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

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

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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

Added by Brad007 on 03-28-2009

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.14/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fresh growler. Hazy, orange/amber color. A fair amount of head but did not last long or lace much.

Yikes, I do not look for my DIPAs to be grapefruit bombs, but this is one. Aroma is all grapefruit, like freshly poured juice. No malt to speak of. Taste is all grapefruit like freshly poured juice, no malt to speak of.

No balance to this DIPA, which I could deal with if the hop flavor was something beyond lip-puckering grapefruit.

Medium bodied, and even on the light side for this style.
Really the poorest example of DIPA I've had anywhere.


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Photo of edrachman
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always been a fan of long trail and DIPAs, but found this beer underwhelming.

The color was nice hazy golden straw, but the full inch of head dissipated awfully quick. Scent had a hint of citrus and pine.

I found the flavor to be somewhat bland. Small aftertaste of alcohol (in a good way), but nothing else jumped out for me on flavor. Very smooth and no bitterness. Surprisingly light tasting though for a DIPA.

Bottle dated 3/22/2010

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Nice hazy orange color with a giant sticky white head.

The aroma is sweet melon and pine. This doesn't smell overwhelmingly hoppy for a Double IPA, but the hops contribute to the aroma very noticeably.

The taste is full of sweet melon, and finishes bitter. This lacks a hoppy punch though; it seems the hops can't quite stand up to the extra malt, leaving this too sweet.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and very enjoyable. This drinks nicely.

Unless I get this super fresh from the brewery, I'll probably pass. There is a lot going for this though, the mouthfeel in particular.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Golden Orange in color, thick head with ok lacing.

S - Strong notes of pine and general hops. Faint notes of citrus and some malts. It smells like a DIPA, but it is a little too heavy on the pine notes.

T - Decent hop profile trending more to pine flavors than citrus (though both are present) and it's a little too bitter even by DIPA standards.

M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation and is a little oily.

O - I was disappointed by Long Trail's Double IPA. By any standard, it is an average Double IPA. Nothing really stood out to me, it was a little too pine-oriented and bitter. I would have it again, but I wouldn't necessarily buy it. It's ok for the style - luckily for it, it's a great style.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to aapp for sending this as an extra! Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear, pale copper with a foamy off white head. Adequate retention and foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is an overly sweet, off putting medicinal blend of sugary candy and artificial citrus. Medium thick, oily slick body with light carbonation. Flavor isn't as offputting as the aroma, but still is a little too sweet and slightly medicinal. Caramel malt and candy orange hit the front of the palate before finishing with a grainy and bready dryness. Never particularly hoppy or bitter, this is a perfectly average (aside from the aroma) take on an IIPA; disappointing compared to some of the other similar beers coming out of VT right now.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Big sticky head pours from this clear orange brew. Laces well. Quite attractive.

S - Citrus notes and the aroma of fresh, wet hops, hit the nose. I'm sure this is dry hopped, but still, the smell is there.

T - Almost cloyingly sweet. There is a good bitterness there, and a bit of pine, but not enough bite to balance out the syrup-like sweetness.

M - Oily, almost slimy, medium body. Moderate carbonation level.

D - Not too impressed with this one. It became hard to finish, as it just seemed to get sweeter and sweeter. Reminded me of a less boozey DFH 120.

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Photo of pezfiend
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer review for me.

appearance: The beer color's a light copper color seeming to be a more pale almost lager style malt. Thin maybe 1 cm head stays through the full beer

smell: Almost sweet, earthy light hops.

taste: Slightly oily hops, (cascade and centennial if my palate serves me), and a sweetish pale male. The high abv isn't very noticible except for the slight tingle in my fingers.

mouthfeel: A little light for my taste. Aftertaste definitely stays at the back of my tongue. I'm also a hop head and do enjoy my heavy enamel eaters. I would also prefer a slightly darker malt

drinkability = Decent, I could try another. Definatly not a session beer due to abv but good none the less. Of course more than abv I would've liked a higher IBU.

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Photo of cavedave
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A gentle pour produces a beautiful amber, slightly cloudy, gem of an IPA, topped briefly by a one finger off white head. Snow caps of lace line the glass.

