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 demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark and hazy, probably a touch of chill haze as well as suspended sediment. One finger worth of pale tan head with ok retention, already managing some intricate sticky lace as it subsides.

Big tangerine blast greats my nose. There is some underlying papaya and ruby red grapefruit, as well as caramel and cleaner bready malt.

Taste is quite like the nose. Some more subtle underlying leafiness and tobacco notes underneath the resinous barrage. Solid backbone of pale and crystal malt stand up to the hops present in this brew.

Solid body, slightly creamy, and fairly resinous. A touch of solvent like character from the alcohol, cuts through the cream caramel and sticky resinous qualities.

A good beer. Fairly drinkable considering the abv, bitterness and generous use of crystal malts. One will be enough though. Id prefer a slightly smaller beer with less caramel character, or perhaps i just should have dug this one out from my basement sooner. Anyways im enjoying this tonight.

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Photo of ReDave
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange. Off white head. Light lacing.

Aroma light hops some citrus.

Malt with some hops rather balanced.

Many have called this the Pliny homebrew...
mmm I'm not sure about that. Maybe my hopes were too high....
I've had this several times and it's OK, and probably much better than that.
but definitely maltier than Pliny.
Cheaper tho.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

A - This puppy is orange , with a creamy white head. .

S - Big pine hops coming through, and after that more pine.

T -I taste piney hops, and more piney hops. It does have some malt to try to balance it a bit but this is a piney hoppy beast.

M -Medium in body heading towards the full side, very dry and very bitter.

D - I am not thinking I would try to slam this sucker, it is a sipper for sure. If you like your hops you will love this one.

Thoughts: this is a good try at its style, I would not revisit personally , but if you like the style it is very good at what it is supposed to be.

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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 jjboesen
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Created by Mike McDole, a winner in the 2008 American Homebrewing Contest, this Imperial IPA comes to the track with seven types of hops. It has a peach-colored, and somewhat opaque, body with a thin frothy head accompanied by a moderation of lacing.

The nose detects a slight whiff of apple while the palate is greeted with subtle grapefruit notes. Of course, there is an intensity in the hops, albeit a sweet one. However, the Longshot is loaded with alcohol that languishes on the tongue and lingers in the back of the mouth.

The Longshot is potent and requires the proper glassware for full effect, at least it did for me as I quaffed it on a bleak Thanksgiving Day evening. It offers a warm embrace, but is not a quick quaff. Sip it slowly. Good job, MIke!

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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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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange copper with a blood orange core. Huge offwhite frothy head. Beautiful sticky frosty laces.

A toasty caramel malt behind a barrage of hops. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, banana, resinous herbal smells emanate from the hops. Very pleasant, but subdued from where it could be.

Sharp citrus bite. Loads of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruits. Toasty bready caramel backing. Spicy bitter resinous piney/grassy aftertaste. Alcohol warming, not an alcohol bite.

Med body, good lively carbonation, smooth, sticky, slightly astringent.

Great complex well balanced DIPA. Good drinkability for 9.6%

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

A-Hazy golden tinged copper with a thick cream-colored head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left copious, sticky lace.

S-Caramel malt sweetness up front with a pine and apricot/-grapefruit hop aroma in support.

T-Rich,solid caramel malt backbone with a nice hop kick of pine and grapefruit. A bit resinous with a drying finish.

M-Medium bodied with sharp lingering bitterness and touch of sweetness.

D-Good for sure but not great---nor the PtE clone I heard that this was. WAY to malty to be a true west coast DIPA. Despite this though I liked it and enjoyed my bottle. A nice, slightly malt forward, brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Purchase before Sept. '09 notched on the label. 9.0% ABV.

A - It pours a hazy golden orange color with a fat and dense 3 finger cream-colored head. Great retention and lumpy, sticky lacing on the way down.

S - A rich malt backbone supports a pine-rich hop aroma that bursts from the glass. A mellow grapefruit citrus aroma is somewhat noticeable too.

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma. Even with it's age, the hops have a strong pine kick with a grapefruit hint and a solid malt backbone. What doesn't work with age is the harsh "head-shaking' bitterness at the end.

M - Medium-full bodied, very dry and bitter at the end. Smooth but carbonated amply.

D - It starts great if not fantastic and begins to lose it's charm with each category but the culprit could definitely be the age. The hops get a bit funky but overall it's still a good beer and a great homebrew!

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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 whynot44
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy apricot colored brew with a nice foamy white head that hangs around well and produces plenty of lacing.

The aroma is mild for an IPA, a bit of pine resin, grapefruit and an odd grainy smell, a bit like dried hay, maybe just a touch of alcohol.

