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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A batallion of differing hops, lead by a citrusness of c-hops. Very drinkable, good rep for the style. Hop aroma, above average mouthfeel, and fruity colour and lace. Complex taste, not too ahrsh, and the alcohol kicks in quickly, ad also dries the mouth.

Mixed six-pack.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am historically not a great Samuel Adams fan. This new round of Longshots has, however, won me over. All three are nice, if not very nice, efforts.

The Double IPA is very attractive on many leves. Pours amber color with nice thick white head.

Very assertive pineapple and pine resin nose with a hint of sweet lemon and all of which is very appealing and inviting. I get a hint of bretanomyces in the nose and taste and its very slight-I might be wrong, but whatever it is I find it attractive and integrated and balanced.

Taste delivers and is consistent with the nose. Big and very creamy mouthfeel with layers of complex flavors of lightly sweet brown bread, hints of honey and nuts and a nice malted hop finish. Very attractive all around.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color, and I mean cloudy..there isn't an atom of movement going on or any bubbles.. interesting. Nice head to it with some good lacing. Smell and taste is all sweet delicious hops. Reminds me a lot of hop stoopid, but not as sweet as that. Goes down super smooth and is highly drinkable. I detect a bit of a piney taste, but its well balanced and just a delicious beer. For like not even $8 a six pack, getting 2 of these beers is a tremendous deal.. Although the bock is just average and I have yet to try the Cranberry Wit.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm impresed with what I see out of this beer. Obviously a lot of inspiration comming from the west coast, this beer is chocked full of hoppy goodness and with a restrained maltiness that makes for great drinkability.

The pour delivers a color caught somewhere between copper, golden, and orange. A froathy and reserved head forms atop the beer and settles in for the session. Good lacing left behind.

Moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange zest decorate the nose, while sun-kist malts give a modest caramel not but with lightly toasted grains. Not overly fruity or complex; just simple and surgical.

Hop flavors are very much dominated by the grapefruit, while the orange and grassy flavors take a lesser role. The lightly toaste malts give a touch of caramel taste to go along with a cracker-like crispness.

Heavily bittered, the hop resins wear heavily on the throat with a whollop of IBU's. The malts continue to provide the softest pillow for the hops, but careful not to interfere with the showcase of alpha acids.

I really enjoy the purity and stance of the beer. I feel that the beer borrows a lot of character from the Russian River Pale Ales. This one takes the IBU bitterness up in proportion and gives up too much of the softer orange zest flavor. Maybe a bit more astringency on the throat (hop deriven) and balance being the difference. Hat's off to the brewers involved, this is a great beer and a joy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the only reason I wanted to pick up the 6 pack.

Cloudy, truly murky and opaque orange. A finger of foam rose at first, and fell to a skim. Spotty lace here and there. Strong hoppy aroma, rank and resiny. Later on it mellows to an herbal, floral, sandalwood sort of scent.

Steamrolls with hops and booze...not for the timid, this is a ballsy hop blast that is bitter, dry, and slightly astringent. Strong pine and vegetal hops. Plenty of residual hop flavor that lasts after the caramel malt fades out. Bigger body, alcohol is noticeable, but not a distraction. Overall it's one and done, but it's definitely an agressive DIPA...

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/light amber color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and a good dose of grapefruit. It also had a malty aroma.

T - It tasted of pine, juicy grapefruit, orange peel and a burnt toast maltiness that added sweetness to match the bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium to full bodied IPA.

D - This is a really good DIPA. It had been worth the long wait.

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

Alcohol content on bottle claims 9.0% abv. Having the Longshot pack with ThePeskyDingo.

Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours an overflowing 2 finger dull yellow white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Decent retention. Color is very hazy. A sunset orange.

Aroma: not as hoppy as I was expecting. Grassy and floral hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Dill pickle chips.

Taste: the obvious hops and citrus are there, but there is another flavor that is hard to pick out. Maybe musky malts? Alcohol. Dill pickle chips in the very background. The taste grows on me as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is bitter of course, but kind of cool on the palate. Very boozy. Medium bodied. Ends with a very dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is good, but I think it is way overhyped. However, at the price, this could be a beer that I'd like to see more of. I could easily have it stocked in my fridge and it is great that it is only at 12 oz bottle instead of a 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white head on a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Strong, green hop aroma. Notes of pine and a little bit of tropical fruit. Sweet malt in the background a little caramel. Smells like a bag of hop pellets.

