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

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Longshot Friar Hop AleLongshot Friar Hop Ale

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 03-17-2011)
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Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:21:25 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of StaveHooks


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with 1 finger off-white frothy head. Big sheets of lacing on this one.

S - Bready malt, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol vapors, sweet citrus and various fruit aromas.

T - Sweet malt backed quickly by a shot of lemony grassy hops. Fruity yeast-candied pears and apples. Some hay notes mixed in. Finishes sweet and spicy drying out at the very end.

M - Full bodied, lively carbonation.

Not bad. Pretty good all around and does a great job of hiding the 9% ABV. A very nice looking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:36:48 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of ncfranklin


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. Belgian IPA you say?

A: Orange to amber with a nice finger head that laces well. Slightly translucent. Pretty good looking i must say.

S: Strong peppery spice and some hoppy citrus in the nose.

T: Spicy sweet. SOme orange peel, coriander mixes in with a citrusy lemon and buttery flavor.

M: Thick and a bit tacky, nice fullness.

D: I enjoyed this one. Alochol is hidden well, and for a take on the the style it's quite spicy. Hops could use a little boosting.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:39:12 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of DovaliHops


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden-amber color with a medium white head that disappears instantly. Scent is immediately Belgian yeast, quickly followed by sweet, sugary, floral notes. There is a bit of spiciness as well. Not much going on in the hop department. Taste is...not sure how much of a "Belgian IPA" this is... but it's pretty tasty. Up front I get floral flavors, quickly followed by sweet Belgian yeast and a lot of pepper. Then there are some other spices and fruity flavors...a lot of melon. There is also some orange peel and coriander. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a bit sticky. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Drinkability is fairly high, as the sweetness could get to be too much after a while. Overall, this beer is not the best in it's style...or even close for that matter. It is a pretty tasty brew though.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 06:33:25 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of SickGnar


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yet dark golden orangey amber with a few lazy bubbles. Okay size off-white / eggshell head. Fair for lacing, but there is a decent if spotty amount.

S: Estery in a fruity & floral way. Peppery & spicy (esp. cloves) notes too. Seems as much from hops and alcohol as yeast phenolics. But it definitely does have Belgian character. Funk with a slight sour note to the yeast aspect. Malts are background – juicy & grainy sweet Belgian pils with some caramel and hints of raisiny dark fruit. Reasonably aromatic.

T: Sort of a light Belgian amber done to trippel strength or a dark and thick and robust Trippel. Or maybe a hopped up imperial Belgian Pale. Not super characterful, but a bit of sweet cloves, some pepper / spicy (white pepper) phenolics, and a lesser bit of Belgian yeasty funk. Well hopped in a noble, spicey & peppery way – but a fair bit of citrus too. Though not overly bitter, it does have alpha in abundance, but leans more on hop flavor rather than bitterness. Nice fruity and juicy aspect. Sweet tangerine, light green apple, hint of cherry, a flash of citrus tartness, and some raisin on the back end. Quite the juicy mix. Hops gain an increasing touch of citrus at the end and into the finish. Belgian biscuit and lighter caramel malts with juicy sugar cookie pils sweetness. Spicy and peppery alcohol is clearly present, but not harsh or hot. Hops build as the brew is consumed.

M: A fair bit over average body, but pretty well attenuated. The carbonation is just a hair bit over average. So it feels that it leans toward the heavy without actually getting there. Some residual sugars try to poke through, but hoppy, spicy, and peppery aspects lead to an ultimately drying finish. Not surprisingly, there is some warming alcohol – but not overly so.

