LongShot Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.88/5 rDev 0%
A batallion of differing hops, lead by a citrusness of c-hops. Very drinkable, good rep for the style. Hop aroma, above average mouthfeel, and fruity colour and lace. Complex taste, not too ahrsh, and the alcohol kicks in quickly, ad also dries the mouth.
07-19-2009 03:00:04 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
G: Poured into an oversized snifter.
A: Pours a dark apricot/light amber with a strong, creamy head. Plenty of carbonation in the head, and the beer is nearly opaque in the glass. Great lacing.
S: Hop complexity. Many different fruits coming out of this, as well as the standard pine and floral aromas.
T: Incredibly balanced for the amount of hops in this one. Slightly floral and mostly fruity--not much of the pine in the taste. Surprised by the balance to this one, it's not as over-the-top as the nose would suggest.
M: Smooth and creamy; medium-bodied. A little hint of alcohol warmth on the way down.
D: Quite drinkable; doesn't quite push me to immediately take another sip, but I'd definitely like to have this one around more often.
04-13-2009 01:42:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
Out-of-focus apricot due to a veritable blizzard of yeast. A standard pour generated half a glass worth of foam that is darker than cream and lighter than ecru. The lid is richly creamy and is beginning to decorate the glass with gorgeous, abstract patterns of lace. Regarding the appearance... bullet in the bull's eye.
The nose isn't as cleanly hoppy as it could be, but it's still a more than pleasant melange of some of the best American hops in existence. In no particular order: Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Warrior, Simcoe and Northern Brewer. Grapefruit, orange and ganja dominate, with herbal undertones as well.
Most everyone knows the history of this Longshot brew by now, but I'll briefly recount it here. This DIPA is a Pliny The Elder clone (or is based on that beer at least) that Boston Beer Company didn't brew last year because of the hop shortage and the refusal of Mr. McDole to compromise by changing the hop bill. Good choices all the way around.
Longshot Double IPA can't touch Pliny The Elder, but it's still wonderfully hoppy beer that is a pleasure to drink. Since it hasn't yet reached its three month anniversary, this DIPA still has the pungent hop punch that some versions of this style lack because of too many malt sugars gumming up the works.
The malt backbone is no bigger than it needs to be, while providing flavors of caramel-drizzled sugar cookies. I would have eased back on the crystal malt just a tad, but that's simply personal preference. Each mouthful brings a blast of tropical fruitiness that includes pink grapefruit, orange and passionfruit, along with plenty of pine. The Simcoe hops come through loud and clear, which is definitely a good thing.
Kudos to whoever is responsible for making this ale drink much lower than the 9.6% ABV would suggest. The mouthfeel is impressively full and creamy, probably due to the use of candi sugar and a perfect amount of quality carbonation.
It almost feels like cheating when a contestant bases a recipe on an already established masterpiece like Pliny The Elder. This is very good beer, but I'd have more warm fuzzies if BBC would come up with their own, original DIPA. Given what they've done with Hallertau Imperial Pilsner, it might be pretty damn good.
06-27-2009 14:58:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
I'm impresed with what I see out of this beer. Obviously a lot of inspiration comming from the west coast, this beer is chocked full of hoppy goodness and with a restrained maltiness that makes for great drinkability.
The pour delivers a color caught somewhere between copper, golden, and orange. A froathy and reserved head forms atop the beer and settles in for the session. Good lacing left behind.
Moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange zest decorate the nose, while sun-kist malts give a modest caramel not but with lightly toasted grains. Not overly fruity or complex; just simple and surgical.
Hop flavors are very much dominated by the grapefruit, while the orange and grassy flavors take a lesser role. The lightly toaste malts give a touch of caramel taste to go along with a cracker-like crispness.
Heavily bittered, the hop resins wear heavily on the throat with a whollop of IBU's. The malts continue to provide the softest pillow for the hops, but careful not to interfere with the showcase of alpha acids.
I really enjoy the purity and stance of the beer. I feel that the beer borrows a lot of character from the Russian River Pale Ales. This one takes the IBU bitterness up in proportion and gives up too much of the softer orange zest flavor. Maybe a bit more astringency on the throat (hop deriven) and balance being the difference. Hat's off to the brewers involved, this is a great beer and a joy to drink.
