Limbo IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 1,668
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 29.58%
Wants: 81
Gots: 543 | 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

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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 dredmahawkus
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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)

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Photo of Patbrown2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

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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 HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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;

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Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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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 mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

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.

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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 Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is a completely clear pale orange, not the slightest haze to it and very bright. The head starts off at two fingers or so of dense bubbling that compacts to one that never settles and changes to an extremely creamy froth, like a strong head on a latte. The lacing on the glass is a creamy broken sheet that clumps in places.
This beer begins pretty aromatic. Hops come out with sweeter notes, lots of citrus in there. It develops more pith and earth as it goes, with some caramel malts to back it. A bit of cheddar and tobacco run through as well.
The flavor brings up lots of hops and fruits up front. Citrus is strong, primarily orange, juicy at first with papaya and mango, then biting pith, zest and pine roll into the middle. The earth, cheddar and tobacco all finish it out while some caramel and honey roll in with it, then the citrus is more like a freshly-peeled orange with a lot of the rind character.
The feel starts off crisp, then goes very smooth while the crispness softens. The body holds at medium, and dryness kicks into the middle and lingers through the finish.

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Photo of AirBob
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Notes from 10/10

A - Two fingers of off-white frothy head. Good lacing. Hazy amber body. Good rentention.

S - Melon. A little citrus. Sweet bready malt.

T - More melon. Subdued stone fruit. Bready malt. Very bitter, citrus rind like, finish with a slight medicinal quality.

M - Full bodied. Slightly heavy on the tongue in the finish.

O - Love how the flavor profile starts but the finish was a little off putting.

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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 Ohmmygawd
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

This is what a floral IPA should be like in theory. Good fruity nose and front with a complex taste with a bitter following.

A: Hazy golden orange color.
S: Pineapple, Mango and tangerine.
T: Pineapple followed by tangerine and then piney bitter finish
M: Medium-high gravity. Bitterness really hits you and stays with you.
O: The first couple tastes were great. I loved how floral this was in the beginning but the bitter hop taste really stays around for way longer than you want. I started out with a 4.25 rating for the original taste and then slowly brought it down to 3.5 by the time I finished this review.

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Photo of schmoyer1
4.5/5  rDev +10%

My expectations weren't all that high based on other Long Trail beers I've had but this is actually really good.

It's got a good aroma and a nice smooth citrusy taste. Good overall beer and it's 7.6%....

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Photo of mpedara429
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Amber in color with just the slightest haze. A very thin layer of off white head.

S: Malty and fruity. Pineapple, peach, and mango.

T: A burst of floral hops followed by the lovely fruitiness of the nose. Hop bite on the finish.

M: Medium and chewy body. Medium carbonation.

O: Better than your average IPA. Mainly a west coast IPA with a hint of east coast. Great variation in flavors that makes it stand out from the rest. Price point is solid too.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I managed to find a relatively fresh (<3 weeks old) six pack that was still brimming with lively tropical fruity goodness. I enjoyed this much more than the scores here indicate.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of BenFolds10
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.