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)

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 StoutHunter
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (2,949 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Reddish amber with 1 finger of head. Crystal clear with low carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, candied orange, lemon, caramel and pine.

Taste
Rich caramel and candy sugars with hints of molasses and toffee. The hops seem to take a backseat with notes of grapefruit, lemon and navel orange. Finishes with a moderate bitterness of pine resin and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, oily and smooth.

Overall
While I certainly appreciate the large grain bill, it really overpowers the hops. Market it as an American Barleywine and call it a day. (598 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 bashiba
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (499 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 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 jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (331 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 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 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 jjanega08
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sept Notched on side

Bottle numbered
C06531243

A= Pours a beautiful translucent amber color with a thin half finger of head that is active and holds some retention.

S= The smell is big in the hops of course but I don't think it's bright enough. It's a solid nose but I was looking for something bright and joyous based on the name.

T= The taste is big resinous hops. Not really fruity but a lot of pine and resin. There is also a dominate malt bill that comes through tasting like simple malted barley.

M= Well carbonated. Nice and light.

O= This beer just wasn't bright enough for me to really have it stand out. It was good no doubt but it was a little heavy and overbearing to be called magnifient... (710 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 johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a decent sized off white head that persists quite well. Smells of resinous green onions mostly with a solid backbone of brown sugar and caramel. The flavor holds no secrets that weren't revealed in the nose. Sweet sugary bready caramel malt backbone with a huge hit of garlic and green onions. Mild pine and resin in a semi sweet lingering dank garlic finish. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sticky resinous mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but seems a bit sweet and for my personal taste a bit heavy on the garlic and green onion hop. I'd drink it, but I wouldn't seek it out. (640 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Clear amber color topped with a medium khaki colored head. Head fades slowly and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Mild hop notes mostly floral and grassy, a bit of caramel and toffee in there as well.

T- Slightly bitter floral hops to start things off, they are soon balanced out by a caramel malt backbone with a dry finish and a final lingering note of floral hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, somewhat creamy on the palate. Mostly clean finish a bit of hop oil in there but nothing unpleasant.

O- Nice beer, nothing spectacular but a solid effort. The 7.8% ABV is well hidden and provides a nice kick as well. Got to love Sam’s homebrew contest, I can never say enough good things about it. (721 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 wedge
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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... (509 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with creamy cloudy foam leaving layers of lacing.

I get a good nose to sugary brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A bit of hops at the end, but a really big toasted caramel malt really shines in the nose.

The flavor however is very hope forward a lot of resin and citrus notes. The malt bill is great with a lot of thick caramel sugars balancing things well. This hop profile and malt mix is a bit different than most IPAs I've had which is nice give IPAs can get a bit forgettable when they all seem alike.

A bit more weight than I'd like from an ipa and even a bit more than I'd expect at 7.8%. Still he's drinkable enough.

Tip of the cap to this one. A nice ipa...something sam adams really needs to start doing more of! Also priced very well at 8 bucks for the long shot 6 pack. (803 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drink by September 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A beautiful beer. Crystal clear copper with a soft sand colored, three finger head on top. The head sticks around for awhile, and the lacing, at least at the start, as ridiculous.

Smell: Damn, I love hops. Serious amounts of pine and resin. The label also mentions grapefruit, but I don't really get that ... there is a sweetness in there, though.

Taste/feel: Hard for me to pick this one. As dark as this IPA is, I figured it'd maybe be pretty sweet or at least be balanced, but it's not -- this beer is definitely on the bitter side, at least after the first few sips, and tastes pretty much nothing like it smells. I get almost a roasty-sweet sort of malt flavor on the start of the sip, followed by a fairly brief parade of piney hops, and then it finishes with a dusty/gritty sort of malt flavor. It's not bad at all, but the smell had me expecting something entirely different. In that way, it almost reminds me of Alpha King by Three Floyds, which is a darker APA that bursts with hops in the aroma, but then has a maltier taste. This almost drinks like some sort of amber or something more than an IPA... ALMOST. It's good, but I didn't see it coming. The feel is quite smooth with a medium carbonation -- it lets the hops do the work on your tongue rather than the prickly carbonation, which is good. Just a note: This beer becomes almost TOO SWEET once it warms up.

Has to be the best in the 2013 LongShot contest, but not by too significant of a margin. It looks awesome, it smells great, and it has a solid flavor. (1,605 characters)

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