Aroma is more citrus forward with grapefruit notes.

Flavor seems more sharp and bitter than the others, possibly because of the high alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a slight bit over carbonated, like the others.

Overall it's good but I think the simcoe was my favorite. It's interesting to have these single hop beers but I can see why the best IPAs often have 3-4+ different varieties. It gives more balance and depth of flavors.

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

The second stop on my Deconstructed Latitude 48 tour – Zeus.

The Zeus variety of Latitude 48 is a nice amber/copper color. There’s not an ounce of haze, and it features strong orange highlights when held to light. An off-white head stretches over two and a half fingers tall and tops it off nicely. It was very slow to dissipate. A thick web of sticky lace trailed down the glass.

The nose is pretty good. Maybe a tad weak, but not bad at all. It smells quite malty up front. A mix of caramel and toffee seems to be the centerpiece. Hops don’t seem all that strong, but what is here is pretty good. Zeus hops add a mix of piney and light grassy notes. Smells a little earthy overall. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. It is a little sweet and malty initially. Caramel and toffee flavors blend with a bit of toasted malt. The hop flavor is much stronger than the nose suggested. It’s primarily piney, but features some grassy and floral flavors. It is quite resiny and bitter. Definitely sticks to the palate. Seems a little one dimensional, but alright. There’s less balance than anticipated. I do like that. Alcohol is not noticeable for the most part. Finishes a little sweet, bitter, and dry.

The body is medium and is rather impressive. Carbonation is laid back and soft. It’s smooth and easy drinking. I’ll stick with a single bottle, but wouldn’t object to another.

Latitude 48 – Zeus is pretty good stuff. I’m not in love with it, but it’s alright. Zeus hops definitely add some pizzazz that Latitude 48 generally lacks. The hop flavor is strong, piney, and resiny. It works pretty well. My only complaint is that it’s a little one-dimensional in terms of hop flavor, but I guess that’s kind of the point with this mix pack. Ah well…not bad.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear amber with 2 fingers off white head that leaves a fluffy layer of foam behind.

S - Sweet caramel and a slightly resiny pine aroma.

T - Piney with a slight bitter bite and sweet caramel. Slightly resiny.

M - Medium body with a dry lingering finish.

D - The 1st of the 5 single hops and is hop forward. Good dose of pine to counter the sweet malt.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix-pack at Hannaford in Derry. Pours not all that vigorously into a crystal-clear amber with over two inches of head, overflowing the glass. Grapefruit, pith, pulp, orange dominate the flavor. A good portion of citrus and pulp dominate the flavor with bread and caramel notes barely there in support. Low in carbonation with medium body. Not bad but not nearly as good as the other versions.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is #1 of 6 eventual reviews for the Deconstructed Series.

Into a S.A. "Perfect Pint" glass this deals a clear reddish copper under a fine layered head and consistent lacing. Nose carries a moderate aroma of sweet candied pineapple. Zeus hops clearly show up to play on the palate with a generous pine flavored bitterness that isn't overbearing but certainly displays a solid pungent earthy hop bitterness all the way through and into the aftertaste. Balancing toasted malt character nicely complements the Zeus.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber hue and is topped with a sturdy tan cap of froth which deposits huge sheets of lace upon the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is rich and piney with hints of white grapefruit and tangerine atop a light caramel. It is very well-apportioned.

T - I am getting an impression that is best summarized as Sierra Nevada-like. I enjoy Zeus the most of the series. The brew is replete with big piney and dank cannabis flavor and little leathery notes. Nice balance, definitely skewed towards hoppy.

M - The feel is sturdy and crisp, has a lot of tooth, and is a medium-bodied brew.

O - As is true with the entire 'Deconstructed' series, I like this one better than the regular Latitude 48.

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Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark amber colour with a thick inch high head reducing to some slight retention and lace. caramel malt aroma...some spicy and herbal hops...a bit of pine resin and a slight hint of citric zest. taste is mostly malt forward, the usual, slightly cloying caramel and toffee malt with a fair amount of bitterness. zeus hopping providing some herbal and grassiness with pine and lemony spritz. above medium body with a slick mouthfeel...a bit of bitterness on the tongue..relatively smooth and tasty. nice drinkability.

overall all the american hops were so close in character that it was hard to pick out a favourite. definitely enjoyed the euro hop varietied the best. the deconstructed series was a nice way to pick out nuances not otherwise perceptible in the regular latitude 48 beer.

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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 chocosushi
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latitude 5/5

12oz->Mustang Pint

A ~ Pours Amber/red with a nice head. Has a bit of haze unlike the others.

S ~ Very fresh smelling floral hops with heavy pine resin and citrus peel.

