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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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588 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 588
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 strengthdoc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap on the brewery a couple of day ago. It had a nice citrus/orange hop aroma with a hazy golden color. It was more hazy than I expected so I think it was a new keg that may have been shaken up a bit. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it. The first taste is mildly hoppy. The hoppiness increases as the beer hits the back of the tongue and finishes with a nice crisp citrus hop taste and mild alcoholic warmth.

strengthdoc, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden color with a one finger white head. Relatively nice head retention which fades to a film. Wispy lacing left on the glass the whole way down. The nose is a bit on the muted side with some citrusy hops - grapefruit mostly, and a touch of piney hops. Nose is not nearly as strong as most double IPA's I've had. The taste is of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit but a hint of orange in there as well, with some caramel malts and a bit of a bready backbone to it. Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and very easy to drink. This is a well balanced beer, though not the overpowering hop smack typical for a DIPA, it is extremely well balanced, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Jayli, Jun 19, 2009
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing golden orange into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful chunky offwhite head that eventually dissipates into a bubbly bath of hop oils. Fine sticky film of lacing down the glass.

Super pungent and hopilicious. Bountiful big notes of spicy citrus grapefruit and pine. A sweet biscuit malt background.

Slightly sweet and citrusy at first. A biscuit/cracker malt foundation with a skyscraper of hops. A refreshing hop bite of spicy citrus/pine and a lingering pleasantly bitter wave of aftertaste that grows as you drink it.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, resinous yet very refreshing

Not quite the enamel ripper that some DIPAs are (which i do love), instead they have chosen to really push the hops flavors and aromas (which i also love). Not overly sweet, alcohol present well hidden beneath the mountains of hops. This is an especially great summer DIPA, but i could drink this bitch anytime! Love it!

CHILLINDYLAN, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Paramus for $3.99, I'm excited to sample this one. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. I'm digging the ample sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Bottled on 03/19/09.

Appearance- This beer is certainly no joke... it's a damn fine looking DIPA. Burnished pale gold, it supports an enormous four finger crown... after five full minutes, it has barely reduced at all. It just condenses into a thick, soapy sponge that leaves gargantuan webs of lacing down the inside of the glass. Outstanding.

Smell- Juicy and citrusy with a touch of pine resin, the nose offers exorbitant aromas that fill the room with hop vines of the Pacific Northwest. There is firm malt balance that brings the pendulum back to center, a nice counterpoint to the Chinook and Cascades. Wonderfully fresh and expressive.

Taste- The dominant flavors of grapefruit and pine flow over the tongue with fervor. There's ample malt balance, and the swallow brings forth a gripping hop bitterness that dries the mouth. The fruity overall character is much more enjoyable to me than many other hopbomb DIPAs that try too damn hard to be the biggest and baddest game in town.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light and seafoamy in the mouth, the texture is smooth with just the right effervescence to carry the beautifully executed hop presence. The alcohol is masked almost completely, aside from the mild numbness in my fingers and face (lol)... this drinks so much better than any beers of this style I can remember. Wonderful surprise from the folks at Long Trail, the homebrewer that this recipe came from deserves a big raise and some kudos.

yelterdow, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy orange with a one inch frothy, tight, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a fairly consistent cap; a thick swath of lacing coats the glass, along with speckles of white as the brew is consumed. Nose reveals sweet grapefruit and apricot. Taste follows nose, but flavors are somewhat milder than suggested by the aromas. Also a little bit of alcohol comes out in the back, with a light bitterness that lingers at the finish, but not unpleasantly so; more as a reminder of what you just finished and what is to come. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium and lacking some of the viscosity or oiliness you typically find in a DIPA. Nice balance to this brew. Not the boldest example of the style, but pretty flavorful. I'm looking forward to the next offering in the Brewmaster Series.

Jwale73, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DPA.

Looks like the bottle had a date of 3/19/09 on it. I am assuming that's a bottled on date.

Foamy two finger head forms atop the clear brass colored beer. Early in the pour the clarity is excellent. Later these were some fine floaters in the beer as some sediment made it's way into my glass. Some nice clinging lacing & no visible carbonation.

