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LongShot Magnificent Seven - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by bashiba:
Photo of bashiba
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clean clear copper with a nice bit of tan head.

The smell was lightly citrusy and green with a touch of light toasted malt sneaking through.

The flavor is surprisingly malty, with a big bready and caramel flavor with the hops mostly showing up as a bitter grapefruity and juniper quality in the finish.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick with a bit of hopy resin.

Overall I thought it was ok, but seems underwhelming on the dry hopping or late additions by todays Imperial IPA Standards.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big off white to very light tan head that slowly settles above a super clear bronze-copper-reddish colored beer.

Big floral, citrus, and piney hops aroma that just keeps coming off this beer.

Slight bitterness from the hops with the piney and slight citrus tastes coming through.

A dryish aftertaste with some nice hops aspects lingering about with this medium bodied double IPA.

As a side note, my glass is 3/4's empty and their is still a nice little off white biscuity head floating above the last few ounces of my beer.

A pretty good beer that I would buy a six pack of now and again if it were available in 6's.

Photo of McNealc31
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificent Seven is so named because of the seven hops varieties used. Darker than most IPAs, it's a crisp, clear amber. Hops completely dominate the aroma, as they should. Very nice blend of flavor from the hops, too. Pine, grapefruit, some grassy notes. Roasted caramel comes through, too.

Great contest, great beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD of Sep 13

Pours copper withed head. 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Leafy hops, faint pear aroma, & apples

T: Follows the nose, caramel & bready notes & kiss of pine up front. Big time leafy hops, pears&a touch of caramel sweetness, plus woody hop drynef honey malt ss as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, sweet & with a bit of biscuitty malt

MF: A bit chewy, slight carbonation & nice balance, slight stickyness

An alright DIPA, not a bif fan of the hop profile

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.14/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white head pulls about an inch of quality time... great lacing for the entire glass... the brew is surprisingly dark... deep clear amber.

Nose is pithy grapefruit with some resinous piney hops... malts are there, dark caramel shows with warmth... smells very fresh.... no bad qualities right now.

On the palate, much more hop flavor shows than the expected bitterness.... plenty of pine and grapefruit, but the hops still come out swinging as dark caramel and dry toast and IMO mute the hop flavors.

Body is medium and the carbonation is light but clingy leading to a sorta creamy mouthfeel for such a heavy hopped brew.... I dig it.

Overall, pretty well done fresh, but I suspect those darker malt qualities will be a hop hammer sooner than later... Drink this one as soon as possible.

4.25/4/4/4/4

Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive reddish amber color with a gloriously thick off-white head. Heavy floral and pine hops in the nose. Light grapefruit, lemon, and sticky caramel malt. Hoppy flavor, though not in a bright and happy sort of way. Green, resinous pine, pears, leafiness, and plenty of bready malt. There's more of an East Coast thing going on here. Some grapefruit rind does make an appearance. Bitter and creamy smooth on the palate finishing with a surprise hint of warmth in the throat. Pretty good stuff...

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a half finger slightly off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and slightly piney hops, orange and limon citrus, light sweet malt. Flavor is nice resiny citrus and pine hops with slight herbal components, citrus and light stone fruit juice, sweet malt. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A nice malty but hoppy IPA. I lean towards malty ales, but the sweet malt base of this might be a bit over the top for some drinkers. A bit on the sweet side, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Nice blend of seven hops. Better IPA than I expected from this brewery.

Photo of Plloyd1981
5/5  rDev +37%

Best of the pack

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a decent frothy head, fades quickly yet leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is surprisingly dominated by caramel malt, there is plenty of hop presence, piney mostly, but the malt is quite strong for what is supposed to be a DIPA.

Taste has a very strong caramel malt backbone that sets the tone for this entire beer, a touch too malty sweet than it should be, hops do show up in the aftertaste but aren't overly strong or pronounced, mild bitterness in the finish but mostly sweet, soft carbonation that lends a really good creaminess which is its saving grace, alcohol is well hidden.

Pretty mild and "balanced" for a DIPA, I liked balanced but this actually tips too far into malt territory.

