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

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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 240
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, solid 1/3" head on it, average retention, attractive. Aroma wasn't over the top belgian spice rack, SA usually understands and gets this right for their audience. A noticeable yet not west coast amount of hops.

The taste hid the alcohol quite well, hopping still there, a tiny spice rack intrusion, a little bit of orange rind. This was better than expected but neither mindblowing.

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Photo of diddly
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The date on the beer was September 2011, so I'm a bit past the date, but it somehow got shoved in the back of the fridge and I figured it was worth a shot. Poured into a tulip glass and was pleasantly surprised how fresh it still seemed.

Aroma is not too strong, with a slight slight fruitiness. Definite Belgianness comes through.

Appearance is a dark gold with an off-white, fairly thin head.

Taste is surprisingly good, and I'm usually not into Belgians overall, and specifically not Belgian IPA's. Nice use of spice and hops to gain some balance, while retaining the overall style.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but perhaps a little light.

Overall, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer, and imagine it may have been even better last summer.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - A definite spiced Belgian aroma with a touch of alcohol too.

Appearance - Golden amber with a tan head that sticks around with plenty of carbonation

Taste - Belgian spice upfront but not much sweetness but noth really bitter either. A touch of bitterness at the end. Not something I like.

Notes - This is either a Belgian ruined by hops or an IPA brewed with the wrong yeast.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at 40 degrees, the last of the longshot to drink.

Appearance: A one finger head that has good reteion; furhermore, the head is light ivory in color and left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles. The color of the beer and the head looks really good for this style.

Nose: A very hoppy floral aroma with pine and citrus. The malt is lightly toasted with some phenolic notes. A subtle solvent, cloves, and banana.

Taste: A hoppy flavor that pine, floral, grapefruit, and oranges. The malts is firm with toasty and caramel notes. Other notes in the beer, banana, cloves, phenols, solvents, and yeast.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium full. This is an alright example of a Beligum IPA, I would have like to seen more hoppy flavor in the beer. Other than that the beer is clean and crisp and easy to drink. Good beer overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange color on the pour with a small, minimal head that did not produce much at all in the way of lacing. nice carbonation could be seen throughout the session.

aroma is loaded with light citrus and fruity tones that are layered on a lightly spice belgian yeast. really quite nice and very light and clean. crisp and clean taste here as each sip seemed to play off the one before it, again very well done and i was more then pleased with this. light orange, pineapple and tangerine all came together quite well

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Photo of OsuJohn
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- copper colored, slightly cloudy, head disappears quickly.

S- spicy, with coriander and a pronounced hoppiness.

T- an interesting mix of hoppiness and Belgian ale.

M- the hoppiness provides a bite and the 9% apv is noticeable in the end.

O- hoppy beer is not my thing so I won't be buying this again, but if its your thing this is an interesting combination of flavors.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden orange color. Two finger bubbly head. Stuck around awhile. Decent lacing.

S- Citrus and pine notes from the hops mainly. A little bit of a malt undertone.

T- Surprisingly not bitter. Sweet citrus notes right off the bat. Orange is there big time, with a slight undertone of clove. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and hardly any aftertaste at all. No real warmth from the 9% alcohol.

M- Slightly light, but with adequate body. Could put down a few, but after 2 or 3 you'd start feeling the weight.

Overall, I liked this one quite a bit. It surprised me with it's lack of bitterness from an IPA, yet it had enough to be very well balanced. Might try to get some more of this before it's all gone.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful deep bronze color

S - Sweet caramel, fruit, and spices

T - Sweet up front, spices and hop bitterness kick in at the end. Not as smooth as I would prefer, but not bad

M - Thin, and lightly carbonated.

O - A good brew, but the smell and appearance had me hoping for more.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The color is a dark gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit yeasty with some malty aroma kicking out beyond and then back again letting itself be announced. Some slight hop aroma is there mixed with some spiciness that is quite interesting.

The taste is sweet at first with a nice caramel flavor. The malts do boost the flavor a bit as it seems to land on either side of the bitterness that rides in with some spicy hop flavor. Things stay balanced until the end when the bitterness grows and pushes some of the malt flavor out of the way.

The feel of this beer is pretty inviting and has a nice medium body and is pretty drinkable. It goes down easy and has slight aftertaste that is pleasant.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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 bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 JamesS
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a decent pale golden-copper color with some very nice head and a bit of decent lacing. Decent scent, with a nice fruitiness countered by a spicy hopiness. Nice taste, with interesting spice and fruits from the yeast and some spiciness from the hops, but they didn't complement each other as well as I'd like and there wasn't enough malt backing to help it all even out. Went down smoothly, though.

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Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with two fingers of creamy tan head. Head persists and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, a bit of candy sugar, citrus, caramel and some spices. Alcohol is also apparent.

T - Spices and citus hops are more pronounced in the taste than smell, even after several months. Otherwise similar to smell. Quite a bit of harsh alcohol presence diminishes the taste somewhat.

M - Medium mouthfeel finishes with a combination of bitterness and sticky sweetness. Okay but not great.

O - Decent Belgian IPA, but the harsh alcohol diminished my enjoyment of this one.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy orange with a modest head and wonderful lacing

S - Belgian yeast and corriander

T - Ample malt flavors, sweet sugars, spices followed by a hint of alcohol warmth and a plesant bitter finish.

