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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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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
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 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
Photo of rpstevens
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rpstevens, May 16, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

sinstaineddemon, May 16, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hojaminbag, May 15, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

gford217, May 15, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light gold in color. There's a nice inch of frothy head that forms on the pour. Looks good. Plenty of sticky lace that clings to the glass.
Smell is slightly hoppy, a bit peppery and just a bit yeasty as well.
Taste is bitter with a good amount of hoppyness. Very balanced and just a tad light in the mouthfeel. Very clean and easy drinking. Non-cloying and pretty smooth. No hint of the close to 9% abv. Solid offering.

FtownThrowDown, May 13, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always found Long Trail to be a pretty reserved brewery, one that keeps things in check and doesn't go overboard or try to rush for the hype. And I appreciate that. They seem to have some integrity. They seem to want to make focused beers that are drinkable and go pretty well with food. Maybe I'm adding that last part on, but OK, maybe they're not foodies but at least they're not flashy, they're just good! So when I saw a bottle of the Double IPA for $7.50 I figured I couldn't go wrong.

And I was totally right!!!

It's a superbly rounded, strong IPA with a golden, light-caramel and subtly toasty malt base that's equally balanced by brightly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, berries) and gently piney and spruce-like hops. The malt sphere is a penetrable sweet ball (meaning it's not super thick sweet malt), and the hops poke through it at all angles. Hop bitterness is present, of course, as it IS an IPA, but it's balanced and smooth. And, really quite surprisingly, the 8.6% alcohol by volume never shows.

Possibly the most drinkable double IPA I've ever had?

NeroFiddled, May 13, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a bit copper in color, is also a bit orange

The smell is fruity with lime nice citrus feel. Hints of grapefruit and some orange peel.

The taste is of citrus hops that has a bit of a tangy feel to it. There is also some floral hops that bring about a slight pine feel to this beer that stays in the background under the lemon and orange peel flavor. Some nice malt feel evens out the bitterness and keeps you from being overwhelmed.

This beer is a really well balanced beer. It never overpowers you with bitterness and has a nice sutle feel to it. Goes down easy and has a real pleasurable feel.

Duhast500, May 12, 2009
Photo of ToasterChef
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a chilled 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy honey color, with lots of small bubbles. There is a modest white head of equally small bubbles that settles to a thin layer. The head does an impressive job of coating the glass in lace. The overwhelming scent is floral hops. The taste is also very hoppy (as any decent DIPA should be) and a little bitter. Behind the hops is an enjoyable taste of malt that does a good job of rounding out the flavor. There's a lot to this beer; it coats your mouth with its slight thickness and finishes dry. I find this to be a good example of a DIPA (although I'm far from an expert of this style) and a great Long Trail beer. I'm glad they are now offering this brewmasters series of craft beers.

ToasterChef, May 12, 2009
Photo of RuinationMan
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 into a pint. long trail is often kitschy, this bottle is rather reserved...

a- golden, slightly hazy. small, even head

s- citrus hops- grapefruit, orange and lemon - fantastico!

t- citrus with minimal malt

m- slightly sticky with an even, average consistency

d- amazing, but deceivingly potent. watch youself...

RuinationMan, May 09, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy gold with a quarter inch head of white that settled down to a skim coat with some light lacework.

Aromatics lead off with pungent grapefruit rind, hop resins, and citrus pith. Highly pungent and suggestive of pellets.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, pine resin, and grassy undertones start the palate. Hints of toasted malt and a firm, drying bitterness step forward. Warming alcohol and a hop pellet bite follow through.

Finishes with a sustaining bitterness, pungent, resiny hops, and warming alcohol.

Definately tasting "east coast" for a IIPA. Lacking the floral nose, smooth bitterness, and tropical fruit found on the west coast. Reminiscent of Big A IIPA.
Long Trail is definately going in the right direction though!

brewandbbq, May 09, 2009
Photo of Teeter
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my La Fin Du Monde tulip from a 22.oz bomber. It formed a nice head over a dark gold body, as the head subsides it leaves a nice lacing.

It has a strong grapefruit scent typical of the style.

