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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 selecter70
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do indeed go for the Long Trail Brewmasters, as they have to gone wrong in my mind, or rather, to my taste. This was a bit of a let down, but still a solid brew, just one that left me wanting more. A hazy yellow-gold pour to lesser white head and lace, with bright hoppy and citrus aroma with spice, notably white pepper. Definitely yeasty bread and sharp hops with grapefruit and some malt to contain it, this a medium-bodied decent hefe-IPA, a bit fizzy with a dry-snap to the mouth. Not stellar but a nice warm day one ---no lemon wedge!

selecter70, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting off a long weekend in VT, Alewife and I stopped into Long Trail on 10APR10 for lunch and brews. A couple of pints of the DIPA ($5.50) with my chili hit the spot.

The shaker pint was filled with a clear, medium-golden liquid, with slow carbo rising upwards. Head was thin and white, a fine, tight layer, and the lacing was attractive. Nose was a touch bready, with lots of hops, mucho grapefruit, and a hint of rind. Medium-bodied, the bier had a touch of prickle on the tongue, but was mostly smooth.

Crackery malts lend a smidge of sweetness, but it's mostly an afterthought. Lots of hops slather the palate, mostly grapefruit, along with some pithy characteristics. Though it's a dryish finish, the hops do linger a bit. Not a spectacular offering, but solid nonetheless. Prosit!

4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Bierman9, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, citrus, slight pines, and some spicyness. The taste starts off sweet, with some nice hop notes, and some malts to balance this brew out. Nice little citrus note, slight pinyness, and some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, all-around tasty brew, but was expecting more, since having the other brewmaster series brews.

Wasatch, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin lacing on the top and a nice medium amount of carbonation.

Smell is a tangy citrus, peppery, lemon-like character with sweet malts.

Taste has a very distinct spiciness that could be almost borderline pepper, but not quite, somewhat astringent in character with a honey character. White grape skin acidity, pear, perhaps a very mild hint of orange and blend of lemon.

The mouthfeel is pretty crystal crisp for a Double IPA. The crisp character is now playing in the same ballpark as some of the lagers and pilsners. To take it one more step, and most may disagree, for SOME reason, this beer reminds me (in a very distant way), of an Imperial Helles Lager from another brewer. In fact, for the D-IPA's I've had in my day, this one ranks at the top of the list in the crisp category, pretty amazing. Mildly prickly, refreshing, and the semi-dry finish is the perfect ending to the perfect sip.

Drinkability? VERY.

Final thoughts: I wish I would have purchased a case of this beer. I've never been a big fan of Long Trail brews, let alone East Coast style IPA's for the most part. (There are some exceptions.) Of the beers I've had in the past from Long Trail, this one ranks at the very top of my list as being their best one yet. Two thumbs up, definitely worth a try.

jzeilinger, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Quite hazy, pale golden, with lots of suspended yeast chunks visible. Modest white head fades quickly to film and ring. Not very active, but with fairly thick lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, apricots, and piny hops with some backing malty sweetness and moderate boozy esters.

Piny bitterness is present but modest, and stays at a consistent level. Grapefruity hops are stronger than the sweet malty backbone. There is less fruity nuance than in the nose. Alcohol is not particularly evident, and there is a slightly dry character generally, especially in the finish.

Some fizzy tingles, moderate warming, medium/full body, and a dry bitter finish. A bit drier than I like.

This sample was a bit old, so that could explain the suspended yeast chunks, and the hop profile would likely have been more aggressive when it was fresh. It drinks easily enough for me, and most hopheads, I suspect. It is certainly worth a try, and somewhat reminiscent of a west coast DIPA.

sprucetip, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of dlp1010
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer strikes the perfect balance that most double IPAs tend to miss. The hop bitterness stops just short of becoming a sweetness that would clash with the strong alcohol taste that comes with the hefty ABV. Instead, the two balance perfectly for an excellent brew.

dlp1010, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops and some caramel. Slight bitter finish. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Imsothirsty
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow pour, modest 1-2 finger head, decent lacing

Nose is citrus hoppy along with a little malt presence.

First flavor to come through was brown sugary malts, quickly replaced by solid hop presence definitely orange and citrus not very complex overall flavors but solid. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Lightly bitter finish

Fairly heavy, big mouthfeel. Significant carbonation, enjoyable for me.