T ~ Muted citrus, which was surprising (I expected more of a "kick") Robust flowery flavors and fresh pine follow (needles/bark/sap)

M ~ Not as straight-up bitter as the EKG, but still excites the palette & throat. Almost thick...

D ~ This was the most American-style-hopped of the bunch. Very lovely.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small ivory head. Good lace.

S: Juicy and earthy hops - mainly pine, maybe a touch grassy.

T: I'm getting mostly pine but with a touch of spice that is almost rye-like. Some earthyness and pine resin too, with lingering pine/spruce hoppiness.

M: Decent creaminess, lightly fizzed. Medium in heft.

O: Good. When I did the taste-test of the 5 new varieties in the mixed 12-pack, I believe this was my 2nd-favorite (with Simcoe #1).

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sammy for the bottle

Deep amber, one finger off white head, some lace on the glass. Smell is piney up front, malt, subtle citrus, earthy, grapefruit, fairly big hop profile. Taste is hoppy up front, pine, good malting, caramel and sort of sweet, dry bitter finish. Med carb, oily and slick with a fairly good feel. Not bad, didn't love this but its still fairly drinkable and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear coppery body with golden highlights, nice yellowy beige foam becomes pitted as it settles and tons tons tons of intricate lace.

S- this is my first experience (that i know of) with the zeus strain, so i don't really know what to expect. mild, herbal, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), a bit of motor oil, grapefruit, and cheeese. behind the hops is nice brown sugary cookie maltiness. vanilla. sandalwood. somewhat floral as it warms, and strangely akin to fresh cut garlic greens. unusual, but interesting.

T- tart puckery citrus salty bitterness! short lasting however. that's fine. starts off with a big grapefruit and tropical uppercut, then the fruit flavors fade leaving a resinous and medicinal plastic bitterness. rubbery. more cheese. dry toasty malt has little sweetness to fight the boxin hop. finishes with a lasting tingly bitterness.

MF- feels full, juicy, nicely dry on the cheeks, and brimming with alpha acids. carbonation is delicate, yet pronounced. it has that bitter feeling with zero off-astringency or yuckiness.

D- research justifies many things in my world. given that zeus is a disease resistant varietal, the whole 'medicinal' flavor thing has been rationalized in my opinion. nevertheless, i don't think i like this hop all by itself. the beer as a whole however is pleasant for the most part, drinkable enough, and not shabby. i just prefer some of the other members of the 12 pack which i will sit down at my desk with shortly.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a rich and frothy off-white head. Stylish and lovely ornate lacing.

Nose is mild citrus and pine. Not too imposing.

Easy-drinking and well-balanced, with malts blended well with the hops. I get some pine and orange peel, and some lemon even. A palate-pleasing and fine IPA, for sure.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with a nice one finger stiff beige head that, despite dissipating, laced the glass quite well.

Smell is fresh pine with some slight malt.

So that's what Zeus hops by themselves taste like... Hops are quite drying (almost more than I prefer) but does get a bit juicier as it warms. Carbonation goes from sharp to soft along with a medium body overall. I thought the single hop thing would be somehow lacking or lopsided, but it does work well as a West Coast IPA. Bitterness sticks around for some time.

Looking forward to the other 4 single hop selections in the "Deconstructed Series" and of course the "Original" for last. The educational concept of this product and at a $1.50/bottle is brilliant. I'd would definitely recommend and encourage others to try it.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear copper with some lacing left behind from about a one finger head.

S-Rather hoppy, mainly earthy and floral with some citrus.

T-Ehhh. Lackluster in comparison to the nose. It is an unblanced semi earthy not that bitter taste that just doesn't fit together. Like something is missing here to make this a solid beer.

M-Light, flat with a poor finish that I haven't experienced from an IPA.

O-The worst of the Deconstructed set for me, the earthy flavors just didn't mesh well with the rest of the beer and bitterness was lacking. Still I'm glad I had them all.

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

Like all these beers, this pours a nice copper color with a decent white head and some lacing. I can't say I've had the Zeus hop before in a way that I could identify it as such. I know it's a high alpha acid hop that acts as a replacement for Tomahawk hops. As such, it's quite bitter with citrus and herbal qualities, but I think it falls a bit flat. part of the problem is the grainy base beer, but part of the problem is that that these hops need some more depth of flavor (not bitterness), and some balancing pine notes perhaps. The finish has some interesting chili pepper notes. As always, an interesting experience tasting the single hop, but I don't think I'll be seeking out Zeus single varietal beers .

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

This beer has a nice amber/orange body with a 1/2 inch of creamy white head on top of it. The smell is very pine and the smell of the hops comes through very nicely. The taste is spicy upfront and the bitterness of the hops comes through near the end, some malt comes in the middle. The mouth feel is great. Overall this beer is really good.

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