Homebrew goes pro

Returning once again to a beer shelf near you – Sam Adam’s Longshot mixpack. This annual homebrew contest nets the beer geeks out there 3 tasty brews. This year around we get the long awaited Double IPA from home brewer Mike Mcdole – Left out of last years mix due to hop availability issues. Along with the Double IPA, we get a cranberry wit and a traditional bock. Lets see how this mixpack tastes:

Brewery: Boston Beer Company(Sam Adam’s)
Beer: Double IPA
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9.6%
Rating out of 5: 3.6
Reviewed on: 06-14-2009

Appearance: Hazy copper color. Short bone white head. Falls to a ring. Leaves some patchy lacing down the glass.

Smell: A metric boatload of hops. Loads of juicy citrus – orange and grapefruit dominate, and sweet fruit hop notes.The hop aroma is backed by some caramel notes. This is a rock solid DIPA aroma.

Taste: Loads of hops with a drying quality wash over my tongue. Orange and grapefruit notes dominate. Thats followed by some tropical fruitiness, and some herbal/pine notes. The hop flavor is somewhat rough around the edges. Behind all the hops is a nice caramel/biscuit backbone. The finish is long lingering, with more drying bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body and creamy

This is quite the DIPA. The alcohol is well hidden. The rough hop quality does lower the drinkability quite a bit. I was hoping for a much smoother hop character. Nonetheless this a tasty DIPA.


Brewery: Boston Beer Company(Sam Adam’s)
Beer: Cranberry Wit
Style: Fruit flavored wit
ABV: 5%
Rating out of 5: 3.7
Reviewed on: 06-14-2009

Appearance:Dull cloudy gold. Short off white head. Head has a bit of staying power. Eventually drops to a ring. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell:Wheat malt, cranberries, and spice notes – Coriander and cinnamon. There’s also some orange peel notes as well.

Taste: Follows the nose. Plenty of wheaty malt notes. Thats followed by tart cranberries and spice – coriander and cinnamon. There’s also solid notes of orange peel throughout. The finish is drying with more spice notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a crisp carbonation.

This a nice wit. I was hoping/expecting a more dominate cranberry flavor. The cranberry flavor did balance nicely with the cinnamon. I Generally prefer a more traditional spicing with my wits, but this was a nicely different take on it.


Brewery: Boston Beer Company(Sam Adam’s)
Beer: Traditional bock
Style: Bock
ABV: 6.8%
Rating out of 5: 4.15
Reviewed on: 06-14-2009

Appearance: Crystal clear mahogany. Short bone white head. Falls to a ring and leaves lacing.

Smell: Malt dominated. Plenty of toasted and fresh baked bread notes. There’s a bit of a red grape quality. Theres also a hint of chocolate and roast.

Taste: Malt centric like the nose.Baked bread notes give way to a touch of roast. Plenty of malt sweetness throughout. The sweetness never becomes cloying. The finish is semi-dry with a light chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good carbonation.

This is one heck of a bock. Complex and very easy drinking. This is one of the better brews I have had the pleasure of drinking in my life. Jim Koch, I beg of you, please make this brew a regular offering.


All and all this a tasty mixed pack. The judging for the current longshot competition is winding down. Lets hope for another tasty mixed pack in the future.

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~ by thebrewgeek on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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