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Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,481 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 68
Gots: 384 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: luvbier on 10-12-2013

A big, mouth-watering IPA, brimming with all the flavors and aromas of the new breed of hops coming from Australia and the Pacific Northwest.
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Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Miracle of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Body is hazy golden yellow. One finger white head, fair retention, rings upon rings of lacing. Looks good, and after walking the entire Freedom Trail and then walking to the MIT campus, I was ready for a beer.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple and pale malt, in that order. Smells quite hoppy indeed.

F- Clean citrus hops come out as grapefruits and oranges with a leafiness. The bread and biscuit pale malts complement the hops nicely enough but this is definitely not the paragon of balance. Which is definitely not a bad thing here.

M- Medium bodied with a dry finish. Citrus bitterness on the finish is not terribly high; in fact my IPA-hating wife considered this one to be quite tasty as it is the bitterness that she usually objects to.

O- Very good IPA with plenty of hop character; enjoyed this one a lot with my lunch on a humid hot day.

Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange copper color with a foamy one finger off white head

Smell: Huge blend of tropical and citrus fruits (Mango, tangerines, apricots, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit). Pine resin comes through too, as well as slight onion and alcohol which gives my nose a nice burn. Really a lovely smelling beer

Taste: A ton of tropical notes upfront, malt sweetness in the middle, and citrusy grapefruit to finish it off. Pine resin throughout. Burps are great as well!

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Oily and extremely smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: I never thought id say this, but LT made an A beer with this one! It's unbelievable to me actually. I think they hired someone from Stone or something to brew this. This is a incredibly clean smelling and tasting IPA. All the notes you want in a IPA is in this beer. Tropical, citrus, pine, with just enough sweet malts to round it out. Also one of the best IPAs I have found in its price range (Hop Nosh being another example) and would make for a perfect go to. Rivals some of the best on the market. Definitely recommended!

Photo of ddean
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had cold and on tap at The Purple Pub in Williamstown, MA. As in other reviews I've made, I'll make the disclaimer that I think I have relatively insensitive taste buds, so I tend to like big beers, strong coffee, spicy food. Someone with more gentle or discerning taste buds might feel differently.

Appearance: A pleasant, slightly hazy burnt orange. Moderate carbonation and a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Brown rice, but no other notes per se. No hops at all. Don't get much here, maybe partially because the beer was quite cold.

Taste: Doesn't taste bad at all, but as with the smell, not a punch to the flavor. I get that soft brown rice flavor again, all the way through, a little lemon in the middle as the beer warmed up, and a pleasant but subtle hops bite lingering at the end. Fairly dry and crisp, never sweet.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, and the lingering hops for a second or two is pleasant. Would prefer a little more malt sweetness personally.

Quite drinkable, no off-tastes or nasty surprises. I could see this working well for a lot of people as a session beer. Just personally prefer my IPAs to have strong, opposing flavors that come to a balanced consensus like those doubles on the West Coast have (Racer 5, Maximus,...).

Photo of ExtraStout
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bitterness Units: 80, ABV: 7.6%, Malts: 2-row Pale, Wheat and Caramel Malt, Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Galaxy, Mosaicrn, Availability: Year-round.

Had this on tap at Foxwoods. Not the best IPA I've ever had but it is the best I've had from Long Trail. Much better than their standard IPA. I'm a big Double Bag fan but haven't found any of their other offerings to my liking until now. Glad it's a year round brew.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange, decent head, good lacing

S - HUGE tropical fruitiness. Mangoes, tangerines, papaya, white grapes....smells like fruit punch. Phenomenal.

T - Follows the nose but not as over the top. Tropical fruitiness, some uber-fresh hop dankness you only get with super fresh IPA's, Citrus flavors, and ending with grapefruit and aspirin astringency.

M - Pretty light bodied for the ABV%, perfect amount of carbonation.

O - The best Long Trail beer I have ever had the pleasure of having. I've tried mostly everything they have had to offer with the exception of a few of their big beers but this is the first offering to thoroughly impress me. If this is the direction they are going to start taking, I am on board. Fantastic IPA, great price, and an aroma to die for. The burps taste just as good.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled 1-22-14

Pours clouded lighter amber, long lasting lite khaki head. Leaves generous fine and high sheeting.

