Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail Double IPA offers true reward to those seeking intensely sensual hop flavor. Double IPA is a full-flavored ale featuring a good malt backbone combined with an aroma brimming with tantalizing citrus and pine notes.

86 IBU

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Photo of ODBRIP
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber 22 oz.

Gorgeous color. Poured out a clean apricot-ish IPA color. Perhaps the nicest looking IPA I've ever seen.

Very dry and smooth tasting IPA... alcohol is not really noticeable. Prominent hoppiness, but not overpowering. Compared to other similar IPAs. I would describe as "strong" IPA taste, not "extreme."

My favorite thing about this beer is it is a double IPA, but it does not have the sweetness, thickness or heaviness of other doubles. It has a relatively light taste that leaves your pallet quickly.

Very drinkable, though strong. This is a great beer...very well executed. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ajhod
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok-I'll be upfront here: I'm really partial to Long Trail Brewery and the beers they make. I've rarely not loved one.

That said-the Double IPA was not much of a surprise. I loved it.

Drank one at the brewery, on draft in a 12 oz glass.

Appearance: a deep golden color/light orange. Slightly cloudy in the glass. Some might not like that, but I didn't find it problematic.

The aroma is impressive and assertive. A bold blast of hops hits you right in the face as you get close. Pine and citrus-a nice totally clean hop bouquet.

It's a tasty beer. Good hop/malt balance. If you really love hops-you'll love this beer. It isn't a beer for someone who is just learning to appreciate hops or IPAs however.

It's a heavy beer, but doesn't have a heavy mouthfeel. Or at least I didn't think it does compared to others in its class. It's drinkable and enjoyable, despite being a high gravity beer.

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Photo of RuinationMan
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 into a pint. long trail is often kitschy, this bottle is rather reserved...

a- golden, slightly hazy. small, even head

s- citrus hops- grapefruit, orange and lemon - fantastico!

t- citrus with minimal malt

m- slightly sticky with an even, average consistency

d- amazing, but deceivingly potent. watch youself...

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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing golden orange into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful chunky offwhite head that eventually dissipates into a bubbly bath of hop oils. Fine sticky film of lacing down the glass.

Super pungent and hopilicious. Bountiful big notes of spicy citrus grapefruit and pine. A sweet biscuit malt background.

Slightly sweet and citrusy at first. A biscuit/cracker malt foundation with a skyscraper of hops. A refreshing hop bite of spicy citrus/pine and a lingering pleasantly bitter wave of aftertaste that grows as you drink it.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, resinous yet very refreshing

Not quite the enamel ripper that some DIPAs are (which i do love), instead they have chosen to really push the hops flavors and aromas (which i also love). Not overly sweet, alcohol present well hidden beneath the mountains of hops. This is an especially great summer DIPA, but i could drink this bitch anytime! Love it!

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Photo of Stunner97
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Very nice thick foam head really jumps out at you, good carbonation streams the glass, and its is murky with alot going on in the beer,

Smell- have to say the smell is absolutely amazing on this one, you start to smell this one as soon as you are pouring it I couldnt even get through describing the appearance before wanting to start to talk about the smell, lots of citrus and spicey hops just ripping off of this one, fantastic hop smells on this pulling your itch for the first sip

Taste- nice citrus hops that were screaming for you on the nose are there in the taste, very nice long finish, the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter but the bitter finish from the hops are long lingering and impressive, a very great finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip, very well balanced flavor because though very hoppy there is a touch enough of malts and sugar to give it a good balance, good stuff

Mouthfeel- another excellent point of this beer is the mouthfeel it is sooo soft and creamy, hard to describe exactly but this beer just feels really good on the palate

drinkabilty- with and 8.6 alcohol this drinks just as easily as a beer wtih the alcohol being almost a good 3 percent lower, this was a heck of a find and the price was soo good i almost think must be mismarked where I got it at, a great DIPA and one if you see Im telling you worth giving it a try, good value and good quality, my first offering every from longtrail and not sure how the rest of there line compares but this was a very nice find!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a hazy golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head with great lacing. Pine, citrus, apricot, and herbs dominate the aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, herb, grass dominate the flavor too, with just the slightest hints of caramel and bready malt flavor. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Way too drinkable - the effects creep in quickly. Awesome. Definitely getting this one again.

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Photo of devildog1633310
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the "Reserve Bin" in Foxboro, MA.

