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Dr. Zeus | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnnieNepal on 09-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam. Hazy, golden orange body with a soft, white head. Grain, earthy hops, lemon. Malty and robust, given the <5% abv. Hop character is there, but not in the lead role. Biscuit, grain, earth notes with mild resinous bitterness in the back. Decent.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (11/12/14) poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint

A- A normal pour creates 1 finger of khaki head atop a hazy, golden-orange body. There's light carbonation and the head settles to a thin film, and leaves nice webs on the glass. A little yeast sediment became "floaties" in my second bottle.

S- A balanced aroma of grainy malts and lemony hops. Some warmth brings a sugary sweetness and a little hop spice.

T- The flavor follows the aroma, a good mix of grains and lemon. Clean finish. Just on the malt side of balanced, compared to the more aggressively hopped IPAs.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little grainy. Pretty dry.

O- An easy drinking beer. Seems to fit the English IPA parameters(since it's classified that way on the label) as it's a little maltier than the American style counterparts.

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Photo of clager
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent bitterness and hop flavor, smooth and uncomplicated floral/herbal taste and smell. Lightly carbonated. Very sessionable and one that I will keep coming back for.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/12/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt balance; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Surprisingly clean for an English IPA, minimal fruity esters are present in the taste and aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very good English IPA style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, dated 11/12/14

Bottle pours with a deep golden hue and a quickly dissipating, one finger white head.

Aroma is a nice mix of lemon zest, grass, and a slight spicy characteristic coming though on the back end.

Taste follow the nose almost exactly. There is a faint onion characteristic that jumps in late. I will add that the taste is juicy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin as expected, with bitterness on the low side of medium. Carbonation is medium.

Overall, Dr. Zeus was an excellent showcase of Zeus hops. While I'm not a huge fan of this particular hop, the beer really lets the hops shine and is really crushable. For what its worth, I prefer this over Beard of Zeus, where the lager yeast really made its presence known.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Short's Dr. Zeus today in their new winter variety pack at Meijers. I've never had this beer and since I liked Beard of Zeus I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but i know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's Imperial Pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes a little with the name and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took on more of a golden amber color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of hoppy aromas, at first comes the fruity hops with some nice citrus rind, mango and nice pineapple like aromas and it goes right into some spicy and green hop aromas with a little bit of green onion coming through and there were also some floral hop aromas. Up next comes the malts which are pretty light with some bready, sweet malts and pale malt like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but it would be just a little better if that green onion aspect didn't show up.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects, but there's also a fruity berry flavor and the spicy and green tasting hop seem to stick out the most this time around. Up next comes the malts which show up a little more than they did in the aroma which makes the taste a little more balanced and it imparts the same malty aspect that it did in the aroma but this time the bready and doughy aspects show up the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness and it tastes a little watery with a hoppy and pretty bready aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it would be a little better if it didn't have that watery finish.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, fairly creamy, a little watery, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but I wish it wasn't just a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I expect from the style, but all they all seemed to be just a little different than most IPA's and I liked the unique hop profile. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, fairly creamy, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the balance in the taste, it was just where it needed to be. What I like the least about this was that it was a little watery and that light green onion aspect, those are the only things I would change. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind if Short's released this on it's own or a substitute for beard of Zeus one year. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fairly unique IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, I liked it better than this years release of Beard of Zeus and I think the ale base provides better balance than the lager base does. It isn't a favorite Short's beer or a favorite of the style, but it falls in the middle in both categories. Good job guys, this was a tasty IPA, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The combination of English Ale yeast and bold American Zeus hops creates a unique sharp nose of spicy herbs and tart lemon. Noticeable grassy and straw hop flavors, intermixed with slight peppery notes, intentionally outweigh the grain contributions from the smaller than normal malt bill. An intense bitterness with resemblance of arugula and other bitter leafy greens takes over, before leading to a dry finish. 4.8% ABV

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Dr. Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
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