Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999)
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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass twice. Found this one on a whim.

A- LT double bag holds a deep copper look to it with rising bubbles. A careful pour yielded only an inch of off white head, but more of an incline could of easily added to that. Nice sheets of lace on this all the way down.

S- Reminds me of a few Lagunitas offerings with a rich caramel smell from some toasted malt additions. This also gives off some baked bread. Some earthy smelling hops hiding in the background. Has a good strong scent to it that's noticable.

T- Malt sweetness up front and a lot of it. Big caramel notes that takes the cake as far as taste. The hops used kind of only round out the taste and don't make their own impression, not bitter in any way. A nice fruit basket taste in the middle plus some faint brown sugar. The malts come back in the finish, they are huge.

M- Kind of weak for a strong ale, double bag feels more like your average beer. DB has a less than medium feel with light carbonation. For a strong ale, this one is not so strong, perhaps a style change is due. This one kind of reminds me of a weak bock.

D- I finished the bomber in a 1/2 hour so this is very drinkable although kind of one sided. 7.2% is pretty much in the middle of the spectrum, so this left me feeling nice after a shitty day, but with the option of drinking more if need be. Perhaps an AA meeting is due in my future.

The funny thing is that throughout enjoying this it kept on reminding me of lagunitas products. Perhaps they share some of the same recipes, and with the low prices, they at least have to be very similar.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a goblet of Double Bag served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a nice thick light brown-copper color, with absolutely no head (a fairly common occurrence for Long Trail, in my observation).

Smell: The ale has a malty aroma that provides hints of sweetness (and therefore is not overpowering).

Taste: The malts are a biscuity grain flavor, providing a hint of sweetness without overdoing it. The malts come across as fairly complex but have mellowed compared to the draught version.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and has a firm taste, with the malts acting as the driving force.

Drinkability: Well made beer that is presented better in a bottle than on tap.

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear beer that is on the more orange side of amber. A little bit of white head is present but not too much.

Smell is a little sweet with toasted grains, fruitiness and a faint scent of banana. Faint scent of pecans and faintly woody.

Taste is sweet with a quickly drying grassy hop flavor. Fruity and bitter hops are aggressively used to tame the sweetness of all the malt. Flavor of roasted malts and nuts predominate with a little banana in the background. Hop flavor is medicinally herbal in flavor. A complex Altbier here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers a little from the bitterness level, after a bit it gets tiring. A good beer for exercising your taste buds but I don't think I would want to drink 3 of these in one night.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty but finishes with some bitterness. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A nice off white to tan head forms in a creamy way. Gorgeous amber clear color with slow rising carbonation coming up. Head has a little bit of foamy retention character slowly recedes.

Mild malts and spritzy like yeast powder, hints of lactose it seems on the nose.

Taste is quite flavorful. Dense malt and thick palate. Chewy grains and muted hop and yeast like bread punch in the middle. Finishes large with a good yeast like blast, with some residual like alcohol sweetness.

This is one really tasty altbier for sure!

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly fruity (dark), lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/tangy, malty, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well, would not think this to be a 7.2% ABV brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, would recommend.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, small very slightly off-white head, which quickly depletes to a film of bubbles. Laces slightly during the drinking process. The definition of amber in color, with perhaps the slightest tinge of orange lurking in there. Malty aroma, with evidence of alcohol even in the nose. Powerful malt in the taste as well, with the hops and alcohol pretty much balancing themselves out in the background. A warming yet drinkable ale, apparently made for the slopes from which Long Trail originates.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very clear orange with virtually no visible carbonation and a very thin macro-bubbly white head that faded quickly.

S: A sweet orange malting filled the nose with a touch of fresh fruitiness (apples, pears).

T: The initial flavor was fruity (apples, melons), some sweet brown sugar and sweet caramel malting providing a smooth finish. The palate was nicely balanced between malts and hops. In the finish you can almost taste the lighly smoked Vermont woodiness with dry oranges.

M: The mouthful was light with creamy caramel slickness. A light body and carbonation finishes things out.

D: A very easy drink by nature, woodsy, enjoyable, and very well balanced. Great fall beer and six pack worthy.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crisp, orange-copper coloring with a bit of filmy head on the pour that disappears almost instantly, leaving behind a ring of film around the edge of the surface. Caramel and toffee aromas richly sweeten the slight toasting on the nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a creamy blending of cream and toffee forming the backbone. Toasty, rich overtones, with a sweetness similar to SugarDaddy. The aftertaste is toffee rich, with a crisp, roasted finish. Very tasty brew, and surprisingly easy to drink with the richness of the flavors.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew.

Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As an Alt, I'd give this a 3.25.

It's really more of an American Strong Ale (as the brewer labels it).

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Nutty caramel; slightly earthy & very floral hops; alcohol is apparent.

T: The malt is very American... pale with plenty of crystal. A little dark fruit, nut, VERY warming alcohol. The hopping is alright, quite floral with a little earthy/spicy/grassyness. Bitterness is nicely balanced.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness (it's lacking the proteins from decocted, Continental malt).

D: The alcohol would be more subtle in a German brew, but as an American strong, it's a decent drinker.

A good brew, but certainly more American than Alt.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a strong caramel character and some earthy undertones. It appeals to me, and is quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: sweet, very caramelly malt with earthy and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy for the style, but the beer is pretty balanced. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although the texture is not as smooth or creamy as I would have expected for a beer with this sweetness. Decent.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, but it's a bit sweet and bitter for me for the style. Not exactly a session ale.

Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium brown color. The aroma is rich and malty with hints of alcohol in the backbone. The taste confirms this with nothing but malt, a slight hint of hops and strong alcohol taste. Definitely not a session ale or for the weak. Somewhat drinkable still.

Photo of Gusler
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass.

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.