Eight Degrees Zeus Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Eight Degrees Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Mitchelstown, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
bottled, special
This beer is designed to challenge your preconceptions: it looks like a rich dark porter but tastes like a punchy IPA. This Black IPA uses Zeus hops from the Yakima valley and Ella hops from Australia. Think pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a spicy bite. Close your eyes, take a sip and let your taste buds take over.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Rich citrus and guava with slight chocolate undercurrent. Cola with a lacing of beige head. Full bodied, tingling carbonation, tangerine, pithy bitterness, long bitter finish. Spot on BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 19, 2014
Absolutely phenomenal BIPA. Pours a stout black with a nice tan head that last for a little while and leaving good lacing on the pint glass. Aroma of coffee beans, vanilla, grapefruit, citrus, some burnt toast. The striking part of this beer is the wonderful balance between that Porter-like roasted character and the American style hop notes. Delicious, much much better than the rating would suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2741) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle cotteridge pissup. Black thin head. Aroma is red fruits pine taste same good roasted dark malts long hoppy bitters. Oily mouthfeel. V good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 29, 2013
Appearance: pitch black, thin brown head. Aroma: catty hops (hurrah) malty and fruity, lemon zest. Flavour: hoppy, spice, almost a curry flavour, bitter as hell with a chocolate and coffee flavour, lovely long spicy finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7512) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; dark brown pour with a frothy beige head, pine and coffee aroma, taste has chocolate along with some sharp citrus action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6974) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. How big was Steves bag? He must have brought half of Irelands beer selection with him on the flight! Cheers mate, for yet another bottle from the Emerald Isle. Surprise, surprise, this Black IPA is in fact Black, the head a tanned beige affair. Loads going on in the aroma and flavour stakes: Piney, citrusy and dark fruity with an exotic spicy feel as an afterthought in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (11382) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Many thanks to BeersIveKnown for the BIPA tick. Dark black coloured pour with a creamy head. aroma is floral citrus, faint dark malts, roast and a little berry. Flavour is composed of resinous hop, dark malts, juicy fruits, smooth and mellow. Ticks all the boxes. Palate is sticky resinous, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 6, 2014
Pitch black pour with a smallish brown lid. Decent lacing. Malty, citrus, lemon, coriander, pepper, slight pine, catty. Chocolate, coffee with the hoppy bitterness providing the backbone. Some sweetness from the malts. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
33cl bottle. Pitch black with tan head. Aroma gives plenty of sweet, dank papaya and tangerine, pine needles, grapefruit and a decent bit of peppery spice. Theres some burnt coffee hanging around too. The taste is pretty hefty: lots of tropical fruit, burnt coffee, some tobacco, thick pine, big grapefruit, dark roasted malt. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation lifting everything. Really rough bitter fruits in the finish, some heavy smokey roasted malt bitterness. Massive bite to it. Very decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (1417) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
Pours black with low tan head. Nice aroma mango, spruce, some spice. Sweet with nice sharp bitterness. Good beer.

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