D: A nicely hopped Belgian style brew. Another “emerging” style, and one that seems hard to pull off. This one does darn okay. The hops, the malts, and the esters all stay juicy and mostly fruity. Spice, rind, pepper, and alcohol all play supporting roles. Nothing clashes and it is never harsh. A pleasant if potent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 21:08:54 | More by SickGnar
Photo of kmo1030


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an attractive amber with a good sized white head, lacing.
the aroma is of bright citrusy hops, sort of orange-y or apricot-y. there's also corriander, and some yeast characteristics, leaning toward the clove end of the spectrum.
the flavor is less bitter than the nose might have let on. the bright citrusy notes are all here too though. it's pretty sweet, but i wouldn't say cloying. the high alcohol is pretty well hidden but for the wamrth in the thoat. the corriander shines through in the flavor too. it's got enough of a malt backbone to distinguish itself amongst the hops and yeast, with some carmelized characteristics.
the weighty on the palate, with a full body, but finely bubbled carbonation, the result of which is a pleasant smoothness.
overall, it a little more rich than i like my BIPAs, but it's a nice beer. it would have benefited form a little less sweetness and a little lighter body. in other words it doesn't deliver in the drinkability department despite being a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:48:42 | More by kmo1030
Photo of JayS2629


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber with a white fluffy head that fades fast but leaves a small film and seafoam lace. the smell is of belgian yeast, mostly banana with hints of spice. Lots of honey faint bitter citrus and lemon notes. The taste is sweet, almost cloying, but subtle enough. Honey and caramel in the front. Not as much hops as expected. Somf floral and herbal notes. Lemon pepper, coriander and orange peel. Smooth, fruity, and subtle spice. Honey notes and caramel. A bit on the sweet side. Subtle enough to be smooth and easy to drink.

Extra points: This is 9%??? Could have fooled me. Well done on hiding it. No burn. Amazingly smooth and subtle for that high an ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:58:54 | More by JayS2629
Photo of DoctorDog


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Amber and brilliantly clear. Probably to aggressive of a pour results in a massive off-white head, which necessitates a multi-stage pour. Fades very slowly into a nice cap, leaving tons of sticky lacing. Excellent retention.

S- Belgian yeast and spicy notes. A hint of sweet pear.

T- Smooth, lightly sweet, pear-like flavors come first. Finishes with light Belgian yeast notes and a touch of spicy hops. All works together to a very pleasant effect.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium full feel. Smooth.

O- Good. A flavorful, smooth, incredibly drinkable 9% beer...really nice.

Future outlook: Sam Adams Longshot stuff....does right by me again. I think I need to grab another 6'er of it. While I always make allowances for personal differences in subjective matters like a beer's rating, I'm actually surprised that this beer isn't rated a little higher.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:25:25 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of zdk9


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Into the Duvel glass- Belgian glassware for a Belgian inspired beer. Color is bronze-gold combo. There's a finger of head after an aggressive pour, which is colored white with a grey tint.

S- A good whiff of yeast comes off first. There's some turbinado sugar, bottle cap wax, mustiness, old dried orange peel.

T- Taste is sweet. Wow, really sweet. This is supposed be have some hop love? I'm not getting it. There's a simple syrup feel to this. Like a honey-vodka flavored simple syrup. Spice comes out more as it warms- sweet pepper, cinnamon. Maybe some lemon.

M- Too sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I can tell it's there but not super powerful for a 9%er.

O- Aroma is good but the taste is too sweet and simple in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:27:05 | More by zdk9
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before September 2011

A - A pretty and vibrant copper body with a loose off-white towards yellow head. Pretty good look.

S - Banana bread, Zesty citrus, peppery spice. I feel like it's a bit lacking in hops here, but it does smell pretty good.

T - It's really malty, sweet banana bread flavors, a bit of pungent dry and bitterness on the swallow. I was expecting something hoppier, and I think that's what should be here. Hops are really only coming through on the finish, which blends together with the spiciness and all becomes a bit muddled. Not bad tasting, but I might think of this more as a BSPA.

M - Big, fairly viscous body, quite smooth, and carbonation is not offensive. A good feel.

