Longshot Friar Hop Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 237
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a quarter-inch of white retained head. Significant yeasty aromas. Creamy mouthfeel with understated carbonation, yeasty with some fruitiness and some spice as corriander kick in finish. Bitterness is in the secondary, good drinkability.Bottle from Premiere. (275 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; the head is a little disappointing for a Belgian style, as it fades rather quickly leaving only the faintest tracings of lace

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar and coriander, with a hint of orange peel

Taste: Opens rather sweet, with caramel and candi sugar; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols, coriander and orange peel start to take over, providing a somewhat medicinal character that persists into the finish; ultimately, it is the orange peel that dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More like an Imperial Wit than a Belgian IPA; very little hop character and I wasn't crazy about the medicinal orange flavor (687 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a strong looking copper color and a sturdy white head that refused to quit until a few sips into the beer. The aroma is most definitely Belgian, some strong yeasty spice aromas lifting off of this brew. The taste is mostly like a Belgian triple with some spice in there. The hops come through a little bit in the finish but not a whole lot. The mouthfeel is pretty good it's on side of medium. It's also smooth. Overall pretty good. (458 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass this beer pours a bright saturated orange. Long lasting creamy foam. A ghostly ring of lace crowns the glass, but otherwise nothing. Slight bit of carbonation visible.

Sweet caramel, orange peel, Belgian yeast discernable in the aroma. Sweet tea leaf and citrus complexity, attributed to a nice blend of hops, yeast, and the added orange peel.

Full bodied, some Belgian spice and orangey citrus lead off, with a hefty crystal malt presence. Sweet toffee, earthy coriander, dry in the aftertaste with some lingering citrus and spice elements. Clean and dry. Can't fault this for anything, it's well put together.

If it's intended to be a Belgian IPA, and was released a few months ago, it's not the brewer's fault the hops have faded somewhat. For some reason this wasn't widely available in the local market... (834 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange color on the pour with a small, minimal head that did not produce much at all in the way of lacing. nice carbonation could be seen throughout the session.

aroma is loaded with light citrus and fruity tones that are layered on a lightly spice belgian yeast. really quite nice and very light and clean. crisp and clean taste here as each sip seemed to play off the one before it, again very well done and i was more then pleased with this. light orange, pineapple and tangerine all came together quite well (512 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger khaki colored head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange, yeastiness and some fruitiness.

T - It tasted very fruity - almost like a saison. It had a good hoppy, piney bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good beer. So Sam Adams keeps up their tradition of selection two really good beers and one average beer for their Longshot series. (503 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A nice hop aroma with plenty of citrus and fruits. The Belgian character comes through quite strongly and there is plenty of spicy phenols and a big time banana aroma. A fair amount of malt with some bread and light caramel.

T: Quite sweet and malty, but there is plenty of hop character to it, though mostly fruity in nature. The "Belgian-ness" of the beer is apparent. Lots of banana, clove, and pepper to be found. There is a slight chalkiness to it, though.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Thought this was a really solid beer and after the poor showing of the Latitude series, this was a welcomed improvement from Sam Adams. (766 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: September. You got it, Sam Adams!

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-orange-hued body with a modestly-sized, very finely-textured, snow white head.

Smell: Bready, lightly sweetish, faintly sourish, with a touch of fruit-flavored liqueurs and generous dose of finely-ground spices.

Taste: Launches into a malty sweetness of light caramel and rock candy with a thin tone of apple and peach fruitiness pushed in the back. Pith-hinted citrus and a mint leaf follow, with the earthy clove and cardamom very close behind. Moderately bitter. Develops a slight medicinal twang on the back end. Rebound of bitterness and spice for the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness.

Overall: It's sweet, then it's hoppy, and it's got a slight Belgian thing going on. That's 'in', right? It doesn't really match the finer Belgian examples, though it's by no means a bad beer. (959 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

And now for another installment of "Man, I'm nowhere near as good a homebrewer as this guy!" We're gettin' there, though, believe you me. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-russet topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, mandarin orange, light pine, and sweet, sweet caramel. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange peel, sharp lemon zest, caramel, light clove, and cardamom. A nearly harsh bitterness stabs in all knife-like and whatnot. It does detract. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice BIPA, though I think the hops and the yeast clash a bit on the tongue. It's not enough to completely torpedo this beer, but it also doesn't endear it to me, either. (801 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with 2 fingers of thick, slightly off-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger cap that coasts the sides of the glass with a latticework of sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy with a sharp spiciness and some mingling alcohol warmth. Notes of soft fruit, light toasted grains, and even a smidge of caramel sweetness help soften up the edges of the nose.

