Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,588
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 74
Gots: 484 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,588
Reviews by ZagZagg:
Photo of ZagZagg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

A: Two finger slightly off white head generated from a generous pour. Retention looks nice; the brew itself is a full bronze or deep golden hue that appears filtered, but not 100% transparent. Mid-level carbonation to the eye, looks reasonably bodied. Not seeing sediment of any kind.

S: Slightly maple scented, faint caramel, freshly cut peach and sweet mango, wild grape, juicy esters hit the nose and mellow into light tangerine and muddled citrus. The fruit aroma is syrupy sweet reminding me of the liquid that remains at the end of a fruit cup. Very pleasant -

T: The nose in liquid form with the addition of a low-tone resin. More citrus than the nose, zesty orange/lemon peel collides with a very hushed hoppy bitter profile. Forward flavor is tropical bringing back the peach and mango. The middle mouth is relegated into balance with caramel malt, pushing toward the finish. The finish recapitulates the whole experience and ends with sweet and fresh tropical fruits.

M: Nice bodied, medium carbonation, pretty crisp and fresh. Aftertaste is sweet and just slightly dry. Tends to leave a bit of a sugary residue on the palate, very satisfying.

O: Impressive, easily my favorite Long Trail offering. Limbo brings the hop imparted tropical fruit profile I look for in an IPA. At the same time the beer is balanced and very drinkable; the mouthfeel and body are perfectly complementary. I’ve been drinking LT for a good few years, and I can say this is high quality. Will drink this anytime I see it. (1,542 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of Daktah
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't think of this as a DIPA. It's. It boozy enough to be in that class. As an IPA it is top notch. Smooth, flavorful and balanced. Great beer that I ordered only because it was a "regional" suggestion. Great find. (215 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ($9.99 six pack) and would make for a perfect go to. Rivals some of the best on the market. Definitely recommended!

EDIT: It's 5/11/15 and this bottle has a bottled on date of 2/17/15. Let me tell ya, this IPA holds up better than any other iv had with three months on it. I dont think the hops have tremendously faded, and It still has that great marmalade quality to it that i remember. Impressive (1,370 characters)

Photo of ddean
3.13/5  rDev -24%
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,...). (1,260 characters)

Photo of Marty
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dobmaster
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of williered
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very delicious IPA. I taste and some delicious apricot and orange flavors. (74 characters)

Photo of BiggestDogWorld
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (809 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.