The smell is full of tropical fruit, aromas of mango, grapefruit, lemon, also some nice floral hop notes. I even get watermelon and nectarine. Never smelled a IIPA like this, it smells more like a barleywine.

The fruitiness in this almost counterbalances the alcohol. It is a nice attempt to use some great tropical and citrus notes, then add a mildly bitter citrus finish, to make a light drinking brew. Unfortunately it can't keep enough interesting flavors in the mix, and the result is a boozy beer that can't decide if it is a Belgian Strong Ale, a barley wine, or what? As a IIPA it doesn't have enough of a hop profile, nor fine enough flavor, to overcome the deficiencies of its alc. burn and unbalanced, weak taste.

The mouthfeel is not so good, mediciny in the finish, overcarb.'ed.

Drinkability is not good. Provides little of the pleasure of many other finer versions in this style.

Impression: Won't get again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

June 12, 2009 - 22 oz. bottle

A - pours a murky golden color with just a bit of foam

S - faint citrus hops with some pepper

T - mostly a citrus flavor, but nothing too overpowering, hints of pine and cloves

M/D - good carbonation and medium bodied, overall I was disappointed with this one. I guess i was expecting more flavor. It wasn't bad, just too mild in my opinion

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a hazy orange pour with a finger of white head which quickly disappeared. smells of pineapple, orange, raspberry, honey.... this is odd for an iipa...

ok.. just checked the bottle for a date.. 03-31-11... i just bought this a few days ago. damnit, i hate when ipa's are this far from their freshness date, there's going to be absolutely no hop character on this.

very malty with a slight citrus backbone. a hint of grapefruit bitterness is followed by a zesty orange flavor and a caramel like overall taste. not gonna lie, it's not absolutely terrible, but like i thought - there's no hop flavor.

medium body, slightly creamy feel towards the roof of the mouth. mild carbonation.

there appears to be a decent amount of lacing throughout the glass.

overall, this is a decent beer (i am including the non fresh date in judging this). i'm sure it is completely different fresh and am going to have to try it again. all the flavors i tasted should still be there but should only be subtle as a backbone to the supposed 86 ibu's this bad boy has. i'm hoping to see a fresh bottle of this soon so i can compare.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Allagash tulip.
The color is golden orange with a large white head. Small clusters of lace.
The aroma is sweet with pine hops and a hint of alcohol at the end.
The mouth is smooth with a slight carbonation bite. The taste is is a little flat sure pine hops and a bitterness mix but nothing special

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly floral, resinous hop aroma with lots of grassy pine countered by citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt.  Kind of similar to the west coast style with nice pine needle character countered by grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel.  Not as tropical but pretty juicy with subtle pale malt in the background.

Medium bodied with a strong floral and earthy hop presence up front that provides some lingering dry bitterness.  Perfume like and pretty boozy with subtle citrus fruit notes.  Slight sweetness but not as much as the nose suggests.  Pale malt backbone with bread, biscuit and graham cracker flavor.  Lots of sweet booze in the finish.  Not harsh but not very refreshing or drinkable either.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a Kingfisher Premium Lager glass. Color is pale and light orange with a burnt element to it. Not too bright. Minimal head but incredible retention/cling on the glass. White head recedes to very thin laye. Everything about the smell is muted. I get hints of pine and malt, but nothing even bordering on powerful. Aromas are rather average, nothing outstanding. As it sits and warms, floral aromas become noticeable. Taste is similar. Not as much going on as I had hoped. Blend of citrus and pine but weak, nothing too powerful; sweetness is present but not really accounted for. This is average tasting. There is a something unpleasant in the finish, almost "boozy" but that's my the word I'm looking for. Mouthfeel is about average, with some carbonation most memorable. This is an OK beer, not great. Probably won't sample again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.oz bomber from nopucophop thanx for this extra

A: poured a pale golden orange with yellow higlights that had a finger of bubbly white head and really ggod head retention leaving great frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the caramel malts truly are runnning game on the nose with hints of wheat, citrus, but can't really detect any hop aromas. It does have some candy aromas though.

T: On the palate I did get a little hops along with pine accents with citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitter bite and had a pretty good malt backbone but got a slight tangerine character on the tail end.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citric, slight sweet and bitter but crisp finish.