The taste has a lot of bright citric fruit flavors going on with it, balanced by more malty notes of sweet sugars, caramel, and doughy grains. This is enveloped in a bold spiciness that pulls into the finish, leaving this with a dry, yeasty, and spicy feel that lingers with some leftover bitter fruit character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an effervescent sharpness to the carbonation that blows up in the mouth. This is maybe a little too prickly feeling overall. There is some warmth to the body but it mostly hangs in the back of the profile, where is emboldens that dry spicy finish.

This wasn’t too bad but the emphasis on those bitter citric flavors and spiciness from the yeast left this a tad too aggressive for my tastes. Maybe a bit more of a sweet fruitiness from the yeast or hops could have worked with those malts to soften this up some more. I will say that I was a bit shocked to see that this was 9%, as it does drink like a good bit less than that (I was thinking more like 7%), which earns this some redemption points with me. (1,497 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and spices up front followed by a hearty malt character. The hops bitterness is subtle for the style and comes in a bit late, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (754 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice fluffy almost 2 finger head, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom, a nice sticky lacing, essentially a perfect pour into the SA Perfect Pint Glass, over super clear pale tan orange color.

Nose has some light noble grassy hops, with that a nice Belgian pale aroma, some light Belgian malts, light fruits, light Belgian yeast, a light lemony zest as well.

Taste starts semi sweet, some nice Belgian malts, light Belgian fruit flavors, a slight grassy and herbal hop flavor and light spices, some light lemony zest flavors, a slight caramel sticky sweet malt flavor, little spicy, the herbal hops gets a bit heavier as it goes as well. A bit of booze starts to come through with the sweet malts, and a light boozy phenolic flavor, and really hits with a light tingle on the finish, with some lingering hops spicy and grassy, little herbal, and some light sticky sweet malts. A slight astringent flavor too.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carb, a bit boozy and little syrupy sweet.

Overall meh, it goes way overboard on a few things, too much on the malts, too sweet/syrupy/sticky, waaaay too much booze for a Belgian IPA, a little astringent, the herbal hops don't combine well either, weird fruits and weird nutty spice flavors, so many extravagant flavors that go overboard and don't belong. (1,307 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruity Belgian-style strong ale.

Lovely orange-amber in the snifter glass. Feels fairly light on the tongue, even though the flavors are so bold. Pleasant fruit cocktail flavors, rich and malt. Orange is pretty powerful, but the bitterness give it some balance. Lots of hops and a long, slow bitter aftertaste.

Hard to get a handle on this beer, so let's just call it "complex." Very rewarding with small sips, each one seems to be different. Alcohol is evident some times but the bold fruitiness gives it some cover. Another interesting oddity but perfectly drinkable. (571 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper amber hue with a bright off white khaki beige head forms fine even lacing. Aroma has a deep fruit layer with hints of cherry/apricort and an evident citrus note as well. No alcohol hits the nose very well hidden, and a bit of Belgian yeast phenolics going on. Flavor is extremely sweet, like toothache and diabetes inducing sweetness. Cloying spice levels makes you instantly want to brush your teeth, there's no way on earth this is a Belgian IPA I'm not getting any alpha hops. Just loads of citrus peel, spice addition bitterness that is just downright unpleasant on the palate...a touch of heat comes through as well in the finish. Carbonation overdone along with the spicing this finishes dry and spicy with absolutely disgusting levels of spice additions, so perfumey and floral. Drinkability is poor and overall horrible beer experience I hope this doesn't turn anybody off to craft beer because it's possibly that bad. (947 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive starting head, leaves plenty of spidery lace. The color is light amber. Crystal clear.

Sour, yeasty aroma; close to Belgian. Good citrus and pepper.

The pepper comes through in the flavor. The yeast is there but more mild in the taste. Good hop in the finish. The body is as one would expect. (305 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber.

Aroma says "Belgian", although the odd fruity aroma from yeast is largely absent. Predominantly spicy (*coriander) with hints of citrus and a notable toasted malt.

T - light some actual Belgians, this beer is a bit too heavily spiced for my preferences. Also has sweet caramel and citrusy hop, but not as hoppy as expected from an IPA; better to think of this as a Belgian pale ale. Rich flavor throughout tasting, becoming less sweet and more bitter as one goes from initial taste to the finish.

M - medium body and medium/light carbonation.

O - good beer, but significantly less appealing than another similarly hoppy Belgian sampled recently: Ommegang BPA. (687 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the perfume and flowery hops with some bready malt, candy sugar and grassy notes. Quite complex. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bread and toffee notes from the malt. as well as some grape notes. From the hops I get some grassy notes and the bitterness is about low. The beer also is quite sweet and has a lot of the candy sugar notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (473 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a medium off-white head. Good lace and head retention.

S: Good amount of orange peel and coriander, smells like a strong wit with a hint of booze. Fruity, estery.

T: Apricot and orange dominant, with a hint of pine at the end. Coriander and white pepper form a distinct mid-palate.

