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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Bottle. Pours a clear light orange color with a small foamy head that quickly fades, leaves some webbing. Aroma is very woody, sorta like cedar wood, with some flowers and orange citrus too. Taste is big on the woody forest taste with a hint orange. Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Big pale malt taste is there too that you get from a good lager. Long dry, bitter finish. Overall, I like the woody taste but it’s also very overpowering. Very dry too. Would be hard to drink more than one of these. I’m starting to see many more India Pale Lagers now. Does a new style need to be created here? Unfair to compare this to IPA’s.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazy, golden-amber color with some burnt orange, capped with a bib-bubbled, soapy white foam. Jolt of heavy citrus peel & pine on the nose; subtle pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, orange zest, white pepper, & brash hop oils. Battle of pine-y versus citric hops. No standout malt or yeast aroma to indicate that this is, in fact, a lager. This little fucker is deceivingly bitter, very brash & abrasive but in a quite dry & admirable way. Assertive pine, oil, faint ash, herbal white pepper, grapefruit rind & pineapple skin remnants. Bottle says "orange rind" & I definitely get orange in the back-end, but I get some of the juicy flesh flavor along with the rind. Thin bodied, perhaps a touch watery but carbonated nicely. Clean finish, aftertaste coating of orange, grapefruit, & lemon, *almost* like leftover Fruity Pebbles. Very nice little bugger, here, but I really don’t get any explicit lager qualities, save for the exceptionally clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1490) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
bottle. pours light yellow with a creamy head that fades quickly to thin foam. grapefruit and sweet cream aroma. taste is extremely hoppy for the abv. lots of grass and sweet malt

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1309) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle to dogfish head IPA glass. Light gold with a slight haze and a frothy off-white head. Spicy hops, orange and a slight skunk in the aroma. Piney upfront and finishes with some biscuit and grains. Really spicy. Nice and light.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle, this IPA had a clear light orange pour and it gave a one to two finger white head that receded to a thin cover and ring, the glass had a center stream that had a medium flow, it left nice spots of lacing on the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a layer of light brown sediment, this ale had aromas of citrus, grass and faint pine hops, light toasted malt, orange, a little fruit sweetness, there were flavors of pine, citrus and grass hops with light toasted malt, some orange fruit and very little sweetness, the finish had a light hop bitterness that lingered on the mouth for a bit, and left the palate a little dry, the mouth feel was light on the palate with a little creaminess and average carbonation, a light IPA with pine and grassy hops, not big on the hops but enough to give some bitterness and to dry the palate.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ICEatALAMO (941) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. The pour is a bold orange. The aroma is some hops, but a lot of the lager characteristics come through. The taste is a decent mix. A good hot summer day brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a bug foamy white head that lingers. Citrus aroma, of orange zest, hops, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is bitter and smooth, starts a bit floral and orangey, then picks up a big hoppy bitterness and bready yeast, with some creamier malt and sugar. Lingering bitterness. Nice IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (735) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
A big fan of this one. And one of my favorites of the lager style. Even though this is one of those hoppy type lagers that may not be a true lager. A great beer nevertheless.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bwa5879 (669) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
On tap at Shakespere’s Pub, Kalamazoo, MI. Hazy straw yellow with mop suds of white on top. Kind of faint, very juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Very nice smell but wish it was stronger. Low carbonation and tingly mouth feel. Kind of dry finish that’s very bitter. Taste is also pretty bitter. Woodsy, piney aromatic and pert salty malt flavor that’s not super heavy. Fairly light and bitter overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (564) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a light golden orange with white head. Citrus aroma. Taste is pine, grassy hops and orange with a bitter finish. A really good amount of flavor given the low abv.


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