Easily drinkable just not enough hops, the potential is there, just needs a little fine tuning.

I had never heard of this brew, picked it up local for 3 bucks and was expecting mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised overall.

Imsothirsty, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a goblet. It pours a deep orange with a big sticky white head. Orange marmalade was the first comparison I could make upon smelling it. The flavor was thick with citrus notes and a bit of pine int the background. It has enough malt to balance it out. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. A very nice brew, and a great value for the price.

bonkers, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful golden body that has some cloud to it to not make it so transparent...a huge off white head forms...about three fingers...as it falls it becomes rocky and retains the entire glass...great lacing

S - A very balanced nose...earthy and faint citrus hops paired with caramel malts

T - Here's where the hops come out and shine...with the first sip you get all hops...bright grapefruit and sweet citrus...the malts come in next and add a touch of sweetness...I'm getting honey and caramel as well as a grainy flavor...piney hops come in at the end to provide a sharp bitterness with nice lingering power

M - Medium bodied...the mouthfeel was a bit complex...it coated the palate nicely and left a lingering bitterness...but it was a tad watery which almost made it light in body...but I think the mouthfeel really leads to how drinkable this beer is

D - This was a nice DIPA that showcased the hops and had a nice malt backbone...the nose could have been more pronounced and the mouthfeel for me just threw me off...but a great one to try

thain709, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow brew, with a slight copper color. nice dense tight off white head that sticks around just long enough.

Surprising malt first aroma, I was expecting hops but got malt, which I found perplexing due to the stated 100 IBUs of hops.

The flavor was also malt forward, the wheat comes through more so than the crystal. Also has a faint orangy flavor like what is found is some belgian beers. The bitterness was good and nicely balanced, but I must have an older bottle because it wasn't crazy hoppy. I also detected some funkiness like a brett beer, which I liked, it added another dimension to the beer.

The body was full rich and had a big mouthfeel.

Very drinkably for a DIPA, but I'm concerned about the hop flavor, just not enough, and I don't consider myself to be a hop head.

Naugled, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ChugsMugs
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light colored yellow/gold. Small head with great bubbles and sticky icky lacing.

S- super strong citrus smell. Orange peels and some hop.

T- light at first, with the orangey taste coming in. Strong hops and earthy taste in the back.

M- much thinner than I had expected, especially for a double. Hard to say if I was let down or not because the thinness made it a much more drinkable beer. Good mouthcoating with a traces of the hoppy earthy taste leftover.

D- highly drinkable. Despite the higher abv I found it light enough in mouthfeel and taste to be compared to a summer beer. great for hammocks.

ChugsMugs, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Golden to light amber in color with a pillowy white head that left great lacing on the glass. Good clarity.

S: Spicy, herbal and citrus hops come out but not as strong as anticipated for a double IPA. Bread, caramel, toasted grains come through to represent the malt.

T: Red grapefruit, spicy hops and some grassy flavors make the hop presence stand out first but not overpowering. Malt balances with toasted grains and fresh bread, and a touch of honey. Yeast ads a bit more citrus flavors. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable I feel which is hidden well.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Some alcohol warming.

D: Damn this is the easiest drinking double IPA I have tried yet! The beer is very well balanced and very fresh tasting.

scottbrew4u, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy lemon-orange with an impressive 2 finger bright white capping that held sturdy and true. The head was foamy, sticky, while leaving a great spongey lacing covering a good portion of the glass. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: The nose first produced a big burst of fresh wet lemons with a touch of lime. Fresh wet pine needles along with a fresh breadiness is also well detected. The aroma was fresh, wet with a semi-tartness similar to lemonade or an lemon Italian ice while the fresh breadiness of the malting provides a nice balance.

T: The flavor was crisp with wet lemons and grapefruit starting things out. There was a touch of dry flowery citrus that soon moves in along with light and sweetly toasted caramel grains for a backing. The finish was a combination of wet lemons and dry pine meddling together providing a perfectly smooth character and hopping, but was still bitter and well respected per style. Crisp,hoppy with a nice fresh wet lemon twang gives this some creditability.

M: crisp, and really bright, sparkling with a good carbonation tingle. A noticeable alcohol warming and dry citrus lacing was observed on a lingering finish.

