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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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Monkeyknife on 04-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 362
Photo of tzieser
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of 1fastz28
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well i dont know how it can get any better, i really dont. it looks great, smells great, its just perfect....

it has a deep orange cloudy hue to it with a slight cloudiness to it, it laces very well and just looks great.

smell just hits you in the face, a buffet of different hops, with no hint of malt, its all hops baby.

taste is fantastic too, surprisingly drinkable too, it just beats your tounge with hop bitterness, not floral, just a pungent hop beatdown

mouthfeel is full and rich, not watered down at all, it is like a hop syrup.

i'm going to buy every case of this years long shot i can find.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, how can this be only rated a B+? Man, I guess people can't believe this one should be up there with the likes of Pliny the Younger or Stone's Ruination. Whatever you believe, this one deserves to be up with these big boys.

A: It pours a cloudy, amber/orange,.

S: Hops, oh sweet hops.

T: How can this one be any better? Tastes of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale just with a butt-load of hops. It tastes fantastic! Malt sweetness with hop bitterness. Just when you think it is balanced, the hops smack you in the face and let you know it is a great DIPA.

M: Nice bitter dryness that is accentuated by the hops.

D: Too easy to drink. I finished the bottle in no time. But at 9.6 ABV, you can't have too many or you will be like the film "The Hangover."

Conclusion: A must have beer. I am so sad that this will be a one-time affair. Gosh, this is sex-in-a-bottle. But I am glad to have gotten a chance to try this artistic expression of the Beer Gods. Man, this one was GREAT!

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Photo of jnfs
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber in color, with a very small amount of head. As far as carbonation goes, it is moderately carbonated. This beers aroma is of citrus, spice and a caramel smell, that almost literally smells sweet. Wow, this has one helluva taste that begins, follows through and finishes with straight hops... but it's not too much very balanced (for a beer guy). There are undertones of the aforementioned caramel, I believe partially responsible for the balance. This is a superb beer Mike, congratulations on the win and thanks for creating such an awesome beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of talk and enthusiasm about Mike McDole's homebrew contest winning DIPA. Of course, just about none of us got to taste the original batch; I wonder how closely this version replicates the original?

Appearance is a thing of beauty. Well-hazed sunset orange/rust color with an uber-creamy inch-thick head that reduces to a half-inch and then just stays put. Morse code lace left up and down the glass.

Aroma is a super-well balanced mingling of various hops and a firm malt base. Candy-like in its maltiness, yet not too sweet, it's of course the hops that take center stage. Floral, herbal, piney, citrusy--pretty much all the characteristics you can squeeze from the mighty hop--all balanced, everything well-represented and in order. And that's just the nose.

My word this tastes incredible. Hops incarnate, yes, but it exhibits such remarkable balance. This is not a tongue-lasher along the lines of Hopsickle, but something with more depth and balance (nothing against Hopsickle, it's great for what it is). Piney and rind-like yet not astringent, with a sweet malt center that almost veers toward the sickly sticky sweetness of cotton candy, but then reels it in for balance (again with the balance thing. Damn.) Flare of alcoholic butterscotch and something medicinal in the back and into the finish. So the alcohol is present, but well-incorporated. Grapefruit and orange abound, flesh and rind. Almost seems like there should be a ton of Vitamin C in here. If only...

Rounded, slick, buttery, creamy mouth. Just right for the style.

The finish lasts and lasts and lasts. It's beyond long. This one sticks with you, and is pretty much not going to do any beer justice that has to follow it. Amazing how hop-loaded it is, but also how solid and approachable it seems (thank you, generous malt presence). So close to the perfect Double IPA. Mike McDole--you the man. I hope somebody somewhere makes this a year-round offering. Between Southern Tier's Gemini and Avery's Ale To The Chief, this sits right up there with the best double IPAs of 2009.

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Photo of Shaw
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber in color with a sticky and foamy off-white head.

The aroma is all about the hops: Herbal, earthy, citrus -- this beer has it all. The aroma reminds me of smelling hops before homebrewing.

The taste is wonderful. Big hops flavors (earthy, vegetable and citrus) and bitterness mix with a slight sweetness from the malt. This is a hop bomb. This must have been dry-hopped with pounds of the stuff. Noticeable alcohol flavors.

Great body that's smooth yet also light, perhaps from the alcohol.

A must for hopheads, especially at the ridiculous cheap price SA charges for its Longshot six-packs.

This is a masterpiece and the best beer I've had from Samuel Adams. Add this beer to your year-round offerings, please!

