Citrus Limbo IPA
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Citrus Limbo IPACitrus Limbo IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,728
Ranked #15,652
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Citrus Limbo IPACitrus Limbo IPA
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Photo of CTHomer
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; little lacing;

S: tangerine and grapefruit with a bit of caramel in the background;

T: malty up front; balanced between caramel and grapefruit with tangerine in the background from the middle through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

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

O: I would have liked more hop character in the flavor;

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Photo of izraelc
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Similar to the regular Limbo IPA. A little more citrus flavor but disappointing overall. I expected more flavor and character. Not a bad beer but my search for a great grapefruit IPA continues.

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Photo of atr2605
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a orange copper color, with some sediment in suspension, off white head with good retention and lacing
S-grapefruit, apricot, soft biscuit, malty backbone
T-orange, grapefruit, apricot, dry biscuit in the finish with pine bitterness
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-well balanced flavorful IPA. Not sure I would seek it out over the original limbo, but I would gladly drink either of them

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy amber appearance with true IPA head. Smells of grapefruit and tangerine pith. Taste is good, malts, lots of strong citrus, but this IPA's citrus bitter-sweetness grew on me after a few sips. The hops are muted a bit by the fruit but they do arise on the backend with floral flavors. This brew is almost silky going down which was a pleasant surprise. Medium-bodied with fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and perfect amber color with an off white head that fell well. Nose is grapefruit and tangerine. Malt is a generous cracker and the hop floral is a light petal on the nose. Malt smells a little toasty. I almost think I smell a hint of caramel and I like that very much.

Taste follows the nose. Soft generous malt with a little mouthfeel and flavor come through bringing all kinds of tangerine and grapefruit. The pithy grapefruit underscores the beer with a little bitterness and the hops do not bite too hard at the end. This had a soft and graceful bearing on the palate and was not too bitter or too strong. It is quite strong though at 7.6% and the alcohol on the palate is gentle and gives some bitterness to the finish too. That hint of toastiness from the malt is the perfect accent to the tangerine. A bit of aftertaste from fruit.

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Photo of BrewerSince1983
1.09/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've been experiencing international/craft beers since 1983, and brewing my own since then. I've tasted sublime beers that changed my concept of what a beer/style was. My early brews were experimental, but satisfying amber ales single-hopped with Pearle. I just bought Long Trail Citrus Limbo IPA and found a brew so disgusting I had to throw it out (along with my $10). It smells and tastes like a sweaty armpit! I love other Long Trail offerings like Double Bag and Green Blaze, but this one was vile! I think the problem is that IPAs are 25% of the market now, and proliferating into barely recognizable "style benders" that try to capture attention/market share by being different. The citrus/fruity versions proliferating now are a "bubble" as they depend on extreme profiles that are not well understood be brewing science. Sometimes extreme brewers fail extremely, as Long Trail has done with Citrus Limbo IPA. My sample was purchased on 6/22/17 with a bottle stamp date of 3/21/17. I will still buy Long Trails malty ales, and would buy their Green Blaze if it were available, but the Citrus Limbo IPA I just tasted was the worst beer I've tasted in 33 years.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Haven't been a huge fan of Long Trail offerings, but while this is pretty heavy on the citrus flavor, off the top of my head maybe my favorite beer from them that hasn't been a collab

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a sly burnt orange to amber color. Light transparency about it. Carbonation rising at a decent pace. One ring of lace sticks to the side after a finger’s worth of white foamy head dissipates. The aroma takes in some grapefruit rind bitterness. Sugary malts start off with the grapefruit rind bitterness but do have some components that don’t seem to come together. It wavers a bit, doesn’t seem to hold the bitterness in there. Apricot is there. The flavor leans sweet with the sugars, citrus pulp, and apricot. Malt residue aftertaste with a quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels very light allowing the sweetness to almost become cloying. Overall, I like regular Limbo better. The malt backbone in that seems to embrace the body better, this is borderline cloying in the feel and leans to the sweet side and doesn’t keep the bitterness to embrace the aroma.

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Photo of HogHeadJones
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Cloudy orange, fine particles in unanimated suspension. Very light head. Sticky, even lacing.
S: Burnt, pine, citrus
T: don't know why, but with Galaxy, I only taste a burnt taste. Some medicinal. Not very appealing ever.
F: Smooth, decent carbonation.
O: Galaxy just doesn't come across to me like it does for others. For some it is an amazing combination of flavors, yet my palate refuses to discern these and collectively calls it burnt.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Hazy glowing golden orange pour. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... pineapple and mango.... citrus.

T/F: Rich and bready to start... tropical fruit sweetness and a juicy hop profile. Definite mango and pineapple... tangerine. Bitterness comes later and cleans up the fruit. Finish is sticky. Well carbonated and medium in body.

