Limbo IPA
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Limbo IPALimbo IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #872
Ranked #3,298
4.1 | pDev: 10.24%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Limbo IPALimbo IPA
Notes: A big, mouth-watering IPA, brimming with all the flavors and aromas of the new breed of hops coming from Australia and the Pacific Northwest.
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Photo of tigerinatrance
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful hazy rust appearance, nothing is visible through the glass. Pretty floating sediment sinks very slowly. A vigorous pour yields a very pretty, frothy two finger head that dissipates slowly, with peaks and pockets forming atop it. Gives me the mustache I’ve always wanted. Some tiger striping follows sipping, which I appreciate.

S: hoppy stone fruit, some citrus but more like plum and pear. Pleasing, above average, but nothing

T: not much malt at play here. The malt that is there has a yeasty, crusty Italian bread component hiding behind the real star of the show here... the plummy, peary, slightly bitter hop component- slightly citrusy, but only slight. The alcohol comes through a tad bit more than I usually like, but that’s okay and no points taken for that. The on,y way I’d raise the 4.25 I gave the taste is if the malt backbone were a little stronger. That would make this a near perfect IPA. Overall, this is exceptional tasting stuff and I’d buy it again, undoubtedly.

F: nice pillowy carbonation. Not too thin, not too frothy, spot on for what it is. The taste of the alcohol present would lead you to believe there’d be more of that on the feel of this beer, but there isn’t. The feel is comforting, crisp, lovely.

O: I really dig this stuff and hope it keeps getting shipped to my neck of the woods for a long time, it holds its own with IPA’s double the cost and I’d really love to see this stuff get nationally acclaimed and retain its lovable, intriguing character. It’s not overly complex, but challenging enough to keep you interested as you sip it. Bravo, Long Trail!

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Photo of lastmango
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful hazy orange amber color with a one finger white head that lingered. Heavy lacing was present. Sweet tropical fruit aroma. Initial taste of malt quickly overpowered by citrus and pith that lingers on the finish. Hop bitterness is average and strikes a balance with the malt. Moderate body and carbonation. Overall, a nice IPA.

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Photo of VABA
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Imperial IPA

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber honey color with abundant creamy foam head. Smells like grapefruit pith,apricot,mild BBQ sauce( non hickory), some ethyl also. Tastes somewhat astringent with malts struggling to suppress the massive hop presence. Stone fruits,burnt toffee, diluted maraschino cherry juice. Feels well carbonated, not too slick, but not dry either. This is barely a 2X IPA with the alcohol taste seems much higher. Overall a robust east coast style IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy amber with a decent head. Slightly musty smell, with a whiff of hop bitterness. Semi viscous with a slight maltiness followed by a bitter finish. Coated the mouth well but I wouldn't rate it as high as most on BA.

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Photo of Sally-the-drinker
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell has light citrus notes to it and is not overly pungent. Color is a deep amber color with slight head, Taste is light, not hoppy, and has citrus undertones. Slightly bitter aftertaste that one can feel in the mouth. Would pair well with sandwiches at lunch.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very unusual beer. First off, the smell is horrible so don't judge it on smell (at all). The taste, as others have said is fruity, somewhat tropical with an emphasis on grapefruit. Overall not too bad and a good diversion. Would I buy it again? Who knows with this one...but likely not.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hearty amber color with some haziness. Thick, slightly off-white head with very good retention. Leaves excellent lacing.

S---Tropical fruit up front. Mild floral notes.

T---Juicy grapefruit. Nicely balanced between hops and malts. Maybe some passionfruit or mango.

F---Juicy & wet. Quenching. Nicely carbonated.

O---Excellent IPA. Never had before, but hope to find it again.

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Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Excellent. A nice cloudy orange pour. Thick foamy head that doesn't fade. A nice bright hoppy flavorful taste. Citrus and almost sweet with a nice bitter finish. A fantastic IPA. Hooray!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just happened to hit a small c-store that had this and thought I’d try it. Glad I did as it is a very nice IPA. Nice head, great color, nice smell and a not to overwhelming taste of singular things. Very nice blend. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a creamy white foam with medium low retention. Medoum earthy, spicy and resinous hop aromas with solid caramel malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Creamy smooth feel through the middle with pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium caramel malt and earthy, spicy, resinous hop flavors up front followed by medium high hop bitterness. Spicy hop bitterness and caramel malt flavors continue on the back end as the boozy warmth kicks in. Finished semi dryly with lingering notes of dark caramel malt and spicy hops. Definitely a malty IPA but it works wonderfully with the hop character. Great feel and pleasant booziness.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/30...pours semi-clear copper, fast settling white foam. Gritty pine based bitter nose. Maybe rinds in there too. Big bold juicy bitter flavor.Citrus and grass gets swirled in the mix. Mellow with a lingering burn to close. Creatively made IPA.

