LongShot Double IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

LongShot Double IPALongShot Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
LongShot Double IPALongShot Double IPA
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-orange color...murky

S-aroma is herbal/tobacco/weed....maybe a little orange marmalade on the aroma too.

T-Abrasive bitterness..lacks sweeer, juicier hops flavors....hops blow away any malt backing....I guess if they upped the malt load this would turn into a Barley Wine maybe...

M-Light side of full bodied....very dry bitter finish...I like DIPA's like Hopslam and Pliny...this one has nowhere near the flavor and instead has a nasty abrasive bitterness

D-Wow...if you want a hopped up DIPA this is it. Along the lines of Rogue I2PA...too one sided for me and not real enjoyable to drink

May 06, 2009
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naterock from Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(reviewed from notes)
Poured into a tasting glass with a cloudy golden color no lacing a very little head

Smell is hops and nothing else really, nothing else

Taste is so overpowered. I know it's a DIPA but damn it would be nice for at least a taste of some malts. Seriously lacks complexity but if that's what some one was shooting for then good job. Reminds me of other single hop IPAs.

Mouth is very oily and overly carbonated, not very inviting even for a hop fiend. drinks slowly because it is truly hard to handle.

Apr 12, 2009
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spokeydonkey from New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this for a while. This is supposedly based on Russian River's Pliny the Elder, which I can't get out here on the east coast.

A - Copper with a hint of red in the beer. Quite cloudy. A decent head on the beer, that stays as a thin layer of foam on the beer throughout.

S - Hops! I'm getting a ton of citrus, pine and floral hops.

T - Starts off as a malty-sweet, bitter brew. The hop flavor picks up from there. It's pine and floral hops dominate, then give way into a citrus bitterness in the finish. It's balanced out by a nice toasty flavor at the finish. It's a bit on the sweet side compared to some I've had.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. You definitely get some warming alcohol from this one, but nothing harsh.

D - Very drinkable for the style. A nice complex set of hop flavors and aromas. A bit more malt flavor and sweetness than I'd like in a double IPA, but it's definitely one of the best I've had at showcasing hops.

Apr 22, 2009
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Another6Pack from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 26, 2011
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 2008 Longshot Winners' sampler pack:

In my Duvel tulip rests Mike McDole's fire-hearted amber-orange brew, the glowing body topped with a finger-thick cap of ivory foam. The head is creamy and persistent, resting at a thick sheet and depositing copious bands of foamy lacing upon the sides of the glass.

Crisp, snappy citrus, bright evergreen herbs and a note of pineapple sprinkled with crushed hemp blaze forth in the potent aroma cloud emanating from the brew. The perfume is floral and fruity with only the vaguest whiff of alcohol hinting at the potent brew lurking beneath.

The taste is succulently malty up front-- toasty, caramelly, firm-bodied and rich-- but bristles with palate-expanding alcohol, oily citrus, hop-crispenend dryness, and is sent into orbit by a potent bitter punch that invades the finish, kicks all the sugary ass in the realm, and then just for good measure declares itself king of the aftertaste.

The drink is lush and fullish in body, rich, creamy, smooth, perfectly-carbonated and highly delicious. A dangerously drinkable brew comparable to the finest examples of the style. Excellent.

May 14, 2009
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Jayli from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a murky burnt orange with a one and a half finger head that disappears quickly. Nice dose of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of strong floral and citrus hops with a touch of grassiness.

T: Taste starts with a strong floral hop bite to the beer, lending to a malt backbone that is present throughout the beer, big pine and grapefruit citrus fill out the middle, and the finish has a bit of grassiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, starts of rich with a chewy feel to it.

D: This is the first SA's offering that I felt didn't have that "house" flavoring to it. Great drinkability, very well done.

Oct 29, 2009
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Casey10 from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into chalice:

A - Hazy orange 1 finger head

S - citrus/organge

T - tart, grapefruit, burnt orange

M - stings a bit if you swish the beer around leaves a bit of a aftertaste.

D - I might drink more I am not sure about this one though. Maybe it warmed up too much perhaps colder I may like it more.

May 16, 2009
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber pour with a nice 1-finger head. Good retention and very nice thick lacing.

Way more flower than citrus in the nose. Citrus is there (with weak grapefruit), but floral aromas dominate. Just a tad bit spicy, too, and there is a lot to suggest that this one will have an excellent malt body. Picking up bread as well.

Hits harder than it finishes, which is rare for me in an IPA. Intense hop presence builds after the beer is gone, though. Nice alcohol burn, too. Chewy in the middle, with a surprising sweetness on the back of the tongue. Flowery in taste as well as in smell.

Feel is right on. Not syrupy at all. Great malt body to balance the aggressive hops.

