Longshot Friar Hop Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The last of my Longshot 6 pack, I’ve been holding onto this for about a month and it probably needs to go ahead and be drunk. Was expecting this to be bottle conditioned, but from the appearance it’s been filtered. Head disappears quickly. Color is a reddish-tannish, let’s call it mahogany. Aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, with the usual characteristics of clove and banana. There’s a disappointing amount of hop aroma with this beer. By that I mean there really isn’t any. That kind of translates to the taste, where the only real hop character that I get out of the beer, at least initially, is in the bittering, which really isn’t all that pleasant. The second sip reveals a little bit more of the hop profile, with orange and tangerine notes up front. Those flavors are fleeting, however, as the heavy ABV and ester profile sweeps in and pushes those flavors away. Mouthfeel comes across as somewhat light, which is fine for the style, but there’s not enough carbonation to complement the body of the beer. I’m okay with a thin style Belgian, but in most cases these should have a moderate amount of carbonation to help keep things lively. With this beer it’s both thin bodied and has a relatively light carbonation, which kind of breaks things down and makes it come across as watery, especially after you get through the hops and ester characteristics in the front of the beer. I feel a bit disappointed by this beer. As a straight up take on the Belgian style, it’s certainly not bad. However, as a Belgian IPA it just falls flat. There’s little to no hop character – you really have to search for it – and that’s disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2011 16:45:12 | More by eclaycamp
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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.