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 DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,035 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 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 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)

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 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 obrike
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (711 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 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 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 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 jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a generous two fingered head, gentle carbonation, sticky, foamy lacing.

S - Spicy, oily, and resiny aroma...piney and juicy red grapefruit.

T - Start with some sweet caramel followed with alot of oily resins, sweet juicy grapefruit and oranges, and a pine/citrus bite at the very end. Alot of sweetness that divides itself between hoppy and malt sweetness and finishes bitter with lingering citrus and sweet malt underneath.

M - Oily, full bodied, and thick for an IPA.

O - Such a low ABV barely gets it into the D-IPA/Imperial category. Too thick for a regular IPA and not high enough ABV for an Imperial. (650 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 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 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 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 Tone
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, and aroma. (446 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 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 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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful chestnut red color. I love the clarity of the body, in particular. The head is great too, a two finger cream shade that retains itself very well, and leaves attractive lacing on the glass. Really a good looking brew.

S: I notice subtle touches of floral hops, piny notes, and *faint* grapefruit (and I do mean faint), backed - or should I say, overpowered by a sweet caramel malt base. While aromatically decent, I could really use more hops here.

T: I'd reckon this is closer to an imperial amber than a DIPA. The flavor starts out with some mild caramel and toffee, before finishing with touches of earthy, piney, and floral qualities. I really like the balance here, I must say.

M: The body has good crispness and a well-balanced dry finish, which helps keep any excessive sweetness in check. It's also decently well-built in terms of thickness, neither too heavy nor light.

O: I can really tell the brewer of this was inspired more by Nugget Nectar than Ruination; there's a degree of elegance here missing in so many examples of the style. Having said that, it isn't as explosively bold as some of the best DIPAs are, nor does it compare with NN in overall quality. This one's so close to being great, yet it's missing a bit of additional hoppiness to make that possible. I'm still mildly impressed either way. (1,374 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 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)

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