D: it drank quite well and was a good closer to to a long friday night but it definitely can't f*ck with west coast IPA's; good try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy golden color with some burnt orange high lights. A pretty tall white foamy cap that's loosely structured and fades with spotty light lacing. Some carbonation.
Aroma has a light hop bouquet featuring no particular hop variety that I can tell. Caramel malts are present too.
Taste is a balance of bitter hops and caramel malts. Not too much going on here.
A medium high feel on the palette and quite bitter well into the aftertaste.
I was desapponited with this beer. It really lacked in hops. I believe a DIPA, hops should be the feature both in aroma and taste and that does not happen here.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in the tall tulip. Modest head and pretty short on bubbles in the glass. Reasonably carbonated on the tongue. Aroma of fruit cocktail with some resin. A minty flavor takes you off the beaten path.

This seems to be an unusual variety of IPA. Very thin in the mouth, very light bodied. More astringent and sharp than any DIPA I've tried. Plenty of hops, and verging on the queasy for me. Strong with alcohol, but more of a hopped up malt liquor flavor. I get the taste of canned peaches and pine. It's oddly on the sweet side for being so tart after the first malt taste. The sweetness stays on the lips and the fruity flavor returns even as the stays with the aftertaste. Not so intensely bitter, but more than enough.

Well, this is a different one. 22 oz bottle from Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hazy body, topped by a big fluffy white head. Good lacing.

Disappointingly mild citrus nose.

Solid malt foundation gets time to set, before the roof caves in and the hops take over. Bitter without being overly astrigent, the hops ride right on through the swallow and do a very slow fade in the aftertaste. Good balance and enough hops for a DIPA.

Solid, full and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden and easily drinkable.

Not as overpowering as many west coast and central DIPAs, but nicely done. Worth of a least one try.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long trails Double IPA pours a clear, light golden color into the glass. A two-finger width creamy white head forms on top and slowly dissolves down to a thick sheet on the surface. A netted pattern of lace clings to the side of the glass. Note: Didn't realize there was yeast in the bottle. My second glass poured cloudy.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I anticipated. Notes of citrus grapefruit and orange are present as well as some malty sweetness and bready yeast.

Each sip of this full bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue and an effervescent fizz on the palate. The flavor is orange and grapefruit citrus with some fruity tropical notes of pineapple? maybe papaya. Towards the end malt sweetness and some yeast balance out the hops. Once gone the orange citrus hop notes linger on the palate.

I found this to be an easy drinking IPA. However, I was expecting more hop aroma and a stronger hop flavor. It's very well balanced and easy to drink. Perhaps the lack of hop aroma is due to the age of the bottle I had.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of our ipa tasting. Thanks roger!

A-Light orange, maybe yellow incolor with a white head that leaves lacing
S-strongly malty. Not so much hops as there is malts
T-seems like an older ipa so a lot of the hop character is gone. Very solid but different from what it once was im sure
M-medium body and very smooth
D-drinkable. Took a little bit of time, but not bad...

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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: pours a hazy, golden body with a frothy, silky white head with pretty nice retention and nice lacing along the glass until the finish.

S: A sweet citrus smell with some hints of cascade and slight hallertau hops. Some alcohol undertones were also evident.

T: A strong, bitter hop taste with some alcohol undertones. An earthy, warming aftertaste with slight, citrus notes. Alcohol becomes more evident as the beer begins to warm up.

M: A crisp and fairly refreshing and pretty smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Nice mouthfeel on the palette.

D: Nice mouthfeel and taste combination and a nice, drinkable, double IPA. A pretty nice beer overall, despite the alcohol making itself slightly overbearing as the beer warmed up. A nice drinking beer for the cooler, fall and winter months with a slightly warming affect from the alcohol.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 033111 on bottle neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Hazy golden-amber with 1-2 fingers of frothy, off-white head with decent retention and a good coating of lacing.

S: Very tart, almost like a Belgian IPA. Tart sour apple, orange, and grapefruit aromas blend with some evergreen to give a complex but somewhat off-aroma due to the tart apple character. Malts are pale and light crystal in quality.

