Longshot Friar Hop Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Shaw:
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I love trying the Longshot beers each year. This year's batch caught me by surprise: I wasn't paying attention.
Pours a nice amber/orange in color with a good head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass while leaving nice lace.
It has a very nice Belgian aroma of grain and dried fruit. Of course, the main aroma components are coming from the yeast. I don't smell any alcohol, which is impressive for a beer of this strength.
The taste is -- no surprise -- like a hoppy Belgian ale. It's got the classic Belgian yeast flavors, notes of biscuit and bread and some dried fruit flavors. But there are also some good citrus hop notes and a nice bitterness to balance the sweetness. No note of higher alcohol.
Good smooth body that has plenty of substance.
Overall this is a very fine beer and another winner from Longshot that Samuel Adams should make again. Seek this one out. It's my favorite from this year's batch.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2011 01:24:44 | More by Shaw
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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.