Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange-red-amber with a sticky top. This drinks with a subtle undertow, hinting at Belgian roots, sugary and hinting at high gravity. But riding the surface is an American hoppiness, also well restrained. Interesting mash-up style of a beer, and quite delicious. (#4360, 11/20/2011)
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 10/15/11. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear orange pour - almost like an Oktoberfest or a pumpkin liqeur - with a small khaki head that fades and laces very little. Fruity, estery, Belgian aroma - definite candy sugar - with yeast, a bit of tart fruit, orange peel, and spice. Sweet, malty and candy flavors, a bit of caramel, and definite fruitiness - banana and bubblegum. A touch of citrus hops. Not bad.
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
The color is a dark gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.
The smell is a bit yeasty with some malty aroma kicking out beyond and then back again letting itself be announced. Some slight hop aroma is there mixed with some spiciness that is quite interesting.
The taste is sweet at first with a nice caramel flavor. The malts do boost the flavor a bit as it seems to land on either side of the bitterness that rides in with some spicy hop flavor. Things stay balanced until the end when the bitterness grows and pushes some of the malt flavor out of the way.
The feel of this beer is pretty inviting and has a nice medium body and is pretty drinkable. It goes down easy and has slight aftertaste that is pleasant.
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. Pours a lightly cloudy orange with a small bit of white head. Aroma of citrus, candied sugar and fermented fruit. Taste is lightly sweet. Taste of banana, clove and bubblegum. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long sweet finish. Overall, very good. Easily the best of the Longshot bunch this year.
changeup45 (1715) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-amber color with a thin head. Minimal lacing. The aroma shows flowers, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, herbal spice notes, and is fairly hoppy. The flavor however, has a lot of sweet caramel and toffee thatís joined by sugars, yeast, and a tangy orange spice. The palate is a bit sticky; not too bad but it is mildly distracting. There are some finishing bitter citrus hops, which is welcomed with all the sweeter flavors. Decent beer. I think Iíd like it more though if it were in the 6-7% range.
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose of spices and hops, some yeast and light grains, slightly sweet. Pours clear golden, white head persists and leaves lots of lacing. Flavor is phenolic Belgian yeast, spices, some sweet malts, citrus from the hops. Medium body and carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle best by Sep 2011 thanks to Dixonian) clear copper/amber with effervescent bubbles. Nose of cereal grain, fruit loops and milk. Taste of cereal grain, orange, alcohol, and stewed tomato.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear slightly bubbly gold, medium off white head, lots of lace. fruity, yeasty belgiany nose. slight hop presence. flavor is fruity, yeasty, dry. mostly fruity i think. full bodied, very dry finish. a touch mild and too fruity to me, and once more, too dry for summer nights.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I meant I should have done one of this yearís LongShots as my 2300th beer because the contest was about Category 23 styles, you see, and, oh, well. Got htis in March and couldnít get around until now. So, call this a Belgian Pale Ale. Pours a lovely amber in the glass, under a pale ale head with some lacing. Smell has coriander to it. Canít place much hop to this bottle thatís at the end of itís "Enjoy by" month. Now some notes of Belgian sugar. Taste is a mix of Belgian character: candi sugar in evidence, but not too much. Hop influence has dwindled, and the malts are rather in the Dubbel territory. Not as much spice on the tongue, which is fine by me. What we end up with is a nice, big, malty sweet beer. It was indeed hoppier when I sampled it at its debut in March. But still worth having, but have it soon.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper pour with a nice white head. Estery banana/juicy fruit aromas with a hint of pepper and coriander. Flavors of pepper, lavender, and banana esters with a nice dry bitter finish to contrast with the slightly sweet start. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a bit af barklike astringency. Well done ... and well done to Sam Adams for the Longshot homebrew competition!