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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

599 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 39
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-28-2009

Long Trail Double IPA offers true reward to those seeking intensely sensual hop flavor. Double IPA is a full-flavored ale featuring a good malt backbone combined with an aroma brimming with tantalizing citrus and pine notes.

86 IBU
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Ratings: 599 | Reviews: 293
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint, 6 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: Cloudy burnt orange color. Beautiful for an IPA. Practically no head at all.

S: Nice hop aroma with a little bit of pine scent as well.

T: Love the fairly high IBU count (86). Nice hop taste with a little bit of sweetness. Unfortunately, they didn't balance the hop taste with the alcohol taste.

M: Carbonation is fine but the alcohol taste is not masked as much as it should be.

O: One of the best Double IPAs I've had. I picked this up for just $3.99. I would spend that on this any day of the week.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. There's a freshness code stamped on the bottleneck but it's smeared and unreadable.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and some small bubbly patches of surface foam. Tight clusters of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Musty, earthy hop aroma. Smells like New Zealand hops but I'm not sure.

T- Similarly earthy in the flavor with a bit of citrus on top. Zesty hop bitterness is assertive yet enjoyable. Easy drinking for the ABV.

M- Tingly and bright with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A very smooth and flavorful DIPA. I only got a single but I should've picked up a 4- or 6-pack.

Photo of mitch3114
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass at The Mill

A- nice pour! Beer had a nice half inch head that was foamy with inconsistent sized bubbles making up the off-white head

S- Smells really bitter, but sweet...can't think of the word that describes this sensation (hehe). Fragrant, floral hops balance out the citrusy smell. A small hint of pine, not much.

T- Similar to the smell with a small amount of hop bitterness, surprisingly balanced for a DIPA. Sweet, a little boozy. Citrusy and good!

M- Great mouthfeel! Actually refreshing for such a big beer with a somewhat medium body.

O- A Great representation of the style. Great fragrant aroma, well balanced, refreshing. I would order this again!

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a small layer. It is a hazy orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: citrus, caramel, boozy alcohol, and bready aromas.

Taste: Tangerine, citrus, caramel, toffee, and chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little dry, and easily drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid DIPA. I will enjoy more of these in the future.

Photo of leokbelo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper into a snifter with an inch foamy head that stays.
Piney scent, with grass notes, flowery and spicy bouquet.
Hop kick in the palate, with some caramel malts in the background.
Decent DIPA, very drinkable. 8.5% ABV is very subtle.
Would recommend it.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a small one finger white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving only a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweeter of orange citrus mixed with aromas of other light fruits such as pear, apricot and apple. Mixed with these aromas is a pine hop as well as some notes of a grapefruit hop aroma. Rounding out the lot are some other aromas of caramel and a little bit of a floral smell creating a rather pleasant and tasty smelling aroma overall.

Taste- The taste begins bready and thick of a cracker and biscuit flavor. The flavor is rather dry and somewhat bland upfront but it soon joined by flavors of some sweeter orange and caramel as well as a little bit of grapefruit hop. The grapefruit got stronger to the end of the taste while the sweeter flavors seemed to mellow out a little bit. In the end the grapefruit is joined by some flavors of a pine and floral hop to leave a rather lightly bitter and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The lower carbonation is quite nice in combination with the creamier body, nicely complimenting the hop and maltier flavors of the brew.

Overall – An alright double with a rather smoother finish. The beginning of the taste was a bit rocky however taking away from the overall greatness. Nothing too exceptional but worth a try none the less.

Photo of Omnium
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange color, nice two finger foamy head with thick lacing.
S - Lots of nice orange aroma, with some hop oil, some pine and floral characteristics, a light caramel malt as well.
T - Nice citrus flavors and some floral hops, a good mild caramel malt taste that is well balanced with a proper amount of bitterness.
M - Full and lots of flavor, good carbonation.
O - Very good double IPA, the ABV is well hidden and this is packed with flavor. Long Trail should be putting this and 12's and marketing it more.

Photo of Headyman
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange amber with a 1.5 inch white head that fades on top but keeps building from the bottom. Extremely active carbonation and extremely strong lacing that slowly fades into a frothy top layer

Aroma: Surprisingly dominated by the sweeter malts. Some fruity, piney hops with notes of lemon and orange. Pretty pungent, actually tingled my nostrils a bit.

Taste: A nice balance between the malts and citrusy ops. It gives it a lemony, almost tart taste that balances nicely. A nice but not overpowering bitterness all the way through. A bitter finish that fades into a sweet apricot aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy on first taste. Nicely carbonation. Lingering aftertaste

Overall: I've been a little burned out on hop bombs and this is a nice transition back to lower IBU beers. Nice interplay between the huge malt profile and sweeter finishing notes.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had my share of Double IPA's and Long Trail brews, but this is my first from Vermont's Brewmaster Series!

A: This beer pours a hazy-dark Orange color with a lot of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Not much of a head on it, but what little head there is has a thick texture and some small and big bubbles.

S: The aroma is not very strong, but I do get some floral characteristics along with a bit of pine and hops. The smell is more sweet than bitter.

