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Samuel Adams LongShot Grape Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 160   ABV: 5.35%
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Created by Samuel Adams Employee Lili Hess, Hawaii This is a very creative spin on a pale ale. As Lili describes it, "Itís like you are drinking a pale ale after biting into a fresh green seedless grape." This delicate brew is light-bodied with unique sweet, yet dry flavors from the grapes. What a combination...


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2009
12-oz, Thanks, Headbanger! Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with ruby highlights in the center. Slight head of off-white and gray. Nose smells more like red apples than green grapes. Creamy medium body with soft but moderately assertive carb. Bready malts underneath a loose, fairly synthetic-tasting wash of fruit flavor. Some sort of generic red fruit punch note, basically. Not sure what all this talk of green grapes is about, to be honest.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmoreau (2381) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 12 oz. bottle to a large snifter. Poured a fairly clear, orangy/amber hue, with a tight, foamy, off white head that reduced rather quickly, but left some sticking lace. The nose was very light with some sweet fruit esters, malt and a little yeast. The flavor was also very light with the fruit, some vinous notes and a little hop dryness, almost tartness, toward the finish. Pleasant and drinkable but the flavors tended to be nondistinctive and thin.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CelticBrew (755) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours copper, clear body, colored with a small white head, and some lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel and bready grains, light white grapes, some floral esters and yeasty. However the flavour was of sweet malts, some balancing hop bitterness, and faint tannic astringency. Aroma and flavours are mixed, all over the place. Just doesnít add up.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Iím not surprised that this contest-winning GPA got such a low "GPA" - itís not a very exciting beer. Golden-amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is white wine, light fruits, and sweet malt. Solid malty backbone with some grape flavors and slight hops. Refreshing but a little light on the flavor. Medium on the palate. Brewer pussyfooted around a little bit on this one. More grapes, more hops may make this a little better.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2009
330ml rich amber with a slight haze and the best head iíve seen in a long time. Poupori of aromas, fruitsalad, wafers and a malt sweetness. Not sure I get the grape thing - maybe grapes imported in to NZ are different? A rich fullness in the mouthfeel, sweet but other notes that defy description. Grapes & maple syrup - only in America huh?

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is a combination of raisins, grapes, grain, and grass...a pretty unpleasant combo in my opinion. It pours a bright transparent amber with a moderate soapy off-white head. Weird combination of caramel and raisin up front. Finishes moderately grainy and lightly grassy. The flavors just donít mesh and the graininess is very unpleasant. Light bodied with with mild carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle. I had this one right after it came out, and Im going off memory. Smelled like a very gentle belgium white. Very faint smell of fruit. Tasted crisp and light, hints of gape and hops, with some grain malts, and very drinkable. Unique flavor. Glad to see Sam Adams pick a non-typcal beer for this winner, although not entirely my choice of brews, but a refreshing alternative.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerFanDan17 (996) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Very tasty and smooth. Hints of grape. Pours light golden with a medium head. Unique.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Medium brown with nice white head, a nice looking brew. Sweet nose. Flavor is convoluted with some cheap sweetness and mild hop bitterness and mild hop flavor.. a useless brew that doesnít work

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2008
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly malty with a hint of sweetness that’s probably from the grapes but it’s not very apparent. Flavor is light and malty with a very thin and watery bitterness near the end. Odd flavor of sweetness in the aftertaste. Some grapes in the flavor, but not a whole lot.


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