LongShot Magnificent Seven - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.84/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-26-2014 14:31:08 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +9%
"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
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Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2013: Magnificent Seven
05-25-2014 22:14:13 | More by Jadjunk
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
11-21-2013 03:42:35 | More by chefhatt
2.86/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
09-26-2013 00:23:08 | More by garymuchow
3.79/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-09-2013 13:43:58 | More by stella77artois
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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
09-01-2013 22:22:50 | More by mvanaskie13
LongShot Magnificent Seven from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.