Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-13-2009 21:53:18 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
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?
05-13-2009 00:38:06 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-12-2009 16:53:31 | More by Duhast500
4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
05-12-2009 00:20:02 | More by ToasterChef
4.88/5 rDev +21.4%
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...
05-09-2009 01:56:07 | More by RuinationMan
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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!
05-08-2009 23:16:42 | More by brewandbbq
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
05-06-2009 11:08:46 | More by Teeter
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
05-05-2009 01:05:57 | More by meatyard
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
05-04-2009 01:42:23 | More by jwc215
4.9/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
05-02-2009 21:19:54 | More by ODBRIP
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-30-2009 22:38:08 | More by Hibernator
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-30-2009 14:34:31 | More by Hophead101
4.18/5 rDev +4%
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.
04-29-2009 20:09:10 | More by ColForbinBC
4.55/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
04-29-2009 19:29:23 | More by NJpadreFan
4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
04-21-2009 22:12:27 | More by ppoitras
4.75/5 rDev +18.2%
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!
04-21-2009 05:41:50 | More by Stunner97
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
04-20-2009 22:56:50 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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
04-20-2009 18:42:50 | More by hopdog
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-17-2009 12:21:04 | More by thekevlarkid
4.18/5 rDev +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.
04-14-2009 02:17:19 | More by lpayette
4.1/5 rDev +2%
22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.
A: Bright hazy orange in color, nice white head and noticeable lacing.
S: Big hop, citrusy oils and some pine. The aromatics are the star of the show.
T: Bitter hops right off the get go. Lemon zest, tangerine, some orange even, then the humboldt county pine kicks in. Tasty brew thats all one way can sum it up.
M: Medium bodied, some stickiness involved, ABV can be turned around if you wanted it to.
D: For $3.99 a bomber, its more than just drinkable. Hopheads should jump all over this one. Recommended
04-13-2009 20:05:09 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
4.72/5 rDev +17.4%
Also my first review, bear with me
Poured from 750ml bottle into pint glass
First I have to say there is a ton of head on this beer, very unexpected, it actually overflowed out of the glass (first time i've ever pulled that off)
Citrus, orange, tangerine flavors in the beer. Very very well balanced for a double IPA, not rediculously hoppy. Alcohol is very well hidden in the brew. Extremely drinkable, I could drink this wonderful beer all day long.
04-13-2009 02:14:18 | More by macmaster761
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Pours hazy gold from bomber. Modest but creamy head. Fantastic aroma of pear, citrus and hops. Very pungent.
Flavor is nice, very smooth, but not as big as I expected. Solid, lingering bitterness punctuated by some orangey, citrusy notes. Slightly spicy hop character. Despite the bitterness, this is actually a pretty sweet beer, and subtle as well. Like Long Trail's Double Bag, the alcohol is very well disguised. Mouthfeel is great-- big, smooth and buttery, but the carbonation could be lower in my opinion. Overall an excellent, well-balanced IPA, and a nice offering from the Vermont brewery.
04-12-2009 05:22:29 | More by dasenebler
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Props go out to Long Trail for deciding to come out with some big beers. With so many out there it is tough to distinguish yourself, so good, lets see how this one turned out. Decanted this beer in to a Duvel glass. Color was gold, with a huge amount of heading; almost three fingers, and very foamy. From the smell there is citrus, pear, apricot, a little cream here and there. There is also an underlying spicy quality to it that you really need to get your nose deep in to the beer to detect. Taste has a bitter hop quality to it, but also has some milky, honey like sweetness in the aftertaste. It almost has a Belgian quality to it. Mouthfeel is thicker than I was anticipating, it feels twice its size in ABV. Drinkability is also very respectable, clearing off a bomber of this was not a chore at all. Again, a job well done to Long Trail. The Coffee Stout was impressive, and this is too. Keep on brewing styles like this, please. Cheers
04-10-2009 00:40:16 | More by jamie2dope
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
A: Pours a medium honey colored body with a silky cream one finger head. Steady carbonation. Strong lacing.
S: Big, juicy grapefruit hops, lemon, orange rind, light pine. Malts are shadowy, sweetened crackers. Overall, this beer is very sweet smelling.
T: Medicinal hops, somewhat acidic and citrusy. A bit metallic in the middle. Malts are light and negligible. Alcohol pulls in at the end with a mild bite. Stinging residual hop bitterness.
M: Medium bodies and plenty chewy.
D: Certainly not the best example of a double IPA out there. Too bad the taste doesn't follow the lead of the aroma. Props to Long Trail for trying out new things. Their standard IPA was one of the first hoppy beers I ever had as a youngin', I thought it was disgusting then, but now I find it mild.
04-08-2009 23:41:29 | More by phantomwyse
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.