Longshot Pineapple IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Pineapple IPALongshot Pineapple IPA
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Longshot Pineapple IPALongshot Pineapple IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DLSheidy on 04-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 30
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4/5  rDev +27%

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3.89/5  rDev +23.5%
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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3.81/5  rDev +21%
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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3.77/5  rDev +19.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
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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3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark copper. Clear. Very thin white head fades quickly leaves moderate lacing.

S - Not much. I get the caramel from the malts and some spiciness from the hops. But I don't detect anything from the pineapple juice.

T - Spicy hops. Light on the citrus given its' name. Light malt.

M - Light, Medium carb. Drys the palate.

O - I love trying the Longshot brews every year. This is a good beer, but not what I expected. I'll be interested to try the other pineapple IPA from the six pack.

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3.59/5  rDev +14%
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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3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Longshot Pineapple IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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