The taste is pine up front followed by a caramel malt and toffee note, finishes a bit dry with more grapefruit zest and some definite alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, just a touch of roughness, not bad at all, almost too easy to drink considering the alcohol content. Definitely a decent IPA and worth a try.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour, no respect. :P

Hazy, muddy, orange brown. Couple inches of pop-marked yellowed head leaning back & forth like a nearly capsized buoy. Lace is like an albino honey comb. Incredibly sticky & uniformly coating. On the second pour, it was more like insulation spray foam. :o

Smell wasn't so intense as it was rich. Mandarin orange & pineapple concentrated down into syrup, pine sap, salty, something like leeks; perfumey with a slight stiffening edge of alcohol. A little honey & yeast trailing.

Taste was initially masked by the thick & creamy mouthfeel. Half a second, & some honey loaf comes on board. Sweet, then overwhelmed. Without another gap, sharp floral & citric bitters hit, leading the way into an incredibly dry pine & mint sensation that leaves me thirstier then when I had started. Grass, it's sprouting up everywhere! Pack your machete. Pretty big, but manageable if you know it's coming. Touch soapy if your looking for it. Very similar backend hop characteristic to Otter Creek's IIPA, though that was way too much, one dimensional, & just plain terrible. Even not being an IPA guy, this is pretty entertaining. The way it dries out so quickly, while still delivering some real crusty & rindy flavors.

The body isn't slick. It could be thought of as a touch grainy, or maybe just dirty. The alcohol seems to propagate as it warms, but is very reasonable if your not taking pinkie swigs. No big blasts of Lysol that I get with other big IIPAs. A decent value if you can tolerate the rest of the six pack.

This is a big one. Props to Sam Adams for taking a chance. :)

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz as part of the Long Shot 6'er picked up in Denver over the weekend.. The wife is making me clean up my label collection, so.... I figured I better have a couple beers. I just had a fresh Pliney.. so.. this was an easy choice for the next brew... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

Attractive 2 finger foamy white head leaves great lacing ... took a long time to die back.. the brew is a sunset orange... slightly hazy because a bit of yeast was carelessly poured into the glass.

Nose is chock full of citrus hops.. mainly grapefruit and tangerine comes to mind with some background pine... quite a bit of maltiness too... no real caramel.. just some malty sweetness.

Flavor is big and bracing bitterness out of the gates.. more sweetness than expected mid-palate tends to push the still abundant citrus hops to the side a bit.. finish is long citric but ends on a minerally bite that I find odd... the body is on the heavy side for a DIPA and carbonation a bit lite, yet still a nice mouthfeel... I am sure that this bottle is way on the downslope.. I would have loved to try it fresh, but we never got the Long Shots into Boise this year.

Overall.. it is still fairly drinkable.... reminds me alot of Laughing Dog's Devil Dog after I forgot about it in my fridge for a coupla months.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Longshot Double IPA. I cleared out a case of old Longshot boxes that said enjoy before september 2009. Fuck it, @ the price I paid, its a steal.

A- A hazy amber/gold with a sticky, thick, foam cap that doesn't want to go anywhere. Looks fantastic. Immediate lacing, almost like an even coat of bubbles on the glass.

S- Potent, pungent hops. Spicy, piny hops dominate, and the alcohol comes through just a tad.

T- Very good, meethinks. One of the tastier DIPAs I've had in a while. Hmm... I am really digging this beer. Potent, lip-smacking pine hops and a substantial malt bill (but not overpowering).. this is a tasty DIPA. While not as complex as some other favorites of mine (pliny, squall, 90 min, hop stoopid), this beer is fantastic. I am really impressed at the raw hop flavor of this beer... right in my sweet spot.

M- Considering the 9.6% ABV, this is a pretty solid beer. Good carbonation, just a mild twang of alcohol, but the hops knock it out of focus pretty quick.

D- Look out. Goes down so easily and tastes so good, you'll drink it faster than you think.

Fantastic DIPA, really impressive, glad SA does the Longshot Contest so beers like this get released. As of 9/24/09, this beer is easily in the top 10 DIPAs I've had. Considering I bought this for 90 cents a bottle, I'm thrilled. I wonder what this was like fresh... 9+ months on it and I'm in love.

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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 DrJay
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/amber with a thick, yellow/beige cap. Great head retention. Sheets of chunky lace coated the glass. The aroma was full of caramel, fruity grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Medium/high bitterness with a lot of caramel sweetness and grapefruit/pine hops. It was a little spicy towards the end and it finished nicely balanced. Medium plus bodied with carbonation a little on the low side. Smooth with light warmth. Decent overall and well made, but the hops didn't really pop and the caramel sweetness was a little higher than I prefer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice amount of head. The head is foamy and pillowy and dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy for sure. There is a bit of a lemony zest to the aroma as well.

