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Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,707
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 29.1%
Wants: 84
Gots: 569 | 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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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 1,707
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a slightly hazy bronzed amber color with a nice transparency about it allowing carbonation to be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated to a concave foamy stringy lacing on the upper rim of the glass. Lower rim is a bit thicker in lacing (nice show).
The smell starts off with big bitter lemon bursting into a light sweet caramel malt base. Nice gracing of sweet grassy hops to blend in underneath it all.
The taste was mainly sweet with the grassy bitter underneath showing forth the sweet caramel maltiness to round it out. There's a sweet to bitter lemon rind and pulpiness running into the aftertaste and on into the finish.
The mouthfeel showcases a nice light to medium sort of body with a clean sweet sessionable feel. Dry grassiness hits my tongue nicely.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA, a bit drier than some others, but I'd have again.

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Photo of gryffilion
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a little bit hazy. There's no particulate so it appears more opaque than cloudy. The color is a deep gold, with a head that dissipated almost immediately. On the nose, I was rather disappointed. There's not a lot there--maybe some slight lemony character. Palate-wise, there is a TON going on. Lots of citrus, some subtle spice in the background and a long, lingering finish that is very pleasant.

I'd never had this one before but I have to say, I'll be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The puddle of beer provides witness to an aggressive beige, foamy head that leaves behind sticky lacing on top a murky orange beer.

Nose isn't providing much information just yet as I'm getting a little fruitiness and little else.

Taste follows the fruity and draws in boozy malty while we are at it. Next swig confirms the first but leaves an additional resiny pine behind with a touch of sweetness.

Aftertaste is a touch astringent and sweet.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/27/15 notes. 12 oz. pour in a pint glass at Headless Horseman in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, resin, pine hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, and earthy notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid. Little malty in the taste but good.

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

It comes in a orangey amber color with a slight haze and a small but sticky and lasting white head that leaves lacing.

The beer smells of apricot, peach, passion fruit, tangerines, and pine resin dankness. There's a reason why Galaxy hops are one of my favorites.

Apricot, papaya, and passion fruit hit you up front. Near the finish a honey dew melon note hits me with tangerine peel bitterness. Malt taste is minimal but I detect a bit of toastiness and caramel. The aftertaste is mildly bitter with lingering pine resin and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation average. Decent but typical mouthfeel all around, though I like how quaffable it is for leaning toward 8% abv.

All around, this is solid, and being able to have access to a year-round IPA hopped with Galaxy, I can't complain. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a half finger white head atop.Big grapefruit and tangerine hops in the nose,they really jump out at ya.The palate is the same with big juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flavors,not sharp and or bitter really.Wow a big fruity beer bursting with hops,nice.

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Photo of dapperdandy
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying this beer for well over a year now and it honestly never disappoints. If you enjoy tropical fruit bombs this is about as good as it gets imho. The taste matches the smell perfectly. This is my go to dipa because of its accessibility and elite flavor/texture. This is coming from someone that's not a big fan of any other Longtrail offering. Enjoy this slightly hidden jewel....

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a very good DIPA. I actually thought it was a single ipa until I looked on here. the bottles I bought are actually about 4 months old but the hops have aged super well. crisp and satisfying. id love to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 08/26/15

L- Medium amber, some chill haze but cleared up nicely, two finger slightly off white head.

S- Word is this beer is hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy and I definitely get that typical peachy aroma from Mosaic. Almost comes across a little bubblegummy.

T- Still get that peach with added citrus notes of bitter grapefruit, nice medium bitterness, Not too dry.

F- Medium, good carbonation.

O- Nice IPA, good Mosaic aroma, would buy more if I got it in my area. Nice to have a good Vermont IPA you don't have to trade an arm and leg to get.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the local Buffalo Wild Wings in Chicopee, MA. The beer had a slight straw yellow appearance with a large head and patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas included a crisp citrus smell, mostly toward grapefruit and lemon, wrapped around herbal tones. Great bittersweet, citrus taste with some light malt flavoring to it. Liked the mouthfeel on this drink: medium carbonation and quite refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA from Long Trail.

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Photo of Maltoftheearth
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Long Trail has hit a home run here. No joke... Long Trail. Seek it out and try it. Citrusy, very crisp, wonderful bouquet of fruit and floral notes. Great beer. I was shocked.

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

At the first and second sips, I thought I had another winning Vermont beer in my hand, until my first burp. In fact, this beer makes one quite burpy - uncomfortably so. But what made it worse, was the aftertaste of said burp. It was soapy and was very off putting. Eventually, I also began to recognize a slightly watery taste, so my final rating has fallen below four.
Still, I would drink it again.

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Photo of Girouxsalem
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced IPA's you can buy. Smells like heaven, tastes great, especially for a hop freak. Strong taste of orange peel

Has a cider-esque crispness, quite refreshing

Easily my go-to IPA, $10 and 7.6 ABV, tastes great and kicks well.

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Photo of Riverbed
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have been drinking this beer for a while now, in fact had a 6 month stint where it was one of the only IPA's I was drinking. If you have not given this one a chance yet, you should, it is pretty great.

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

What a crisp, awesome beer. Has a great danky, piney smell. The feel punches you immediately. Great taste too, with a lingering bitterness. Moderately heavy and extremely crisp.