T: THe tartness of the brew continues through to the flavor, which truly makes me wonder about bacterial infection as this drinks more like a Belgian IPA (although the bottled on is only a month ago). Tart apple is most prominent but doesn't dominate and lets some of the fruitier elements like orange, grapefruit, and pineapple come through.

M: Medium bodied overall, a little less than most DIPAs.

O: I think it is the freshness, but I am a little worried that this is an infected bottle given the off-flavors of the brew. I will try again after some time to compare. But as of now, this is a mmid-tier DIPA.

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Photo of silentjay
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with a decent sized, fluffy almost white head that retains and laces very well.

aroma is grapefruity and piney as well a bit spicy, but with a strong malt backing.

taste is a lot heavier in the grapefruit flavors than the pine. malt is still there in the background, but does not do much. a bit of peppery spice and floral hop flavor hint at a european hop variety, though it is overpowered by the grapefruit throughout. alcohol is present on the back end.

not as oily and resiny as I would have expected from a DIPA leads to a rather light-bodied beer that is actually pretty high in carbonation.

goes down realitively easy, but alcohol presence hinders it a bit. kind of a subdued overall experience, as I would have liked to see some more of the spicy, floral hop character, and maybe a bit more pine which was suggested in the nose.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair DIPA with a light bitterness and body pushing down a bit the experience.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Simple and unremarkable label with image of a mountainous horizon in black under a silver sky. Notes serving notes, 86 IBUs, and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. (8.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium amber pour with a fair foamy head. Medium to short retention and a good touch of lacing and surface memory as it settles.

S - Fair light hoppy notes, with a highlight of citrus and small touches of resin and minimal malt undertones.

T - Good hoppy forward range, with a citrus, and lightly resinous range but a bit of a soft malt counter balance. Moreover the hop range does not feel particularly rich or complex if fair. Instead a generic bitterness seems to dominate its finish.

M - Medium-light body and carbonation, soft bitter bite despite the taste and a tad light at times.

O - Not too memorable but ultimately it flows well.

Notes: Inconsistencies aside (this is their "Double IPA" sitting next to their "Imperial Porter" for instance…) these if unremarkable are nice brews. And their quality/price ratio is always reliably good so it is well worth the try.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Chill-hazed deep amber with about a half inch of head that leaves a good amount of lace on the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

S- Candied orange peel and grapefruit juice. Standard hoppy smell; good, but nothing that jumps out at you.

T- More of the same. Nice prickly hop flavor backed by a nondescript malt sweetness. The flavors are nicely balanced, but nothing stands out. Aspirin-like bitterness on the finish that is not too strong.

M- Medium-bodied, perhaps a bit on the thin side for the style. Ample carbonation.

This is a decent DIPA, but, as I said before, nothing really stands out about it. It's an easy drinker and nice on the wallet (only about $5 for the bomber), but it gets lost in a crowded field of DIPAs. For my money I'd go for one of Lagunitas' offerings at the same price point, but this one is certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of ms11781
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 03/31/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a head that consists of a very thin cap of white foam that dissipates quickly. Soap-like bubbles left on one side of the glass with some tiny wisps of lacing but really very, very little.

The nose is led and dominated by a huge fruity hop presence. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit aromas, orange stands out along with some tangerine. Slight earthy and herbal hop notes are detected as well. Really excellent hop aromas all over the place. There is a hint of some sweet malt but not much.

The taste is a letdown from the nose. The same hop profile in present but but it doesn't have the bite that the nose suggested. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors are here but they are muted. Not much malt to speak of. Slight bitterness at the finish that is mellowed by a honey like flavor.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is semi dry. There is a bit of bitterness that dries it out a bit but the honey like aspect of the finish doesn't let it get all the way there. Too bad because the beer may benefit from a drier finish.

Overall, this is a decent take on the style. It's extremely drinkable and the ABV isn't noticeable at all. The nose is excellent but the taste was a couple steps down. The hop character in the taste wasn't bad, pleasant in fact, but it doesn't match the nose. This bottle is just about 3 weeks old now, pretty good for a DIPA but the difference in the nose and taste makes me want to try an extremely fresh bottle to see if there's chance the two match up better.

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