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Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,623
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 81
Gots: 521 | 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: 193 | Hads: 1,623
Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into trusty tulip. Beautiful golden-orange with lots of threads carbonation bubbling to the surface. Got a few fingers of fluffy white head, which settles to a solid finger of foam and lots of sticky lacing. The carbonation on this thing is ridiculous; it's amazing.
First sniff is fruit and copper. Letting it warm a little after a few initial sips brings a malty/sugary/caramel scent. There seems to be a lot there, but nothing is standing out, the aromas are sublte.
Taste, however, is not. Smooth, juicy, tropical fruit, a little pine but no bitterness. Sweet, malty. Bready. carbonation is still amazing. (629 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dense deep amber color. Ample head and resilient lacing that formed rings around the glasses. Very prominent grapefruit scent. Resiny texture. Grapefruit, citrus start to the taste, a little sweetness from the malt backbone and very mild bitterness in the aftertaste. This one surprised me. I hadn't heard of it before I tried it. Excellent. (9.0) (400 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Date on bottle is 10/22/14. Not sure how i missed it but it must have gotten buried in cellar during holidays.
Pours a bright clear copper hue and a dense tightly packed bleached white head of 3 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer. Sipping the beer leaves windowpane lattice and I end up with some wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is rindy grapefruit and a bit of pine sap mixing, with only mild notes of caramel malt. In general the nose isnt huge on this, maybe bigger if I drank it two months ago? This is as expected a hop forward beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is similar to nose with wisps of caramel that concede quickly to some citrusy hops and some grass, with a bit of general astringent bitterness. Very dry finish and lingering vegetal bite after each sip.
No real booze presence that I can detect. A nice fairly easy drinking IPA. Good mix of hop notes and dry finish makes me want to drink more after each sip. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Toemas
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edited review:
Must have been something wrong with that batch.
This bunch Amazing Mango/Passion Fruit(PF) aroma.
This time ... not boozy at all... pre gaming may have had some effect.
very tasty , and fairly light..very drinkable ....

Original Review:
Not as spectacular as anticipated.Good, Solid, as advertised but certainly not outstanding. A little Boozy even for the 7.6.
ok offering from LT not their best work . would not buy again, especially for the price.the dos corazons from MI is a better choice.

Final result: Better than the Bell's as orig stated. warming up for second review may have had huge effects on different reviews. Still too expensive. Might be cheaper at 7-11,mine might actually get this, the dude knows. (736 characters)

Photo of Triple_Seven
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise!! Strong smell of grapefruit... Love everything about this IPA! Best offering by Long Trail to date in my opinion. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden. Will certainly buy again and recommend to anyone who enjoys IPA's. (235 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber with a slight bit of haze. Pronounced fluffy 2 finger head.

Smell- Grapefruit and mango make the the strong citrus notes. Some pine as well mixed with sweet malt. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet malt on the slightly caramel side blends nicely into a citrus mix of orange, mango, and pineapple. The bitterness comes after, but is very smooth and blends about with the sweetness. Hops and the malt make a great showing.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation and fresh to the palate.

Overall- An excellent IPA. Full of fresh sweet citric flavors and fresh hop characteristics. Full of complexity. Well crafted and a must try. (712 characters)

Photo of CayseyW
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Nice nose with a unique flavor profile, while not departing from its intended style. Still, there was something slightly off; something I experience with a lot of LT beers. Nevertheless, definitely worth drinking more than once. (262 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into FW Teku.

Bright golden orange body with snow white head.

Pungent tropical fruit aromas and winter fruit. Zesty, fresh citrus and pineapple with touches of bubble gum.

Body is a bit aqueous with a mellow bitter for the style and lots of fruit flavor on the mid palate and in the finish.

Look for a touch drier in the style and some more carbonation, but those minor things not withstanding Limbo is a terrific fruity and enjoyable go to IPA. (477 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 10/02/14
appears a bright golden color, with frothy off-white head. decent lacing. aroma is a bit fruity, hoppy. lightly sweet bready malt flavor support the hops. average mouthfeel. (207 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA
Pours a beautiful golden hue with plenty of carbonation and a 2 finger head.
The nose is grapefruit and tangerine. The grapefruit takes over on the tongue.
Great citrus finish,
Overall an excellent IPA. Great job Long Trail. (239 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citrus aroma hits you right in the face followed by good, clean citrusy hops up front and a smooth bitter finish that is also refreshing. Great beer! (150 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little over a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly even surface with a couple of islands of larger bubbles, leaves behind long, thin streaks of sticky lacing, Cloudy orange rust to yellow hued liquid, fully opaque with a large amount of muscular bubbles swirling upwards. Wisely starts off with sweeter orange, tangerine citrus which sets you at ease before leafy herbal matter, pretzel dough, pepper, pine cones and iron flecks exercise themselves, the pineapple, nectarine, passion fruit has bite but too little juice to really soak into the nostrils. Medium-bodied, the carbonation tends to firm it up more than lift. The grapefruit, lemon, sour orange citrus really revs it up as does the pine. More muted floral aspect softens the contours, biscuit actually sweetens it. Maybe at times a sprinkle of cocoa and then caramel. Sticks to the palate pretty well. Still, dryness of finish truncates the peach, nectarine, pineapple fruit, no one is gonna confuse this with Lagunitas. Not really that herbaceous but it is soapy at moments. Whatever flaws it may have, it handles itself confidently and doesn’t push the envelope too far and thus you could easily not notice putting back 3-4 of them in an evening. (1,212 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed straight from a bottle; I know it's heresy but i was served it as a guest.

