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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Beard of Zeus is a super hoppy India style Pale Lager. We heavily hopped the final runnings of a Peaches and Créme batch with Zeus hops and then lagered it. Small amounts of bitter orange peel was added to provide subtle sweet flavors to the beer and enhance the aromas of the Zeus hops.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours a hazy gold with some creamy head. Hoppy nose, some malt sweetness, a little sugary, a little yeasty, clean. Sweet, malty flavor, honey, pine, orange, lemon. Medium bodied, zesty finish. Nose could be better, but otherwise this is nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On draft at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Nose is a nice light malt with a bit of citrus and a big punch of Zythos bitterness and grassiness. Flavor is similar with citrus up front and a big hop punch. The finish is somewhat abrasive, but the initial flavor is nice. Medium in body and interesting at first.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
GABF 2012. Yellow. Bright hop aroma with a fresh hop aroma, like a wet-hop ipa, with a floral character. One of the better IPAs I had at GABF.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3798) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 19, 2013
12oz bottle in a stemless bulb. Pours golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of floral and citrusy hops plus light orange and a nice caramel/pale maltiness. Flavor really good with a nice citrus component. Average texture. A good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3274) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
On draft at the GTMW2013 preparty. Pours a pale hazed yellow with a small white head. Orange peel and zest on the aroma, with notes of pine, tropical fruit, some floral notes as well. Flavor is bitter, focused on resin and pine hops. It’s light, dry, with maybe a touch of bready sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation. Finishes dry. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Draft at the brewpub, Bellaire. Murky, dirty orange-brown body, medium clumping cream head. Nose of grapefruit rind. Body of strong pink grapefruit rind with a light toasty malt backdrop, crisp, refreshing, and punchy. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Pithy, citrusy nose, subdued and of rose stems. Flavors begin in a very mild manner, with soft herbal greenness, some gentle orange qualities, and some boozy, high floral tones, every so slightly Chinotto-like. I was hoping the bitter orange would translate this into something much more Campari-esque, but the bitterness is clean, green, and very sharp and pungent. A little odd, but then if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be Shorts. The aroma and early flavor are very intoxicating and it’s super-flavorful for 4.5%, it’s just a bit harshly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Tap. Golden with small head. Very hoppy lager. Extremely bitter finish and light citrus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2464) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, floral, pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and orange rind notes; with a fair amount of malt balance and good strength. Taste of lemon, orange rind, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pine, grapefruit, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and orange rind flavors; with a light malt balance and light lingering bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice session IPL. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and rind flavors; with plenty of flavor for 4.5% and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice hop scents, flavor is big time pine, big bite.


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