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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 WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 06/01/2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

S- A nice balance of citric and slightly grassy hops with caramel malt. Also getting some pine resin and bitter fruit rind.

T- Nice bitter hop bite at first, some grapefruit and citrus notes along with some grass and pine, towards the finish caramel malt notes take over, it finishes sweet with caramel, toffee and a bit of honey.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low and the feel is a bit oily.

O- Flavorful and easy-drinking, overall a solid DIPA.

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

Bomber from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY. Poured into a goblet, shared with my wife on a cool late summer evening.

Bright caramel copper, no hint of haze (brilliant colour on this), with a half inch of head that dissolved into a sizable ring with wisps of foam. Some flecks of lace. Nice looking DIPA.

Nose is pine, mango and citrus hops, caramel, sugar, candied fruit.

Great double IPA with lots of flavor and good drinkability. Citrus and pine hops open things off, a nice candied sweetness round the middle, and a dry bitter hop finish cleanses the palate.

Light bodied, slightly oily, mild carbonation, slight warming alcohol burn.

Great double IPA for the price point; hell, in general it's a great brew. Enough weight and hop bitterness for the hopheads, but easy drinking enough that it won't bowl you over.

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Photo of scootny
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big head develops atop a golden orange fluid with a touch of hop cloudiness. Lace here and there though not a huge amount. Gentle carbonation. Smell is tropical fruits, pine,and orangey citrus fused to a sweet malt body. Caramel and yeast esters give a touch of roundness. Some bread and dough as well as a bit of alcoholic fusel notes. Taste is super balanced, full of big bready malt and sweet caramel. Hops are full spectrum with pine and citrus, grapefruit in the finish and a nice coating of hop oil and heat in the mouth. That mild warmth is the only indication of the abv you will get so be careful. The feel is smooth and velvety with a superb drinkability that comes from a modest weight and quenching overall feel. This is a great value at three bucks a bottle and an excellent, balanced, and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Jdouble777
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Spot on, golden orange with caramel hues
S- Smell not distinct, but floral hops does subtely flow to the top
T- So freaking good, if there ever was a smooth Double IPA this is 4.5, not boring, not overwhelming, balanced and delicious
M- Just as smooth as the test...rumbles briefly as the hops work their way through the tongue and then finishes without pow
O- Wonderful

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic and tulip glass. Bottled June 1st 2012. We shall see.

Body color in the nonic reaches a nice orange, almost red with an unfiltered like Hefeweizen appearance. Head is three fingers deep with lots of retention and fluffy, some good sized bubbles in there too, but mostly pretty uniform. Tulip comes off more orange.

Nose is at first a little soapy. Hints of mild hop and salt, soap and cilantro action almost which is odd. Some apricot/peach hop angle sneaks in with a faint malt like light brown sugar.

Taste sort of saves itself. Great solid mouthfeel on this beer, nice and creamy. Sweetness come through of the malt into almost a biscuity sweetness. Finish brings a nice tropical aromatic hop almost, which very slowly builds and lingers. Hints of nectarine and apricot, with a bit of pine like bitterness and fuzzy peach.

Overall, it comes off real balanced, not particular powerful, but also really unique and easy drinking. Pretty decent glad I tried this one out, even though the nose seemed kind of odd.

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

Pours a dusky golden orange, with impressive white head and commensurate lacing. Brilliantly hoppy aroma of tropical fruits and pine, with a pleasantly caramelized malt backbone. The flavour is well balanced, moving from sweet tropical fruits to an impressively dry & bitter finish. Mango and pineapple also end with an "alcohol burn" that behooves 8.6% ABV.

A very impressive DIPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the big bottle marked: 06011. Sampled on July 3, 2012. How could I go wrong with a Double IPA for Independence Day 2012? The pour is golden with a tremendous cream-colored fluffy head that takes its time to settle in. The aroma is a checklist of wonderful scents including pale malts, wheat, yeast, earthy hops, pine hops, and a bit of orange zest. The body falls into the medium range but it is soothingly creamy and smooth. The taste is well balanced with a subtle notes of sweet malts, earthy hops, orange peel, and yeast. The bitterness is moderate and gains a little more punch as it warms up. This is a fine ale from Long Trail.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange rind and mango. In the taste, a dry orange rind, with notes of mango, and a pinch of pine. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus rind and tropical fruit in the aftertaste. Great citrus hops, note of pine and hides the alcohol very well.