Taste: Yep, this is an IPA. Hoppy as all hell but slightly balanced by a touch of maltiness. Complex flavors really make this an interesting beer to try. There is a bit of a lemony-citrus kick in the background of this beer. The high alcohol content is also immediately apparent in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and kind of bready. A bit on the carbonated side, but nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: A good IPA. Since it's a double IPA, I wouldn't recommend it to people new to good beer or to those who aren't huge hopheads.

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Photo of adamette
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 for $9.99 for the 6 pack of LongShot bottles. "Best by" stamp of September 2009 on the side of the label.

A One inch, generous head over a nice looking brown/orange body that glows in front of direct light. Lastly, nice lacing as the entire pint glass as I repeatedly sipped. The look cannot be improved. 5.0

S Hops for sure but I also pick up generous malt sweetness along with the hops. 4.0

T/M The smell was a good suggestion for the taste as there are big hops but they are nicely balanced by big, bold malt sweetness. The feel is a really big beer with the "bittersweet" balance of malt and hops but it all works nicely as there is a rare smoothness to all of these bodacious tastes. It has balance like a mature, fine craft DIPA. As I taste it and think about it, it may be one of my favorite of the style (which is saying something since I have not found too many DIPAs that I have liked). 4.5

D I will finish this pint without too much trouble at all. There is enough to keep my interest to make this quite drinkable. 4.0

Notes: Excellent job Mike McDole of California, you have surpassed the DIPA of many established breweries!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light caramel-tan color with a large tan head. The head is very thick and leaves much lace.

Smell: All hops- floral aromas with hints of grapefruit. Slight notes of bread, butter, and nut.

Taste: Starts with a breaded toast flavor, and finishes with a strong bitterness. The finish has notes of grass, grapefruit, and nut- all hop flavors seem to be represented here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, sticks to the palate, and has a balanced carbonation. Still, thinner and a bit waterier than expected, especially after the carbonation wears off (which is quickly).

Drinkability: Great beer- the bottle says that it is brewed with 7 different hop varieties totaling six pounds of hops per barrel. It shows through in the complex hop flavors- I seriously can pick up almost every hop flavor imaginable in this beer. I definitely would have this again and, hell, maybe I'll invite Mike McDole over with some of his home brewed Double IPA.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a decent head. Creamy and sticky. Mild settling. Hazy. Orange-red to Amber in color.
S) Floral. Caramel sweetness. Peach. Orange.
T) Balanced caramel malt and hop bitter from beginning to end. In the finish a hint of anise. Hops bite lingers in the finish with some alcohol.
M) Fizzy. Medium bodied. Crisp. Light tannin feel. Alcohol effervescence.
D) Delicious! Michael McDole should be proud!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It pours a glowing orange color that is incredibly hazy, no clarity whatsoever. There was an off white colored head that dissipated pretty quickly, and there was very minimal lacing to this beer. The smell is outstanding. You can really smell the hops from across the room, but not overly strong, they smell great. The taste is very good, but you can unfortunately taste the alcohol at the end of each sip, it lessens more and more during the session as the beer warms up a bit. The overall taste is worth the aftertaste though, the hoppy taste is very good. The mouth feel was pretty average, has a slight alcohol bite at the end of it. This beer however is incredibly drinkable. This was my second time trying this beer. I enjoyed it the second time, but seemed to enjoy it much more the first time, don't know if there was a problem with this beer or not. Either way I'd recommend IPA lovers to give this one a try, pretty good.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy copper-orange color with a thick, frothy off-white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is all west coast hops; grapefruit, juniper and resinous pine dominate. The taste is pretty well balanced for a beer this heavily hopped, there is a solid caramel malt backdrop and a strong hop forefront with the aforementioned characteristics. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a minimal yet creamy carbonation, the finish is semi-dry but leaves the mouth with a coated, slick feeling. Drinkability is good due to the balance and enjoyment of the beer but the alcohol is a limiting factor.

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Photo of schmitter
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every brewery should do this. Its not that koch doesn't know what he's doing, but being able to have other people enjoy your home brew is a dream.

Poured a nice amber with a thumbs head.

Grapefruit smells prevail and I may be simple but I thought I smelled coffee.

Tastes sweet, not bitter, almost hopstoopid. Honey and grapefruit sugars are there.

Congrats to you mike mcdole of CA...if you're a BA, how's about sending me a growler of your next homebrew creation??!?

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

Appearance: Deep, cloudy golden with minimal head

Smell: Hoppy citrus with malt undertone

Taste: Hoppy kick with a malt finish; slight hints of sweet smokiness

Mouthfeel: Bitter up front with little carbonation and a lingering finish

Drinkability: Heavy and robust; works as a stand alone

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