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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

586 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThreeDimesDown, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours hazy gold in color with a massive 2 finger foamy/creamy off white head that lasted a few minutes and left excellent lacing with foam rings down the glass. The head was like whipped cream where you could run your finger through it and very impressive.

Really hoppy up front, it smells of sweet malt, floral hops, orange peel, lemon, pine cones, faint grains and light sweet caramel or sweet sugar cane. After several sniffs and sips it seems to me to be very sweet overall with a very pungent sweet and hoppy nose combo.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt up front, floral hops, piney hops or pine cones, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, grains, brown sugar, caramel and perhaps sugar cane. This is a sweet IPA that's really smooth and well balanced for a DIPA, and while the citrus sweetness is enjoyable it does seem to dominate the flavor in a good way and lead to a slight bitter pucker in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, buttery even, with very mellow carbonation that is light, and a heavy body that feels thick like a shake.

A really enjoyable beer that is tasty, easy to drink and gets more flavorful as it warms. A strong recommendation to try this beer.

Drinking Note: The alcohol is very well masked by the taste, and about an hour after finishing this bomber it kicked in with a pretty nice buzz; an enjoyable side effect to a very good beer.

CHickman, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of jal30
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I often find Long Trail to produce somewhat boring, very reserved brews. However, reserved works great with some of the more "extreme" beer styles, like the double IPA. Although this beer did not blow me away, Long Trail's conservative tendencies work brilliantly with this beautifully balanced DIPA. Just enough malts to counter the strong hop character, but not enough to inappropriately dominate the beer. Remarkably drinkable for the ABV and IBUs. Nice deep orange color with a thin white head. A really solid beer that I will happily drink anytime.

jal30, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass. Sandy brown with a light haze and decent carbonation. Fantastic 3 finger head and some really good lacing persists as you drink it.

The nose is faint with light pine and floral hop aromas being the dominant flavors.

This is a great tasting Double IPA. It doesn't hit you over the head with the hops, but gives you just enough to feel a nice little bite. Slightly piney with some really nice subtle flower notes, like lillies. This beer is well-balanced, and there is just enough malt characteristic to really make this beer round and full. It has some bready yeast flavors on the swallow, and just enough hollow, tannin bitterness lingers in the mouth without destroying your taste buds.

I would say, if there was a dynamite session double IPA out there, this would be it!

TangTKE402, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of 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.

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.

salvo, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Hazy golden orange color with a frothy head which leaves lacing all over the place, but still retains a nice film over the beer while drinking.

S - Citrus, pine, resin, hops, fruit...overall very clean and inviting.

T - Oily citric hops and pine slice through immediately, instantly announcing their presence. A sweet malt base provides some added character without throwing off the hops too much or becoming heavy handed. There's a little warmth towards the end but the hops still shine bright with bitterness and fruit.

M - Smooth - and i mean seriously smooth, especially for a DIPA, making it even more pleasant.

D - This is surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA, and the 8.6% is barely noticeable, making this almost a little dangerous if you aren't paying attention.

A surprisingly nice brew from Long Trail here, and for the price it's even harder to beat. While half the other bottles in the store are upwards of $10-15, this guy is just begging to be brought home.

xnicknj, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When the bottle opened up, I could smell right away the fresh hops smell coming out.

very hoppy smell, fruity, yeasty and piney just enough, nothing extreme, well balanced mostly hops versus malt.

The appearance was great, foamy head and leftover that look alike a cask served ale. Pretty nice limpid golden color, medium carbonation.

Taste wise was hops at first, a shy bitter but not that much. A honey sweet came along at first playing with the shy bitterness and fruity flavor.

3Vandoo, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of dpcoz
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(reviewed on 06/27/2010)
Longtrail - Brewmaster Series - Double IPA
1pt 6fl oz, 8.6%ABV
Standard pint glass
Purchased for under $5 at Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Appearance - pale colorng around the perimeter of the pint glass, deeper, deeper hue through the center, close to amber in appearance. 1/4" of a white head but I poured it slowly to avoid excess.

Smell - citrus, floral, some pine as well, which would make sense being since it's a product of Vermont. You also pick up strong hops teasing the nose

Taste - surprisingly less hoppy than expected, more malty. Citrus dominates the palate, and I can pick up pine. The dominant citrus is grapefruit, although it doesn't stick out some other IPAs. Overall very balanced.