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Photo of lincoln44
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

heard this was coming to town and couldn't wait. St. Louis is not lucky enough to get Pliny and being that this is a clone I became a instantly interested. I bought one of two cases delivered to my specialty supplier.
A- Nice color, copper colored. I didn't get any lacing but I might have had it chilled more than recommended.

S- I've never smelled the hop fields at harvest time but I could guess that it is something like this beer. Citrusy sweet and pungent.

T- It has been too long since I have last tasted Pliny but from what I remember Sam Adams/ Mike McDole have done a great job in creating in my mind a wonderful tasting hop bomb. I really feel like I am drinking liquid hops and I fucking love it.

M- Unable to taste the alcohol but the malt is just enough to balance the bitterness of the massive hop load.

D- I am glad to have purchased the case of the long shot beers. The other two beers are decent, but I paid $7.50 per sixer and thats ok in my mind when it includes this beer that could go for $5 a bottle or $6-7 a pint at the bar.

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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 mattcrill
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Dank and pine-like hop aromas. Moderate carmel notes in the background. Moderate warming alcohol aroma that provide a pleasant counterpoint to the agressive American hops.

Appearance: Cloudy golden colored pour with a sticky white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Flavor: More earthy and piney hop notes up front. Mild background carmel sweetness to help provide some character but the balance is definitely towards the hops. Finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and sticky on the back of the palate with a slight alcohol burn/warming.

Overall impression: A very big, dry, hop forward beer. This is fantastic. It's nice to see SA make a hop forward ale like this. I know McDole is the reason for it but it's so good. This Longshot pack is fantastic and this Imperial IPA is one of the main reasons for this great sixer!

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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 lackenhauser
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice-honey orange sort of color to it. A touch of lacing on down the glass. Big hoppy aroma-very floral. A great burst of resiny/pine goodnes in there. Big blast of citrus hops upfront. Lingering bitterness though the whole sip. Nice tongue stripping action on this one. As hoppy as this beer is the malt really shines thru for me. I cant remember a more balanced double IPA. Great mouthfeel. Who says this is 9%? No way here. If this is a Pliny clone I need to get me some of that and try it. Should be a year round offering. Just a killer brew IMHO.

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

A: cloudy orangish color

S: bold, citrusy hops aroma...lots of hop aroma

T: very powerful hops profile that leaves a strong bitterness in the aftertaste

MF: feels like a bunch of hops in my mouth, medium bodied

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. too bad it's in the longshots pack. if you are a hophead, this beer is for you.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice hazy amber color with a tall and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass really well all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and caramelized malts, then a huge citrusy/floral hop aroma that the only way I could describe it was WOW.
T: Tastes of a nice caramilized malt and sweet roasted malt base underneath a huge cirtusy and floral hop flavor that is what a DIPA is supposed to taste like.
M: Very fresh, crisp, perfect amount of carbonation, and actually a bit refreshing (I don't normally get that from one of these beers) so it was great.
D: Pretty drinkable. I wish that Boston Beer Co. would add this to the regular Sam Adams lineup, it would be a new favorite.

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber-blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy, floral hops with a grapefruit feel to them. Very nice and not typical for a SA brew.

Taste is full of grassy, floral hops that linger in the middle and give way to a nice malt underlay that's full of breadiness. This beer is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, floral hops with the grapefruit essence as well. Beer goes down with no harsh flavors. Carbonation is just right. It's very nice.

Wow. This beer certainly was worth the wait due to the hops crisis. Very drinkable and a very good example. I aspire to be like Mr.McDole when it comes to producing homebrewed beer. It's certainly an inspiration and a honor to try this beer. You need to check it out at least once!

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I was not expecting this to be this good. This stuff is just absolutely loaded with hops.

A: Brown, a little hazy. Nice white head that laces a lot and retains well.

S: Smelling this beer is like smelling an amazing bouquet. There's no other way to describe it. This beer is just loaded with awesome hop flavor. I've never smelled anything like it in my life.

T: Surprisingly, this beer isn't too bitter. I think it's balanced just right. There is some malt, but it's mostly buried by the overwhelming hop taste.

M: A little on the fizzy side, and definitely on the drier side, as it should be.

D: This is not a session beer. Drink one and be happy. This stuff is intense.

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Photo of hossua34
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque, molasses red-brown. Medium head, low retention. Moderate spots of lacing.

S - Sweet hops, floral and fruity. Delicious. Like candied grapefruit and other fruits.

T - Bready, piney, fruity... almost like mead. Bitter, but not a straight-up bitterness. Great balance.

