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

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LongShot Grape Pale AleLongShot Grape Pale Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at the Andersons store in Toledo, sold in singles. Poured into a tumbler, crystal clear, dark golden color, thin lacing on the glass. Neutral-to-malty aroma. Mostly malty flavor, sweet after-taste. I didn't really taste the grapes. Medium to slightly thick mouthfeel. Easy to drink, really nice after-taste.

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Photo of malty
4.27/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear orange amber with just a tinge of chill haze into my bulbous Sam Adams glass. A loose a bubbly off white head stays at 3/4" while a moderate amount of visible carbonation rises. Nice thin sheets of lace.

A rounded vanilla sweetness creeps upward in the nose while the fresh smell of peeled green grapes are apparent. Kind of like a key lime pie, but with green grapes instead of key limes. No noticeable hop comes through directly, but there's definitely a fruitiness in the nose. The scent is almost layered whereas the creamy nougat-like vanilla hits you first, then the sweet, crisp and fruity faint grape appears - neat.

Wow, whatever hop disguise was going on in the nose was surely foiled when the first taste hit my mouth. Dry and fruity gentle hops bask my tongue while an extra dry cider flavor quickly follows. After I take a couple more quaffs, it's evident that the cider quality is not from apples, but from the grapes - quite nice. The combination is masterfully balanced and the flavors are very fresh and crisp. There is an oh-so faint caramel flavor way toward the end (when the dry crispness fades) that is derived from the maple syrup addition.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a perky amount of fine carbonation. The extra dry flavor/texture in the beer is top notch, leaving a zippy clean finish.

Drinkability is sky high! I'm one gulp away from finishing my 12 oz. bottle and it seems like I just opened it.

Overall an interesting, unique and very tasty pale ale. The semi sweet & dryness really do it for me. It's reminiscent of an Orval in the dry texture with just the right hit of hops. Don't freak out everybody, I'm not at all comparing it to my beloved Orval, it's just the crispy dryness that's somewhat in the same vein - that's all. I do believe this beer very much exceeded my expectations, and that's a very good thing!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle part of this year's Longshot 6 pack purchased at Lou's in Augusta. Pours a clear golden amber body with a good inch of offwhite head. Smells like citrusy hops, malt, and some grape. Tastes fruity, with some biscuit malt and hints of hops. Fairly light in body with ample (but not overpowering) carbonation. An easy-drinker for sure. Nothing wrong with this brew - flavorful, unique, and very drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of nem2006
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
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 dfillius
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Clear dark gold with slight haze.

S: Crisp hoppiness with a tart green grape note. Caramel malt smell. Good but not terribly complex

T: Grape is not grapey at all. Thank goodness - I was scared. It tastes like a bitter. Very tasty with very subtle fruitiness. Almost like the citrus aspect in a hefeweizen or the crispness in a wild ale. Interesting, a very bright pale ale. The grape and hop flavor mix very well, an excellent choice in the varietal of hop used.

M: A little astringent, though smooth and likable. Some fizzy carbonation.

D: Solid. I could have a few of these. Very tasty.

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Photo of JDK
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden honey color with an off white 1 finger head
Very light lacing
Light fruity smell of citrus and of course the grapes
Light mouthfeel that ended up a nice fruity taste on the back of the tongue. Carbonation was on the light side.
Overall a very good beer. I normally do not like fruit beers but since I'm into most of the other SA I had to try this one. Definately better than any of the other fruit beers by Sam Adams in my opinion since it was much more subtle in the taste.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this LongShot Grape Pale Ale for $1.99. Paired with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinegarette.

A- Poured a copper color. Noticable carbonation. Small white bubbly head. Decent lacing throughout.

S- Smell was sweet and like bubble gum. Some hops present, but nothing too earthy or pungent.

T- Taste was surprisngly pleasant. Bitter grapes, fruit, and a side of hops in the back. Some spices as well. Floral character is noted.

M- Mouthfeel was warm, bubbly, and carbonated. Enjoyable and easy going down.

D- Highly sessionable and damn tasty. I thought this one was very well done and pleasantly sweet.

Cool brew!

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow copper with a nic ehalf-inch head. Smell is very much likewhite grape juice with malty notes..very differnt from your typical fruit beer. Taste is equally different..not overwhelming fruit...a good balance of malt and light grape presence...good slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel goes from creamy to a dry finish..a nice transition. Smooth and easy on the drinkability scale. A nice surprise from a fruit beer.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass.

A: A nice reddish, amber color with a good amount of head. Excellent lacing is left on the glass as it is being consumed.