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

Wow. Found this random selection at my local grocer. A top notch west coast style IPA. Lots of pretenders out there, this one is the real thing. Bravo little Vermont brewer, bravo.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was shared from a growler filled at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, New York. We poured into our set of War Horse pint glasses, sharing with friends to kick off the events of our very own homebrew day. It laid out in a bright orange-bronze coloring, bubbling over with at least a finger and a half worth of creamy, eggshell colored foaminess. This showed nice, bouncy retention. Carbonation appeared to be robust throughout, with no sediment noted. The aroma came across as incredibly fresh, zesty, and lively, boasting notes of absolutely saturated citric and grassy hoppiness, under ripe red and green raspberries, SweeTart candies, curiously soft acetaldehyde waxed fruitiness, nail polish remover, savory pale and softly crispy caramel maltiness, light tannins, and mild plastic phenols. Again, this just wafted over with waves after wave of fruity, hoppy freshness. While the taste to follow was slightly more muted in comparison to the overflowing aromatic showing, this too conjured those same descriptors of fresh squeezed authenticity. The pale and softly buttery crystal malt base was the first thing to broach the palate, but this is almost immediately brushed away by shocking twangs of orange and lemon citrics, green grassy, and soapy hops airs. Mixing amongst this hearty foundation flows cantaloupe and honeydew melon juiciness, steel, chlorine, sticky aloe saps, drying caramel tannins, fine ale yeastiness, development solution, tangerine flesh, marigold pollen, and oily citrus scented moisturizer. The body was light, and the carbonation was quite large, to the point of slowing the drinker down a bit. Otherwise, each sip was creamy, froth-forward, and easily enjoyable.

Overall, this has got to be one of the most surprising brews of the year. We’ve seen it numerous times in bars and bottle shops, foolishly passing over it to discover something “rarer” or “more local”. So when our friend, DogHaus, brought it over for our homebrew day, we didn’t give it much more mind than our general excitement to try a new beer with a pal. From the first whiff we knew we had something special. It just sings with that immense cleanliness and freshness that can’t be touched by your simple, run-of-the-mill beverages. The hops were incredibly juicy, lasting from fridge to room temperature without so much as a hiccup. This was really its brightest shinning component. The taste was a touch milder, but drank like a champion, hindered only by a touch of carbonation fervor. This is, by a longshot, the best Long Trial beer we’ve had the pleasure of indulging in, and one we’ll not soon make the mistake of passing over again. This has revitalized their reputation in our minds.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange-amber with thin head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Sweet tropical fruit aroma. The taste starts with a sweet malt presence which is met by a little citrusy zing of hops on the middle. The finishing hops are more bitter, grapefruit peel, pine, grass. The piney grass sits on the back of the tongue for a long time, almost turns a tad soapy. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Overall a decent malt-forward IPA, just wasn't crazy about the finish.

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

pours a little dark for an IPA. Very malt forward with some fruity and floral hops. Good balance and bitterness. West Coast cirtus hops shine through in the end. decent mouthfeel good finish.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Nice golden-orange, 2 finger pale white head on pour from bottle. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Citrusy, are earthy aroma.

Taste - Flavor similar to aroma; good malt, not as hoppy as I like my IPAs (80 IBUs), but it is smooth with little bitterness.

Feel - Light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall - Not bad...It wouldn't be at the top of my IPA charts with the Stones and AleSmith's of the world...or even my local favorite Perpetual...but good none the less.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/12/15 (less than 2 weeks old!) into pint glass. Clear, golden amber with a persistent white head. Citrus up front. with some floral stuff going on. Nice malt presence offsets the hops but doesn't taste sweet. Medium mouthfeel - probably a little on the heavy side for an IPA, but very refreshing nonetheless. Not a spectacularly distinctive IPA, but one of Long Trail's better offerings.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 06/12/15.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Tangy hop aroma brings notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Slightly boozy with a touch of toasty malt to balance.

T- Flavor follows the aroma quite closely with more orange and grapefruit notes. Very zesty and there's a mild sweetness from the malt.

M- Somewhat sharp and tangy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- One of the better beers I've had from Long Trail but it's still not something I would buy again and again.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Barnum Publick House in Bridgeport, CT. Poured amber color and clear, nice head. Hoppy aroma, definitely going to be a bitter one. Taste confirms it, but it's not as malty as I expected coming from Long Trail. It's got a medium body and decent malt sweetness to give a big backbone, but there is actually considerable hops here. Bitter, pine, herbal, and a dose of citrus make this one feel oddly west coast, despite its origins. A good DIPA overall.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with sticky lacing
Smell - citrus herbal smell
Taste - citrus floral tropical fruit. Complies with everything hitting you in waves.
Feel - medium body and carbs
Overall - fantastic beer!

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Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5/21/15 bottling date.

A: A clear light orange pour. Enormous frothy white head. Top-notch head retention. Heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Really nice sweet citrus aroma. Sweet oranges and lemons. Lots of tropical fruit too like pineapple and ...mango maybe?

T: More of the same. Bitter but juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sweet bready malt backs it up. Little wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a nice bitter and drying aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Lightly bitter and dry with a decent smoothness.

O: Not bad. I didn't expect this to be this good. Nice citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors without being a hop bomb. Sweet malt really balances it out. Deceivingly drinkable and light, didn't realize this was a double IPA at all (though I guess it's only the low end for a DIPA).

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