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Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 1,667
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 29.58%
Wants: 81
Gots: 542 | 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 metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of mangos.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit stand out in particular—along with notes of mangos and other tropical fruits as well as some hints of pine. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted very fresh and had nice bold aromas and flavors from the blend of four hops that were used. It was also quite drinkable and hid its alcohol very well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

big juicy ipa, more in the west coast style than the vermont one, but a well made and well hopped beer. almost orange in color, radiantly glowing, with an inch or more of fluffy white head packed with a million little air bubbles. it smells sticky and tropical, clementines and pineapple come to mind, but there is bitterness too, and perhaps a touch of pine. definitely quite the hop bill on this. the flavor is much the same as the nose, a pretty sturdy malt base shows up though, not doing too much flavoring, but contributing plenty of body for the hops to hang on to. a great hop complexion arises on the finish, different from what preceded it, less tropical, more resinous or sappy hops, dense, almost sticky in the mouth like taffy. this gets a little heavy in the feel with the fuller body, and its a sipper for me. interesting beer overall, not my favorite from long trail, but a well made and sturdy all season ipa.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head; a few squiggles of lacing hang around

Smell: Citrus and mango tones

Taste: The malts deliver a neutral platform for the hops to dominate, bringing citrusy grapefruit and mango flavors; bright and juicy through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very impressed by this beer; far and away the best thing I have ever tasted from Long Trail

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice flufy 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing, fairly hazy copper color with lots of bubbles streaming up.

Nose is very nice, esp for a Long Trail beer, lots of fresh hops, citrusy with tangerine and orange zest, mild grapefruit pith, hint of that fruity bubblegum, little tropical fruit like papaya, little spicy earthy rind like hop towards the end, and a hint of sweet like malt base.

Taste starts a little sweet with some malty flavors, but seems a little watery somehow, quite thin actually, but a little toasty copper malt with little graininess. THen hops, fairly biter to start with some rind flavors at first, orange zest, mild grapefruit pith, into a little clementine and pink grapefruit, little generic tropical fruit but not a lot, into some mild earthy hop, very faint touch of a mint like hop even. Finish is dry and quite bitter, the grapefruit flavor picks up as well as quite a bit of citrus rind bitterness, almost like chewing on the grapefruit with rind and all, no malt character, little juicy citrus fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, a bit thin and probably the only problem with this beer, despite being 7.6% abv and hidden well, the body is just missing, decent carb though.

Overall pretty good, a surprise from Long Trail, well at least ones they bottle and send out here. THe two times I've been to the brewery they had some great test batches going on, but never seem to bottle them, although the newer ones, the special series seem to be pretty good lately, and this is a big step up for them, although it's still a little short of great since its a bit too thin.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this chilled in a glass, bottled on 6/23/14, review from notes.

The color is a beautiful golden color with mild haze and slow moving carbonation bubbles with 2 finger bone white head with very fine bead. Thick lace sticks and retention is very good. The smell has a lot of pine in the nose with mild orange zest odors from hops with subtle alcohol in the aroma. The feel has a moderate bitterness and light sweet malt tinge and medium carbonation with slight alcohol in the mostly dry finish.

The taste starts tangy with citrus up front with slight piney hop flavor and gentle grassy edge with mixed orange and light caramel in the background with light astringency toward the end. There is a subtle sweet malt in the finish. Overall a solid IPA with nice hop profile and very easy to drink for a 7% + ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Impressive chunks of lace from the bar pour head. Hazy, dirty gold color

Strong grapefruit with a bit of evergreen in the nose.

Clean, brief malt flavor. This succumbs to a strong bitter, pepper-like hop bite. A bit thin in the body. The elevated carbonation enhances this. Long bitter and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a hazed copper with frothy white topping that is silky and fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

Aroma is dank and catty with quite a solid herbal aspect that is grassy as well. There is a bit of mineral thing going on in this before getting slightly cheesy/sulfuric.

