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)

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Added by alexgash on 02-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How did this one win the Longshot competition? It's way too undercarbonated and doesn't even taste like grapes! Maybe a mild hint at the end but for the most part it's a bland, light pale ale. I'm amazed this beer beat out others as I would not seek it out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's good to see the Lonshots making it down to Kentucky this time. The Grape Pale Ale and Weizenbock came three each in a six pack (variety). The beer poured much like I expect from good Pale Ales, with a copper / blonde hue, touches of amber highlights and a medium head retention that seemed fleeting. Aromas are sweet and fruity, although the friut character was hard to pin down. It takes a while for the hop aroma and spicy esters to accompany the sweetness and fruitiness, but never rivaled them. Flavors are also tilted too heavily toward the sweetness (part malt, part confectionate), and the hop flavor / bitterness struggles to take hold. The grape flavors are mild and pleasant, but don't screem "grape", but offer a mild estery / fruity flavor. Finishes sweet, but refreshing. I liked the beer, but the balance is too sweet for my Pale Ale choices.

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Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull amber tone, soapy head that sticks around long enough. Lazy streams of slow ascending carbonation.

White grape in the nose reminds me of eastern European lagers. Luckily it's subtle, and not the artificial grape candy flavor at all. More like the suggestion of white grape juice. Some pale malt is there too, but fairly dull.

Flavor reminds me of any given Euro Pale Lager with a Cyrillic label that I would drink at random from the import shelf. Grassy mild hop, grapey yeast, rather uninspiring. Light bready malt comes through in the aftertaste.

Feels a little flat towards the end, a bit too slick and palate coating. It would benefit from a more crisp dryness, and more carbonation. The glass was finished, but I wasn't compelled to drink the other 2 from the 6-pack.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a dark amber color and highly carbonated. It had a small, white, fizzy head that left some lacy residue.

S - It had a subtle grape smell. Maybe some clove. It really lacked any greatly noticeable aroma.

T - It had a very light grape taste. It was malty with a spicy kick. Overall, it also had no greatly noticeable flavor.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Unlike most beers in this category it wasn't very fruiy at all. At the same time it really didn't taste like a pale ale. All that being said, it still tasted pretty good.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a clear dark straw color. 1 finger of head. Some splattered lacing.

Some low pine hops backed up with small hints of grapes.

Taste is a lot similar except the grapes come out more here.

Moutfeel was a little crisp but easy of the palate.

This was a very easy beer to drink. I didn't know if I was going to get the Sam Adams Long Shot pack because of this beer. I thought the grape was going to be stronger, but it turned out to be very suttle. At first a little shy towards this beer, but now I am quite happy that I had a chance to experience something different!

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
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 NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white head and a thin creamy retention that yielded a nice latticework of big lacing. The aroma is huge, but I can definitely pick up a pleasant mix of grapes, sweet malt, and a light grassy hoppiness in the back.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, with a mix of grape juice and honeyed sweetness backed by some light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly bigger than I would have expected but still posesses a smooth and creamy feel over the tongue.

Well, you pretty much get what's expected of this. It's definitely a fairly easydrinking mix of grape notes and a Pale Ale. Is is really memorable or even necessary though? Eh, not really.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grapes and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly tart grape flavor along with some caramel sweetness. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. The malt character is on the thin side but that didn't really surprise me. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, the novelty of the grape flavoring is a nice twist, but it's not a good enough to make want to drink it again unless my options were limited.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now, I DO like Pales, and I DO like grapes... but!

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Bready malt aroma with a touch of caramel and a handful of white grapes.

Taste: Gah! Caramel malt with a slice of toasted bread. Medium maple syrup sweetness. Grape flavor more in the sense of chewing up a grapeskin. Light bitterness fails to balance the sweetness present. Finishes pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel: A hair under medium for the body, a hair over medium for the carbonation.

Drinkability: A plain pale ale hampered with grape flavor and a bit more sweetness than needed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"When the water of a place is bad, it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented."

--Samuel Butler

Polished orange with butter rum borders. The beige crown, which picks up a hint of color from the beer beneath, is tight-bubbled and firm. It has an appealing look and is doing a pretty good job of lace deposition. So much for the beer looking like either grape jelly or Chardonnay.

The nose, while fruity, isn't very grape-like. It isn't maple syrup-like either. I was amazed to see that ingredient listed on the label. White (green) grapes and maple syrup? What an odd combination. The nose isn't bad, but it doesn't make a positive impression either. Not even close.

This LongShot offering tastes a little bit better than it smells. It also deserves credit for uniqueness. That's pretty much it for bestowing praise. This is a decent enough ale, but I'm having trouble understanding how it won a nationwide competition. I've had several bottles of homebrew that were light years better than this.

GPA tastes like an underhopped (balanced) pale ale that is slightly more fruity than usual. It would be nice if the flavor was more obviously grape-like. I still don't get much, if any, maple sugar flavor, although the sweetness that it provides is noted. Yeah, okay, it's all somewhat interesting, but this isn't a beer that I need to drink again.

The body/mouthfeel is decent. Maybe a fraction light, but not too far out of line. At least the bubbles are neither too numerous nor too scarce.

