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

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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:
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

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-28-2009)
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Reviews by mpyle:
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mpyle

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Pale amber color, good clarity. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Malty sweet aroma coupled with a nice citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Don't smell alcohol, but it does smell like a "big beer".

Some malt, but a strange flavor that feels like an odd mix of hops and alcohol takes over midmouth. Hop flavor seems quite earthy, not like aroma. Never overly sweet, but the hop bitterness isn't overpowering, and the finish is only gently bitter.

MF - big and chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warming as expected with the style.

Overall slightly disappointing. I remember liking it more when doing a tasting at a shop. Could be that allowing it to warm up a bit was a mistake. Very drinkable, just don't love the flavor profile.

09-03-2011 22:56:20 | More by mpyle
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

08-16-2009 01:16:48 | More by oberon
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-23-2012 13:27:51 | More by DavyJones
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-14-2013 23:01:27 | More by woodchipper
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steelerguy

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-13-2011 00:13:26 | More by steelerguy
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

05-20-2009 21:14:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

09-01-2013 21:19:11 | More by TTripp725
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-14-2013 04:51:50 | More by nstroup
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

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

07-08-2011 01:17:19 | More by bishopdc0
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-13-2014 05:02:28 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

07-03-2009 10:49:54 | More by Billolick
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-05-2012 02:11:48 | More by reitzbrewing
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-23-2012 02:02:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

09-23-2012 01:22:42 | More by Cavanaghty
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westcott

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2013 17:09:20 | More by westcott
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

05-24-2009 16:45:38 | More by kingcrowing
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-08-2012 22:59:47 | More by Milkysunshine
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

11-10-2011 21:16:40 | More by jondeelee
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-26-2013 03:01:52 | More by virinow
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juicebox

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-13-2012 17:46:17 | More by juicebox
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-29-2012 03:54:05 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

05-31-2010 19:29:06 | More by boatshoes
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far333

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

05-23-2009 00:33:29 | More by far333
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

08-15-2010 03:46:16 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-11-2013 18:31:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.