S: Nose is a very pleasant blend of caramel sweetness with grape notes blending in. Just a touch of hop spice is present as well.

T&M: Starts off with mostly caramel sweetness before the grape flavor makes it presence. The caramel flavor blends with grape and creates a rich harmony of sweet malty flavors. The grape flavor rides through into the slightly spicy, dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is about what one would expect for a good pale ale, neither too heavy nor thin.

D & Notes: I am normally not a fan of "fruit and vegetable beers", but this one is actually very good, but to me just more or less tastes like a solid pale ale with just a slight drop of grape flavor that blends in nicely with the brew as opposed to dominating the palate.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A grape PA, just sounds whacked don't it? Like someone couldn't just make beer instead of a wine/beer thingee. Well I had to try it so I could snub it ya know? I had this after getting all sunburned for the first time all year out in the boat and i was super thirsty.

Bright golden color, pure white head with good retention. Light grape aroma is apparent, but doesn't slap you in the face. This how a fruit beer should be, just barely noticable.

Very refreshing, light grape prescense, slightly dry finish. Mmmm, makes you crave another sip. Lightly & cleanly hopped, no bitterness, just a nice light balance w/ the grape hint.

I think they nailed this. Very refreshing indeed. Nice summer PA that would go well with any lighter food(s). Not sure about all the attitude against this beer? I found it extremely refreshing.

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Photo of yelterdow
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From this year's offering, I'm sampling this beer in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Rich, reddish gold hue which supports a supple head and leaves a phenomenally large, opaque sheet of lacing down the inside of the glass. Blazing color, a fiery looking brew.

Smell- A cross between a pale ale and Gewürztraminer... there's definitely a sweet, vinous aspect to the aroma. The biscuity malt aroma and fresh hop notes create quite the enjoyable nasal sensation.

Taste- Intriguing, complex, and worth studying here for a few moments. This really blends wine's long, lasting legs and the beer's fresh, quick bite... an impressive combination that really comes off great. The depth of the finish, right after the swallow, is interesting because it's not your traditional pale ale bitterness... instead, it's more like a barrel-fermented white wine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Clearly the highlight of this beer's attributes, the mouthfeel is perfection. Responsive, slick, smooth, and very much alive, it showcases the finish better than any other beer in any category from recent memory. With all of that said, I wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting. It's an enigma, one that challenges the mind and palate in a bold, unique way/

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the two Long Shot offerings this year, I must say I enjoyed this Grape Ale the most.

I found it poured very nice. Good color of copper orange. The head was full, larger bubbled tan that laced real well, ring like. After abit the head did fade to a thin film. I thought carbonation was good and active on this medium bodied, not so heavy beer.

The aroma was nice, a soft whiff of grape on the nose.

The taste dose loose the grape flavor other than a hint of grape skin that dries the finish abit.
Most of the taste is toasted grain, malts, some caramel and brown sugar. The hops do tart things down and leave a slight hop oil finish on the mouth.

Drinkability is easy go'en. On its own or with a variety of foods, Im reviewing thisone with french toast with carmelized apples, yummo!!

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a tad weak, hints of grape and light caramel. The taste seems to be just as advertises, some hop presence, sweet malts, and an interesting grape flavor present as well. The beer is certainly light and refreshing. This one is enjoyable, an interesting twist on a classic style.

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Photo of davidt
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-orange color, the thin head drops quickly. The beer is very carbonated with lots of bubble rising. Aroma is sweet with a bit of fruitiness. I can convince myself I smell white grapes. The taste is caramel malts with light fruit sweetness coming through in the finish. Minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and slightly sticky. I'm not sure what I expected from this beer. I was hoping for a lean towards APA rather than fruit beer. It came out somewhere in the middle. Nice job.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of this years (2008) Longshot 6'er. I paid ~$9 for a sixer @ Jack's. This is brewed with "natural grape flavor) and maple syrup. Interesting that it's brewed with grape flavor and not grapes.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear medium copper, fomring a modest soapy white head with poor retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma opens with candy corn, toffeepears, vanilla, and when swirled, a little bit of Welsch's grape cocktail can be noted. Mouthfeel is mild with a medium-light body. Hrmmm...interesting flavor. I don't quite know what to make of it. This is an English Style pale fer sure...lots of toffee, caramel, and nut that one expects to find for the style, but in the end, there is this wierd distantly sweet grainy nuttiness. I wouldn't be able to tell that this was made with grape..it's not noticeable even if I concentrate. Hops are pretty mild if even noticeable as a faint flicker of herbal twang on the back of the tongue. Bitterness is very mild. Very peculiar...the last swig from the glass has a definite rauchbier smokiness that I didn't notice at first.