There is quite a grassy and herbal bitterness to this that is catty, dank and almost dusty. Some floral and fruity aspects as well blending to some alcohol esters. When focusing on the bitterness it gets quite pulpy/pithy.

This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite hoppy and flavorful with some solvent alcohol that emerges as it warms.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know that I have been eschewing bottles and trying to reduce my backlog, but my high school classmate, Mike, came by last night for a bomber bottle blowout and dropped one off for me. It was cold when he got here, so I kept it cooling in the reefer and decided to knock it out while I transcribe some of the notes from our debacle.

From the bottle: "A big, mouthwatering IPA, brimming with all the flavors and aromas of the new breed of hops coming out of Australia and the Pacific northwest."

My anxiousness led to an aggro pour which resulted in a pseudo-cascade and two fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was that shade of deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity that always seems to call forth the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas. Nose had the tropical fruit quality of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers! We used to unroll one of each (mango, coconut, papaya, pineapple) and put them all in our mouth at the same time. That sensation was what this smelled like (plus a little bit of dank for good measure). Hee hee. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, frankly. The taste was fantastic! Fruity as all get-out, not at all alcoholic and at 7.6%, with a grassy mellowness. Yowza! This was the antithesis of those Black/Cascadian IPAs, which seem to waste the hops, IMHO. Here, the hops were put to fantastic use. I took a break to put on my knitted hophead to enhance my enjoyment. Finish was bone-dry, hoppy as heck and unrelenting. It was a step below a DIPA, but the lingering fruitiness also put me in mind of Juicyfruit gum. I remember kissing a girl in high school that always chewed Juicyfruit. Good times, man, good times.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Real serious looker. Giant but controlled four to five finger tall off tan and white colored head, rocking with seriously staying power and island clumping lace. Literally ice tanned cream head in a glass, with a body color of apricot bronze and bursting orange amber, and thin rising carbonation. Killer looking brew.

An absolutely gorgeous controlled nose. Soft creamy egg white and sugars, with a juicy hop citrus bursting orange and tangerine. This literally smells like orange icing sugar but with lots of umami sensing fattyness. Faint weedy smoke on this also in the background behind the sweetness. I am hoping for good things here.

A real wonderful palate. Comes with soft juicy hop front and matching soft body hinted on the nose. Soft tangerine and orange fruit like hop, but without the bitterness. Mild very soft sugars that are hardly detectable. Faint pine and earth on the aftertaste, with very controlled bitterness. Wonderful balance in this beer.

The only thing missing is the presence or any defining character of the malt bill, but this is one hell of a well constructed subtle American IPA. Easily the best Long Trail beer I've had from them to date.

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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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with good clarity and some lace on the glass. Aroma of herb, pine and cat pee. In the taste, resinous and herbal with a strong bitterness. Pine and herb are the predominant flavors with a pale malt backing and residual sweetness. Finishes bitter and earthy. Overall, a very nice ipa I would drink again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit and caramel. Light bitter aftertaste. $2.39 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch dense white head on a solid orange body. Some clumpy lacing with a collar left that last the whole 12 ounces.

S- Aromas of bright citrus, oranges.

T- Taste follows the aroma but cranks it up two notches...sweet tropical notes throughout. Wow, that's eye opening. Hops leave a slight bitter aftertaste. Leaves the mouth watering for the next sip. Would put it right at it's stated ABV of 7.5%.

M- Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Somewhat reminded me of Sculpin. Very apparent upfront sweetness separates it from most IPAs. Enjoyed the simple but dramatic artwork. Thanks a ton for this solid local Marc (mj0126)!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep orange with a beige cap that stuck around for a while. A bit of lacing. Pungent aroma of tropical and citrus fruits, mango and grapefruit mostly, blood orange sweetness and a bit of malt. Sturdy bitterness that lingered in the finish, sweetness up front, more citrus and tropical fruit character along with a pithy middle and mild alcohol. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, decent texture with a slightly drying finish. Solid overall with plenty of hops jammed in there, but with some sweetness for balance.

