LongShot Grape Pale Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Grape Pale AleLongShot Grape Pale Ale
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LongShot Grape Pale AleLongShot Grape Pale Ale

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alexgash on 02-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 221
Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First, Thanks to Swigger for this great Sam Adams Longshot beer.

Look: Poured a honey brown color with a half-finger white head that quickly recedes into a fine lace and oilslick of bubbles on the surface. Up to the light it has a mellow gold lining to it.

Nose: Very mild grape scent and some malt.

Mouthfeel: I will agree with some of the other reviewers that it seems a little overcarbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty good, Pale Ales and IPAs have never really been my thing, but I'm finally coming around to them. I could have a few of these without a problem. Good summer beer.

Overall this is one of the most pleasant fruit based beers I've had. It's subtle and doesn't scream of the fruit that it was brewed with. Nicely done, and well worth the Longshot namesake.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm a grape plae ale odd but I have to say it piqued my interest a little.Poured a clear medium to full golden with a tight formed one finger white head atop,mild aromas a hiint of white grape and toasty wet grain mainly.Grape flavors honestly play no part on the palate for me except adding a bit of sweetness its pretty grainy with no hop profile really.Hmmm I dont wanna bash Lili it is an interesting concept but it just doesnt come thru here its rather bland and not up to par with other lower end pale ales I can grab at the local store.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a big creamy inch of head atop active carbonation. Aromas of slightly toasted cereal grain upfront with a touch of caramel. Faint fruity grape scents as well. Sweet cotton candy comes to mind almost.

First sip brings a smooth toasted grain malt with hints of caramel. A light fruitiness emerges but I don't really get any distinctive grape flavor from it. Flows down without really any bitterness or discernable hops and finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down well enough. Overall drinkability suffers since I am not a big fan of the flavor profile. This one is labeled Grape Pale Ale but I don't get much grape or pale ale out of it personally.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, in fact I dislike them, but this beer delivers what the label says. It's a gold color with a thin white head around the circumference of my Sam Adams glass. Not much aroma, a little sweet, but that's about it. Initial sour grape taste that sweetened up. Fresh grain. Really not too bad.

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Photo of nem2006
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a nonic glass. The head was small but held well and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell was sweet. Could not detect the grape scent nor a grape taste, simply a fruity sweetness. The grape had a wonderful effect with the bitterness of the hops. Was much smoother than most pale ales I have tried. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of the Longshot Six Pack. From a bottle poured into a Saint Arnolds Lawnmower pint glass. Poured an orangish amber and was crystal clear. I smelled a faint hint of grapes. Mouthfeel was medium. I didn't really taste the grapes, but overall I loved the taste of the beer as well as the aftertaste. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of mattster
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Beer pours a nice but low head which dissipates quickly. Nice golden brown, clear brew.

Smell is of slight grapes. Maple actually is more prominent on nose. Taste is slightly grape like, but a little disappointing considering the nose; don't let this fool you: This beer taste really nice and finishes really good. More bubbles than I'd hoped for, but I could see drinking more of these.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Pours clear lighter gold with a big white head. Caramel malt and white grapes in the nose. Not a bad taste, very light. Metallic taste with bitter malt and sweet grapes. I will say, this is the only beer I have ever had where the grapes taste as fresh in the beer as when they were picked. Worth trying.

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Photo of Kraken
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pilsner glass. Firm pour yields one inch head that diminishes rapidly leaving a white ring around the glass. Very minimal lacing. Nose is very interesting, light grape, and earthy molasses notes. Palate is a bit muddled in my mind. Bite grape, more of that earthy molasses sweetness, light raisin and fig. Finish is light hop bitters, grape adds a bit of wine characteristics. Mouthfeel is interesting, and complex. It's as if this beer has 2 sides, the first is light and fruity, the second is dark and malty. Its like the beer cannot decide which it should be. Very interesting, to be honest I am glad the girl friend drank the other 2.

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Photo of ohmybock
1.72/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

For a pale ale, there's no hop aroma to be found and pretty much no hop flavor or bitterness either. Instead, there's a bit of fruitiness in the aroma, but not something that appeals to me. The flavor is also a bit fruity, but again not something that appeals to me. The description on the bottle actually sounds quite interesting with it's "pale ale after biting into a fresh, seedless, green, grape" description. Unfortunately, this brew totally fails to deliver on the description. I'm getting some fruitiness in the flavor, but I doubt I would guess it's from grapes. Instead, it's more of an apple/pear fruitiness...almost a little like what is sometimes found in some German weizen brews. Actually, that's probably giving this brew much more credit than it is due. In the end, this brew is not memorable at all. One bottle was more than I could finish (it got especially bad as it warmed)...so the next two are destined to be drain-poured. The only positive thing I can say about the Grape Pale Ale is that it came paired with three bottles of excellent Weizenbock. (Paying $7 just for the three weizenbocks is almost worth it!). Additionally, I would certainly buy that weizenbock from Sam Adams if it was a regular, year-round, sixpack, brew. Hey, SA...please make the weizenbock a regular product along with your truly outstanding Hallertau Impy Pils!

