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Limbo IPA | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA
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4.08/5
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1,993 Ratings
Limbo IPALimbo IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,185
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
1,993
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
782
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,993 |  Reviews: 253
Reviews by bsm80x:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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 IronLover
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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 hardysf
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Daktah
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Maltoftheearth
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Geoff412
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice flufy 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing, fairly hazy copper color with lots of bubbles streaming up.

Nose is very nice, esp for a Long Trail beer, lots of fresh hops, citrusy with tangerine and orange zest, mild grapefruit pith, hint of that fruity bubblegum, little tropical fruit like papaya, little spicy earthy rind like hop towards the end, and a hint of sweet like malt base.

Taste starts a little sweet with some malty flavors, but seems a little watery somehow, quite thin actually, but a little toasty copper malt with little graininess. THen hops, fairly biter to start with some rind flavors at first, orange zest, mild grapefruit pith, into a little clementine and pink grapefruit, little generic tropical fruit but not a lot, into some mild earthy hop, very faint touch of a mint like hop even. Finish is dry and quite bitter, the grapefruit flavor picks up as well as quite a bit of citrus rind bitterness, almost like chewing on the grapefruit with rind and all, no malt character, little juicy citrus fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, a bit thin and probably the only problem with this beer, despite being 7.6% abv and hidden well, the body is just missing, decent carb though.

Overall pretty good, a surprise from Long Trail, well at least ones they bottle and send out here. THe two times I've been to the brewery they had some great test batches going on, but never seem to bottle them, although the newer ones, the special series seem to be pretty good lately, and this is a big step up for them, although it's still a little short of great since its a bit too thin.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

not as hoppy as i thought it would be. went down very smooth but not the smoothest and somehow i cant resist drinking this beer more and more. hooray to this beer

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of soroka24
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PriorDoubleDark
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mulligans, Barre VT

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Photo of Howdymike
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Leiermann
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vladbeznos
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Copper-gold in color, with a big, billowy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of tropical hops
Taste-Interesting fruity hop flavors of passionfruit,mango and pineapple.Nice hop bitterness rounds out tropical fruit sweetness. Nicely done.

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Photo of beermeister9
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schmelby
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ChrisR123
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of GFD378
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philjohn
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,993 ratings