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 WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper amber hue with a bright off white khaki beige head forms fine even lacing. Aroma has a deep fruit layer with hints of cherry/apricort and an evident citrus note as well. No alcohol hits the nose very well hidden, and a bit of Belgian yeast phenolics going on. Flavor is extremely sweet, like toothache and diabetes inducing sweetness. Cloying spice levels makes you instantly want to brush your teeth, there's no way on earth this is a Belgian IPA I'm not getting any alpha hops. Just loads of citrus peel, spice addition bitterness that is just downright unpleasant on the palate...a touch of heat comes through as well in the finish. Carbonation overdone along with the spicing this finishes dry and spicy with absolutely disgusting levels of spice additions, so perfumey and floral. Drinkability is poor and overall horrible beer experience I hope this doesn't turn anybody off to craft beer because it's possibly that bad.

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Photo of cvoss
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Golden yellow with white head.

S - Citrus and sweet.

T - Terrible. It was everything I could do to finish the bottle. Horrible aftertaste that lasts.

M - A little like carbonated syrup

O - It looks good, smells ok, and tastes absolutely terrible. Will not buy again.

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Photo of edfish
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok Not to be a Negitive Nancy but I don't like Belgians.

This beer looks good but has the traditiional Belgian lemmon/peppery taste to it not overpowering , its just there.

Tried it in a glass

Tried it in the bottle

Sorry can't get past the Belgian..

At least I gave it a half a glass worth of try.

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Photo of kobeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper color with a thin white chapeau. Le petit chapeau hangs around all glass long and leaves lacy sheets in it's wake. Very impressive.

Aroma is Ricola herbal cough drops, spicy bourbon caramel (not actual bourbon, but the distinctive caramel that's associated with it) and Grand Marnier syrupy sweet orange.

Eew. Sickeningly sweet herbal sweetness. Ghastly sweet like honey covered with Splenda. Bleh. Herbal spice and more bourbon-y caramel and orange syrup. Where's the promised "American hops?" Boo, hiss.

Mouthfeel is more Sam Adams than Belgian which is a bummer because SA ale yeast is slick, oily, and a hop killer.

More interesting than good, worst of this years Longshot.

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Photo of shand
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Ah, Belgian IPAs. We meet again. There's really nothing I've had to make me a Belgian IPA believer, let's see if this hits the mark. Appearance-wise, it's solidly average. An aggressive pour reveals a red-tinged mildly hazy golden brew with a finger's worth of head that doesn't retain well at all. The aroma is actually kind of nice, with Belgian sugars pairing with just a tinge of citrus hops. The sugars are really the star of the show here, and come through very strongly on the nose. The taste is just OK. The IPA part really doesn't come through here at all, this just tastes a lot like a strong Belgian blonde. The sweet Belgian sugars and yeast really overpower here, along with a hint of fusel alcohol that really isn't all that pleasant. If the hops are to be detected at all, it's on the long-end of the finish.

The mouthfeel is very highly carbonated for the style, and just a bit drying on the finish. The drinkability is alright for the ABV, but I just don't find the overwhelming sweetness to make a very drinkable brew. Overall, there's nothing IPA-like about this brew. This is just a strong Belgian blonde, through and through. And not a great one, I'd take two Leffes any day over one of these.

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown copper, no head and very little lacing.

Smell - Hops, floral, yeast, sugars, Has a lemonish orange aroma.

Taste - Man, Alcohol is really present. The whole beer is overpowered by this. The yeast gives a odd soapy flavor. The spices add some sweetness but really add some off balance flavors.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, strong and odd tasting. Mouth is all beat to hell with the flavors and booze. Nasty.

OVerall - Terrible, drain pour time. Cant enjoy the nasty spices and over boozed flavor. This cant even begin to touch a true belgian ale

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Photo of rowew
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, best by date notched. Label has a picture of the brewer, neck has a description of the beer.

Appearance: Amber in color, thin head is tan colored but fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is all belgian spices and yeast funk, not getting any hops.

Taste: OK, the hop bitterness is here - but the hop flavor isn't. Bitter with lots of yeast and spicy notes.

Overall impression: Can't say I'm a fan - overly bitter, with rough spicing .. flavors just don't balance out.

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Photo of BB1313
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Best before September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent amber/burnt orange, decent head and nice lacing; pretty good looking brew. The aromas aren't bad, but I'd never guess it was a Belgian IPA. The aromas are dominated by the yeast.. the hops aren't detected in the aromas at all. I'm a little let down by the flavors.. lots of yeast and candied sugars.. the hops are present, but take a back seat. This just isn't a good example of a hoppy Belgian/Belgian IPA, IMHO. There are hints of caramel and lots of malts. I'm disappointed because the hops fall flat. The mouthfeel is very nice.. feels heavy, thick, smooth, and not over-carbonated. The alcohol goes unnoticed. Overall, this isn't a bad beer.. but not what I look for in the style. Taste is king, and this one is slightly off.

