Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 584 | Reviews: 293 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-15-2009 00:00:23 | More by Jwale73
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-14-2009 14:13:00 | More by Reagan1984
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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!
06-09-2009 18:38:55 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-08-2009 02:02:34 | More by jonziefle
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-08-2009 01:41:45 | More by Nickls
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
06-07-2009 03:31:47 | More by pezfiend
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-05-2009 00:20:00 | More by Genghis22
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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
06-03-2009 01:41:07 | More by sliverX
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-31-2009 00:18:48 | More by indiapaleale
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
05-29-2009 23:29:39 | More by bilyboy65
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-26-2009 18:56:29 | More by Casey10
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-26-2009 12:44:59 | More by bsend
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-25-2009 04:00:30 | More by markskar
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
05-24-2009 16:45:38 | More by kingcrowing
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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
05-24-2009 02:41:29 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
05-23-2009 00:33:29 | More by far333
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-20-2009 22:36:25 | More by aerozeppl
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
05-20-2009 21:14:20 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
05-19-2009 05:17:37 | More by Durge
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-18-2009 00:55:01 | More by ericj551
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
05-18-2009 00:16:52 | More by smcolw
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
This beer has a nice orange glow with a very minimal white head that leaves very little lacing.
The smell is faint, not as strong as expected. Slight grapefruit notes and even fainter pine in the background. The hops are not overwhelming in the nose at all.
The taste is mild, citrus (mainly grapefruit) with not a lot else going on. The hops are definitely more present than in the nose, but not what you expect from a dipa. From start to finish you get a nice mild citrus that is very even, a good amount of hop flavor, but nothing that smacks you over the head.
The mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated and very smooth.
This is a beer I could drink all day, not a lot of alcohol in the taste and the tastes aren't overpowering in any way, but pleasant. A solid dipa, but not a great one.
05-16-2009 02:18:59 | More by rpstevens
3.98/5 rDev -1%
A - hazy grainy golden in color, with slow carbonation, a thin layer of viscous white head and plenty of suspended sediment
S - sublimely citrine, the hops are refreshingly piney and floral, hints of sweetness, like an oaky vanilla character, blended supremely
T - marvelously bitter, without being too over the top, well rounded by the layered sweetness with a soft finishm feels like it wants to get overly bitter, but doesnt
M&D - easily drinkable, especially for the IBU's and above average ABV. you dont have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but you do have to enjoy hops to some degree
05-16-2009 00:54:59 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
A clear copper colored body has lots of active carbonation bubbles. A big, frothy, bone-white head that has great retention and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on my glass.
Fruity-like hops fill the aroma, with citrus and pineapple coming through.
This is a pretty balanced IIPA. Hops are everywhere, with all kind of fruity flavors. Citrus, pineapple, apricot. A little bite of bitterness that is piney. Balanced out by a fairly light malt base that adds a touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is pretty light and highly carbonated.
A good beer with good drinkability, not bad at all.
05-15-2009 17:06:20 | More by Hojaminbag
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
22oz bottle courtesy of ConnecticutPoet poured into a tulip.
Pours a very light golden amber with massive fluffy white head that leaves spectacular lacing and remains a good cap for ages. It's a beautiful looking DIPA.
The aroma is full of bright citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, lemons and pineapple and a pit of pine as well. There are also enough bready malts to even the hops out a little, but the citrus hops are the main draw.
The taste has a definite a citrus hop kick up front, though it's not quite as aggressively fruity as the aroma. The middle has more malts than the aroma would suggest, with a definitely toasted bready presence with hints of caramel. It's the finish that's most interesting though as it has a big pine resin stickiness that leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and has plenty of sticky hops that build up after each sip.
This is only my second Long Trail beer and this one is a really solid DIPA. It's got a very bright hoppy aroma but then gets much more resinous in the taste with a great sticky finish. Great stuff.
05-14-2009 23:57:47 | More by gford217
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.