Simple packaging makes this even more appealing. First pour is a flowery hop of gold rushing down the glass with a light fluffy head of sea foam like beauty. The taste of light citrus and a hint of pine mixes well with the lighter hops and a full taste. I do get more of a hoppier after taste then the initial taste. After the hop taste leaves there is a very strong orange, shall we say, "peel strength" taste that lingers through the hops in the end. But overall it is a excellent double IPA. One of the best IPA's or 2 IPA's that New England has ever put out.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden clear color with a thin white head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass and light carbonation.

Smell: Sweet hops and citrus smell. Maybe a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, well balanced and very smooth. Up front was a punbch of bittersweet hops and citrus with a kick of alcohol and leaving a light bitter aftertaste.

Overall: What a great brew! Very enjoyable! this is goin down as one of my all time favorites for sure! Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of macmaster761
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Also my first review, bear with me

Poured from 750ml bottle into pint glass

First I have to say there is a ton of head on this beer, very unexpected, it actually overflowed out of the glass (first time i've ever pulled that off)

Citrus, orange, tangerine flavors in the beer. Very very well balanced for a double IPA, not rediculously hoppy. Alcohol is very well hidden in the brew. Extremely drinkable, I could drink this wonderful beer all day long.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled June 1st 2012:

Into my snifter:

A: hazy golden body doesn't allow any carbonation to be seen rising. Beautiful light foamy lacing clings to the sides of my snifter. A decent sized white head appears and lasts for a good minute.

S: spectacular combination of hops and malts, citrus, pine

T: pretty much the same and yet a vivacious sweet orange/apricot/peach comes out and really makes a superb taste. Some sugary malts present themselves in this as well.

M: medium with a great creamy citrus aftertaste and finish, slightly sessionable

O: this has a great balance on all levels and is a solid brew that I would have no problem coming back to. I'll go out on a limb and say this is the best brew I've ever had by Long Trail. Well done!

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a = very appealing. orang amber color with a nice head. lacing continues through the whole pour.
s = very citrusy with a touch of pine
m = very comfortable,
d = very easy to drink for a double, has a sneaky abv that will definitely hit you in the end.
overall = a very tasty brew which i will seek out in the future.

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Photo of salvo
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing a cellared bottle. My original review 08-06-2010 for comparison is pasted below (Adhering to the one review per serving type rule). Re-review: 11-28-2010.

Huge off-white head and rich, deep golden brown with red highlights pale for a double. Nose is more biscuit malt and honey sweet with the hops falling way back into the background. Still piney and citrus, but the citrus is softened with time.

Taste retains the big buttery mouthfeel; sweetness is even more pronounced with time. Hops taste has softened considerably with more dryness and bitterness and far less citrus flavor. Still offers a long, complex finish but more towards tea astringency, medicinal bitterness, and drying alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel retains buttery complexity and lip-smacking richness. Finishes nicely, rewards contemplation. Mellowed but not disappointing with some age; it's only been a few months, but the change in taste is considerable. I wish I had another (or three or four more) to open ever six months to compare over time. Excellent.

Original review:

Pours very light (for a double IPA) into a tulip glass with a full two fingers of light fluffy foam that lasts through the whole glass, among islands of fluff, leaving tightly woven lacing on the sides of the glass when empty. Color of Bass Ale: very light and mosty clear with just a light haze from complete clarity. Orange-yellow with highlights of red.

Scent is pine, orange, grapefruit, and lemon with a honey tang and biscuit malt back. Buttery: like shortbread coming out of the oven, but without all the sugar.

Malt sweetness is first on the palate, followed by pine resins and a bitter sourness that balanced out the malt. Peppery on the tongue with a long, long unfolding finish of bittersweet malt and a tangy citrus end and enough alcohol burn to let you know this is a double despite the relatively low alcohol content.

On second-sniffing, there is some tea and jasmine both on nose and tongue with some berry notes finishing off the taste. Really, really complex and unfolding. Mouthfeel is big, bold, and buttery.

Drinkability is high for a double IPA with less than 9%. I enjoyed Long Trail IPA on a recent trip out east and brought a few bombers of the double IPA home. I wish I had left the dirty clothes and fileld the trunk with Longtrail, Shipyard, and Allagash offerings! They are none the worse for the travel, and this is a wonderful double IPA. A wonderful lighter English-style double-IPA that will leave those expecting a hop bomb sorely disappointed. This is complex and subtle.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First beer tasted from my first trade! Woot!