O (D) - It's pretty drinkable, and it is good tasting. I think it's just a little bit confused, is all.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:54:40 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of PicoPapa


3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date of Sep 2011. Pours a translucent orange color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of yeast, banana, and bread. Smells a bit sour. Tastes bready and sour. Not really picking up on any hops. Slightly earthy with some cut grass as well. Lots of sour yeast flavor. High ABV but doesn't really taste like it. Not really digging this one. I taste the "Belgian" but not the "IPA" part. I tried it and I'm moving on.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 15:13:14 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of cjgator3


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity with some spices and Belgian yeast with some hops as well. 

T- The taste is malt and sweet caramel with a good amount of spices and hops with some warmth from the alcohol in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this one. Good job on this beer, worth a try. 

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:26:11 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BB1313


2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Best before September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent amber/burnt orange, decent head and nice lacing; pretty good looking brew. The aromas aren't bad, but I'd never guess it was a Belgian IPA. The aromas are dominated by the yeast.. the hops aren't detected in the aromas at all. I'm a little let down by the flavors.. lots of yeast and candied sugars.. the hops are present, but take a back seat. This just isn't a good example of a hoppy Belgian/Belgian IPA, IMHO. There are hints of caramel and lots of malts. I'm disappointed because the hops fall flat. The mouthfeel is very nice.. feels heavy, thick, smooth, and not over-carbonated. The alcohol goes unnoticed. Overall, this isn't a bad beer.. but not what I look for in the style. Taste is king, and this one is slightly off.

Props to Richard Roper.. I don't brew beer at this point, so it's better than anything I can brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:31:33 | More by BB1313
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours golden-orange in color with a slight amber hue and a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and yields large, thick spots of lace.

Smell: Musty Belgian farmhouse yeast aromas are predominant with a fruity/citrusy backing.

Taste: Begins citric and somewhat musty, before rounding out to a yeasty, very 'Belgian' flavor and finishing with a balanced hop bitterness. I would have never guessed from the flavor, though that the ABV is 9%.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light, very natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: While this could do with a bit more hop-forwardness, this is an extremely enjoyable and deceptively drinkable beer. It definitely has a great Belgian feel about it and is true to the style. It is too bad that this beer is a one-off.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 21:38:26 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of gdrydenc


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium amber color, with a good solid finger of light tan head. The head persists for a while, with good lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Belgian yeast smells dominate for me. A spicy hop feel is definitely also present.

T - Wow, that spiciness from before comes out quite strong. I didn't detect it in the smell, but the alcohol is certainly present.

M - The alcohol lingers in my mouth a long time, which is something that turns me off slightly. The carbonation is just about right.

Overall, this is a relatively good brew. The alcohol hotness detracts partially for me. Other than that, I like the spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 20:39:18 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow-copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades fairly quickly

S: Definitely pick up the belgian spicy notes, along with light hops and some malt

T: The spicy yeast is the thing that sticks out in the taste department, along with peppery alcohol and very slight hop notes. The spiciness from the belgian yeast and pepperiness from the alcohol go well together, but the hops are almost completely out of the picture

M: Light-medium body with moderately high carbonation play nicely with the alcohol

D/O: Easy to drink, especially for a 9%er. Great spring/summer beer that I'd enjoy more if it had a more pronounced hop profile. It is in the name after all

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 20:21:21 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper color with a thin white chapeau. Le petit chapeau hangs around all glass long and leaves lacy sheets in it's wake. Very impressive.

Aroma is Ricola herbal cough drops, spicy bourbon caramel (not actual bourbon, but the distinctive caramel that's associated with it) and Grand Marnier syrupy sweet orange.

Eew. Sickeningly sweet herbal sweetness. Ghastly sweet like honey covered with Splenda. Bleh. Herbal spice and more bourbon-y caramel and orange syrup. Where's the promised "American hops?" Boo, hiss.

Mouthfeel is more Sam Adams than Belgian which is a bummer because SA ale yeast is slick, oily, and a hop killer.

More interesting than good, worst of this years Longshot.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:50:14 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:08:45 | More by smcolw
Photo of ArcaneXor


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from 2011 Longshot sixpack.

