LongShot Double IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Double IPALongShot Double IPA
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LongShot Double IPALongShot Double IPA

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 362
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, you son of a bitch. This beer kicks ass...I would love to try your version of it...I can't imagine how good it really is. Nevertheless, BBC brewed a great beer for you. It's got a perfect hue, but lacks an spectacular head. It has one of the maltiest aromas ive had for a DIPA, and there is a lot of pepper in it too. I get a lot of cracked pepper in the taste too. I would say it might be a little more weighted towards sweet rather than bitter, but it still has an awesome hoppiness. Great beer. Hopefully Tasty's Janet's Brown Ale has been submitted and will win for next year.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see SA pick a DIPA from the Longshot series.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed copper/amber with a 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace as it settled ratther quickly.Big citric hop aromas intermingled with some caramel biscuit,a little herb and tea shows thru as well.Not over the top hops but a good hop presence on the palate,citric and herbal hops battling out with a big caramel base.Pretty good hop complexity but not over the top,a well made DIPA.

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Photo of blackearth
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Poured into the special Sam Adams glass this beer has a dark orange body with a white head that falls to a thin cap. Aroma is of fruity and floral hops. Full bodied with a big hop bitterness that doesn't make your mouth pucker. Surprisingly well balanced with lots toasty malts that give way to an extremely long and dry aftertaste leaving you begging for another sip. Sam Adams should buy this homebrew recipe and make it year after year because it is excellent!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a deep hazy dark orange with a half inch of creamy off white head on top that lingers awhile. Aromas start out with sweet caramel and biscuit malts alongside a swaths of floral and citric hop oils. A bit of an odd spiciness lingers underneath along with dirty, earthy accents. Not as clean as I would like.

First sip brings sweet malt upfront with caramel and biscuit coming through. It doesn't take long for the flavor to move to earthy, spicy, citric hops. The bitterness blasts through and attacks the palate with some floral accents on the way down. Finishes with ongoing bitterness that's a bit too much and an earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel is dense with malt and creamy accents. Good carbonation as it flows down. A little too much syrupy slickness. Overall, I recall this being better when I first tried it and this one has been in the fridge since I got it. Seems like it's going downhill a bit so if you have any drink it up now!

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Photo of 40451
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a hazy appearance and a nice orange amber color. Its head is bright white, tall and slow fading. It eventually settles down to just a thin ring of lace and each sip is marked by a ring of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a big powerful hit of pine and resiny hops in the nose.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor is dominated by a powerful and intense hop presence over sweet boozy and roasted malt notes. There are notes of pine, resin, citrus and some floral hops throughout with plenty of bitterness that hangs onto the palate well into and after the finish. The texture is thick, full bodied and slick with light carbonation.

Notes: Overall its hop complexity becomes very one dimensional after half way though the bottle.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy orange/amber body with a tall offwhite head that leaves ample patchy lacing.

Aroma is grassy and grapefruity, with a toasty caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a thick and creamy carbonation.

Taste has a prominent citrusy grapefruit and chewy caramel profile. Grassy hops and a grainy maltiness are underneath. No complexities here.

Comes off a decently balanced DIPA that is very drinkable, just not exceptional.

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Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with an off-white head leaving good lacing. Grapefruit, pine, and a lot of grassy aromas in the nose with a little bit of a caramel undertone. Taste is of sweet caramel malt, a touch of grain, and then a bunch of pine and grass. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty good beer. I'd drink this again, but just seems to have a bit too much maltiness for my liking.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright orange color with a rather weak head that didn't stick around for the ride

S: I'd like to say I can smell all seven variety of hops used... Im sure someone here will... Uhh I can't! but it smells like grapefruit and bubble gum with some deep floral notes

T: About like it smells. Starts heavy on the hops with the grapefruit and citrus. Surprisingly not that bitter, im guessing the majority were late addition hops. a lingering sour affect stays with you for some time after the swallow

M: Medium body and smooth, kinda like the majority of the beer from SA, I know this isn't their recipe but it has their flare.

D: this is a great DIPA, the first one available Nationwide supposedly, I dunno, it was in some other post. It's good though, get one quick, I think its only here for a year!

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Photo of bsp77
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark hazy orange with persistent (but small) head and lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, dry malt and pine.

Taste: Nice hop taste of grapefruit, pine and orange, countered by semi-dry malts that remind me of an English Bitter. Very strong bitterness at the end and aftertaste. Bitterness seems too strong in comparison to the actual hop taste. Too unbalanced. It actually reminds me of Bigfoot, but without the nice malt complexity. Can't really detect the alcohol. Please note, I did not drink this too cold, probably around 50 to 55 degrees for most of the glass.