Verry strong but not quite intense hoppy/citrus flavor.crisp and verry clean as it settles in.the after taste is minimal leaving me wanting more.

Mouthfeel stays mostly to the back of the throat.Not at all unpleasant yet the tiny bubbles of carbonation are a bit forced like the sparkeling grape juice I give the kids on hollidays.

Definately drinkable for sessions and the quality exceeds the price.

Teeter, May 06, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy golden/orange with a medium sized, white head that falls to a cover leaving patchy lacing.

The smell is lemon, grapefruit & pineapple as well as some malt sweetness.

The taste consists of much the same as the smell with a little bitterness at the front and back. It's fairly well-balanced between the citrus hops & the sweetness of the malt

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied.

Drinkability is very good. The alcohol is hidden.

meatyard, May 05, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thick creamy head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is citric - grapefruity and piney/resiny.

The taste is of hop bitterness - citric, asprin-y/herbal wrapped in a caramelish sweetness. A touch of warming alcohol shows in a dry finish.

On the lighter side of the style, but creamy and, despite a hint of booze, quite drinkable. A bigger IPA more than a typical double/imp. IPA. A good dose of hops with a firm malt backbone - a nice one, especially for the very reasonable price!

jwc215, May 04, 2009
Photo of ODBRIP
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber 22 oz.

Gorgeous color. Poured out a clean apricot-ish IPA color. Perhaps the nicest looking IPA I've ever seen.

Very dry and smooth tasting IPA... alcohol is not really noticeable. Prominent hoppiness, but not overpowering. Compared to other similar IPAs. I would describe as "strong" IPA taste, not "extreme."

My favorite thing about this beer is it is a double IPA, but it does not have the sweetness, thickness or heaviness of other doubles. It has a relatively light taste that leaves your pallet quickly.

Very drinkable, though strong. This is a great beer...very well executed. I highly recommend it.

ODBRIP, May 02, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail Double IPA - Brewmaster Series
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light mustard yellow haze. Solid head on top. Fluffy and with sustain.

Fruity nose - whiffs of citrus fruits. A tad floral as well.

What we got here is a biscuity/bready malt backbone with a caramel malt presence. A snappy hop flare finishes the sip with hints of black pepper. The citrus bitterness flavors are worth mentioning. Reminds me of a hopped up British style IPA.

As the beer warms up a little bit, I taste some nice hop juice and pineapple flavors. A solid beer with a kickin' 8.6% ABV.

Hibernator, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 4.25.09. growler secured from Matt up at Capoone's.

pour was a nice golden yellow color - very clear - very crisp - very inviting. wonderful off white head that left some satisfactory lacing on the glass. smell was very citrusy and very hoppy but nothing over the top.

taste was a nice citrusy hop mix - closely resembling the smell. nice on the palate, smooth and balanced. orange sneaks out ahead of the rest in a dominant manner among the citurs participants. a very nice beer - not quite up there with the NN or Hopslams of the world, but quite drinkable none the less.

Hophead101, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A slightly hazy golden yellow body with a fluffy, tan head that rose quickly to fill the snifter. A moderate amount of bubbles push through the liquid to meet the head that never disappears.

Ripe grapefruit and tangerines are big up front with a spicy hop character that work to keep the caramel malt at bay. The malt is present, maybe a little too much for a double ipa.

A pretty well-balanced dipa for sure. Ripe white grapefruit and tangerines mix with caramel malt for a sweet and slightly bitter flavor. Bitterness is really cut down by the malt sweetness. However, after drinking this for a while, the bitterness creeps in and lingers longer and longer the more you drink.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A bit sticky.

The 8+% is practically non-existent. Considering how balanced this is, this may be the most drinkable dipa on the market for the masses. But for the hopheads, they are left craving a little more.

This is a solid representation of the style and at $3.49/bomber, you really can't beat it.

ColForbinBC, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail- DIPA

A- Hazy murky yellowish orange with a big thick head. Thick chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Big sweet pine hops with creamy caramel malt.
T- Very sweet juicy grapefruit and orange citrus hops. Nice slight touch of pine hops kicks throughout the body. Caramel malt steady throughout.
M- Very sweet and creamy. Alc is well hidden. Thick and buttery malty. The hops never become bitter.

