Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,586
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 74
Gots: 479 | 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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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Pours a thin head that goes away pretty fast. Color is copper and features a very mild carbonation. This is a fairly hoppy IPA, with a ton of bitterness and very little malts flavor. A very floral and citrusy nose. (215 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

03/27/14 From bottle. Not my kind of beer. Lots of flavor, but not the kind I like. At least it's not obnoxious, it's just not for me. PART II: this improved as it warmed to room temp. Gets close the Sculpin territory. Drinkable. (229 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apperance: clear copper with a decent head and excellent lacing along the side of the glass

Aroma: hoppy and floral. It actually reminds me of marigolds strangely enough.

Taste: starts off very floral and bitter, than transitions into being mildly spicy. Has a crisp grapefruit like finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and well carbonated

Overall: I'm not the biggest fan of IPAs but this ale is well balanced, complex, and flavorful. (435 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some yeast sediment, amber color. Nose is a nice mix of citrus and dank hops. Taste follows through with excellent hop-forward complexity. Have previously been indifferent to LT's beers, but this is a home run-- very pleasantly surprised. Good job, Long Trail! (260 characters)

Photo of BenFolds10
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Limbo was hella dank. Its a spicy, nutty ipa with an unbelievable color to it.

In terms of mouth feel, the bitterness isn't as forgiving as a west coast beer such as torpedo or a West Coast IPA (Green Flash) but the hoppyness most craft drinkers crave was there in full force. Taste The color of the beer was outstanding. Sitting in a tulip glass, the beer was not translucent at all and the color was akin to a deep copper/rust. the head was something to be forgotten though, as the bottle produced a light, white/translucent foam rather than a bone white finger head I usually prefer. Overall this beer is a beer that you should almost always keep in supply. (661 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 7/14/14

A-a bright orangeish color with a fingers worth of dense white head

S-very nice with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pale malt

T-taste is also citrus and grapefruit heavy with tropical fruits giving some sweetness and a pale malt backbone

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall a big step up from Long Trail's usual beers, lots of flavor and very drinkable. Look forward to having it again. (457 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 AEC81
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Someone recommended this to me a couple of months ago and I put off tasting it because of my previous experiences with Long Trail. Not that I don't care for Long Trail, just that nothing has really moved me. Limbo changes all of that. I was really impressed with the hop selection for this beer and it has the perfect finish (doesn't peel away the enamel from the back of your teeth). Here's hoping I can find it on tap somewhere soon. (435 characters)

Photo of RobLivingstone
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a MUST TRY beer... Simply put. Forget everything you think you know about Long Trail. Although their line is middle of the pack at best, their Limbo IPA is leaps and bounds ahead of anything i thought they would brew. Intensely hoppy. Deliciously strong pine and grapefruit notes. I can't say it enough, this is a MUST TRY beer.
4/5. (341 characters)

Photo of VALIS666
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does everyone make great IPAs these days or what? I've had a lot of different Long Trail and always thought they were middle of the road all the way around, but this is a knockout. Overpowering aroma of pine needles, grass and grapefruit -- you can smell it before the beer gets to your nose. Hazy golden color, lots of lace. Taste is puckering, sweet, juicy. 7.6% seems hard to believe. Top flight IPA. (403 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass over the weekend. Bottled on 5/20/14, so not quite 2 months old.

Pours very nicely. A dirty orange color, with an enthusiastic thick white foamy head. Lacing is very thick indeed.

A bit disappointing on the nose, not getting much at all.

Bitterness from hops, but no citrusiness at all. Just didn't seem that special to me.

Medium on the mouth, with lingering dry bitterness.

Overall, just not feeling it from this beer. The one think that it does very well, is hide the 7.6 abv. No warmth detected. Could be trouble there. I have to say that overall, I find Long Trails offerings pretty uninspiring, though love the platinum. Perhaps it's just me and the water up in Vermont that dont't get along. (734 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured gently into an ipa glass. Really nice beautiful off-white frothy head capped the golden-straw hued beer. The aroma is quite delightful with pine and citrus prevalent. The taste is flavorful, not too bitter and easy to drink. The mouthfeel has some bite on the palate and finishes well with only a slight aftertaste. I liked and enjoyed this Long Trail IPA. Well done! (386 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 5.20.2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Rastal pint glass.