Grapefruit nose, juicy and pungent.

Super tasty IPA. Loads of citrus, grapefruit,grapefruit and more grapefruit and more of a minor lime note.

Long trail's finest hour. This is well crafted and well worth seeking out. Finally a world class IPA from Vermont that I dont have to Vermont for and dont need to know the secret handshake to purchase a few six packs of.

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: pine and citrus fruits

Taste: big citrus fruits--grapefruit stands out but so does lemon, nice malty and cracker backbone

Mouthfeel:sweetish start with bitter middle and end, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and citrusy IPA. Hoppy but not overly so. I could do a couple of these. One of the better beers I have had from Long Trail in some time.

Photo of FloppyTopper
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a go-to beer for me. Readily available, decent price point, and a fine example of a higher octane IPA.
This has the familiar yeast smell and flavor from other Long Trail Farmhouse blends - very similar nose to the farmhouse 12 pack (also worth checking out). This beer smells fantastic, with lots of tropical notes, melon, grass, and bubblegum. Overall super fresh and clean smelling. Taste is pretty dry, floral, fruity, and smooth. I find some similarities with Lagunitas Sucks.
Seek this beer out. It is very good.

Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 01/23/14
Estimated calories - 228/12oz

Purchased at Johnson's Market Place, New Durham,NH
Price - $10.99/sixer

Hats off to Bryan Wood for serving me. that's my boy...

Oh yeah, this one looks hot. Great head, legs to boot and plenty of lace. Soapy white covering setttles down and drapes over the hazey orange nectar that fills my glass. A near perfect appeal.

The nose is a full on assault of pine hops ( thanks to the Chinook) that blends nicely with a tangerine scent. Goddamn another kickass IPA from the Northeast!

Fresh and rich in flavor, great job guy's. It almost seems like I'm drinking off the tap or a fresh growler. Citrus fruit, grass and a hint of alcohol. Reminds me of summer...

The mouthfeel is medium with a strong bitterness from start to finish, after all it is 80 IBU's. That being said, it does have a malty balance with caramel coming to the rescue in the finish to help smooth things out.

Overall I'm impressed with this offering from Long Trail. This one's a full month over the expiration date and still holds up well. Their use of Australian hops follows suit with another Vermont brewer (SH) who has done a fantastic job of brewing beers with these strains. Keep up the good work, we're all digging it.

**Re-taste on 5/7**
Bottled on 4/17/14
Wow, amazing taste and flavor.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is a completely clear pale orange, not the slightest haze to it and very bright. The head starts off at two fingers or so of dense bubbling that compacts to one that never settles and changes to an extremely creamy froth, like a strong head on a latte. The lacing on the glass is a creamy broken sheet that clumps in places.
This beer begins pretty aromatic. Hops come out with sweeter notes, lots of citrus in there. It develops more pith and earth as it goes, with some caramel malts to back it. A bit of cheddar and tobacco run through as well.
The flavor brings up lots of hops and fruits up front. Citrus is strong, primarily orange, juicy at first with papaya and mango, then biting pith, zest and pine roll into the middle. The earth, cheddar and tobacco all finish it out while some caramel and honey roll in with it, then the citrus is more like a freshly-peeled orange with a lot of the rind character.
The feel starts off crisp, then goes very smooth while the crispness softens. The body holds at medium, and dryness kicks into the middle and lingers through the finish.

Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a little golden amber with just a slight hue of orange. I was pleasantly surprise by the nice hoppy, citrus, grapefruit and pine nose this one had. The first sip did not disappoint at all. It had all the nice features of a medium hopped beer with the right amount of crispness and dryness.

The finish was lingering and my mouth was just waiting for another sip and another.
good job

Photo of Hopglow
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Never would have picked this one, it was suggested. Great beer. Hints of apricot and mango with grapefruit. Tasty!