D: Very good drinkability with an exceptional smooth character makes this very enjoyable going down. Crisp, refreshing with its share of wet lemon bitterness gives this enough hoppiness to be respectable, but goes down with all the smoothness of a light pale ale. Overall a solid beer, very good per style but is the exceptionally smooth drinkability factor that gives this a nudge til the next level.

beerthulhu, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Nice light amber colored beer with 1/4 inch white head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves light lacing. Very mild activity

S- Light citrus aroma with strong hop smell and some piney hay overtones

T- Pretty delicious. Starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness, finishes strong with a very nice hoppy bite

M- Pretty light bodied and smooth... not alot of carbonation and no alcohol taste

D- Very. Can't wait till it's available again next year...

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Sep 09, 2009
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!

BEERchitect, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into tulip on 8/12/09.

A - Poured a hazy golden, sparsely carbonated body with a finger's width of creamy off-white head that settled into a creamy patch and left spotted lace along the sides of the glass. However, the head flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Hop profile combines wildflowers, citrus fruit and light spices, which is situated atop a sweet, malty base comprised of honey and caramel notes. This DIPA displays a prevalent malt character with a slight waft of alcohol.

T - Hops are featured a bit more prominently in the flavor compared to the aroma. Floral and citrus notes leap out, but are joined by a hefty sweet malt backbone comprised of caramel, toffee and honey. Finishes with an assertive hop bite.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and slightly syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness lingers for a while on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth and some residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Fine DIPA, especially for the price, although the aroma was perhaps a bit lacking compared to the other areas. While this was just a tad heavy on the malt, this was still a tasty DIPA that drank quite easily.

ffejherb, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A careful pour yielded a 3/4" rocky cream colored head, which was well retained... ultimately giving way to some beautiful lacing. The body is a hazy golden orange with lots of visible carbonation, which adds movement to the clumps of yeast suspended in the fluid.

S- Grapefruity hop aromas are predominant on the nose, followed buy some restrained aromas of orange marmalade and some hints of grass.

T- Grapefruit flavors are exceptionally strong at first, but then give way to flavors of tropical fruit with each sip. The finish is INCREDIBLY long and bitter like citrus rind.

M- Full, creamy body. Nice texture... almost grainy with the unfiltered yeast and unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is soft and delicate- which is surprising, given the amount of carbonation observed from the side of the glass.

D- Generally, this isn't my style of choice... but if it were, I'd say this is very drinkable... and at $3.50 for a 22 oz. bottle, I'd say it's one of the best values I've ever seen.

jgasparine, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Tromba
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass goblet.

A: Pours a very clear bright orange/yellow. White head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer behind. No lacing.

S: Subtle for a DIPA, but very nice floral notes still make it through.

T: Alcoholic sweetness up front followed by stout, dry bitterness, but less than you might expect from the style. The expected pine and grapefruit notes are there, balanced with a nice floral quality.

M: Crisp and clean - very nice. Not too thick as some DIPAs can be. Moderate to med. heavy carbonation - it brightens up the brew nicely.

D: At first, the alcohol flavor seemed overwhelming, but as my palate became used to it, the beer mellowed nicely. I will have no problem finishing the 22oz bottle as I write this review!

Tromba, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange yellow, decent creamy head that leaves great lacing. Smells of citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango, some melon. Tastes of tropical fruits right off the bat, mostly peaches and mangos. Nice sweetness of the malt complements the fruity hops. Pine like bitterness ending with more subtle malt sweetness and citrus fruits. Nice full bodied mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

A really good DIPA and quite unique. I've never tasted an IPA with so many tropical fruits present. I love how this beer is not sickly sweet like some DIPAs. Just a fantastic effort.

bum732, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Gavage, Aug 26, 2009
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.

jlindros, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

oberon, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

June 12, 2009 - 22 oz. bottle

A - pours a murky golden color with just a bit of foam

S - faint citrus hops with some pepper

T - mostly a citrus flavor, but nothing too overpowering, hints of pine and cloves

M/D - good carbonation and medium bodied, overall I was disappointed with this one. I guess i was expecting more flavor. It wasn't bad, just too mild in my opinion

mikereaser, Aug 12, 2009
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.