O: A very good tropical IPA... although I still prefer the regular 'Limbo' to the tropical version. Worth sampling, especially if you enjoy the latest fad of 'tropical' ipa's.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight, quarter inch, bright white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose candied orange and lime zest and a suggestion of toasted malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, earthy/herbal notes are revealed in the flavor profile. Finish is somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation and slight oily/chewy texture. Overall - okay, but I like the base beer better.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a little hazy orange/pink: Amber hue with very nice carbonation. Some lacing with head that fades quick. Smells of artificial grapefruit & orange rind flavoring. Doesn't smell natural to me, like a processed juice drink. Tastes similar as in the nose. There's some underlying malts and true citrus hop character but the flavoring masks and makes this one disappointing to me. Don't think I could drink more than one of these. Likely the victim of following in Grapefruit Sculpin's path.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just slightly better than the Limbo IPA love the tangerine citrus addition makes the body a bit more crisp and flavor is excellent. Overpaid for the single at 3 bucks but could see paying 10 bucks for the sixer. Good stuff!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in an IPA glass.

Classic amber color with a 2F white fluff packed with staying power that finishes in a heavy dollop and solid rings of lacing. Clean look, steady carb.

Lots of tangerine on top of grapefruit aroma. Slightly sweetened malt and a touch of the 7.6% abv are noticeable.

Fresh citrus. Lots of grapefruit over a malt base.

Smooth medium body. Lingering clean flavorful finish with a hop bite.

Refreshing. Hoppy and citrusy. It seems well blended rather than having added citrus.

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Photo of DWRP
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....Long Trail is on fire! Remember them from many many years ago, but Green Blaze had may eye popping out of my head last year. Just grabbed this Citrus Limbo, had right off the bat loved it, figure it was some west coast brewery...then took a closer look at the packaging and was like Wow, Long Trail...these guys are doing great!!!

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Photo of puck1225
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy orange gold color, decent head and lacing. Fruity smell and taste. Strong citrus smell and taste. Grapefruit and pine taste. A good but standard IPA.

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Photo of AmitC
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of citrus smell - characteristics of orange. Taste is uniquely hoppy and a little bit of citrus too - both tastes are subdued somewhat to present a mixed and balanced profile. Thickness and feel befitting of an IPA. Does its job and has a unique taste. At 7.6% has a good amount of punch too which is very well hidden and balanced by the malt and citrus bases.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The liquid appears clear but there are some suspended minute "bubbles". Obviously, they cannot be bubbles as they are suspended, but I've never seen such fine yeast completely un-flocculated (not clumped together). The color of the beer is light amber. The head is small, but lasts. Decent combination of streaks and webs for lace.

Smell: Fruity in a candy sort of way. Light sourness and earthiness in the background.

Smooth, full bodied, but with enough carbonation for balance. Amber-like malt base. The hop comes in late--really after the swallow. It's astringent and long lasting with a touch of lingering fruit. Rather pedestrian in terms of complexity. Easy to drink but not as interesting as the label implies.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear, lightly bubbly copper with a fluffy, sticky white head that leaves copious lacing.

S: Sweet red grapefruit flesh, tangerine peel, hints of apricot, pineapple, and strawberry; a touch of caramel, and a hint of earth.

T: Fresh grapefruit, hints of dirty tangerine, a bit more caramel malt pushing throughout, along with a slightly toasty breadyness; lightly earthy and piney, with a moderately bitter and dry but well-rounded lingering finish of grapefruit peel.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, almost chewy, and well-carbed.

O: Yet another citrus IPA, but not a bad one. Solid, if unexciting. Doesn't stand out, though. Get the regular Limbo IPA. So much better.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking IPA. Pretty nice meld of grapefruit sour notes and tangerine sweets on the nose. Somewhere way back is a malty scent. Taste not as enviting as the scent. It's something medicine like with the grapefruit and hop bitterness that has a quick fight with the sweetness and then a decent sweet/bitter finish. Good carbonation and dry finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic amber with minimal white blanket and sticky lacing.

Smell is musty dusty earthy hops competing with light bright saccharine fruit. Taste isn't all that different, except maybe more in-between, largely due to the grapefruit.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/11/2016 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a nonic pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains strong grapefruit and other citrus fruits, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of heavy fruity citrus and some caramel. Then a good floral hops bitterness comes in along with a bit of tanginess. The malt character is hearty and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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 decent beer to drink for a while but I much prefer the original version.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a Lazy Dog.
Brilliantly clear deep golden almost amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that makes pouring 12 oz a challenge. Orange and grapefruit fruitiness dominate the nose. Light earthy grassy hops and faint malt underneath. The flavor is bitter pithy like sucking on a lemon grapefruit hybrid. Light butterscotch bready maltiness. This smells a whole lot better than it tastes.

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Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler Fill from the brewery. Filled and drank on 10/29.

Beautiful crisp and full orange pour. The citrus in this beer is done really well- the aroma from the essential oils blend in perfectly with the hops, very harmonious. Lots of bergamot and lime, a slight grass-y-ness on the nose. Dank, piney and juicy citrus on the palate. I was really impressed with this beer. I tasted it alongside the regular Limbo and was blown away by the restraint exercised in brewing it- it's simply a more complex version of the original. I wouldn't have assumed it was a "fruit" beer if tasting blind.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the beverage warehouse in winooski vt for around $3. I liked this better than the regular version. Lots of hop bitterness and the citrus doesn't seem too artificial like most of these citrus ipas do.

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Citrus Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 133 ratings