Longshot Friar Hop Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by taulpepper:
3.43/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bottle into tulip.
With an aggressive pour, has a big 3-finger head to the top of the glass. Amber and slightly cloudy, though translucent.
I was wondering whether the aroma would be hoppy or Belgian yeast - way Belgian, I don't smell hops at all really. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, but I don't get any spices that I can pick out in particular, aside from the malt and yeast. Not huge but present.
Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation, but enough. Again, spiciness from what taste like Belgian specialty grains. Pretty well balanced between sweet, spicy and bitter. Definitely a good amount of sweetness though, maybe its from the candi sugar, but it's on the sweet side vs being more dry, but still leaves you with a dry/tart feel. The Belgian spice flavor dominates.
I get very little from the hops besides a good amount of bitterness, and that was a little disappointing. I'm not sure if this was dry-hopped but if so, I don't think it's noticeable.
Overall a solid, enjoyable, Belgian style beer, tastes like I would expect a good homebrew would.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 01:14:14 | More by taulpepper
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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.