BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Pour a clean deep golden hue with a mostly lasting frothy head and spotty lacework. The aroma well spicy is not over the top, moderate Grains of Paradise along with some mustard seed, honey, Belgian light candi sugar, cornbread, and a bit of phenolic vapours. The taste is a tad sweet and the spices seemed muddled which got worse as the beer warmed. There is a moderate fruity component but that got lost in the mix. Lastly there is a veggie tone (can you say corn?) about this that makes me believe that the brewers took shortcuts in the commercial application of the original homebrew recipe... like using Grains of Paradise instead of actual Lemon Pepper mix, they are not the same, not even f**kin close! If this is how is suppose to taste and wins contests, then the homebrew competition is very weak. That said the biting yet oily mouth feel and the apparent use of Grains of Paradise do appeal to me enough to finish the glass easily... and by far not the worse of the longshot brews.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. filtered, force-carbonated. crystal clear luminescent yellow with a soda-pop bubble white head. nose instantly reminds me of dishsoap and lemon-herb vinegar marinade with no hop aromatics and little yeast character. filmy, weak-body, oily (like lemon rind) texture, thin overall, fizzy soda-like carbonation. what I guess you could call lemon is more like a combination of lemon-scented dishsoap and herbal lemongrass (thai food comes to mind, and not in a good way) - but I canít tell if anything close to lemon is used in this. the grains of paradise spice character (like white pepper? marjoram? cardamom? something seems off) is evident but flavor is somewhat muddled, and I donít really care for the flavor of such an ingredient anyway.
leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark yellow clear pour with moderate white head quickly reduced to a thin white lacing. Unmistakable aromas of bubblegum, cinnamon, light citrus, ginger and vanilla. Taste is sweet with hints of the aromas throughout, particularly the bubblegum, and the clean crisp finish gives logic to the "pepper" part of the name. A fun and very refreshing beer that I would regularly purchase if priced along the same lines as other Sam Adams six packs. I bet weíll go buy another of the mix packs this one came in. Keep up with the creativity.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color with tiny white head. Aroma was big league chew bubblegum and spices. Taste was spicy bubblegum and bread. Nice carbonation. Overall pretty good.
garthicus (2471) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Golden Yellow with a thick snow white head. Aroma: Lots of yeast and lemon up front, like a hefe, with a slight hint of spice and a good amount of vanilla. Flavour: Banana, lemon, light vanilla, hops, a tiny amount of pepper, long yeasty finish, not bad at all!
rougeau13 (1769) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 Bottle. Aroma of wheat and citrus. Pours light amber color with fair sized head. Taste is light, with a little wheat, citrus and spices - a little buttery when warm. Very smooth and refreshing, perfect for summer
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a flared wine glass. The beer pours a slightly too-dark-for-the-style lightish to medium amber color, with a faint head. The nose carries scents of residual character malt sweetness, along with esters that resemble a Belgian golden strong ale, such as Duvel, rather than the farmhouse funkiness of saison. The palate is a touch undercarbonated; something that is not truly a detraction from the original brewer, as Sam Adamsí bottles are standard for their entire line, and couldnít withstand the required CO2 levels dictated by the best examples of the style. The palate brings some nice residual malty notes up front, followed by esters that do indeed resemble those found in better examples of the style. Spicy notes make an appearance toward the end of the palate, adding a noticeable, but still fairly restrained, complexity to the flavor profile. The finish leaves a bit of spicy ester character, and some sweetness on the tongue. Overall, not quite in the league of classic examples of the style, but fairly well-conceived and enjoyable.
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Wheaty, dry, spicy, milky aroma. Cinnamon, salt, apple peel, citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon toast. Strong smell smacked my nostrils from the moment I started to pop the cap. Candy sugar scent thatís a bit too sweet. The aroma is mostly good, but thereís something about it thatís a little bit off. The smell gets worse upon multiple sniffs. Pours a clear gold to brass color. Light effervescence. Large amount of uneven, thin, off-white head. Good, thick, fluffy lacing. Unfortunate ďbeeryĒ flavor (i.e., like that of a cheap American macro pale lager). Vanilla sweetness with some dryness. Iím not getting much lemon. I definitely sense the pepper, but only in the finish (and aftertaste). Unlike the aroma, the flavor improves slightly upon multiple sips after a problematic initial taste. Strong, peppery, dry aftertaste. Soft and chalky mouthfeel. Frothy. Sam Adams LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison isnít terrible, but it doesnít strike the right notes and itís insubstantial.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Red Bank. Pours a clear deep gold/copper body with some rising carbonation and an average sized frothy white head. Aroma starts off with notes of spice and pepper, lemon, yeast, tropical fruits and then some butter notes kick in as this one warms. The body is light and the carbonation is average but this one just doesnít mesh with the big boys of the saison world. The flavor is yeasty with some pepper and spice notes along with some bread. Itís hard to put my finger on it but this one just wasnít living up to my saison expectations as of late.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the long shot. cheers to Jeremy White and Sam Adams. golden pour with thin white head and minor lacing. fresh aroma of clove and citrus. easy drinking. light and fresh. very enjoyable.