Overall- Very delicious! Too smooth for a DIPA thats for sure. This should be a year round offering!

NJpadreFan, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head is quickly down to a skim layer, with lasting lace. Aroma is strongly of pine and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, a flash of citrus in the middle, and a pine hops close with a warming afterglow. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, and drinkability is superb. Artful use of hopping here, no bitter for bitter face's sake. Great stuff.

ppoitras, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Very nice thick foam head really jumps out at you, good carbonation streams the glass, and its is murky with alot going on in the beer,

Smell- have to say the smell is absolutely amazing on this one, you start to smell this one as soon as you are pouring it I couldnt even get through describing the appearance before wanting to start to talk about the smell, lots of citrus and spicey hops just ripping off of this one, fantastic hop smells on this pulling your itch for the first sip

Taste- nice citrus hops that were screaming for you on the nose are there in the taste, very nice long finish, the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter but the bitter finish from the hops are long lingering and impressive, a very great finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip, very well balanced flavor because though very hoppy there is a touch enough of malts and sugar to give it a good balance, good stuff

Mouthfeel- another excellent point of this beer is the mouthfeel it is sooo soft and creamy, hard to describe exactly but this beer just feels really good on the palate

drinkabilty- with and 8.6 alcohol this drinks just as easily as a beer wtih the alcohol being almost a good 3 percent lower, this was a heck of a find and the price was soo good i almost think must be mismarked where I got it at, a great DIPA and one if you see Im telling you worth giving it a try, good value and good quality, my first offering every from longtrail and not sure how the rest of there line compares but this was a very nice find!

Stunner97, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, great sized head that fades slow and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a good amount of earthy hops, slight citrus presence.

Taste is nice and hoppy, good piney/citrus presence, alcohol is well hidden, fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Another good DIPA coming from New England, glad the style is spreading.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, toasty, and some pine. Tastes of citrus, the same floralness, pine, and some caramel. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

hopdog, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy tangerine/gold color with lots of floating sediment. The head was a full three fingers of billowing, slightly yellow-tinted head. The retention was very good as a cap, eventually becoming little islands of foam and the lacing was excellent in curtains. The aroma was of floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, pale malt, a slight mustiness and hints of pine. The flavors were just like the aroma, highlighted by big juicy grapefruit and a little kumquat on a pale malt backbone. The alcohol was rather well-concealed but became more apparent as it warmed up. The finish was pleasantly bitter and a little piney. Totally on-point for the style and very drinkable for a big/extreme beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation light. I really enjoyed this beer and think it is about time Long Trail brewed such a thing to show what they're capable of.

thekevlarkid, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of lpayette
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It seems that Imperial IPAs are popping up all over the state these days. Now it's Long Trail's turn to see what they do with this style

Appearance- Medium straw color with a slightly unfiltered haze. Solid two finger head with tightly sewn bubbles provide an intricate lace along the length of the glass.

Smell- A sea of hop aromas flood the senses and crash into the rock solid foundation of lightly roasted malt. Citrusy notes dominate in the hop arena with oranges, grapefruit, and orange rind all making an appearance. Dig deeper and you'll find some grassy, floral, and near woodsy smells will surface.

Taste- As expected, the hops are the main attraction here, and they are certainly worth experiencing. The taste is basically a mirror of the smell but it becomes more apparent that there is plenty of malt to almost balance all of those hops out.

Mouthfeel- The word that comes to mind here is lively. When still cold there is a lot of active carbonation. Combine that with some enamel-eating hop bitterness, and you get more than what your typical beer drinker can handle. As it warms though, Long Trail Double IPA becomes more tame and offers a smooth, slick, and lingering finish that keeps the drinker coming back for more.

Drinkability- An outstanding new offering from Long Trail. Highly recommended to hopheads. Not the best out there by any stretch, but it's a very solid beer and deserves a try. Hope this one comes back around or becomes a regular release.

lpayette, Apr 14, 2009
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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