Pours a beautiful dark golden color into my Sam Adams pint glass, with a creamy off-white head that seems to persist forever as I let the beer breathe and warm up to appropriate serving temperature. Plenty of bubbles are rising from the etching in the bottom of the glass, feeding the head and suggesting the type of high carbonation that is to be expected from a well-brewed Belgian-style ale.

The aroma is also inviting, if a bit understated. I get peppery notes along with yeast and a light European bread. Maybe a hint of banana and possibly some light citrus notes, but the latter may just be in my imagination. Definitely minimal hop character.

The taste is unlike the typical violent clash of flavors one experiences with this terribly overhyped style and actually progresses smoothly across the palate, from Belgian maltiness/yeast characters/alcohol warmth at the beginning to a crisp, somewhat astringent bitterness balanced by a somewhat sweet, spicy-fruity finish. It tastes less than a Belgian-American IPA than a very bitter Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium-bodied. Surprisingly light for an ale weighing in at 9% ABV, which is a good thing and makes this beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:20:53 | More by ArcaneXor
Photo of Star80


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very effervescent copper color, thick looking head. No sediment in the bottle. Smells like spicey clove, some ripe fruits, and orange zest. Definitely no mistaking that this is a Belgian style beer. Wow, beer has lot going on, very sweet from all the alcohol and warming, but also a nice citric hop twang to balance it out. This is an interesting beer. Not nearly as floral as Orval, but all the hops vaguely reminds me of that great brew. Wow, lots and lots of lacing proves what I sense it really going on, this is a hop bomb, with class. And yes, has a nice sharp bitter bite at the end too. Very carbonated on the tongue but not distracting. Overall this a killer brew that actually hits the spot in my desire for a hoppy belgian brew. Once again, I can tell why this entry was selected as a winner. Too bad after the next one this will probably be the last I ever see of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 18:26:54 | More by Star80
Photo of jlindros


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:41:36 | More by jlindros
Photo of timellison


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color, medium amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.
S: Sugar and spice. Not a lot of hops but very pleasant.
T: Really good belgian yeast notes, lots of candy sugar, mild bittering hops. This is a really delicious beer.
M: Medium mouthfeel, very drinkable for 9.00 abv.
O: Fair or not, I am choosing not to dock this points for being different than what I would expect out of a Belgian IPA. Its not a style with a lot of history or strict guidelines so I don't mind that its definition is stretched here. This is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:06:27 | More by timellison
Photo of KCHopHead


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe, possibly Richard Roper's homebrew tastes more like a Belgian IPA. I will never know. This is not a Belgian IPA in my book. It is a solid Belgian Tripel. I can tell it was hopped a little more than a Tripel because these fresh hops are leaving some good lacing on my Boulevard Tank 7 glass. The yeast used tastes exactly like Schlafly's Tripel. I think if this was categorized as a Tripel and wasn't made by Boston Beer then you haters would give it a little better rating than the current B. :)

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 20:49:03 | More by KCHopHead
Photo of hosehead83


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a big head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Caramel, brown sugar,slight Belgian funk, subtle hop note.
Taste-Belgian spicy yeast,background citrus hops, candy sugar, a noticeable warming finish. A bit on the sweet side, more like a Belgian dubble with some hops thrown in. Pretty heavy for a Belgian IPA. Not bad by any means, but maybe a lighter touch on the Belgian side of things and a bit lower ABV would balance things out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 14:54:33 | More by hosehead83
Photo of TommyW


3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper, gold body with a white head atop.

S- Smell of assertive American hops mixed with fruity and yeasty notes.

T- A mix of fruit and light malts upfront leading into some interesting Belgian yeast notes. The strong American hops come in last and linger. There is defintely a noticeable bit of alcohol coming through as well. The hops and Belgian notes do mix, but the combo seems a bit overpowering to me; especially with the high abv there as well.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- The taste of this one was just a little too much for my tastes; took me quite a while to get through one 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 13:05:23 | More by TommyW
Longshot Friar Hop Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.