Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Reviews by salvo:
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.
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
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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
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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