LongShot Magnificent Seven - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 169
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 4.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange amber with a long lasting medium beige head, good lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste of floral pine hops and caramel malt which becomes more notable as it warms up, also some notes of brown sugar. Palate is a medium body with a smooth texture and good carbonation. Finishes with floral pine hops, some mild orange peel notes, caramel malt and some mild brown sugar on the end. Overall seems to have a good balance, smooth and nice flavor, a good brew. (471 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had this and its two companions sitting in my reefer for over a year! It just seemed like they would get shunted to the side in favor of CANs or any other bright, shiny objects that came into my view. I have now dedicated myself to eradicating the backlog of bottles in my life and these suddenly came due.

From the bottle: "Zack and his friend Pat decided to create a brew loaded with their seven favorite hops. A showcase of US hop [...] varieties and true to an Imperial American IPA, this beer has big grapefruit, pine & resinous notes."

I employed a gentle pour, then swirled the beer in the glass to produce a brief finger of tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a deep-amber/copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The hops had reduced over the elapsed time, but the pine resinousness was still there, accompanied by a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and incredibly, still bringing the fusel alchol heat! The grapefruit notes had faded, but the pine and resin was prevalent and it was licking a pine tree. I like the way that this had mellowed to become a very pleasant DIPA, where I find them to be very sharp when they are fresh. Finish was dry, between the alcohol heat and the prevalent hops. I was tasting caramel malt, but overall, it was dry, plain and simple. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Zach and his friend Pat decided to create a brew loaded with their seven favorite hops. A showcase of US hop varieties and true to an Imperial American IPA, this beer has big grapefruit, pine & resinous notes." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. This is one of the winning entries in the 2013 Longshot American Homebrew Contest. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden white creamy head over a deep copper body. Clarity is marred by dense haziness. Retention is good, lacing is light but solid. 4

(Smell) Bready caramel malt sweetness, biscuity grain malt and a combination of peppery, herbal, piney, resinous and fruity hop aromas generate a bold bitterness. 4

(Taste) The malt profile is moderately bodied with a mild biscuity grain malt and a light caramel malt sweetness. Peppery, herbal and fruity hop notes come through most in the flavor, fairly mild in presentation with the fruity hop prevailing in the finish. Bitterness is above average, neither brutal nor reserved, it makes for a highly drinkable and well-balanced DIPA. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, clean and slightly sticky. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style and medium/high overall. Balance is equally sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no discernible off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very nice, if not too ordinary American Double IPA with lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Drinkability is very high and the balance is even with neither sweetness nor hop bitterness prevailing. This is a very good introduction to the style because of its accessibility. I found this the single standout beer in the variety pack. 4

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2013: Magnificent Seven
3.98/5.00 (1,901 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my glass, it has a nice reddish brown body and a very small headvto it. The aroma is hop forward and also get a malt smell also. The taste is straight hop on the front then a maltyness and dark friut flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice not heavy like some ipa. Overall a good beer. (330 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess I'm a little late to this one. It says drink by September. I'm in the month, but...
Anyway, it has a funky aroma (and not in a good Belgian way). It's more of excess hop and one of the aroma's and tastes I don't like about DIPA's, and this one has it big. It dominates the aroma. It's nearly pushing to decay.
Color is darker and redder than most, and pretty darn clear. Nice tan head that is thick.
Fortunately the taste is not dominated the same way the aroma is. It is much more pleasant and tasty. Bitter without excess or tongue ripping. Hop flavors are a little hard to define, rather muddled but not quite messy. Hints of a solid malt with a bit of sweetness. Also shots of excess with hop (hop oils I think), but they are shots and not dominating, as in the aroma...still a feature I'm not fond of.
Body is solid moderate and a little higher than typical for carbonation.
Overall, just rather okay. I wouldn't serve this as a good example of style, but I can work my way through the drink once it gets past the nose. (1,032 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Poured a brownish amber, not much carbonation visible. A nice, 2" or so head formed, was cream colored. A fair amount of lacing left behind after sips. Nice looking beer.

S - Hops up front, a touch of dark fruit, and a dirt-like bitter smell. Not a whole lot going on, but not a bad smelling beer.

T - Not bad at all. Not quite as hoppy as a DIPA should be, but the hops are there and are tasty. Quite fruity, as a matter of fact. Could also taste hints of malt and possible fresh cut grass. Solid DIPA.

F - Not quite as thick as most DIPA's. Easier on the throat and stomach, so for this style of beer, that rates pretty high.

O - Not a bad tasting beer. Solid DIPA, not neccessarily one I'd go after again. Will certainly enjoy drinking the other one I have. (811 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass, color is amber/copper, head is light tan very frothy and about 1/2 inch thick, nice lacing.

