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

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Reviews: 294
Hads: 600
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color (with some hints of amber) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus as well as some notes of pine resin from the hops and hints of caramel malts and alcohol. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which especially lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very slight amount of alcohol heat is noticeable.
O: This is a solid and well-balanced IPA. I had no problem drinking a bomber of this by myself. (936 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic, larger than life IPA that shows a lot of finess and boldness and without confusion. The beer begins with a richly malty foundation of shortbreads, cracker-like crispness, and light caramel sweetness. Moderate fruitiness of peaches, pears, and appricots blend well with the malt character and gives a nice bridge into the citrus hops. Boldy bitter but not unnecessarity bitey; but ultimately the orange zest and grapefruit flavors dictate the pace of the beer. Definately hop flavor forward and with a background thrust from the malts that only compliment the hops. Dry and juicy in the finish and with weakening maltiness. Alcohols are present and are amplified by a big nail polish remover taste, this also increases the perception of sweetness. A terrific Double IPA that I'll be happy to drink whenever one finds my glass.

Thanks Conneticutpoet! (862 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out as a copper yellow color. The head was nice and thick looking. The smell was citrusy and hoppy. Very appealing aroma. The taste has a good amount of hoppiness to it. I feel this is a pretty solid DIPA. The mouthfeel Has a good body to it. Overall it's a good brew and would drink again. (305 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was shocked the heck out of me. I really was not expecting it to be as good as it was, but that is the beauty of this hobby. Split into several 4 ounce glasses this one was consumed on 07/20/2010.

Nice light amber pour, very clear and very much on the golden end of the spectrum you might say as the light shining through really lit it up and gave nice perspective to the rich carbonation streams that were reaching toward the surface to replenish the inch of white foam that capped the top nicely. As I reach in for a whiff, the first thing that crosses the nose is apples! Really quite odd but it really works here. Nice citrus hops, lemons and grapefruits combine with a light touch of apples to really just give it this bright, very fruity and lively aroma and flavor. Quick hitting and very well carbonated the flavor rolls off the tongue. Again quick finish leaves the palate dry and light touches of bitter citrus all combine to really just give a light and completely session able ipa.

Overall this was outstanding. Really just a fine example of the style and a really solid effort for a nice session ale. I would love to see this hit the shelves around my stores! (1,179 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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? (1,089 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,286 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops burst that is quickly followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but thinner than most 2IPA's and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong easy-drinking hoppy beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening. (833 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to snifter.

A: Golden orange color with lots of sediment and but thick 2 finger head that shows no signs of fading

N: Lots of juicy noble hops dominate the nose, pine and citrus are there but somewhat light surprisngly, sour fruity hop kick comes in as well with some grapefruit, slight crystal malts

T: Starts with piney noble hops, tons of them, some crystal malts, juicy citrus fruit, some grapefruit, with a hop taste center, a big malt backbone helps the taste, theres also some slight sour fruit, and lots of fresh hop taste

M: Thick and frothy but still semi thin

F: Huge bitter hop bite at the end semi dry, more floral grassy, piney, citrus hops, some spicey and earthiness, the long bitterness sticks around for 25 seconds or so.

Final thoughts: Its a pretty good IPA. Most of the bitter hops are late. It also has a good malt backbone. It seems they used quite a few different hop styles as I detected pine, citrus and grapefruit, floral grassy, and even spicey hops. Not the best IPA but a good one. (1,037 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in the tall tulip. Modest head and pretty short on bubbles in the glass. Reasonably carbonated on the tongue. Aroma of fruit cocktail with some resin. A minty flavor takes you off the beaten path.

This seems to be an unusual variety of IPA. Very thin in the mouth, very light bodied. More astringent and sharp than any DIPA I've tried. Plenty of hops, and verging on the queasy for me. Strong with alcohol, but more of a hopped up malt liquor flavor. I get the taste of canned peaches and pine. It's oddly on the sweet side for being so tart after the first malt taste. The sweetness stays on the lips and the fruity flavor returns even as the stays with the aftertaste. Not so intensely bitter, but more than enough.

Well, this is a different one. 22 oz bottle from Liticker's in Ocean Beach. (807 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (581 characters)

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

First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured a hazy golden-orange with a thick inch of creamy white head that retains well and laces very nicely. Smell wasn't too strong, but I picked up citrusy hops in the aroma, mainly grapefruit, and some pine notes. Those hoppy grapefruit notes were apparent in the taste, with some orange zest, pine, a good balance of sweet malts, a touch of brown sugar, and even a bit of white wine. Medium mouthfeel, finishes crisp and dry, and is quick drinkable. (513 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick white head that leaves extensive lace after each sip. Really quite impressive. The liquid is cloudy with a yellow-gold color.