Feel: Full bodied, slightly chewy, not quite as smooth as some other DIPAs.

Drinkability: Nice, slow sipping DIPA. However, I can't really imagine having a second one on the same night.

Note: Once the beer really warmed up (65+ degrees), the unbalanced bitterness subsided somewhat, but then it did taste like alcohol (and grapefruit). Still not that great.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I heard this is a Pliny clone. After drinking it, if it is, its a very poor copy. On its own, its a decent DIPA. Poured oily copepr with a bursting white head. Sticky lacing. Aroma smelled a bit earthy, plenty of pine and grapefruit, along with a sweeter mango/melon. Taste was nice. Sweet citrus, again with the grapefruit and mango, but also some blood orange and lemon. Lots of caramel sweetness which builds up towards the end. No real resin/pine bite, which was kind of disappointing. Mouthfeel was full, somewhat sticky, and long. I liked it, its better than some of SA's regular "professional" brews.

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Photo of Kraken
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/5/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Firm pour yields a scant bright white head that lasts only a few moments. Spotty lace at best. Color is a deep clouded almost burnt orange. Coloration is fantastic.

Nose- Nose is interesting. Some floral honey suckle, overripe orange. Brandy notes, some caramel and vanilla, and a smattering of tangerine.

Palate- Very bitter. Notes of tangerine, caramel, honey and overripe orange. Bitterness is almost overpowering. Tastes like it was brewed with grapefruit rind. Tasty, but not for the faint of heart. Finish is long, and bitter.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy. Almost imperial stout like in the mouth syrupy and cloying.

Drinkability- At 9% and with the mouthfeel of syrup I couldn't drink more then one or two.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being an ale brewed with seven different kinds of hops, totaling over six pounds per barrel, it comes as no surprise that Double IPA smells strongly of grapefruit and pine. What does come as a surprise, however, is that there is almost as much malt in the nose as hops; sugars come through strongly, bearing apricot, brown sugar, and an almost Jolly Rancher-like level of candy sweetness.

On the tongue, hops are far and away the most obvious flavor, flooring the tastebuds like an overly-caffeinated teenager in his daddy's midlife-crisis Miata. Grapefruit and pine nearly overwhelm the senses here, making this an ideal hop-lover's beverage. There are still malts in the background, fighting like mad for attention, and bringing a lovely plateful of toasted grains, apricots, caramelized brown sugars, oak, vanilla, and even a hint of dark fruit ester--perhaps plum or raisin. Right at the end, the beer turned slightly dark--almost coffee-like--before the hops kicked back in to dominate the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a great beer, and yet another in the 2008 LongShot pack that deserves to be put into full-time production. Yes, doing so might strip the entire western hemisphere of hops, but god, would it ever be worth it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a hazy dark orange, almost mahaghony with a nice looking 2 fingers of off white head.amazing sticky lacing and good head retention.

the aroma is hoppy to say the least. i get spicy, earthy hops, and piney hops as well as a nice malt background.

amazing complex ipa here. extremely well balanced. such a wonderful fresh hop taste. very earthy, spicey, and piney hops with a little bit of alcohol warmth noticeable towards the finish. nice malt background as well. ends with a wonderful strong bitterness. you can really feel the oily residue from all the hops.

pretty big mouthfeel to this one. medium to low carbonation. extremely drinkable for a 9% IPA. i really wish sam adams would make this year round. i always thought they needed an ipa in their line up, and this one could potentially be the best. this is up their with my favorite IPAs for sure. i would recommend this to any hop lover.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip a deep murky orange with a one finger white head. Head disapaited rather quickly, minimal lacing. Smell is VERY strong. It's like the warning to your mouth that this thing is gonna hop punch you in the face. And that's exactly what it does. Taste is over kill on the hops. Almost. I don't know that you could go overboard on hops, but this just might be it. Mouthfeel is perfect, just the right amount of carbonation to set off the hop bite. Alcohol is slightly evident. Overall, this is the holy grail for hop heads. Pliney the what?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rocky chunky head forms nicely cream off white tone with a clouded copper hue carrying the body. Head is thick and rises well above the rim of my Fathead's pint glass, after one big gulp the head sticks to the sides sporadically and pretty thin. Aroma has a strong earthiness, and pine cone kick to it kinda lays off the citrus compared to most DIPAs. A layer of powdered yeast packs and dough combine together with some evident sugary sweetness. Flavor is upfront with the hop bitterness and the hop flavor comes in waves, it starts with a sharp pine cone note and wanders through a dirty hop edge bringing out the earthiness. A ton of bitterness sticks around all prickly like on my tongue. Mouthfeel has some hop oils to it and carbonation is pretty soft and soothing. Goes down pretty easily, although I could do without the raw abrasiveness, drinkability is okay.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with an off white, slightly yellow tinted head. the head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer smells mostly of grapefruit. I can detect some pine also. I can smell a slight sweet malty backbone.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Pine and grapefruit. I can taste the alcohol in this one.

