Longshot Pineapple IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Longshot Pineapple IPALongshot Pineapple IPA
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American IPA
3.19 | pDev: 13.79%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Longshot Pineapple IPALongshot Pineapple IPA
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 112
Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The depths of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog continue to yield unexpected results. If nothing else, I am able to conduct one heck of a Samuel Adams horizontal.

From the bottle: "Starting with the great punch of grapefruit hop character of a classic IPA, this brew's sharp citrus is pleasantly mellowed and complimented by the tropical fruit notes of pineapple."; "Created by Samuel Adams employee: Teresa Bury".

I had to laugh at previous reviewer, distant-lover's impetus for buying a bottle of this beer. It seems that Ms. Bury has a distant admirer! I needed to Pop! the cap before I could even begin to admire her handiwork, so that is where I began. I followed that up with a very gentle pour since I would not want to ruin her smile. Once I had sufficiently decanted the beer from the bottle into the glass, I gave Terr (we're good friends at this point) a solid swirl, raising just over a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. The room suddenly smelled heavily of pineapple! Terr, baby, what did you do, buy up Dole's inventory & dump it in?!? She simply smiled in response. I get that a lot, actually. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The grapefruit flavors may have faded in the interim, but the caramel and bready malt flavors had come forward in their place. Liquid pineapple upside-down cake! Oh, my! When I was a young man, I took a bunch of HomeEc cooking classes in high school & baked desserts were my forte. I wanted to be a cook in the Navy, but my recruiter steered me in another direction. But, I digress. I have always thought that pineapple is a bit too sweet on its own, but when baked to the point of caramelization, it becomes wonderful. I always bake hams encrusted with pineapples held in place by cloves. The interaction between the malt and the pineapple juice may not have been what Terr intended, but this was just fantastic! The finish was quite sweet, not really what you generally expect and/or get in an AIPA, but more modern Southern Hemisphere hops are imparting those kinds of flavors, so fair dinkum. Man, this afternoon of drinking has made me extremely hungry!

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Photo of distant-lover
3/5  rDev -6%

Chose this one 1st out of the sampler pack (Aug2014) because I found the blonde brewer on the bottle a bit cute... Not bad at the end of the bottle. Citrus was light and not over powering. I would share with my neighbor....

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, pineapple, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus hops, pineapple, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop, pineapple, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a small white foamy head that reduces to a small cap, leaving no lace behind

S- subtle citrusy hop aroma with some spicy character, sugary sweet malt & pineapple juice

T- trying to find any hop bitterness up front is a chore, it's more sweet and malty than anything. As is nears the finish it tastes like a mixture of grapefruit juice and pineapple juice, with a slight citrusy hop bitterness on a sweet and sugary finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and crisp mouthfeel with a sweet and bubbly finish

O- It's hard to call this an IPA because the hops just simply aren't there. It is however very drinkable and is a decent option for a summer day

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Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I purchased this as part of the mixed longshot sixer enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

A deep caramel color with hazed clarity and thick white head that collapses quickly with average bead and has speckles of lace. The smell is lightly fruity with slightly sweet aroma and gentle caramel-like candy edge with slight tropical fruitiness. There is a moderately carbonated feel with mild sweet middle and light fruity texture and mostly dry finish which is clean for the most part.

Taste is pretty light with fruit flavor and low bitterness with moderately sweet flavor in the middle with very mild pineapple if it is even there ...mild caramel in the taste with a pretty dry finish w/ a low alcohol flavor in the general sense. Overall I think this is not bad, but not especially good hop-wise or pineapple coming through in this. I would say it is just okay in the sense it is drinkable but not living up to the description.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, best before August. Pours a dark yellow, with a one inch white head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell is pineapple, grapefruit, biscuit, and lemon.

Taste follows, pineapple and other citrus flavors, with some caramel that I didn't get from the nose.

