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

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 06:34:10 | More by 3Vandoo
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dpcoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 16:09:18 | More by dpcoz
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claspada

New Jersey

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?

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 19:55:59 | More by claspada
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wikk3d

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:22:23 | More by wikk3d
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 15:18:33 | More by david18
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:41:03 | More by mikesgroove
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 00:54:12 | More by Dotcubed
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edrachman

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:48:14 | More by edrachman
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:00:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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zebco

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 23:18:55 | More by zebco
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:33:18 | More by mdfb79
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:09:01 | More by mgbickel
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:50:46 | More by silentjay
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2010 15:58:17 | More by ZimZamZoom
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bobdelt

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:35:10 | More by bobdelt
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maddogruss

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 19:21:23 | More by maddogruss
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m1ked

California

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.

Serving type: growler

06-26-2010 18:11:18 | More by m1ked
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 13:09:47 | More by rfgetz
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:46:14 | More by jmarvin4189
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- golden copper orange in color with a big two fingers of billowy white head settles to a few suds and tons of lace.

S- crisp ripe citrus and sweet caramel malts. Very clean nose.

T- sweet malts up front with the crisp citrus and conifer hops following. Lots of biscuit and powdery scones.

M- medium body and carb.

D- super tasty stuff. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. A real sleeper dipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 06:04:48 | More by oglmcdgl
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jagoffyinzer

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice amber gold with a thin bubbley head and tremendous lacing. the smell is citric hops and a note of alcohol and a strange mellon aroma i cant place. drinking at first i got that mellon note but the further i got that flavor was non existent. there is a great citric biterness to this that really opens up as it gets warmer. this beer is easy going with a great mouthfeel with abv masked well. i could pound these all night long. get it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 01:45:33 | More by jagoffyinzer
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Ow man I had no idea that this beer was at least a couple months old. Ow well for 5.00 I expected it to be hoppy. On with the review.

A - Hazy amber in color with a thin lacing of foam. Looks like aging sunk in.

S - Smells promising. Nice grapefruit and pine hit the nose pretty well. Smells malty as well.

T - Ow it's pretty decent. For its time it is defiantly toned down but slight hop and more malt taste on the tongue with slight resin flavor. Tastes pretty balanced.

M - Remarkable it's pretty light for almost 9 percent. I have no idea what the IBU's on this beer is but the hops and ABV seem perfect.

D - I will have to have this again fresh no question. I have had similar beers with the same age and then after with only a couple of weeks and it was a big difference so this beer has to be drunk fresh. Sadly here in PA this was just stocked after the coffee stout cleared so I may not see this again till next year. Until then!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:00:07 | More by DrDemento456
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yesyouam

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Double IPA is a cloudy golden ale with a fluffy, bubbly, white head that has great retention. It has a spicy, leafy, grassy aroma that has a light, fruity sweetness to it. It's full bodied and very smooth with a crisp finish. It's quite bitter and herbal with a citrus rind flavor. The finish is bitter with notes of juniper and orange rind. Yeah, it's big, bold and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:49:07 | More by yesyouam
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

041210 on the neck of the bomber. I'm guessing that's a bottled on date and not a freshness date, because it drinks as though it's only 2 months old.

Pours a nearly clear, rich golden color with a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Head is a bit bubbly but keeps well, with a full lace and some nice stick.

Smell has some nice citrus to it, grapefruit in particular, with a juicy sweetness but some bitter rind as well. Also some resiny, sappy pine. Very little malt that is at all distinctive; a mild sweetness is all. There is a bit of booze in the nose, however, which for a DIPA really shouldn't be there. Still, a pretty nice nose.

The taste is also quite citrusy, with a sharp citric bitterness in particular. It's a pretty bitter DIPA with a lot of bitter, pithy grapefruit as the dominant flavor. Very modest sweetness and some pine as well. The malt is completely second fiddle here; I don't really get any caramel even, just some pale malt. Even though there was some alcohol in the nose it really doesn't translate to the taste, which is good.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than a medium body, with a pretty good creaminess to it and appropriate carbonation. As the hop bitterness takes over to dominate the palate it really dries the beer out, which I like.

This is a DIPA that is much more on the bitter side but it's not completely overblown and I quite enjoyed it. A very solid DIPA at a pretty reasonable price ($7 for the bomber I think).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:23:21 | More by number1bum
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Augustiner719

New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into a snifter glass:

Appearance: Pours a very light, hazy yellow orange color with a nice 1.5 ifnger head that retains its volume and leaves nice lacing. Dwindles to a honeycomb like film with lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell: This might be the first time i am getting this from a DIPA. I am getting Pina Colada, sweet mango, papaya and pineapple smoothies on the nose. A touch of lemony orangy pinecone on the back end. Also get a nice woodchip earthyness from it. Unreal and my favorite nose on an imperial ipa thus far.

Taste: Tastes similar but a touch muted to the nose. Great dose of papaya, mango, coconut, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Goes into a slightly bitter, yet restrained pinecone, sweet grapefruit like midpalate and finishes medium dry but leaves a nice aftertaste that maintains the qualaties of the beginning of the sip. Not overpowering at all and the 8.6%abv is hidden completely. definately not one of the stronger flavor profiles for bitter, piney, grapefruity bitter hops like some other DIPA's but this is a nice restrained, classic type DIPA, almost like drinking a nice refined bordeaux vs a huge malbec.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation. perfect level of fizzy bubbles to wake the palate up. it also has a nice viscosity to it that is pleasant considering the somewhat light mouthfeel for a DIPA. Classy beer.

Drinkability: Only because this is offered only in bombers and the abv is somewhat restrictive do i give this a 4.5. otherwise i would give it a solid 5 all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:50:55 | More by Augustiner719
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.