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: 237 | Ratings: 1,906
1.95/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like a failed IPA combined with some fruit giving it a confusing dissatisfying flavor. Long Trail killed their brew masters series and replaced with this, an unfortunate decision. Throw me a bone longtrail and give me your old good beers back.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

03/27/14 From bottle. Not my kind of beer. Lots of flavor, but not the kind I like. At least it's not obnoxious, it's just not for me. PART II: this improved as it warmed to room temp. Gets close the Sculpin territory. Drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a hazed dark copper color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is biscuity malt and stale grain with a hint of resin hop. Taste follow suit on sweeter, stale bread and grain, sweet caramel, faint hop. This is a very subdued IPA with lots of grainy malt that aren't very expressive or well pulled together.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, so here goes…

I enjoy this beer so far as local and easily accessible IPA's go...


The words "adjunct" and "citrus juice" just springs to mind…the other word is "syrupy".

None the less, an enjoyable and easily accessible "IPA". Not something I want too many of in one sitting as I feel like the hangover would be offensive indeed.

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Photo of ddean
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
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 chessiejackson
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe it's just my taste buds, but I didn't particularly like this IPA. Had it both bottled and draft and neither hit me right. Kind of an odd aftertaste.

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Photo of Brad007
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful gold hue with a two-finger head that leaves some lacing along the edges. The neck of the bottle speaks of "new breeds of hops coming out of Australia and the Pacific Northwest." I thought New Zealand was the current rage of hops?

Mango and pineapple stand out in the nose. Malt backbone is detectable as well.

Taste is a mixed bag. Grapefruit and mango flavors clash with pine tar in the mouth. Bitter but not in a desirable manner.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Jumbled and the alcohol heat makes it unappealing.

I think that the problem with this beer is that it can't decide what it wants to be. Does it want to be a traditional East Coast IPA? A "fruity" western IPA with exotic hops? Neither? It's worth a try but I can't help but wonder if it would taste better straight from the tap?

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit and caramel. Light bitter aftertaste. $2.39 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, alcohol, bready and caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. There is something unpleasant in the taste. Finish is long, grapefruity. Ok IPA.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird one for me. Looks great-nice foamy head-Amber in color. Smell is throwing me off a bit. Light spicy almost onion/garlic smell. Taste like it smells. Not horrible but there is something off putting here. Wanting it to change as it warms but that's not happening. I can finish but don't want another. I have never had a beer that taste like this. Maybe a bad keg.

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey yellow color, with minimal head. Some fine and good lacing.

S - citrus, apricot and sweet candy aroma.

T - sweet, herberal, citrus and moderate hoppy bitterness.

M - A tad thick and creamy.

O - Rather good for a long trail brew, but a little sweet. Some inconsistent from batches. A previous bottle I had was better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

This is what a floral IPA should be like in theory. Good fruity nose and front with a complex taste with a bitter following.

A: Hazy golden orange color.
S: Pineapple, Mango and tangerine.
T: Pineapple followed by tangerine and then piney bitter finish
M: Medium-high gravity. Bitterness really hits you and stays with you.
O: The first couple tastes were great. I loved how floral this was in the beginning but the bitter hop taste really stays around for way longer than you want. I started out with a 4.25 rating for the original taste and then slowly brought it down to 3.5 by the time I finished this review.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 10/02/14
appears a bright golden color, with frothy off-white head. decent lacing. aroma is a bit fruity, hoppy. lightly sweet bready malt flavor support the hops. average mouthfeel.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
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 keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy copper color with white head

Smell - dank, onion, mango

Taste - grapefruit, mango, onion

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness is somewhat restrained yet lasts on te tongue

Overall - decent IPA worth a try

Price Point- ~$2/12 oz single

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with the lightest bit of haze. Upon pouring there is a nice two finger head of thick white foam. The head has a wonderful level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of tropical fruits and a good deal of hoppiness. The tropical fruits are heaviest of tangerine but also contain notes of mango, papaya and pineapple. The hop smells that are there are a mix of a grapefruit and floral smell with some light herbal and grassy notes. A bready and doughy smell rounds out the aroma, mixing with the rest to create a sweet and tasty hopped aroma.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then the nose would have suggested with a moderately big dose of a cracker and biscuit malt taste as well as some earthy and grassy hop flavors. A small amount of caramel and fruit sweetness is present upfront with it fading relatively rapidly. While this occurs the hop flavors grow more intense in nature and are joined by some new coming hop flavors of a floral and grapefruit nature. With the loss of much of the sweet and the advent of even more hop, one is left with a somewhat unbalanced, drier, malty and fairly hoppy (mainly earthy and grassy) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are decent for the style and keep it a rather easy drinking brew even in lack of its balanced taste.

Overall –Ah, nothing too fantastic here in my opinion. It was worth a try but is a bit too dry and unbalanced for me.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12/23/2013, poured in to SA glass.

