LongShot Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2010 16:06:20 | More by Foxman
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