Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.78/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours deeply golden with eddies of gas feeding a sizeable and lasting white head.
Lavender is obviously the main player in the aroma, adding sweetly spicy floral notes. There's a backing honeyed graham cracker maltiness and touches of tangerine fruitiness. Though it definitely leans in the floral/spicy dry direction.
A crackery malt base, a little wheaty. At fattens just a tad and grows sweeter, with honey notes and rock candy. Lavender adds a measured wallop of heathery florality. Hops are congruent enough to hardly be detected, but seem to add a spicy bitterness and glints of citrus. A touch of anise dots the swallow.
On the plus side of light bodied. Carbonation stays perky throughout without seeming gassy or fizzy.
Usually the "flavored" entry in the Longshot series is the one I'll try to pawn off on someone else. Not this year. I'll drink both of these. Drinkability might suffer due to the aggressiveness of the lavender, though it adds uniqueness in the short term.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2011 07:57:02 | More by cokes
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Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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