The beer pours a nice amber color, hues of copper and gold with a light chill haze, not a lot of activity going on within the beer. A thick, soft, soapy white head appears, over 2 fingers high that has very nice retention and leaves an incredible swath of soapy lace behind. Big piney aroma, nice amount of fruit and citrus with an interesting herbaceous quality, not quite dank, not quite grassy, nice floral components as well with some soft sweet malty character. The flavors are nice, subtle pine, light wildflower, soft and sweet malt, definite chewiness with a plentiful burst of fruit at the back, plenty of juicy citrus, light pineapple and mango, perhaps some juicy red apple skin flavor as well, moderate bitterness that doesn't overwhelm at all with some nice balance. The mouthfeel is nice, coats fairly well, carbonation is ample but not too abrasive, definitely full bodied with a lightly dry finish that lingers well.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Long Trail. In a state that has become known for it's world class IPAs, this definitely has a leg to stand on. It's balanced, it's flavorful, it's diverse and the bitterness is nice. There is perhaps a bit of alcohol heat that gets detectable as this warms up, but on a whole, it was quite enjoyable. (1,343 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice hazy yellow with an orange tint, a nice finger of white head at the top that leaves some lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and hos throughout, very nice smell, fresh and tropical.

T: Up front some biscuit notes, but the grapefruit and pineapple is very present with this brew, very well put together, the hops and malts come in perfectly to accompany the sweetness.

M: Not as much carbonation as I thought it would have, medium bodied and dry finish.

O: Amazing IPA, very impressed with this super well balanced and perfect combination of hops, I enjoyed this beer very much, went out and bought 12 more, good job Long Trail. (683 characters)

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

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a copper orange , clear liquid with a constant stream of carbonation. One finger foam cap settles to a thin white layer of bubbles with good lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt , floral and bubble gum

Nice balance of sweet malts and floral hops on the front of the tongue. Malt taste in the back , hops in the front. No bitter aftertaste.

Very Smooth. Little carbonation. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

7.6% abv, yeah I'll be in limbo soon

Recommended to me by my beer guy and he said he couldn't keep it in stock. Another great pick by him! This is one fine beer, try it! (614 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: pine and citrus fruits

Taste: big citrus fruits--grapefruit stands out but so does lemon, nice malty and cracker backbone

Mouthfeel:sweetish start with bitter middle and end, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and citrusy IPA. Hoppy but not overly so. I could do a couple of these. One of the better beers I have had from Long Trail in some time. (444 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a hazed dark copper color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is biscuity malt and stale grain with a hint of resin hop. Taste follow suit on sweeter, stale bread and grain, sweet caramel, faint hop. This is a very subdued IPA with lots of grainy malt that aren't very expressive or well pulled together. (313 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard promising things about this IPA so I had to grab a six pack! The color is a light amber tone when poured and has a soft fluffy head. I absolutely loved the first inhale I took. I was hit by a bold grapefruit and citrus scent with a smooth tangy finish. The flavor totally lives up to the smell as well. Its juicy and soft with a bite of fruity citrus on the end. I really love the rich flavor it has! Its nothing too complex, but I like that about it. Its smooth, fruity, and straight to the point with that classic hoppy bite any good IPA should have! (558 characters)

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 Skwalk47
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber, one finger head that lingers for a bit..

Smell is grapefruit, resin, pine

Taste: very typical of a West Coast style IPA, strong hop presence, a little bitter, as another commentator mentioned, could use a bit more sweety biscutty malty goodness to balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly resinous

Overall: A pretty good IPA, very close to really hitting it out of the park but really needs a bit more balance. I almost wish there was a session type version of this as the flavor profile would fit better into a session IPA. (560 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 6 packs at Top Shelf in Hampton, Born-on-date was only about a week out.

Appearance is very clear, no haze, no chud. Very orange with a hint of pink. Presents well. Nice two-finger head.

The aroma is super fruity, no pine or juniper, all PEAR, PEAR, PEAR!.

The mouthfeel is great if you're into carbonation, nothing flat about this one.

The taste is fantastic, really enjoyable. Hoppy, carbonated, fruity and dry. A near perfect american ipa.

All that said, I think Long Trail has been a trash brewery putting out piss for quite a while. I'm not sure whats changed up on Route 4 but the label is great, the graphics are great, the 6-pack holder is great and most importantly the beer is fantastic. Next time I had to Killington I'll have to stop in, if they try to serve me some sort of a sandwich soaked in "Blackberry Wheat" i'll know this beer was a fluke. (878 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (516 characters)

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