Alextricity (362) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
fattybladdy (359) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
RespertFTW (342) - Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
HisBoyElroy (298) - Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was really good. Might not be everyone’s kind of beer, but this thing came through for me.
RamyG4 (295) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from mikem409. Pours a mostly opaque orange-blonde with a medium white head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy, lots of citrus, and the orange peel comes through pretty clearly. Taste is heavy bitter, mild-medium sweet. Finish is bitter. Medium body, one of the more full-bodied <5% ABV beers I’ve ever had, well carbonated. If you want something really hoppy on a hot day, this is perfect.
bpar73 (287) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bowlnman1990 (78) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: citrus. App: brownish gold, thin white head. Taste: hops. Palate: a little thin. Overall: good, not great.
MeisterD99 (22) - Lansing, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Major IPA fan. Decided to try an "IPL". Amber, small head. Light, with orange flavoring. Medium Zeus hopping. A beer designed for summer. A nice light hop alternative for an IPA fan looking for something on a hot summer day.
Moosetracks91 (9) - - MAY 23, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour in tulip glass. Pour is a orange/gold color with a slight haze. Nice half inch or so white head that lingers to an "oil spill appearance" on top. Aroma is citrus, grassy, piney, sweet, with a hint of grapefruit. Taste is a smooth, light, hoppy, bitterness that lingers slightly. You can taste some pine/grassyness to it and is a clean, crisp, light, slightly dry ending, nowhere near the dryness of prolonged enjoyment though. Overall a pretty good brew
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