DrnkMcDermott (2738) - 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 wasn’t to be. So I’ll 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 doesn’t have a regular IPA in its line-up, you can try these with no baseline to check them against. Except for the original Lat. 48°.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, slowly settling head. Leaves solid lace after each sip. The broth is still the dark copper color. Crystal clear.
Slightly sour but moderate hop smell. Seems to be a little more complex than the others in this series. I detect flowers and light pine.
Spicy and peppery hop flavor. Stronger bitterness than the other deconstructeds. Good malt start, but the tale is the hop finish which lasts long after the swallow. The body is like the others.
OKplus (787) - 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 (13079) - , 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 (1408) - 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 (1269) - 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 (2239) - 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 (55) - 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 IPA’s, this along with the mixed IPA 12 pack wasn’t amoung them. Weak taste or flavor. Nothing exceptional. Basically weak and a waste of my money and time.
bozoNZ (716) - 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
iabeerguy (392) - 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.