Lots of grapefruit hop aroma. I can detect some alcohol in the nose as well.

Strong bitterness (as expected) with notable alcohol oils. The malt is muted. Good richness with appropriate carbonation. Beware, this is an extremely easy IPA to drink. (380 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus and floral hops, fruity malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of fruity and caramel malts. Some light citrus hops as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice beer but didn't really feel like it was a DIPA. Not really a lot of hops here and this beer is not very old at all. Would give another shot. (493 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thick creamy head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is citric - grapefruity and piney/resiny.

The taste is of hop bitterness - citric, asprin-y/herbal wrapped in a caramelish sweetness. A touch of warming alcohol shows in a dry finish.

On the lighter side of the style, but creamy and, despite a hint of booze, quite drinkable. A bigger IPA more than a typical double/imp. IPA. A good dose of hops with a firm malt backbone - a nice one, especially for the very reasonable price! (508 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger tall soapy white head. The head reduces to just a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass very quickly. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some very light grains with multiple different hops - citrus, pineapple, pine, and floral. A really enjoyable aroma.

T: A really enjoyable hop profile - citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral. There is a slight underlying sweetness but a nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy/sticky.

O: One of the more enjoyable offerings from Long Trail that I have had recently, I really like the hop profile. The taste is pleasant but this is not very sessionable (too intense hops bitterness and high ABV). (757 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to almychristopher for this one.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful hop nose that boasts of citrus hops and pale/Carapils malts. The taste is great as well. It has a SMOOTH pale malt flavor with a nice bit of body and a killer hop taste. It's citrousy up front with a bit of malt sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with a silky smooth mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a really nice DIPA. It drinks well and is full of character. Nice Job. (586 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz tulip glass filled at the wet whistle late at night from a freshly tapped keg.

A- LTDIPA has a great look to itself with a deep amber glare with goldish highlights. There was about a yield of 1/2 inch firm off-white head with staying power, pretty thick. Moderate lacing.

S- A mixture of hops and even more malts as this borders on the sweet side with caramel playing a major role. A lot of citrus with grapefruit and slight pine.

T- Very hoppy creating a bittering effect and earthy taste while the variety of malts leave a caramel sweetness at the same time. With that includes loads of grapefruit and I picked up on the alcohol when i searched for it. Obvious dry-hopping going on here adding another layer.

M- Bitter and sweet and a bit resiny but overall the malts dominate leaving this not overly hoppy. A medium mouthfeel. Reminds me of one of those sweet DFH products.

D- Not knowing the age of the keg I would say this is quite the achievement taste wise. I would and could drink a few although i wish the hops were more pronounced with less sweetness getting in the way. A great brew all around and pretty balanced with a nice ABV (8.6%) which shows up towards the end.

Cant wait to try more with this series. (1,232 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy orange color with a 1" head that lasts. The head sports some big bubbles too.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and a mild sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: big caramel profile with grapefruit, soft pine, honey, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness that does not blow the doors off. There is a hint of alcohol here but it seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crisp to start, smooth and dry late. Long aftertaste with this one.

Drinakbility: for the style this was very easy to drink. Definitely liked this beer. (552 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (712 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic and tulip glass. Bottled June 1st 2012. We shall see.

Body color in the nonic reaches a nice orange, almost red with an unfiltered like Hefeweizen appearance. Head is three fingers deep with lots of retention and fluffy, some good sized bubbles in there too, but mostly pretty uniform. Tulip comes off more orange.

Nose is at first a little soapy. Hints of mild hop and salt, soap and cilantro action almost which is odd. Some apricot/peach hop angle sneaks in with a faint malt like light brown sugar.

Taste sort of saves itself. Great solid mouthfeel on this beer, nice and creamy. Sweetness come through of the malt into almost a biscuity sweetness. Finish brings a nice tropical aromatic hop almost, which very slowly builds and lingers. Hints of nectarine and apricot, with a bit of pine like bitterness and fuzzy peach.

Overall, it comes off real balanced, not particular powerful, but also really unique and easy drinking. Pretty decent glad I tried this one out, even though the nose seemed kind of odd. (1,051 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (557 characters)

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