Zeus Imperial IPA
Lengthwise Brewing Company

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From:
Lengthwise Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #87
ABV:
10%
Score:
97
Ranked #758
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 14.84%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
148
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Jun 02, 2013
Wants:
  43
Gots:
  65
SCORE
97
World-Class
Zeus Imperial IPAZeus Imperial IPA
Notes: None
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Ratings by LaChupacabra:
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Reviewed by LaChupacabra from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Hazy golden-orange with a small, bubbly, eggshell head that dissipated quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma is big on Citra hops. Tropical fruit and citrus notes. Light breadyness.

T: Similar to smell. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. Big hop-forward bitterness. Also has an underlying earthy character. Was told that this beer is 10+% alcohol. That being the case, the alcohol is hidden unbelievably well. Very little alcohol detected.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Would have liked a bit more carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes it slightly too juicy.

O: Without a doubt the best beer to come out of Lengthwise. I hope it becomes a staple. I could definitely drink this on a regular basis. ...I'd like to try this one side-by-side with Kern Citra, as the similarities are notable.

EDIT: I've downgraded my score a bit on this one. This beer was GREAT the first time I tried it. Subsequent batches have been really solid, but haven't matched the first. It's been a little bit different every time I've tried it. It still has a huge citrus/fruity profile, but it's uncanny similarities to Citra are definitely more subdued now.
Jun 02, 2013
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4 by mpenske from California

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

2.57/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
Wow. This one is wild - but we aren’t talking about the wild days of youth - think more so like that one time you had to use the John and settled for an AMPM bathroom in Barstow. No sir. This one is a mess like Keith Richards leaving a hotel in his prime. Really, it’s so bad that I don’t even want to go on. It’s the Phantom Menace of beers.

See ya.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by FrankCastle from California

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by ithacabaron from California

2.87/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours from the can with a robust apricot glow and an uneven, off-white head. Bubbles are slow rising.

Aroma is sharply alcoholic, with bitter grapefruit pith, chalk, some raw white onion. Good depth, but not pungent.

Taste once again leads with fusel alcohol and one-dimensional grapefruit bitterness; after the swallow, an enjoyable flavor of jasmine rises up. But the balance and overall structure here is poor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light; not overcarbonated, not heavy, but not particularly satisfying.

Overall, a fairly unpleasant experience. I love big, bitter brews, but this one should go back to the drawing board. A lot of hops and a lot of booze does not an Imperial IPA make.
Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.
Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Dec 20, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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.
Feb 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by jtk21351 from California

Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by uzahid from California

4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
Oct 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Feb 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
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
Oct 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 16, 2017
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
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.
Feb 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by rand from California

Feb 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by AleHunter805 from California

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by BSecaida from California

Jul 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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.
Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by SerpentX from California

Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
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+)
Nov 22, 2015
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
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..
Nov 14, 2015
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Reviewed by rjh1313 from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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...
Nov 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by jheimiller from California

Sep 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.33 by Lucoli from New York

Sep 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.17 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.47 by GClarkage from California

Aug 22, 2015
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Reviewed by RyanJohnCrain from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by MitchB2 from California

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.7 by random846 from California

Aug 08, 2015
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Rated by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Not a fan of APA/IPA/DIPAs, but this was really good!
Jul 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.41 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Jul 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.57 by nathanmiller from New York

Jul 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.73 by thedemise from California

Jul 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.6 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine

Jul 06, 2015
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Rated by rjjhoffman from California

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Near to perfect citra IPA. Would love to do a side by side with Kern's Citra. Bakersfield is definitely doing something right.
Jun 26, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
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
Jun 26, 2015
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Jun 09, 2015
Zeus Imperial IPA from Lengthwise Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 187 ratings