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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 239
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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Photo of Fenris244
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a pale amber with a 2 finger off white head, starts to dissipate rather quickly but leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

floral aromas, bits of spice and a syrupy sweetness is detectable, some citrus is present as well its a good blend of aromas

flavor is kinda meh, its got the hops, bits of grapefruit, little bits of the belgian yeast and some malt character but the flavor seems muddled to me, its pleasant but not great. Nothing really stands out for me

Lighter in body, crisp and smooth, the abv is hardly detectable, would have liked a little more carbonation but that could just be my bottle.

Overall? Not a bad beer but not entirely memorable, would have it again if it was offered to me but will certainly pass it over for other better options

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro for bringing over some refreshments for brew day on 07/17/11. Been quite sometime since I had anything from BBC and have always been interested in trying the Longshots.

*Bottle to pint
-I will add the disclaimer here that I am not a huge Belgian fan.

A: Friar Hop pours a light copper pale color and produced a great 2 and a half fingers high of soapy off-white foam. Clear and bubbly.

S: Bready biscuit aromas up front followed by some citrus florals and a little sour spice to it.

T: Tastes like a nice hoppy IPA that has some belgian spice in the mix. Honey sweetness. Nice bitterness with a citrus and pine dominant character. And a distinct belgian spice akin to cloves or mace or something similar. It's not overbearing and does not fight with the hops actually. Not bad. Some ABV warmth there.

M: Nice light body and slight sticky mf. Overall I would say has a decent creamy texture.

D: Again not bad. At 9% ABV it is a little deceptive. I was really not expecting to like this one since I am just not a big Belgian fan. But I would say the different flavors are melded well here and don't clash.

This brew falls more on the hoppy side which is probably why I found myself liking it. Would make for a nice straight IPA without the Belgian spiciness to it. I can do with out the clove like flavors but again they were not over the top here.

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Photo of rowew
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
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 HoustonTX
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting and intriguing beer. For the style it's a fresh approach.

Amber orange body with a fringe of white lacing.

Aroma is spicy with notes of orange, coriander, all spice, nutmeg, banana, and dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose nicely. Sweet and juicy upfront. Hits some strong spiciness midway with a strong earthy malt base. Strong Belgian yeast blends together to provide a large amount zest and mouthfeel. Friar Hop finishes with some floral and citrus hops to balance to finish.

Strong example of a Belgian that blends several examples of styles into one.

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

A - Pours a clear amber, with a one finger creamy head, that dissipates quickly into a thin lace.

S - Toasted fruit. smokey, semi burnt wood.

T- I generally have a hard time describing tastes of the beers that are of the Belgian persuasion. There's a definite sweetness of the carmel sugar variety. Some cinnamon notes? Plum biscuitness. Definitely spicy.

M - Good hop/malt balance and carbonation, though it seems overly sticky at times.

O - A decent beer if you like the style, the 9% makes it perfect for a one or two beer relaxer, but it seems to me it would be better suited as a fall/winter brew, rather than something I would drink when it is 99 degrees. Recommended.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey color with a sudsy off white head. Bubbles immediately form and stream to the top of the brew. A very picturesque start to Friar Hop Ale.

Nose is very Belgian with loads of biscuit and spiced fruit and crisp yeasty twang. I wish there was more from the hops here. They kind of come out in the background but don't really make much of a name for themselves.

Taste is good for a Belgian ale but a Belgian IPA. The crisp fruity yet peppered and toasted, caramelized sugar flavors you'd expect a there but almost no hint of hops. This is a fine beer but it doesn't fit the style in my book.

The mouthfeel is up there with a Belgian beer. Fine champagne like carbonation and a sweet yet dry finish. A touch of bitterness from those previously nonexistent hops paired with a toasted bread wondrfulness. A good beer but not a BIPA. Worth trying out but not anything to help with that hop fix.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good glow to the amber pour, belgians usually seem so dull. Aroma was a mild belgian yeast strain, hops remain subtly hidden behind the yeast.

Taste, not bad, hides alcohol well, just a slight warmth, hopping becomes evident and accompanied by a gentle spiciness. Soft cushion of a malt base to it. Even some citrus flavors come out, giving it a lot more complexity than most of SA's offerings. Key to this beer seems to be a mild strain yeastwise that doesn't overwhelm the other, sometimes delicate flavors in the profile.

Couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a setting, but drinking that one was nice.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours amber in color and has a couple inches of off white head.

S - I get bananas right off the bat. Clove and other spices follow with some caramel malt and a faint citrus aroma.

T - I get banana and clove as the predominant flavor. I get some weak caramel malt.

M - Moderate to watery

O - Not that good. The malt characteristics pull through at the end but it was not what I was looking for nor expected.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger plus of moderately fluffy light tan colored head with an ever so slightly rocky top... Minimal retention gives way to a very thick color and a thinner uneven lace... The color is a deep rich amber... Sparse small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Apricot... Mango... Even some cantaloupe... Candied sugars... A whiff of Belgian yeast... Light caramel... Some orange zest... A very subtle spiciness lies beneath the surface...

T - Booze right off of the bat... The hops which were rather absent on the nose, hit right from the start... A spicy kick is there as well... Layered beneath the unexpected assertiveness is fruity notes of orange and apricot... A subtle yeasty component...

M - Medium bodied... Exceedingly dense... Light prickly carbonation... The warming effect of the 9% ABV is undeniable... A bit sticky...

D - An interesting brew... The nose and the palette are related, but are almost polar opposites of one another... Lots of nuance and complexity... One of the best Longshot offerings that I have had... My compliments to Mr. Roper (I'm sure Janet and Chrissy are proud too)...

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a goblet. The freshness date reads September.

A: Orange brown (copper) with a little head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass with a patch (almost like ice in Alaska during the summertime) floating in the middle of the brew. It is clear, and has steady carbonation. It also does leave some lacing.

S: Citrus from hops, sweet bread malt, dry fruit, brettanomyces, spice, and candied sugar.

T: Starts with sweet bread and spice then moves into piney and citrus notes that dominate the beer until the finish. The finish is also quite bitter but some candy, warming alcohol, and a bit of biscuit are also noticeable.

M: Heavy and dry.

O: Longshot Friar Hop ale lacks the large head and retention that many BIPA's have in abundance. However, it does have nice balance. It begins with sweet malt and then proceeds to dry, pleasing citrus and pine. The finish can be a little heavy and clings to the back of the throat. The beer becomes better as it warms.

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