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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy amber coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops, pine needles, grass and fridge. Sweet and fruity flavour of hops, grape fruits and pine needles with notes of fridge. Dry hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31626) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Spiced and herbal aroma. Vague sweetness, distinct herbal dryness and spiced. Bitter and dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Hazy light amber color; medium sized creamy head. Large hop aroma, but strange, with a vein of of butter, cream, phenols, sweat. Quite strong body, but the mouthfeel is rather oily; sweetish toffee flavor, with oily hops, powerful. Not refined, but satisfying when looking for hops.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a cloudy amber with a dense off-white head. Aroma is massive hops - getting too astringent. Solid body, fruity and sweet, but it’s al just really a base for a massive and unrefined hop soup. Really crude and way too much. 100410

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1225) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
I’ve never attempted any home brewing because I think certain things should be left to the professionals. Well, Jim Koch, the inventor of the Samuel Adams line of beers (who also started out as a home brewer) has constantly encouraged more “lunatics” like him to get into the beer-brewing game. Mike McDole of California heeded that call with his Double IPA, one of the 2008 winners of the Samuel Adams “Long Shot” line of beers.

What’s particularly interesting about this beer is not only is it an India Pale Ale, but a double IPA at that. Samuel Adams has never, to my knowledge, brewed an IPA and that they would brew a homemade imperial version of the style is quite a leap for them. Perhaps they can take a cue from their contest winner and brew some beers catering to hop heads like me.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

This beer pours smoothly to a color which could best be described as “dirty orange.” There is no sediment noticeable per se, but the body is not transparent. It produces an off-white, creamy/foamy head which leaves a ring of lacing around the inside of the glass for every individual swig. The aroma is very strong with a heavy citrus component as well as a thick, sweet maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable, but it takes a back seat to the genuine scents here.

TASTE

I have no idea how difficult it is to brew an IPA, much less a double IPA, but Mike McDole has made it look easy. The label indicates that the beer is made with seven varieties of hops and has a “great malty foundation” – both descriptions which are deadly accurate upon the first swig.

I was immediately reminded of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA as I took my first taste of Long Shot Double IPA. A thick, rich, grapefruit-like taste is immediately noticeable with a rich malty finish. There is a very bitter undertone to this palate, but it is not crisp due to the heavy body. In fact, the flavor is so strong it borders on an all-out syrup quality.

This is a beer for hop heads as it really is a mélange of tart bitterness. The label does not indicate which type of hops were used in the brewing of this beer, but IPA fans will find the taste familiar (I’m thinking cascade, fuggles and Mt. Hood?). Unfortunately, the pedestrian drinker will likely find it too bitter and intense to appreciate (a reviewer on YouTube described it as tasting like unsweetened grapefruit juice and hated it). This is an acquired taste, but that’s the point I suppose.

DRINKABILITY

If the drinker can appreciate the strong citrusy flavor to Long Shot Double IPA they’ll be equally impressed with the beer’s drinkability. Although it does have a thick, almost chewy-like mouthfeel, this beer is extremely smooth. Because the bitterness is so intense (I’d estimated the IBU rating at about 80) there really is no bite. I did notice a bit of a dry finish due to the alcohol content and a slightly salty aftertaste, but overall I think this is a surprisingly drinker-friendly brew,

BODY

While the label clearly indicates a potency of 9% ABV, I would describe the perceived weight of the beer to be much lower. As thick as the mouthfeel is and as intense as the taste is, Long Shot Double IPA does not feel nearly as heavy as its statistics would indicate. I was able to drink two bottles back-to-back and felt only buzzed and certainly not overwhelmed or bloated. I think if this beer was paired with food, it would be a different story, though.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’ve been waiting for the Boston Beer Company to brew an IPA for years and that they would finally do so with a home brewed Double IPA really impresses me. This beer could easily contend with some of the bigger name imperial IPAs from the better craft brews. Many of the Samuel Adams beers are acquired tastes, as is this beer, but once you acquire said taste your appreciation for the craftsmanship is all the more intensified.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDUtURBwRRc

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Hazy and murky unfiltered light amber hue with a solid creamy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of dank, cheesy, resiny and catty hops, pineapple and what can only be described as Kumquat. Some biscuity and crystal malts, earthy and weedy yeast esters, and a hint of white pepper. The taste is harsh dank hops, abrasive bitterness, strange acidic fruitiness and light allspice and curry powder finish. This is one weird arse beer if you ask me. Oh, there is some metallic. mineral and sulfur character as well. The mouth feel actually is not sharp nor lively enough for what the heck happened on the palate.

Perhaps this bottle is too old or that the hop combination just does not sit right with me today but I really dislike this beer. Some catty and dank character is great but when overdone I find it abrasive, harsh and simply off-putting. I hate writing this review for I love that homebrewers get to have a recipe done on a commercial level but I must call it like I see it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (633) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Earthy aroma. Pours a dark carmal color with a medium sized creamy white head. Flavor of grapefruit and other citrus. Extremely thick and rich palate. Intense bitter mouthfeel. This is my idea of what a douple IPA should be. Its a huge beer, not easy drinking by any means, but overall an excellent beer for hop lover. Thank you Mike for coming up with this and thank you Sam Adams for giving us the opportunity to sample it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1051) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is heavy on the citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Rich malty body, good bit of spice, lots of citrusy hops. Great beer for true hop heads.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3586) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
bottle - Pours very hazy copper with a large off-white head that leaves heavy lacing. There’s a big, very grapefruit heavy hop aroma. The big citrus hops flavor has a good, solid malt body backing it up. Very nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Orange pour with white head and lace. Resiny hops, apples and bread. Sweet malt, perfume, with a nice resiny bitter. Medium bodied with aggressive carbonation.


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