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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear light copper/golden orange with a white, fluffy, two-finger head of foam. Decent rings of sticky lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of pine, earth, and some grapefruit.

T - Pine, grass, mint, grapefruit pith. Musty and herbal in the mid-palate. Caramel malt base beer fails to provide the correct balance. Lingering bitter bone-dry finish.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied. Standard SA prickly carbonation. Quite oily.

O - A bitter bomb. Not well balanced. Zeus hop totally overpowers the base beer. Average at best.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper orange color. One finger of off-white head with good retention and lace.

S: Nice sweet, slightly overripe peaches-- possibly the best smell of all of these so far.

T: Starts with a hint of the peach flavor, but quickly changes to a sort of generic bitter-- not really citrus or pine, just bitter. Not unpleasant, but sort of generic bitterness. Bitterness persists through the finish.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, good creaminess.

O: Not bad on its own, but wouldn't want this to be the only hop by itself. One more to go, and then I'm going back over all the reviews to see how the pieces, when put together, match up with my impression of the 5-hop brew.

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Photo of ToddT
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber topped with a thin, but dense off white head. Head falls slowly and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Herbal hop notes with hints of grapefruit.

T- Bitter herbal hop notes right away, not citrus or grapefruit just a pleasant sustained bitter note. Caramel malt balances things out but the hop bitterness carries through till the finish which is dry and somewhat clean with yet more bitter herbal notes.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Mostly clean, the hop oil is noticeable but not too much of a distraction to the enjoyment of the beer.

O- Tried this hop before and wasn't much of a fan of it, but this has changed my mind. Not a great stand alone hop, but it would work well with lots of other hops to make some interesting flavor profiles. The 5.8% ABV is hidden and not over the top for the style. Interesting experiment from Boston Beer to deconstruct an IPA into it's hop components and let us taste them separately and then together over these six beers. Mikkeller does something similar with their single hop series and I applaud the fact that Boston Beer has taken it a step further.

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

Working on the sixer from mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: A rough pour into my DFH Chalice, this brew is a clear, dark, dull amber color with about an inch worth of soapy off-white head.

Smell: Where's the hops? Not as pronounced as I would have expected, but I guess they're there. Some pine with some under-ripe grapefruit.

Taste: The hops stand out a bit more here, but still a bit too malty for an IPA. The hops are slightly earthy with a grapefruit rind sort of taste to it. There's an abundance of malt with is over-balancing the beer.

Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation. Par for the course here.

Overall (Drinkability): A bit underwhelming for an IPA. I don't know, maybe I'm setting the bar a bit high. It's not a bad drinking IPA, but with much better ones out there I can't see myself specifically looking for another one of these.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber in color, dark for an IPA but the same as all the other Latitude 48 beers. One-finger head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells sweet and pine-like.

Taste is malty at first, quite sweet and hoppy and bitter on the finish. There's substantial pine and some citrus rind flavors, but they aren't very overwhelming and come in about halfway through.

Medium-full mouthfeel, sweet, average carbonation.

After trying several from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12-pack, this isn't my favorite, but none of them are really very great IPAs. Doesn't mean this isn't drinkable, but it's a bit too sweet.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with chunky off-white head. Carbonation is ridiculous. Nice lacing. Aroma has pine, caramel notes and some dank hops. Taste is bitter with a heaviness than slightly holds down the malt sweetness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty good, but the Ahtanum had more citrusy brightness to it.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly into a thin broken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation and there was significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: caramel, bread, pepper.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread then an average piney hop profile with just a hint of a metallic taste.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good IPA but not spectacular, there was a slight metallic taste that was somewhat unpleasant to me.

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

Bottle from halls in dfw, only place I could find it. Thanks john.

I am going to start all these reviews the same, as it is the same beer...

Great concept and price point, wish more brewers would do this... as it is a beer geeks wet dream.

pours a darker than expected amber color with about a finger of head... awesome lacing clinging for life around the sides.

Zeus has a decent amount of citrus on the nose, but also has an old English style hop presence to it... the old bitterness, and a hint of mint.

the taste is more old English style hop with a hint of the citrusx and a lot of pine, just like the nose would let on. Pretty average to be honest, but that's what this series is for, to taste different hops.

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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 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 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 HOMEPL8
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thicker, less carbonated than the East Kent...thicker, longer lasting 2 finger head...dense. More pine than I prefer...and next to the East Kent, I found myself leaning to the EK in preference...This one just didn't work for looks great, presentation was good, but the taste was only average for an IPA...not my preference.

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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 magnj
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - Just like the rest of the series this brew has a great, luminescent amber body and a little off white head, this one appears to have a bit more lacing.

s - From my snifter I sniff: earthy hops, vaguely spicy and a little grassy. Less sweetness than I got in some of the other varieties, just a bit of the caramel pokes through and the way that it plays with the hops it feel like darker crystal.

t - Bitter up front with pine and other earthy flavors lent by the hops. Towards the middle it balances out but only briefly before it ends sharply bitter and strong with pine and spice. Only downfall is that it's a bit one dimensional...but we know why.

m/d - body is spot on compared to the others I've had so far, medium to full but not sticky; appropriate. It's hot out so it's a little bit of a struggle but it's easy to drink, look forward to using the CTZ variety in a brew myself.

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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 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 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 happy4hoppybeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As with the previous, pours a nice, orange-amber with thick light-tan/white head, about a couple fingers thick.

Nose is not impressive:Sweetness, some malt and other grains, just a faint trace of hops. Blah.

Mouth stuffed with heavy carbonation, malted barley sweetness, and slight grassy hops. A little too grassy, and excess carbonation, not nearly enough hop bite. Thin body.

You would think SA, after all their years/decades worth of experience and competition, would be able to at least make a competent average IPA, oh well. On to better brew.

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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 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 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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Photo of surprenant1138
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark amber with a half inch creamy tan head with fair retention of lacing. aroma is very light, with some hops, pine, and lemon peels. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated but light. Taste is of spices, piney, slightly hoppy, but yeasty. An alright summer beer but not really for me.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Meh, its normal or below normal, not bad but not impressive, can I get more vague than that?

Smell: You can def smell the distinct hop smell of Zeus in this.

T/M -- Taste, definitely a distinct Zeus taste, backed up by malt. Above average mouthfeel.

Overall: I must take my hat off and salute Sam Adam's (and I'm a west coaster and thats hard to admit liking them) but this is a very cool theme that is doing nothing but rewarding my palette, I must highly encourage all BA's to buy the 48/Decon kit and learn something from it.

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