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

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

598 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 38
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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:
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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Ratings: 598 | Reviews: 293
Photo of edrachman
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of zebco
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of silentjay
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.14/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Photo of bobdelt
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of m1ked
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

Photo of Augustiner719
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Review transcribed from written notes.

A: Color is a pale orange, almost peach-like. One-inch head that disappeared quickly, leaving some lacing and a thin film on top.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical hops flavors. Hints of piney hops and some earthy notes. Clean, although the smell fades quickly.

T: Nice, well balanced. Big citrus hops are countered by biscuity malt flavors. A little grassy. Finish is bitter, but not bad either.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Didn't feel nearly as big as the 8% would indicate. A little bitter chewiness on the finish.

D: Very nice. This was an enjoyable DIPA that I would search out again.

Photo of bs870621345
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this for $4 at my local store and picked up a bottle. Liked it so much when back and bought 3 more. Poured into my GuldenDraak tulip.

It pours a amber/orange color with a white head of about 1 finger that slowly fades. Leaves a nice lacing as drank.

Smell is grapefruit and piney, nice hop smell. Malt background there.

Taste is just like the smell, hop forward, yet balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, nice and crisp.

Drinkability is high, tastes good from cellar temp up to almost room temp. Only thing against drinkability is alcohol, which is usual for DIPAs. I could drink more if not for the alcohol.

Good stuff and very affordable, too bad its a seasonal.

Photo of boatshoes
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in my recent third trade with nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a bright golden out of the bottle with lots of beading carbonation and about a finger and a half of of fairly fizzy white head. Head dies back to a thin sheet across the top of the beer. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell- Pretty solid nose of grapefruit rind and pine resin. Fruity hop smells take the forefront here but there is definitely a solid piney presence showing through as well. Some noticeable bready malt as well.

Taste- Definitely not as much of a hop presence as I was expecting here. Starts off with primarily piney, resiny flavors with just a touch of the grapefruit that came through in the nose. About mid-palate, the malt takes over and a fairly strong bready, sweet caramel flavor shows through. Finishes very mildly without much of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is adequately slick, creamy, and substantial with enough carbonation to keep it moving. Drinkability was pretty good as well despite the somewhat disappointing maltiness and the beer still went down easily.

Overall, not a bad DIPA but much more malt forward than I generally look for in the style. I found this easy to drink and decent but it didn't really scratch the DIPA itch I had at the time.

Photo of jeddsp
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just tried for the st time last night after it made its way down to GA from NY. Poured hazy golden with a decent head that stuck around. Aroma came off sweet with lots of different fruits coming through like citrus and apricots. Beer had decent lacing and the mouth feel was what I expected. The taste was on the sweet side of the hopps scale and the beer hid the 8+ ABV extremely well. I could definitely have downed a few of these. Overall really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date anywhere unfortunately, poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Drank this the same day I purchased it and there seemed to be plenty on the shelf, so I assume freshness will not be an issue here.

Appearance: Clear, light orange in color. Huge, towering three finger head after the first pour. Light and pillowy head that sticks well to the glass. Good retention overall.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, and mango hop notes stand out here. Very clean and very aromatic.

Taste: The tropical fruit hop flavor really is the main note in the flavor profile. Some weak pale malt notes are also present. The only issue here is that this tastes like a light IPA and not a double IPA. The hop flavor does build over time, but it never reaches the level I fell it should.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. It works well for an IPA like this.

Drinkability: The 8.6% is nowhere to be found here. Hidden very well. Definitely could have a couple of these.

Overall, a nice, aromatic IPA with good tropical fruit notes. Really sweet with an enjoyable flavor profile. The glaring weakness here is I cannot help but fell this beer seems watered down at times. Also, the malt background could provide more to this brew.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a hazy golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head with great lacing. Pine, citrus, apricot, and herbs dominate the aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, herb, grass dominate the flavor too, with just the slightest hints of caramel and bready malt flavor. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Way too drinkable - the effects creep in quickly. Awesome. Definitely getting this one again.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 3/22/10 on the bottle...I'm assuming that's the date this was bottled. Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow/light orangish color with a half a finger of foam.

Smell: Piney hops, bitter grapefruit, slight pineapple and a slight alcohol burn.

Taste: Bitter hops, some pine, grapefruit and a slight tangerine citrus. some balance with the malt. Got better as I drank more of it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: At first I didn't like this beer, but as I finished it up, it grew on me. Will probably get again, as the price is easy on the wallet.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.