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LongShot Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Double IPALongShot Double IPA

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87
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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 04-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 361
Photo of MTNboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has an earthy aroma that is present the second you open the bottle. The body is hazy. The head dissipates quickly only leaving a little island of bubbles. The body is a bronze color. The flavor also was very herbal and earthy. I was expecting it to be overwhelmingly bitter but it was not. There was actually a decent amount of fruity sweetness at the end especially in the aftertaste.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being an ale brewed with seven different kinds of hops, totaling over six pounds per barrel, it comes as no surprise that Double IPA smells strongly of grapefruit and pine. What does come as a surprise, however, is that there is almost as much malt in the nose as hops; sugars come through strongly, bearing apricot, brown sugar, and an almost Jolly Rancher-like level of candy sweetness.

On the tongue, hops are far and away the most obvious flavor, flooring the tastebuds like an overly-caffeinated teenager in his daddy's midlife-crisis Miata. Grapefruit and pine nearly overwhelm the senses here, making this an ideal hop-lover's beverage. There are still malts in the background, fighting like mad for attention, and bringing a lovely plateful of toasted grains, apricots, caramelized brown sugars, oak, vanilla, and even a hint of dark fruit ester--perhaps plum or raisin. Right at the end, the beer turned slightly dark--almost coffee-like--before the hops kicked back in to dominate the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a great beer, and yet another in the 2008 LongShot pack that deserves to be put into full-time production. Yes, doing so might strip the entire western hemisphere of hops, but god, would it ever be worth it.

Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longshot Double IPA pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce3 bottle. The aroma is nice, a bit of floral hop, but definitely some strong spicy hops too. the flavor is similar, all hops with a fair amount of spice and some definite floral notes. Quite tasty.

Photo of chadu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a vintage '08 bottle on 11/15/2010 into a Reidel tulip.

Nice carbonation left in the bottle... left a good sized head that dissipated but left some lacing.

Mild Citrusy aroma with some caramelly tones and a tad of pine.

The hops are certainly mellowed, but the mildness lets the malt show through. Good backbone here.

A bit of a thin body for a beer this strong, the mouthfeel is smooth, not much in terms of bubbles. I can feel the higher alcohol on the tongue.

A bitter finish, but not unwelcome. Overall, this has stodd up pretty well.

Photo of Foxman
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy, soft golden orange. A full finger of bubbly white head settles in good time. Cordons of lacing march along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, malt is credible with caramel and distant fruit, but hops dominate with a grapefruit and spicy pine duo. An odd flinty note flits slightly yet distractingly.

Upon tasting, toasted malt trips to start sweetly, but save a flash of caramel, the hops promptly stomp through with pulpy grapefruit, oily pine, and an off-beat salty astringency that takes away for a moment. Residual grain sweetness comes through a bit near the close before a high-octane bitterness bites and numbs all in once in a long finish. It's pretty big, but it's not joined together especially well.

Medium bodied, there's a lash of creaminess that rounds out nicely on the palate.

I'll say I had high hopes for this, but perhaps they were too high. There are hops a-plenty, but they're unfocused in places, and an off-key element taints things a tad. It takes some effort yo try and enjoy, and it just comes up short in the end. But it was worth a shot, even for a long shot.

Photo of ScottyC
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has an unfiltered haze with a woody, tan color.

Smell: Almost fruity and citrusy. Has this "hopsweet" aroma -- sweet but distinctly from hops. Raisiny. Really nice and full aroma.

Taste: A realy tangy bite, then a hop kick to finish. But for a double IPA, not as offensively hoppy as I was anticipating. The hops follow through on that aroma in the beginning -- sweet and a real pleasant, mellow taste. Aftertaste does linger and is on the bitter side.

Drinkability: That "bite" you get on the front end keeps you coming back to quench the bitter aftertaste. Good, but still and IPA, so needs to be taken slow.

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber pour with a nice 1-finger head. Good retention and very nice thick lacing.

Way more flower than citrus in the nose. Citrus is there (with weak grapefruit), but floral aromas dominate. Just a tad bit spicy, too, and there is a lot to suggest that this one will have an excellent malt body. Picking up bread as well.

Hits harder than it finishes, which is rare for me in an IPA. Intense hop presence builds after the beer is gone, though. Nice alcohol burn, too. Chewy in the middle, with a surprising sweetness on the back of the tongue. Flowery in taste as well as in smell.

Feel is right on. Not syrupy at all. Great malt body to balance the aggressive hops.

Surprisingly easy to drink for something close to 10%.

Photo of armock
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of hops with pine and grapefruit scents

T - Kinda disappointing its a clash of hops that don't seem to come together very well

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - Because of the way this stuff tastes its not all that easy to drink and I do like hoppy beers this one just didn't work out for me not worth it

Photo of isualum12
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours misty or hazzy dark gold color. Almost no head on the beer at all.

