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

big juicy ipa, more in the west coast style than the vermont one, but a well made and well hopped beer. almost orange in color, radiantly glowing, with an inch or more of fluffy white head packed with a million little air bubbles. it smells sticky and tropical, clementines and pineapple come to mind, but there is bitterness too, and perhaps a touch of pine. definitely quite the hop bill on this. the flavor is much the same as the nose, a pretty sturdy malt base shows up though, not doing too much flavoring, but contributing plenty of body for the hops to hang on to. a great hop complexion arises on the finish, different from what preceded it, less tropical, more resinous or sappy hops, dense, almost sticky in the mouth like taffy. this gets a little heavy in the feel with the fuller body, and its a sipper for me. interesting beer overall, not my favorite from long trail, but a well made and sturdy all season ipa.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of mangos.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit stand out in particular—along with notes of mangos and other tropical fruits as well as some hints of pine. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted very fresh and had nice bold aromas and flavors from the blend of four hops that were used. It was also quite drinkable and hid its alcohol very well.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head; a few squiggles of lacing hang around

Smell: Citrus and mango tones

Taste: The malts deliver a neutral platform for the hops to dominate, bringing citrusy grapefruit and mango flavors; bright and juicy through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very impressed by this beer; far and away the best thing I have ever tasted from Long Trail

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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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this chilled in a glass, bottled on 6/23/14, review from notes.

The color is a beautiful golden color with mild haze and slow moving carbonation bubbles with 2 finger bone white head with very fine bead. Thick lace sticks and retention is very good. The smell has a lot of pine in the nose with mild orange zest odors from hops with subtle alcohol in the aroma. The feel has a moderate bitterness and light sweet malt tinge and medium carbonation with slight alcohol in the mostly dry finish.

The taste starts tangy with citrus up front with slight piney hop flavor and gentle grassy edge with mixed orange and light caramel in the background with light astringency toward the end. There is a subtle sweet malt in the finish. Overall a solid IPA with nice hop profile and very easy to drink for a 7% + ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Impressive chunks of lace from the bar pour head. Hazy, dirty gold color

Strong grapefruit with a bit of evergreen in the nose.

Clean, brief malt flavor. This succumbs to a strong bitter, pepper-like hop bite. A bit thin in the body. The elevated carbonation enhances this. Long bitter and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/27/15 notes. 12 oz. pour in a pint glass at Headless Horseman in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, resin, pine hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, and earthy notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid. Little malty in the taste but good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know that I have been eschewing bottles and trying to reduce my backlog, but my high school classmate, Mike, came by last night for a bomber bottle blowout and dropped one off for me. It was cold when he got here, so I kept it cooling in the reefer and decided to knock it out while I transcribe some of the notes from our debacle.

From the bottle: "A big, mouthwatering IPA, brimming with all the flavors and aromas of the new breed of hops coming out of Australia and the Pacific northwest."

My anxiousness led to an aggro pour which resulted in a pseudo-cascade and two fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was that shade of deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity that always seems to call forth the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas. Nose had the tropical fruit quality of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers! We used to unroll one of each (mango, coconut, papaya, pineapple) and put them all in our mouth at the same time. That sensation was what this smelled like (plus a little bit of dank for good measure). Hee hee. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, frankly. The taste was fantastic! Fruity as all get-out, not at all alcoholic and at 7.6%, with a grassy mellowness. Yowza! This was the antithesis of those Black/Cascadian IPAs, which seem to waste the hops, IMHO. Here, the hops were put to fantastic use. I took a break to put on my knitted hophead to enhance my enjoyment. Finish was bone-dry, hoppy as heck and unrelenting. It was a step below a DIPA, but the lingering fruitiness also put me in mind of Juicyfruit gum. I remember kissing a girl in high school that always chewed Juicyfruit. Good times, man, good times.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a hazed copper with frothy white topping that is silky and fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

Aroma is dank and catty with quite a solid herbal aspect that is grassy as well. There is a bit of mineral thing going on in this before getting slightly cheesy/sulfuric.

There is quite a grassy and herbal bitterness to this that is catty, dank and almost dusty. Some floral and fruity aspects as well blending to some alcohol esters. When focusing on the bitterness it gets quite pulpy/pithy.

This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite hoppy and flavorful with some solvent alcohol that emerges as it warms.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Real serious looker. Giant but controlled four to five finger tall off tan and white colored head, rocking with seriously staying power and island clumping lace. Literally ice tanned cream head in a glass, with a body color of apricot bronze and bursting orange amber, and thin rising carbonation. Killer looking brew.

An absolutely gorgeous controlled nose. Soft creamy egg white and sugars, with a juicy hop citrus bursting orange and tangerine. This literally smells like orange icing sugar but with lots of umami sensing fattyness. Faint weedy smoke on this also in the background behind the sweetness. I am hoping for good things here.

A real wonderful palate. Comes with soft juicy hop front and matching soft body hinted on the nose. Soft tangerine and orange fruit like hop, but without the bitterness. Mild very soft sugars that are hardly detectable. Faint pine and earth on the aftertaste, with very controlled bitterness. Wonderful balance in this beer.

