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Longshot Pineapple IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Pineapple IPALongshot Pineapple IPA

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BA SCORE
73
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DLSheidy on 04-08-2014)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoy before August 2014.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sugar, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and candied pineapple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a very subtle pineapple presence that is really only noticeable in the taste, and not done all that well in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2014
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

zestar, May 21, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Teaming up with homebrewers nation wide, the Sam Adams brand is back at it again with their highly experimental Longshot competition. This selectee endorses the frenzied flavor of IPA, but with a twist... of pineapple!

Opening with a bright and racy pour, a light bronzen body spritzes to life with an abundance of carbonation. As a fluffy white head caps the beer like cotton, its long and arid retention speaks to the sturdy power of hop proteins while encircling the glass with broken lace.

A balanced medley of tropical, citrus and orchard fruit varieties rise to greet the nose, its underlying support of caramel, honey and fresh-kilned grain seem to give the fruity hop notes a ripe and vibrant character.

Its grainy-sweet taste does just what the nose suggested- layering upon the taste buds with caramel, honey and husky barley. As the middle palate is woken by citrus acidity, a soothing pineapple weaves into the common grapefruit and orange peel flavor. Finishing with a mild grainy-dry taste, the fruit turns to a stemmy and spicy bitterness with a mild resinous character.

Light bodied, any modest sweetness is lifted easily by all those bubbles and ushers in a fast-fleeting and slightly warming finish. So clean in fact that slim tactile sensations of hop-derived and grain-derived astringency is felt.

The Boston Beer Company and Teresa Bury is onto something special here; however, I need the IPA portion of the ale to pull forward in decisive manner and I need a little more heft to really bring the pineapple to life.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Texasfan549, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -4.5%

jaydoc, May 27, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams Longshot 6-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden, crystal-clear body with a smallish, wispy, whitish head.

Smell: Bready malts with a hint of caramel, the citrusy hops, and some pineapple (though not too much) is noted.

Taste: Lightly bready pale malted barley with a thin edge of crisp grains. Blonde caramel and honeyed sweetness. Emerging grapefruit and lemony fruitiness, with a bit of spicy bitterness, and an underpinning of pineapple. Stays sweetish on the tail end, with the fruitiness of the p-apple and hops continuing until the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit on the sweet-side and I'd like a bit more of the namesake fruit, but, still a nice concept and by no means is it a bad beer. Don't give up on me, Teresa, I'm not giving up on you, missus!

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Knapp85, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Willibecher glass, this beer has extremely bright clarity and a deep saturated orange tone. Rapid rising carbonation and patchy coverage on the surface for the duration of the glass. Some residual lacing halfway through and a couple fingers of foam initially.

Aroma is a bit muted, even as it warms. Honestly it smells more like a euro lager to me than anything. Faintly sweet caramel malt, ample yeast. Where are the hops or pineapple?

Taste is similar, it's almost too clean to be an IPA, it comes off more like a lager hybrid. Malty with an indistinct fruit flavor, residual hoppy bitterness though it's fairly mild for an IPA. Any pineapple seems to be lost in the mix. Light feel, again more lager like, crisp with a drying finish. Overall this was just average, I hope the other Longshots are better this year.

emerge077, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another Sam Adams Long Shot home brewer competition beer, Pineapple IPA why not? I like IPA and I love the local Rivertowne Pineapple beer. Appears copper with some chill haze on my glass white head fine speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics offer up some pineapple flesh and hop additions, can't say I'm picking up on any specific hop varieties. Generic hop flavor, tart juicy pineapple juice added pretty lackluster base IPA which weakens the overall experience, I'm getting muddled hop leaf notes...mild citrus and that's about it. I can't even pick out the pineapple completely, if it was a blind tasting I highly doubt I could figure out the fruity character I'm getting. Mouthfeel, is solid thru and thru not cloying a bit sweet for an IPA I would enjoy a bit of a drier finish, carbonation weighs heavy and each sip gets a bit more hard to endure. Medium to light bodied overall, on the feel and texture slightly slick hop oils but not as dank and resinous as my favorite IPA offerings. Overall, Sam Adams struggles with IPAs, this version is no different and I can't promise you that the pineapple did anything to make this a better beer.