Photo of twizzard
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh growler poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. The first thing that hits you is the incredible sweet, floral/citrusy blast that fills your senses. Pours a nice orangey/copper color. Mouth feel is a bit thinner than I like. All in all an absolutely terrific IPA from Long Trail.

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thin, 1-finger, snow white head. Very lively brew. Hazy, translucent orange and straw. Good retention; great lacing.

Resinous hop aroma with tropical fruit and honey providing a nice lightness. Berries and flowers.

Flavor more or less follows the aroma, with hops taking front and center: resinous up front, but a lot of fruit behind. Strong biscuit malt backbone.

Very drinkable: light sting, no alcohol, fairly lively. Drinks almost like a lager; definitely can be relatively sessionable, despite the ABV.

I've had this beer on tap numerous times, and it ranges from the citrus and tropical fruit bomb to a completely earthy and resinous hop assault. Sweetness has varied significantly, as well. From the bottle, the beer sits right in the middle. It's a very solid single IPA, right on the edge of a DIPA without the sharp edge. Very good beer on draft; pretty good from the bottle. Recommended.

Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, this gets a 5/5.

In bottles, 4/5. It seems to fall off fast and I've had a few fresh batches taste a bit off.

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 2 weeks old at this point, nice and fresh for a review. Not sure why it's marked as a IPA when it's a double in reality.

Appearance. Beautiful dark golden hue with an off white head that stays forever. The way a double IPA should look.

Smell: Mango, papaya, tropical fruits galore. One of the best smelling beers I've ever put my nose in. If you don't like the way this smells, you're crazy.

Taste: Very similar to the nose but a bit more muted. Nice hop bitterness, not over the top. Coats your palate in the finish. A bit of alcoholic finish for the ABV, not terribly present though.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, little more carbonated than I'd prefer.

Overall: For what comes out to be $1.50 a beer for a 6er, I'd pay about double that for similar double IPAS in bomber format and twice on Tuesday. Great effort LT, the best beer I've had from them by far and it's not really close. Pick up a 6er if you see it.

Photo of mjstacker
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 6 packs at Top Shelf in Hampton, Born-on-date was only about a week out.

Appearance is very clear, no haze, no chud. Very orange with a hint of pink. Presents well. Nice two-finger head.

The aroma is super fruity, no pine or juniper, all PEAR, PEAR, PEAR!.

The mouthfeel is great if you're into carbonation, nothing flat about this one.

The taste is fantastic, really enjoyable. Hoppy, carbonated, fruity and dry. A near perfect american ipa.

All that said, I think Long Trail has been a trash brewery putting out piss for quite a while. I'm not sure whats changed up on Route 4 but the label is great, the graphics are great, the 6-pack holder is great and most importantly the beer is fantastic. Next time I had to Killington I'll have to stop in, if they try to serve me some sort of a sandwich soaked in "Blackberry Wheat" i'll know this beer was a fluke.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark orange, copper color. A finger-width, off-white head sits atop and quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma - Smells of resinous and citrus flavors, specifically grapefruit and tangerine. This is a great smelling beer and I've have been impressed with Long Trails efforts over the last few months.

Taste - Similar to the smell; strong hop flavors shine through up front with a slight hint of the malt base on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Some carbonation up front; smooth and creamy across the tongue; followed by a slight, but lingering, bitterness at the back end. Bitterness is not too overwhelming, but it does linger for a bit.

Overall - A very well constructed IPA by Long Trail. It is definitely worth trying.

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I managed to find a relatively fresh (<3 weeks old) six pack that was still brimming with lively tropical fruity goodness. I enjoyed this much more than the scores here indicate.

Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus, some pine. Taste is delicious. Lots of hops, some bitterness, citrus, pine, smooth and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +10%

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 9/26/14. Sampled on December 7, 2014

Hazy bronze-amber pour with yellow hues and a cream colored head. Slow upward bound carbonation bubbles.

Lovely floral and resiny hop character with those caramel malts in the aroma.

Medium to full body and smooth.

Roasted malts up front quickly overtaken by the resiny, floral hops that leave a modest bitterness at the finish but not for long. A really solid IPA

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pumpkin orange in the vessel with a medium sense of visible carbonation. The head is hay colored, creamy, and settles rather quickly. Lacing is modest in coverage, a thin skim like covering with a decent rate of stickage.

