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Samuel Adams LongShot Friar Hop Ale

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Richard Roperís brew combines his love of hops with his affinity for spicy Belgian ales. The toasty caramel sweetness from the malt and Belgian candi sugar are balanced by distinct citrus hop notes, spicy yeast fermentation and hunts of orange and coriander.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 5/2/11. Second of the lot that Iím trying. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy orange with a thin white head on top. The nose is spicy, full of yeast, with a cut of orange zest on the finish. Not as floral or citrusy as Iíd like. The mouth is decent. Alcohol level makes this one a bit heavier; carbonation level is bordering high. Typical for the style. The flavors are quite underwhelming. The melding of these two styles is bland at best. Neither aspect comes forward with much force. Plenty of yeast character, but not a lot of spiciness to back it up. And the "IPA-ness" of this beer is weak as well. Bitterness is low-to-absent, citrus/floral flavors are muted. I expected something to standout in this beer. Itís not well-balanced, but neither do either of the two main characteristics standout. I wanted to like it, but I really donít care for it much.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Thanks to Aaron for this one. Pours golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of melt, belgian yeast, apples, light hoppy. Taste is sweet malty, belgian yeast, caramel, toast, spicy, citrusly hops. Medium body, lively carbonation, hints of alcohol. 070312

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
12 oz bottle: Pours a dark orange with a tan head, decent CO2 and lacing. Aroma is a tad strong alcohol with sour yeast, slight citurs and spice. Taste is a bit astringent and strong alcohol but is complex. This beer might be better aged a little longer. Palate is interrupted by the alcohol burn and astringent aftertaste. Overall a decent offering but not my style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off-white head. Aroma was fruity and yeasty with candi sugar, bananas and caramel. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, citrus, candi sugar, yeast, bananas and some subtle honey with a nice bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopBackDoc (473) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours a amber/gold color with foamy head. Sweet malts, spices, citrus, and yeast define the aroma and taste of this fine beer. It seems to have a character all its own and doesnít fit into any specific style. Very enjoyable!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: LongShot Friar Hop Ale
Date: April 02, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullockís
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine off white head, scattered lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet fruity esters, spicy phenols mixed with robust hops
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, sweet caramel malt enhanced by the fruity esters, light phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Amber orange in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of candy sugar, malt, yeast, floral hops. Taste is of caramel, candy sugar, raisin, and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1416) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours a copper color with a very nice, creamy , off-white head with great staying power. Aroma is very faint with light notes of coriander, lemon and some spicy hops kick. Flavor starts off with a strong coriander kick. Lemon citrus notes come in the middle with a late spicy yeasty kick toward the end. The finish has a slight hop leaf bitterness kick to finish it off. Body is modest, light crispness to it, very fine carbonation and a light alcohol kick at the very end. Overall a pretty good brew. I think itís one that follows the typical Belgian trend in that it gets better as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Musty orange, coriander, malt and alcohol aroma. Golden yellow color with small head. Slightly sweet/musty lemon and malt flavor. Moderately bitter herbal finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle. Deep orange gold with a finely bubbled white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of spicy yeast and ripe peaches intermingled with caramel. Flavour is, as expected, quite sweet, with barley candy, cooked peaches, pears, and some nice spicy yeasty elements tangled up in there. This went down swiftly, and only afterward did I pick up on the 9% ABV! Stealthy and crazy drinkable!


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