WVbeergeek, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Kegatron, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

I purchased this as part of the mixed longshot sixer enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

A deep caramel color with hazed clarity and thick white head that collapses quickly with average bead and has speckles of lace. The smell is lightly fruity with slightly sweet aroma and gentle caramel-like candy edge with slight tropical fruitiness. There is a moderately carbonated feel with mild sweet middle and light fruity texture and mostly dry finish which is clean for the most part.

Taste is pretty light with fruit flavor and low bitterness with moderately sweet flavor in the middle with very mild pineapple if it is even there ...mild caramel in the taste with a pretty dry finish w/ a low alcohol flavor in the general sense. Overall I think this is not bad, but not especially good hop-wise or pineapple coming through in this. I would say it is just okay in the sense it is drinkable but not living up to the description.

Slatetank, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoy by August 2014, so fairly fresh.
Pours a smaller fizzy foamy head covering that fades semi quickly, mostly clear honey orange color.

NOse brings a little grassy earthy herbal hop character, very earthy almost phosophorus like note, herbal mossy hops, mild sweet candy malt base, pineapple is really only like the skin or hair of the pineapple not really a fruity aroma.

Taste brings more sweet malts at first, a little candy malt, hint toffee like. Then more herbal hops, earthy as well, mossy, little forest floor chewy herbal notes, black tea, etc. Pineapple is also light again more of the skin and hairs (those little strands coming from the dimples in it). Mild fruity quality that seems more from the yeast than from the pineapple or hops, just a touch of citrus, a very faint tropical fruit note, and a weird yeasty thing that probably should have been removed, like a phosphorus kinda note. Finish is drier and fair bitterness, bit more herbal mossy earthy hops, that's about it.

Mouth is med bod, hint syrupy like feel, nice carb.

Overall either I got a bad bottle or this beer is nothing of what it should be. Far from what should be winning the Longshot, and very lacking in any tropical notes other than faint pineapple skin and hair, and just a touch of a generic tropical fruit note. On top of that the hops I do get, the herbal earthy ones, wouldn't mix well with the fruit either.

jlindros, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

oriolesfan4, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, pineapple, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus hops, pineapple, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop, pineapple, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: A bright orange copper color with a white soapy head. Has a good clarity and no haze. The head leaves behind a fair amount of sticky lace.

SMELL: Hoppy aroma of citrus and fruits, just a hint of pineapple in the nose.

TASTE: A pineapple IPA or just a balanced pineapple beer, this is not overly bitter but fits broadly into the IPA category. Too hoppy to be a typical fruit beer, possibly too fruity to be recognized as a solid IPA, this is nice to drink. The grapefruit and citrus from the hop profile melds nicely to the pineapple additions. It works in the end, pine, citrus and bitterness working well with the fruit and ale yeast. I can dig it!

FEEL: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Finishes clean and even, very sophisticated for the term Pineapple IPA, this is a well balanced ale.

OVERALL: A tasty brew here and also definitely worthy to be in the LongShot Series. The less I try to lump this into a style and just drink it, it becomes more enjoyable. If you like fruitier IPAs this would be a no brainer. Solid.

Stinkypuss, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

LXIXME, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

tdm168, May 03, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Bert's
Medium golden color with a frothy off white head that persists. Yeasty earthy toffee laden aromas with hints of tart citrus make up the aroma. The flavor is sweet and sugary with earthy hop flavor and a bit of pineapple that feels more like an off flavor than something that should be there. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not much of an IPA and the pineapple detracts rather than enhances this brew. This one is a fail.

johnnnniee, May 11, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, light grassy hops and a bit of pineapple that is not too dissimlar to the tropical notes from some of the new hop varieties. Flavor is light caramel malt, apple and pineapple juice, mild citrus and grassy hops, finishes with light fruit juice and mild grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice Eastern or British style IPA, hopped but with light herbal flavors. The base malt and the fruit juice work well together, although the pineapple presence is not distinctive, like a mixture of apple and pineapple juice. Interesting and pleasant but leaves me wondering what would happen with a bit more pineapple presence and a more intense tropical fruit hop variety. I liked this and have found the Longshot series to always be worth a try, but like Boston Beer ales, they often seem to pull their punch just a bit to be safe. Not mind blowing, but interesting and fun to drink, I don't understand the low ratings here.

LiquidAmber, May 20, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Boone757, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

cjgator3, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

KevinGordon, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

jfcaa193, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

jaxon53, Apr 27, 2014
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Longshot Pineapple IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.