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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 | website

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 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 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 Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark copper color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some biscuit malt mixed in. The flavor is a great mix of resiny and orange citrus hops, along with some biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. The beer is also very dry, but easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts. Thick lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: strong grapefruit and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and earthy tones are most dominant. Some fruit sweetness is detectable late. Bitterness is sharp.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this is a slower drinking IPA with the sharp hops. This beer was very earthy and piney.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange, decent sized foam and retention. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell: pungent hops, pine, dank, resin.

Taste: Pine, decent bitterness throughout. Easily noted are citrus zest, hop oils, and a caramel malt body. Aggressive hop presence. Grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth

Overall; the most ipa like of the series. Solid.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#6 in my and inflatablechair's single hop IPA fun time.

Sticky lacing... great retention... brew is clear orange.

Nose shows descent pine presence and still too much toasty malt for an IPA IMO... but the pine is very nice and easily identifiable...

The Zeus has the most lingering bitterness out of all of the single hop Lat 48's... the pine element begins front and center and moves quickly through the palate, but is honestly sorta finished by the end.

Body almost seems punctuated by a more pronounced hop presence.


Edit to all of my Deconstruction reviews:

These were fun to taste side by side by side, and that should have probably meant the reviews yielded higher scores, but overall, Sam and I agreed that the base beer is just too malty and had a heavy hand with toasted malt and a lighter caramel malt presence. But it was cool to try so many single hop beers at one time.

This experiment raises my respect for Boston Beer Company quite a bit... It is like a Geek Out in a box... buy a 12 pack while you can.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp herbal hop and earthy caramel malt.

The taste was well balanced with a bit of smokiness amongst the caramel and a drying herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good IPA.

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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 puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2014. Sampled on September 20, 2014.

Copper-orange pour and a two-finger, puffy cream colored head.

The aroma has an earthy and spicy hop feel to it more than floral and pine.

The body is medium to full.

The hops present themselves more in the flavor with a bold bite on the palate that lingers at the finish.

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

80% of the way there. Ahtanum was a pleasant surprise, here's hopin' Zeus is too.

A: Describing the appearance is getting repetitive. Amber, golden brown, nice glow at the base. This one, though, generates a bigger head that laces in abundance.

S: The piniest nose, resiny like a freshly cut Christmas tree. Okay, maybe not a freshly cut one, but at least a pine car freshener. The nose is firm, caramel providing a good backing.

T: I love the pine bite, sharp and arboreal. It's not a hop bomb, instead the hops provide a pow of flavor. Caramel malts are a nice touch, bringing out the best of the hops. The hops take on a floral taste near the end, a twist on the initial pine taste. I'm putting this one on par with Ahtanum, the pine really makes it work.

M: Chewy and zesty, the hops stand out with a sweet arboreal pine. The past two have been good to very good. I'm hoping that the Simcoe holds up as well.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. I'm trying all of the deconstructed Latitude 48 versions today, this is the fourth one. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine hops along with some citrusy (grapefruit) hops and bready/caramel malt. It's a very nice aroma, but I think it's a bit weak (which I'm noticing is a pattern with this series of brews). The taste is the same as the aroma, but stronger. I think the hop flavor in this brew is defintely stronger compared to the 3 other deconstructed beers I've tried so far today. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit sticky with good carbonation. I like this brew, I think it's good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As all these beers in this set (since the same base is used) the color is a dark amber, clear, with another two inches of head.

S - Another fairly sweet IPA which doesn't smell offending with touches of pine, grapefruit, and maybe a bit of gram cracker sweetness.

T - Not really exploding with flavor but I do get a nice twang of pine in the finish. Sweet notes of orange and grapefruit pine and throughout

M - Simply a light to medium body. Easy summer drinking.

Overall I think this was one of my favorite versions (besides the regular Latitude 48) A nice bit of hops, malt, and smooth body. This ones a keeper.

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Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good, pretty much the same as the other Latitudes - clear, coppery, dense beige cap, plenty of lacing. Juicy citrus aroma, not very aggressive in the hops department, some caramel, light floral and pine notes. Solid bitterness with a sharp edge in the finish, a bit of pine resin, fruity citrus, caramel and bready sweetness. Sort of herbal towarss the end. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I've enjoyed sampling the beers in this series and really apprexiate the thought that went into this experiment.