04-25-2009 01:39:20 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
The last in the mixed six pack that I was to try this evening. I was most excited to try this one as I had heard excellent things about it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/06/2009.
The pour was very nice. Rich hazy amber with a light head of white that rose up and over the top, only barely settling down without dropping tons of side glass lacing. Rich citrus aroma, lemon and orange leading the way and as it warms rich, sweet pineapple notes start to come through the air. Really very well done here I have to say. Rich bitter notes are ripe through the flavor as the sweet notes of orange peel dance across the tongue and the creamy, smooth feel was just what the doctor ordered as it coated the tongue with rich hoppy goodness.
A very solid DIPA here I have to say. Definitely in the vain of the west coast style as the pungent citrus notes were ohso strong. I would put this one down any day.
06-07-2009 00:40:58 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
I am historically not a great Samuel Adams fan. This new round of Longshots has, however, won me over. All three are nice, if not very nice, efforts.
The Double IPA is very attractive on many leves. Pours amber color with nice thick white head.
Very assertive pineapple and pine resin nose with a hint of sweet lemon and all of which is very appealing and inviting. I get a hint of bretanomyces in the nose and taste and its very slight-I might be wrong, but whatever it is I find it attractive and integrated and balanced.
Taste delivers and is consistent with the nose. Big and very creamy mouthfeel with layers of complex flavors of lightly sweet brown bread, hints of honey and nuts and a nice malted hop finish. Very attractive all around.
06-10-2009 18:05:23 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
"I have waited a long time for this, my little green-labeled friend." --Emperor Palpatine.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a tall, tight, off-white head. Nice splattering of lace on the way down.
Smell: The aroma is abundantly hoppy, leaving little room left for the meager malts to shine through. There's white pine, white pepper-coated tropical fruits, dried grasses, and alcohol-splashed citrus pith.
Taste: The pale maltiness, while not exactly plentiful, is ample enough to provide some semblance of balance, though it really only serves as a canvas for the pungent, commanding hop flavors. Then, all at once, it's herbal, woody, spicy, piney, and chock full of fruit flavors, including tangerine, mango, and white grapefruit. The hops turn over a strong, expansive bitterness, to which the malts and hints of caramel are powerless to combat. Finishes dry and with a strong bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight perceived creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: An enjoyable, well-made Double IPA at a rather compelling price. Samuel Adams Longshot Double IPA paired well with the History Channel special "The Link" featuring the media-frenzying fossil dubbed "Ida". Is it me or did they get this special out in a real damn hurry?
05-26-2009 02:10:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Nice to see SA pick a DIPA from the Longshot series.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed copper/amber with a 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace as it settled ratther quickly.Big citric hop aromas intermingled with some caramel biscuit,a little herb and tea shows thru as well.Not over the top hops but a good hop presence on the palate,citric and herbal hops battling out with a big caramel base.Pretty good hop complexity but not over the top,a well made DIPA.
04-30-2009 01:31:06 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +3.1%
This was the only reason I wanted to pick up the 6 pack.
Cloudy, truly murky and opaque orange. A finger of foam rose at first, and fell to a skim. Spotty lace here and there. Strong hoppy aroma, rank and resiny. Later on it mellows to an herbal, floral, sandalwood sort of scent.
Steamrolls with hops and booze...not for the timid, this is a ballsy hop blast that is bitter, dry, and slightly astringent. Strong pine and vegetal hops. Plenty of residual hop flavor that lasts after the caramel malt fades out. Bigger body, alcohol is noticeable, but not a distraction. Overall it's one and done, but it's definitely an agressive DIPA...
05-01-2009 00:34:49 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Poured out a clear, orange/light amber color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head. It left some nice rings of lace.
S - It smelled of pine, citrus and a good dose of grapefruit. It also had a malty aroma.
T - It tasted of pine, juicy grapefruit, orange peel and a burnt toast maltiness that added sweetness to match the bitter hop bite.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium to full bodied IPA.
D - This is a really good DIPA. It had been worth the long wait.
04-18-2009 12:34:29 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
To show the love, I'm pouring this into my Westvleteren chalice.