Aroma was fresh and bold. Lots of citrus.. Grapefruit, Orange zest and even some lemon.

Wow, the flavor of hops really follows the nose here. Very bold citrus notes again. Somewhat acidic. Pale crisp malt flavors. Not very sweet at all. Like crisp crackers. The grapefruit/lemon peel flavors really came to the forefront. Not sure I can say this is balanced as it leans way towards the hop side of the flavor profile.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and almost slick. Lots of hop oils.

This was drinkable, but not sessionable. Took quite some time to consume the bomber. A slow sipper with the big hop profile and the mouth feel. I was surprised by the bold hop presence that defied what we see from most east coast DPA's.

Interesting... Classic, no, but very good.

Reagan1984, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with some sediment and a thick, fluffy white head that leaves pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of resiny hops at first then tons of tropical fruits and citrus. Wow, this smells really good! Flavor of lots of citrus, some melon, and a nice hoppy finish. This is a super tasty IPA. Reminds me of the Flossmoor Station IPAs in terms of flavor/aroma profile. At $3.50 a bomber, this is a steal!

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden honey color. A micro-suspension causes the cloudiness. Three finger off-white foamy head that has very good retention. No visible carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Very strong nose of hops; very nice. Very fresh and crisp. Citrus hops are the strongest, with lemon being the most significant. Sweet and juicy. Some acidity.

Taste: Hoppy, but more mild than the nose. Smooth general hop flavors to start, transitioning to more crisp flavors of grapefruit and pine. Pretty average for sweetness, a good balance with the hops. Definitely a hoppy beer, but no real "bite" that can be present with big hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied beer, with below average carbonation. Ever so slightly syrupy, but not a big deal.

Drinkability: A very good DIPA with good hops, but not too big of a bite. Very smooth and easy to drink, with good flavor. The hops, while strong, don't bite down all that much; which can be good or bad, depending. A good one to try.

jonziefle, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a creamier slightly off-white head that didn't hang around that long; hazy light burnt orange color

S - Citrus and flower like hop aromas; bit of malt sweetness; touch of alcohol comes through

T - Good hop bitterness that's more grapefruit and citrus like; solid malt background but not as heavy as in other East Coast DIPAs. Pretty well-balanced in all respects

M - Touch creamy; a little oily; medium overall. I don't know what it is exactly, but this really complements the other elements of the brew pretty well.

D - Hugely drinkable for the style; not overkill with the hop bitterness or malt back; alcohol is lightly warming. Nicely balanced = really drinkable for the style.

Overall, this is not the most exciting DIPA that I've had lately (or ever for that matter) but it's really drinkable and good flavor especially relative to what I paid for it. Definitely worth a look for those hopheads on a budget.

Nickls, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of pezfiend
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer review for me.

appearance: The beer color's a light copper color seeming to be a more pale almost lager style malt. Thin maybe 1 cm head stays through the full beer

smell: Almost sweet, earthy light hops.

taste: Slightly oily hops, (cascade and centennial if my palate serves me), and a sweetish pale male. The high abv isn't very noticible except for the slight tingle in my fingers.

mouthfeel: A little light for my taste. Aftertaste definitely stays at the back of my tongue. I'm also a hop head and do enjoy my heavy enamel eaters. I would also prefer a slightly darker malt

drinkability = Decent, I could try another. Definatly not a session beer due to abv but good none the less. Of course more than abv I would've liked a higher IBU.

pezfiend, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Genghis22
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a trade with yobdoog. Thanks again Trevor.

Bottled 3/19/09 (stamp is faded, but pretty sure this is what is on the bottle).

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a crisp white head. Lots of tiny carbonation visible.

S - Grassy hops, with pine and hints of sweet citrus. Malty a bit as well.

T - The hops are present, but in true East Coast fashion, there is a LOT of malts here. At first, you get hit with a shock of bitterness, and then it is quickly covered by the malts. The after taste reveals more the hops for all their glory. The alcohol is detectable as the togue dries out and the bitterness grows. It almost seems like this beer drinks in reverse.

