Longshadows IPA
Blindman Brewing

Longshadows IPALongshadows IPA
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Blindman Brewing
Alberta, Canada
IPA - American
Ranked #1,452
Ranked #12,568
3.98 | pDev: 6.78%
Apr 05, 2021
Nov 03, 2015
Very Good
Longshadows IPALongshadows IPA
Notes: None
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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Longshadows IPA is crystal clear and a light copper in color. thin streams of CO2 support a cloudy, white head with good retention.
Very hop forward aroma, general woodiness supporting more dominant notes of fresh pine. Pine almost smells as though it was ripped fresh from the tree. Hints of citrus also come through, more orange than anything else. Malt aromas have an initial toasted quality to them. Faint, faint hints of caramel but more toasted grains and biscuit malts.
Medium bodied and smooth, tasting at first of toasted grains balanced with hints of caramel and biscuit malt. Up front malt flavors provide hints of sweetness that help balance the beer's overall bitterness. As with the nose, hop profile is woody and piney in nature. Subtle hints of orange are in there somewhere helping give the flavor and mouthfeel a sort of sturdiness. The finish is intense, bitter, and lasting.
Longshadows IPA is a sturdy, intense, flavorful example of an American style IPA. The flavors are not so simple as to make the beer simplistic in nature. They also stop shy of being too intense and bitter for a beer of this style. It walks the line between accessible and characterful very nicely.

Apr 05, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

Pours a somewhat hazy gold with nice white head, leaves lots of lacing and takes a while to fade.
Smells of earthy esters with some pine/soil and faint tropical notes in the background.
Taste follows the nose. Hops aren’t super upfront but instead it has this kind of bready malt sweetness with tropical notes followed by hops at the back and into the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through more than other 7% IPAs but it’s not bad at all.
The mouthfeel is medium body with nice smooth carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not my go to IPA but if this was the best beer a place had on tap I wouldn’t be disappointed.

Mar 27, 2021
4.04 by MRUZI from Canada (BC) on Feb 24, 2021
3.52 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Jan 27, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TerryW from Canada (ON)

Very slightly hazy golden yellow, substantial head, lots and lots of fine lace. A very handsome beer. Pithy, boozy nose, oranges. Sweet up front, gently pithy, orange again. Pleasantly bitter, creamy finish.

Jul 31, 2020
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3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

This beer looks exactly as a beer should be, gold coloured, half-inch head that sticks around for a while. The smell is bitterness and hops. The taste is boozy, hoppy, bitter, grassy, maybe a touch of tropical fruit. The alcohol really comes through in the smell/taste. Overall satisfactory
June 13 2020

Jun 14, 2020
4.53 by europeanechoes from Canada (ON) on May 30, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

473 ml tallboy can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3.50 CDN. Canned January 29, 2020.

Appearance - Hazy peach color with two fingers of rocky white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Leafy and weedy with some tropical aromas going on in the background, melon and papaya maybe. Rather muted.

Taste - Bits of citrus, with grapefruit and melon most featured, some crackery goodness and just a hint of sweetness mid-sip. Finishes quite bitter and a little hot, definitely can taste the booze in this one.

Mouthfeel - Super-duper dry, medium bodied, good crisp carbonation and a bit hot going down. Drinks a bit bigger than 7.1% ABV.

Overall - Definitely assertive in both flavor and feel, leafy weedy and dank with healthy bits of citrus it certainly packs a punch. Found Long Shadows to be a little leafy and bitter for it's own good, but definitely well made and worth a shot. Gets better and better as you go back for repeated sipping.

Apr 17, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Jan 29 2020 and served slightly chilled. I think this is officially the first AB-made craft beer (excepting Big Rock and/or collaborative brews) that I've seen here on shelves in Ontario - which makes this simultaneously quite welcome and long overdue.

Pours hazy and effervescent, with a golden yellow-hued body that is crowned with nearly an inch of foamy white head that displays excellent retention. Even after ten minutes, a quarter-inch cap of smooth, creamy foam remains in place, with an even coat of lacing pasted against the glass above it. The aroma is pleasant but muted; I'm getting hints of melon, passion fruit and stone fruit, with even subtler suggestions of citrus and crackery malts.

Very flavourful, with no sign of its relatively sturdy abv at first, making this a potentially dangerous beer. It tastes of melon, passion fruit, apricot and grapefruit, buoyed by a low-key backbone of grainy pale malt sweetness. Its profile drifts more towards a pithy, piney, resiny bitterness towards the finish, but then takes a 180 into a relatively dry aftertaste - an intriguing contrast that works. Medium-full in body, with light carbonation and a rather soft, somewhat frothy texture on the palate; reasonably good drinkability, though that 7.1% does impart a bit of warmth as the glass breathes.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-. Blindman's Longshadows is an undoubtedly solid IPA that comes highly recommended. Hop-forward at first, but that dry finish distinguishes it from much of its competition IMO - we're not talking 'brut IPA' dryness here, but that punch of citrusy, fruity hops followed by that unassuming finish just leaves the palate ripe for another sip... and then another. Pretty soon the whole can is gone, and you're wishing you bought a few more, because going to the liquor store is currently a pain in the ass (and hardly essential), but now I'm really digressing. Cheers to a fantastic Albertan craft beer - try it if you can find it.