Smell is this beers strong point, exceptional hop flavor, good pine strenth with more subtle citrus notes.

Taste is on the sweet strong bitter side of dipas, a little too caramely, hop flavors are less pronounced in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and strong the tongue, with strong lingering sweetness.

Overall this is dipa that is a little too caramelly and sweet for me, good hop scent but lacking in flavor profile and mouthfeel (556 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the mixed 6'pack. Paid $11.99 @ BevCo. No specs per the website, other than saying it's brewed with 7 American hop varieties and it's 7.8% ABV.

Pours out to a medium copper, forming a tall poofy and creamy yellow head with superior retention and thick sheets of sticky lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose has mostly pine notes followed by a hint of skunk and spice. I'm thinking Columbus and Chinook are in there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, easy to drink. The taste opens with a little green hop acidity, followed by the pine and skunkweed, then there is a nice big chewy malt backbone supported by a nice balance of crystal malts which help to smooth things out. Subtle tobacco note in the finish with lingering pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste, finishing slightly dry and moderately astringent.

I really dig the pine. I wish there were more of it. When everyone is brewing dank IPA's and DIPA's with Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo, it's a refreshing change. Gives me an idea for my next homebrew. Not standout, but I would buy it again. (1,095 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a glass of well brewed Lipton tea, topped with a foam head.

Nose is yeast, pine, and the great outdoors. On the palate, leaning toward a lite syrup texture with a nice flow of hop flavor. I'm not picking up much of the citrus others noted for this beer. Getting more of an apricot profile.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, and emphasized with a nectar like body. Nice.

Too bad this will be a limited option. (425 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey brown color, a bit hazy. A small dense white head that left a small cap once it settled.

The aroma is of faded juicy hops. Still some grapefruit notes popping through. Some orange. The hop aroma is supported by a bready malt aroma. Its a nice hop aroma but not strong at this point in time.

The taste is a mix match of hop profiles. Some grapefruit and candied orange. Some pepper and grass. Light pine. Good thing it is mostly citrus. Candied tropical fruit in the finish. The malt is bready and supports the hop profile. Mag 7 has a better, more harmonious hop blend then SA's commerical Lat 48.

Moderate feel, sits well on the palate. Good malt sweetness that balances the various hop bitterness. Almost sticky but not quite. Perhaps a slight burn of alcohol.

A decent DIPA. Clearly not one of the best but the hop profile is good, though a little faded at this point. (895 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a twofinger off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Strong on the pine hops, with just a touch of grapefruit and some floral qualities. Definite malt presence as well, with fairly strong caramel and toasted biscuit notes. Solid.

Taste: Quite hop-forward, but once again with a noticeable malt presence. The hop profile tastes different than it smelled - very herbal, earthy, and dank with some pine. Malt flavor comes through with more toasted biscuit. I have to admit this isn't really my cup 'o tea as far as hop profiles go - I'm all for intense citrusy characteristics, not really digging the herbal notes much.

Mouthfeel: Probably the biggest strength of the beer as far as a I'm concerned. Very smooth initially with a good bite of carbonation as you swallow that really brings out the hops. Medium bodied.

Overall: If you like herbal hops, this is the beer for you. Personally, I'm not a huge fan. Still certainly not a bad beer, it just doesn't do a whole lot for me. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a rocky and thick just off-white head. The head has some amazing staying power, very slowly fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a very nice blend of sweet and hoppy. The base of the sweet is a caramel nature but there are also tropical fruit smells with tangerine, mango, and pineapple. The hop is heaviest in aroma of a grapefruit smell, but other aromas of a pine and earthy nature are mixed in there as well, overall creating a sweet and nicely blended hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins bready with a moderate presence of a caramel sweetness. Upfront there is also a light grapefruit hop as well as a rather decent showing of a pine hop flavor. While the aroma was of tropical fruits there was very little of these in the flavor. As the taste advances the grapefruit hop and caramel dwindles some with the pine growing stronger and being joined by a big earthy hop taste. In the end, with the sweeter flavors lessening up and the earthy getting rather strong, one is left with a bitter and earthy/pine hop blend flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that consisted of tons of tiny and prickly carbonation bubbles. The carbonation is great in light of the earthy and pine hops adding a nice tingling taste to the heavier tastes of the hops.

