Space Juice
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,313
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,503
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
513
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Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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Notes: A Double-IPA of the cosmic kind, this super-limited offering is brewed with two-row and caramel malts that lay the foundation for hops, hops and more hops.

The truth is out there, so send your taste buds to orbit with the out-of-this-world citrus and pine notes of Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus and Ella hops.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My last for the day. I have been hard at The CANQuest (tm) since I got home, but this is the upper limit for yours truly.

From the CAN: "A Double-IPA of the Cosmic Kind"; "82 IBUs"; "Does NOT Contain Juice"; "Roswell, Area 51, Comet G7P, Alien Abduction, Space Juice" did not make the cut for its name.

I beCAN by cautiously Crack!ing open the vent as I beCAN my slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I had no idea what sorts of alien prizes might be lurking inside nor was I terribly anxious to find out, although I was quite anxious. It quickly formed two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving behind a plethora of spores. 8=O Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was a grapefruit bomb, yo! 8=) Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was a riot on my tongue, stripping away old, dead taste buds to make room for the newbies. Grapefruit was prevalent, followed by a boatload of tropical fruit, then some pine resin & finally a wash of caramel malts to douse the flaming heat that had been generated. Phew! I sat back, stunned. This was no playin' around, yo. Finish was semi-dry to dry with a cool menthol mintiness that really literally took my breath away. I quickly reached for my asthma inhaler, ready to hand. Phew! I don't know what I had in mind for tonight's nightcap, but this far exceeded anything on my mind! YMMV

Nov 07, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Pint to spiegelau ipa glass. no dating.

A: Heavy haze of tarnished orange, very juicy with a soft and mesmerizing rise of effervesce. Frothy milky head is one inch and sturdy. Really love the thick haziness. The lacing is thick and stratified down the vessel.

S: Fresh pineapple-mango juice has hints of apple juice. Fruity breakfast juice, oranges, with some light pear and watermelon. Wet citrus with a nice blend , good strength, fresh and juicy appeal.

T: Fruity flavor, strawberry-citrus, fresh dripping wet grapefruit with a light tartness with a balance of tropical pineapple-mangoes. Flowery dry citrus hops finish things out with some bittering lemon peel and grapefruit tartness that lingers briefly.

M: Tingly sensation, thick juice like consistency, warming fruit alcohol glows on the inner cheeks.

O: Really love the fresh and fruity start, very juice like and aptly named, filled with a mixture of tropical and breakfast juice that soon turns to a soft grapefruit hop bitterness. Nice transition of flavor with a seamless flow of flavors gives this a high thirsty rate of drink-ability. Good sting of citrus-alcohol lingers there-after from the 8.7% upon the swallow.

Dec 13, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden beer with a fluffy white head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Smells sweet and tropical with grapefruit, papaya, mango and a general overripe fruit scent. The taste is very juicy with tons of fruit. There is grapefruit and papaya with some grapefruit pith and pine at the end to balance it out. Very sold beer.

Nov 26, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Mostly clear, just slightly hazed bright gold with a big creamy white head. Moderate retention, with sheets of lacing.

S: Big pungent grapefruit and orange, mostly the peel and pith, the zesty and bittersweet aspects. An awesome dankness with pine and green onion, hints of apricot and mango, and a firm but not overly sweet backbone of biscuity, slightly candied malt.

T: Huge green onion/scallion, garlic, earth, cannabis, and pine resin character. I guess this is what you would call dank! Also a boatload of citrus, mostly yellow grapefruit peel, orange zest, citrus oils, and ruby red grapefruit flesh. There's a toasted bread/biscuit/lightly caramel malt backbone, but it's just a backdrop for the hop. Finishes with a spike of pungent bitterness, but it's also fairly crisp and clean, drying out nicely with some mild lingering pine and grapefruit peel bitterness.

F: Medium-bodied, oily and smooth, medium-plus carbonation, flows quickly across the palate with a nice dry and a palate sticky with hop oils. The alcohol is completely hidden and it's dangerously easy to drink.

O: A fantastic DIPA. It might not exactly be in vogue with all the juicy IPAs out there right now, but I love this. It's so hardcore West Coast and delicious. I love it.

Nov 17, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 10/31/2017 at Arooga’s in Attleboro, MA, served in a pilsener glass.

