I met Zack Adams the winner of the 2012 LongShot competition at Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales in August. I was aware of the competition and the fact the winners had their beer brewed by Samuel Adams and put into 6-packs but I had never sought one out to try. After meeting Zack I figured I would track it down and found one at Roopers in Auburn. Unfortunately the 6-pack was 3+ months old when I bought it so it was far from fresh.
Being a double IPA this one really should have been enjoyed fresh and I am sure the combination of Samuel Adams scale and the lack of freshness caused this beer to lose something. The color is a bit darker than a lot of other double IPAs and the aroma was probably past its prime as it had some remnants of a solid hop bill but more malt than anything.
Taste was OK and I am sure the fresh homebrew by Zack was considerably better than this 3+ month old bottle. Overall not a bad beer, next year I will try to find my LongShot 6-pack in May when it is released.
Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Zack and his friend Pat decided to create a brew loaded with their seven favorite hops. A showcase of US hop varieties and true to an Imperial American IPA, this beer has a big grapefruit, pine & resinous notes.