M: Full-bodied, well structured, never cloying. Smooth and direct.

O: The winner for me of this Longshot set and one of the better Longshot beers I've ever had. Hope Jim Koch makes the decision to bottle this, except for this one-off, nice brew. (577 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange with a little bit of head and a slight lacing.

Smell - has the dry hop and rock candy smell of the style.

Taste - this beer has a lot of stuff going on with every aspect done well. But not something that I would drink over and over again in one sitting.

Mouthfeel - dry and hoppy,sweet and malty.

Overall - this is as good as any other BPA that I have tasted. (383 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samual Adams Longshot : Friar Hop

Appearance: Golden in color with a decent lasting bubbly head and a good smattering of lace. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint, a steady stream of carbonation is released from the etching.

Smell: Very clean Belgian yeast strain, lots of bread, and some resiny pine hops

Taste: Peppery/estery belgian yeast kick, blends nice with a touch of spicy hop flavor. Solid bitterness. Alittle herbal, then gives way to notes of orange peel. Alcohol is hidden decently well. Bold spice character, and a well crafted balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel, carbonation is moderate to low, body somewhat thin yet creamy.

Overall: Definately an interesting and unique beer. A pefect Longshot Beer. With alittle less spice, and the same clean-ness, this could be a crossover beer for many non-craft drinkers I think. The 9% ABV makes it fun to drink as well, clean flavors and goes down easy. (913 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely enough, with a burnished copper color and a somewhat thin, slightly grainy head, but very nice lacing. Sweet and fruity in the nose, with a touch of yeastiness in the finish. A bit breadier than usual for the style, and a little light on hop and spice notes, but there is some citrus floating around there. The taste starts with more hops than found in the nose, with some fruity citrus and late bitterness as well from the hops. The sweetness is a bit more balanced here, but there is a bit of grainy sourness giving the slightest of tang too, and quite a honeyed note from the malt. A touch of banana and spice from the yeast rounds it out. Not bad, but not entirely integrated. (693 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear bronze colored beer with a small white colored head.

Strong aromatic hops and fruity Belgian yeast aromas from the yeast used. Coriander is medium strong and there is a strong honeysuckle smell. Smells of cherry and apple with a little oak.

Starts out malty with a caramel aftertaste, hop is a savory aftertaste. A little spice and a little bitterness in the taste. The taste is a little flat compared to my regular beer in this style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. Competent but not one of the best examples of the style. (539 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light is good to this gorgeous honey-amber beer and it knows it; the summer sun's bright rays are cradled and seized in the form of blazing highlights that radiate like burning embers. Nearly all foam quickly evaporated and left no remnants. While the colour supports the IPA part, the shoddiness of its head leaves doubts about the 'Belgian' aspect.

First impressions aren't everything, but I think I'm going to like this beer just fine. While it under-delivers on the citrusy hop notes, it is unsparing with the zest and spice; they've used a firecracker strain of Belgian yeast, that's for sure. It's starting to feel like Chinese New Year up in here. The scent could be turned into a candle and labelled "spice route".

The mouthfeel, however, is where you'll find yourself wanting a little more of those promised hops and a little less of that lavish spice. Between the near double-digit alcohol strength and garish use of candi-sugar (which leaves a ridiculous bubblegum sweetness), the firecracker sensation is more pleasant smelled than tasted, especially as it warms.

While the rather plain, bready, lightly biscuity maltiness is one that I affiliate with many of this brewery's beers, it still tastes nearly indistinguishable from most Belgian strong pale ales. Advertise it as one of those and watch the scores shoot way up; for any kind of "IPA" this has a level of hopping as safe and conservative as a Super Bowl halftime show.

Assuming this beer really was among the three best out of thousands of entries, I can't believe Samuel Adams has done the recipe much justice. It is hotly alcoholic and considerably under-hopped - which, come to think of it, makes it a spitting image of many Belgian ales. Like I said: advertise it simply as that (or else up the hops) and watch the scores ameliorate. (1,816 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear slight dense aged copper body with a slight red hue to it. There is a matrix of microbbbles that slowly glide to an antique white head that last a good bit.

S- the perfumed yeast aroma fills my nose with some circus peanut esters that blend with clove and a faint banana hint that turns more laffy taffy as the beer opens up.

T- The alcohol bite gives way to pear flavors and yeast esters with some spun candy flavors. The finish has a nice green grapefruit hop flavor. The candy notes and alcohol taste linger a bit after the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz that boost the alcohol heat moreso as the beer warms.

O- This beer has some great yeast character and some nice support from the sweetness with a good hop character in the finish. The alcohol was a bit sharp but it did help keep the sweetness in check. (918 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet spicy and hop nose, flavor is spice, honey and hops, slightly dry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.75 for a 6-pak from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Sep 2011. (323 characters)

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Longshot Friar Hop Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.