Body is light, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Over all this pretty good, but surprised this won the contest.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light honey color, clear, with very little of a head that disappears. I didn't get much in the way of a smell except for some lemon, a hint of yeast, and a little alcohol. Its a clean tasting beer, very refreshing, but I'm not getting any tried and true IPA elements. The pineapple taste is subtle - more like a lemon-pineapple (heavier on the lemon side). There's a bit of a yeasty funk that comes through on the back end of the taste; minerals, too (which reminds me, unfortunately, of drinking pineapple juice from concentrate out of a can, and not fresh pineapple juice). The beer is not sweet, which I was afraid it would be, and it's not syrupy, either. The carbonation is more subtle, too, than expected. Overall, a refreshing, clean, mildly citrusy beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber dark orange. Small head cap dwindles and dwindles.

Peachy sweet malts with pale barley grain and bruised pineapple notes. Light hops. Too fruity for a true IPA.

Bitter hops that have an aged pine flavor. Hints of citrus. Not much pineapple, at all. Pale ale mildness. A tad spicy. Odd finish with leafy astringency.

Spicy carbonation. Body seems a little sticky. Blah.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a ipa glass, it has a hazy gold color body with a small head to it. The smell has a sweet aroma coming off of it, of pineapple and a little hop. The taste starts off a little sweet then the hops come in(nothing stands out) then a little malt on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall I think it is a good beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orange/amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Pineapple and some fruitiness up front, with a hint of citrus. Maltiness plays a bit of a heavy hand

T: A bit of pineapple and fruitiness, followed by some of the citrus. Maltiness comes in and takes over little. Finishes with some light fruitiness as well as the maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Aside from the pineapple to start the nose and taste, this brew doesn't really live up to the name. Definitely much more like an APA than an IPA, especially with the malt/hop ratio and the lack of bitterness. Probably the dud of the 3 longshot brews for 2014

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another Sam Adams Long Shot home brewer competition beer, Pineapple IPA why not? I like IPA and I love the local Rivertowne Pineapple beer. Appears copper with some chill haze on my glass white head fine speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics offer up some pineapple flesh and hop additions, can't say I'm picking up on any specific hop varieties. Generic hop flavor, tart juicy pineapple juice added pretty lackluster base IPA which weakens the overall experience, I'm getting muddled hop leaf notes...mild citrus and that's about it. I can't even pick out the pineapple completely, if it was a blind tasting I highly doubt I could figure out the fruity character I'm getting. Mouthfeel, is solid thru and thru not cloying a bit sweet for an IPA I would enjoy a bit of a drier finish, carbonation weighs heavy and each sip gets a bit more hard to endure. Medium to light bodied overall, on the feel and texture slightly slick hop oils but not as dank and resinous as my favorite IPA offerings. Overall, Sam Adams struggles with IPAs, this version is no different and I can't promise you that the pineapple did anything to make this a better beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy, dense cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grain, floral hops, muted grapefruit, and pineapple form the aroma. Notes of resin and grass add complexity, but grain seems to dominate.

Flavor reveals fairly sweet pineapple throughout. The backbone is grainy malt, with pilsner characteristics reminiscent of a cheap light lager. Muted citrus is present, and the finish is a bit bitter.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Tates like a cheap lager with a touch of pineapple sweetness. Fairly disappointed in this one. I really expected more hop flavoring. The malt is not pleasant.

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Photo of jlindros
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoy by August 2014, so fairly fresh.
Pours a smaller fizzy foamy head covering that fades semi quickly, mostly clear honey orange color.

NOse brings a little grassy earthy herbal hop character, very earthy almost phosophorus like note, herbal mossy hops, mild sweet candy malt base, pineapple is really only like the skin or hair of the pineapple not really a fruity aroma.