Overall – A slightly more earthy and piney IPA/double IPA with a good dose of bitternes. A good go to when looking for a IPA that is less citrusy and a bit heavier in other hop flavors. (1,702 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a medium sized head of white foam on a clear, amber body. A pungent aroma of pine and grapefruit with a touch of malt in the background. Sweet, malty caramel up front with notes of pine and grapefruit in the middle. Finishes with a touch of caramel and some harsh bitterness. Not bad, but a bit muddled and almost dark enough to confuse for a barleywine. (365 characters)

Photo of json83
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This winter seasonal imperial/double IPA is 234 calories per bottle and 7.8% ABV. Advertised as "Magnificent Seven" referring to a combination of seven different hops. It also advertises a big grapefruit , pine and resinous notes. My personal opinion: I could sense the strong smell of pine needles after opening the bottle. I can taste the grapefruit very well but the strong/bitter taste of the typical IPA is complimented by a stronger pine aftertaste. This settled fairly well for an IPA. The bitter bitter bitter taste is still apparent but somewhat manageable compared to the standard IPA - the grapefruit and pine help make this one not as bad. Not an IPA fan so I would not recommended this buy on my list. (714 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with 1" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops during the session.

Smell: for a DIPA, the aroma is very mild. Some pine, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol is so soft on the nose.

Taste: nice caramel flavor with pine, grapefruit, pear, and a hearty citrus tone. Bitterness is strong, but not too biting which is nice. Alcohol is mildly noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting afteraste as the bitterness sticks to the tongue.

Overall: not a bad beer at all, but it doesn't seem to separate iteself from other multi-hops DIPAs. I can see having one or two of these in a session. (704 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight onion and garlic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly balanced herbal versus citrus hop profile. (558 characters)

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

Bottle. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with just a hint of red in there and a moderate cream-colored head on it. Nose hits you with just a hint of sweetness up front, with the citrus and piney hop character coming through afterwards. Taste is somewhat bitter immediately, but tapers off into a well-balanced bit of sweetness. Not a bad beer at all. (357 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a small creamy white head, decent retention and short sticking lace

S- citrus hop notes with some lemon zest, a touch of pine with some sweet grainy malt on the end, hop aromas are not as pronounced as a typical DIPA

T- sweet, candy-like malt hits the palate first, followed by some citrus and pine notes that kick in mid-palate, more citrus at the end with a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation, super foamy and creamy mouthfeel that leads to a smooth finish, very drinkable

O- this seemed to be more balanced that a typical DIPA, which didn't surprise me coming from Sam Adams. It didn't have the extreme hop flavors expected of the style but was a good, well balanced beer (728 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before SEPT 2013.

A: crystal clear. bright copper hue. head is slightly off-white. OK retention. spotted lacing.

S: a decent amount of sweetness is underneath this resinous aroma. pretty piney. minor mango notes. every time I come back to this nose I keep getting slammed with hop resins. not necessarily floral, but more of a thick, juicy hop aroma.

T: rich and resinous. pretty sticky. this thing is delightfully American hop filled. finish is bitter, with a bit of a linger. oh man this thing is thick with hop resins. seriously bitter. malt takes a backseat, but provides balance.

M: average carb on a very medium body.

D: this is a resinous, well-balanced DIPA from a longshot. good flavor and aroma. pretty impressed with this brew/recipe and glad it came to fruition. (814 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark caramel color, translucent, with a tan head of two fingers. Plenty lacings. Aroma was piny, caramel, toffee, biscuits and some grapefruit. Plenty toffee and caramel, sweet malts, medium bitterness, citrus. Full bodied, creamy, oily, somewhat chewy.

Overall, its ok. More malty and the alcohol isn't completely hidden, drinkability is average. (357 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a dense cap of tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Besides the ominously dark color, this is pretty good looking.

Hops are really piney and dark and the malts caramely, toffee and rich. Bummer - I prefer my hops tropical and malt light and grainy in a DIPA.

Taste is orange marmalade mixed with some burnt toast and Nutella. I can tell they have a good amount of both flavoring and bittering here, but I dont like the massive burnt caramel malt load that comes with it. That said, this is definitely the best beer in the rather disappointing longshot pack this year. Im still of the opine that SA cannot brew a lightly malted IPA/DIPA. The two 'Magnanimous' 7 IPAs I had were decent enough, but I wont be going back for seconds... (778 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ideal carbonation off of the pour. Good head retention. Brillant amber color. Mild Pine hop aroma. Deep intense grapefruit flavor slowly tickles the back the tongue. A bit thick and slightly sticky mouthfeel as expected with a beer of this amplitude. A bit of an alcoholic aftertaste. A good hop bomb. By far the standout from this year's Longshot winners. (356 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance that isn’t overpowering and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a huge amount of lace and good head retention. Quite sticky.

S: Malt oriented to a degree with a lot of pine needles.

T: Sticky resiny pine and malt, a Northwest style for sure. Direct flavours with a good balance, quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, oily sticky resin.

O: This is quite a throwback and something I usually don't see out of a DIPA. This is clearly bordering on a light barleywine. It's still quality and worth a pickup especially at the price. (509 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ftom a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown color with a thin white head. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, hops and some pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste of pine and citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. I would buy this one again. (286 characters)

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LongShot Magnificent Seven from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.