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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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 248
Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This pours a clear, slightly golden amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that dropped of rather quickly. Somewhat lighter aroma. You get a whiff of the grapes and some malts. Possible a hint of ginger. Semi (but not strong) sweetness at the start. Finishes off with some bitterness. The grapes are there, but subdued. Medium-light malt body behind it. Interesting and not bad at all. This is a refreshing summer brew.

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

Poured from the bottle a clear copper orange color with a thin light beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, pineapple, caramel and a light fruitiness.

The taste is more of a traditional pale ale with caramel, biscuit, and white sugar notes. The grapes are really subtle and pushed back by the sweetness.

Light-to-medium bodied with light carbonation.

A very drinkable pale ale but a little disappointing on the absence of much grape.

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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 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 whynot44
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper color wih a moderate off-white head that retains fairly well and even mamages a bit of lace.

The aroma is hard to pin down, definite fruity notes, caramel, maple and biscuity malt and some grassy notes.

The taste is similar, the grape is just a vague fruitiness ice cold but comes out more as it warms up. The maple is a little easier to identify but not blatant. Again, there is a somewhat biscuity malt base with a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet up front, finishes lightly dry with some hints of citrus hops at the end.

Basically just a decent pale ale with a bit of added interest from the unusual ingredients, rather than the anything really exotic. Medium bodied, smoothly drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a rusty amber with a bubbly off white head that retains well and leaves behind some spotty lacing.The nose is mostly malty with some sweet caramely notes,along with some traces of fruit,perhaps the grape coming through?The first sip is a mixture of fruits,reminds me of fruitcake,some hops are there in mild manor on the finish,not as much hops or grape as I would have liked,nice medium body,a good beer.

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Photo of gpogo
3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Mostly clear copper with small off-white head(like most other sam adams).

A- Malty with a slight grape fruity aroma.

T- A nice initial sweet malt flavor followed by a different type of sweetness. As this beer warms up the grape flavor really starts to show, but never is it overpowering. Dry finish.

M- Medium body low-medium carbonation.

D- A very interesting take on a pale ale. Never have I had a beer with grape. Even being an interesting beer it is a beer that I could enjoy anytime.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of a caramel malt backbone with grape scents

T - The grape flavor comes out first then a thouch of malt with hop bitterness

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a pretty good and original beer the addition of grapes put an interesting twist to the pale ale worth trying

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Photo of Deuane
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a bottle of this.

A-Golden amber with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap. It has decent retention and left spotty lacing.

S-A bit of sweet caramel malt followed by an aroma similar to a pinot gris. Had I not known there where grapes in this though I am sure I would attribute this aroma to hops.

T-Fairly straight forward simple tasting pale ale at the onset...nothing too exciting. Upon swallowing the hops and grapes combo kicks in with a nice astringency as interesting flavour profils mainly on the sides of my tounge. The flavour profile was very similar to a light white wine. Sweetness from the maple syrup builds as one goes on. Interesting.

M-Medium-light body. Slightly sweet with a nice crispness. Becomes somewhat cloying during the last third of a glass.

D-An interesting take for sure. Certainly not the best "novelty" beer I have had but this is fairly well done. A nice summer BBQ beer for those looking for something on the light side and or something refreshing.

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

Pours a darker than normal Pale Ale with a big head. Grape Ape.

Faint smells of grape, some macro smell, malts, not too much else. Grape Ape.

Faint tastes of grapes, some shredded malts in there, sweet. Grape Ape.

Finishes a little macro cut grassness. Not a bad beer. Pick up one to try it. Not bad at all. Grape Ape.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a bubbly white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S- Not a ton here that I could pick up. Some grape and other sweet fruits and also a hint of grain. Not over powering.

T- Not bad had a bad feeling about this one. A light grape taste, some bitterness from some hops. Pretty crisp and refreshing taste.

M- Crisp and pretty light

D- Probably pretty drinkable its just not me type of thing. Not enough "beer" tastes for me.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light copper in to my pint with a creamy looking head. I sensed a tad of fruitiness in the nose, but it was hard to detect through the maltiness. I didn't really know what to expect from this beer. I tasted a slight grapey sourness, but you had to search for it through the hop bitterness and malty backbone. Very crisp and refreshing. I could see this being a nice lawnmower beer if only it was a year round brew.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a grape pale ale, there is no detectable grape flavour in this one which is cause for my disappointment in this beer. That being said, it was very smooth and easy going. Its appearance is one of golden ale, looking quite nice. All-in-all, this one is good, but not fantastic. Hears hoping to a better run next year for the Long Shot winners.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a dense, creamy head.

S - Malty with with a definitely fruity tinge and floral hops.

T - Some butter and a lightly toasted graininess. Not sure I taste grapes per se, but the flavour is quite nice and well balanced between a tartness up front and bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light and smooth.

D - Drinkability is the strong point of this one, but I'm a little disappointed I guess at not really detecting a lot of grape.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz brown bottle a classic copper color with a pillowy, off-white 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a nice, bubbly collar. Carbonation is active, but not heavy. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, there's a hint of the maple syrup mentioned on the label. Taste is sweet for a pale ale, but not in a bad way. This is a bit of a relief because I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was expecting something along the lines of DFH Raison D'etre, but seeing the addition of the aforementioned maple syrup made me think that this was either going to be pretty good or it could go horribly wrong! I'll say it's prety good! There's a little hint of the grape & syrup, but the minimal sweetness is balanced by some hoppiness on the end. The mouthfeel is light, but far from watery, this beer is quite sessionable. Hats off to you, Lili Hess, you've created something unique and tasty here! If this makes it into the regular Samuel Adams rotation, i'll be sure to pick up more!

