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

Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)
BA SCORE
83.9%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 601 ratings
Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,589
Reviews:
294
Ratings:
601
Liked:
504
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
10.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best things I have had from this brewery. Very good balanced DIPA, very drinkable. Tasty orange citrus, hops up front hitting the style, good malt backbone, some caramel. Above average mouthfeel. Slightly tart. A good head on orange tinged body. Neutral aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out as a copper yellow color. The head was nice and thick looking. The smell was citrusy and hoppy. Very appealing aroma. The taste has a good amount of hoppiness to it. I feel this is a pretty solid DIPA. The mouthfeel Has a good body to it. Overall it's a good brew and would drink again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color (with some hints of amber) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus as well as some notes of pine resin from the hops and hints of caramel malts and alcohol. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which especially lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very slight amount of alcohol heat is noticeable.
O: This is a solid and well-balanced IPA. I had no problem drinking a bomber of this by myself.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic, larger than life IPA that shows a lot of finess and boldness and without confusion. The beer begins with a richly malty foundation of shortbreads, cracker-like crispness, and light caramel sweetness. Moderate fruitiness of peaches, pears, and appricots blend well with the malt character and gives a nice bridge into the citrus hops. Boldy bitter but not unnecessarity bitey; but ultimately the orange zest and grapefruit flavors dictate the pace of the beer. Definately hop flavor forward and with a background thrust from the malts that only compliment the hops. Dry and juicy in the finish and with weakening maltiness. Alcohols are present and are amplified by a big nail polish remover taste, this also increases the perception of sweetness. A terrific Double IPA that I'll be happy to drink whenever one finds my glass.

Thanks Conneticutpoet!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always found Long Trail to be a pretty reserved brewery, one that keeps things in check and doesn't go overboard or try to rush for the hype. And I appreciate that. They seem to have some integrity. They seem to want to make focused beers that are drinkable and go pretty well with food. Maybe I'm adding that last part on, but OK, maybe they're not foodies but at least they're not flashy, they're just good! So when I saw a bottle of the Double IPA for $7.50 I figured I couldn't go wrong.

And I was totally right!!!

It's a superbly rounded, strong IPA with a golden, light-caramel and subtly toasty malt base that's equally balanced by brightly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, berries) and gently piney and spruce-like hops. The malt sphere is a penetrable sweet ball (meaning it's not super thick sweet malt), and the hops poke through it at all angles. Hop bitterness is present, of course, as it IS an IPA, but it's balanced and smooth. And, really quite surprisingly, the 8.6% alcohol by volume never shows.

Possibly the most drinkable double IPA I've ever had?

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to snifter.

A: Golden orange color with lots of sediment and but thick 2 finger head that shows no signs of fading

N: Lots of juicy noble hops dominate the nose, pine and citrus are there but somewhat light surprisngly, sour fruity hop kick comes in as well with some grapefruit, slight crystal malts

T: Starts with piney noble hops, tons of them, some crystal malts, juicy citrus fruit, some grapefruit, with a hop taste center, a big malt backbone helps the taste, theres also some slight sour fruit, and lots of fresh hop taste

M: Thick and frothy but still semi thin

F: Huge bitter hop bite at the end semi dry, more floral grassy, piney, citrus hops, some spicey and earthiness, the long bitterness sticks around for 25 seconds or so.

Final thoughts: Its a pretty good IPA. Most of the bitter hops are late. It also has a good malt backbone. It seems they used quite a few different hop styles as I detected pine, citrus and grapefruit, floral grassy, and even spicey hops. Not the best IPA but a good one.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its nice to see Long Trail take the plunge into the Imperial IPA style...its about time.Poured into a small tulip glass a lighter golden with a great two finger creamy-like head that settled very slowly leaving multiple rings of lace behind.Aromas were a bit light for the style but it had good hop complexities,a mix of citrus and geranium "greenness",even a hint of tea,a big caramel/biscuit base melded into the hop presence.Although the flavors were not as big as many of the style the complexity was there,a mix of leafy and citric hop mixed with caramel bscuit notes,as it warmed subtle leather and toffee came thru as well.The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are just a bit subdued,if there was a beginner beer for the style this would be it in my mind.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger tall soapy white head. The head reduces to just a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass very quickly. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some very light grains with multiple different hops - citrus, pineapple, pine, and floral. A really enjoyable aroma.

T: A really enjoyable hop profile - citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral. There is a slight underlying sweetness but a nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy/sticky.

O: One of the more enjoyable offerings from Long Trail that I have had recently, I really like the hop profile. The taste is pleasant but this is not very sessionable (too intense hops bitterness and high ABV).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops burst that is quickly followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but thinner than most 2IPA's and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong easy-drinking hoppy beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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 Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a globe glass.

Pours a brilliant crystal clear gold, with several foamy fingers of tight brite-white head. This eventually settles down into a rigid finger, leaving a massive frothy cascade back that just COATS the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma is big with floral hops and spice, and just LUSH tropical fruits, including notes of mango, peaches, and pineapple that must pop in the nose! Lightly toasted breadiness and an even tinier smidgen of heat glide underneath the hop character.

The taste is spice and pine, with a sticky bitterness that stretches throughout. A sweet backbone of honey, bread, and tropical fruits is present. Thanks to the excellent balance here, the finish is less bitter and a little more tangy, which still puts a steady dry feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a big fuller creaminess up front that then gives way to a super slick and oily feel underneath. Good balance between the two feels gives this both presence and ease in the mouth.

Very nice! An all around pleasant surprise for me, the balance was fantastic and the ABV was exactly were I like it my DIPAs (8-9%). It's got some flavor beef to it, but isn't overly sweet and allows the hop character to really come out. Great stuff!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured a hazy golden-orange with a thick inch of creamy white head that retains well and laces very nicely. Smell wasn't too strong, but I picked up citrusy hops in the aroma, mainly grapefruit, and some pine notes. Those hoppy grapefruit notes were apparent in the taste, with some orange zest, pine, a good balance of sweet malts, a touch of brown sugar, and even a bit of white wine. Medium mouthfeel, finishes crisp and dry, and is quick drinkable.

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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 mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 601 ratings
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