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

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

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 39
Gots: 34 | 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: 600 | Reviews: 294
Reviews by Maxwell:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its nice to see Long Trail take the plunge into the Imperial IPA style...its about time.Poured into a small tulip glass a lighter golden with a great two finger creamy-like head that settled very slowly leaving multiple rings of lace behind.Aromas were a bit light for the style but it had good hop complexities,a mix of citrus and geranium "greenness",even a hint of tea,a big caramel/biscuit base melded into the hop presence.Although the flavors were not as big as many of the style the complexity was there,a mix of leafy and citric hop mixed with caramel bscuit notes,as it warmed subtle leather and toffee came thru as well.The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are just a bit subdued,if there was a beginner beer for the style this would be it in my mind.

Photo of steelerguy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden, low carbonation, nice white head that fades to a covering and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of citrus hops on the nose with a touch of sweet malt.

T - Explosive hop flavor, lots of citrus and a bit of pine. This is balanced with what had to have been an impressive malt bill. Mostly clean base malt, but some good crystal sweetness, although not cloying at all. Ends with a nice but not oppressive bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

M - Moderate body, very smooth and almost velvety. The low carbonation lets it coat your mouth, a bit of resinous feeling from the hop oils, but the alcohol warmth at the end makes you ready for the next sip.

O - Very good example of an American DIPA, this is what it is about.

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

Poured into a tulip, this beer was a hazy orange color with a very thick white head and lots of lacing. It had a nice citrus aroma. Mostly citrus taste, but some sweet malt was there also. I thought this was a pretty well-balanced beer, and enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Allagash tulip.
The color is golden orange with a large white head. Small clusters of lace.
The aroma is sweet with pine hops and a hint of alcohol at the end.
The mouth is smooth with a slight carbonation bite. The taste is is a little flat sure pine hops and a bitterness mix but nothing special

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

Long Trail Brewers reserve DIPA

Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness Dating of any sort

Pours totally cloudy apricot amber, frothy long lasting off white head and then leaves plenty of ringed sheeting and fine lace.

Citric and herbal hop nose

Respectable, grainy, pine hop assault. Quite dry on the tongue and finish. Fresh and tasty ale, nice take on the style. Nice job by long trail. Well worth a try.

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

Bomber from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY. Poured into a goblet, shared with my wife on a cool late summer evening.

Bright caramel copper, no hint of haze (brilliant colour on this), with a half inch of head that dissolved into a sizable ring with wisps of foam. Some flecks of lace. Nice looking DIPA.

Nose is pine, mango and citrus hops, caramel, sugar, candied fruit.

Great double IPA with lots of flavor and good drinkability. Citrus and pine hops open things off, a nice candied sweetness round the middle, and a dry bitter hop finish cleanses the palate.

Light bodied, slightly oily, mild carbonation, slight warming alcohol burn.

Great double IPA for the price point; hell, in general it's a great brew. Enough weight and hop bitterness for the hopheads, but easy drinking enough that it won't bowl you over.

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 kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great kick up from Long Trails classic IPA. It's one of the best Double IPAs I've had. It's a little strong but the intense hop profile really subdues it very well. It has a nice deep amber color with a small head, I had some pretty decent lacing as well. It's got a fairly heavy mouthfeel as well. Since this is limited edition it's always worth checking out, as the 2nd beer in their Brewmaster series I'm pretty excited to keep trying them.

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail's Double IPA opens with kind of nose that means your tastebuds are in for a serious hoppy workout: huge blasts of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, lemon zest, eucalyptus, and rose hips stream out of the bottle, almost tangibly running in rivulets down your fingers. The smell is strong enough that it slightly tickles the back of your nose and throat, as if the IBUs had somehow become airborne. Thick brown sugars and lighter fruit esters (apricot, orange) from the malts help temper this somewhat, but by far hops are what present themselves first and foremost, announcing this as a hop-lover's utopia.

On the tongue, the beer is just as hoppy and bitter as could be expected from the nose, flavors such as pine sap, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, and rose hips immediately dominating the flavor profile, biting at the tongue and soft palate with all the stinging force of their 86 IBUs*. Left long enough in the mouth, these IBUs and citrus zest flavors will actually leave the tongue ever-so-slightly numb after swallowing. The beer does have a ton of sugar, mainly coming across as brown sugar, as well as apricot and orange fruit esters, with hints of orange liqueur, and Grape Nuts cereal-like grain notes in the background. That these are even noticeable speaks highly of how much care went into crafting this IPA, given the Brobdingnagian number of hops present in the brew. The aftertaste is more hops, though a strong toasted grain--or perhaps just wheat toast-- backing comes through nicely. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there can be no doubt that this beer was made for hopheads, the hop flavors coming through in massive and tongue-numbing waves. Thankfully, Long Trail has chosen a Chinook and Cascade hops mix for the beer, giving the hop flavor profile a lot of variety and nuance, as opposed to some Double IPAs that come across as one-note wonders. The IBUs are extreme, and probably outside the comfort zone of many beer lovers, but the beer is delicious and balanced, and well worth trying.