From what I have seen in pictures it appears to be orange. I can't accurately comment on this aspect. Even out of the bottle I get some tropical fruit, some pineapple, fresh citrus, and maybe a bit of mango, on the nose. On the palate I get the pinnacle of balance in an ipa. Juicy, tropical fruits come through at the forefront followed up the the slightest but appropriate balance of some pale caramel malts, and maybe a bit of a bready flavor. I was not expecting something like this from Long Trail at all. Highly recommend it; it's easily one of the better IPAs I've ever had. I would definitely consider buying this again and enjoying the full experience in a snifter or tulip. (768 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and with a blush on it. Orangey . Creamy head of foam and this resembles a ripe apricot in the glass. Lovely. Nose is sweet fruit nectar and honey. Candied fruit peel, perfume from floral, fresh orange and dry cracker malt. Drinks well, with a good balance and some brash malt. Earthy pine and a somewhat pungent herbal finish this one. Moderate bitter that takes good hold. Mouthfeel is soft but there are a few bubbles. (444 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great beer! grapefruity hoppy I love it! I heard this was made by the same brew master as heady topper.....I dont know if that is true but it is wonderful beer! (160 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at the brewery one day prior into a Spiegelau IPA Glass. (I failed to ask when this particular batch was kegged, but I can only assume it was uber fresh).

A- Pours a hazy, sunset orange color with a 1-1/2 finger soapy, white head. Based on the beautiful lacing left behind after each sip shows the aggressive hopping regiment of Limbo. (4.75)

S- Pithy aromas of Pine, Tropical Fruit (Passionfruit, Mango, Papaya), Lemon/Lime Zest and Mint all battle out for dominance. Surprisingly absent in the nose is the familiar grapefruit citrus aroma I find in a majority of IPA's. (4.75)

T- A slap of citrus rind bitterness hits first, followed by a wave of sweetness that is equal parts malt and tropical fruit. A tacky, resiny feeling follows the malt and tropical sweetness which lingers, but a fleshy, orange sweetness is the last the flavor detected on the palate. Despite the calculated 80 IBU's, the 'juicy' finish is very unexepected, yet welcome change from many other IPA's flooding the market. (4.75)

M- Although far from a sipper, Limbo is medium bodied and drinks heavier than advertised 7.6% ABV. (4.25)

O- Although I'm certain there will be many that disagree, Limbo reminds me (in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel) of another well-received Vermont IPA in Lawson's 'Sip Of Sunshine.' That said, Limbo is undoubtedly THE beer that will force many a seasoned craft beer enthusiast (fond of IPA's, of course) to take another look at Long Trail Brewing Co. They have re-branded their packaging, are barrel aging and continually release new beers under their 'Brown Bag' series...many of which are quite good. I am impressed with how far Long Trail has matured in the last 2 years. (4.75) (1,723 characters)

Photo of Patbrown2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sampled 12/12/14 bottle-dated 10/22/14

Really want to try this from tap. Previous reviews speak of tropical and citrus tastes, which is right up my alley. But flavor was muted to me (188 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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 (439 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: an attractive combination of tropical fruit, pine, and floral hops;

T: follows the nose up front; at mid-palate, it's citrusy with some tropical fruit and it stays that way through the moderately bitter, long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: complex; very hoppy aroma and flavor; a little thin for the style; very interesting and enjoyable; (496 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Clear copper body with bubbly off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Floral hops and malt

T - Pine and floral bitterness, grapefruit and lemon grass. Toasted malts with alcohol spiciness.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick and refreshing.

O - This was a real surprise. Lots of great flavors, nice and bitter, and very drinkable. (372 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%

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. (277 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, alcohol, bready and caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. There is something unpleasant in the taste. Finish is long, grapefruity. Ok IPA. (326 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottled 9/27/14.

Color i s golden with a creamy white head. Lots of fine carbonation. Good lacing.
Smell is tropical fruit with a bit of citrus.
Flavor is also tropical fruit up front with grapefruit rind on the finish.. Bitterness lingers in a nice way.
Light to medium bodied with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good IPA. Very drinkable. I'd be happy to have this in my neighborhood. (463 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014-10-25
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Dated 08/27/14.

Pours lightly hazy with a medium sized pale head. Lots of slow active carbonation. Smell is slightly dank (as in a damp basement), a little juicy, some floral.

Taste is green grass, slightly soapy, a little straw. Strange, but the green vegetation flavor seems to dominate, and is somewhat appealing today.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick, dry. Overall, not bad. (419 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (822 characters)

Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.