Poured into a snifter.
A- Quickly dissipating 1 finger white cloudy head that falls into a swamp of lacy film that sticks to the glass.
Beautiful hazy sunshine orange, not what I was expecting, very nice looking.

S- Apricot at first, then under some swirling, citrus rinds, grapefruit, pine and floral hops become apparent. The smell is very nice. Its the best part of the beer. So citrusy its almost like a juice.

T- Much like the smell. Acidic, citrus rind, grapefruit. Very little alcohol presence but the warmth is felt as it goes down. The aftertaste is piney.
This isn't super bitter like I was expecting from a DIPA. Instead its nicely balanced, just enough bitterness to keep your attention.

M- Medium body, slightly resinous, prickly carbonation teams well with the citrus acidity.

D- A VERY refreshing summer time DIPA. I found myself drinking this way faster than I meant to. The alcohol is well hidden and this beer can get you. Each drink only leaves you wanting another.

To sum this one up all you need is one word. Citrus. This is a more balanced DIPA than others Ive had. Bitterness is not used haphazardly, which I like very much.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Paramus for $3.99, I'm excited to sample this one. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. I'm digging the ample sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Bottled on 03/19/09.

Appearance- This beer is certainly no joke... it's a damn fine looking DIPA. Burnished pale gold, it supports an enormous four finger crown... after five full minutes, it has barely reduced at all. It just condenses into a thick, soapy sponge that leaves gargantuan webs of lacing down the inside of the glass. Outstanding.

Smell- Juicy and citrusy with a touch of pine resin, the nose offers exorbitant aromas that fill the room with hop vines of the Pacific Northwest. There is firm malt balance that brings the pendulum back to center, a nice counterpoint to the Chinook and Cascades. Wonderfully fresh and expressive.

Taste- The dominant flavors of grapefruit and pine flow over the tongue with fervor. There's ample malt balance, and the swallow brings forth a gripping hop bitterness that dries the mouth. The fruity overall character is much more enjoyable to me than many other hopbomb DIPAs that try too damn hard to be the biggest and baddest game in town.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light and seafoamy in the mouth, the texture is smooth with just the right effervescence to carry the beautifully executed hop presence. The alcohol is masked almost completely, aside from the mild numbness in my fingers and face (lol)... this drinks so much better than any beers of this style I can remember. Wonderful surprise from the folks at Long Trail, the homebrewer that this recipe came from deserves a big raise and some kudos.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a cloudy amber color. Two fingers of off white head with good retention and light lacing.

S: Sweet citrus, malt, and spiciness. Some light pine, floral, and pineapple notes. Slightly boozy. Complex on the nose.

T: Orange, biscuit, pine, and some spice. The bitter hops are perfectly balanced by sweet malt. This is no joke at 82 IBUs but they are disguised pretty well with the malt. Just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O: My only regret is that I haven't been able to find 12 oz. bottles of this. It is so good, that I would like to enjoy it in a more portable form than a 650 mL bottle. I sensed a sort of yeast spiciness in this one that makes it unique plus it had some great characteristics of a traditional IPA. One of the better DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a chilled 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy honey color, with lots of small bubbles. There is a modest white head of equally small bubbles that settles to a thin layer. The head does an impressive job of coating the glass in lace. The overwhelming scent is floral hops. The taste is also very hoppy (as any decent DIPA should be) and a little bitter. Behind the hops is an enjoyable taste of malt that does a good job of rounding out the flavor. There's a lot to this beer; it coats your mouth with its slight thickness and finishes dry. I find this to be a good example of a DIPA (although I'm far from an expert of this style) and a great Long Trail beer. I'm glad they are now offering this brewmasters series of craft beers.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail- DIPA

A- Hazy murky yellowish orange with a big thick head. Thick chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Big sweet pine hops with creamy caramel malt.
T- Very sweet juicy grapefruit and orange citrus hops. Nice slight touch of pine hops kicks throughout the body. Caramel malt steady throughout.
M- Very sweet and creamy. Alc is well hidden. Thick and buttery malty. The hops never become bitter.

Overall- Very delicious! Too smooth for a DIPA thats for sure. This should be a year round offering!

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Photo of wikk3d
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice amber body with a foam head that takes a while to settle into a sliver. Lighter in color than most IPA's, not really see-through at all. Poured into a pint glass.