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Photo of Dusty278
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: Nice amber color with a good head and lasting lace.

s: Refreshing, slightly fruity, slightly hoppy aroma.

t: May not match up too well to the "pale ale" title but it is refreshing, drinkable, with a hoppy finish that leaves an aftertaste in your mouth as if you have just eaten a fresh green grape.

m: Light, refreshing carbonation

d: Unique in a good way. I'd have another if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of jefftuck47
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.41/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a bright filtered copper hue with bright off white head which forms thick with nice retention, lacing is evenly strung with each sip. Aroma pretty much signature Sam Adams bready yeast note with a mild caramel not much of the maple syrup that they proclaim on the label. Tart vinous characteristic is apparent in the smell but overall it smells like any other Sam Adams brew. Flavor doesn't work for me I'm getting more grape seed and peel earthiness than actual fruit sweetness and the maple syrup flavor wasn't so much there but something added to the mouthfeel here to make it become a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly sticky and carbonation doesn't even blend too well, pretty sorry LongShot winner here. Drinkability level is low try it for the novelty grape factor and move on or maybe my wine palate isn't expanded enough, kind of a gross offering.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best before date of June 2008

A - a dark copper, golden color that has a nice reflective sheen to it and the body is only mildly opaque. See a good bit of carbonation running through the beer. About one thumb of a white head that has some of that copper tinge to it as well.

S - smells a lot like sparkling grape juice to it, the white kind more than the dark grape which is what I initally expected. Also there is a bit of syrupy sweetness in there plus a slight hit of hops as well.

T - hmm not really as fruit as one would expect. The first taste that hits me is actually a sweetness that reminds me a bit of syrup. Only in the aftertaste do I actually taste of the grape flavors and it is actually a bit tart and reminds me more of a the flavors of some champagnes that I've had since it seems that the bitter flavors of green grapes are what make this a grape pale ale. Not really any hops taste though.

MF - At first get hit with a bout of carbonation and then fades away into a beer that is actually surprisingly heavy and actually kinda thick in the mouth. Think that the thicker MF of this one goes pretty well with the malt flavors that dominate most of the beer.

D - overall not a bad beer from the Longshots and one that I won't have any trouble finishing all 3. However, it is not something I will go to whenever I want to be blown away or a beer that I will stick in the back of your mind and make you want to secretly desire it at any time or place. One additional note is that this beer was completely different from what I expected in a good way. I was expecting something super syrupy like a grape soda when I heard the name but really there is barely any of the traditional grape flavors and really there is a bit of tart, green grape flavors more than the sweeter.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light bright copper hued crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing through it. The off-white head made of mostly big bubbles fades to a film of white pretty quickly.

S- This beer has a clean note with a hint of raw grain and a slight sweetness to it. There is a note of grape seltzer water at the finish that increases as the beer warms.

T- There is a soft dry grape note that fades to a dry pale malt flavor with support from a maple nougat hint. There is a light field corn quality to the malt that comes through more with each sip. The finish is a soft slightly peppery hop note with a white grape hint that lingers after each sip for a brief second. The grape note in the finish is more of a soda pop flavor than a real grape flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish.

D- This beer doesn't have much of a hop profile and the grain flavors seem to dominate along with the grape seltzer notes. It gets points for creativity but execution falls a bit short. It just doesn't work with these flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of LonghornBrewer
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a St. Arnold pint glass.

A: One-fingered, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Color is dark amber to caramel.

S: Malt predominantly featured in the nose with along with some light hop notes, metal, and a slight grape presence.

T: The palate first experiences malt, then gives way to a slight hop bitterness, and the taste concludes with a grape/metallic finish.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate, both in terms of thickness and carbonation.

D: Very smooth drinking. The only detraction is the slightly metallic finish.

Decent beer. I was glad to be able to try it.

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Photo of sloejams
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


If I could have a 3 letter review that pretty much sums up this beer, that would be it.

I finally came across a 6er of this year's Longshot and had to pick up for the Weizenbock alone. "Grape Pale Ale' didn't even sound good to me and to be fair - it was better than that. The grape flavor is subtle. But to me it's just 2 great tastes that don't taste great together.

I accidentally left the other 2 at my buddy's place. I didn't do it on purpose, but I did't NOT do it on purpose either. If ya get me.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is clear amber under a white small head. Some lace that moves around. Smells like sweet water with relaxed carbonation. Maybe a little grapey. Taste is pretty even. Very slightly bitter and sweet. Slick texture and easy to drink.

Nothing wrong with this but its pretty bland.

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Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Not the appearance I expected when I see the term "Pale Ale" on the bottle. Average head, decent color.

S- Grape is very subtle and I don't smell the Pale Ale side much at all. This says "Maple Syrup Added", I wasn't too sure about that. Maybe if the Grape was more noticeable and natural in flavor, it would have helped. The Maple was not present enough to add any positive notes.

