RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Brilliant gold color, moderate head and lacing. Lovely floral aroma of wheat, honey, lavender. Crisp, clean, creamy mouthfeel. Light, refreshing, a really solidly crafted beer. I could drink a ton of this stuff.
pottygok (530) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Light malty, honey aroma with hints of perfumey lavender.
Appearance: Gold with thick, white head.
Taste: Light sweetness backed by a light sourness.
Palate: Medium body, light carbonation, slick texture, decent, but slightly sour, finish.
Overall: Light, refreshing beer, but no depth or body. Good to quaff while grilling.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 5/6/11. Last beer of the lot to try. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold with a thick white head on top. I expected a different shade to this given the ingredients. Some faint lace left behind. Nose is fruity with notes of pomegranate, honeysuckle, and just faint whiffs of lavender. It definitely doesnít knock you over the head. I thought this would be more lavender-soap like, and I am happy to say that it is not.
The mouth is very bubbly and effervescent, though not harsh. Iíve already been surprised by this beer, is more surprise in store? The flavors on this beer remind me of an APWA, more than an spiced beer. Again, I like that it is so. Lots of wheat background with just the subtle markings of lavender on the palate. Fruity flavors wash it out on the finish. I was really impressed with this beer. It was the one I was least looking forward to in the pack, but it is the most surprising, and might actually be my favorite. More Honey Bís, please!
legion242 (2333) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the strongest, best of the current Longshot series in my opinion. The flavours melded together nicely and was very drinkable.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma like glade room spray,for better or worse..foamy white head clear yellow liquid..interesting taste though plenty of honey but a ginger snap like spiciness and a fruitcake like flavor wow i actually think its very good and unique medium bodied tingly on the palate
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Fairly clear, light orange appearance with an off white head. Floral, lavender, coriander, hoppy, wheat nose. Quite floral, lavender, wheat malty flavor with a bitter floral finish. Pretty interesting spicy wheat ale. I actually really enjoyed it. Itís great to see breweries able to implement lavender and other spices effectively.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep color.......good pour.....very floral aroma. i thought it was well balanced.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samuel Adams Longshot Honey Bís Lavender Ale is a crystal clear golden ale with a thin, white foam that fades to a film and leaves great lacing on the glass. It smells grassy and floral. The lavender aroma is solid, but not overbearing. Thereís a lemony note and something medicinal. It has a fluffy medium body with a scratchy finish. Itís pretty boldly flavored with a soft sweetness carrying it to a pretty bitter finish. The lavender flavor persists from start to finish. There is a tartness and an almost cider-like quality to it. The honey flavor is faint and only surfaces in the aftertaste. Itís fun to drink. Itís too wild to be a session ale.
GTAEgeek (1445) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, pale gold with a thin, white head. The aroma is honey, caramel, orange peels, coriander, and a faint floral hint. The flavor is very sweet, with a tart and sweet middle, and a mildly bitter finish. The palate is light and creamy, fair carbonation, and a slick and clean finish. The aftertaste is faint citrus tartness and bitterness. Overall, a surprisingly good beer. The flavors work well together, producing a delicious, drinkable, yet complex drink.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Caponeís. Pours clear canary with frothy white head that laces well. Nose is lavendar, citrus, honey, heavy black peppery florals. Tastes sweet, bready pale malty, with notes of honey, lavendar florals, spicy peppery, and hops. Very good recipe here, and technically sound, and I love the experimental factor.