Props to Richard Roper.. I don't brew beer at this point, so it's better than anything I can brew!

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Photo of Shoegaze99
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Beer looks good, a nice, clear golden color with an impressive, frothy head if poured aggressively.

S - The hops and spices are giving me mixed signals. It's like there are two good smelling beers in my glass at once. The spicy Belgian wins out slightly, but the citrus-laden American hops fight for their spot, too.

T - The battle in the aroma was confusing but was at least pleasant. The taste is another matter. It's as if you took a big, sweet, spicy high gravity Belgian ale and tossed a hoppy, citrusy American IPA into it. The citrus hops fight with the Belgian spices and neither really wins. I applaud the experiment and creativity of the brewer, but this hybrid just doesn't work for me. All those hops beg for a crisp beer, yet they come attached to a big bodied, malty Belgian style. Major culture clash here.

M - Big body, smooth carbonation bordering on creamy, very full feeling beer. It's got the moutfeel a big beer like this deserves.

O - I honestly and heartily applaud the creativity that went into this experiment. But for me, it just wasn't a *successful* experiment. Glad I had my two bottles, but I don't imagine I'll ever desire to drink this one again.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, New Belgium globe, best by September 2011.

Here I am trying a Belgian IPA for the first time. It's a mighty orange beer, perfectly clear with a color more like a sports drink than an amber hued IPA. The head is a decent light tan, creamy affair.

For something with hop in the name and IPA in the style name, the aromas are seriously lacking. Banana or bubblegum esters and toasty malt are mainly what I get. It definitely smells Belgian and way too much like a Wit. A little orange peel, which isn't necessarily from the hops.

The bitterness hits more like an IPA; alcohol, IBUs, and some coriander/orange peel contributing. Finally some citric hops do come through, toasty malt, and still too much like a Wit.

It's a pretty heavy beer. A bit viscous with decent carbonation.

I don't understand this beer. Why is it 9%? Why the coriander and orange peel in an IPA? Why no friggin hops? To me this drinks much more like an imperial Wit.

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Photo of csiewert
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color with a trace of white head with a little retention and little lacing. The aroma is very spicy and is somewhat overpowering. The taste is also very spicy and almost hefeweizenish... But harsher. There is also a strong taste of alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth but the aftertaste is fairly rough. Overall a decent homebrew, but has some work to do.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Onenote81
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Second of the lot that I'm trying. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy orange with a thin white head on top. The nose is spicy, full of yeast, with a cut of orange zest on the finish. Not as floral or citrusy as I'd like. The mouth is decent. Alcohol level makes this one a bit heavier; carbonation level is bordering high. Typical for the style. The flavors are quite underwhelming. The melding of these two styles is bland at best. Neither aspect comes forward with much force. Plenty of yeast character, but not a lot of spiciness to back it up. And the "IPA-ness" of this beer is weak as well. Bitterness is low-to-absent, citrus/floral flavors are muted. I expected something to standout in this beer. It's not well-balanced, but neither do either of the two main characteristics standout. I wanted to like it, but I really don't care for it much.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Super clear golden color. A touch of white head. A belgian IPA should have a massive head that is almost solid. This has good lacing but that really is a hallmark of the style for me. Also this has been filtered to death.

S: Super bready with just a touch of esters. Not bad but I really do not get any hops in the aroma. A little bit spicy but that is about it.

T: The belgian character is there but it is rather subdued. You get some bitterness in the finish but that is about it. No real hop flavors. Super bready again. Just does not hit the style guidelines.

M: The carbonation is way low. It should be off the charts.

D: This was a real miss for me. Not to style at all. Not a bad beer and not offensive but just not a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although this beer is a unique beer with interesting flavor, I was not a fan. This beer seemed to have an unpleasant after taste that I was not a fan of. I would have enjoyed this beer if it was not for the fact that the minor flavors are over powered and not highlighted.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Friar Hop Ale is another good creation by a finalist in the Sammy A contest. The appearance was good, a light copper hazy color. Thin to no head, but had some carbonation. I expected more from the scent. There was subtle orange and spice, but not much in the form of hops. The taste was ok...I tasted the high ABV immediately, followed by Belgium spices & malt, oragne/citrus flavors. As my mouth got used to the ABV and the beer warmed, the orange and spices really started to come in. The mouthfeel was downgraded slightly beacuse the malt/spice/citrus couldnt quite balance the ABV. Overall, I would not go out to buy a 6-pck of this beer.

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Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date of Sep 2011. Pours a translucent orange color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of yeast, banana, and bread. Smells a bit sour. Tastes bready and sour. Not really picking up on any hops. Slightly earthy with some cut grass as well. Lots of sour yeast flavor. High ABV but doesn't really taste like it. Not really digging this one. I taste the "Belgian" but not the "IPA" part. I tried it and I'm moving on.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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