M - Low carbonation which helps to bring the malt forward

A belgian with a twist.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and spices up front followed by a hearty malt character. The hops bitterness is subtle for the style and comes in a bit late, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of taulpepper
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

With an aggressive pour, has a big 3-finger head to the top of the glass. Amber and slightly cloudy, though translucent.

I was wondering whether the aroma would be hoppy or Belgian yeast - way Belgian, I don't smell hops at all really. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, but I don't get any spices that I can pick out in particular, aside from the malt and yeast. Not huge but present.

Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation, but enough. Again, spiciness from what taste like Belgian specialty grains. Pretty well balanced between sweet, spicy and bitter. Definitely a good amount of sweetness though, maybe its from the candi sugar, but it's on the sweet side vs being more dry, but still leaves you with a dry/tart feel. The Belgian spice flavor dominates.

I get very little from the hops besides a good amount of bitterness, and that was a little disappointing. I'm not sure if this was dry-hopped but if so, I don't think it's noticeable.

Overall a solid, enjoyable, Belgian style beer, tastes like I would expect a good homebrew would.

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Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a 1/2 inch of bone white head. Head recedes quickly and leaves spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel, big candied apples, molasses, and brown sugar.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low to moderate carbonation, starts slightly crisp with a moderate oily body.

T: Taste is... wow - completely reminds me of caramel covered apples at first. Brown sugar, molasses, candied apples. It's in the finish that very mild yeast notes come through and a bit of grassy, grapefruit bite also comes in.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat filling, very well hidden kick, off representation of the style...however a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, amber color. Produces a white head. Average retention and nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, full of fruit, citrus, spices and slightly sour. The taste of this Belgian IPA is sweet up front, fading into a fruit melody, caramel, and a sour citrus hop flair. The finish is a bit medicinal, but the spice and hop content dries it out. Medium body beer. Overall very good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma of spice, lavender, orange, yeast and citrus. This all translates to the palate without a lot of mass confusion thankfully. There's a lot of things going on and yet it doesn't get too overindulgent or cloying. There's a distinct belgianesque feel to it and spiciness and citrus. Nice lingering bitterness. Solid experiment here with good results.

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Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Big creamy off-white head and a clear light amber body. Definitely smells like a Belgian beer with a healthy dose of coriander and yeast. Clove, coriander, banana, Belgian yeast, and some caramel malt in the taste. Hops are very light. Pretty good overall, but could be a little better.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, clean amber. Large white head. Lovely lace.

Nose is fruity, yeasty, herbal. Quite nice. I get some Belgian yeast.

Taste is a heavy mix of fruit and spice. The hops character seems dialed back a bit, as I get dark fruit and clove much stronger on the palate.

This is a weighty ale, and a unique and complex one. Enjoyable.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longshot Friar Hop Ale begins with a nose full of distinctly Belgian notes, including bananas dusted with cloves and peppery spices. These are joined by a heavy sugary aroma, likely the result of the candi sugar, and a good runnel of toast and bread crust.

On the tongue, the beer begins with the Belgian banana and clove notes, but hints of coriander quickly join the fight, and the spiciness is supported by the not-inconsiderable backing of heavy raw sugar artillery. Oranges do come into play, though quite subtly so, as do faint touches of anise. Hops lend the beer a good tongue buzz, and do contribute slightly to the citrus notes. The aftertaste is heavier on hops, as many of the sugars have by then died off, but a few orange and banana flavors still linger. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the buzzing.

Overall, this is quite good beer: far more Belgian than IPA, but supported by a well-planned addition of spice, and very drinkable. The sugars might be slightly too high, but I doubt many will notice, especially since they result in a 9% ABV that is almost entirely hidden by flavor. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper/orange color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head with good retention. Laced the glass in wide rings.

S: Hearty bread and biscuits. Citrus and floral aromas follow. A little spicy bite in the nose.

T: Floral and citrus hop along with a little spice. Same bready and biscuity malt; slightly sweet. Warming and little dry in a finish that's bitter and a little spicy. Big beer that's nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth texture; only slightly resinous. Warming alcohol in the finish.

O: Nice malt and hop character; a lot going on that goes well together. Good balance

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy tan head over a gradiented amber body. Laces nicely.

Some Belgian yeast on the nose; a trace of honey.

Taste explodes on the front with a harmony of several different flavors; this breaks off and a rather clean hop finish. I get some light honey with floral notes and some tangerine/apricot hop tang, with a bit of black pepper in the mix. Quite varied, quite balanced. Just a trace of the alcohol is present in the taste. I'm not really getting the "orange and coriander" not the "toasty caramel sweetness from the malt" that the label proclaims, but this is probably more a semantic difference than anything else, because I found a lot of flavors close to those.

Mouthfeel is standard; well-textured and neither over-carbed nor thin. Keeps a big flavor from being syrupy.

Overall, this thing won a contest, and I'd tend to agree that it deserved to do so. It's a really neat hybrid between American strongs and barleywines, which can be overpowering with hops, and Belgians strongs with yeast and spice (which I personally prefer) and the result is very natural, not forced at all.

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