mikem409 (2027) - 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 Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2014
12oz bottle share courtesy of BiiruBierBeer. It pours with a gold body that supports a near white head of foam. The aroma offers up rich notes that pulse with peach, lemon, tangelo, pine hops and lemon grass spiciness. Nice! The taste is similar with deep citrus and fruity hoppy goodness from ripe peach and tangelo as well as lemon grass, pine hop bitterness and grapefruit peel. Behind those notes is a modest sugar malt base. Cool brew. phaleslu (10325) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a small eggshell white head. Notes of citrus (orange and grapefruit mostly), florals, caramel, pine resin, and tropical fruits. Light-bodied, with a dry, hoppy, crisp, clean mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice change of pace. Good supper IPA. 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. BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Nice orange pour white head. Some orange and fruit aroma. Citrus and sone sweetness first the some hops coming in the end. Light and hoppy moderate carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (3959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, orange peel, tropical fruits, apricot. Flavor of citrus fruits, bitter hop resin, lemon, fruity hops, with bitterness in the finish. Fruity and bitter from the hops. Light palate, easy drinking. Very pleasant.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) markducommun (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Very clear, pale yellow, white head. Melon, fruits, light resin. Very bitter, very dry. Light body, quite a lot of carbonation. Residual hop flavor on the tongue. Long finish, very long for a lager. Quite nice. jredmond (8333) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2012
One of the very last beers sampled at GABF 2012 with Andrew and Moreau. Notes of pine, citrus, fresh hop. Nice IPA and one of my fav shorts offerings at the festival. nimbleprop (8441) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours a hazy gold with some creamy head. Hoppy nose, some malt sweetness, a little sugary, a little yeasty, clean. Sweet, malty flavor, honey, pine, orange, lemon. Medium bodied, zesty finish. Nose could be better, but otherwise this is nice. JK (6192) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
GABF 2012. Yellow. Bright hop aroma with a fresh hop aroma, like a wet-hop ipa, with a floral character. One of the better IPAs I had at GABF.