LongShot Magnificent Seven | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
173
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of McNealc31
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificent Seven is so named because of the seven hops varieties used. Darker than most IPAs, it's a crisp, clear amber. Hops completely dominate the aroma, as they should. Very nice blend of flavor from the hops, too. Pine, grapefruit, some grassy notes. Roasted caramel comes through, too.

Great contest, great beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big floral smell with a nice sweet malty background, Hop smells include grapefruit and earthy undertones, Theres a slight tinge of hop and a quick sweet slight chocolate malt that is absolutely delicious and ending with all hops. It gets more bitter as it warms and has a piney floral and grapefruit taste. It starts sweet ends hoppy much like their Latitude 48.

This beer is like if they took their Latitude 48 and mixed it with a Boston Lager and made an Imperial version of it. Only slight alcohol for a bigger beer and what I like the best besides the delicious hops is that they really focus on the malt of their beers or in this case beer they put out under their name. A lot of IPA's forget about the malt but its even harder to make the hops stand out and have it be a solid IPA when theres a solid sweet malt backbone. A lot of people who praise a lot the popular IPA's seem to because its just hops and the malt is just there because it has to be, where as Samuel Adams makes sure its just as big of part of the beer as well. I like this one.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MadWolf
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a half finger slightly off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and slightly piney hops, orange and limon citrus, light sweet malt. Flavor is nice resiny citrus and pine hops with slight herbal components, citrus and light stone fruit juice, sweet malt. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A nice malty but hoppy IPA. I lean towards malty ales, but the sweet malt base of this might be a bit over the top for some drinkers. A bit on the sweet side, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Nice blend of seven hops. Better IPA than I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head with a ring of foam around the rim. Beer ring lacing.

S: Woody with some pine resin and orange citrus.

T: Nutty, woody malt. Resiny hop.

M: Syrupy feel. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, fair head, and some solid lacing. Nose is woody pine with some citrus. Nutty malt with a little hop resin. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of jburd19
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of HisBoyElroy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of KShophead
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of drabmuh
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a generous two fingered head, gentle carbonation, sticky, foamy lacing.

S - Spicy, oily, and resiny aroma...piney and juicy red grapefruit.

T - Start with some sweet caramel followed with alot of oily resins, sweet juicy grapefruit and oranges, and a pine/citrus bite at the very end. Alot of sweetness that divides itself between hoppy and malt sweetness and finishes bitter with lingering citrus and sweet malt underneath.

M - Oily, full bodied, and thick for an IPA.

O - Such a low ABV barely gets it into the D-IPA/Imperial category. Too thick for a regular IPA and not high enough ABV for an Imperial.

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Photo of bobhits
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with creamy cloudy foam leaving layers of lacing.

I get a good nose to sugary brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A bit of hops at the end, but a really big toasted caramel malt really shines in the nose.

The flavor however is very hope forward a lot of resin and citrus notes. The malt bill is great with a lot of thick caramel sugars balancing things well. This hop profile and malt mix is a bit different than most IPAs I've had which is nice give IPAs can get a bit forgettable when they all seem alike.

A bit more weight than I'd like from an ipa and even a bit more than I'd expect at 7.8%. Still he's drinkable enough.

Tip of the cap to this one. A nice ipa...something sam adams really needs to start doing more of! Also priced very well at 8 bucks for the long shot 6 pack.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Magnificent Seven from the this years LongShot Series last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I really liked last years LongShot six pack, so i'm interested in checking out this years winners, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's the typical LongShot Label with a drawing of the winner with their name on it. It poured a dark ruby color that took on a dark copper color when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, the head and lacing were really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malty, bready, grainy and caramel malts like aromas with a real slight toasted aroma in the background. Next comes a slight citrus hop aroma, but it's the piney and floral hops that seem to stick out the most. The aroma is decent, but it's nothing special for the style, it's just ok.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a very malty, bready and grainy flavor with some caramel malt like flavors in the background. Next comes the hops which are mainly floral and citrus with only a slight bit of piney hops showing up. On the finish there's a high amount of bitterness that seems to be a little overwhelming and it's followed by an earthy, floral and malty aftertaste. The taste was decent but I thought it was a little too malt forward and the bitterness was a little out of hand.

M- Not that smooth, sticky, rich, on the medium side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it wasn't smooth at all and not very drinkable.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style and for sure not a noteworthy one, it was also pretty unbalanced. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, it wasn't smooth, it was a little filling, and the flavors didn't hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, there's no way I would want to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a good looking beer and it looked fairly true to style, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, I would say it's one of the least drinkable DIPA's I have had yet, I had no urge to drink another one. I wouldn't buy this beer again, especially on it's own, there's lots of better DIPA's out there so I wouldn't recommend this one. All in all I wasn't into this beer, it just wasn't my type of DIPA and I didn't really enjoy it, I find it a little hard to believe that this is one of the top beers that was entered. I hope the other ones are better since this one wasn't a great start to this years LongShot series.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose, flavor is almost balanced but the grapefruit hops beat out the caramel malts. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. $8.99 for a mixed 6-pak from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour yields a brilliant deep copper amber with a frothy 2 inch cream head that lingers.

Resin, dank, earthy hops, fresh cut grass, a hint of grapefruit and an almost buttery character form the initial aroma. There's an umami note to it, reminiscent of amarillo.

Flavor leads with citrus, slightly sweet, toasty caramel malt, which turns a tad resiny mid palate, and somewhat piney. The finish is moderately bitter and earthy. There's a dank character throughout.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency. Alcohol warmth becomes evident late.

A good example of an dipa, with nice, fairly complex hop flavor profile, and moderate bitterness. Malt is a touch too sweet, but I don't mind that. More hop bitterness would get it closer to style. The buttery notes are slightly offputting.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, and aroma.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sept Notched on side

Bottle numbered
C06531243

A= Pours a beautiful translucent amber color with a thin half finger of head that is active and holds some retention.

S= The smell is big in the hops of course but I don't think it's bright enough. It's a solid nose but I was looking for something bright and joyous based on the name.

T= The taste is big resinous hops. Not really fruity but a lot of pine and resin. There is also a dominate malt bill that comes through tasting like simple malted barley.

M= Well carbonated. Nice and light.

O= This beer just wasn't bright enough for me to really have it stand out. It was good no doubt but it was a little heavy and overbearing to be called magnifient...

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very handsome dark coppery amber in the Pilsner glass. Excellent foam and plenty of fine carbonation. Huge nose of flowery and aromatic hops.

Rather sweet and deeply malty with roasted flavors. Some burnt sugar but much more complex than the usual caramel flavors. The hops are all over the place. Lots of resins with an orange flavor and a good dose of grapefruit peel. While quite bitter, it remains warm and rich overall.

A thoroughly drinkable and interesting DIPA. Another good reason to buy these Longshot brews when they come out. Out of the 12 oz bottle from the seasonal six-pack bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I so need Yul Brynner standing around somewhere, fists at his hips (as if he knew any other pose), extolling this beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise bronze-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, mixed greens, light leek, light celery, and a very light bit of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more resin and a stronger sweetness about its backbone. A pleasant balance prevails. The body is an overeating medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda syrupy feel. Overall, though a touch thick and heavy for its own good, this a well-balanced DIPA, one I wouldn't mind seeing Sam Adams brew up again some time.

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LongShot Magnificent Seven from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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