T- In word word, Unexpected. Not much about this beer was pleasant, the grape flavor seemed artificial and off. The Maple Syrup was virtually undetectable. Not what I expect from a Pale Ale.

M- It was a bit thin and I didn't care for the level of carbonation, it seemed wrong for this beer. Overall, it was ok for this style.

D- I couldn't get 1/2 way through this glass. I have had Homebrews from my local clubs that were better. Not sure how this got to the last round. I'm seriously kicking myself for not entering this year. Drinkability is a 2 at best on a 1-10 scale.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Congrats to Lili Hess!
12 oz. bottle> 16 oz. SA Glass.

A clear golden amber, big, slow bubbles that seems to struggle a bit but is able to form a very active, bubbly all-white head, moderate passed dissipation with some decent lacing left behind.

The nose is much less fruity than I would expect, which is fine because a nice spicey but buttery biscuit malt pops through nicely. Zesty wheat with an herbal zing, brown sugar and caramalized wheat with a mild green grapes and raspberry scent.

The flavor has a very rich, buttery-toffee malt that is balanced by a fruity, green grapes and peaches and starfruit. The hop is a mild earthy but mildly tangy effect that works very well. This is a uniquely balanced Pale ale, that's light on hops, big on malt and slightly fruity. not bad.

Medium body, hedy feeling because of the malt, more slick than crisp. A very smooth Pale ale.

This is not my favorite style, but this one is done well, with only light grape and fruit effects overall.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnt orange/amber with a medium head that leaves just a little lacing. The smell is on the weak side with only a hint of malt and hops present. The taste has sweet malt,some grape,hops,and a bit of floral flavors. The flavor is really pretty weak. The m/f is light with the flavors not mixing all that well. This isn't Sam's best offering,but it is different,and you have to give them credit for that. Some more carbonation would really help this beer.Cheers.

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Photo of cokes
2.18/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a clear copper and is stacked tall and long with beige foam.
White grape juice, maple syrup, and candied orange aroma.
Into the mouth, it begins sweet with the obvious maple syrup addition at the fore, and an equally sweet white grape juice concentrate. The grapey hues begin to shift more tart, but it's almost sticky sweet at this point. The maple turns towards grain, and seems raspy and burnt and astringent around the swallow. Hops add late floral and vague citric tart/bitterness.
Medium built, moderately sticky sweet and cloying. It's not something I would care to drink more than one of, and that's even pushing it.
The flavorings (grape and maple syrup) are certainly loud, and the pale ale base is there, though lightish hop-wise. It's just that the combination doesn't work, as this pulls towards sweet, sour, and bitter, and registers as more conflicted than complex.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this at Cub Foods in a six pack with three of these and three weisenbocks. Sometimes you find a gem in a grocery store packed with BMC.

A - Clear, deep burnt orange hue. A really solid two finger head looks tan and slightly orange, and shows excellent retention. This tangerine/copper-penny hued brew shows no hints of being grape flavored at all. It looks like a really nice pale ale or IPA. Lots of sheeting lace sticks to the glass too. Looks tasty!

S - Lightly fruity and floral English pale ale hop notes are there along with a vague sticky sweet grape sucker aroma. Some cereal grain malt notes are there, but this isn't a very assertive nose.

T - The flavors are thankfully more assertive than the nose. Soft mineral water and salt combines with English hops for a very springy floral garden vibe. The grape flavors are very subdued, and could almost be interpreted as a fruity aspect of the hops, but the more I sip the more I think of white grape juice and under-ripe green grapes straight off of the vine. I can definitely taste the SA DNA here; the same mineral muddy flavor is found in SA's lighter colored brews. There is also a hint of juicy, fat, and seeded purple grapes too.

M - Soft and creamy with some gentle carbonation that creates a pillow-like sensation in the mouth. The finish is off-dry and sort of champagne like in a way. Not bad.

D - I was expecting a grapey wine cooler type beverage, and I'm pleasantly surprised to find a mellow English pale ale that has a vague suggestion of champagne grapes. I like how this isn't so obviously what it says it is. Some fruit beers bash you over the head with the fruit, but it's important to retain some sort of beer-ness, and this one has done exactly that. Congratulations Lili Hess, this is a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The grape flavoring is an interesting addition to this pale ale. I pick it up in the nose a little bit, and moreso in the flavor. It's initially fruity, curiously intriguing, and perhaps even a touch refreshing. As I progress, however, the maple syrup becomes more pronounced, especially in the finish, and the grape is overshadowed. It's almost as if the maple syrup sticks, or build, on the palate, and at that point the grape is lost and it becomes a bit of an odd, meandering flavor. It's not offensive, or off, but certainly not as charming as it once was.

Apart from that it's a basic, well-made pale ale with a clear copper colored body and thick head of frothy bone-white foam. The retention and lacing are good; and it's crisp and then creamy in the mouth with a standard carbonation and medium body. Grainy, fairly deep caramel notes dominate, but there are also nicely infused threads of leafy, floral, grassy and spicy hops. Well done.

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LongShot Grape Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 248 ratings