Mouthfeel - less hoppy than expected but the hops still strike down the middle of the tongue. Finish tends to be bitter and a bit dry.

Drinkability - could be a touch hoppier but overall very well constructed and refreshing. Your don't really realize the strength of his beer while you're drinking it.

dpcoz, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a hazy grainy golden/light amber, with slow carbonation, a thin layer of white head.
Citrus perfection, not too much surprisingly for a DIPA, the hops are refreshingly piney and floral, hints of sweetness, with an oaky character, blended supremely.
Tastes exactly how a DIPA should: marvelously bitter, without being too over the top, well rounded by the layered malty sweetness with a beautiful soft finish; hints like its going to finish overly bitter, but doesnt.
Extremely drinkable, especially for the apparent IBU's and above average ABV, but you definitely do not have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but you do have to enjoy hops to some degree obviously.
Best part, $3.99 for a 22 oz bomber. Value is phenomenal, great job Long Trail. Is there such a thing as a sessionable IPA?

claspada, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of wikk3d
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice amber body with a foam head that takes a while to settle into a sliver. Lighter in color than most IPA's, not really see-through at all. Poured into a pint glass.

Aroma - Wheat and hops, a little bit of citrus. Smells like it has a lot of flavor, not really overpowering as far as hoppyness goes.

Taste - Very flavorful, just like the smell. Lots of fruityness, great body, hoppy but not very bitter at all. Very great taste. One of the better IPA's I've had.

Mouth - Leaves a very good after taste in the mouth as it goes down. Like I said, it's not very bitter, there is a bit of tang, not really spicy, just a very good flavorful beer.

Drinkability - You're able to sit down and drink an entire bottle of this with no problem. It goes down well because it tastes good. It doesn't have any sort of overpowering flavor that stands out. Definitely a must if you love IPA's.

wikk3d, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many of the other reviews I read on this beer I was also surprised that I liked this beer as much as I did. Very good example of the style with a great mix of malt, hops and alcohol.

Dark in color, light head, very hoppy aroma. I will definitely have this again.

david18, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

mikesgroove, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Dotcubed
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to bet on this as a fantastic beer from the local Wegmans since we're so close to VT, but I'm worried it's an old bottle.

Poured a nice head, left some lace around the tulip rim.
Looks dead flat.

Faint orange taste. Some fizzzle left in it. Bitter tangerine.
Sweet malt.

Mild & enjoyable for those who like a balanced IPA. Long finish to mild bitterness. Higher drinkability than many bitter bombs.

Better than I thought, given the appearance.
Needs born on dating & a life span estimate.

Dotcubed, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of edrachman
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Snifter.

edrachman, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated 03/22/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - slightly hazy yellow colour with a hint of amber throughout and one finger of thick bubbly white head.

S - Lots of citrus up front with tangerine, grapefruit and apricot. A slight sweetness from the malts in the background but overall nose is of a very hop forward beer with subdued malts.

T - Bitter citrus hops - some grapefruit and tangerine. A slight sweetness from the malts but overall a hoppy beer. The bitterness lingers in the finish as well.

M - Medium body, slight chew, low carbonation.

D - A good DIPA. Would love to try a fresher bottle.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of zebco
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to an orange, light copper color. White head. A very slight haze to it.

A great smell. I was really digging it. Strong but not overpowering. Hops for sure, sweet maltiness, citrus, mainly grapefruits & lemons. Some pine aromas and hop oils as well.

I was expecting a hop presence in the flavor that blew me away but the matly sweetness was more of the main attraction. The hops were definitely present but seemed kind of low-key for a DIPA.

I didn't find the alcohol overpowering at all. Seemed actually mellow considering 8.6 abv. I'd say the bitterness was in the medium range. As the beer warmed, I did notice more of the hops. Maybe I started off to cold??

Overall, I liked it I was just expecting the hops to rip my face off and that wasn't the case. I'd go for this one again for sure.

zebco, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

mdfb79, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of eggshell foam formed on top of the hazy, honey gold body. The head shrunk ever so slightly and slowly; poor lace/legs.

The nose has piney hops and lighter fruits sitting on top of a bready malt backbone.

The resin from the hop oil coats your mouth with a bitterness that lasts throughout the drink. Comes on strong up front but gives way to a sweet caramel-esque center. The finish finds the hops reemerging for a citrusy, bitter end. You get a little hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, a little on the slick side and well carbonated.

