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Limbo IPA | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by luvbier on 10-12-2013

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 1,825
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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Photo of breardon1776
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass. Super foamy head. Dissipated but left a fluffy layer of foam during the whole drink, loved it. Great lacing. Nice Amber color. Smell and taste are "tropical earthy". Perfect body, not too heavy given style of beer.

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Photo of jds16
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-yellow with a nicely lingering off white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Smell is mango, pineapple, melon...very fruity. Taste is tropical and citrus fruits, supported by malt sweetness. Goes down very easily for 7.6%. Better than I expected, this is quite pleasant across the board.

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

A surprisingly good effort from Long Trail. Limbo pours a pale straw yellow, and is bursting with juicy, tropical hops. Tangerine, mango, and possibly some pineapple are the dominant fruit flavors. Bitterness is low, and the beer is well carbed. Limbo is much, much better than anything else Long Trail packages in sixers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive. Long time since Long Trail for me, but a small store with small variety led me to try this one. Great fortune! Whatever variety this new breed of hops is, it's right up my alley. Pours amber with slight orange tint, and lacy white top. Aromas are pungent fruit with slight citrus. Flavor is more of the same with some malt breadiness. Finish is crisp and clean. I'll have another.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA very tasty and drinkable. You will enjoy the wonderful hop flavor with just the right amount of citrus bite. The best beer by Long Trail Brewing hands down.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Limbo pours a burnt orange color with minimal head but plenty of lacing. The nose is quite wonderful: think candied citrus fruits and subtle dank hops. The taste begins similar to the smell with some lovely candied fruits before finishing slightly bitter; doesn't quite live up to the smell but is still rather delicious. The mouthfeel is what holds this back from being a fantastic IPA: after the initial explosion of sweet fruits and hops the beer all but dissipates in the back end like cotton candy with nothing but the subtle bitterness of the nose. I think a thicker malt base would do wonders for this beer. Still though, it's overall a very good IPA, but the thin mouthfeel keeps it from being excellent.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice ipa but nothing to shout about. New hops kind of taste more or less familiar to me. Again, nice but nothing that is that ground breaking or unusual.

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

A: [4.50] Orange to apricot in appearance. Sports a full finger of white head. Leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (7.6%) and the IBU (80) - the born on is (11/21/14) so it is a bit old for an IPA.

S: [4.25] Really pleasant pineapple, mango, hints of pine and citrus.

T: [4.25] Pretty tasty. I get pine, more pineapple and light citrus (more rind than fruit).

M: [4.00] Decent body - slight heft to it. There is some carbonation but it fits the style. For 80 IBU the finish is not too bitter or drying.

O: [4.25] This one surprised me. It had a great aroma and flavor combination. The appearance and mouthfeel wee also really good. I need to have another - one that is closer to the bottling date. I would definitely have this again (and again).

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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 csbrew1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure what happen to this brew? When it first launched it was outstanding, but most recent "six'er" was a bit below par. Overall, I found it to be average.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird one for me. Looks great-nice foamy head-Amber in color. Smell is throwing me off a bit. Light spicy almost onion/garlic smell. Taste like it smells. Not horrible but there is something off putting here. Wanting it to change as it warms but that's not happening. I can finish but don't want another. I have never had a beer that taste like this. Maybe a bad keg.

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Photo of ClevererRemark
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

politely nonchalant. living close(ish) to the brewery, this is fresh and wonderful. solid west coast ipa in a region full of angrily (though beautifully) hopped ipas.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter hazy orange with a moderate cap of foamy head. Leaves nice sticky lacing, the aroma is crisp and clean, with milder tropical fruit present along with a light bready body. The body is much the same with hops first followed by the malt body in the end. The body is a nice weight and easy to drink.

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

Really impressed by how well crafted this ipa is. I guess 91 is a score nobody can scoff at but imho Limbo is so well put together I can't believe it's not mentioned more often. On second thought I suppose it's hard to compete in conversations with the likes of The Alchemist, Lawson's, Fiddlehead, etc (my apologies if I'm forgetting someone else Vermont). But I wouldn't sleep on this beer for a moment. I could drink this often granted it was fresh.

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Photo of pdad329
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe golf makes it taste better. Had to revise my rating! Nice color in pub pint. Light on the nose, but nice. Good malt, bitter hops, in good balance.

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Photo of chessiejackson
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe it's just my taste buds, but I didn't particularly like this IPA. Had it both bottled and draft and neither hit me right. Kind of an odd aftertaste.

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Photo of VTBeerDrinker
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Living in West Rutland, VT gives our family the opportunity to visit the Long Trail Pub and Brewery frequently since it's only 30 minutes away. Limbo is definitely near the top of my list of favorite IPAs. It's got a great citrusy flavor and goes down smooth. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What this beer needs to take it to the next level is a more pungent aroma profile. Long Trail is so close to making an amazing beer with this one. I've had it from the bottle poured into a pint glass and from the tap poured into a goblet, and in both cases the aromas were just a little too subtle to bowl me over with hoppy malty goodness up in my face. A dry hopped or cask hopped version of this would be gangbusters.

Update April 2015: maybe they've changed the recipe or maybe it's the glass, but this particular pour I'm having has a lot more dank character in the nose. Pretty big onion note especially as the beer has warmed up a bit and there's air space in the hefe glass this bar poured into it (I know). The flavor has some chive to it which I've not noticed in previous samplings. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.