Longshot Blackened Hops - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AustinBeerLvr:
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Freshness date of best before September 2011 clearly marked.
A: Deep dark, color, almost pitch black, but some ruby tips do manage to shine through. Awesome amount of head when poured down the middle of the glass. Big chunky lacing as it's consumed from top to bottom.
S: If I were a blind man, you could tell me that this brew was brewed with nothing more than two-row pale malt and I probably would believe you, as the aroma is all about HOPS! Seriously, the grassy, pine notes of the hops simply dominate the nose of this brew. Just a touch of caramel and roasty notes make their way through. Although the hop variety isn't listed, if I were a betting man, I would have to say they are either centennial or simcoe, as I recently brewed an all-grain IPA that smells very similar. My only complaint about the aroma of this black IPA is that I actually wish it would let a little more malt notes poke their way through.
T&M: This is one of those rare beers where the taste does not really follow the nose nearly as close as you would expect it. Fortunately, some wonderful rich, sweetness hits the front of the tongue, filled with a bit of chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. That said, make no mistake about it, those strong hops quickly make their way in, and showcase the strong pine and grass notes I found in the nose. Just a touch of residual sweetness manages to ride through in the finish accompanied by a sharp (but not brash) bitterness that quickly reinforces this is a black IPA. Although this brew is 7.0% ABV, I can't hardly detect any alcohol in the flavor whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Think of you favorite IPA with a rich, somewhat creamy texture that never feels thin, but dries out nicely in the end.
D&Notes: This whole "American Black Ale" is apparently a new style, and I must say I am becoming a big fan of it. It's pretty much taking your typical beer geeks' two favorite aspects of beer----dark malts and lots of hops, and combining them. As far as I'm concerned this brew knocks the style out of the ball park, as it's definitely the IPA version, with more than enough hops, but just enough dark malt characteristics that keeps it very interesting to drink. Just be careful, as the 7.0%ABV is very well hidden.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2011 08:32:30 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Dark brown with a soapy off white head. Leaves plenty of lace and looks like a solid dark beer overall.
Smell: roasted, nutty malts, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of herbal hops.
Taste: Dark malt body, but still quite hoppy with herbal and earthy notes, a bit woodsy and taste faintly of citrus. Roasted malts, fairly bitter still. Has some mild coffee like flavor but mostly a one-two punch of roast and hops.
Feel: Full bodied, well carbonated. Finishes clean and balanced.
Overall: Solid black ipa. A two trick pony of malt and hops. Not insanely complex but good for what it is. The hops have held up well over time. This is still drinking like it was fresh.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 02:48:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Notes from 5/8/11; Best by Sept 2011
A - Pours black with massive three finger head. Head has excellent retention.
S - Smell is predominantly malts, roasted and chocolate, and some citrus notes.
T - Taste is chocolate malt and piney hops. While the hops definitely play a rolehere and persist in the aftertaste, this is a very malt-forward beer. Some lingering earthiness as well.
M - Medium creamy body, somewhat dry on the finish from both hops and earthy malts.
O - Not hoppy enough to be a black IPA. I'm not sure how this should be classified, but it feels like it can't commit. The hops get a bit muddled. Pretty tasty, but not something I would seek out.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2012 22:09:36 | More by warnerry
Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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