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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 BostonHops
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a bright, hazy golden / amber tone yielding 1 and 1/2" foamy off-white head. respectable marks for both retention and lacing.
fragrant nose is rife with citric hoppiness (grapefruit, orange, lemon zest), some pine, and a bit of malt.

citrus strongly pulls through in the taste; a lot of orange with some grapefruit, apricot, and, to a lesser extent, pine. good mix of balancing malt. bitter hoppiness in the finish. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this is a fine double IPA. doesn't really do enough to separate itself from the plethora of great DIPAs out there, but tasty and well balanced. solid brew.

(originally reviewed: 05-10-2011)

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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 IronLover
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yellow in color with an orangish hue and a light chill haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Light citrus and orange hop aromas with an underlying caramel malt sweetness. A bit subdued for a DIPA. Medium bodied with aggressive tangy carbonation and a thick finish. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front: orange and grapefruit, that slowly intensify, arresting the taste buds, through the middle. Subdued malty sweet backbone supports the hop intensity. Tangy citrus hop bitterness peaks at the finish where slight pine hop and alcoholic flavors show through. Finishes with a pleasant, lingering pine hop bitterness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, dense, off-white head that sits a steady inch tall on the surface of the brew. Aromas of cut grass and pine lead the way, with a subtle grapefruit citrus highlight behind it. Flavors are hop forward, with a subtle roasting overall, and a tangy citrus and pineapple balance. Hops are resiny, peppery, and rich, and give a bold punch to the palate. Great cling of lace left along the glass as you go, and the body of the beer remains full and smooth despite the bitter characteristics. The aftertaste is bitter, with a good island fruit mix of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink, although the flavors can become overpowering with subsequent bottles. Good, solid beer.

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

A: Thick, white frothy head, light golden color, decent carbonation, good lacing

S: Nice blend of hops with some pine and citrus, a bit of malts on the back end

T: Sweet citrus up front, then some bitter pine, and finishes with a decent malty backbone

M: Smooth, good carbonation, medium bodied, somewhat viscid

O: Good Double IPA, drinks pretty easy, just doesn't excel outside of appearance for me. Would recommend and will try again

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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 kennylopez
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: a fingers worth of creamy white head that floats atop a hazy light amber light golden colored ale.

Smells: a faint pine and floral hop character.

Tastes: this is a tasty balance with generous citrus hops in the front and as it warms up a little the floral/pine hop note bites with a toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation on this brew lasts until the last sip leaving a pine hop bite in the aftertaste that is smooth with the 8.6%.

Overall: I picked up a bottle of this for $4 and I have to say Long Trail always does it right and the Brewmaster Series has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice caramel-gold color with a finger of white head. Great retention.

S - Aroma of clean grain, citrus hops made up of pineapple and grapefruit, sweet caramel.

T - Pineapple, astringency, grapefruit, caramel providing a balancing sweetness. Some grass.

M - Medium body, hot alcohol, little change as you drink, meaning that it starts out ever so slightly dry and stays that way through out.

O - Overall an average DIPA that once time in the past surprised me with intense pineapple flavors, but that experience wasn't replicated today.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew that glows the color of the sun at dusk. A rough pour produces a one and a half finger head of massive cream-colored bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving sticky, thick lacing as it goes. There are flecks of sediment, with a moderate haze, and light carbonation. The aroma is full of big soapy hops, sweeter orange fruit, and bittering rind. There is a stark mineral quality, with souring and sulfur. The malts are pale, and border on wheaty. The yeast is funky and musky, and slightly Bretty. With warmth comes fusel alcohol. As we sip, huge grapefruit hop action hits up front. There is an independent lemony flavor, mixing with the paler malts and their slight toast. Metallics are bittering, and sour along with the minerals from the nose. The middle shows a play between bitter phenolic clove and hoppy slickness, with a dash of sweetness in the mix. These persist to the finish were smooth malts come in for a crisp finish. There are also notes of finite sweetness from the citrus and the hops, with a surprising fruitiness of pears. Booze is light, but apparent. The aftertaste breathes with puckering soapy hops, more peppery and biting booze, dirty mineral, and oregano and leafy herbs. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is average. The feel is tart and puckering, with great cream, froth, and slurp. Ultimately we are left dried. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable thing about this brew was the hops and the mineral inclusions. These are both highly active in the nose and the taste, affording a really earthy vibe. We also enjoyed the funk in the nose, and the little translation into the taste. For a negative we were looking for more of a hop presence, but what was there was great and robust in itself.

