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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (520) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (486) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle pour to shaker. Another decent IPA from Shorts. Extra bitter palate, but light on hoppiness. Great taste for a low ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (477) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnyoski (439) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle. Murky, light golden color with a very thin white head. Sweet citrus and sourdough aroma. Flavor is too one dimensional, watery lager with a dry, soapy finish. Maybe I’m expecting too much from this brewer but I wasn’t a fan of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bought a single from the Blue Goat wine shop in TC. Poured 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 finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bowlnman1990 (85) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Aroma: citrus. App: brownish gold, thin white head. Taste: hops. Palate: a little thin. Overall: good, not great.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeisterD99 (27) - Lansing, USA - MAY 25, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moosetracks91 (9) - - MAY 23, 2013 does not count
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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