M - Medium bodied, bordering on being a tad thin for the style. Great carbonation level, moderate to high.

D - A solid choice. This is from the East Coast, so there is a lot more malts here. The beer is "hop backward" the way it drinks. The hops come mostly at the end, and build with the aftertaste. A very interesting beer, very tasty, worthy of a repeat.

Genghis22, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a bright yellow with a small white head that faded to a film and left real good lacing slightly cloudy with some particles suspended
smell is all sweet hoppiness very citrus like with a slight pine note
taste is huge bitter hops pick up pineapple notes and a slight sweet malt
mouthfeel is very bitter and drying kinda thin for my tastes
drinkability is pretty good, nice DIPA but nothing to run out and buy all the stock of

sliverX, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, golden orange sunshine color with a pretty thick and frothy head that leaving some pretty serious lacing.

Smell is lots of citrusy, piney, hoppy goodness. Definitely the grapefruity, PNW hoppiness I was hoping for.

Taste is a mouthpuckering hop explosion. The piney, resiny, grapefruity flavors are all there and literally dry your tongue out within a few sips. This is a pretty damn good dIPA with all the characteristics of some of the better West Coast dIPAs. Way to go Vermont, this is a seriously hoppy beer!

Mouthfeel is sticky, resiny and tongue drying.

Could I drink the entire 22? Yes. Will I? Yes.

indiapaleale, May 31, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to my tasting preference glass of the pilsner style.

A: The only thing stopping this from being a perfect looking double is the cloudiness. Other then that it is a nice golden color that pours a thick, lively and frothy white head. That leaves a lasting and very thick ring with every pull. Carbonation is very abundant as well.

S: Some Lemon esters are overpowering of the hops for this IPA. Although it seems a lighter scent then normal.

T: The hops are more defined as a piney in nature. The citrus plays a background role, but still seems to pull it together quite nicely.

M: Very smooth, medium/full bodied beer. A little oily on the way out, but nothing much. The head is thick enough you almost have split it to get to the beer.

D: Very easily done. And enjoyed with every sip.

bilyboy65, May 30, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Light hazy orange color not bad.

S - Some pine notes, diffentately Citrus perhaps orange?

T - Good definate orange peel like flavor.

M - Foamy mouthfeel again the piney/citrus (orange) flavor can give a bit of bite.

D - Well I felt this was good. I think I could drink a bunch of these and not be disappointed it just didn't blow me away to give a higher score.

Casey10, May 26, 2009
Photo of bsend
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy orange. It allows moderate levels of light through. A standard pour yields a nice 1 1/2 finger white head.

Smell: Citrus hops up front with more mellow slight pine hops to follow. Overall more fragrant and light than some of the other DIPAs out there.

Taste: Sweet juicy hops. Grapefruit character starts this off with a small but effective punch. Definitely a great tasting DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry but definitely decent in body and carbonation. A pleasure to experience on the tongue.

Drinkability: Especially for the abv, these go down easy. Definitely a good job by Long Trail. Keep it up.

Final Thoughts - A relatively affordable bomber at $5.99, definitely something I will try again. Well worth it.

bsend, May 26, 2009
Photo of markskar
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, another refreshing grapefruit DIPA. This seems to be the standard for DIPA's lately, but are so many other flavor possibilities with this style.

Still, a right proper DIPA--tangy, dry, and delicious, and a wonderful deviation from the standard "Long Trail flavor" that just about all of their brews seem to have (not that it's a bad thing--maybe it's the water--but their brews all share a common flavor characteristic that this one seems to lack...).

A: Clear, yellow gold. At bottom of bomber with a little sediment poured in, is still only mildly cloudy and still yellow gold. Almost no chill haze. Wonderful lacing and head retention.

S: Grapefruit. Nothing else. It's citrusy in the way that I like my DIPA's, but the only citrus quality I'm getting is grapefruit. Very good, but I'd prefer a little more complexity in the aroma.