*My bottle of Double IPA, bottled on 06/22/11, specifically says "86 IBUs" on the label; however, Long Trail's website currently (as of 10 November 2011) says the beer has "100+" IBUs.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” finely bubbled white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Rich malt aromas, fruit, citrus, earthy hops.
T: Citrusy, lemony hops provide flavor throughout on a rich malt backbone and provide a bitter finish. F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A very nicely done Imperial IPA that is worth seeking out.

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

Received this in my recent third trade with nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a bright golden out of the bottle with lots of beading carbonation and about a finger and a half of of fairly fizzy white head. Head dies back to a thin sheet across the top of the beer. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell- Pretty solid nose of grapefruit rind and pine resin. Fruity hop smells take the forefront here but there is definitely a solid piney presence showing through as well. Some noticeable bready malt as well.

Taste- Definitely not as much of a hop presence as I was expecting here. Starts off with primarily piney, resiny flavors with just a touch of the grapefruit that came through in the nose. About mid-palate, the malt takes over and a fairly strong bready, sweet caramel flavor shows through. Finishes very mildly without much of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is adequately slick, creamy, and substantial with enough carbonation to keep it moving. Drinkability was pretty good as well despite the somewhat disappointing maltiness and the beer still went down easily.

Overall, not a bad DIPA but much more malt forward than I generally look for in the style. I found this easy to drink and decent but it didn't really scratch the DIPA itch I had at the time.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed yellow-orange with an inch-high head of bright white foam. Looks like a wit bier.

Low aroma of pine and grapefruit rind.

Sharp bite of hop flavor right upfront, very piney and grapefruity. Some lemon and honey ride along, and understated bready malt emerges. Lemon essence and grapefruit pith linger.

Full and rich mouthfeel, a little tingly. Decent drinkability, good beer, but not totally up to expectations.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apricot orange with gold edging and a three-finger thick white head that retains very well, delivering top notch lacing. The head eventually dies down to a skin that continues the lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of lemon, orange, pine sap, flower and white tea are all present and equally represented.

The taste takes a small turn showcasing some bubblegum sweet maltiness,with light moldy breads up front. But the main stars of this brew are the hops tasting of lemon, orange peels, flowers, pine sap with added sugar cane and coriander spice. The brew ends with a nice dose of bitterness that is not overbearing, but just right. Many flavors here, all balanced well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with a slight bit of stickiness at the end. Actively-flowing tiny bubbles of carbonation keep the brew feeling fresh as it's slowly enjoyed.

The ABV% is non-detectable for the most part, which could lead to problems...but is also a bonus when the pace is slow. A perfect example of complex flavors and aromas harmoniously balanced.

Photo of 05Harley
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/18/2010

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $5.49/bomber

Appearance: Lite clear golden color with a 2" fluffy white cap. Head retention is pretty good leaving behind a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell: floral smell with pine and a hint of orange peel. Not much else in the nose.

Taste: Pretty damn close to a bulls eye on the style, however maybe just a slite more malt profile and I'd be sold for dead on. Silky smooth upfront with a mild hop bitterness in the middle followed by a little heat in the end.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a lite feel an almost sessionable feel. But wait it's 8.6% alcohol! The experience ends with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Yup, very good summer ale here and local too. I like it.

Probabaly my favorite one so far from Long trail. I will definitely have to try more of their Brewmaster series beers.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 1.5 finger off-white, foamy head on top. Good retention that left behind some nice lacing.

S: Nice combination of citrus with some orange, orange peel, and grapefruit and a bit of pine on the backend as well as a little bit of caramelized malts.

T: Nice hops up front, mostly citrus with a heavy hand of oranges (almost orange juice in fact). There is more malt than the aroma led on with some caramel balancing things out.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy drinking with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Tasty beer that is easy drinking. A good job by Long Trail, one of the best beers I have had from them thus far.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail- DIPA

A- Hazy murky yellowish orange with a big thick head. Thick chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Big sweet pine hops with creamy caramel malt.
T- Very sweet juicy grapefruit and orange citrus hops. Nice slight touch of pine hops kicks throughout the body. Caramel malt steady throughout.
M- Very sweet and creamy. Alc is well hidden. Thick and buttery malty. The hops never become bitter.

