Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew Contest Winners 2013

Each year Samuel Adams sponsors a homebrewed beer competition. The prize at the end is that your beer will actually be brewed at Samuel Adams and sold in six packs along with two other winners’ beers. I actually competed in it in 2012, but didn’t make it past the first round. I may be biased in my review, but full disclosure is important. I noticed the six pack in my local Total Wine store and decided to try it out. It comes in a blue six pack holder labeled as “Longshot.” There are three different beers in the six pack. The three winners this year were Cesar Marron with a Grazter, Russ Brunner with an American Stout, and Teresa Bury with a Pineapple IPA. Gratzer is a smoked wheat beer from Poland that up until 1993 was only produced commercially by one company in Poland. In 1993 the company went out of business from lack of profitability. I can appreciate the effort and the research that went into making this beer and I do think some people will like it. However, it was overpoweringly smoky with almost more of a burnt flavor. There was also a hint of sour. I can’t say I cared much for this one, but more power to you if this is your thing. It was light bodied and could be refreshing if you could get past the smokiness. I would give it one out of five proper pints. The American Stout poured a nice dark brown with a small off white head. It had aromas of roasted malt and a little chocolate, but it also had a faint metallic or solvent-y flavor to it. There was a bitter coffee like after taste. It was a decent stout, but not my favorite. I would give it two out of five proper pints. The Pineapple IPA was by far the best of the three. It wasn’t as pine-apply as I was expecting. It was a bit malt forward, which I actually prefer in an IPA. I would describe the hop profile as more like mango than pineapple with a slightly earthy feel to it. It was medium bodied and very drinkable. I could see myself actually buying this one on its own. I would give it three out of five proper pints.

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