T: Flavor consists of a sweet orange citrus up front, followed by some hops but not exactly the bite I was expecting considering the IBU's. I get a little bit of pine resin and honey in the back end that finishes with a bready, dry yeast.

M: Slightly bitter and sweet, pretty even blend and the characteristics of the beer hide the ABV very well. I would say this is an easily drinkable beer.

O: It actually is a pretty good DIPA considering I have had ones that were gross and lacked so much, this one is well balanced between the sweetness of the fruits and the bitterness from the hops. Definitely worth checking out!

Photo of Hendry
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of players in the selection of IPA & DIPA bombers out there all competing, and
this entry from Vermont is just one more on the shelves and coolers. Spoiled to Lawson's and Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper (in that order), it is rare to find something exceptional and this one almost gets there.

Cloudy off orange with a decent two finger head in the imperial pint glass, the malt is certainly present, but the citrus blast hop character is muted for a DIPA. Decent medium mouthfeel and pretty well carbonated though on the high side: the lingering aftertaste is one that seems more savory to my palate, somewhat peppery and malty with the hops fighting for center stage but playing second fiddle. The flavors are very good but not great, and the price range for a real tropical bomber is $10 generally speaking, so you get what you pay for.

Hard to get a good bomber that offers bang for the buck: McNeil's Sunshine IPA, also from Vermont, was a nice surprise for a reasonably priced entry, and one I enjoyed more than Long Trail Double IPA. Worth a try just to see if you dig the flavors, which are palatable.

Photo of Maxwell
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale yellow with a slight oranging color. It also pours with a beautiful big creamy white head made of small smooth bubbles. The lacing left behind by the beer is sticky and sheet-like leaving a nice patchwork on the glass. This beer looks pretty in the glass. On the nose, this beer smells a little weak, but does smell of damp spicy pine with a touch of citrus and caramel malt. The malt is a little more prominent than I’m used to in a DIPA, but it smells inviting none the less, and the spice is very intriguing in the smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes light and bitter sweet with a nice caramel malt finish. In flavor, the beer begins with sweet malt and nice bitter bite that moves into spicy sweet malt with a good shivering backbone of bitter pine/grapefruit. The finish is strong with malty sweetness, with a light touch of medicinal bitters. In the mouth, the beer feels just below medium in body with a lightly prickly yet creamy carbonation. The beer is oddly thin and extremely drinkable and smooth for the style, but it lacks the full ruining bitter that I’ve come to expect from a DIPA. Overall, this is a solid beer that really doesn’t knock my socks off, but is tasty and quite palatable and drinkable. It’s a little underperforming for a DIPA, but is almost like an imperial pale ale. This beer is worthy of a try.

Photo of Altrurian
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first pour out of the bomber was of a light, almost insubstantial-looking liquid of a pale honey hue, topped by an ephemeral white froth which, though short-lived, laced well. The next pour included some sediment, giving the appearance more body, with a pleasantly lingering head.

This beer tastes great. The flavor evokes memories of sweet tangerine, perfectly offset by its opposite: the chastening bitter taste of something like the sectional membrane of a grapefruit. With just the right amount of alcohol volatility, the result is a near-perfect yin/yang hoppiness, leaving one considering buying a case. A surprisingly creamy texture (at odds with the light initial appearance) complements the felicitous taste. One of Long Trail's stronger entries.

Photo of duracell
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours a light gold color. 1-finger, snow-white, creamy head with low retention and beautiful lacing.
S - Nice balanced smell. Slightly caramelized malt with some dry fruits. Fresh, floral, hoppy aromas, a bit citrusy.
T - Malt upfront with a nice sweetness, quickly swept away by fresh juicy hop. Finishes with a bitterness that balances nicely the rest. Apricot, cereals, herbal and floral character in the middle of the mouth. Carbonation is spot on. At the end, alcohol adds some spiciness to it. Lingers very well.
O - Excellent DIPA, recommended!

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of tiny particles and a one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Grapefruit rind and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Oily, metallic and dry.

O: The mouthfeel really killed it for me. Too dry and metallic.

Photo of brewtus
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this in Killington, tasting local. Poured 12oz bottle into a redefine glass from the condo, that'll work. Pours bright Orange/yellow, looks great. Single finger head. Smell is hoppy and slightly malty. Citrus smells. Taste is not what I expected, a thick hoppy taste with a coriander hint with some lemon. Very balanced and the faintest Belgian taste. Really glad I got to try this one, very solid.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/13/12

Appearance: Bright, golden orange - slightly hazy but mostly clear - small, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves spotty and streaky lacing

Smell: Damp citrus and pine - floral, oily, and lightly fleshy grapefruit, with some pine needles - lightly grassy, not particularly aggressive overall - cooked and caramelized malts, pretty clean, some booze

Taste: Juicy, lightly sweet, and boozy - fleshy, oily, and floral citrus - orange and grapefruit rinds - resiny pine and some sweet mint - nicely bitter - cooked, caramelized malts and caramel malts - treads the line between nicely sweet and too sweet, and it works - alcohol is pretty obvious, tastes stronger than 8.6% honestly

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily, lightly carbonated

Overall: Good, but has some stiff competition

Double IPAs from Vermont are a force to be reckoned with... in general. Long Trail DIPA is good, but it's not fantastic. I'm not in love with the oily, rind-forward hop profile, or the alcohol. Regardless, it's good for what it is.

