Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into an oversized snifter.
A: Pours a dark apricot/light amber with a strong, creamy head. Plenty of carbonation in the head, and the beer is nearly opaque in the glass. Great lacing.
S: Hop complexity. Many different fruits coming out of this, as well as the standard pine and floral aromas.
T: Incredibly balanced for the amount of hops in this one. Slightly floral and mostly fruity--not much of the pine in the taste. Surprised by the balance to this one, it’s not as over-the-top as the nose would suggest.
M: Smooth and creamy; medium-bodied. A little hint of alcohol warmth on the way down.
D: Quite drinkable; doesn’t quite push me to immediately take another sip, but I’d definitely like to have this one around more often. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours hazy orange/amber with white head, aroma is some nice citrus, orange, with a big pine and resinous quality. Tate up front is nice and hoppy, big citrus and pine, leading into a bit of caramel, booze, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty good start, but the ending is a touch off. Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color is a cloudy orange with some deep hues ad some white foamy head and nice lacing.
The smell is hops, hops and more hops. Floral, at first that is just the start, with some citrus and some other flavors that just followed behind.
The taste is just that, hoppy, like Pliny the Elder it is just beaming with true hope flavor. there can be just so many taste buds that can be tickled at a time and they all get hit at that first sip.
Many a good sip and there is still many sips to go. It is a beer that will take it’s time on you to enjoy, it is worth the wait. Don’t forget to experience it all. It is just a rare occurrence beer is this good. EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
I was surprised at this beer coming from Sam Adams, but McDole won, so here it is. Impressive hop character, the sweet malt tries to balance the bitterness but doesn’t quite balance things out. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle. Small head, very hazy, orange body. Aroma is very hoppy--soap, grapefruit, some caramel. Very hoppy flavor, floral, pine, grassy finish. Alcohol present up front. Nice.
Dogbrick (13132) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
This beer is a hazy orange-amber color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops aroma with some malty notes. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has citrus and pineapple notes. Some malt and spices in the background as well. The finish is hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Full disclosure, I wasn’t aware this bottle was from previous Longshot competitions when I bought the single. However the likely aging didn’t seem to affect the beer as far as I could tell. Slightly above average overall. fonefan (49520) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2010
Unclear medium orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light heavy hoppy, citrus - orange, glue, hops oil. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Bottle. Pour was medium golden with a nice white fluffy head. Aroma was of grapefruit, pine, sweet light toasted malt. Flavors were well blended with some nice light toasted malt background and an assertive bitter, yet flavorful hop character. Nicely blended brew. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 1/18/2010 Source:Maniac) 2008 12 oz bottle. Spicy earthy hop nose with lots of caramelized sugar. Clear dark golden/copper with little head. Very bitter with some spicy hop flavor. Deep caramel sugar. Older bottle has turned a very bitter beer. KimJohansen (10510) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
Hazy orange with a medium beige head. Loads of hops in the aroma along with grapefruits, lemons and piney notes. Hoppy flavour with pine, grapefruits, malt, caramel and lemons. Finished dry and bitter.