Pours a clouded amber brown with orange hues. Very little creme head. Nose is piney citrus with resin tones. Flavor is pretty intense. Thick hop character. Lots of pine, citrus, salty edge, and with a thick malt backbone. Hops, hops, hops. Ooh-la-la. Fee lis thicker on the liquid and the carbonation is about middle of the road. I think someone said this was a Pliny the Elder clone? If that's true, I will have to disagree. This comes off as a mix of Green Flash IPA, Sixpoint Bengali IPA, and the 10th Anniversary Stone that I had a week or two ago. I'll utter my blasphemy and say this might be interesting to drink with 2-4 years of age on it.
04-27-2009 23:34:19 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.
T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with a strong hops burst up front that is tempered by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better ones out there, this is still a very solid 2IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.
05-24-2009 00:22:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Two fingers of white head on a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves thick lace on the glass.
S - Strong, green hop aroma. Notes of pine and a little bit of tropical fruit. Sweet malt in the background a little caramel. Smells like a bag of hop pellets.
T - Strong, spicy, funky hop flavor up front with moderate bitterness. Spicy hops and alcohol in the middle with toasty, caramel malt. More of the same in the finish with darkening malt character, strong bitterness, and some tobacco like notes.
M - Moderately thick body, medium-high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - Extreme hop character and relatively complex. The powdery, pine hop flavor is not my favorite variety, but is nonetheless impressive. Not what I'd call drinkable, but well worth trying.
07-08-2009 04:57:42 | More by nickfl
3.45/5 rDev -11.1%
Rocky chunky head forms nicely cream off white tone with a clouded copper hue carrying the body. Head is thick and rises well above the rim of my Fathead's pint glass, after one big gulp the head sticks to the sides sporadically and pretty thin. Aroma has a strong earthiness, and pine cone kick to it kinda lays off the citrus compared to most DIPAs. A layer of powdered yeast packs and dough combine together with some evident sugary sweetness. Flavor is upfront with the hop bitterness and the hop flavor comes in waves, it starts with a sharp pine cone note and wanders through a dirty hop edge bringing out the earthiness. A ton of bitterness sticks around all prickly like on my tongue. Mouthfeel has some hop oils to it and carbonation is pretty soft and soothing. Goes down pretty easily, although I could do without the raw abrasiveness, drinkability is okay.
05-13-2009 02:05:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a hazed orangery caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice viscosity to this, never quite clears, Very good head retention & good lacing
S: Resiny & leafy hops & not much else
T: Follows the nose, plus orange peel & nice cakeyness up front. Dryness, toffee & more leafy hops, pine sap & orange peel, plus some booze heat as this warms. Also,much herbal & woody hops n the roof of my mouth. Finishes with much herbal & woody hops bitterness, plus some jammy apricot
MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, not enough malt to completely satisfy me balance-wise
Drinks a bit slow, the chewyness, plus a bit of booze detracts a bit. Still a good DIPA that will please most hopheads. The hops selection doesn't quite thrill me, but I could session on this for a while
04-27-2009 05:17:44 | More by russpowell
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. This settles into a frothy yet smooth retention that rapidly fires up when swirled, leaving a good bit of sticky and patchy lacing back. The aroma is a warm smelling fume of floral hops, spice, and pine cones, along with a sharp tang of fresh citrus and bready sweetness. This is an all around solid DIPA aroma here.
The taste starts with an aggressively bitter mix of resinous and spicy hop attitude, which is nicely evened out by a smooth backbone of toasty caramel sweetness and tropcial fruit character. The finish on this just kills the tongue with some long lasting dry, spicy, and warm bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation that flows along into an overall slicker feel in the mouth. There is some warmth to the overall feel. Initially it's a touch overbearing when it mixes with the aggressiveness of the hops but as the profile warms, it fades more into the background, becoming more a part of the body and less of the taste.
All around solid DIPA here. While the balance of this was "good enough" to keep the hops and warmth in check enough to keep this drinkable, it lacked the subtle evenness of some of the tops in the style. This was a good enough effort though.
05-20-2009 16:58:40 | More by Kegatron
2.6/5 rDev -33%
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.
01-30-2010 23:40:36 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Sam Adams - Longshot Double IPA Mike McDole
Poured chilled into a goblet just above fridge temp. Thanks to tb69 for sharing this w/ me.