Eh....so so. Nothing that I would ever seek out or buy again. A good beer, but a novelty beer, IMO.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from the Samuel Adams 2008 Longshot 6-pack (8.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA) in February 2008.

Pours a clear orange with virtually no head from the beginning, although a small steady stream of carbonation continues throughout the session.

Aroma of biscuity malts and fruit, gentle and pleasant, I didn't think grapes right away, but then I realized it was grapes. Grape juice it is, but also some sweet citrus notes.

Flavor is a very mild, almost non-hopped pale ale with the edges softened by the fruits. Makes this a very easy drinker (probably its best attribute), the fruit comes through nicely. However, it doesn't have any counter-balance in yeasty tartness or hoppy bitterness, which I thought would have made it real interesting.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
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 taez555
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, tasted 3/8/08

This beer poured a clear light tan amber body with a small white head.

Nose is very subtle. Light caramel with a sour lambic like smell that must be the grapes. It's actually very inviting. Soft fruits, some maple and some mild biscuit touches.

Taste is very light bodied with a strong sweet englsih biscuit malt taste and underlying sour and tart lambic like bitterness. Lots of fresh grain and lots of chewy malt. A strong sweetness, but malty, not a grape sweetness, but more of just general fruit. Touches of maple syrup. Ends with a crisp, clean, biscuit malt flavor.

What an interesting beer. I was a little hesitant about a grape ale, maybe imagining a sticky sweet children's soda type fruit beer. This however is more like a small english bitter with faint touches of a natural lambic. Very cool. Kudos to Lili Hess. I can see why she won.

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Photo of oelergud
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional dark brown 12oz glass bottle with the usual Longshot label showing Lili Hess. Pry-off cap.
Beautiful red bronze clear body with low carbonation. Light tan head of tiny to small bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Sweet honey on dark bread and dark fruit scent, raisens, prune and grape.
Nice and mild malty flavor with lighter than the smell fruit notes. Taste of bread and honey. The aftertaste sticks around well and carries the honey to the end.
Medium body with decent coating.
Good drinkability. This is a different ale and worth a try. Light, fresh and pleasant.


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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's clear and golden-amber color. Head is foamy and about two fingers deep. Retention and lacing were good. Better than expected.

Smell: Light on the nose. Light citrus and hop aromas are notable. Somewhat grainy and earthy. That's about it. Pretty straight forward.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly good. It is citrusy sweet. There is a grape flavor, but it's well done. Hops are light and complement the citrus sweetness. Caramel malt sweetness balances out any residual bitterness. Not generally a positive for an APA in my opinion, but it works here. Grainy and earthy flavor on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. It is extremely crisp and would be excellent on a hot day. I'm very impressed with this. Much moreso than I expected to be. I could drink this all night. Overall, very solid beer. I only wish some of these homebrews were put into regular rotation. Check it out while you can.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Deep amber glass holds a stocky, sticky head that laces nicely.

S) Malty, fruity (grape obviously) esters.

T) Malt driven, not a lot of grape flavor, but what's there is purple grape jam and mostly in the finish. The base beer makes me think Oktoberfest.

M) Smooth medium body with firm carbonation

O) English Pale Ale? I'm really struggling with the underlying style, which makes me think it's a style orphan. That's ok, it's a nice bottle.

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Photo of jph424
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light copper color with a 2 inch white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Many carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.

S - A bit fruity and sweet, my unsophisticated (and oft broken) nose can't pick up much else.

T - As the brewer describes on the back of the bottle "like you are drinking a pale ale after biting into a fresh green seedless grape". I agree, a bit of a sour and dry finish. The hops are present but not overpowering and the beer is very well balanced.

M - Nice, light carbonation and light-medium bodied.

D - Extremely sessionable. This beer is would be perfect after a long day in the sun. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of rowew
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A slight twist on the normal Sam Adams labels, green with a picture of the brewer on the front, description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: Pours clear and reddish, thin head and lightly bubbling.

Smell: Dry, just a bit of sour fruit aroma.

Taste: I was worried about being overly fruity, but this really just comes across as mainly malt, with a nice sour dry finish.

Overall impression: Surprising - a nice drinkable beer, well balanced and not too fruity.

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Photo of jar2574
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Average appearance. 1/4 inch white bubbles and light amber/burnt orange color.

Watery, metallic smell with only a hint of grapes.

Fizzy, grapey goodness in the taste though. Light as a soft drink. Good balance between malts and hops.

This is something new and unique. It's not for everyone, but you could probably have plenty of these in a single sitting.

A good session beer, especially in spring and summer months.

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