1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

582 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 582
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 25 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 582 | Reviews: 293 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
salvo

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing a cellared bottle. My original review 08-06-2010 for comparison is pasted below (Adhering to the one review per serving type rule). Re-review: 11-28-2010.

Huge off-white head and rich, deep golden brown with red highlights pale for a double. Nose is more biscuit malt and honey sweet with the hops falling way back into the background. Still piney and citrus, but the citrus is softened with time.

Taste retains the big buttery mouthfeel; sweetness is even more pronounced with time. Hops taste has softened considerably with more dryness and bitterness and far less citrus flavor. Still offers a long, complex finish but more towards tea astringency, medicinal bitterness, and drying alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel retains buttery complexity and lip-smacking richness. Finishes nicely, rewards contemplation. Mellowed but not disappointing with some age; it's only been a few months, but the change in taste is considerable. I wish I had another (or three or four more) to open ever six months to compare over time. Excellent.

Original review:

Pours very light (for a double IPA) into a tulip glass with a full two fingers of light fluffy foam that lasts through the whole glass, among islands of fluff, leaving tightly woven lacing on the sides of the glass when empty. Color of Bass Ale: very light and mosty clear with just a light haze from complete clarity. Orange-yellow with highlights of red.

Scent is pine, orange, grapefruit, and lemon with a honey tang and biscuit malt back. Buttery: like shortbread coming out of the oven, but without all the sugar.

Malt sweetness is first on the palate, followed by pine resins and a bitter sourness that balanced out the malt. Peppery on the tongue with a long, long unfolding finish of bittersweet malt and a tangy citrus end and enough alcohol burn to let you know this is a double despite the relatively low alcohol content.

On second-sniffing, there is some tea and jasmine both on nose and tongue with some berry notes finishing off the taste. Really, really complex and unfolding. Mouthfeel is big, bold, and buttery.

Drinkability is high for a double IPA with less than 9%. I enjoyed Long Trail IPA on a recent trip out east and brought a few bombers of the double IPA home. I wish I had left the dirty clothes and fileld the trunk with Longtrail, Shipyard, and Allagash offerings! They are none the worse for the travel, and this is a wonderful double IPA. A wonderful lighter English-style double-IPA that will leave those expecting a hop bomb sorely disappointed. This is complex and subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 23:53:07 | More by salvo
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jake29
Jake29

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-17-2014 21:54:17 | More by Jake29
Photo of pat_usher
pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2014 14:42:25 | More by pat_usher
Photo of JustinTauscher
JustinTauscher

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2014 17:33:39 | More by JustinTauscher
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-03-2014 00:43:14 | More by GClarkage
Photo of kmos27
kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2014 10:42:24 | More by kmos27
Photo of WJL56
WJL56

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-25-2014 18:04:01 | More by WJL56
Photo of Element1290
Element1290

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-24-2014 02:53:33 | More by Element1290
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 01:54:39 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
Photo of Leiermann
Leiermann

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-23-2014 15:50:08 | More by Leiermann
Photo of BcOneSeven
BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2014 01:23:06 | More by BcOneSeven
Photo of jlechner33
jlechner33

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-02-2014 19:37:44 | More by jlechner33
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-29-2014 01:28:50 | More by Latarnik
Photo of Durandal_777
Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-19-2014 22:20:00 | More by Durandal_777
Photo of Seanem44
Seanem44

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-13-2014 02:07:32 | More by Seanem44
Photo of MikeWard
MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 19:47:01 | More by MikeWard
Photo of patrick802
patrick802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-04-2014 16:25:55 | More by patrick802
Photo of Shy5
Shy5

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-14-2014 20:53:41 | More by Shy5
Photo of jebrew
jebrew

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-07-2014 18:42:40 | More by jebrew
Photo of jascott2112
jascott2112

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-04-2014 18:05:13 | More by jascott2112
Photo of mattslike
mattslike

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-03-2014 15:25:38 | More by mattslike
Photo of Viperman1316
Viperman1316

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-24-2014 02:08:19 | More by Viperman1316
Photo of Lehighace06
Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-22-2014 04:01:35 | More by Lehighace06
Photo of OnryAndMean
OnryAndMean

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-16-2014 18:03:20 | More by OnryAndMean
Photo of megamass
megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-13-2014 05:02:28 | More by megamass
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.