Another nice offering from the Long Trail Brewmaster Series! Very drinkable and refreshing. Recommended for sure!

mgbickel, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with a decent sized, fluffy almost white head that retains and laces very well.

aroma is grapefruity and piney as well a bit spicy, but with a strong malt backing.

taste is a lot heavier in the grapefruit flavors than the pine. malt is still there in the background, but does not do much. a bit of peppery spice and floral hop flavor hint at a european hop variety, though it is overpowered by the grapefruit throughout. alcohol is present on the back end.

not as oily and resiny as I would have expected from a DIPA leads to a rather light-bodied beer that is actually pretty high in carbonation.

goes down realitively easy, but alcohol presence hinders it a bit. kind of a subdued overall experience, as I would have liked to see some more of the spicy, floral hop character, and maybe a bit more pine which was suggested in the nose.

silentjay, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.13/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Disappointing.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of bobdelt
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding pour, great head... last forever and leaves an unbelievable lace.... drinkable, tastes great. Good aroma, bitterness, and with a lasting sweetness from the malts.

An outstanding double IPA, lovely color, appearance tops taste a little bit, but still tastes great.

bobdelt, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: pours a hazy, golden body with a frothy, silky white head with pretty nice retention and nice lacing along the glass until the finish.

S: A sweet citrus smell with some hints of cascade and slight hallertau hops. Some alcohol undertones were also evident.

T: A strong, bitter hop taste with some alcohol undertones. An earthy, warming aftertaste with slight, citrus notes. Alcohol becomes more evident as the beer begins to warm up.

M: A crisp and fairly refreshing and pretty smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Nice mouthfeel on the palette.

D: Nice mouthfeel and taste combination and a nice, drinkable, double IPA. A pretty nice beer overall, despite the alcohol making itself slightly overbearing as the beer warmed up. A nice drinking beer for the cooler, fall and winter months with a slightly warming affect from the alcohol.

maddogruss, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from WF Bowery beer room, I love that place. This will be the beer I drink while watching the US-Ghana knockout game. Go USA!

A- Pours a bright slightly hazy golden yellow with a huge white fluffy head that turns into a craggy meringue like 12"head that has all kinds of white lacing on the edges.

S- Smells of thick resiny piney hops with some etoh edge to it. A sliver of bright apricot/peach stone fruit in there too. ENds with that etoh-ness.

T- Taste is more citruisy, tropical fruity than piney. That is crazy (to me) how they can present more piney but taste more citrusy. Anyways, I get grapefruit zest with some of those yeloow stone fruits, and then unmistakable pine that does seem to linger. There is a subtle biscuit note in the background, but like the vuvuzelas drone at the world cup- all I can get is the hoppy citrus>pine bitter notes in this beer, but it is a tasty DIPA. Not too bitter for me.

M- There is a certain weight to it that lets me know that I am drinking a Double IPA, but not heavy or thick. Lingering bitterness. Carbonation is there, but in the background. There is a late etoh burn, which for me limits food pairing options.

D- I have really enjoyed all the "Brewmaster Series" from LT. While this one is a delicious DIPA, it doesn't stand out to me like their other from this line. DOn't get me wrong, this is a tasty beer....I will have no problem drinking this growler at all.... It's just very similar to many other DIPA's out there. Uh-oh, am I getting burned out on IPA's/DIPA's?? Recommended.

m1ked, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden amber color with moderate poof of white foam, leaving nice sticky rings of lacing. Scent is of grapefruit, flower, minimal pine with whiffs of nuts and light carmel. Taste brings at first an earthy, bitter bite but smooths into a grapefruit and floral taste. Backbone is biscuity and brown sugar sweet. Medium bodied for the style, decent carbonation, moderately dry finnish, mild astringency. A nice dIPA that doesnt overdo any one component and ends up being above average all around... would have loved the nose and taste kicked up a notch.

rfgetz, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It was a cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of white head

Smell - dominant floral aroma with some biscuit undertones

Taste - Smooth with a floral taste at the beginning and then the bitterness kicks in. I'm not a huge fan of bitter beers and wasn't really expecting much with a 100+ IBU beer after having Rock Art ESB3 which was 80 IBU but it was nothing like i expected. This has to be the best bitter beer i've tried yet.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and doesn't leave your mouth dry

Drinkability - very good, I just drank a bomber and I already want another.

jmarvin4189, Jun 25, 2010
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.