T - Strong, spicy, funky hop flavor up front with moderate bitterness. Spicy hops and alcohol in the middle with toasty, caramel malt. More of the same in the finish with darkening malt character, strong bitterness, and some tobacco like notes.

M - Moderately thick body, medium-high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Extreme hop character and relatively complex. The powdery, pine hop flavor is not my favorite variety, but is nonetheless impressive. Not what I'd call drinkable, but well worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with a strong hops burst up front that is tempered by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better ones out there, this is still a very solid 2IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Pours a dark apricot/light amber with a strong, creamy head. Plenty of carbonation in the head, and the beer is nearly opaque in the glass. Great lacing.

S: Hop complexity. Many different fruits coming out of this, as well as the standard pine and floral aromas.

T: Incredibly balanced for the amount of hops in this one. Slightly floral and mostly fruity--not much of the pine in the taste. Surprised by the balance to this one, it's not as over-the-top as the nose would suggest.

M: Smooth and creamy; medium-bodied. A little hint of alcohol warmth on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable; doesn't quite push me to immediately take another sip, but I'd definitely like to have this one around more often.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy; orange-amber color. When opened, the bottle started to foam over (slowly). Good, tight-bubbled head with lasting power. Leaves good ring lace.

Predictable high-hop aroma. Floral bitterness with a soft dryish malt in the background.

Welcome to a hop bomb. Far more hoppy than the smell suggests. Hop lovers rejoice--lots of bitter grapefruit rind. The malt is simply the delivery system of this beer. Above average body with a moderate level of carbonation. The bitterness covers the alcohol level which only shows up in the swallow. Loonnggg lasting aftertaste--like sucking a hop pellet.

I'm a hophead, so I am enjoying this. But it is borderline extreme (especially after the well-rounded Longshot Bock). Beware.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. This settles into a frothy yet smooth retention that rapidly fires up when swirled, leaving a good bit of sticky and patchy lacing back. The aroma is a warm smelling fume of floral hops, spice, and pine cones, along with a sharp tang of fresh citrus and bready sweetness. This is an all around solid DIPA aroma here.

The taste starts with an aggressively bitter mix of resinous and spicy hop attitude, which is nicely evened out by a smooth backbone of toasty caramel sweetness and tropcial fruit character. The finish on this just kills the tongue with some long lasting dry, spicy, and warm bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation that flows along into an overall slicker feel in the mouth. There is some warmth to the overall feel. Initially it's a touch overbearing when it mixes with the aggressiveness of the hops but as the profile warms, it fades more into the background, becoming more a part of the body and less of the taste.

All around solid DIPA here. While the balance of this was "good enough" to keep the hops and warmth in check enough to keep this drinkable, it lacked the subtle evenness of some of the tops in the style. This was a good enough effort though.

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

Pours a hazed orangery caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice viscosity to this, never quite clears, Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Resiny & leafy hops & not much else

T: Follows the nose, plus orange peel & nice cakeyness up front. Dryness, toffee & more leafy hops, pine sap & orange peel, plus some booze heat as this warms. Also,much herbal & woody hops n the roof of my mouth. Finishes with much herbal & woody hops bitterness, plus some jammy apricot

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, not enough malt to completely satisfy me balance-wise

Drinks a bit slow, the chewyness, plus a bit of booze detracts a bit. Still a good DIPA that will please most hopheads. The hops selection doesn't quite thrill me, but I could session on this for a while

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I have waited a long time for this, my little green-labeled friend." --Emperor Palpatine.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a tall, tight, off-white head. Nice splattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: The aroma is abundantly hoppy, leaving little room left for the meager malts to shine through. There's white pine, white pepper-coated tropical fruits, dried grasses, and alcohol-splashed citrus pith.

Taste: The pale maltiness, while not exactly plentiful, is ample enough to provide some semblance of balance, though it really only serves as a canvas for the pungent, commanding hop flavors. Then, all at once, it's herbal, woody, spicy, piney, and chock full of fruit flavors, including tangerine, mango, and white grapefruit. The hops turn over a strong, expansive bitterness, to which the malts and hints of caramel are powerless to combat. Finishes dry and with a strong bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight perceived creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An enjoyable, well-made Double IPA at a rather compelling price. Samuel Adams Longshot Double IPA paired well with the History Channel special "The Link" featuring the media-frenzying fossil dubbed "Ida". Is it me or did they get this special out in a real damn hurry?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus apricot due to a veritable blizzard of yeast. A standard pour generated half a glass worth of foam that is darker than cream and lighter than ecru. The lid is richly creamy and is beginning to decorate the glass with gorgeous, abstract patterns of lace. Regarding the appearance... bullet in the bull's eye.