Surprisingly easy to drink for something close to 10%.

Apr 26, 2010
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HalfFull from California

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange golden with a touch of haze and a half inch of slightly off white head. Offers good head retention and lacing.

Decent nose of citrus and light floral initially, a bit too cascade for me. Fortunately this opens up and becomes more balanced quickly, adding lots of pine and wet peat to the mix. Yet smell requires a bit too much digging.

Lots of bitterness on the tongue initially with some citrus malts midway and in the close. Alcohol well hidden all the way through. Good mouthfeel and carbonation but a long bitterness on the close limits Drink and makes we reach for some water.

May 13, 2009
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Kraken from Maryland

3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Jul 06, 2009
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paytoplay from California

2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just doesn't do it for me. With a wealth of IIPA experience it comes off carmel sweet, nose and finish. Some bitters and somewhat of a finish. Just nothing like any other west cost IIPA. Prob a ton of this was made so A+ given to the quantity and effort. But having cheap champagne it just has that hangover sweetness / midwest IIPA feel. And Pliny elder sampled just before really laid down the law. Still nice to see the effort put in. Also says drink by Sept 09. Maybe this right out of the shoot it was fresher and better? Still fun to try a sam adams product. The 6 pack with cherry and bock were also both not good. This being the most flavorfull but not really the "best" per say.

May 23, 2009
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BrewerB from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Medium orange color, hazy. 1 Finger, off-white foam. Lacing left behind. Excellent head retention.

S - Prominent hoppy nose that offers up mango, orange peel, herbal, and grassy notes. Variety of hop flavors add to the complexity and interest.

T - Hops dominate this brew. Very high level of bitterness. Intense hop flavors that include grassy, citrus, and a slight herbal/minty note. Long lingering bitterness persisting into the dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly resiny feel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Lacking in astringency (as it should).

D - While not a beer to guzzle down and repeat, this DIPA is one hell of a beer. The complexity in the hop nose is outstanding. Tons of bitterness and hops ooze through the flavor and a wonderful dry finish certainly helps increase its drinkability.

Apr 22, 2009
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Lexluthor33 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber,orange with a hazy outlook. Medium sized head and good lace.

The aroma was exceptional. Light,floral hops with fruit tones along with passion fruit,kiwi and melon. very nice aroma.

The taste was sweet,mild malts,alcohol,hops and lots of them. Bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a quick flash.
Th feel was medium body,smooth carbonation with some alcohol warmth. As it warms it bitters up a bit and provides a dry finish with a zing.The balance seemed a little off to me with malts and hops not complementing each other as well as they could.

Notes: This was good,but far from great. A long shot indeed yet nothing to be ashamed of at all. The alcohol did seem to be too present.

May 03, 2009
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Brewsmith from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Aroma is big with hops, piney, resiny, and pineapple notes. A cloudy amber color with a light tan head. Assertively bitter and hop flavored with a little sweetness and toasty bread crust from the malt. Thick and chewy, but with a clean, fairly dry, bitter finish. A very nice double IPA. Not as heavy as many, keeping it drinkable.

Jun 20, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of strong juicy spicy hops, caramel, and citrus. A very good scent, but falls short of perfection.

Taste of powerful piny and juicy hops, some grass, citrus, and a hint of caramel. Good, but disappointing, malts fail to balance the strong hoppy flavor, the hop flavors seem to be a bit disjointed as well. Did not live up to the hype in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a small amount of carbonation. I would like more carbonation or a thinner body.

Apr 21, 2009
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a semi-clear deep orange with a small white head. Aroma of hop resin, sweet citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and malty at first with a powerful, resiny, bitter hops finish. The palate is rather heavy, especially for a 9% beer. Too sweet, too thick for my liking. Hardly any distinct flavors came out, just a muddled mess basically. I had high hopes for this one but oh well...

Jun 09, 2009
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spycow from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Nov 15, 2014
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biggred1 from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden orange with a million tiny suspended yeast particles barely visable. Big foamy sand colored head that leaves plenty of lacing behind as it slowly melts. The nose is nice and hoppy with notes of pineapple, mint and toffee. Wow, I wish I could just buy this by the case for the price of regular SA. Bruising piney and fruity hop flavors that grow ever more complex and tasty as it warms up a bit. Nicely balanced with rich maltiness and warm alcohol in the finish. Medium slick mouthfeel with mild carbonation. A treat.

Jul 01, 2009
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mjl21 from California

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the new SA glass. Purchase by date is 09/09.

A-Pours a hazy orangish amber. Has a one finger white head that dissolves into a white cover. There is a decent amount of bubbles that rise from the bottle of the glass.

S-Citrus hops, particularly orange and grapefruit. Not the pine smell associated with PTE. A tad bit of sweet malt is picked up.