This beer is full bodied. It is pretty syrupy. It leaves a piney aftertaste. The alcohol wamrs the throat on the way down.

This beer would not make the best session beer. It is too high in alcohol, and the strong syrupy flavor would be cloying quickly.

Overall: This beer is ok. It is nothing spectacular. If this is all it takes to win the Longshot, I may have a chance. Decent beer though.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops with good amounts of sweet caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are quickly joined by solid citrus flavors - mostly grapefruit - with hints of earthy pine. As it warms it gets slightly boozy but the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Ending is moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid IPA and one I'd like to try again. Nice job by McDole.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an orange body that is clear but slightly dense with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a super thick head of antique white meringue that last for the full beer as a thick film.

S- The smell of caramel malt and white nougat give way to a vibrant bold full hop complex aroma with pine and citrus qualities.

T- The big taste of citrus, earthy, piney hops layer each other nicely with a sweet caramel malt note coming through after the first few sips. There is a soft bitter note in the finish that lingers after each sip as a soft pungent flavor.

M- The medium mouthfeel is finished with fizz that enhances the hop bite at the finish. There is no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer has a big flavor with wonderful complexity and depth to the hop profile and a good support from the malt. This beer has lots of hops flavor but the bitterness in kept in balance.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dull, orange color with a voluminous white head. Lots of lace around the glass. Notes of citrus and pine on the nose with grapefruit taking the lead. I've smelled stronger IPA's but this one's pretty darn good. Sharp bitterness up front that softens towards the finish. Plenty of grapefruit-type citrus but there's a sweetness on the tip of my tongue that I can't quite put my finger on. It seems to soften the blow of the hops and creates a pretty pleasant taste profile. The pine flavor comes through a bit more on the finish. All in all it seems pretty subdued for a DIPA but doesn't suffer for it. A very refreshing brew in a lot of ways. Definitely something I'd drink again if I could.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about you but I bought the six pack just for the two IIPA's. It pours hazy orange with a little sediment on the bottom. Bottle conditioned or just unfiltered? The head is dull tan and doesn't last long in a hop oil slick.

You can smell the citrus hops right out of the bottle from arms distance away. I can hear my stomach growl in anticipation. Getting a closer whiff I get some grain alcohol and a musty malt scent. The hops according to the bottle are from 7 different American breads which explains why the nose goes from floral to citrus, then piny and earthy/ grassy. No real identity other then hops galore.

This is beer continues it's odd identity crisis into the flavor department. Don't get me wrong this is all IIPA but the confusion comes from all the competing flavors from those bold hops. Pine covered grapefruit and a slew of grassy floral. The malts have no chance with the hops but a subtle note does come through and lingers into the finish with some honey.

A barleywine amount of bitterness that is good but a little harsh for my taste. Dare I say this one is over hopped? I never thought those words could be thought about any beer but here I am writing them. There is just to many conflicting flavors to make it a all around pleasing beer. I feel like this one could age for another month or two to see if the flavors and scents further mingle.

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Photo of degerbah
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This rating is going to have to be a little weird. Pours beautifully. Looks just like any other DIPA. Oh the Hops, Oh God the Hops. The smell is like gettnig hit over the head by a baseball bat. Pure Hops. There is a Runination-esque amount of flavoring. It;s a good thing it's my last beer of this session because everything else would taste like water.

Almost no alcohol taste is detectable over the hops and the abv puts some barley wines to shame. I might continue to buy longshots packs just to hoard this beer. Probably a better beer than I'm rating it, it's the definition of an extreme beer.

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Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BetterDarker
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a decent cream-colored head. Little retention with no lacing.

S - Pine forward hop aroma that even someone without a nose could smell. Due to the hop strength I am not picking up any other aromas.

T -Solid malt backbone well balanced by the piney hop taste. While it is pine forward, there's a lot more going on here with the hops. Can't tell which but I'd say there are at least 4 different hops in this beer

M - Medium-full bodied, a bit dry and bitter. Smooth but carbonated amply.

D - Very drinkable for me, if this was available on a regular basis I would drink it A LOT.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams- Long Shot DIPA

A- Hazy orange brown with a good thick tight bubbly head. Thick lacing along the top half of the glass.
S- Thick sweet sugary malts with a sweet grapefruit hop bite.
T- Thick and malty, bits of caramel up front. Big sweet and bitter grapefruit hops take over.
M- Very thick and sweet. Big bitter grapefruit body and finish.

Overall- Bitter and tasty.

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LongShot Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 398 ratings