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

Wonderful pale golden color. Lots of white, lace-producing foam. Crystal clarity. Big American hop smell...herbal, citric, and a little pine. The taste is hoppy as well...bitterness that's accentuated with a serious warmth. Nice. Some malt as well, but the beer is a hop-bomb. Lingering bitter finish. Full and satisfying mouthfeel.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright hazy orange with about a 1half finger head. Herbal and floral hops escape the glass as the brew pours. Very nice combo of biscuit and citric sweetness up front. Balances out with a nice oily floral hop finish. Light to medium in body with lots of carbonation, very refreshing. Some lingering notes of grapefruit and pineapple, very nice. Better than I expected. Not bad in the least.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail's Double IPA opens with kind of nose that means your tastebuds are in for a serious hoppy workout: huge blasts of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, lemon zest, eucalyptus, and rose hips stream out of the bottle, almost tangibly running in rivulets down your fingers. The smell is strong enough that it slightly tickles the back of your nose and throat, as if the IBUs had somehow become airborne. Thick brown sugars and lighter fruit esters (apricot, orange) from the malts help temper this somewhat, but by far hops are what present themselves first and foremost, announcing this as a hop-lover's utopia.

On the tongue, the beer is just as hoppy and bitter as could be expected from the nose, flavors such as pine sap, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, and rose hips immediately dominating the flavor profile, biting at the tongue and soft palate with all the stinging force of their 86 IBUs*. Left long enough in the mouth, these IBUs and citrus zest flavors will actually leave the tongue ever-so-slightly numb after swallowing. The beer does have a ton of sugar, mainly coming across as brown sugar, as well as apricot and orange fruit esters, with hints of orange liqueur, and Grape Nuts cereal-like grain notes in the background. That these are even noticeable speaks highly of how much care went into crafting this IPA, given the Brobdingnagian number of hops present in the brew. The aftertaste is more hops, though a strong toasted grain--or perhaps just wheat toast-- backing comes through nicely. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there can be no doubt that this beer was made for hopheads, the hop flavors coming through in massive and tongue-numbing waves. Thankfully, Long Trail has chosen a Chinook and Cascade hops mix for the beer, giving the hop flavor profile a lot of variety and nuance, as opposed to some Double IPAs that come across as one-note wonders. The IBUs are extreme, and probably outside the comfort zone of many beer lovers, but the beer is delicious and balanced, and well worth trying.

*My bottle of Double IPA, bottled on 06/22/11, specifically says "86 IBUs" on the label; however, Long Trail's website currently (as of 10 November 2011) says the beer has "100+" IBUs.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a over-sized wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber, vaguely transparent. Has a 1/2 inch white head when poured quickly settles after the first taste.

Smell: Surprising smells sweet, not many IPA's have this smell which surprised me. It was good and great longevity...definitely unclogged my nostrils.

Taste: One word-YUMMY. I am still tasting this I as I typing it at the same time. I am absolutely in love with the taste. Stays within after finishing and super smooth. Not heavy on the pine but just enough to convert beer drinkers to real beer drinkers.

Mouth: Medium-light carbonation not bad at I have said before this flavor just "hugs your cheeks"

Overall: After my first IPA review I am surprising myself not to go higher on this one but I suggest to keep this one around for a long time. Few beers could supplant what Long Trail has done with this bad boy. Not to malty, slight caramel i do mean slight...and enough pine to balance keep you coming.

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