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

Pours a pale orangey copper with a frothy ivory head. Smell is quite sweet and grapey with the faint aroma of pale malt.

I was expecting this ale to be sweet in my mouth but it's actually quite dry with just a touch of sweetness in the finish. It's crisp and light, subtle and bright.

I wasn't expecting much from the grape ale as I don't like fruit in my beer as a rule. However it was surprisingly tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of msolar
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep amber with a hint of murkiness. The scent of grapes is quite noticeable as soon as you open the bottle (I was expecting it to have a purple hue). Once in the glass it's certainly noticeable but not overwhelming. Doesn't taste nearly as strong or as sweet as I'd expect - it's pretty well balanced with mid carbonation. Decent mouthful and drinkability. The bottle mentions some maple syrup was added and I didn't notice any flavor until I was 1/3 through the glass, and probably wouldn't have been able to pick it out had I not read it.

Decent brew, although nothing extraordinary. Certainly worth trying if for nothing else than to support the "Long Shot" contest. Cheers, Lili.

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

a: pours a deep orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears not too fast but leaves a good amount of lacing
s: not much grapeness in the aroma, bready caramel malts with slight citrusy hop aroma
t: bready caramely malts not much grape in the flavor either slight hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this brew

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasty caramel malt gives way to bready sweetness with a balanced fruity character and a mild note of bitter hops, especially in the finish. The predictable grape flavor is there, but it's clean and blends well with the rest of the palate.

Not bad, very drinkable with well balanced flavors.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red orange with a white highlight cream head that falls quickly to a sheet across the top of the beer. Smell is white bread, some citrus sweetness, and hints of pineapple - green grape coming through. Taste is somewhat balanced with a sweet, bready start that is almost matched with a slight citrus twinge before finishing with a dry white wine / grape juice. Very carbonated and finishes dry. Easy to drink, especially after wrapping up some honey-do's on the new house right before lunch.

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

Pours a very light copper/amber color with a lot of carbonation and a bit of head and some lacing. Has a light scent, traces of grape, floral hoppiness, and sulfur. Nice taste, but not great; an average pale ale, almost like an English light bitter, with hints of rotten egg, a bit of refreshing grape in the finish, and a little bitterness. Goes down fine. Worth a shot just to try it, but not worth more than the 1/2 six pack it comes in.

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Photo of Floydster
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased in a six pack from Cooke's in El Segundo for eight bucks, came with three of these beers, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Golden orange with more a yellow look in the light, 3/4 inch soapy white head that stuck around for three minutes, some retention, some lacing

S-Could not smell much grape at all, some caramel, bready malt aromas, faint hoppiness, honey, yeast, and a hint of lemon

T-Started off with a refreshing bite, had some slight chewiness in the middle, finish had some hops and a very faint grape flavor, I am not complaining that the grape was more overpowering because it would not fit well with this brew, did not change much as it warmed, did taste a little more fruity towards the end, tasted like a pretty standard APA with a hint of fruit in my opinion

M-Slightly sweet, chewy, and crisp mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, thin to medium body, taste did not linger much at all

D-Could drink two bottles of this, pretty light on the stomach, low ABV, pretty smooth, would get tiresome after a while though

Not really my thing but this tasted pretty good for what it was nevertheless, would not say it is a fruit beer but definitely more on the pale ale side, might drink again, worth a try though

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy liquid looks undecided between hazy and clear. For the decent 1/2" white head, the carbonation is not as active looking as I would have thought. Pretty nice lacy though.

Although more subtle than many fruit beers, this definitely has some grape skin smell to it. It is well-weaved into the light malt and biscuit. No hops, which I expected in a pale ale; even a fruity one.

The gentle fruit sweetness camps out at the front of the mouth for the drink, then packs up and hikes slowly down the throat leisurely after the swallow. There's some caramel maltiness that also contributes to the stickiness. Rather smooth drinking with a light body and yet some solid substance to the taste.

I think there are some things here that don't add up: It is sweet for a light bodied pale ale, yet has very little hops. In a fruit beer, it seems the fruitiness, yeast, or tartness can offset it some. This has really neither of either.

Nevertheless, that's what makes it original. I'd think a beer would have to be somewhat unique to win such a tough competition. It is a steady beer stamped with Sam's high quality process and ingredients, so it can't go too wrong. The subtlety of the grapes make it to me a more a nice adjunct to a classic pale ale.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with 1/2 inch of off-white head, ok retention and lacing. Smells of honey, biscuits, citrus, and grapes. Taste starts out a bit on the citrusy side before honey and bread comes into play, finishes with some grassy notes mixed with a touch of grapes. Medium in body with good carbonation. Very sweet and malty with a slight fruitiness in the finish along with a bitter crispness. Easy to drink and not overly graped out, just enough to make the beer a little more interesting. Worth picking up a bottle.

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Photo of zdk9
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours light orange with a finger of head that leaves quickly and without a trace.

S- Is there really grape in this beer? I'm only getting some huskiness, and straw smells.

T- The taste is only slightly less underwhelming than the smell. To go along with a good pale malt base, there is a touch of green grapeskin, and even less of a touch of earth tasting hops.

M- Light and easy down the hatch.

D- It's not that this is a bad beer, just that I'm very hard pressed to find any sort of grape flavor, and with not much hops either it reminds me more of a mediocre lager. Not recommended

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LongShot Grape Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.26 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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