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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Photo of jester5120
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A- golden colored ale with white head that quickly disapeared.

S- bready, malty, and beet smells coming off this beer

T- average for a belgian ale. not for a belgian ipa. not very hoppy at all

M- Average mouthfeel. flavors of malt and beets hang around for a while after initial taste

O- not a real true to form belgian ipa. more like a simple belgian ale

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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 Brent
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see a beer clocking in at 9% abv included in the mix pack. This beer is very much in the Belgianized IPA movement of late, and immediately called to mind the flavor profile of Ommegang's products. Malty-sweet with Belgian candy sugar notes. Some distinct but non-descript spicing in the background. Beglian funk and hops engage in the ususal tug-of-war for the style. Not fantastic, but not bad at all.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

I want to do this review more justice, but the beer had a nice orange to golden hue with good effervescence and a dense egg shell white head.

From there you will find basically a direct clone of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, minus the little bit of extra Belgian yeast flair that makes that beer extremely kick ass.

I was impressed that Sam Adams was able to get as much Belgian yeast character into this beer, as I have generally found that to be something they don't succeed with very well.

Nothing bad about this, good fruit and spice tones, nothing off in terms of fermentation or style approach.

Simply overall found it to be derivative of Raging Bitch, as I said minus that flair that Flying Dog gets into their Belgian IPA.

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Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice bright orange gold color with a nice head and better lace.

Nose is rather subtle with sweetness, floral and some hops, but not the bitter kind.

Taste is malty and has some roasted under tones with some hops. Mouth feel is pretty creamy. I found this beer to be pretty good overall with alcohol well hidden.

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

Pours a nice clear amber honey color. Thin white head an ok lacing.

Aroma of a Belgian triple. Little bit of malt and some hops.

Taste is good. Solid Belgian yeast flavor that isn't too intense. Nice hip bite and a bit of flavor. Nice bit of maltiness.

Mouthfeel is malty a bit to start and finishes off dry. Nice carb.

Overall a tasty beer. Not super special but good. Would buy it if it was a regular. I think it deserves a little better than a B on here.

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Photo of samie85
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear orange color with two fingers of white, thick head that leaves behind some thick lacing.

S-Clove-heavy Belgian yeast with some very light citrus notes.

T-Cloves upfront with some orange-y hops and a slightly bitter and peppery finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking but largely unimpressive. When I think of a Belgian IPA, I think of a better balance of the styles rather than leaning heavily on one of the styles; this is essentially a slightly bitter Belgian ale.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL pint.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a dark orange.

S. Smell is pretty heavy on the Belgian yeast. Not really picking up a lot of hop aroma. Compared to some other Belgian IPAs this is a little more heavy on the Belgian aroma than the IPA. Spices and yeast are the predominant smell.

T. Taste is also spicy Belgian yeast. Not a whole lot of hops going on in the flavor either. Good BSPA but maybe not so much a Belgian IPA. Flavors are somewhat mellow. Get some clove, banana, pale malt. Sweet and spicy.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Overall Friar Hop is an ok beer. There are definitely better Belgian IPAs out there. Pretty lacking on the hop aroma and flavor. Mostly a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me. If I were reviewing as such, I would probably give the same score.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a medium off-white head. Good lace and head retention.

S: Good amount of orange peel and coriander, smells like a strong wit with a hint of booze. Fruity, estery.

T: Apricot and orange dominant, with a hint of pine at the end. Coriander and white pepper form a distinct mid-palate.

M: Full-bodied, well structured, never cloying. Smooth and direct.

O: The winner for me of this Longshot set and one of the better Longshot beers I've ever had. Hope Jim Koch makes the decision to bottle this, except for this one-off, nice brew.

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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 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 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 musicforairports
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber in color, very clear, a lot less carbonation and head than I was expecting.

Smells like candied sugar, with a bit of hops and spice.

Taste is syrupy sweet, with the sweetness broken up by decent amounts of clove-like spices and fresh American hop flavors. Finishes hoppy. The flavors don't really mesh too well, and the rather dank hop flavors and the spicy sweetness kind of melt into one.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected for the sweetness level present.

It's a neat concept, but I'd rather a beer built on spices or one built on strong American hops. Not both.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet spicy and hop nose, flavor is spice, honey and hops, slightly dry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.75 for a 6-pak from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Sep 2011.

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Photo of silentjay
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

crystal clear amberish copper color with a small almost pure white fluffy head that quickly recedes yet leaves some decent lacing.

a bit spicy on the nose, with a definite candi sugar sweetness backing that up, and some herbal and citrus hops.

starts a bit spicy, goes very sweet, finishes herbal with some lemon pepper (citrusy yet spicy) on the finish. hot from beginning to end, with a syrupy sweetness that is a bit too heavy handed.

hot and syrupy with little carbonation on a medium bodied brew. fills the mouth with an oiliness that doesn't suit the flavor profile very well.

a bit too hot and sticky sweet belies the underlying spice. hops are not out in front, as I expected from the bottle description. nothing I'd clamor for again, though not terrible.

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