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Photo of BernadetteP
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressed, first New England IPA that I've tried that I really liked! Could most definitely compete with the best of them. Kudos, Long Trail, kudos! Hoppy, refreshing, loved it!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a slim white foamy head that dissipated within less than twenty seconds. Barely any lacing stuck or even showed. The smell had bittersweet citrus hops with a light honey in the background. The taste was bittersweet through citrus elements of sticky fresh hops. It has a nice lingering sweet sticky aftertaste and fresh sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued and carried a decent harshness to the feel. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No apparent dating, so unsure of it's age.
Pours an almost glowing orange-amber, with moderate white head and lacing.

Aroma is booze/solvent(not in a bad way)/dank/floral hops.

Flavor is same as aroma, plus at least four separate, not-quite-identifiable (too brief) fruity sensations. One is tangerine-like, but not quite that.

Feel and carbonation are both smooth, and barely noticeable, though by no means is it under-carbonated. Just right to enjoy, without thinking about it.

Overall, very good, and easy-drinking, with the 7.6% abv all but invisible, despite the aroma. I'll be getting more of this.

Additional note : for those of you that are regular imbibers of the Enjoy By series, this is very similar to the best (to me) iterations of that, with perhaps more (brief) fruity notes in the middle.

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Photo of hrtl
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amazing initial fruity/citrus punch, but something about the aftertaste was a little off-putting to me, but I didn't mind it too much. Overall a great beer. Packs a punch but doesn't taste too boozy @ 7.6%.

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Photo of haines710
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with thin head and hazy dark orange color. Has a malty taste which gives it a little boozy feel but still some fruity citrus notes which is more apparent in the smell. This is an interesting beer. I enjoyed slow drinking in the evening. Nice ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light orange that is hazy. half finger frothy head with lined lacing.

S- bready and sweet fruit malt like...cherry. biscuity and buttery as well.

F- sweet bready and biscuit malts with sour cherry flavor.

M- sour and medium bodied for a double IPA. Goes down fairly easy though.

O- great flavor and appeal. it gets stronger as you go but good all the same.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good looking with plenty of lace. Nose is tropical fruit and a touch of balance but still all hop in tone.

Plenty of buttered bread and biscuit notes keep this from being one dimensional, although the pine notes do come on strong. The texture really holds up well. This is not terribly complex but it does provide a fruity, piney mix that satisfies nicely. Definitely has some versatility and should be given an effort by all hop heads.

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle to my Austin Street Teku glass.
Deep clear reddish copper (brings to mind Apple's iPhone "Rose Gold"). Light port? Not much of a head.
Smell of sweet hops--cherry toast.
Taste sweeter than most IPAs. This is not what I'm looking for in beer. Bottle says 80 IBUs, but I taste very little bitterness. I think the malt is overpowering the hops in a clear reddish copper beer.
Overall--I just didn't like the taste. There are too many other crisper, more refreshing beers out there to work on developing a taste for this one.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden yellow with some darker hues when poured into a tulip glass. Smells hoppy but not quite my cup of tea: a weird blueberry, grapefruit rind and some peach. Some hints of underlying crystal malts along with toast & biscuit. Tastes much better than in the nose in my personal opinion. Fruity & juicy citrus hops dominate with supportive malt character. The distracting blueberry note seems to meld well or disappear in taste. I would chalk that up to perhaps a weird hop interaction. Feels medium bodied with good carbonation and some alcohol warmth. Overall, an interesting IPA - not a personal favorite but intriguing to try.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Cloudy golden orange pour. Two fingers of foamy off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Citrus and resin. Grapefruit and tropicals.

T/F: Malty to start... good backbone to the beer with a very citrusy/juicy tropical fruit hop profile. Resinous... bitterness is well hidden with the pineapple and grapefruit notes. Medium body... clean and sticky. Finish is tropical fruits.

O: A delicious DIPA... not quite Space Juice but still a great beer if you like the tropical fruit spectrum of what hops can do. Long Trail of all breweries has really impressed me lately. Never woulda thought.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer. Really liking the scent on this beer. Subtle fruits, peach and pineapple with some citrus in the back. So far very good ! Good flavor consisting of bitter grapefruit and sweet melons and peach with the bitterness carrying through the finish on this beer. Very slight heat on the end. Complex beer with a distinct flavor profile. Kinda...what fruit flavors do you taste? type of brew. Very good. Well Carbonated and a staying with you bitter type feel.

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Photo of raysat
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Lots of strong citrus notes coming out in the aroma, very fruity. The flavour follows likewise, however there it's tasting very boozy to me, which is definitely bringing it down a bit.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm reviewing this for the style outlined by BeerAdvocate which is an imperial/double IPA. The bottle just days IPA but based on color and ABV, I'd say it definitely resembles more of a double.

The beer pours a clear deep brown/amber with a cream colored head. The head has great retention and lacing. The amount of head is nice and light showing that there is the right amount of carbonation.

The smell is a blend of new England and west coast styles. There is a strong presence of orange and pine with subtle floral and tropical notes. There is also a decent amount of caramel, toast and heat.

The flavor is more west coast in style. It has strong pine, orange peel, caramel and toastiness. It has a good amount of bitterness balanced with malt. There is a little to much heat for 7.6% but not overly intense.

The mouthful is a perfect balance of body and carbonation. The medium-full body compliments malt bill while the carbonation accents the hoppiness.

Overall this is good IPA.

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2011 ratings