T: Again, grapefruit, but it has a mild grainy character behind it that gives it a nice, balanced character. Just enough malted grains to balance out the hops. The grapefruit dominates, but does not overwhelm the palate.

M: Super dry and stingy. Just like drinking grapefruit juice. Could be a bit smoother for my tastes, but still quite pleasant on the tongue.

D: Quite drinkable, could definitely kick back with a few of these with some char-grilled food of any type (which I did tonight with this sampling--kickass filet mignon courtesy of my loving wife). I'd tweak it a bit here and there for my personal palate, but otherwise a solid DIPA.


markskar, May 25, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great kick up from Long Trails classic IPA. It's one of the best Double IPAs I've had. It's a little strong but the intense hop profile really subdues it very well. It has a nice deep amber color with a small head, I had some pretty decent lacing as well. It's got a fairly heavy mouthfeel as well. Since this is limited edition it's always worth checking out, as the 2nd beer in their Brewmaster series I'm pretty excited to keep trying them.

kingcrowing, May 24, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215, cheers Joe!

Pours honey colored with a finger of sand colored head. Superb lacing & good head retention

S: Resiny & leafy hops, plus some lemon

T: Grapefruit, lemons, a bit of grassyness up front, along with a touch of dryness. Juicy citric hops & a touch of peach are there as this warms, plus some more leafy hops. Finishes grapefruitty with dryness, plus some leafy hops mingling with pineapple. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, semi-oily with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy enough, pretty solid DIPA from a brewery I've wanting to try for a while

russpowell, May 24, 2009
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed yellow-orange with an inch-high head of bright white foam. Looks like a wit bier.

Low aroma of pine and grapefruit rind.

Sharp bite of hop flavor right upfront, very piney and grapefruity. Some lemon and honey ride along, and understated bready malt emerges. Lemon essence and grapefruit pith linger.

Full and rich mouthfeel, a little tingly. Decent drinkability, good beer, but not totally up to expectations.

far333, May 23, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice light golden copper color. Quite a bit of particles floating in the beer. A massive 3 finger head.

S: Really big floral citrus blast right up front. A touch of booze in the back. Not a hint of malt at all.

T: Really floral hop character. A touch of sweetness thrown in as well. The malt is there but it really doesn't balance things out. A one trick pony but not bad.

M: Nice sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking. Their brewmaster series has been good stuff. They should make this year round. For the price 4.99 this is an excellent beer.

aerozeppl, May 20, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this beer was a hazy orange color with a very thick white head and lots of lacing. It had a nice citrus aroma. Mostly citrus taste, but some sweet malt was there also. I thought this was a pretty well-balanced beer, and enjoyed it a lot.

lordofthewiens, May 20, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew shows a clear light golden color but with lots of tiny suspended particles and a few bigger floaters. It has a very hefty off-white head and robust lacing as well. The aroma brings a light but sweet citrus hop with a polite bready malt background. The flavor follows suit with a tasteful blend of grapefruit and orange hop and grassy bread, a bit less malt noted. This sort of reminds me of a toned down, more blended version of Hop Stoopid, in some ways a more polished presentation of a similar taste but not so intensely hopped or perversely flavored. This DIPA presents a somewhat viscous fair bodied feel with a little resinous touch notable. This is smooth yet somewhat refreshing and quite flavorful. Goes down pretty easy for a DIPA, very moderate alcohol presence for the style, but not anemic by any stretch. All around fine work by the Long Trail crew. Nothing over the top, but it's got some personality in it's refined character and drinkable quality.

Durge, May 19, 2009
Photo of ericj551
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Double IPA pours a hazy light copper with a thin layer of foam on top. The aroma is on the mild side, but mostly pine and citrus. The bitterness hits up front in the flavor with some herbal, grassy and grapefruit hop flavors. Neither hop flavor or bitterness is overwhelming and a bit on light maltiness shines through. Altogether the beer doesn't quite strike me as a double IPA, it is quite drinkable for the style.

ericj551, May 18, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

smcolw, May 18, 2009
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.