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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

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

Bottle opened on 4.26.14
Bottled 03/32/14

A - Pours a murky darker orange with a small, fine cream colored head that just sits there.

S - Lots of pine, grapefruit, mango. Great nose.

T - Lots of citrus fruits and pine, a touch of heat in the finish. No bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super flavors and nose with out the bitter punch.

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Photo of Brad007
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful gold hue with a two-finger head that leaves some lacing along the edges. The neck of the bottle speaks of "new breeds of hops coming out of Australia and the Pacific Northwest." I thought New Zealand was the current rage of hops?

Mango and pineapple stand out in the nose. Malt backbone is detectable as well.

Taste is a mixed bag. Grapefruit and mango flavors clash with pine tar in the mouth. Bitter but not in a desirable manner.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Jumbled and the alcohol heat makes it unappealing.

I think that the problem with this beer is that it can't decide what it wants to be. Does it want to be a traditional East Coast IPA? A "fruity" western IPA with exotic hops? Neither? It's worth a try but I can't help but wonder if it would taste better straight from the tap?

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow the high reviews surprised me what was this 10.49 for the six pack? Into a pint glass.

A - Ow another unfiltered IPA that must mean its bitter! A hazy amber color with orange tint. Head is a solid 1/2 inch that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - It does have a bit of grapefruit and pineapple hop twang. Fruity yet bitter smelling but mild enough with no noticeable ABV. Balanced malts must be good since hops are timid.
T - Well it's good but it's not really "wowing" me. It does have a strong bitterness the IBU's are noticeable and the ABV is masked but for some reason the hops they used I am not enjoying them. Maybe it just comes off too "west coast IPA" but I believe it could use more sweeter malts to balance.
M - Medium bodied and taste full of Resin. Bitter lovers indeed.

Overall I like my IPA's nowadays with a bit less bitter taste and more balance. Its good if you like bitter stuff it will f your shit up.

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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an attractive, divine orange. Tiny pieces of particulate lazily hover and dip in the glass. Head is a frothy, dense cap of gooey goodness. Generous lacing.

S-A moderately intense bouquet of tropical, fruity hoppiness. Bravo, Chinook, Galaxy and Mosaic hops deliver the goods. Mangos! Screw the super bitter, one dimensional brews; I'll take the complex, fruit basket-hop beers any day. I also get sweet dough, pineapples, apricots and melon. Elite aroma, above average intensity.

T-Is this Long Trail? It's got a load of tropical, sweet hops. I enjoy the intensity here more than he nose but overall, the nose is a bit more exciting. This is still pretty darn tasty. A little bit of bubblegum. Sweet, soggy, caramel bread. Really enjoying the hoppiness here.

M-Soft carbonation. Slightly resiny. Medium bodied. Almost cask-like. Medium bitterness; the sheer fruitiness of the hops almost masks it's sneaky bitterness.

O/D-Long Trail's best beer. The nose was better than the flavor but all things considered, this is an upper echelon IPA. Six pack is a bit pricey but I would be stupid not to have tried it once.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a schooner. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy, loose white head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Delicate strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tropical fruit, cat pee and perhaps a hint of bubblegum. Taste expresses citrus, but predominantly comes off as grainy. Aromas present in the nose are masked by the malt. Some ethanol is also present at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a light, even carbonation. Overall, nose was promising, but falls apart in the flavor profile. I applaud Long Trail for mixing things up, but not something I need to revisit again.

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

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very hazy golden orange, with some floaties. 1 inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Aroma contains big fruity citrus flavors, along with a small amount of pine. Very fresh aroma, just caresses the nose.

The flavor is similar. Big juicy fruit flavors- orange, mangos, grapefruits. Very refreshing flavors. Some piney/earthy hop flavors take over near the end, and finish with strong, but pleasant bitterness. Not much malt flavor noted here. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Long Trail's best beer, and a good foot forward to keep up with the times.

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.