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LongShot Magnificent Seven - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 170
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.67%
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 thebrood1987
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear. Blood orange red.
Smell: Pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter, grapefruit and pine. Alcoholic. Slight sweet, honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

I really, really like this beer. The color is gorgeous. The smell is a delightful bitter pine and grapefruit. The hops are excellent and not overwhelming; yet, very hoppy still. It is refreshing. The hoppy bitterness is full and ends with a very tasteful sweetness. All around, I wish this beer would be brewed year round and not just for Long Shot. If Sam Adams continued to offer it, it would certainly be one of the best that they do. I would get this again definitely. Congrats to the homebrewer. (679 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 McNealc31
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a mixed 6 pack, best before Sept 2013 per the notch.

It pours a clear copper with an inch of foam with the usual excellence in lacing that SA brews have.

7 hops used so....the smell is...hoppy. I get pine and grapefruit big time with no malt presence.

The taste fooled me. There's actually a nice balance between the abundant hop usage and the malt. I don't find this overly bitter though certainly hoppy..pine and grapefruit fans will enjoy. There's just enough of a malty backbone / light caramel sweetness to make ME enjoy...I prefer more balanced DIPAs than ones that hit you over the head with bitterness.

Great mouthfeel and easy drinking. This is a very nice brew, I can't believe a fella from WY gets to add it to the BA database. (758 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)

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 Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Deep copper color, lots of soapy white foam and it laces the pint glass quite well.

SMELL: Bright hoppy aroma, citrus and a bit metallic.

TASTE: Citrus hops tasting like clementine orange. Caramel and toasted malt flavors make up the body. Bitterness is moderate, this beer is fairly balanced. Herbal notes of citrusy, oily hops.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Full of citrus hop and caramelized malt flavor.

OVERALL: A well made beer here. Easily the best of this year's Longshot class. Well done indeed. (523 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (808 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (657 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 LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost a brown hue to this one, though perfectly clear. Strong resiny nose. Flavor is deep pine tones with a nice thick sweetness that doesn't seem overdone. Smooth feel. Lots of resin on this one, but I like it. Kind of makes me think of an east coast ipa, if that makes sense. This is a nice brew. Glad it made it into the Longshot series against two other beers that seem way too light and uninteresting (before I've even gotten to them). (441 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt and fragrant hops emerge upon first whiff.
Taste-Floral and citrussy hops abound, balanced by a toasted malt presence that stays nicely in the background. Overall nice flavor and balance in keeping all the hops in line. (354 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a good while

S: Lots of hops, which lend notes of pine and citrus with a little bit of grass. A solid malt backbone is also present

T: Piney and resinous hops dominate the flavor, along with a light citrus note. Get some malts, but the seven hop varieties really dominate most of the taste. Quite bitter from start and into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This one is definitely on the resinous, raw pine hop flavor side of an IPA rather than citrus/fruit bomb. Nice if you like the IBUs to be up there as well. Pretty solid for a homebrew contest winner (659 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour yields a brilliant deep copper amber with a frothy 2 inch cream head that lingers.

Resin, dank, earthy hops, fresh cut grass, a hint of grapefruit and an almost buttery character form the initial aroma. There's an umami note to it, reminiscent of amarillo.

Flavor leads with citrus, slightly sweet, toasty caramel malt, which turns a tad resiny mid palate, and somewhat piney. The finish is moderately bitter and earthy. There's a dank character throughout.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency. Alcohol warmth becomes evident late.

A good example of an dipa, with nice, fairly complex hop flavor profile, and moderate bitterness. Malt is a touch too sweet, but I don't mind that. More hop bitterness would get it closer to style. The buttery notes are slightly offputting. (823 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I so need Yul Brynner standing around somewhere, fists at his hips (as if he knew any other pose), extolling this beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise bronze-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, mixed greens, light leek, light celery, and a very light bit of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more resin and a stronger sweetness about its backbone. A pleasant balance prevails. The body is an overeating medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda syrupy feel. Overall, though a touch thick and heavy for its own good, this a well-balanced DIPA, one I wouldn't mind seeing Sam Adams brew up again some time. (745 characters)

Photo of RossCain
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Vivid amber with a pillowy head.

S: Bready, wafts of sweetness, almost got a Hawaiian bread vibe going. Less of a hop-bomb and more of a malt nose.

T: thick biscuits lathered in wild honey with a somewhat flowery note. Finishes a touch bitter with a little wave of lemon-tart sweetness.

M: Medium bodied but oh so creamy with velvety carbonation. Goes down smooth after a few good chews. Very pleasant.

O: Overall, not a bad beer. Its refreshing to not be hit the same aggressive hop-forward assault as some double IPAs go for and leave little else in substance. This beer has a little more weight behind its punches and marries flowery/citrusy hops with a good ole' bready malt experience. (753 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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very handsome dark coppery amber in the Pilsner glass. Excellent foam and plenty of fine carbonation. Huge nose of flowery and aromatic hops.

Rather sweet and deeply malty with roasted flavors. Some burnt sugar but much more complex than the usual caramel flavors. The hops are all over the place. Lots of resins with an orange flavor and a good dose of grapefruit peel. While quite bitter, it remains warm and rich overall.

A thoroughly drinkable and interesting DIPA. Another good reason to buy these Longshot brews when they come out. Out of the 12 oz bottle from the seasonal six-pack bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego. (633 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 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)

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