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Samuel Adams LongShot Double IPA

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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While there is a great malty foundation to this brew, Mike’s Double IPA showcases his appreciate for hops. In fact, he included seven different varieties of American hops, totaling over six pounds of hops per barrel. The hops add an intense floral and citrus aroma to this brew.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2128) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
Last 12 oz. bottle from the 2008 Longshot offerings found at the back of the craft refrig.. Sampled and noted at inception, but never reviewed. Now poured to my SA Lager glass with a cloudy, orange/amber color, good effervescence rising up with some particulates, bubbles & froth, cream toned head, and clingy waves & rings of lacing. The aroma was some dank grain, a little cattiness and resin, floral notes, and citrus of grapefruit & orange. The flavor added smooth and supportive malt, but potent, lingering, tongue coating, earthy, grapefruit rindy, hop bitterness dominated, with any fruit/citrus and sweetness taking a distant back seat. Almost favorably abrasive, as I remember it! Any fears of developing, cloying malt sweetness, or oxidation due to long refrigeration, were quickly dispelled. With better than a medium body, the abv gradually flushed the cheeks, and the finale was lightly sweet and lastingly bitter. I enjoyed the reminiscence!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13390) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
2nd October 2009
Bottle purchased in a Las Vegas liquor store. Hazy dark amber beer. Malty and rich hop nose. Sweetish beer. Rich marmalade hops with a nice floral tone. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A little different this one and tasty!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Big thick mouthfeel with a sharp hop attack. Most of the flavor opens up in the lengthy finish. Lots of pine flavors going on, but the massive alcohol presence overwhelms any other flavors. A decent beer, but the hop flavors are suffocated by the harsh, solvent alcohol. Provides a pretty wicked buzz.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Pours a light orange-amber, with a creamy off-white head. Nice aroma with floral hops, citrus notes, and some caramel. Flavor is mainly hoppy with some malt, spices and mild caramel. Finishes with some malt, and a nice lingering bitterness. Very nice, wish I had more!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2273) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Opaque amber-orange, medium off-white head that quickly disappears, moderate lacing S: Citric hops... pineapple and grapefruit ... some resinous hops and caramel notes T: More of the same... was nicely balanced... the hops were nice, just not with the attitude and assertiveness that i want from a dIPA... nice malt base... M: A tad thin in parts, but otherwise nicely crafted... good finish O: Good all around (and cheap dIPA) nice to see sam adams doing this project... should get some non better beer drinkers to accidentally try a dIPA (and hopefully get hooked)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a thinnish off white head that dissipates to a cap but never really leaves me. Smells of Grapefruit! Like Florida’s finest in a bottle. Mix in some caramel, but not to much and that’s what I smell. Taste is what you’d expect, citrus mostly grapefruit bitterness from start to finish. The malt tries to poke through, but never really succeeds. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Body is thick, mouthfeel is syrupy/resinous, carbonation is average. Great hop bomb!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into an oversized snifter. A: Pours a dark apricot/light amber with a strong, creamy head. Plenty of carbonation in the head, and the beer is nearly opaque in the glass. Great lacing. S: Hop complexity. Many different fruits coming out of this, as well as the standard pine and floral aromas. T: Incredibly balanced for the amount of hops in this one. Slightly floral and mostly fruity--not much of the pine in the taste. Surprised by the balance to this one, it’s not as over-the-top as the nose would suggest. M: Smooth and creamy; medium-bodied. A little hint of alcohol warmth on the way down. D: Quite drinkable; doesn’t quite push me to immediately take another sip, but I’d definitely like to have this one around more often.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle from Bonita Liquor Store: Created a huge fat frothy sizing of head while the liquid is a glowing hazed orange. Heavily hopped out aroma with a variety of hops ranging from a west coast style to the IPA’s from the east coast I’m accustomed too. The flavor is intensely bitter with hops dominating the profile make-up of this beer, but there is still some room for notes of earth, honey, sugarcane and strong backing by high quality malt. This was not expected from Sam Adams which leaves me feeling impressed they dared to bottle and distribute it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large, off-white head. Great citrus/pine hop nose with a touch of caramel. Great hop flavor (citrus, pine, floral and spicy) with a well balanced caramel backbone. Nicely bitter citrus/spicy hop finish. Best Sam Adams beer I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Found some old notes on this after moving. Bottle poured an amber-orange with an off-white medium head. Heavily hopped with mild caramel and spice notes. Good alcohol to it for a nice buzz at the end of the bottle. Too bad the note won’t taste like the brew. I’m guessing it was good, but not enough to remember it 2 years later.


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