Longshot Friar Hop Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Friar Hop AleLongshot Friar Hop Ale
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Longshot Friar Hop AleLongshot Friar Hop Ale

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Longshot mix-pack. Pours a crystal-clear amber with nearly an inch of fairly persistent off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Smells fruity, with citrus and banana dominating. Banana, nut, and citrus equally hit the palate initially, with some lemon, pith, grass, with a fair bit of caramel to balance the whole thing out. Medium bodied with medium to full carbonation. An easy drinker despite its heft and complexity. Far and away the best of the bunch and one of the best and most unique examples of the style I've had. Streets ahead.

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Photo of tgorgz
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an oversized wineglass; this one appears a little darker than the expected pale straw. Instead, it's a dark orange with hints of straw. Good lacing, but not a lot of head at all. Perhaps I should have chosen a different glass.

S: Very nice. Lots of orange, a small hint of coriander- not too much in terms of hops, though. Would have liked to have smelled a little more there.

T: Wow. Very well done- Not a whole lot of orange (and the smell had led me to believe), but some great spicy notes (must have been the coriander) that beautifully counterbalance the hops. Also, relatively complex. There's a lot going on between the bitter fruit of the orange, the spiciness of the coriander, and the second round of bitterness in the hops. I'm pleased by tasting an IPA (Belgian or otherwise) without an overpowering grapefruit flavour.

M: Again, very well done. Smooth- very smooth. A lot better than I'd expect from such a strong beer. With that said, it's surprisingly drinkable. Will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of BDIMike
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good light copper color. A nice cloudy look with no carbonation and no head.
Smell is exceptional. Great belgian spices coming out strong in the nose.
Taste is very good. A very strong belgian ale taste. THe spices are very strong, but not overbearing. Really good.
Mouthfeel is good. A very refreshing crisp taste. More than the usual Belgian.
Drinkability is very nice for a spiced Belgian IPA. There are a lot of good spices and sugary hop tastes, but it balances out so well that you can drink a good amount of these. Nice selection I would check out if given the chance.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Longshot Friar Hop Ale is a crystal clear, solid golden ale topped with a rich, fluffy, white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. Fruity esters are at the forefront of the aroma. Grassy hops are present. It smells a touch sweet. It's full bodied and smooth. The finish is dry and clean. It tastes a little sweet and very complex. It's spicy and phenolic. There are notes of dark fruit, maybe raisins. There's just enough herbal bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Bitter coriander provides the aftertaste. Wow, this really seems Belgian. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear, golden orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Definitely a Belgian kick of bananas, hops, caramel, and rock candy. Very unique and intriguing.

T- Sweet candy and fruit with some nice maltiness. Very unique and delicious with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

M- Creamy smooth with a bit of dryness on the finish from the alcohol and hops.

D- A very tasty take on the style that drinks better than most other 9% ABV beers.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe, possibly Richard Roper's homebrew tastes more like a Belgian IPA. I will never know. This is not a Belgian IPA in my book. It is a solid Belgian Tripel. I can tell it was hopped a little more than a Tripel because these fresh hops are leaving some good lacing on my Boulevard Tank 7 glass. The yeast used tastes exactly like Schlafly's Tripel. I think if this was categorized as a Tripel and wasn't made by Boston Beer then you haters would give it a little better rating than the current B. :)

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a mostly clear red-orange with a finger of off-white head that holds and laces well.

S: Sweet berries, figs, citrus, and some peppery spice.

T: Figs, plums, citrus, cereal grains, booze, and strong hoppiness.

M: Medium-thick body with a silky smooth finish.

O: This is up there with the best Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 as part of a 6'er of Longshots 2011 offering. 9.0% ABV. No stats on the website. Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar, orange and coriander.

Pours out to a clear medium dark amber, forming a tall soapy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Moderate to mild carbonation. The nose opens with hops akin to Duvel, with lots of phenolics from the Belgian Yeast Strain (Wyeast Abbey Ale II?) of bananas and cloves, slight bubblegum, and coriander. Mouthfeel is syrupy and slick with a medium-dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of brown bananas, cloves, coriander, candi sugar, and burnt rubber. A nice hop presence both up front, with some hop spiciness, and a mild-moderate bitterness. Most robust bitterness than you would expect for the style, but still very well-balanced.

This is a really good brew. I would buy this again. Recommended.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear orange amber; good head (about 20% of volume); good carb; v. nice lacing
S: hops, secondary fermentation, a bit of dough
T: smooth spiced ale; savory spicing; very hoppy and bitter; not much malt
M: silky, smooth

As one reviewer points out, it's a Raging Bitch minus the bitch. But I like it.

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Photo of taez555
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange body with a nice frothy mildy dull white head.

