Limbo IPA
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Limbo IPALimbo IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,074
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,644
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.24%
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
2,016
From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  92
Gots
  790
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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.
Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 2,016 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Although first sampled years ago, here's an initial review. For it, two 12 oz. bottles are poured into a clear glass liter mug. The color is a light copper-amber that is rather translucent. Although well carbonated, the modest white head is mostly short lived. The smell is more of earthy malt than sharp hops. There is some glass lacing that probably outperforms the head. The taste is close to a perfect blend of malt and hops, sweetness and bitterness and smooth whilst somewhat earthy. A little more sweet, that is a little more, than bitter and just a little too much alcohol hit keeps this from a perfect 10 (taste and mouthfeel combined). In the times of overloading IPAs with oates and wheat, this is a wonderful reminder of how good a simple IPA can be.

Feb 17, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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

Hazy, amber/orange appearance with an average size, off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruit dominates with subtle soft fruit in the background. That’s a blueprint for the taste as well; citrusy hops balanced by a clean malt backbone. ABV creeps up as the aftertaste unfolds. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lasting finish.

Jun 30, 2020
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tigerinatrance from New York

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!

Sep 26, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 04, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

Mar 31, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

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.

Nov 27, 2018
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nasty15108 from New York

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.

Oct 20, 2018
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Sally-the-drinker from District of Columbia

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.

Sep 24, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

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.

Jul 06, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 24, 2018
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izraelc from New York

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!

Apr 01, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Mar 28, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 19, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

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.

Sep 04, 2017
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BernadetteP from Connecticut

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!

Aug 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 09, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

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.

Jun 05, 2017
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hrtl from Massachusetts

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%.

May 15, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

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.

May 13, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 23, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Mar 18, 2017
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Lonborgski from Maine

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.
Feel--unremarkable.
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.

Feb 22, 2017
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 06, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 27, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 11, 2017
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