Taste brings more sweet malts at first, a little candy malt, hint toffee like. Then more herbal hops, earthy as well, mossy, little forest floor chewy herbal notes, black tea, etc. Pineapple is also light again more of the skin and hairs (those little strands coming from the dimples in it). Mild fruity quality that seems more from the yeast than from the pineapple or hops, just a touch of citrus, a very faint tropical fruit note, and a weird yeasty thing that probably should have been removed, like a phosphorus kinda note. Finish is drier and fair bitterness, bit more herbal mossy earthy hops, that's about it.

Mouth is med bod, hint syrupy like feel, nice carb.

Overall either I got a bad bottle or this beer is nothing of what it should be. Far from what should be winning the Longshot, and very lacking in any tropical notes other than faint pineapple skin and hair, and just a touch of a generic tropical fruit note. On top of that the hops I do get, the herbal earthy ones, wouldn't mix well with the fruit either.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear burnt orange. Light cream colored head recedes to a light film, very light lacing.

Aroma: The pineapple element smells more like black licorice, then there is some pine afterwards.

Taste: A subtle sweet beginning, followed by tangy, piny hops. There's more of a pineapple finish than anything.

Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink, light feel for 6% ABV.

Overall: Not as much of a pineapple element as I expected. The beer didn't seem very organized.

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Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Willibecher glass, this beer has extremely bright clarity and a deep saturated orange tone. Rapid rising carbonation and patchy coverage on the surface for the duration of the glass. Some residual lacing halfway through and a couple fingers of foam initially.

Aroma is a bit muted, even as it warms. Honestly it smells more like a euro lager to me than anything. Faintly sweet caramel malt, ample yeast. Where are the hops or pineapple?

Taste is similar, it's almost too clean to be an IPA, it comes off more like a lager hybrid. Malty with an indistinct fruit flavor, residual hoppy bitterness though it's fairly mild for an IPA. Any pineapple seems to be lost in the mix. Light feel, again more lager like, crisp with a drying finish. Overall this was just average, I hope the other Longshots are better this year.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: A bright orange copper color with a white soapy head. Has a good clarity and no haze. The head leaves behind a fair amount of sticky lace.

SMELL: Hoppy aroma of citrus and fruits, just a hint of pineapple in the nose.

TASTE: A pineapple IPA or just a balanced pineapple beer, this is not overly bitter but fits broadly into the IPA category. Too hoppy to be a typical fruit beer, possibly too fruity to be recognized as a solid IPA, this is nice to drink. The grapefruit and citrus from the hop profile melds nicely to the pineapple additions. It works in the end, pine, citrus and bitterness working well with the fruit and ale yeast. I can dig it!

FEEL: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Finishes clean and even, very sophisticated for the term Pineapple IPA, this is a well balanced ale.

OVERALL: A tasty brew here and also definitely worthy to be in the LongShot Series. The less I try to lump this into a style and just drink it, it becomes more enjoyable. If you like fruitier IPAs this would be a no brainer. Solid.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into one of my pint glasses from a 12 oz bottle, this beer pours a very clear amber/copper color. Has a nice white, fluffy head that is well over an inch thick when first poured, eventually settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and a decent surface coating of foam hanging around the beer's surface. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malts, citrus hops, and certainly a bit of pineapple. The taste is pretty much the same with some bready and slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to a nice citrus hop presence and is rounded out with some pineapple at the end. Good balance of flavors, I how the bitterness of the hops seems to be a bit enhanced by the pineapple. Has a crisp and smooth, slightly chewy and sticky, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. easy to drink in the way good beer should be, and quite an enjoyable and refreshing beer on this very hot spring night here in Cleveland. Worth a try for sure!


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Photo of TeamMathis
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper. Leaves a nice lace. Very clear.
Smell. Pineapple and citrus.
Taste: Slightly sweet citrus.

This wasn't what I was expecting. It's certainly IPAish, but the pineapple part is pretty faint. It comes across in taste as a sweeter citrus. The smell was basically the same. Overall, it's just a decent IPA. It's good, but didn't blow me away. I wouldn't get it again, however it's worth drinking.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail thick layer of off white head is disappearing before my eyes. It does not cover all of the top of the beer. There is light Brussels lacing. Aroma is faint pineapple and light malt. I get light malt and then muted pineapple flavor. The majority of the piney hop flavor comes through in the aftertaste. The mouth is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear orange color. The head is fairly tall, with a faint orange tint and a fairly frothy texture. Retention is average, and some patches of splotchy lace stick to the glass.