M - Great mouthfeel. Well-rounded and smooth.

D - Catches up to you fast. Hoppy and strong, but I could still easily drink another. Reading the label, and seeing that each barrel was brewed with over six pounds of hops, I kind of expected a lip-pucking, bitter experience. Man, this brew far surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is abundant with American hops - citric, resinous pine, floral, tropical fruity, and somewhat pungent. Mild caramel/roasted malt notes poke through, but this beer's about the hop. Smells simply decedent.

Pours mildly hazy amber gold with a massive, truly massive, head. Looks quite good.

Flavor follows nose with a solid malt to launch this hop assault from, and hints of alcohol. Only moderate bitterness really. Mild sweetness takes on a caramel malt vibe. I'll try to describe the wonderment of hops in this beer, even though I can't do it justice with words: citric overtones speak of grapefruit, blood orange, and bitter orange peel; then resinous pine in feeling almost as much as in flavor, then a floral perfume of tropical fresh flowers, followed by softer notes of earth, herb, leaf, and pungentness - a beautiful spectrum of hop grandeur that is everything a Double IPA should be. Tastes great. Feels good. Great drinkability.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass. "Purchase before Sep 2009" is notched on the side of the label.

A- Slightly hazy copper/amber. Pours with 2+ fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Leaves tons of thick, sticky lacing as consumed.

S- Delicious pine hoppiness, and also some grapefruit and grassiness. As the head settles, some malty-sweet notes start sneaking through. Very good..

T- Lots of resinous pine, and a bit of grassiness, which gives a formidable hop pop, and has a fantastic bitter finish. Rich malt backbone provides a counter punch of sweetness and balance to the bitterness. Alcohol notes are mixed in subtly.

M- Moderate carbonation. Quite full feeling. Wonderfully creamy and smooth. Absolutely stellar.

D- Outstanding.

Future outlook: Wow...waaay better than I ever expected...this is easily my new all time favorite SA brew...too bad it's not a regular....absolutely loved it. Big props to the winner who brewed this (Mike McDole).

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Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so after what... a year and a half of waiting? I'm finally able to try this.

Appearance- a bit hazy, wondering now if this is bottle conditioned? Would be true to the homebrewing aspect I suppose. Color reminds me of clover honey.

Smell- WOW. I would venture to say that this beer showcases hops better than any other beer I've ever had. Not a small statement for me to make. Oh, and again with the honey.

Taste- Again... WOW. I want this recipe. The perfect balance of sweet and bitter... well, for a DIPA anyway. The malt is really toasty and delicious. Hints of toffee, and coffee even. Weird for a DIPA, but very very good and interesting, as they remain just whispers in the background. Honey remains a theme, and I've got to conlcude that there HAS to be some honey malt in here somwhere. They say that there are 7 different hops in here, so I won't make a fool of myself trying to guess which ones.

Mouthfeel- Simply superb. It's got that near creamy double ipa feel that I love. Somewhat raw and unrefined like a typical homebrew, but that's ok.

Drinkability- Need to bring this back in a different capacity, plain and simple. Time for BBC to offer a DIPA as part of the imperial series. So good

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Photo of rowew
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, came in the mixed Longshot pack. Best by month and ABV both clearly marked.

Appearance: Cloudy orange, nice head with good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Tons of hops as soon as you pop the cap. Sticky resinous hop aroma, with just a bit of fruit mixed in - but its all hops.

Taste: Well, I've heard they were going for a Pliny clone .. and it ain't far off. Lots of bitterness, but plenty of hop flavor as well, with a decent malt backbone.

Overall impression: I would love to be able to get this in six packs (12 packs, cases, kegs, whatever!). Highly drinkable, dangerous when you consider the ABV.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh, this is brilliant. Picked up this year's longshot 6-pack before I'd heard the controversy over this ale. This is so much better than the average DIPA.

A: Gorgeous golden color. Hazy. And you just know it's a heavy hop presence that's making it hazy.

S: Here's the most amazing part. There is so much going on here. Floral, citrusy, I could go on to name most of the adjectives we use for hops- there's a little of each, coming together like a symphony.

T: Everything the smell promises. A little alcohol in the taste, but it's mild. A little malt presence in the front, but it's quickly overpowered.

M: Sticky, but light and dry. I wouldn't expect it to pack the punch it does while feeling so light.

D: My mouth tells me I could drink these all night. I drank this glass embarrassingly quick. My fiance drank the other bottle. It's gone already?

Damn. This is something to shove in the face of the DIPA haters. Also, in the face of brewers of mediocre DIPAs. So good.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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