Overall- Very delicious! Too smooth for a DIPA thats for sure. This should be a year round offering!

Photo of jmz62565
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white foamy head and lacing that lasts forever. The smell is a real nice bread yeast with some citrus hop aromas. The taste is full of bread yeast,citrus and bitter hops,pine and alcohol. The m/f is pretty thick with all the flavors mixing only OK. This is a pretty good beer that shouldn't be missed.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour produces two fingers of creamy, fluffy foam, pockmarked and cratered. Lasts a long while and produces a ton of lace over time. Color is a shimmering copper. All very attractive.

Aroma is candy-like, herbal and caramel, with seemingly as much attention paid to the malt as the hops. Some cinnamon and brown sugar, and a pinch of pine clippings.

Taste is pointedly herbal, a bit tart and somewhat resiny, with a good bit of candy-like sweetness, and the alcohol being supportive in providing just a bit of spicy warmth, but never being obtrusive. This beer is helped further by the round, creamy, slightly sticky texture, body is on the heavy side but never unwieldy or unwelcome.

An excellent example of the style, no more or less.

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

One of the best things I have had from this brewery. Very good balanced DIPA, very drinkable. Tasty orange citrus, hops up front hitting the style, good malt backbone, some caramel. Above average mouthfeel. Slightly tart. A good head on orange tinged body. Neutral aroma.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always found Long Trail to be a pretty reserved brewery, one that keeps things in check and doesn't go overboard or try to rush for the hype. And I appreciate that. They seem to have some integrity. They seem to want to make focused beers that are drinkable and go pretty well with food. Maybe I'm adding that last part on, but OK, maybe they're not foodies but at least they're not flashy, they're just good! So when I saw a bottle of the Double IPA for $7.50 I figured I couldn't go wrong.

And I was totally right!!!

It's a superbly rounded, strong IPA with a golden, light-caramel and subtly toasty malt base that's equally balanced by brightly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, berries) and gently piney and spruce-like hops. The malt sphere is a penetrable sweet ball (meaning it's not super thick sweet malt), and the hops poke through it at all angles. Hop bitterness is present, of course, as it IS an IPA, but it's balanced and smooth. And, really quite surprisingly, the 8.6% alcohol by volume never shows.

Possibly the most drinkable double IPA I've ever had?

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Little Ortino's for $4/pint. Like a lot of the Long Trail beers I've tried, this is pretty good but not great. The aroma is surprisingly simple for a DIPA with perfumey citrus that doesn't really go anywhere. The taste has a nicer mix of orange rind, citrus, and apricot with growing spice in the aftertaste. I did like that at it's lower strength (for the style), it's a relatively drinkable DIPA and I wouldn't hesitate to have a second glass if I was so moved. They could probably do a little more with the hops, but this is a respectable DIPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215, cheers Joe!

Pours honey colored with a finger of sand colored head. Superb lacing & good head retention

S: Resiny & leafy hops, plus some lemon

T: Grapefruit, lemons, a bit of grassyness up front, along with a touch of dryness. Juicy citric hops & a touch of peach are there as this warms, plus some more leafy hops. Finishes grapefruitty with dryness, plus some leafy hops mingling with pineapple. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, semi-oily with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy enough, pretty solid DIPA from a brewery I've wanting to try for a while

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a globe glass.

Pours a brilliant crystal clear gold, with several foamy fingers of tight brite-white head. This eventually settles down into a rigid finger, leaving a massive frothy cascade back that just COATS the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma is big with floral hops and spice, and just LUSH tropical fruits, including notes of mango, peaches, and pineapple that must pop in the nose! Lightly toasted breadiness and an even tinier smidgen of heat glide underneath the hop character.

The taste is spice and pine, with a sticky bitterness that stretches throughout. A sweet backbone of honey, bread, and tropical fruits is present. Thanks to the excellent balance here, the finish is less bitter and a little more tangy, which still puts a steady dry feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a big fuller creaminess up front that then gives way to a super slick and oily feel underneath. Good balance between the two feels gives this both presence and ease in the mouth.

Very nice! An all around pleasant surprise for me, the balance was fantastic and the ABV was exactly were I like it my DIPAs (8-9%). It's got some flavor beef to it, but isn't overly sweet and allows the hop character to really come out. Great stuff!

Photo of schmitter
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came on tap at the pig in Malvern. It was a bit lighter than other doubles i've seen, but still cloudy and gold.

It had a fairly thick, foaming head which resulted in very persistent lacing. Smell wasn't very strong or particularly unique, just regular hops.

It was somewhat bitter and watered down compared to other doubles as well, but still very tasty. I could sense lemony, grapefruit hints on the way down.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.