Aroma - Wheat and hops, a little bit of citrus. Smells like it has a lot of flavor, not really overpowering as far as hoppyness goes.

Taste - Very flavorful, just like the smell. Lots of fruityness, great body, hoppy but not very bitter at all. Very great taste. One of the better IPA's I've had.

Mouth - Leaves a very good after taste in the mouth as it goes down. Like I said, it's not very bitter, there is a bit of tang, not really spicy, just a very good flavorful beer.

Drinkability - You're able to sit down and drink an entire bottle of this with no problem. It goes down well because it tastes good. It doesn't have any sort of overpowering flavor that stands out. Definitely a must if you love IPA's.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Long Trail Double IPA is one of the best beers I've had in a while. The hops are terrific without being overwhelming - it was one of those finely crafted beers that really seemed to meet each threshold my taste buds required. Even with a slow pour, the head came out big and strong. The aroma wasn't tremendously powerful but it was immediately promising. I would absolutely rank this beer as one of my favorites in the style and gladly pick up another. Many breweries are just slapping cool artwork on average beer these days, and this new entry from Long Trail was a pleasant surprise. I'm looking forward to trying their other offers.

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Photo of ausonius
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Dave's Bellport Beer & Soda

Nice amber, straw yellow.
Big fluffy head. Falls in 10-12 minutes.
Some nice lacing.

Nose: Big. Very well balanced between malt & hops - very integrated. Hops a bit more to the fore & bigger. Earthy grapefruit w/slight pine. Elegant & big.

Palate: Rich & big, packed & firm. Lots of malt & richness, but seems dryish, earthy & stern at the same time.
Sweetness is there, but understated, especially after first second or two - partially hidden by the amazing balance at least as much as the hops.
But hops there are - grapefruit, earthy w/pine/mandarin orange/key lime complexities.
Body is large & powerful w/long, extended flavor.
Great body, but also great drinkability for an 8.6% ABV 2X

This really hits an absolutely perfect sweet spot in the balance of malt & hops.

The balance is kinda genius, in fact.

96 Points

Haven't yet tasted a better DIPA/Imperial

* Seems slightly maltier than bottled version, but hits the same malt/hops sweet spot - really amazing balance.
This brewer knows exactly what they're doing. Great beer like this is the girl, the time, & the place all rounded up together.

Big, Big Cheers for this brew!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” finely bubbled white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Rich malt aromas, fruit, citrus, earthy hops.
T: Citrusy, lemony hops provide flavor throughout on a rich malt backbone and provide a bitter finish. F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A very nicely done Imperial IPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head is quickly down to a skim layer, with lasting lace. Aroma is strongly of pine and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, a flash of citrus in the middle, and a pine hops close with a warming afterglow. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, and drinkability is superb. Artful use of hopping here, no bitter for bitter face's sake. Great stuff.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Color is an opaque orange honey. Light, creamy head that left a curtain-like lace along the sides of the glass.

S - Soft aroma features apples with rolling notes of nectar / honeysuckle.

T - Wonderfully bready malt is the stage for tart orange, and just a touch of warm spice. The alcohol makes a quick cameo in the early third of the flavor profile, but it's warm and balanced and not overpowering. The sweetness of the malt and lightly-citrus bitterness carries over into the aftertaste.

M - Super smooth. Perfect body.

D - Stupidly drinkable. It's dangerous that a beer over 8% is this smooth and delicious... excuse me while I grab another.

O - The balance of bitterness and creamy malt is on point. Very nice double IPA.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a murky golden orange body with small, white, creamy head that disappears to island foam rather quickly.

S: Nose is nothing too complex. A simple nose of orange blossom, citrus hops, & sweets malts.

T: Initial sip, right off the bat, sweet malts & bitter citrus hops just take over the palate. Flavors of honey, vanilla, bitter orange peel, and a hint of pine are all completely balanced. The nose does not do this one justic. In short, really yummy.

M: Lively carbonation, medium body, smooth & creamy texture.

D: One of my favorite DIPAs. I could drink of a lot of this easy and downed 2 bombers in one sitter. A must try if you can get your hands on this.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, great sized head that fades slow and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a good amount of earthy hops, slight citrus presence.

Taste is nice and hoppy, good piney/citrus presence, alcohol is well hidden, fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Another good DIPA coming from New England, glad the style is spreading.

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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