A - A very hazed dark apricot shade w/ ¾ inch pillowy head of ecru w/ a tiny bead
S -Sweetened grapefruit w/ a mild pine and slightly crisp hint of pineapple w/ tinges of paper accent the bold citrus nose of Pacific NW hops
M - Viscous medium full/creamy feel w/ a highly acidic quality. Spicy w/ a high amount of alcohol in the feel w/ mild astringency and semi-sweet finish w/ lingering bitterness
T - Sweet and tangy flavors hit the tongue up front w/ citrus and mild green pepper w/ a mild pine taste. I would not say grassy but a sharp bitter hop w/ a slightly candy-like malt taste w/ cracker like malt under a mild lemon-like flavor. Hints of tropical fruit accent the ale, which is seriously hoppy and tasty with more balance than a west coast Imperial but less balanced than most brewed on the East coast.
D - A fine Imperial IPA, well worth waiting for Sam Adams to brew and the reason it was a longshot winner is obvious it emulates the style well and pays homage to the Originator while still is a worthy IIPA on its own.
07-02-2009 00:29:34 | More by Slatetank
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Best by Sept. notched on the label:
Pours hazed orange amber with a thin tan head.
The smell is earthy/musty, floral perfume, some pine. Hoppy. Each time I took a smell it seemed a bit different. I liked some more than others. It seemed more "all-over-the-place" with the hop aromas, rather than complementing and giving different complexities because it seemed to clash a bit. Something a bit chemical-ish about it.
The taste is of pine/resin with a medicinal/chemical-ish taste. There is enough pine and citrus that I can "appreciate" it, though not as much as I was hoping. Herbal and metallic notes come through, as does sugar-coated orange. I noticed some butterscotch when I licked my lips. Even though this is very hoppy, there is a caramel/toffee sweet backing. Alcohol is noticeable (not surprising for abv), though not too overpowering in the taste.
It just reaches full bodied, in a syrupy, sticky way.
A raw "sipper" for sure. Mixed feelings about this one.
06-24-2009 13:17:56 | More by jwc215
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
A solid, but not aggressive pour produces a six finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite hazy, and in fact had a ton of wispy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The beer is red amber color that shows an lightly hazed, but not opaque, copper amber color. The aroma is quite hoppy but has a bit of a green, vegetal edge to it. Otherwise though it is dominated by fruity hop notes of lychee, sweet grapefruit and intense tangerine as well as an herbal, sort of hemp oil like note that is fairly light, or at least the up front fruitiness makes it harder to notice. Definitely intensely hoppy like a good Double IPA should be, but somehow it seems a little dirty in its hop character, though this is not necessarily a bad thing in a hoppy beer.
I breathe in as I take my first sip and I get an intense, dank, herbal, hemp-oil note that lingers on the tongue and gets fairly intense in the lingering finish. The finish also has a biting bitterness (though the bitterness in this beer is actually on the low side for a insanely hopped beer) and a gritty astringent hop leaf note. This has a nice hop fruitiness as well, though it ultimately is drowned out by the aggressive finish, with notes of tangerine, tropical fruit lychee and kumquat peel. Other hop notes of menthol and pine join the hemp-oil note. The body is light enough that this hits the quaffability that I like to see in the style, though the hops are a bit harsh to be truly quaffable.
While on the smooth side, this definitely is quite a dank, dirty Double IPA. This doesn't have nearly the intense hop balance of Pliny the Elder, but it is still a solid, incredibly inexpensive, hop fix for the hop head.
05-24-2009 16:45:30 | More by Gueuzedude
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
10-09-2009 23:59:18 | More by smcolw
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours amber, with a good off-white head, fair amount of lacing, not as good as I expect in the style.
S: Grapefruit, grass notes, bitter melon, orange pith.
T: Real heavy white grapefruit juice and bitterness with a slug of ethanol right off the bat. A bit more of a floral, complex character could help it a bit, the beer is fairly one-dimensional, just big note of grapefruit. Nice pine note in the aftertaste helps a bit.
M: Concentrated flavour that sits on the tongue, full of resin, long aftertaste.
D: Not the best drinkability, since the bitter flavour wasn't really how I like it in a Double IPA. A solid stab at the style, but this is not the next Pliny.
05-05-2009 17:41:13 | More by Halcyondays
LongShot Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.