Zeus Imperial IPA
Lengthwise Brewing Company

Zeus Imperial IPAZeus Imperial IPA
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #32
ABV:
10%
Score:
97
Ranked #371
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 14.03%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
183
From:
Lengthwise Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  44
Gots
  65
SCORE
97
World-Class
Zeus Imperial IPAZeus Imperial IPA
Notes:
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 183 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Dank earthy herbal notes that transition into tropical fruit and melon a little citrus, slightly floral, a touch of pine, lightly toasted bready malt, and a little honey toffee sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit comes out first, papaya, melon, apricot, peach, mango, and candied pineapple, citrus, orange, lemon, and lime, rather floral, some pine, underlying earthy herbal notes, toasty bready malt, and honey toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, alcohol is completely hidden.

O: Old school Imperial IPA that still holds up pretty well. I'm wondering assuming the recipe has been changed over the years to include Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic in the dry hop. Would be interesting to see what the original was all about.

 917 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coper filtered with moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of tropical fruit, peaches, pineapple, pine and caramel.

Tastes of pineapple, fruity like dried tropical fruits, mango, papaya, fruit punch, caramel, orange zest and pine.

Medium, resinous body with moderate carbonation.

I got this Redding where I am drinking it, Feb 25th, 2018. Excellent brew.

 381 characters

Photo of uzahid
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

very good beer. high alcohol not boozy smell though. have had on tap and out of bottle from brewery. good mouth feel with great lacing. full palette experience. very light taste despite 10 percent alcohol content. must try beer.

 228 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Lengthwise. Currently #98 in the Top 100 Californian beers list.

Pours a fairly vibrant orange-copper coloured body with a white head that vanishes within 1 minute.

Aroma is tropical, hitting on mango and papaya but not the traditional citrus (e.g. orange) Citra is known for in the best expressions of Citra-hopped IPAs. Has a slight candied sweetness to it.

Taste is fruity and tropical, evoking vivid mango, papaya, and juicy tangerine citrus with a concomitant bitter bite. Some candied fruit peel flavour along with the crystal malt backbone cushions the hop bitterness with balancing sweetness.

The 2-row barley malt withstands all the hop flavour remarkably well, hiding the beer's monstrous ABV dangerously well yet never letting it feel too weighty or heavy on the palate. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, well carbonated.

Overall, it's a lively and inspired brew that doesn't shy away from hop pungency. As surprisingly drinkable as it is for it's high ABV, I do have to say it fails to showcase Citra hops as well as superior (I)IPAs. In any case, it's well worth trying - even if it isn't quite the king of the Gods its name would imply.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

 1,183 characters

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: clear amber color with a finger of off white head
S: citrus zest, grapefruit juice, but not very powerful.
T: big malt, less citrus than the nose but some citrus zest.
F: fairly bitter and drying.

 199 characters

Photo of Zythophile
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 5/5/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a nice opaque dark amber. Yellowish head and a little lacing.

Smell isn't particularly powerful, but it's still pleasant. Malt and honey are the first scents I get. There's also a little lemon and pineapple.

So, I guess this doesn't volatilize much, which is fine by me because I'm always more concerned with the taste. The honey is stronger, but there's not much juiciness. Maybe a little apple juice. Man, this is really flowery. It's more sweet than bitter, too, and I'm pretty sure it's that the hops are hitting me differently than any other brew I've had. I mean, it's definitely hoppy. There's a slight bit of acidity, too.

There's a good amount of fine carbonation that's easily stirred out. And it's a bit boozy.

 791 characters

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22Oz bottle poured a snifter.

Look - Golden orange hue. Medium clarity.

Smell - Dank pine.

Taste - Interesting combination of Pine, citrus and some sweet tropical notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium Attenuation. Medium Carbonation.

Overall - Nice take on the west coast style IPA. Would buy again.

Grade (B+)

 305 characters

Photo of hophugger
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with aromas of peaches, plums, stonefruit and overripe oranges. Decent head and lacing. Tastes great with lots of citrus and some pine and resin. mouthfeel is good and finish is citrusy and creamy, like caramel..

 232 characters

Photo of rjh1313
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Came in a 22oz bottle from my local grocery store in Frazier Park. Strong but not medicinal. Hoppy but not overdone as many IPA style beers are now. Some have said the beer is cloudy - it says unfiltered on the bottle. The mouth feel is fine, the taste lingers but does not overwhelm. It seems that some have had a less than perfect experience with the bottled product. Mine was just fine, creamy head, nice lacing and a great taste. Very drinkable and gets the job done...

 526 characters

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

traded with a buddy for this beer, 220z bomber poured into a snifter glass, Very cloudy with a large white head, summer set appearance. smells like grapefruit, lemon peel and evergreen. the taste is similar, very juicy hops with a hint of coconut, sweet malts nice balanced piney finish. feel like I should have rated this higher. Creamy mouth feel med to full body. Overall this is a fun beer and hides the 10% very well.

 423 characters

Photo of MitchB2
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TK pizza in Tehachapi.

Good smell, taste, and great mouthfeel (surprisingly creamy).

Not a whole lot to say that hasn't been said, but this one was a bit of a surprise. Recommended by the bartender, glad I tried it.

Definitely worth getting again.

 261 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Big, Fruity, Citrus

Bottle-conditioned and dry-hopped with Citra in the ferment and bright tank, Zeus pours a hazy gold, with a creamy, tight head that retains very well. Fruity, apples, citrus, and floral aromas. Firm, syrupy body and flavor, a bit oily, with a malty sweetness, toasty undertones, bitter edge, and heavy dose of fruity notes; ranging from tropical to citrus. A very solid, deceivingly drinkable, Imperial IPA.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA | ABV: 9.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

 541 characters

Photo of emyers
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy light amber in color with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma with some bready malt undertones. Very nice citrus hop profile.