S: Sweetened pink grapefruit, fresh and perfumy, juice like with a nice awareness level. Some breakfast fruit, melon thrown in.

T: The flavor reveals tons of freshly squeezed grapefruit, again, juice like, with some pulpy content, tart citrus finish with some grain sweetness and sweetness of breakfast fruit (melon, canteloupe).

M: rather light bodied, more relaxed feel of carbonation, some grapefruit-juice like consistency and feel finishing with a lightly grapefruit tart and bitter twang.

O: Overall i can imagine drinking this in the morning much like grapefruit juice. The 7.6% abv eludes me, extremely well hidden behind the big burst of fresh grapefruit like juice hoppiness that is wet and tart, lightly bitter and so enjoyable. Again what a way to start a morning.

Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A swirling active pour yields slightly more than a fingers worth of crisp khaki colored frothy goodness that turns more lush and smooth as it settles a bit... Decent retention gives way to a full thick layer of creamy lacing... The color is a peachy copper... A good bit of micro bubbled carbonation that starts at a moderate pace towards the bottom of the glass before picking up a head of steam by the time it reaches the top of the glass... A tad bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A very vibrant nose the exudes hops even without bring ones nose near the edge of the glass... Loaded with f ruity goodness... Peaches... Melon... Mango... Kiwi... Some light orange notes... A very subtle and light carmel malt base lingers way beneath the surface... Really exquisite...

T - Starts with a touch of ripe tropical fruit goodness... There is a light toasted malt base highlighted by notes of caramel... The hop intensity rises towards the finish and lingers without ever overpowering... It takes on a slightly pungent character that provide nice depth to this offering... There is a lot of good stuff going on in terms of the palate...

M - Starts lush... Medium bodied... Velvety and smooth... Limited carbonation with very little bite to it... Even and consistent... Goes down easily sip after sip (after sip)...

D - In terms of the value proposition, this one if off the charts... Possibly the best American IPA in terms of bang for your buck... Also, while it's not worth any points in this rating, I have to note that I absolutely love the everything about the artwork... Possibly one of my favorite labels in all of beerdom...

Photo of rjp217
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated of 1/6/14 so about 3 weeks on this one. Poured into a tulip...

A - Dark orange color with a half finger head that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lace marks left on the glass throughout consumption

S - Malt forward with some grapefruit characteristics in the finish. Some floral notes but somewhat muted. Bubble gum

T - Bready malt with some fruit. 7.6% gets on your fast, hop forward, resin, bitter, earthy, citrus in the background, bubble gum

M - Carbonated, medium body, piney

O - A very big, hoppy, IPA. Not sure I could go through more than one or two of these at a time. The ABV comes through fairly easy. A solid offering from LT

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
7.6% ABV, 80 IBUs

A - Stead carbonation circulates the hazy particles floating through this turbid golden beer while maintaining it's lofty ivory head. Sticky lace dots the glass in thin rings.

S - Boastful tropical fruits invade the olfactory with juicy pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe subsiding into a smooth caramel malt base. Give the beer a good swirl and the profile changes; it's big dry-hopped profile suddenly awakens a rubbery new kickball aroma.

T - Earthy, spice-forwards, Limbo's tropical fruit overtones become more of a nuance in the taste as the beer shifts to a bitter guava, grapefruit and oaky finish. It's sharp, spicy finish is counteracted by underlying sweet malts.

M - 80 IBUs doesn't seem too large for this well-rounded beer. Sure, the finish is bitter and dry from the hops but the body is medium and smooth with a well-carbonated texture, perfect for a food pairing!

O - Long Trail's Limbo IPA features a powerful profile of spicy, tropical fruit imparted by the hops, which teeters on the edge of perfection and too much with it's rubbery, slightly overly hopped undertones. The balance is just right - any more hops and it would be too much but, I can't say I could see myself drinking more than one of these potent IPAs, though it would go great with a pub burger or spicy buffalo wings!

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.