Nose is really interesting because it's a mix of traditional Belgian spice, yeast and malt notes, but then has this spicy citric hop smell shining through. There's definitely some sweet smells like honey coming up as well.

Taste is thick and full bodied. At first sip it seems as if it's going to be a traditional Belgian triple, but then this rush of orange and coriander spice coming flowing in. Lots of citric hops too along with the orange peel flavor. It's very much a potpourri of spices. Very cool. Very nice chewy malt. There's a solid backbone, and it has a good balanced bitterness, but the spices really dominate this beer. The hops, although very much in your face, are extremely well balanced against the spice load. Ends with a nice lingering bitterness.

It really runs a fine line between triple, farmhouse ale and some of those big hoppy Belgians like DeRanke. Really an excellent beer. Great job Richard!

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Photo of timellison
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color, medium amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.
S: Sugar and spice. Not a lot of hops but very pleasant.
T: Really good belgian yeast notes, lots of candy sugar, mild bittering hops. This is a really delicious beer.
M: Medium mouthfeel, very drinkable for 9.00 abv.
O: Fair or not, I am choosing not to dock this points for being different than what I would expect out of a Belgian IPA. Its not a style with a lot of history or strict guidelines so I don't mind that its definition is stretched here. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass. This beer pours a clear amber/copper color with a nice frothy white head about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of glass after a few sips. Very nice lacing here too. Aromas of caramel malt along with some nice spice and candy sugars, rounded out with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Starts out with malty sweet flavor upfront with the tastes of the aforementioned candy sugars and spices (clove and black peppercorn for sure) nicely present, along with a bready and banana like flavor too, followed by a good citrus hop backbone. The hops certainly come out more as the beer warms up. Has a crisp, sort of chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a well crafted beer should be. A very good effort from the Longshot Series here!


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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some spots of lacing on the sides.

S - Aroma is full of Belgian yeast and some light spices (coriander). There is also some sweet malt and some light citrus hop mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some fruit esters and some sweet honey flavor. Touch of hops in the background but not very strong. Through the middle, some yeast and spices come out a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet malts and fruits and just a touch of hop bitterness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Finish is really nice and dry.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and fairly complex. The hop flavor is not as present as I expected it to be but really nicely incorporated with the Belgian elements.

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Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love trying the Longshot beers each year. This year's batch caught me by surprise: I wasn't paying attention.

Pours a nice amber/orange in color with a good head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass while leaving nice lace.

It has a very nice Belgian aroma of grain and dried fruit. Of course, the main aroma components are coming from the yeast. I don't smell any alcohol, which is impressive for a beer of this strength.

The taste is -- no surprise -- like a hoppy Belgian ale. It's got the classic Belgian yeast flavors, notes of biscuit and bread and some dried fruit flavors. But there are also some good citrus hop notes and a nice bitterness to balance the sweetness. No note of higher alcohol.

Good smooth body that has plenty of substance.

Overall this is a very fine beer and another winner from Longshot that Samuel Adams should make again. Seek this one out. It's my favorite from this year's batch.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the six pack so time to rate em.

A- Pours out a medium amber or caramel color. Mild head of white that quickly fades. Mild amount of carbonation as well.

S- Nice and potent. Get a really nice hoppy as well as malty smell. Belgian yeast, as well. Hints of citrus and coriander and maybe caramel.

T- Has a monster hoppy and malty taste right from the gate. Great flavor good balance. Nice hints of citrus and coriander. I get a trace of caramel, figs.

M- Good drinkability, its goes down really smooth, has a pretty creamy mid palette.

Overall- I was pretty impressed didn't think that it would be that good. Cheers!

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Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams scientific bulbous glass a brilliantly clear rich copper color with a gorgeous fluffy, dense & creamy 2" off-white head. Slower moving visible uprising carbonation. Fine bubbles in sturdy numbers. As the head settles, lots of smattered dripping rings of lace remain. She's looking mighty purty. (As the glass is finished, there are stellar broken wide rings of bubbly lace all the way down).

Mmmm... Smells a lot like Kwak. Sweet, somewhat spicy and definite Belgian yeast notes; clovey, bubblegum, banana - wait, I'm I smelling a Dunkleweisse? Smells a bit similar to that, but the hops do add an interesting citrus zing. But wait, a good dark wheat has nice notes of lemon zest too? Could this be the perfect combination of a hoppy Belgian ale and a German dark wheat?...

Whoa, there's the candi sugar! Uh, and there are the spices. So far, this ale is delivering exactly what it advertises on its label. Deep, dry and fruity with lots of earthy hops make this a VERY unique and creative ale for sure! Belgian roots with American flare.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, a bit syrupy and pretty close to full-bodied. Carbonation is prickly, somewhat fine and at a moderate level. Spicy, chalky finish.

