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 pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 udubdawg
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Didn't dig the aroma on this one, and while it didn't ruin the experience, after a few bottles I've yet to shed my initial letdown. Better get another 6-pack and keep rating.

Looks pretty good in the Sam Adams glass. Nearly orange, nice clarity, and a sort of a dirty soap bubble head. Retention was brief and lacing found lacking, or this would have gotten an even higher score.

My first impression with the aroma was "not impressed" thus the 2.0, which is defined as such.
For a fruit beer there's not a lot of fruit. For a pale ale there's not much in the way of hops. There IS some alcohol noted, and a light graininess. Not what I expected, and not in a good way either.

Taste is better. Again the hop profile is found wanting. I totally get the white grape juice thing now - it dries the palate quite a lot in the finish. I found it distracting at first but came to enjoy the relatively refreshing and dry, not sticky, nature. The taste overall isn't bad, but it says "PALE ALE" in big letters on the label...

Carbonation was quite simply too high. A white grape juice spritzer? Hmm. I'm trying not to be too hard on this beer, as it was pretty decent, and someone worked hard on it. If the carbonation settles down a bit it'd be pretty drinkable.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear, with a bright amber color and lots of copper highlights. Very little head. The smell is pretty mild for a pale ale, with very little in the way of hops. Instead, there's a sweet note that reminds of diacetyl and a vague fruitiness. On the palate, zesty carbonation and low key bitterness first off, followed by a sweet mid-palate and a finish that sticks a bit with grain and a synthetic-feeling sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick for the most part, although the finish is a bit too sticky. Overall, there's nothing interesting going on here, just a simple beer that will be drinkable for newbies.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a bronzy orange color, a thin head of off white, soapy and sticky. Melts fast, holding well at a thin cover.

Aroma - the faintest aroma of grain, a bare trace of sweetness. Maybe a hint of grape, might just the power of suggestion though.

Taste - the grape is sort of a white grape juice kind of grape. For a pale ale, this sure tastes like a wheat beer The hop presence is nowhere to be seen as far as the pale ale styling goes. The graininess is there, fresh and even. Add in the light fruitiness and it comes across as a flavorful wheat beer. And a quickly disappearing one at that. Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp carbonation, a tad below average weight and body. Good levels for the style.

Drinkability - with the easy going flavor, I could session these pretty easily. Well done Lili, you brewed a good'un.

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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 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 jeonseh
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 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 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 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 BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with an off white frothy head. Stringly lacing along the glass.

Some light hop aromas with some mild grape. The grain is hidden in the background.

Light grain mixed with some mild hops, and a tiny bit of grape in the flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is pretty clean for a fruit beer.

This is another decent entry into SA's Longshot competition. It reminds me a bit of Magic Hat's #9 (Light apricot flavored Pale Ale). It's a fruit beer that doesn't over do it with the fruitiness. Recommended.

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Photo of Contra
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I heard about Sam Adam's Homebrew collection, I've wanted to try it. Finally saw it available at a distributor, so I picked it up today.

Appearance is fairly standard - lacy head, amber/maple syrup color. Aroma is almost non-existent, but what is there smells pretty good. Flavor is fairly lacking, although, again, what is there tastes good. A nice blend of wheat with a light grape flavor mixed in. I suppose where this beer really shines is in the mouthfeel/drinkability. It has a light to medium body, with an excellent finish.

Overall, I suppose I was hoping for something with a little bit more of a "homebrewed" style. This seemed to have more of a mass-produced feel to it, although it's still pretty tasty. I have to wonder what the original tasted like.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 iz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Looks like a cross between a pale ale and a white wine. Interesting. Little bit of white head but not much lacing

S: White grapes. malt and some other fruit in there as well.

T: Almost tastes like homebrew before fermentation. Very tea like with the grapes evening it out. Tons of sweetness at the end.

M: Med body slightly syrupy for the style.

D: Super drinkable. The sweetness might kill this down a bit.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Pours an attractive, clear amber body with hints of copper and gold. A soft tan head climbs to a finger's width before slowly receding to a mass of large bubbles and a ring of foam that clutches to the glass' edge. No visible carbonation. There really isn't much aroma from this beer after the head dissipates. I do get some notes of cotton-candy sugar, maple syrup, sweet pine hops, and a faint whiff of grape. It's more of the artificial variety, though (think grape Big League chew), opposed to the kind fresh from the vine. Digging deeper gets me some caramel and cocoa malt notes.

The flavor department is decent. It borders on being a slightly under-hopped pale ale and an sub-fruity fruit/veggie beer. Gone are the grapes, and most of what I taste are pale malts, semi-citrusy hops, and produce. The mouthfeel is bubbly, crisp, and refreshing with a strong finish. A bit overcarbonated, however. Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed by this beer. The idea was unique and exciting, but it failed to deliver on its name. Even if the taste suffers, if you call something "Grape Beer", give me grapes!

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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 blackie
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Gives a decent off-white head with average retention. The beer is a bright copper-amber in color.

s: A touch metallic, dominant pale grain, with a pleasant aroma of white grape juice. Hop aroma is clean and lightly spicy.

m: Medium-full carbonation, with a medium body...could be a little cleaner

t: Dominant pale malts with some amber grain sweetness. The grapes are hard to pick out...probably wouldn't notice if it weren't written on the bottle. Comes across as white grape juice, especially after the swallow. The level of grape is tasteful, as it could be easily overdone. Clean hop flavor with a moderate bitterness.

d: easy enough...reasonably tasty and crisp

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh...notched as best by July 2008

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear orange copper body with a small, yet persistent, gauzy, beige head. Caramely, toasted malt notes up front. Fruity sweetness as well. Faint hop aroma.

Toasted grains greet the palate, followed by a pulpy, fruity sweetness. Grapes and apples and pears oh my. Scorched caramel and grain around the edges. Vegetal and herbal bitter hops near the finish. Dries out quite a bit, making it quite refreshing. Moderate body, with a snappy feel. Would make a nice warm weather thirst-quencher, but pretty mellow overall! Nice work Lili!

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