Photo of MightyMonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
This beer pours a beautiful orange golden hue with a nice cream colored 2 finger head. Settles nicely with nice lacing. The hop aroma is not as strong as the hop content would suggest. I noticed it to a bit stronger as it warmed in my snifter. The taste is superbly well balanced with citrus and peppery being the dominant tastes to me. Each taste almost demands another right away.(maybe i'm thirsty?)
The mouthfeel is well carbonated yet creamy and easy to enjoy.
I love this beer and lucky that it is readily available in my area. Long Trail Brewery has many great brews, this is up near the top.

Photo of mpedara429
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a cloudy amber color. Two fingers of off white head with good retention and light lacing.

S: Sweet citrus, malt, and spiciness. Some light pine, floral, and pineapple notes. Slightly boozy. Complex on the nose.

T: Orange, biscuit, pine, and some spice. The bitter hops are perfectly balanced by sweet malt. This is no joke at 82 IBUs but they are disguised pretty well with the malt. Just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O: My only regret is that I haven't been able to find 12 oz. bottles of this. It is so good, that I would like to enjoy it in a more portable form than a 650 mL bottle. I sensed a sort of yeast spiciness in this one that makes it unique plus it had some great characteristics of a traditional IPA. One of the better DIPAs I've had.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden clear color with a thin white head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass and light carbonation.

Smell: Sweet hops and citrus smell. Maybe a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, well balanced and very smooth. Up front was a punbch of bittersweet hops and citrus with a kick of alcohol and leaving a light bitter aftertaste.

Overall: What a great brew! Very enjoyable! this is goin down as one of my all time favorites for sure! Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Molson2000
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice resiny hop aroma. Very good malt base, a little sweet, but nice creamy mouth feel. Hops come in midway and finish with a thick resiny but mild hop flavour. Average carbonation. Alcohol seems well hidden and aftertaste is hops with a bit of spice.

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 06/29/12 (opened 60 days after bottling).
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to about two fingers of light beige head consisting of thick, tight foam. The head disapated to about half a finger and lasted until the glass was empty. It also left some good lacing. The brew is a straw color with an orange hue, and it is fairly clear.

S: The aroma consists of citrusy grapefruit and some pine along with some underlying sweet malt.

T: A hops bittereness opens things up, then some citrus comes in followed quickly by just a bit of bready malt and yeast sweetness for balance.

M: The body is fairly light and fairly smooth with a clean finish.

O: An okay IPA. It is simple and not very complex, but it is not quite a pleasing simplicity. It needs some kind of an extra kick or twist. This is a good IPA, but not in the top tier in this hyper-competitive style.

Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly floral, resinous hop aroma with lots of grassy pine countered by citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt.  Kind of similar to the west coast style with nice pine needle character countered by grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel.  Not as tropical but pretty juicy with subtle pale malt in the background.

Medium bodied with a strong floral and earthy hop presence up front that provides some lingering dry bitterness.  Perfume like and pretty boozy with subtle citrus fruit notes.  Slight sweetness but not as much as the nose suggests.  Pale malt backbone with bread, biscuit and graham cracker flavor.  Lots of sweet booze in the finish.  Not harsh but not very refreshing or drinkable either.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color (with some hints of amber) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus as well as some notes of pine resin from the hops and hints of caramel malts and alcohol. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which especially lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very slight amount of alcohol heat is noticeable.
O: This is a solid and well-balanced IPA. I had no problem drinking a bomber of this by myself.

Photo of rodlavers
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a Kingfisher Premium Lager glass. Color is pale and light orange with a burnt element to it. Not too bright. Minimal head but incredible retention/cling on the glass. White head recedes to very thin laye. Everything about the smell is muted. I get hints of pine and malt, but nothing even bordering on powerful. Aromas are rather average, nothing outstanding. As it sits and warms, floral aromas become noticeable. Taste is similar. Not as much going on as I had hoped. Blend of citrus and pine but weak, nothing too powerful; sweetness is present but not really accounted for. This is average tasting. There is a something unpleasant in the finish, almost "boozy" but that's my the word I'm looking for. Mouthfeel is about average, with some carbonation most memorable. This is an OK beer, not great. Probably won't sample again.

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

22 oz bottle, bottled on 06/01/2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

S- A nice balance of citric and slightly grassy hops with caramel malt. Also getting some pine resin and bitter fruit rind.

T- Nice bitter hop bite at first, some grapefruit and citrus notes along with some grass and pine, towards the finish caramel malt notes take over, it finishes sweet with caramel, toffee and a bit of honey.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low and the feel is a bit oily.

O- Flavorful and easy-drinking, overall a solid DIPA.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.