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Limbo IPA | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by luvbier on 10-12-2013

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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,873
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised to see the really high scores for this beer. It is a very solid IPA but I didn't see it as one of the best I have had.

Pours a hazy light orange/orangy gold with a big off white head (hard pour). Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Fairly pronounced aroma of citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is more of the same. Some grassy hops and citrus hops. Decent amount of bitterness and some balancing caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely bitter.

A good IPA from a brewery that provides a lot of good beers.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Miracle of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Body is hazy golden yellow. One finger white head, fair retention, rings upon rings of lacing. Looks good, and after walking the entire Freedom Trail and then walking to the MIT campus, I was ready for a beer.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple and pale malt, in that order. Smells quite hoppy indeed.

F- Clean citrus hops come out as grapefruits and oranges with a leafiness. The bread and biscuit pale malts complement the hops nicely enough but this is definitely not the paragon of balance. Which is definitely not a bad thing here.

M- Medium bodied with a dry finish. Citrus bitterness on the finish is not terribly high; in fact my IPA-hating wife considered this one to be quite tasty as it is the bitterness that she usually objects to.

O- Very good IPA with plenty of hop character; enjoyed this one a lot with my lunch on a humid hot day.

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

Don't think of this as a DIPA. It's. It boozy enough to be in that class. As an IPA it is top notch. Smooth, flavorful and balanced. Great beer that I ordered only because it was a "regional" suggestion. Great find.

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Photo of Maltoftheearth
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Long Trail has hit a home run here. No joke... Long Trail. Seek it out and try it. Citrusy, very crisp, wonderful bouquet of fruit and floral notes. Great beer. I was shocked.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was shared from a growler filled at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, New York. We poured into our set of War Horse pint glasses, sharing with friends to kick off the events of our very own homebrew day. It laid out in a bright orange-bronze coloring, bubbling over with at least a finger and a half worth of creamy, eggshell colored foaminess. This showed nice, bouncy retention. Carbonation appeared to be robust throughout, with no sediment noted. The aroma came across as incredibly fresh, zesty, and lively, boasting notes of absolutely saturated citric and grassy hoppiness, under ripe red and green raspberries, SweeTart candies, curiously soft acetaldehyde waxed fruitiness, nail polish remover, savory pale and softly crispy caramel maltiness, light tannins, and mild plastic phenols. Again, this just wafted over with waves after wave of fruity, hoppy freshness. While the taste to follow was slightly more muted in comparison to the overflowing aromatic showing, this too conjured those same descriptors of fresh squeezed authenticity. The pale and softly buttery crystal malt base was the first thing to broach the palate, but this is almost immediately brushed away by shocking twangs of orange and lemon citrics, green grassy, and soapy hops airs. Mixing amongst this hearty foundation flows cantaloupe and honeydew melon juiciness, steel, chlorine, sticky aloe saps, drying caramel tannins, fine ale yeastiness, development solution, tangerine flesh, marigold pollen, and oily citrus scented moisturizer. The body was light, and the carbonation was quite large, to the point of slowing the drinker down a bit. Otherwise, each sip was creamy, froth-forward, and easily enjoyable.

Overall, this has got to be one of the most surprising brews of the year. We’ve seen it numerous times in bars and bottle shops, foolishly passing over it to discover something “rarer” or “more local”. So when our friend, DogHaus, brought it over for our homebrew day, we didn’t give it much more mind than our general excitement to try a new beer with a pal. From the first whiff we knew we had something special. It just sings with that immense cleanliness and freshness that can’t be touched by your simple, run-of-the-mill beverages. The hops were incredibly juicy, lasting from fridge to room temperature without so much as a hiccup. This was really its brightest shinning component. The taste was a touch milder, but drank like a champion, hindered only by a touch of carbonation fervor. This is, by a longshot, the best Long Trial beer we’ve had the pleasure of indulging in, and one we’ll not soon make the mistake of passing over again. This has revitalized their reputation in our minds.

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

pours a little dark for an IPA. Very malt forward with some fruity and floral hops. Good balance and bitterness. West Coast cirtus hops shine through in the end. decent mouthfeel good finish.

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Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange copper color with a foamy one finger off white head

Smell: Huge blend of tropical and citrus fruits (Mango, tangerines, apricots, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit). Pine resin comes through too, as well as slight onion and alcohol which gives my nose a nice burn. Really a lovely smelling beer

Taste: A ton of tropical notes upfront, malt sweetness in the middle, and citrusy grapefruit to finish it off. Pine resin throughout. Burps are great as well!

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Oily and extremely smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: I never thought id say this, but LT made an A beer with this one! It's unbelievable to me actually. I think they hired someone from Stone or something to brew this. This is a incredibly clean smelling and tasting IPA. All the notes you want in a IPA is in this beer. Tropical, citrus, pine, with just enough sweet malts to round it out. Also one of the best IPAs I have found in its price range ($9.99 six pack) and would make for a perfect go to. Rivals some of the best on the market. Definitely recommended!

EDIT: It's 5/11/15 and this bottle has a bottled on date of 2/17/15. Let me tell ya, this IPA holds up better than any other iv had with three months on it. I dont think the hops have tremendously faded, and It still has that great marmalade quality to it that i remember. Impressive

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Photo of Geoff412
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: slightly orange, subtle bubbles

S: I was blown away. One of the best smelling I've had

T: amazingly subtle for such a high octane (7.5%) ipa.

I stumbled across this beer at Wegmans in downingtown. I was on my way to victory and was looking for something new. At $9.49 a 6er this is an unreal beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a slight hazed lighter amber shade with a half finger white head atop.Big grapefruit and tangerine hops in the nose,they really jump out at ya.The palate is the same with big juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flavors,not sharp and or bitter really.Wow a big fruity beer bursting with hops,nice.

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Photo of ddean
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had cold and on tap at The Purple Pub in Williamstown, MA. As in other reviews I've made, I'll make the disclaimer that I think I have relatively insensitive taste buds, so I tend to like big beers, strong coffee, spicy food. Someone with more gentle or discerning taste buds might feel differently.

Appearance: A pleasant, slightly hazy burnt orange. Moderate carbonation and a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Brown rice, but no other notes per se. No hops at all. Don't get much here, maybe partially because the beer was quite cold.

Taste: Doesn't taste bad at all, but as with the smell, not a punch to the flavor. I get that soft brown rice flavor again, all the way through, a little lemon in the middle as the beer warmed up, and a pleasant but subtle hops bite lingering at the end. Fairly dry and crisp, never sweet.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, and the lingering hops for a second or two is pleasant. Would prefer a little more malt sweetness personally.

Quite drinkable, no off-tastes or nasty surprises. I could see this working well for a lot of people as a session beer. Just personally prefer my IPAs to have strong, opposing flavors that come to a balanced consensus like those doubles on the West Coast have (Racer 5, Maximus,...).

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Photo of Marty
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bitterness Units: 80, ABV: 7.6%, Malts: 2-row Pale, Wheat and Caramel Malt, Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Galaxy, Mosaicrn, Availability: Year-round.

Had this on tap at Foxwoods. Not the best IPA I've ever had but it is the best I've had from Long Trail. Much better than their standard IPA. I'm a big Double Bag fan but haven't found any of their other offerings to my liking until now. Glad it's a year round brew.

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of beergod82
1/5  rDev -75.6%

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

Slight bitterness upfront, but mellows quickly to a smooth finish. Not a typical New England citrus bomb, more reserved.

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

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dobmaster
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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