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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Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 183
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 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 coz
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ONUMello
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Crystal clear amber, very short head that dissipates quickly.
S: Pine resin, with subtle malt tones underneath and just a hint of citrus.
T: Very piney, a bit of malt character. One-dimensional.
M: The amount of pine resin flavors makes this somewhat unpleasant, a bit harsh.
O: Interesting to see the single hop influence, but if I'm brewing with this one, I'd keep it in the background.

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Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GFD400
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very coppery and clear, this one had a real nice two finger head with some pretty good staying power and sheets of lacing.

The smell is very lightly hoppy, a bit peppery, with a touch of caramel malts, but underwhelming.

Taste is better, hoppy and crisp, not as much caramel malt as the others I've tried from this series, even pine and citrus flavors, along with some floral background. The Zeus hops seem to stand out, and this one is pretty good.

Feel is medium bodied, slightly slick and moderately carbonated.

Overall it's quite interesting and certainly quite drinkable, but not outstanding in the category of American IPAs.

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear rust colored body with decent white head. No lacing whatsoever.

This actually had a fairly foul smell of cat piss and chlorine. I'm sure there were other hops in there but I withheld the urge to keep whiffing.

Thank goodness, the cat piss and chlorine were only smells. It still has that ammonia-like taste, but it has the decency to at least showcase a little pine and earthy hops. It's pretty bitter.

A little thin and heavily carbonated. Dry in the end.

Overall, it was a remarkably average beer. Of the few I've had from the deconstructed pack it's by far the worst of the bunch. More to follow...

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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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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is dark copper to near amber, head is light tan and presents thick almost 1/2 inch.

Smell is piney, earthy, a good amount of caramel malt but its clean followed by some more biscuity malt, light toast.

Taste is a bit sweeter, more caramel than in the nose; hops are bitter, earthy, somewhat harsh.

Mouthfeel is fairly balanced and more ipa like, less sweet in the lingering feel and more bitter.

Overall, an ipa that leans more towards a hoppy amber ale with a harsher bitter flavor

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Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This single hop IPA is brewed using only American Zeus hops, which create an intense piney and resinous character. This brew leans strongly towards the hop character, but is balanced by the malt's sweetness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available in 12 oz. bottles as part of the Latitude 48 Deconstructed Variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel white color over a maple amber body with light speckled sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) The Zeus hop generates a piney, resinous aroma with a moderate to intense bitterness atop a milder caramel and pale malt body with a soft sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Strikingly bitter up front, with strong hop notes of resinous pine, subdued fruit and earth. Zeus is not quite primed as a show-carrying hop with its generally limited flavor range but is notably the most bitter single hop out of the 5 beers that I have had in this series. The malt profile tries to make up for the deficit in balance with a bready malt profile and a caramel sweetness, but the Zeus hop ultimately wins the balance to the hop side with its striking bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is mildly oily, medium resinous and moderately dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is lightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) The grand finale of the single hops incorporated into Latitude 48, as well as the only hop variety I have not previously experienced in an isolated form, turned out to power the driving force of bitterness that comes through strongly in the complete 5-hop IPA recipe. Because of this potential, I find Zeus a better bittering hop than as a flavor or aroma hop as its flavor diversity is quite limited. Despite this, it has the power to add a serious smack of bitterness to any beer without signifigantly compromising or overshadowing a flavor hop like Simcoe or Mosaic. Paired with a complimentary hop of a broader and more defined flavor range, Zeus could make a formidable sidekick hop to round out and beef up just about any IPA on the market. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA

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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 tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, caramel and bready malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew will not be among my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of bum732
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Very dank, marijuana like, spicy white pepper, some pine needles, caramel sweetness.

L: Clear amber orange, off-white creamy head with good lacing.

T: Grapefruit spiciness with some pine. Sharp medium high bitterness yields to some soft malt sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with some spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Sharp and quite pungent, pretty good.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Titans: Zeus! Zeus! Zeus!
Hades: Uh, guys? Mount Olympus would be THAT way.
Titans: ...ZEUSSS!!!!

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of September 2011 into a perfect pint glass. Been working my way through the Latitude 48 variety pack as an educational journey through hops. This one’s brewed with ZEUS! From the Yakima Valley.

Like the Latitudes that came before, this Zeus IPA looks like a roll of pennies thrown into the sunlight. A treacly off-white head propagates atop the crystal-clear liquid, rising to about a finger in height before descending and leaving behind a filmy top layer and thick walls of lace.

The Zeus hops impart an almost earthy, forested pine quality to the aroma, along with hints of overripe oranges, caramel corn and biscuits.

Similar flavors of woody citrus emerge upon first sip. It’s almost as if the beer were aged on wood — interesting to see that kind of flavor delivered just by hops. Malts are mostly biscuity with hints of sweet caramel, and sit nicely in balance with the hops. Bitterness is only moderate, but likes to linger on the tongue for quite a while after the finish.

Silky mouthfeel – it slides around the tongue seductively. Carbonation is low, as is fizziness, but the body is a syrupy medium I really enjoy is resinous IPAs like this.

Good flavors coming from this guy. Zeus is, so far, king of the single-hopped Latitudes.

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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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