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this sitting my fridge for a while.

Pours a copper color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. The color is consistent among these single-hop varieties.

A hint of citrus, perhaps mango in the nose. The description on the bottle is kind of lame. Run of the mill.

Lots of bitterness to please the palate with just a hint of buttery malt. Zeus hops add a mint/citrus feel to the overall package.

Lingering buttery malt and hops on the palate. Not bad. It's the same beer so not much different.

My only critique of this series is that the beer is still the same. The hops don't really stand out enough to warrant their own varieties. Still, worth a try if you must try everything under the sun.

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

All these beers look the same, coppery orange, good amount of clarity, ample head. Neat peppery hop aroma, this has been my favorite smell wise of the Latitude series.

Easy drinking, yet hoppy, subtle caramel, bitter, mild pine, citrus & pepper hop flavor. Just the right tough of sweetness to it. Carbonation just right, allows every aspect of the beer to come out.

One of, if not the best single hop ipa I've ever drank. Good price point on these too. A real every day ipa.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy Before Oct 2014
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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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim. Some sots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting and exhibiting good retention. Nose expresses citrus and an earthy/herbal quality with a slightly resinous aroma towards the back. Taste is a bit less citrusy and more earthy/herbal. Citrus comes off more as the rind than sweet, with a slightly medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost prickly carbonation, a slightly oily texture and a bit of acidity. A decent single-hop, but a little too herbal for my preference. So far this one is middle of the pack for me out of all of the offerings from the Deconstructed 12-pack.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zeus is a hop I don't have any homebrewing experience with or really any at all, never seen it listed on a bottle or anything.

A- Amber body with an off-white head that builds to about two fingers. Retention is pretty good and some spots of lace stay on the glass.

S- Hop notes seem to be citrus, tropical fruit, slightly floral and herbal. Some dark fruit, caramel, bread and yeast influence as well.

T- Starts out with a nice citrus, peach and zesty note followed by floral, earthy and herbal hop flavors. Rounded out by caramel malt, yeast bread and spice.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

A pretty nice hop flavor going on in this one. It seems that with this series that the Sam Adams malt, yeast or even amount of hops aren't really letting the single hops shine as much as they could. Still worth trying the series though.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, pine, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: just another average IPA. finally glad we got this in the area just wish the beers offered alittle bit more.


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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Golden-amber clear, with a fine white head and gentle effervescence.

S: Dry-spicy hops. Floral and pleasantly aromatic. Very nice!

T: Mm. I see why Sam Adams saved this for last. Definitely the most hoppy -- and delicious -- one of the set. Who knew I liked CTZ so much? Aftertaste is long, lingering, citrusy, and bitter.

M: Lacking the caramel stickiness of its brethren, this might be why I like it so.

O: Highly recommended. By far the best of the batch, if the thinnest and most astringently bitter.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A novel idea. I'm having fun working my way through the 12 pack.
This beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.
An herbal, piney aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.
Very piney taste; resinous. The malt was almost overwhelmed by the hops.
I like hops, but this was a little too bitter for me. Oh, well. On to the next one

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Photo of ZAP
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The great Zeus flexes his muscles here but not necessarily in a good way. While many of these single hop IPA's in this series seem to be slightly overwhelmed by the malt this one does not. It carries a pungent ganja like aroma and a sharp, piney bitterness bites hard on the taste....

This one is too sharply bitter on its own as a single hop but in a way it brings a little more out of the malt used as it takes on a more toffee like flavor.

This one does taste like an IPA. Some will like this better than others. Heavy on the pine and ganja...for me this has too much pure bitterness and dryness to it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing seem to be constant in the deconstructed pack - very good.

Hops on the nose here might be my favorite out of the pack - cola, tangerines and pine. Malts are a copy/paste caramel and toast with the typical SA yeast.

Taste is nice too, This hop actually stands above the big malts and biscuity yeast. Lots of bitterness and the flavor is leafy, rough and herbal. Hay-like and produces a drier beer I think. Definitely rough around the edges, but that is not always a bad thing. One of the better brews from the mix pack.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.
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