I passed on a sixer of this brew earlier this summer because I wasn't sure that it would be good enough to justify that many bottles. Good call. If BBC is considering releasing Grape Pale Ale again, put me down for a 'don't bother'. Thanks to barefootbrewer for the toss-in.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of July 08

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of ivory head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Slight fruittyness

T: Cidery apple taste, a bit of caramel & then lemony hops up front. Dryness, grapeskins, a bit of alcohol, grainyness, & hints of vanilla as this warms. Finishes with fruitty notes, some dryness, a touch of lemony hops & some honey sweetness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, not a huge fan of this style & fail to see how this won a Longshot spot other than the novelty of the recipe

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purple colored liquid with the bright pink top just seemed wrong. Lacing held up for a little while, but it was not long before it faded to leave a weird grape soda looking liquid. Small aroma of alcohol and faint, fake fruit notes come through the air

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ambe with a nice creme head Nose is mild. Not a whole lot going on really. Flavor is a slight bit hoppy and a slight bit bitter. Very mild grape edge here. Feel has a fairly thicker attacking carbonation and the liquid is good enough. This is a very easy to drink beer. Minor grape tones on there, but it's still fairly nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by July '08:

Pours orangeish copperish amber with a white head that thins and stays, leaving lacing.

The smell is of pale malt (a hint of caramel?) with subtle citric, white grapey notes.

The taste is of malty sweetness balanced by subtle citric/herbal notes. A bit yeasty/bready. Grape imparts some dryness in the finish, though it remains sweet throughout.

Light to medium bodied, with some creaminess.

Not a bad homebrew. Grape gives it a bit of uniqueness. Something a bit oddish about it that didn't thrill me. A bit too sweet, too. Drinkable, though not enough to get more of it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a big 3" head that lasts quite a while. Some thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: fruit sweetness and a bit of citrus tones are very soft and hard to detect.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, bit of orange, and some hints of honey make up a slightly sweeter beer. Bitterness is very soft.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Almost clean aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one down. Different flavor profile is interesting.

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Photo of tempest
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I smell the grape, but I don't taste much of it. What I mostly taste here is a decent American amber ale without hops. Appears an amber-orange with white lacing. The aroma is really weak, but there's a balance of what appears to be light crystal malts and grape. The flavor is a light bready mix of caramel and toffee grains with a hint of white grape at the end. It finishes with a balance of sweet fruit and dry grains. Easy to drink and not unpleasant, but nothing worth writing home about. I want more flavor here.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale ale malt bill, pale, light crystal, and carapils malts. The grape aroma is weak, but recognizable. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor with a weird fruity, maple syrup finish. I'm not tasting much grape here. It has a sweet, yet dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a nice concept beer, but I'm sure it translates well.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a medium head that fades to a ring. Smells sweet andd fruity, more like bubbleicious grape bubblegum than beer. Some sweet maltiness and some tangy yeast underlies it all. Taste is similar, with a malty almost honey sweetness up front followed by a longer slightly bitter fullness and a grapey aftertaste. Smooth and tangy mouthfeel. Interesting, but a bit too sweet and one dimensional for me. It needs some tannins or some sort of backbone to play off the grapey sweetness.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep copper / amber color that shows bright copper color when held up to the light. As I visually inspect this beer the aroma smells like a mix of water-downed grape juice and macro-lager. A deeper smell of the aroma intensifies these notes, but doesn't seem to make them all that more appealing. Sharp, yet sweet, fermented grape notes make me think of cheap box-wine, but there is a finish of dry, cracker-like malt aromas that is just noticeable. Other than the cheap beer-like quality I get not real hop character here.

Fairly dry up front, but it picks up a cheap box-wine sweetness towards the finish. Bits of caramelized malt, a touch of biscuit-like grain character and perhaps a hint of herbal hop character in the finish lets one know, fairly unconvincingly I might add, that this is beer. The combination of beer & grape flavors are both washed out here and in combination they just seem to clash.

The best analogy for me really is of cheap, really bad box-wine, which this actually tastes of, but the beer characteristics are on the same level. The grape character makes this seem cheaply fermented, a bit metallic and sweet. Really just a poor tasting beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for ~$1.30... poured into my New Sam Adams shaped glass.

Short lasting 1 finger head atop a crystal clear dark gold brew.

Aroma is mainly pale malts with a slight musky background that could easily be the grapes.. or it could just as easily be my mind wanting to smell grapes.

Flavor has more of a musky grape palate toward the finish.. grainy pale malts with touches of honey in the middle.. just enough bitterness to balance and no hop aroma that my feeble tongue can pick out. Body is pretty good as well is the drinkability. Don't go into this beer thinking it's going to be an alcopop Jolly Rancher brew.. it isn't. Instead the grapes add a background essence that could easily be missed.

Cheers to the COOP for finally getting these in. I've given Matt shit here and there over the last couple years about scoring the Long Shots... The Coop will provide.

I would have loved to have the opportunity of actually trying this fresh.. I bet it would be a completely different animal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grape ale? OK I'll give it a try.

Super clear amber colored brew with a smallish off-white colored head.

The smell is sweet and very malty with a big caramel candy scent along with the vanilla and butter scents in that. Fairly fruity aroma but I wouldn't have identified it as grapes. I can only identify the fruit here and British Ale yeast fruitiness.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with a lot of toffee aftertaste. Lots of British ale yeast flavor here with a distinct trace of butter. I do not really taste the grape here, just a pretty good British Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty good British Style Pale Ale. Don't really taste that the grape did much except maybe a little fruity boost.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, from the Longshot pack,

A: Pours a light orange, with a full off-white head, puffy, good retention, limited lacing.

S: White grape juice, malt, a tad on the synthetic side, but overall pretty good.

T: White grape juice is the main flavour, actually tastes a lot like chardonnay, pale malt adds to the whole picture.

M: Full carbonation, light-bodied, pretty easy to drink.

D: An interesting beer from the Sam Adams Longshot pack, a good quality, drinkable fruit beer in my opinion.

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