Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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2.13/5 rDev -47%
Fresh growler. Hazy, orange/amber color. A fair amount of head but did not last long or lace much.
Yikes, I do not look for my DIPAs to be grapefruit bombs, but this is one. Aroma is all grapefruit, like freshly poured juice. No malt to speak of. Taste is all grapefruit like freshly poured juice, no malt to speak of.
No balance to this DIPA, which I could deal with if the hop flavor was something beyond lip-puckering grapefruit.
Medium bodied, and even on the light side for this style.
Really the poorest example of DIPA I've had anywhere.
07-04-2010 15:58:17 | More by ZimZamZoom
2.78/5 rDev -30.8%
Always been a fan of long trail and DIPAs, but found this beer underwhelming.
The color was nice hazy golden straw, but the full inch of head dissipated awfully quick. Scent had a hint of citrus and pine.
I found the flavor to be somewhat bland. Small aftertaste of alcohol (in a good way), but nothing else jumped out for me on flavor. Very smooth and no bitterness. Surprisingly light tasting though for a DIPA.
Bottle dated 3/22/2010
07-16-2010 00:48:14 | More by edrachman
2.8/5 rDev -30.3%
Poured into a tulip. Nice hazy orange color with a giant sticky white head.
The aroma is sweet melon and pine. This doesn't smell overwhelmingly hoppy for a Double IPA, but the hops contribute to the aroma very noticeably.
The taste is full of sweet melon, and finishes bitter. This lacks a hoppy punch though; it seems the hops can't quite stand up to the extra malt, leaving this too sweet.
The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and very enjoyable. This drinks nicely.
Unless I get this super fresh from the brewery, I'll probably pass. There is a lot going for this though, the mouthfeel in particular.
07-03-2011 23:54:03 | More by andrewinski1
3.05/5 rDev -24.1%
Poured into a tulip glass
A - Golden Orange in color, thick head with ok lacing.
S - Strong notes of pine and general hops. Faint notes of citrus and some malts. It smells like a DIPA, but it is a little too heavy on the pine notes.
T - Decent hop profile trending more to pine flavors than citrus (though both are present) and it's a little too bitter even by DIPA standards.
M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation and is a little oily.
O - I was disappointed by Long Trail's Double IPA. By any standard, it is an average Double IPA. Nothing really stood out to me, it was a little too pine-oriented and bitter. I would have it again, but I wouldn't necessarily buy it. It's ok for the style - luckily for it, it's a great style.
10-30-2011 19:52:08 | More by WMEugene
3.08/5 rDev -23.4%
Poured into a weizen glass.
A - Big sticky head pours from this clear orange brew. Laces well. Quite attractive.
S - Citrus notes and the aroma of fresh, wet hops, hit the nose. I'm sure this is dry hopped, but still, the smell is there.
T - Almost cloyingly sweet. There is a good bitterness there, and a bit of pine, but not enough bite to balance out the syrup-like sweetness.
M - Oily, almost slimy, medium body. Moderate carbonation level.
D - Not too impressed with this one. It became hard to finish, as it just seemed to get sweeter and sweeter. Reminded me of a less boozey DFH 120.
06-18-2011 12:13:49 | More by PhageLab
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
First beer review for me.
appearance: The beer color's a light copper color seeming to be a more pale almost lager style malt. Thin maybe 1 cm head stays through the full beer
smell: Almost sweet, earthy light hops.
taste: Slightly oily hops, (cascade and centennial if my palate serves me), and a sweetish pale male. The high abv isn't very noticible except for the slight tingle in my fingers.
mouthfeel: A little light for my taste. Aftertaste definitely stays at the back of my tongue. I'm also a hop head and do enjoy my heavy enamel eaters. I would also prefer a slightly darker malt
drinkability = Decent, I could try another. Definatly not a session beer due to abv but good none the less. Of course more than abv I would've liked a higher IBU.
06-07-2009 03:31:47 | More by pezfiend
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
A gentle pour produces a beautiful amber, slightly cloudy, gem of an IPA, topped briefly by a one finger off white head. Snow caps of lace line the glass.
The smell is full of tropical fruit, aromas of mango, grapefruit, lemon, also some nice floral hop notes. I even get watermelon and nectarine. Never smelled a IIPA like this, it smells more like a barleywine.
The fruitiness in this almost counterbalances the alcohol. It is a nice attempt to use some great tropical and citrus notes, then add a mildly bitter citrus finish, to make a light drinking brew. Unfortunately it can't keep enough interesting flavors in the mix, and the result is a boozy beer that can't decide if it is a Belgian Strong Ale, a barley wine, or what? As a IIPA it doesn't have enough of a hop profile, nor fine enough flavor, to overcome the deficiencies of its alc. burn and unbalanced, weak taste.
The mouthfeel is not so good, mediciny in the finish, overcarb.'ed.
Drinkability is not good. Provides little of the pleasure of many other finer versions in this style.
Impression: Won't get again.
05-08-2010 01:03:33 | More by cavedave
District of Columbia
3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
Thanks to aapp for sending this as an extra! Poured into a nonic.
Pours a clear, pale copper with a foamy off white head. Adequate retention and foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is an overly sweet, off putting medicinal blend of sugary candy and artificial citrus. Medium thick, oily slick body with light carbonation. Flavor isn't as offputting as the aroma, but still is a little too sweet and slightly medicinal. Caramel malt and candy orange hit the front of the palate before finishing with a grainy and bready dryness. Never particularly hoppy or bitter, this is a perfectly average (aside from the aroma) take on an IIPA; disappointing compared to some of the other similar beers coming out of VT right now.
05-31-2011 00:51:30 | More by yourefragile
3.18/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
09-06-2012 01:06:18 | More by corby112
3.18/5 rDev -20.9%
a hazy orange pour with a finger of white head which quickly disappeared. smells of pineapple, orange, raspberry, honey.... this is odd for an iipa...
ok.. just checked the bottle for a date.. 03-31-11... i just bought this a few days ago. damnit, i hate when ipa's are this far from their freshness date, there's going to be absolutely no hop character on this.
very malty with a slight citrus backbone. a hint of grapefruit bitterness is followed by a zesty orange flavor and a caramel like overall taste. not gonna lie, it's not absolutely terrible, but like i thought - there's no hop flavor.
medium body, slightly creamy feel towards the roof of the mouth. mild carbonation.
there appears to be a decent amount of lacing throughout the glass.
overall, this is a decent beer (i am including the non fresh date in judging this). i'm sure it is completely different fresh and am going to have to try it again. all the flavors i tasted should still be there but should only be subtle as a backbone to the supposed 86 ibu's this bad boy has. i'm hoping to see a fresh bottle of this soon so i can compare.
06-09-2012 08:21:42 | More by facundoCNB
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.