Longshot Friar Hop Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AustinBeerLvr:
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Freshness date of best before September clearly marked.
This is another one of those BJCP Category 23 beers, and you can clearly taste it. This brew is all over the place, from a Belgian candy, funky aromas, to the hop flavor and bitterness one would expect in an IPA. The funny this is that the aroma seems much more Belgian like, whereas the taste is more balanced between a Belgian brew and a fairly refined IPA. A nice caramel malty backbone supports an interesting combination of yeasty cherries, bananna, Belgian spice, that is all quickly met by some IPA citrus like hops along some bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
I can't really decide how much I like this style of beer and therefore I am having hard time giving it a fair fair rating, as there are very few of this style to choose from. That being said, the word "interesting" definitely comes to mind when tasting this beer, as there are a wide array of flavors within this beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2011 09:21:29 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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4/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The date on the beer was September 2011, so I'm a bit past the date, but it somehow got shoved in the back of the fridge and I figured it was worth a shot. Poured into a tulip glass and was pleasantly surprised how fresh it still seemed.
Aroma is not too strong, with a slight slight fruitiness. Definite Belgianness comes through.
Appearance is a dark gold with an off-white, fairly thin head.
Taste is surprisingly good, and I'm usually not into Belgians overall, and specifically not Belgian IPA's. Nice use of spice and hops to gain some balance, while retaining the overall style.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but perhaps a little light.
Overall, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer, and imagine it may have been even better last summer.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2012 01:53:29 | More by diddly
Longshot Friar Hop Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.