DrnkMcDermott (2869) - 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!
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Penny color with a compact white head of considerable lasting power. Yeasty and bready aroma. Uncomplicated flavor, earthy hops and stone fruit. Lively carbonation keep it from being too sweet.
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Specís (bought a while back). Pour is hazy gold with 2 fingers of off-white head that lasts and laces. Initial aroma is sweet fruit, honey and banana. Flavor is spicy and fruity, with a bit of floral hop bitterness at the end. Nice substantial mouthfeel. Less warming alcohol flavor than you might expect from a 9% beer, making it deceptively drinkable. Nice beer!
hershiser2 (1315) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a light ambery golden with a large off-white head. Smells of bananas, cherry, bubble gum. Tastes sweet up front and finishes roasted and almost (but not quite) smoky. Has some citrus and spice in there as well. Interesting.
Indra (2686) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Sweet, honeyish aroma, malty, spicy and fruity with notes of citrus, coriander, lemon pepper, caramel and estery yeast, along with faint herbal hop and orange peel in the background. Deep, hazy medium-dark copper color, with a lasting, uneven, off-white head. Flavor is a powerful blend of sweet, toasty, bready malts, honey and caramel, overt spice, tropical fruits, peppery alcohol and lingering hop bitterness, with a huge, lasting finish, ending semi-dry and warming. Effervescent and active on the palate, slick, hefty feel, body is certainly full. Very flavorful beer, in fact I could have done with a touch more subtlety here and there, but overall pretty enjoyable.
Block (1637) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of hops, sweet. A strong and potent beer. The hops and alcohol almost hits you immediately. Lots of spice help to mellow out the 9%. Really good and a little different.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of bananas, candi sugar, yeast, floral, and spices. Tastes of bananas, spices, citrus, burnt sugar, and yeast.
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangish gold with a medium-sized off-white head. Head is mostly diminishing. Aroma of orange peel, musty banana, clover honey and moderate cloves. Flavor starts out highly sweet - banana and sticky honey, primarily - though it turns mildly bitter during the middle and end of the flavor profile. Finish is mildly alcoholic, bready (rye), and overall dry with a lingering stale quality. Belgian characteristics are there, but overall this tastes a little raw.
CanIHave4Beers (3506) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear orange color with a big loose head and some lace. The aroma is floral with some copper, rye bread, & light vanilla. Overly yeast driven spiciness is the dominant aroma here. The flavor has a weird clash at first between the bitterness, the spiciness, and the alcohol. This eventually balances a bit as the beer warms. The beer is fruity with some pear and citrus flavors, moderately sweet, with an overly soapy finish that lingers a bit.