Another Longshot series winner tonight, beer #136 is Longshot Friar Hop Ale by Samuel Adams. This is a Belgian IPA with an ABV of 9%. This winning recipe comes from Richard Roper of Georgia. Lets see if it is as good as last nights Blackened Hops.
It said it was a Belgian IPA, so why not use a Duvel tulip for the pour. Look at that amber orange color but wait…where is the head? Alas…it was not to be found here…shame. I swirled and sniffed…spicy, yeast, orange, caramel malts, and alcohol (slightly). Lets taste, shall we? Hmm…bitter, like orange peel, slightly sweet, some sort of spice going on in here, boozy…*sigh*…not doing it for me tonight at all. It lingered, a bit too long with the sweetness and bitterness…and it wasn’t all that pleasant. Medium body and highly carbonated… it felt harsh in the mouth. Took me a while to finish this…not overly drinkable for me. It didn’t get much better coming down to room temperature, well, maybe slightly.
This was not nearly as good as the Blackened Hops. If this was one of the Longshot winners, I wonder what some of the losers tasted like. Sorry Richard, this wasn’t for me.