Taste:Just as good as the aroma would suggest. Juicy citrus hop presence with a ton of grapefruit. No real alcohol heat. Stays balanced despite the aggressive hop profile. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth. Medium body for a DIPA. Dries out the palate nicely on the finish.

Overall: FIrst beer I've had from Lengthwise, and it's a great one.

 559 characters

Photo of nj111579
2.77/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled dated 5/6/15 drank on 5/8/15.


Look: murky orange gold color. Looks like a homebrew. No offense to homebrewers. Expected more here.

Smell: plenty of hop aroma. Very citrus orienterd. kinda standard issue aroma. Nothing special here.

Taste: lots of citrus hop flavor. Again very much typical. Not earth shattering. standard issue

Feel: very Heavy for a DIPA. Syrupy almost. Not sweet. Very well attenuated, just mashed to high in my opinion. Could not would not drink more than 1, made me to full.

Overall: Stone Enjoy By has a 98 rating. This is not in the same lage as Enjoy By. It's a solid beer but not a 98.

 639 characters

Photo of Evmo31
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My second time trying this beer. 1/29 bottle, noticably different than the first time i tried it. I recieved a 10/30 bottle as a extra in a trade in november last year and i would have scored it a little higher. Still a great beer but a little boozy for me this time around.

 274 characters

Photo of riotontheroad
3.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got excited when I saw the date (only 5 days old). That excitement turned to disappointment after it was opened. Its a bottle conditioned beer that wasnt given the proper amount of time to carbonate, so it was dead flat.

 220 characters

Photo of Radome
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a bomber bottle into a goblet.

L - Pretty copper/orange color and totally clear. White head is thick and fluffy. It settles to a thin sheet and lots of lace.

S - Aromas are balanced, clean and complex, without any one smell overpowering the others. The hops are earthy and citrusy, with a definite grapefruit character. The malt is bready and slightly nutty. There is also a sharp whiff of alcohol.

T - Hops flavors and bitterness overpower the malt. The hops are citrusy and earthy. The malt gives a muted biscuit flavor. The finish is long and full of hops resin.

F - Medium body. Soft, creamy carbonation. High hops bitterness and moderate alcohol burn.

O - A very good double IPA.

 714 characters

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sadly I feel like most Lengthwise scores on here are artificially inflated. This isn't a terrible brew, just not my style of IPA. Comes off more east coast in nature. Think aunrefined Knuckle Sandwich

 200 characters

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

A beautiful golden color with a slight hue of red. Tropical fruit aromas followed by hop flowers. Incredibly balanced on the palate, juicy, with a bitterness that lingers for a good amount of time. Very well made and one that I wish I could drink all the time.

 261 characters

Photo of Jimmys
3.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

052914 on the label. I assume this is a bottled on date. or at least I hope it is that rather than a best before. mailed to me from a trading partner in CA. bomber into tulip.

A: pours a fairly hay reddish hue. head is slightly off-white and frothy. good retention and lacing.

S: this is busy and right on the verge of boozy as you can get without actually being boozy. hop citrus and hop pine are right on edge of all the malt caramel aroma I get in there too.

T: a sweet syrup-like flavor starts things off. big. some boozy characteristics work with some resinous pine flavors. however the hop flavors are seriously muddied by the booze and body. finish is a mix of boozy heat and malty lingering unfermentables. not getting my residual bitterness.

M: moderate carb on a very full body. very full.

D: more similar to an American strong ale or American barleywine than a DIPA. too much heat, too much malt, too rough. I am a little confused that this beer is getting 5 after 5 on its reviews and I am that far off the norm. meh, I mean what I say and this brew needs some tuning up.

 1,093 characters

Photo of mercerise
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. My brother and I visit Lengthwise at least 3 times a week to knock some back. The taste will leave you wanting more, but it's not one to be underestimated with alcohol content.
If you're ever in the area, trying the Zeus Imperial Ale will not leave you dissatisfied!

 292 characters

Photo of Cubbypa11
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had. Great aroma, Smooth taste, and the after taste is smooth on the palate! The atmosphere certainly adds to the equation. The only issue it comes in a smaller glass, really it's only one swallow. Awesome beer. Thanks brewmaster!

 262 characters

Photo of GoProGrif
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Make sure to wear your big-girl panties when you try this. With an ABV of 10%, this snifter served craft brew with make you think twice before picking up any other bottled beer.
Once you go Zeus, you'll feel like a moose.... In the rivers of Canada. Delightful at all costs!
Get your $3.00 Zeus on tap at all your local Lengthwise locations throughout Bakersfield, CA every Wednesday (while supplies last)

 405 characters

Photo of Funk
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went by Lengthwise Brewing company because I started hearing a major Buzz about This new beer, Zeus Imperial IPA. I was so impressed. This beer is very unique in the fact that, for an Imperial IPA, it has an amazing flavor and there is no huge alcohol aroma to the nose or palate, that you normally get with 10% beers. Very nice, full body and a wonderful hop flavor, nice mild citrus flavor. In my opinion, this is a perfect Imperial IPA! Well Done Lengthwise Brewing Company!!

 478 characters

Photo of beerhogger2014
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a great smooth easy drinkable ipa love it wish i could describe it better but a must try kind of beer itseasy to drink but differently has a kick to it . It has that tropical taste to iy if your not a fan of ipas you need to try this one hopefully theses guys expand.

 272 characters

Zeus Imperial IPA from Lengthwise Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 183 ratings