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

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

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

M: Crisp and smooth, 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 solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Nov 01, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into nonic pint
canned on 10/9/17
L-pours a clear apple juice color, with huge foamy head
S- smells great! tropical aroma, along with pine, and grass
T- cloyingly sweet malt, with hint of coffee??? followed by the expected sticky resiny hops, with bruising 8.7% ABV
F- medium-bodied average carbo, alcohol burn
Overall most unique (in a not good way) beer i've ever had, but the aroma is great....

Oct 19, 2017
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Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light transparent golden color with a thick white foamy head and tons of foamy lacing stick to the sides of the glass

Smells of sticky sweet hoppy goodness

Taste is clean hoppy bitterness predominantly mosaic rounded out by a little sweetness

Feel is medium to lighter bodied for a double IPA, highly carbonated

Overall a solid DIPA definitely the best beer I've had from Long Trail Brewing

Sep 14, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours orangesih golden with a nice head. The aroma is hoppy with some piney notes. The taste is not incredibly complex compared to other good DIPAs, with the emphasis on some floral and grassy hoppiness Medium body.

Sep 04, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with notes of tangerine citrus.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops and hints of passionfruit and finishes with strong amounts of piney hops that linger into the finish. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a nice mix of citrus and piney flavors along with bits of tropical fruits.

Serving type: can

Aug 13, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: herbal with citrus behind it;

T: follows the nose; there's a solid malt backbone as well; finish is mostly citrus and mildly bitter; after the first couple sips, my palate couldn't detect the herbal character anymore - it was all citrus - very interesting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very nice;

Jun 26, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy bronzed caramel color with a nice looking one finger white foamy sustaining head. Lacing clung nicely around the glass. The smell started with sweet danky onion leading to sweet grassy to semi-floral citrus hops. With a nice dose of a caramel background to add, it really maintains a nice light sweet underneath. The taste was mainly sweet through the combination of the caramel malts to the sweet hops (grassy and onion). On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation runs extremely smooth allowing the dankness of the sweet onion to roll and smooth out the caramel malts. Overall, really nice DIPA.

Jun 09, 2017
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Rugg315 from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is more west than NEIPA can see clear through good lacing. Has a buttered popcorn smell. That sounds weird but it's actually pleasant definitely different. It has the same taste profile. I am sure someone more experienced can break this down better. Feel is good just not the full round softness that some of the major players in this market demonstrate. Good beer from a familiar name.

Mar 23, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering that lasts.

Smell: tropical fruits are soft on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, mango, orange. papaya, and a moderate earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, less prickly at the finish. The finish is also dry.

Overall: a very good DIPA that is well balanced and represents the NE style IPA nicely.

Mar 18, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, has some stuff printed on the bottom, but I cant make any sense of it.

Poured into a tulip glass, looks like a quality NE IPA, clouded under a lasting khaki cap that leaves a load of low sheeting and frothy lacing all over the glass...nice looking stuff.

I get ripe mango on the nose.

This is a quality NE style DIPA, brimming with tropical fruit notes, heavy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lime and orange notes, plus some gin. Fresh and tasty.

Well done...I cant think of a better beer I have ever had from Long trail

Feb 16, 2017
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack last week and drank them predominantly from the can as most Vermont double IPAs say to. The can artwork looks cool with a rocketship taking off. Pours a clear golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and nice white frothy head that sticks around. Smells of plenty of pine & citrus hops but also a weird garlic or onion hop variety. If a hop fix is what you need, this one has plenty. Is it the most satisfying? I don't think so but that's only my humble personal opinion. Tastes hoppy as in the nose with enough resin to give you hop burps. Nice quality that I truly like- indicates freshness in my opinion. Tastes medium to full...I think the hop resins and malt backbone weigh this one down a touch. Might be hop selection too. Overall, a very nice beer, just not one of my favorite double IPAs to choose from but I would definitely drink and have another.

Feb 10, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color and hazy. Lasting, but small, head. Extensive lace.

Light earthiness behind the modest floral hop background. Slightly sweet.

Strong alcohol warmth in the swallow. The brew starts as a robust amber ale, but the hop kick is strong, leaving a long bitter aftertaste. Oily body, probably from the the high alcohol.

Jan 29, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-01-05 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can (about 3 months old)

A - Almost-clear golden-orange with a 2-finger white head that lasts and leaves good lace.

S - Overly-ripe pineapple, medium-dank, honey and floral.

T - Hop forward with grapefruit, pine, pepper and crushed hop bud resins. There's light pineapple but not as evident as in the smell. The grapefruit is more assertive and there's some caramel and alcohol for sweetness at first but this dries out into the bitter but not over-the-top finish.

M - Medium-heavy body and light medium carbonation. Resinous and prickly and substantial.

