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RATINGS: 52   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ICEatALAMO (990) - 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 (882) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (855) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2014
A Premium Lager from a premium trader, thanks Jason! Pours orange hold with a white head that quickly fades to a ring and a dusting. Aroma is white bread, orange, slightly dank. Malt backbone is light, basically disappears behind orange citrus hop. Orange peel bitter in the finish. This is a tasty IPL.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (777) - 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 (706) - 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 (613) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (563) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Pours an orange-yellow with a thin white foam head. Aroma is a combination of orange peel and bread that comes off almost skunky. Flavor is similar, but with a mix of sweet orange and bitterness. Very interesting, and overall pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (528) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at the brewpub.. Pours yellow-gold with white head. Citrus, pine and hops in the aroma and taste with a nice bitter finish. Another nice solid beer from Joe.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Light yellow. Heavy citrus pineapple aroma. Couldn’t really get on board with the spice and hop flavor as much as I would have liked. Interesting beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottled 5/3/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 5/17/13. Appearance: A very hazy yellow with about two fingers of a pretty creamy looking head. Dies down to one, and eventually a film. Lacing is very nice on it. Smell: Orange, piney hops, and not much else -- not that I mind. Very nice. Taste/feel: Eek. Alright, so this beer smelled great, so I was expecting a world-class sort of <5% ABV beer... hopes too high. Beard of Zeus is just tragically unbalanced. While there’s actually a noticeable malt profile in this beer (unlike what I got in Hopstache), it doesn’t seem to create much balance at all. Also much like Hopstache, Beard of Zeus is bitter from (mostly) beginning to end, and it lingers. I think this beer feels and drinks better than Hopstache (different styles of beer, I know... but I can’t help but compare), but it’s really unbalanced. I do love the aroma, look, and feel of this, but there’s not enough malt to cut the hop bitterness... much too bitter, at least at first, to be considered "refreshing", as well. On the plus side, once the beer warms up a bit, the malt flavor comes through a little bit more to cut some bitterness away. Additionally, the orange tastes seem to burst a bit more. This tastes much better after being out of the fridge for about 10-15 minutes... almost like an entirely different beer. Regardless of all of the negatives, definitely one of the better sub-5% ABV beers that I’ve ever tasted.


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