Photo of maxwelldeux
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of StoutHunter
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Magnificent Seven from the this years LongShot Series last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I really liked last years LongShot six pack, so i'm interested in checking out this years winners, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's the typical LongShot Label with a drawing of the winner with their name on it. It poured a dark ruby color that took on a dark copper color when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, the head and lacing were really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malty, bready, grainy and caramel malts like aromas with a real slight toasted aroma in the background. Next comes a slight citrus hop aroma, but it's the piney and floral hops that seem to stick out the most. The aroma is decent, but it's nothing special for the style, it's just ok.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a very malty, bready and grainy flavor with some caramel malt like flavors in the background. Next comes the hops which are mainly floral and citrus with only a slight bit of piney hops showing up. On the finish there's a high amount of bitterness that seems to be a little overwhelming and it's followed by an earthy, floral and malty aftertaste. The taste was decent but I thought it was a little too malt forward and the bitterness was a little out of hand.

M- Not that smooth, sticky, rich, on the medium side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it wasn't smooth at all and not very drinkable.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style and for sure not a noteworthy one, it was also pretty unbalanced. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, it wasn't smooth, it was a little filling, and the flavors didn't hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, there's no way I would want to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a good looking beer and it looked fairly true to style, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, I would say it's one of the least drinkable DIPA's I have had yet, I had no urge to drink another one. I wouldn't buy this beer again, especially on it's own, there's lots of better DIPA's out there so I wouldn't recommend this one. All in all I wasn't into this beer, it just wasn't my type of DIPA and I didn't really enjoy it, I find it a little hard to believe that this is one of the top beers that was entered. I hope the other ones are better since this one wasn't a great start to this years LongShot series.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Even though this was a one time thing bottled just over 3 months ago the head is still rocking giving me just over an inch of the bubbly goodness. Color is a very bright amber brown copper color with a crap ton of carbonation bubbles.
S - Initial smells were quite hoppy but in the glass its now more malt forward with some sweet caramel and toasted bread malts.
T - Well it does have somewhat of a hop bite to it which lingers on the palate and the ABV is well hidden even though it's treading on regular IPA volume (almost). I got not alcohol in the taste which for me makes this drinkable and balanced, but I am not very wow'd like other top DIPA's
M - As stated very smooth. I believe I even found this more easy going that Lagunitas Sucks which is pretty awesome.
Overall another great feature is the constant carbonation which makes for pretty epic lacing on the glass. I just wish they had more of a grapefuit/mango hop profile or this would be a winner. To me it just came off as a slightly hopped up run of the mill IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big floral smell with a nice sweet malty background, Hop smells include grapefruit and earthy undertones, Theres a slight tinge of hop and a quick sweet slight chocolate malt that is absolutely delicious and ending with all hops. It gets more bitter as it warms and has a piney floral and grapefruit taste. It starts sweet ends hoppy much like their Latitude 48.

This beer is like if they took their Latitude 48 and mixed it with a Boston Lager and made an Imperial version of it. Only slight alcohol for a bigger beer and what I like the best besides the delicious hops is that they really focus on the malt of their beers or in this case beer they put out under their name. A lot of IPA's forget about the malt but its even harder to make the hops stand out and have it be a solid IPA when theres a solid sweet malt backbone. A lot of people who praise a lot the popular IPA's seem to because its just hops and the malt is just there because it has to be, where as Samuel Adams makes sure its just as big of part of the beer as well. I like this one.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of obrike
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at my HEB in Round Rock.

Pours a very pretty copper with a strong 1-2 inch head. Very good retention and lacing on this one. Just a very pretty beer.

Getting some earthy hops, maybe some onion, and a little sweet caramel and spice. Never a big fan of the oniony DIPA, but this one is not half bad.

A lot going on in the flavor...Follows the nose, caramel and bready malt up front. A good slap of earthy hops and spice as well. Finishes really coats the tongue. A heavy feeling beer for sure. Feels bigger than 7.8. I like the mouthfeel. A big chewy DIPA without a ton of booze.

I think there's a lot going on with this one. If it wasn't for the oniony feel, I'd be rating it a bit higher.

Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head with a ring of foam around the rim. Beer ring lacing.

S: Woody with some pine resin and orange citrus.

T: Nutty, woody malt. Resiny hop.

M: Syrupy feel. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, fair head, and some solid lacing. Nose is woody pine with some citrus. Nutty malt with a little hop resin. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose, flavor is almost balanced but the grapefruit hops beat out the caramel malts. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. $8.99 for a mixed 6-pak from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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LongShot Magnificent Seven from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.