The only thing missing is the presence or any defining character of the malt bill, but this is one hell of a well constructed subtle American IPA. Easily the best Long Trail beer I've had from them to date.

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled 1-22-14

Pours clouded lighter amber, long lasting lite khaki head. Leaves generous fine and high sheeting.

Grapefruit nose, juicy and pungent.

Super tasty IPA. Loads of citrus, grapefruit,grapefruit and more grapefruit and more of a minor lime note.

Long trail's finest hour. This is well crafted and well worth seeking out. Finally a world class IPA from Vermont that I dont have to Vermont for and dont need to know the secret handshake to purchase a few six packs of.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch dense white head on a solid orange body. Some clumpy lacing with a collar left that last the whole 12 ounces.

S- Aromas of bright citrus, oranges.

T- Taste follows the aroma but cranks it up two notches...sweet tropical notes throughout. Wow, that's eye opening. Hops leave a slight bitter aftertaste. Leaves the mouth watering for the next sip. Would put it right at it's stated ABV of 7.5%.

M- Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Somewhat reminded me of Sculpin. Very apparent upfront sweetness separates it from most IPAs. Enjoyed the simple but dramatic artwork. Thanks a ton for this solid local Marc (mj0126)!

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Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus, some pine. Taste is delicious. Lots of hops, some bitterness, citrus, pine, smooth and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very hazy golden orange, with some floaties. 1 inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Aroma contains big fruity citrus flavors, along with a small amount of pine. Very fresh aroma, just caresses the nose.

The flavor is similar. Big juicy fruit flavors- orange, mangos, grapefruits. Very refreshing flavors. Some piney/earthy hop flavors take over near the end, and finish with strong, but pleasant bitterness. Not much malt flavor noted here. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Long Trail's best beer, and a good foot forward to keep up with the times.

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

Pours a light golden color with good clarity and some lace on the glass. Aroma of herb, pine and cat pee. In the taste, resinous and herbal with a strong bitterness. Pine and herb are the predominant flavors with a pale malt backing and residual sweetness. Finishes bitter and earthy. Overall, a very nice ipa I would drink again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 9/26/14. Sampled on December 7, 2014

Hazy bronze-amber pour with yellow hues and a cream colored head. Slow upward bound carbonation bubbles.

Lovely floral and resiny hop character with those caramel malts in the aroma.

Medium to full body and smooth.

Roasted malts up front quickly overtaken by the resiny, floral hops that leave a modest bitterness at the finish but not for long. A really solid IPA

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%

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 beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a medium bright copper color with a two fingered white, frothy head and very sticky lacing. The beer leaves a rocky, sticky foam residue on the sides of the glass.

S - Pithy juicy citrus, some spicy tropical rind, and that classic fruity cat **** smell. The aroma is all about the hops and malt is pretty much nowhere to be found.

T - Juicy tropical rind up front with some citrus resin that progresses into some grainy alcohol effervescence and a lingering grapefruit/pine bitterness.

M - Full medium body and leaves a peppery citrus rind coating in the mouth.

O - Solid. Not memorable, but solid.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 06/12/15.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Tangy hop aroma brings notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Slightly boozy with a touch of toasty malt to balance.

T- Flavor follows the aroma quite closely with more orange and grapefruit notes. Very zesty and there's a mild sweetness from the malt.

M- Somewhat sharp and tangy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- One of the better beers I've had from Long Trail but it's still not something I would buy again and again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an attractive, divine orange. Tiny pieces of particulate lazily hover and dip in the glass. Head is a frothy, dense cap of gooey goodness. Generous lacing.

S-A moderately intense bouquet of tropical, fruity hoppiness. Bravo, Chinook, Galaxy and Mosaic hops deliver the goods. Mangos! Screw the super bitter, one dimensional brews; I'll take the complex, fruit basket-hop beers any day. I also get sweet dough, pineapples, apricots and melon. Elite aroma, above average intensity.

T-Is this Long Trail? It's got a load of tropical, sweet hops. I enjoy the intensity here more than he nose but overall, the nose is a bit more exciting. This is still pretty darn tasty. A little bit of bubblegum. Sweet, soggy, caramel bread. Really enjoying the hoppiness here.

M-Soft carbonation. Slightly resiny. Medium bodied. Almost cask-like. Medium bitterness; the sheer fruitiness of the hops almost masks it's sneaky bitterness.

O/D-Long Trail's best beer. The nose was better than the flavor but all things considered, this is an upper echelon IPA. Six pack is a bit pricey but I would be stupid not to have tried it once.

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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 tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: pine and citrus fruits

Taste: big citrus fruits--grapefruit stands out but so does lemon, nice malty and cracker backbone

Mouthfeel:sweetish start with bitter middle and end, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and citrusy IPA. Hoppy but not overly so. I could do a couple of these. One of the better beers I have had from Long Trail in some time.

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