O - A pretty decent DIPA although my personal preference would be more emphasis on the sweeter fruit and malt flavors.

Jan 05, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into a Dogfish Head Tulip

L: Pours a clear medium copper gold color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Dank and fruity... citrus juice and flowers.

T/F: Bready malt backbone atop which gallons of tropical juices have been poured. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit... sweet, bitter, and luscious. Did I mention tropical? Juicy? A very well named beer... sticky on the tongue... well carbonated with lingering bitterness on the tongue.

O: An outstanding DIPA... and a tropical juice bomb. Loved this beer and I have just developed a newfound respect for Long Trail... a brewer I'd always considered rather average. This one ranks up there with the big boys.

Jan 05, 2017
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ShrubCHTL from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very um...very... out there. So, I guess the name definitely suits the contents. Crack of can and nose might be a bit turned off, even if you know what to expect. It's such a different smell from any Doubles out there. Fruity, sweet and juicey. Not alot of citrus. First sip will give you BOOZE. Not saying that's a bad thing but Wow! And then the feel and drinkability is downright clean and crisp!? And if drinkability is not taken advantage of the boozeyness gets worse as it warms. It's stinking strange. But good. Worth the price if you want a break from the norm.

Dec 24, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Featuring Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus, and Ella hops; 10/31 canning...

Deep and clear golden body, off-white head as big as ya want it, lots of lace mess behind, some chunk foam clouds persist on top of the brew. Potent fruity aromas with edges of dank must and wet earth. Sweet up front, with expected fruit impressions - deep orchard and tropical notes, some resinous and caramel-like aspects; bitterness is subtle and more perceptible on the finish. Medium-bodied and smooth with appropriate carbonation. Slight chew and a bit of stickiness on the close.

Nov 27, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long Trail Brewing Co. "Space Juice"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "10/31/16" so either very fresh (it's 11/22/16) or very old
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

"DOES NOT CONTAIN JUICE" - ; )

Appearance: Mostly clear golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves excellent lacing behind. Thumbs up!

Aroma: Fruity and juicy as the name suggests with berries (blueberry? - Mosaic), orange, mango, soft lemon, passionfruit, pineapple, and subtle pine, grass, and herbs.

Flavor: As is quite often the case, the flavor follows the aroma, although fuller. It is quite juicy, as per the name, and really quite unique as well. There's more of an earthy/dried pine needles/underbrush and resin note to it; as well as an odd bit of clove. More importantly, the malt offers a solid balance with its sugary, almost brioche bread-like maltiness. It's bitter as well, but it works out in the end, sweet versus bitter down to a solid, equivocal, beaten down finish. If it was any less sweet I don't think the juicy fruitiness would come through in the same way. The alcohol adds a light snap on the end about halfway through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with a smooth, dextrinous, and creamy mouthfeel. A moderate to standard carbonation leaves it gently bristling, and perhaps the alcohol lends an edge.

Overall: Unique and interesting. There's no doubt that one's drinking a strong beer, yet it doesn't seem like an IPA as much as it does an amped up fruit beer. Wildly delicious and entertaining, but limited in drinkability by its strength.

Nov 22, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a crystal clear golden amber with a full thick head.

Lots of fruity bumble gum flavors on the aroma.

Wow aroma really continues to the taste. Tastes like fruity double bubble with a slight bitterness at the end.

Not exactly what I was expecting or to my taste but fun to try.

Nov 17, 2016
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not at all what I was expecting, given the quality of Long Trail's newer hop forward beers. Sticky, sweet resin is front and center here. I kept waiting for some new age hops to come through, but they are well hidden (if there at all). I was hoping for something fruity, dry, and delicious. This was none of those things. I did not even finish the last couple ounces. I'm glad I didn't spend $16.99 on a 4 pack, but man, this was disappointment.

Nov 17, 2016
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MattXT from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz, canned end of October, into a Tree House goblet. Poured a pleasingly clear amber, with ample head that had good retention. Smell was sweet and piney. Taste was harsh and malty, very resinous, little if any citrus/tropical/juice that you would expect from the name. Finish was very sticky and sweet which was lasting on the tongue. In my opinion this was pretty terrible, so I'm wondering if this is a poor batch or if they intended to make what amounts to a bad american barleywine. Would not buy again, especially for the high price.

Nov 17, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours a hazy amber with a nice head. Some lacing. Piney scents in the nose. The mouth revels in the well balanced citrusy malty flavor. Wow!

Oct 30, 2016
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