Smelled liked your classic IPA. I didn't care for it.
Hops are decently strong I think. The Malt is also powerful.

Medium body with a IPA classic flavor. I didn't really want to go grab another one afterwards but I am not a big IPA fan to start with. The bitter after taste got to me after about 1/3 of the beer.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of bourbonbock
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a pint glass and wound up with a hazy orange golden beer with a puffy head which receded in 5 mins leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

A. This beer looks delicious and I haven't event tasted it yet. Hazy and numerous suspended particles.

S. My first wiff was good and led me to say out loud "wow that beer smells delicious"

T. Very thick malty flavor followed with a nice bitter aftertaste. Very complex flavor with hints of citrus and fruit.

M. This beer is exceptionally thick and must be high in alcohol content. The bottle says 9.0% WOW I never would have guessed.

D. Much more drinkable than would be expected with a 9.0.

Very good beer, well balanced sweet and bitter. Strong, fufilling and very drinkable.

Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow-orange amber color with a very solid white head and excellent lacing. Lots of little floaties suspended like gel. The aroma offers a wonderful malty pine hop blend with orange-nut complements. Very nice! The flavor says deep herbal-pine hops with licorice malt and peanut butter yumminess. There's plenty of alcohol but it's pretty tastefully mixed in with all the goodies here. I would still prefer a little less alcohol in the flavor here. There's a mango sort of fruit sweetness trying to come through but it's tough to overcome these hops. Bitter yes, but the malt sticks to your ribs in a thick, full bodied mouthful that is finely carbonated and keeps it lively. It goes down pretty smooth and easy but I can sense the kick so I wouldn't want to get too carried away here. This is pretty impressive. A statement beer that is somewhat drinkable despite the kick. Well done!

Photo of Strix
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange, good lacing

Very floral nose, sweet malts and very piney.

Very malty and very piney. Tangerine and pineapple. Also sweet, buttery, and tart. The buttery wash and cloying sweetness are a detriment in my book.

Mouthfeel somewhat thick, syrupy actually.

I do appreciate complex flavorful beers, but this was not really my style of IPA. Too buttery and sweet.

Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is slightly hazy (I left the sediment behind in the bottle) and amber in color. Forms a thin off-white head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and steady.

Slight sulfur in the nose and a lot of malt. Hops are there but are dominated by the malt.

Medium body, cloying, really really cloying. This is not doing it for me at all. Slightly tart in the corners with a bite of sulfur at the end. Lots of bitterness at the back, at least that is OK. Not a good DIPA. Sorry. I've had enough.

Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark and hazy, probably a touch of chill haze as well as suspended sediment. One finger worth of pale tan head with ok retention, already managing some intricate sticky lace as it subsides.

Big tangerine blast greats my nose. There is some underlying papaya and ruby red grapefruit, as well as caramel and cleaner bready malt.

Taste is quite like the nose. Some more subtle underlying leafiness and tobacco notes underneath the resinous barrage. Solid backbone of pale and crystal malt stand up to the hops present in this brew.

Solid body, slightly creamy, and fairly resinous. A touch of solvent like character from the alcohol, cuts through the cream caramel and sticky resinous qualities.

A good beer. Fairly drinkable considering the abv, bitterness and generous use of crystal malts. One will be enough though. Id prefer a slightly smaller beer with less caramel character, or perhaps i just should have dug this one out from my basement sooner. Anyways im enjoying this tonight.

Photo of ReDave
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange. Off white head. Light lacing.

Aroma light hops some citrus.

Malt with some hops rather balanced.

Many have called this the Pliny homebrew...
mmm I'm not sure about that. Maybe my hopes were too high....
I've had this several times and it's OK, and probably much better than that.
but definitely maltier than Pliny.
Cheaper tho.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

A - This puppy is orange , with a creamy white head. .

S - Big pine hops coming through, and after that more pine.

T -I taste piney hops, and more piney hops. It does have some malt to try to balance it a bit but this is a piney hoppy beast.

M -Medium in body heading towards the full side, very dry and very bitter.

D - I am not thinking I would try to slam this sucker, it is a sipper for sure. If you like your hops you will love this one.

Thoughts: this is a good try at its style, I would not revisit personally , but if you like the style it is very good at what it is supposed to be.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a decent cream-colored head. Little retention with no lacing.

S - Pine forward hop aroma that even someone without a nose could smell. Due to the hop strength I am not picking up any other aromas.

T -Solid malt backbone well balanced by the piney hop taste. While it is pine forward, there's a lot more going on here with the hops. Can't tell which but I'd say there are at least 4 different hops in this beer

M - Medium-full bodied, a bit dry and bitter. Smooth but carbonated amply.

D - Very drinkable for me, if this was available on a regular basis I would drink it A LOT.