Overall an utterly fantastic looking and smelling ale. At first the hops seemed to get lost in the Belgian spicy yeast, but after the beer opened-up, I could discern the leafy, earthy hops - which actually paired very nicely with the lush, zesty Belgian character. A fun, warming and pleasing ale. I'd like to get a hold of this fresh around the winter holidays.

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Photo of Beejay
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful pinkish amber, crystal clear, with plenty of off white head. I really like the rose tint of this one.

S: Some light strawberry smells, and perhaps a touch of citrus. There is a bit of Belgian yeast character as well. A slight hop aroma in the finish comes out with pine notes.

T: Tasty. Carmel notes, with bread and raisons. Followed by a well rounded earthy/piney bitterness. There is a touch of booze in there, as well as some fruity flavors form the yeast. Nice.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation could be a bit higher, and it leaves the mouth with an almost oily texture. Definitely coats the mouth.

O: Tasty. I was actually surprised by how hoppy it isn't. There is a nice solid bitterness that comes through, but the focus of the flavor seems to be more on the malt and yeast. A lot of classic belgian flavors with the addition of just enough hops that you notice. Good work there fella.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Short dense head covers a amber body of red and orange. Some full dripping lacing going on too.
Aroma is surprisingly big on yeasty spiciness (nice pepper quality) and short on Am. hops (largely faded into the background). Little shot of a fairly clean malt character too.
Pretty complex and rather tripel like with a mild hop flavor that develops to a clean extended bitterness with just enough dryness. Boy, that's quite good - can't say that I understand the lower scores on this one. Maybe having it closer to warm upon opening made the difference. A little alcohol in the flavor. I like the Am. hop flavor, the supportive malt character, the yeasty spiciness and the quick dryness. It all makes for an interesting drink and the little citrus, sour astringency at the end leads me to want another drink.
Appropriate light body and soft yet full carbonation. Smooth overall feel. Alcohol warmth slows the drinking down some.
This is really better than I expected. An enjoyable brew and easily the best of this year batch. I'd buy a 6er of this on it's own.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear slight dense aged copper body with a slight red hue to it. There is a matrix of microbbbles that slowly glide to an antique white head that last a good bit.

S- the perfumed yeast aroma fills my nose with some circus peanut esters that blend with clove and a faint banana hint that turns more laffy taffy as the beer opens up.

T- The alcohol bite gives way to pear flavors and yeast esters with some spun candy flavors. The finish has a nice green grapefruit hop flavor. The candy notes and alcohol taste linger a bit after the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz that boost the alcohol heat moreso as the beer warms.

O- This beer has some great yeast character and some nice support from the sweetness with a good hop character in the finish. The alcohol was a bit sharp but it did help keep the sweetness in check.

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Photo of Boppar
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a weizen glass. And another bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper with one finger of thick, rich, foamy lather.

S: Belgian yeast, alcohol spice, sweet malts. Bicsuity goodness and a dab of orange marmalade.

T: It opens with sweet malts and rich biscuit followed slightly thereafter by Belgian tripel yeast. The yeast dominates mid-palate with warm esters, bananas, spice, and citrus. The finish is dry, hoppy, and sustained with a final whiff of the tripel even at the death.

M: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick, and smooth.

O: Oh man. I didn't even know this was 9% ABV until I found this listed on BA.

It's funny... overall, this beer tastes like a jazzed-up Sam Adams Boston Lager, but I mean that in the best possible way.

I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good job on the Friar!!

Poured a copper amber. Good off-white head that maintained well.

Good carbonation that maintained well.

Aroma of toasted malts and yeast.

Taste was well. Yeasty goodness, malts raisin and dates. sweet sugar cane be noticed.

Mouth is soft, hop dries the finish.

Overall good brew. Love the 9% abv. plus a tasty brew indeed.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Amber and brilliantly clear. Probably to aggressive of a pour results in a massive off-white head, which necessitates a multi-stage pour. Fades very slowly into a nice cap, leaving tons of sticky lacing. Excellent retention.

S- Belgian yeast and spicy notes. A hint of sweet pear.

T- Smooth, lightly sweet, pear-like flavors come first. Finishes with light Belgian yeast notes and a touch of spicy hops. All works together to a very pleasant effect.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium full feel. Smooth.

O- Good. A flavorful, smooth, incredibly drinkable 9% beer...really nice.

Future outlook: Sam Adams Longshot stuff....does right by me again. I think I need to grab another 6'er of it. While I always make allowances for personal differences in subjective matters like a beer's rating, I'm actually surprised that this beer isn't rated a little higher.

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Longshot Friar Hop Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 240 ratings