Apr 13, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

Poured from a 473ml can. 68 IBU's
Pours a off clear amber with a thick white head.
A pretty dank nose on this one, a nice IPA, easy drinking.
Above average.

Feb 20, 2020
3.56 by Slongie from Canada (AB) on Oct 15, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

473ml can poured into pint glass. From notes.

Pours a clear medium yellow with one finger of eggshell head that leaves splashing sea foam lace as it recedes.

Smells of pineapple, orange, baking bread, lemon peel, wet stone and fresh pine.

Feels soft and round. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A very solid flagship beer.

Aug 13, 2019
4.25 by florisj135 from Virginia on Jul 20, 2019
3.89 by bladman from Canada (AB) on Jun 27, 2019
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 26, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Careyrk5591 from Canada (AB)

very nice ipa. has every thing that you can use to gauge other ipa's

Mar 27, 2019
4.38 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC) on Jul 31, 2018
4.93 by R_Kole from Canada (AB) on Jun 10, 2018
3.98 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Apr 15, 2018
4 by chubenzino from California on Mar 07, 2018
3.81 by bryanangusj from Canada (AB) on Jan 01, 2018
4.28 by Derek from Canada (BC) on Aug 13, 2017
4.02 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Jul 28, 2017
4.02 by AaronLamb from Canada (AB) on Jun 02, 2017
3.96 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Apr 29, 2017
3.94 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Apr 14, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Blindman Brewing 'Long Shadows IPA' @ 7.1% , served from a 473 ml can purchased for $4.30
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a large white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-very blah , no distinct aroma
T-kinda blah , bit of a dry swallow
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-weak ipa
prost LampertLand

Mar 03, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with four fingers of frothy, rocky off-white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit peel, hint of pine resin, bready malts.

Taste - Starts off predominantly with the citrus hops and tropical fruit, followed up by notes of pine and grapefruit peel. Bready malts help support the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and a touch of malts.

Overall - This is my first taste of Blindman Brewing and I am impressed with the quality of this IPA. The citrus hops are allowed to shine and the appearance is breathtaking.

Feb 26, 2017
3.97 by ZachT from Canada (BC) on Feb 15, 2017
4.16 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB) on Jan 04, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

473ml can poured into tulip 19/11/2016

a slight haze in a orange amber body, two finger of dense foam falls to a thumbs width and stays there, thick rings deep down the glass, looking great

S leafy, floral, heaps of citrus, mango, cotton candy, some soft caramel and spruce

T rind and caramel, some earthy notes similar to the session ale but can't place it, everything on the nose is still there in one form or another

M medium weight, just enough bubbles to give it some life, a little grit inside and just a tad sticky on the lips, citrus rind lingers strong

O not over the top anywhere and well rounded, some balance, booze is well hidden, I rather liked this one

I'm pretty happy with all the new breweries popping up around here, not just popping up but brewing solid beer, wel worth trying.

Nov 19, 2016
3.74 by Corson from Canada (AB) on Aug 10, 2016
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

Been so fricken psyched to try out this 'Vermont' IPA from Blindman who've become one of my favourite Alberta breweries very quickly. Medium mouthfeel, citrus and tropical fruits like grapefruit, guava, and a slight berry sweetness along wit a sweet maltiness and huge bitterness. I think this would get along well with San Diego IPAs more than Vermont.

Aug 09, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Malfunkt from Canada (AB)

Too busy drinking this IPA to go in-depth. And that's pretty much it. A very drinkable IPA. Has enough IBU for some bite, smooth aftertaste. Fresh hoppy taste from this Albertan brewery.

Jul 10, 2016
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mattsander from Canada (AB)

EDIT: I have had this beer in cans many times since initial review. This beer rules.

Got a growler fill at J Webb on blackfoot trail in Calgary.
Extremely cloudy opaque burnt orange appearance, not an appetizing beer to look at. Smells are citrusy, earthy, muddy. Feels a little flat but then again why am I reviewing a hoppy beer from a growler? A brewer's hard work getting the beer to a retail location fresh is totally ruined when the minimum wage beer store employee clumsily oxidizes/flattens the growler.

Jul 04, 2016
3.75 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Feb 20, 2016
3.79 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB) on Feb 12, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MAB from Canada (AB)

Had this on-tap at teh Hop In Brew in Calgary.
This was a dark yellow, almost orange, with a tight and long-lasting white head. I had lacing in the glass down to the final sip.
The nose is all hops, with a real earthiness, and the taste matches it. Bitter and earthy, not terribly sweet, but still nicely balanced. 7% alcohol? I never would have guessed.
Delicious stuff.

Jan 07, 2016
4.19 by Beervana from Canada (BC) on Dec 24, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

Sampled on tap at The Taphouse, Red Deer. The advance press is spot on - this is a beer for IPA lovers. Light orange, nice white foamy head, and lovely crackery malt body. The hop bite is just right - bitter but not palate wrenching. The higher ABV floats along like the Blindman growler logo. I'm thrilled to have another great beer brewed within 30 minutes of my home.

Dec 12, 2015
Longshadows IPA from Blindman Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 42 ratings