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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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 422
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 jera1350
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a fluffy light tan head and a bit of lacing.

The nose is really light and it's hard picking out any hop scent. Mostly some light malt.

Very malty, lightly sweet. Some light pine notes with bitterness from the hops kicking in at the end. More of a pale ale taste than an IPA.

Good mouthfeel. Soft and smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Again, doesn't really fit the style profile and lacks in hop presence in both the nose and the taste. Not a bad brew though and goes down easily.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear copper with some off white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and resin hops, with a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like resin hops, with some citrus zest and honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was maybe the best IPA of the pack, with crisp scent and taste and passable body. Not delicious, but really not bad.

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

This was number 2 in a personal tasting of this series.

Like Ahtanum, this one is darker than amber but not quite copper with lots of clarity. An off-white head is about a finger tall and stays around, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.
Pine is in this one, as well as citrus, but this is an interesting hops profiling with more of an earthy feel to it in the nose and very herbal as well. The combination is almost woody, maybe even grassy like Saaz.
This one goes with a harsher bitterness in the flavor than I could have expected from the aroma. There's almost a pine needle coming up front. Grassiness still comes through, as does a bite of spice. Malts don't add as much balance to this one as to others and this could really benefit from an increase in the light caramel and breads flavors the hops provide. it's a really nice flavor under the blaring harshness of the bitterness.
This is a crisp, smooth beer with a medium body. It runs quite dry and I'm glad the hops profile doesn't add a harsh edge in the mouthfeel.
It's a good beer, but one of the ones I prefered least out of all of them.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: This hop gives a very herbal, piney aroma with some spice and citrus. Lots of pine with good hints of grapefruit, orange, mesquite, and a little pepper. A good amount of caramel and toffee malts round it out.

Taste: Strong piney and citrus taste up front consisting of resin, grapefruit, and orange peel. This is followed by a good kick of peppery spice from mesquite. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts. The spice makes this hop stand out from the rest of the pack.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: This hop stands alone very well with the spice adding an interesting element. This pack has been very interesting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, somewhat watery and a faint hop. In the taste, minty like pine and not much malt backing. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty pine like aftertaste. Thin and lack of body, and the minty pine is eh!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11/26....pours medium dark amber with white foam. Settles out completely. Nose is resin/pine. Very strong bitter forward flavor. Cuts through the sweetness. Nice blend.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small yet dense khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of caramel malt, a bit bready. I don't pick up much from the hops on this one. I get a light grassy and herbal note. Most disappointing nose out of the bunch.

The taste is of the caramel malt base. The hops are definitely more present in the taste. They bring a copper like flavor, a bit grassy, with a resiny finish. The flavor is strong but it isn't the most tasty hop. It does bring the bitter.

The beer has a moderate body with tingly carbonation. The finish is bitter but it doesn't crush the palate like I thought it would.

Not my favorite out of the bunch. Clearly this hop is used for bittering.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having a couple of the Lat-48 EKGs, I opted for 2 of the Zeus variety while listening to the B's spank the Flyers out in the 'Zebo...

Very similar to the EKG in appearance, with a clear, crisp copper color. Slow, steady, scattered carbo is present, and the head is a frothy, billowy, long-lasting light beige. Lacing is also top-shelf. Aroma is slightly sweet, with some citrus coming on strongly. Body is medium, and it has a smooth feel across the tongue.

Subtle malt sweetness comes forth right off the bat, with some caramel and toffee tickling the tastebuds. Right on the malts heels come the hops, with a strong rindy, pithy character. Oily citrus hits the palate, with a little tinge of apricot in the mix. Zeus is solidly bitter all the way, and the hopping lingers quite well long after the liquid has gone down the chute. After two of the five new Latitudes, I rate Zeus a touch above the EKG. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of cokes
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same peripherals as the others, so I'll focus on the differences.
The nose is a bit muted, and the malt seems to muddy it more (and the more of these I try, I begin to wonder why they didn't go with a drier malt profile). The Zeus brings pine needles, hay bales, and lime rinds.
Same sweetish, caramel-bready malt base. Zeus brings a profound (for the series) bitterness wrought of pine sap, citrus peels, grapefruit juice, and spearmint. Resinous on the finish, with a good amount of lingering bitterness.
This is a nice showcase for the Zeus hop, aside from a mediocre aroma, it's a hop that can carry an IPA.