T-Upfront there is a lot of grapefruit and tropical citrus taste. There is some caramel malt that can be found in the middle. The aftertaste was where this one lost me. It is very chalky with a taste that is reiminiscent of the orange powder used to flavor an Orange Julius.

M-Upper end of medium. Creamy and has a comfortable level of carbonation. The chalkiness does bring down the score.

D-The chalkiness in the back of mouth limits this one for me.

I have been looking forward to trying this since I heard it had won the Longshot contest two years ago and had to be put on hold because of the hop shortage. I was disappointed because I love DIPAs and PTE especially. Probably a great beer when it was brewed for the contest, but one that is hard to replicate on a massive scale.

May 27, 2009
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bcm119 from California

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-copper with a slight haze. Bubbly white head. Deeply fruity hop aroma. Brimming with juicy hops; a funky, skunky hop flavor reminiscent of very good pot. Hints of ripe citrus and bubblegum. The malt is supple and soft, with a neutral caramel flavor but lending substantial body and viscosity. A tad sticky, although the finish is impressively dry for the gravity of this brew: chewy in the middle but cleans up pretty nicely. A showcase for interesting hop flavors. Impressive and very drinkable for 9% abv.

May 09, 2009
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours an orange-tinted, golden amber color. An over two-finger head of thick, off-white foam forms. Retention is very good. Lacing is solid and very sticky.

Big citrusy hops notes are very prominent. Lots of grapefruit and orange and a nice touch of lemon. Wonderful presence of rich, caramel malts balance it out.
Smells like a beautiful DIPA/IIPA.

The hops hit the palate first. Resin-y notes of grapefruit and orange peel mix with floral notes. The hops notes are sharp and fairly bitter. The caramel malt backbone tries its best to bring balance, but it just isn't quite strong enough to pull it off.
It's no secret that there has been a lot of talk about this one being a Pliny clone. While it definitely has the same elements as Pliny, and is comparable on a few points, it lacks the balance that Pliny so beautifully displays.

Nicely full-bodied. Thick, smooth and creamy. The sharpness of the hops, on the tongue, detracts from the score on this one.

It's my opinion that this one is too out of balance to be enjoyed with any regularity. It's nice on occasion, but I wouldn't want a case of them.

Jun 14, 2009
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy copper colour with a mid-range head that leaves globs of residue on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of hops, spice and malt: a bit citrusy, piney, juicy, earthy and peppery all at the same time. Nothing dominates for a well balanced aroma overall.

Flavour is a steam engine of hops that slams into you at full speed: pine and some citrus at first and then a nice quick blend with a bit of a pepper bite and also a dirty earthy maltiness. Again, everything is balanced here, much like the aroma. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an oily slickness to it and also a bit of hotness from the alcohol, which is masked quite nicely in both the aroma and flavour.

This is a nice Double IPA for sure. It hits you with a ton of hop flavour without being overbearing or terribly unbalanced. The LongShot sampler pack is a solid three for three this year.

Apr 24, 2009
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KeefD from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden orange, one finger of white head, light lacing. Aroma is peppery and herbal, some light pine and grapefruit. I'd like to know what type of hops give this spicy, peppery aroma, because I just don't like it and would like to avoid all beers that utilize them. Taste is the same herbal hop character that was in the nose, there's nice underlying sweetness to it, somewhat balanced, but the bitterness is a bit acrid, a bit of citrus and pine in the background that would make this beer a winner if it were in the front rather than the herbal varieties. Bitter, crisp mouthfeel, biting carbonation, alcohol is warming. I dunno, I've heard this is a Pliny close, but it must be from before Pliny is what it is today, because Pliny knocks this one on it's ass. I wanted a grapefruit bomb and I got a mouth full of pepper and herbs. Not my thing and wouldn't be purchasing this again even it were a regular offering.

Apr 23, 2009
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green, grassy spicey hops with a tad of caramel and some mild fruitiness from the malt in the background. Not robust overall, but prominent especially with a resin, and some pine that is pervasive.
Cloudy, gold amber. 1/2 inch head settles to a heavy ring with a scattered bubbles. Short-lived lacing after every drink.
Full rich flavors with ample bitterness surrounded by grapefruit flavors. Strong hop flavors too, including a green stem/leaf flavor up and beyond the resin and citrus. Solid malt base supports and prevents beyond the pale expressiveness (for hard-core hop heads).
Moderately high feel holding a viscosity that was pleasant. Lower carbonation.
This is a fairly intense. The flavors up front move through quite nicely and go down well. Later, the bold bitterness and hop flavors slow the drinking down and this includes a full richness as well.

Apr 25, 2009
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generallee from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Aug 14, 2009
LongShot Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 398 ratings