The nose isn't as cleanly hoppy as it could be, but it's still a more than pleasant melange of some of the best American hops in existence. In no particular order: Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Warrior, Simcoe and Northern Brewer. Grapefruit, orange and ganja dominate, with herbal undertones as well.

Most everyone knows the history of this Longshot brew by now, but I'll briefly recount it here. This DIPA is a Pliny The Elder clone (or is based on that beer at least) that Boston Beer Company didn't brew last year because of the hop shortage and the refusal of Mr. McDole to compromise by changing the hop bill. Good choices all the way around.

Longshot Double IPA can't touch Pliny The Elder, but it's still wonderfully hoppy beer that is a pleasure to drink. Since it hasn't yet reached its three month anniversary, this DIPA still has the pungent hop punch that some versions of this style lack because of too many malt sugars gumming up the works.

The malt backbone is no bigger than it needs to be, while providing flavors of caramel-drizzled sugar cookies. I would have eased back on the crystal malt just a tad, but that's simply personal preference. Each mouthful brings a blast of tropical fruitiness that includes pink grapefruit, orange and passionfruit, along with plenty of pine. The Simcoe hops come through loud and clear, which is definitely a good thing.

Kudos to whoever is responsible for making this ale drink much lower than the 9.6% ABV would suggest. The mouthfeel is impressively full and creamy, probably due to the use of candi sugar and a perfect amount of quality carbonation.

It almost feels like cheating when a contestant bases a recipe on an already established masterpiece like Pliny The Elder. This is very good beer, but I'd have more warm fuzzies if BBC would come up with their own, original DIPA. Given what they've done with Hallertau Imperial Pilsner, it might be pretty damn good.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams - Longshot Double IPA Mike McDole
Poured chilled into a goblet just above fridge temp. Thanks to tb69 for sharing this w/ me.

A - A very hazed dark apricot shade w/ ¾ inch pillowy head of ecru w/ a tiny bead

S -Sweetened grapefruit w/ a mild pine and slightly crisp hint of pineapple w/ tinges of paper accent the bold citrus nose of Pacific NW hops

M - Viscous medium full/creamy feel w/ a highly acidic quality. Spicy w/ a high amount of alcohol in the feel w/ mild astringency and semi-sweet finish w/ lingering bitterness

T - Sweet and tangy flavors hit the tongue up front w/ citrus and mild green pepper w/ a mild pine taste. I would not say grassy but a sharp bitter hop w/ a slightly candy-like malt taste w/ cracker like malt under a mild lemon-like flavor. Hints of tropical fruit accent the ale, which is seriously hoppy and tasty with more balance than a west coast Imperial but less balanced than most brewed on the East coast.

D - A fine Imperial IPA, well worth waiting for Sam Adams to brew and the reason it was a longshot winner is obvious it emulates the style well and pays homage to the Originator while still is a worthy IIPA on its own.

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

The last in the mixed six pack that I was to try this evening. I was most excited to try this one as I had heard excellent things about it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/06/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich hazy amber with a light head of white that rose up and over the top, only barely settling down without dropping tons of side glass lacing. Rich citrus aroma, lemon and orange leading the way and as it warms rich, sweet pineapple notes start to come through the air. Really very well done here I have to say. Rich bitter notes are ripe through the flavor as the sweet notes of orange peel dance across the tongue and the creamy, smooth feel was just what the doctor ordered as it coated the tongue with rich hoppy goodness.

A very solid DIPA here I have to say. Definitely in the vain of the west coast style as the pungent citrus notes were ohso strong. I would put this one down any day.

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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a thinnish off white head that dissipates to a cap but never really leaves me. Smells of Grapefruit! Like Florida's finest in a bottle. Mix in some caramel, but not to much and that's what I smell. Taste is what you'd expect, citrus mostly grapefruit bitterness from start to finish. The malt tries to poke through, but never really succeeds. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Body is thick, mouthfeel is syrupy/resinous, carbonation is average. Great hop bomb!

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with less than a finger of barely off-white head and even less head retension power. Color is a clowdy orange, possibly more clowdy than it should be from a less than favorable pour. Nose is full of citrus hops in the front and more earthy hops in the finish. Malt sweetness rounds out the rest of the aroma. Bitter citrus, grapefruit-like hops fill out most of the initial taste. The finish is slightly oily. Just like in the nose, the malt plays a little bit of sweetness throughout. Medium feel and carb. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more noticable and warming.

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