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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ideal carbonation off of the pour. Good head retention. Brillant amber color. Mild Pine hop aroma. Deep intense grapefruit flavor slowly tickles the back the tongue. A bit thick and slightly sticky mouthfeel as expected with a beer of this amplitude. A bit of an alcoholic aftertaste. A good hop bomb. By far the standout from this year's Longshot winners.

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Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance that isn’t overpowering and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lancecenter
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of VAcrossr
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of pcsnyder
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a huge amount of lace and good head retention. Quite sticky.

S: Malt oriented to a degree with a lot of pine needles.

T: Sticky resiny pine and malt, a Northwest style for sure. Direct flavours with a good balance, quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, oily sticky resin.

O: This is quite a throwback and something I usually don't see out of a DIPA. This is clearly bordering on a light barleywine. It's still quality and worth a pickup especially at the price.

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Photo of oldsalty
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of hit728
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ftom a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown color with a thin white head. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, hops and some pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste of pine and citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of spikechiquet
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Even though this was a one time thing bottled just over 3 months ago the head is still rocking giving me just over an inch of the bubbly goodness. Color is a very bright amber brown copper color with a crap ton of carbonation bubbles.
S - Initial smells were quite hoppy but in the glass its now more malt forward with some sweet caramel and toasted bread malts.
T - Well it does have somewhat of a hop bite to it which lingers on the palate and the ABV is well hidden even though it's treading on regular IPA volume (almost). I got not alcohol in the taste which for me makes this drinkable and balanced, but I am not very wow'd like other top DIPA's
M - As stated very smooth. I believe I even found this more easy going that Lagunitas Sucks which is pretty awesome.
Overall another great feature is the constant carbonation which makes for pretty epic lacing on the glass. I just wish they had more of a grapefuit/mango hop profile or this would be a winner. To me it just came off as a slightly hopped up run of the mill IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a decent frothy head, fades quickly yet leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is surprisingly dominated by caramel malt, there is plenty of hop presence, piney mostly, but the malt is quite strong for what is supposed to be a DIPA.

Taste has a very strong caramel malt backbone that sets the tone for this entire beer, a touch too malty sweet than it should be, hops do show up in the aftertaste but aren't overly strong or pronounced, mild bitterness in the finish but mostly sweet, soft carbonation that lends a really good creaminess which is its saving grace, alcohol is well hidden.

Pretty mild and "balanced" for a DIPA, I liked balanced but this actually tips too far into malt territory.

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Photo of bscalt
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drink by September 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A beautiful beer. Crystal clear copper with a soft sand colored, three finger head on top. The head sticks around for awhile, and the lacing, at least at the start, as ridiculous.

Smell: Damn, I love hops. Serious amounts of pine and resin. The label also mentions grapefruit, but I don't really get that ... there is a sweetness in there, though.

Taste/feel: Hard for me to pick this one. As dark as this IPA is, I figured it'd maybe be pretty sweet or at least be balanced, but it's not -- this beer is definitely on the bitter side, at least after the first few sips, and tastes pretty much nothing like it smells. I get almost a roasty-sweet sort of malt flavor on the start of the sip, followed by a fairly brief parade of piney hops, and then it finishes with a dusty/gritty sort of malt flavor. It's not bad at all, but the smell had me expecting something entirely different. In that way, it almost reminds me of Alpha King by Three Floyds, which is a darker APA that bursts with hops in the aroma, but then has a maltier taste. This almost drinks like some sort of amber or something more than an IPA... ALMOST. It's good, but I didn't see it coming. The feel is quite smooth with a medium carbonation -- it lets the hops do the work on your tongue rather than the prickly carbonation, which is good. Just a note: This beer becomes almost TOO SWEET once it warms up.

Has to be the best in the 2013 LongShot contest, but not by too significant of a margin. It looks awesome, it smells great, and it has a solid flavor.

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Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive reddish amber color with a gloriously thick off-white head. Heavy floral and pine hops in the nose. Light grapefruit, lemon, and sticky caramel malt. Hoppy flavor, though not in a bright and happy sort of way. Green, resinous pine, pears, leafiness, and plenty of bready malt. There's more of an East Coast thing going on here. Some grapefruit rind does make an appearance. Bitter and creamy smooth on the palate finishing with a surprise hint of warmth in the throat. Pretty good stuff...

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Photo of Johnnyv310
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a good while

S: Lots of hops, which lend notes of pine and citrus with a little bit of grass. A solid malt backbone is also present

T: Piney and resinous hops dominate the flavor, along with a light citrus note. Get some malts, but the seven hop varieties really dominate most of the taste. Quite bitter from start and into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This one is definitely on the resinous, raw pine hop flavor side of an IPA rather than citrus/fruit bomb. Nice if you like the IBUs to be up there as well. Pretty solid for a homebrew contest winner

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Photo of obrike
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at my HEB in Round Rock.

Pours a very pretty copper with a strong 1-2 inch head. Very good retention and lacing on this one. Just a very pretty beer.

Getting some earthy hops, maybe some onion, and a little sweet caramel and spice. Never a big fan of the oniony DIPA, but this one is not half bad.

A lot going on in the flavor...Follows the nose, caramel and bready malt up front. A good slap of earthy hops and spice as well. Finishes really coats the tongue. A heavy feeling beer for sure. Feels bigger than 7.8. I like the mouthfeel. A big chewy DIPA without a ton of booze.

I think there's a lot going on with this one. If it wasn't for the oniony feel, I'd be rating it a bit higher.

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Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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