Photo of jjboesen
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Created by Mike McDole, a winner in the 2008 American Homebrewing Contest, this Imperial IPA comes to the track with seven types of hops. It has a peach-colored, and somewhat opaque, body with a thin frothy head accompanied by a moderation of lacing.

The nose detects a slight whiff of apple while the palate is greeted with subtle grapefruit notes. Of course, there is an intensity in the hops, albeit a sweet one. However, the Longshot is loaded with alcohol that languishes on the tongue and lingers in the back of the mouth.

The Longshot is potent and requires the proper glassware for full effect, at least it did for me as I quaffed it on a bleak Thanksgiving Day evening. It offers a warm embrace, but is not a quick quaff. Sip it slowly. Good job, MIke!

Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with less than a finger of barely off-white head and even less head retension power. Color is a clowdy orange, possibly more clowdy than it should be from a less than favorable pour. Nose is full of citrus hops in the front and more earthy hops in the finish. Malt sweetness rounds out the rest of the aroma. Bitter citrus, grapefruit-like hops fill out most of the initial taste. The finish is slightly oily. Just like in the nose, the malt plays a little bit of sweetness throughout. Medium feel and carb. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more noticable and warming.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a murky burnt orange with a one and a half finger head that disappears quickly. Nice dose of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of strong floral and citrus hops with a touch of grassiness.

T: Taste starts with a strong floral hop bite to the beer, lending to a malt backbone that is present throughout the beer, big pine and grapefruit citrus fill out the middle, and the finish has a bit of grassiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, starts of rich with a chewy feel to it.

D: This is the first SA's offering that I felt didn't have that "house" flavoring to it. Great drinkability, very well done.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange copper with a blood orange core. Huge offwhite frothy head. Beautiful sticky frosty laces.

A toasty caramel malt behind a barrage of hops. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, banana, resinous herbal smells emanate from the hops. Very pleasant, but subdued from where it could be.

Sharp citrus bite. Loads of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruits. Toasty bready caramel backing. Spicy bitter resinous piney/grassy aftertaste. Alcohol warming, not an alcohol bite.

Med body, good lively carbonation, smooth, sticky, slightly astringent.

Great complex well balanced DIPA. Good drinkability for 9.6%

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden tinged copper with a thick cream-colored head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left copious, sticky lace.

S-Caramel malt sweetness up front with a pine and apricot/-grapefruit hop aroma in support.

T-Rich,solid caramel malt backbone with a nice hop kick of pine and grapefruit. A bit resinous with a drying finish.

M-Medium bodied with sharp lingering bitterness and touch of sweetness.

D-Good for sure but not great---nor the PtE clone I heard that this was. WAY to malty to be a true west coast DIPA. Despite this though I liked it and enjoyed my bottle. A nice, slightly malt forward, brew.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Purchase before Sept. '09 notched on the label. 9.0% ABV.

A - It pours a hazy golden orange color with a fat and dense 3 finger cream-colored head. Great retention and lumpy, sticky lacing on the way down.

S - A rich malt backbone supports a pine-rich hop aroma that bursts from the glass. A mellow grapefruit citrus aroma is somewhat noticeable too.

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma. Even with it's age, the hops have a strong pine kick with a grapefruit hint and a solid malt backbone. What doesn't work with age is the harsh "head-shaking' bitterness at the end.

M - Medium-full bodied, very dry and bitter at the end. Smooth but carbonated amply.

D - It starts great if not fantastic and begins to lose it's charm with each category but the culprit could definitely be the age. The hops get a bit funky but overall it's still a good beer and a great homebrew!

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy; orange-amber color. When opened, the bottle started to foam over (slowly). Good, tight-bubbled head with lasting power. Leaves good ring lace.

Predictable high-hop aroma. Floral bitterness with a soft dryish malt in the background.

Welcome to a hop bomb. Far more hoppy than the smell suggests. Hop lovers rejoice--lots of bitter grapefruit rind. The malt is simply the delivery system of this beer. Above average body with a moderate level of carbonation. The bitterness covers the alcohol level which only shows up in the swallow. Loonnggg lasting aftertaste--like sucking a hop pellet.

I'm a hophead, so I am enjoying this. But it is borderline extreme (especially after the well-rounded Longshot Bock). Beware.

Photo of whynot44
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy apricot colored brew with a nice foamy white head that hangs around well and produces plenty of lacing.

The aroma is mild for an IPA, a bit of pine resin, grapefruit and an odd grainy smell, a bit like dried hay, maybe just a touch of alcohol.

The taste is pine up front followed by a caramel malt and toffee note, finishes a bit dry with more grapefruit zest and some definite alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, just a touch of roughness, not bad at all, almost too easy to drink considering the alcohol content. Definitely a decent IPA and worth a try.

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LongShot Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.