yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Zeus - This is a clear amber ale topped with a creamy off white foam that has excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is like fresh cut pine. There is pine resin and a bit of uglifruit in the nose. Itís medium bodied, soft and smooth. The finish is crisp and dry. Itís nicely balanced with a piny bitterness and a caramel maltiness. Thereís way more pine than citrus here. It almost seems savory. This kind of seems like an ESB. This series of IPAs is really fun, because you can see how much impact the hops have on the malt flavor and you can really get to meditate on a single hop. Zeus seems to be all about the pine flavor.
OKplus (379) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a clear rusty copper with a 2 finger off-white head that shows nice retention and sticky spiderweb lacing.
S - Herbal hops, evergreen wood, floral perfume alcohol, grassy, tart lime juice, doughy yeast.
T - Muted pine, dank grassy flavor, orange/grapefruit peel, mint, toasted caramel malt. Finish has plenty of hop character but the bitterness really comes on a few seconds after you take a drink.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, soft feel.
Zues has a a good presence here. One of the strongest in the deconstructed series. It dominated the malt but provided interesting flavors along the way.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15th June 2011
Bright clear amber beer. Big fluffy off white head. Crisp palate, turning softer. A little creamy malt. Interesting hop - sweet and earthy with hard to pin down fruits but including grapefruit, orange, peach and apricot. Finishes dry with mild bitterness. Nice interesting IPA.
Narnad (1342) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper red color, very clean with a dense, creamy head. Aroma has a very hefty pine presence with just a touch of sweetness imparted by the malt. Flavor has a punch of pine at early on which subsides to a very pleasant sweetness in the middle and into the finish. Sweet, resinous, light lemon with a touch of herbal character. Modest body, lots of carbonation and a slight dryness to it. Overall a very enjoyable. the middle sweetness in the tasting was the perfect way to break from the pungent pine at the beginning.
chinchill (585) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful clear orange-amber color with a towering tan head that lasted a long time and left exceptional lacing on glass. Smells quite hoppy, with a grapefruit and pine-like aroma. Earthy. Hints at a bitter or sour brew.
Taste: caramel malt more hidden than in the other versions of this series, with a strong piney hop component that turns even more bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Nowhere near as enjoyable as the standard Latitude IPA, with too much of a resinous pine flavor. Borders on 6.
Medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a rather dry finish. A slight harshness from the hops.
Overall: As a fan of standard Latitude 48, I was surprised to like most of the single-hop versions nearly as much. Not this one, however; too harsh, too bitter given the corresponding flavor component, and a lesser mouthfeel.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is orange hued, slightly hazy, and teeming with effervescence. The head is off white and nearly a half inch, leaving some decent lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings light citrus, pine, malt, and some earthy notes. The flavor is decent, although the hop character is not showcased as much as I had hoped, which seems to be a trend with this series. Although I would prefer less of a balancing act and a more hop forward beer, the Zeus IPA is pretty tasty and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-11-2011
mikehanneman (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
While I really like IPAís, this along with the mixed IPA 12 pack wasnít amoung them. Weak taste or flavor. Nothing exceptional. Basically weak and a waste of my money and time.
bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ageing a little now so the punch from the hops is well diminished but still shows nice zesty resinous citrus notes. Big bitter finish post swallow. Lovely
DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once again, I let these sit in my fridge since last July, expecting to do a grand YouTube comparison of all 6 at a time. It wasnít to be. So Iíll strain myself into just doing two at a time. Tonight its Zeus and Hallertau.
Poured straight into my Sam Adams glass, the Zeus has a notably more orangey head, a little less robust than the Hallertau. Same light copper malt color. Taste still brings on the pine resin and hop-leafy bitterness; this seems to have held out the best, so far, of my aged stash. All these beers have shown a nice, rich malt profile that tilts them toward an American Pale Ale, no matter which hops are used. This has been a fun experiment, and since Sam doesnít have a regular IPA in its line-up, you can try these with no baseline to check them against. Except for the original Lat. 48į.
iabeerguy (382) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper pour with a medium sized head. Minimal lacing on my class. Worried I let this sit a bit too long, but, nope, the flavor is still there. Nice sweet hoppy taste with a very smooth finish. This one is standing out to me so far out of the deconstructed series. A brilliant idea by Sam Adams.
SDalkoholic (1769) - Chula Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a monstrous sizing of foamed head while the liquid was a light tea brown hue. As for the aroma, my nose is able to detect a grassy scent of hops that almost have a faint smell of some dried out chronic while also having a danky skunk smell that comes along with imported green bottles. The flavor has a grassy flavor of hay too that also has a taste of skunkiness like Beckís or St. Pauliís girl. Another thing worth mentioning is that the taste of the beer is bready with a notice of multi-grain and oats.