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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 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 BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with about a fingers worth of head that actually leaves some decent lacing

S: A nice bit of pine followed by malts. Again, nothing too complex here

T: Pure pine needles followed by bitterness. Malts help to round it out a little, but that bitterness hangs around for quite a bit

M: Medium body with typical SA carbonation, slightly oily

D/O: Well, apparently Zeus is known for that intense piney flavor, so it is highlighted well here. Again, no complaints from me. So far, the single-hop beers are highlighting themselves well

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Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Lemon zest, caramel, candy sugar, papaya and tangerine.

T: Orange citrus, a hint of lemon, sugary caramel, salt and possible cough syrup?

M: Medium bodied, creamy and dry.

O: The saltiness kind of destroys this IPA. Nice bitterness but mediocre at best.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Since I have already rated and reviewed Latitude 48, I am going to keep my review on this “deconstructed” version focused upon the hop character.

The brewer describes Zeus hops as having an "intense piney and resinous character."

I’m getting a mildly piney nose - there is nothing terribly intense here. No really pine in the flavor profile. Also, the resin is quite low-key. This is likely the least interesting of the deconstructed samples.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The drink by date was September of 2011.

The beer pours to a nice one finger head, but the coloring is amber with no inclusions. The color is kind of off as a deconstructed IPA.

The Zeus smelled earthy, with overtones of peat.

The taste is like an amateur's IPA. The flavors are really strong and imbalanced. I don't really get what the brewers were going for, and the after-taste is just bitterness from chilled through room temperature state.

Thanks to Samuel for trying something different, but this really didn't do it for me.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance with deep copper and generous white head. I really lobe the nose on this one, plenty of earthy pine. Big zippy bitterness on the palate, dirty piney hops, and he malt takes much more of a backseat in this bottle of the deconstruction pack. Spicy finish.

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

from 12 oz bottle BB 09/11

A- pours a a clear dark copper color with a 2 finger off-white head

S- pine hops with grapefruit and floral notes,caramel malts

T- pine hops first that are prickly and crisp.followed by some grapefruit and lemon citrus hops

M- crisp and carbonated

O- its an above average ipa ,nothing to get to excited about

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The single hop has been done before but I like the idea of it in a 12 pack.

Clear copper with a sticky white head. Snowstorm lace display.
Aroma is pine needles and biscuit - punch. Taste is soft pine and grapefruit and sweet toasted grain. Lazy, rolling bitter. Like the aroma, tastes pretty wimpy.

Despite the mighty name and high alpha content Zeus is a gentle hop.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some citrus hops with grapefruit notes and some caramel malts. There is a touch of floral hops as well and a bit of bready malt smells.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops flavor with grapefruit and bitterness. There is a bit of caramel malts in the background. Through the middle some bready malts and a bit of pine hop flavor come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel hop and some fruit flavors with some citrus hop bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp and overall pretty dry. There s some nice bitterness in the finish that adds a dry kick that is nice.

D - Very drinkable. The bitterness is really nice and the hop profile is also pretty solid. The hop and malt balance here is pretty solid and works well together.

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

Poured a transparent amber color with a bit of white head and decent lacing.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Maybe a little spicy as well.

Taste is malty up front with a slightly bitter hop finish. Not too strong.

Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty east drinking beer.

Overall a hood IPA. Not great but I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind drinking it again but could use more hops.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Because I wasn't a fan of the latitude 48, I had no intention of picking up the deconstructed 12 pack. That said, I was glad to try this one at Ratman's the other day. Poured a nice copper color with a smallish white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt and pine. On the palate, medium bodied, with caramel, sweet malt and pine.

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Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a 2-inch fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of soapy lacing as it settles.
S - Pungent pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple hop aromas backed up by the typical Latitude 48 malt profile. Very piney, but overall not as hoppy as I though it'd be.
T - Lots of earthy hop flavors coming through, mostly pine resin, with a good amount of bitter grapefruit. Backbone is the usual Lat 48 sweet amber malt. Definitely on the more bitter side of the Deconstructed pack, close to the Simcoe version.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body and moderately crisp carbonation.
O - One of the more bitter Deconstructed offerings, that causes it to be a little lower on my overall scale.

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