S: Some caramel malt aroma up front. Moderate hop notes. Mild citric and fruity hoppiness. A bit grassy and herbal as well. Muted for an IPA, but pleasant enough.

T: Fairly malty up front, with equal parts pale and caramel flavor. Mild hop bitterness adds balance. There are fruity, tropical notes here, as expected. Some grassy/herbal flavor accompanies. Some underlying sweetness creeps back towards the finish.

M: Medium-firm mouthfeel. Carbonation is smooth, and slightly lighter than average. A somewhat dry finish is mitigated by some persistent body.

O: This is a fine beer. A little safe for my tastes, but it's approachable and easy drinking. Pineapple and tropical flavors should complement American hops nicely, so this is a recipe that makes sense.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, light grassy hops and a bit of pineapple that is not too dissimlar to the tropical notes from some of the new hop varieties. Flavor is light caramel malt, apple and pineapple juice, mild citrus and grassy hops, finishes with light fruit juice and mild grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice Eastern or British style IPA, hopped but with light herbal flavors. The base malt and the fruit juice work well together, although the pineapple presence is not distinctive, like a mixture of apple and pineapple juice. Interesting and pleasant but leaves me wondering what would happen with a bit more pineapple presence and a more intense tropical fruit hop variety. I liked this and have found the Longshot series to always be worth a try, but like Boston Beer ales, they often seem to pull their punch just a bit to be safe. Not mind blowing, but interesting and fun to drink, I don't understand the low ratings here.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate cap of bright white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus note
Taste-Pale malt, soft hop bite, lightly sugared grapefruit, easy drinking rather clean finish.
Overall, any easy-on-the-palate, soft-spoken IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Bert's
Medium golden color with a frothy off white head that persists. Yeasty earthy toffee laden aromas with hints of tart citrus make up the aroma. The flavor is sweet and sugary with earthy hop flavor and a bit of pineapple that feels more like an off flavor than something that should be there. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not much of an IPA and the pineapple detracts rather than enhances this brew. This one is a fail.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a color that's barely off-white. Retention is alright for the style - I kind of wish the head would stick around longer due to the creamy texture. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass, capping off an attractive brew.

S: This is a supposedly a pineapple IPA...but not only do I get very little IPA, I get little pineapple as well. I get just a touch of fruit, and that's it. Some inklings of citrusy hops and caramel malts are also trying to appear. Alas, it's to no avail. The aroma isn't BAD, because there are no offensive qualities. It's just so damn bland.

T: The flavor works better. It opens up with notes of pineapple juice, while the malts appear past the midtaste, right up to the swallow. A wisp of piny bitterness finishes this off - and I do mean a wisp. If I wasn't actively searching for some hop bite, I'd never knew this had a perceptible hop profile! As a fruit beer, it's decent; as an IPA, it's a failure.

M: Very light and crisp, with some lingering sweetness. Indeed, it's a refreshing brew on a hot day. It has more drinkability than many 'typical' IPAs, with the decent carbonation assisting it.

O: How do I rate this? Do I give it a decent score for being a respectable fruit beer, or do I drop the hammer on it for being a miserable failure of an IPA? I'm gonna do both: ignore the three letters "IPA" on the bottle, and you'll find a nice warm weather refresher. I actually kind of enjoy it - I'm only giving it a subpar score because it misses the mark of a proper IPA (even a fruited one) by about 65 miles.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoy before August 2014.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sugar, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and candied pineapple 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 an average beer with a very subtle pineapple presence that is really only noticeable in the taste, and not done all that well in my opinion.

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Longshot Pineapple IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 112 ratings