Clear yellow-orange liquid, one finger white foam quickly dissipates. Modest amount of lacing.

Spice, earth, a bit of pine and citrus, malt.

The spice is right up front, a big rye-type flavor, cloying sweetness and malt biscuit. Kind of all over the place but not where I want it to be.

Medium body, almost tart.

The galaxy and mosaic hops are really crushed by the caramel malts. This is not a drain pour, but when I have Headhunter and White Rajah in the fridge...

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Photo of ScotNH
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a clear, dark honey color, with two fingers of creamy head. Many fine bubbles racing to the surface.

S - Light citrus. Sharp aroma with a slight hint of marshmallow.

T - Very sweet. Strong grassy finish with moderate bitterness.

M - Very light and creamy. Watery.

O - Decent, but a little sweet, and the mouthfeel disappoints. This seems inconsistent from batches. A previous bottle I had was phenomenal.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pumpkin orange in the vessel with a medium sense of visible carbonation. The head is hay colored, creamy, and settles rather quickly. Lacing is modest in coverage, a thin skim like covering with a decent rate of stickage.

S: Sweetened pink grapefruit, fresh and perfumy, juice like with a nice awareness level. Some breakfast fruit, melon thrown in.

T: The flavor reveals tons of freshly squeezed grapefruit, again, juice like, with some pulpy content, tart citrus finish with some grain sweetness and sweetness of breakfast fruit (melon, canteloupe).

M: rather light bodied, more relaxed feel of carbonation, some grapefruit-juice like consistency and feel finishing with a lightly grapefruit tart and bitter twang.

O: Overall i can imagine drinking this in the morning much like grapefruit juice. The 7.6% abv eludes me, extremely well hidden behind the big burst of fresh grapefruit like juice hoppiness that is wet and tart, lightly bitter and so enjoyable. Again what a way to start a morning.

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area (thanks BBA/RH!), bottled on 01/29/14, poured into my Surly British style pint, drank over 30 minutes.

A: 2/3 - golden-orange coloration, hazy (cannot see through), initial frothy white head settles into a subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - mild-to-moderate citrus and piney notes - definitely getting some Bravo and Chinook and but don't get much Mosaic or Galaxy; some caramel sweetness and background breadiness; some detectable alcohols on the nose too

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a mild hop bitterness but certainly doesn't taste like 80 IBUs to me (maybe first wort hopped?); as the profile develops, the flavors match the nose with citrus - tangerine, orange peel, and grapefruit - and some resin/pine character; the malt character is present but not dominant with some crystal/caramel sweetness and wheat; some alcohol on the back of the swallow; finishes mildly sweet but not cloying

M: 3/5 - medium body, medium-to-high fizzy carbonation, some hop oils/resins also coat the tongue

O: 7/10 - nice offering from Long Trail, but, unfortunately, I find it overrated - definitely not worthy of a 92; if you like sweeter/East Coast IPAs, this one can definitely appeal but is not my cup of tea; nevertheless, I admire Long Trail's ingenuity here and, even though I think that it's a slight miss, I continue to encourage the creativity (and improved artwork)

TOTAL - 36/50

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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 qchic
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lots of clarity to show the efferevecence of this rose gold beer. Egg shell lacing. Big aromas are letting me know this is gonna be more exciting than all these session ipas that keep popping up. Citrus, mango, banana, eucalyptus, caramel, and apricot. Flavor is dominated by the sweet tropical fruits tempered by bitter grapefruit. This one takes a turn for me with an off putting tang. It really dries the mouth out on the finish. Glad I tried it, but it didn't live up to the rave reviews for me.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass over the weekend. Bottled on 5/20/14, so not quite 2 months old.

Pours very nicely. A dirty orange color, with an enthusiastic thick white foamy head. Lacing is very thick indeed.

A bit disappointing on the nose, not getting much at all.

Bitterness from hops, but no citrusiness at all. Just didn't seem that special to me.

Medium on the mouth, with lingering dry bitterness.

Overall, just not feeling it from this beer. The one think that it does very well, is hide the 7.6 abv. No warmth detected. Could be trouble there. I have to say that overall, I find Long Trails offerings pretty uninspiring, though love the platinum. Perhaps it's just me and the water up in Vermont that dont't get along.

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Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The puddle of beer provides witness to an aggressive beige, foamy head that leaves behind sticky lacing on top a murky orange beer.

Nose isn't providing much information just yet as I'm getting a little fruitiness and little else.

Taste follows the fruity and draws in boozy malty while we are at it. Next swig confirms the first but leaves an additional resiny pine behind with a touch of sweetness.

Aftertaste is a touch astringent and sweet.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Dated 08/27/14.

Pours lightly hazy with a medium sized pale head. Lots of slow active carbonation. Smell is slightly dank (as in a damp basement), a little juicy, some floral.

Taste is green grass, slightly soapy, a little straw. Strange, but the green vegetation flavor seems to dominate, and is somewhat appealing today.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick, dry. Overall, not bad.

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