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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 | website

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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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 601
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 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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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, toasty, and some pine. Tastes of citrus, the same floralness, pine, and some caramel. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy tangerine/gold color with lots of floating sediment. The head was a full three fingers of billowing, slightly yellow-tinted head. The retention was very good as a cap, eventually becoming little islands of foam and the lacing was excellent in curtains. The aroma was of floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, pale malt, a slight mustiness and hints of pine. The flavors were just like the aroma, highlighted by big juicy grapefruit and a little kumquat on a pale malt backbone. The alcohol was rather well-concealed but became more apparent as it warmed up. The finish was pleasantly bitter and a little piney. Totally on-point for the style and very drinkable for a big/extreme beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation light. I really enjoyed this beer and think it is about time Long Trail brewed such a thing to show what they're capable of.

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

It seems that Imperial IPAs are popping up all over the state these days. Now it's Long Trail's turn to see what they do with this style

Appearance- Medium straw color with a slightly unfiltered haze. Solid two finger head with tightly sewn bubbles provide an intricate lace along the length of the glass.

Smell- A sea of hop aromas flood the senses and crash into the rock solid foundation of lightly roasted malt. Citrusy notes dominate in the hop arena with oranges, grapefruit, and orange rind all making an appearance. Dig deeper and you'll find some grassy, floral, and near woodsy smells will surface.

Taste- As expected, the hops are the main attraction here, and they are certainly worth experiencing. The taste is basically a mirror of the smell but it becomes more apparent that there is plenty of malt to almost balance all of those hops out.

Mouthfeel- The word that comes to mind here is lively. When still cold there is a lot of active carbonation. Combine that with some enamel-eating hop bitterness, and you get more than what your typical beer drinker can handle. As it warms though, Long Trail Double IPA becomes more tame and offers a smooth, slick, and lingering finish that keeps the drinker coming back for more.

Drinkability- An outstanding new offering from Long Trail. Highly recommended to hopheads. Not the best out there by any stretch, but it's a very solid beer and deserves a try. Hope this one comes back around or becomes a regular release.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright hazy orange in color, nice white head and noticeable lacing.

S: Big hop, citrusy oils and some pine. The aromatics are the star of the show.

T: Bitter hops right off the get go. Lemon zest, tangerine, some orange even, then the humboldt county pine kicks in. Tasty brew thats all one way can sum it up.

M: Medium bodied, some stickiness involved, ABV can be turned around if you wanted it to.

D: For $3.99 a bomber, its more than just drinkable. Hopheads should jump all over this one. Recommended

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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 dasenebler
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold from bomber. Modest but creamy head. Fantastic aroma of pear, citrus and hops. Very pungent.

Flavor is nice, very smooth, but not as big as I expected. Solid, lingering bitterness punctuated by some orangey, citrusy notes. Slightly spicy hop character. Despite the bitterness, this is actually a pretty sweet beer, and subtle as well. Like Long Trail's Double Bag, the alcohol is very well disguised. Mouthfeel is great-- big, smooth and buttery, but the carbonation could be lower in my opinion. Overall an excellent, well-balanced IPA, and a nice offering from the Vermont brewery.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props go out to Long Trail for deciding to come out with some big beers. With so many out there it is tough to distinguish yourself, so good, lets see how this one turned out. Decanted this beer in to a Duvel glass. Color was gold, with a huge amount of heading; almost three fingers, and very foamy. From the smell there is citrus, pear, apricot, a little cream here and there. There is also an underlying spicy quality to it that you really need to get your nose deep in to the beer to detect. Taste has a bitter hop quality to it, but also has some milky, honey like sweetness in the aftertaste. It almost has a Belgian quality to it. Mouthfeel is thicker than I was anticipating, it feels twice its size in ABV. Drinkability is also very respectable, clearing off a bomber of this was not a chore at all. Again, a job well done to Long Trail. The Coffee Stout was impressive, and this is too. Keep on brewing styles like this, please. Cheers

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium honey colored body with a silky cream one finger head. Steady carbonation. Strong lacing.

S: Big, juicy grapefruit hops, lemon, orange rind, light pine. Malts are shadowy, sweetened crackers. Overall, this beer is very sweet smelling.

T: Medicinal hops, somewhat acidic and citrusy. A bit metallic in the middle. Malts are light and negligible. Alcohol pulls in at the end with a mild bite. Stinging residual hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodies and plenty chewy.

D: Certainly not the best example of a double IPA out there. Too bad the taste doesn't follow the lead of the aroma. Props to Long Trail for trying out new things. Their standard IPA was one of the first hoppy beers I ever had as a youngin', I thought it was disgusting then, but now I find it mild.

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Photo of TheRowan
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review so keep in mind my opinions may not be as educated as others.
A: The color was caramel like maybe even bronze. It Had a half inch head with active carbonation.
S: Smells sweet with slight citrus fruit notes, almost like spring or exotic flowers after a rain.
T: Tastes like a good IPA. Tart and candy like aftertaste, very sweet. Well balanced with a definite tast of alcohol but not overpowering.
M: Felt good in my mouth but did something no other beer has done before, it made my gum line sting a bit. (I have good dental health just had to put that in there) Light, crisp, and smooth. After it had settled for a bit it tasted a little thicker almost like a very simple syrup or maple syrup that was only half boiled off.
D: I would and will have more of this beer. It is strong so a 22 oz. bottle serving is a nice size.
Notes: I tried to go on to Long Trails web sit and get some more information, but nothing is on there as of 4/5/09. The coffee stout from this brew masters series is already up so this puzzled me.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kinda surprised to be the second reviewer for this beer as its been in my fridge for a week. Cmon VT BAs, where are ya?

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. effervescent offwhite head fizzles away rather quickly. Color is a bright pale orange, if that makes sense... lace is decent, carbonation is fine and slow.

scent is dominated by light biscuit as hop odor isnt up front but dances at the back. pine comes out first, then some fruits like pineapple.

sweetness is on the tip of tongue right away. neither the hops or the carbonation are offensive to the palate, which is a common problem i have with double ipas. bitterness is very gentle but wide across the tongue and lingering. pineapple and mango with a touch of honey are predominant hop flavors, and they are very well done. sweetness from the malt is surprising considering the light color. slight biscuit aftertaste and possible buttery diacytl are the lone off tastes. i have to take off extra tho because its simply not bitter enough to be a IIPA, even tho i probably like it more the way it is.

mouthfeel is great as flavors are subtle and enjoyable. carbonation is light, enhancing the experience IMO. slightly slick mouthfeel.

this beer is incredibly drinkable. could be my first 5 in drinkability. it is crazy smooth for 8.5%, and this has something to do with the diminished hop profile, but it is very well balanced.

this beer is something else. its not a double IPA but its still damn good. the way that its delicately bitter reminds me more of a houblon chouffe than it does any american ipa. if this was labeled as something other than double IPA, i could see myself scoring it even higher.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this for the first time today and it's their newest release in this series (after Coffee Stout).

Pours a pale golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice and full of carbonation.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a touch of mint in the nose.

Taste is smooth with a grapefruit-like essence. Floral, grassy hops dominate upfront. A malt backbone consisting of biscuit malt follows.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full of the lingering hop flavors. A bit of alcohol warmth lingers but otherwise, very easy to drink. Biscuit malt is subdued but still there.

A very nice example of an imperial IPA. Not brash or over the top. Best consumed fresh as the hops will fade over time. You could age it anyway and the malt would show through more. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with this. It's a competent effort.

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

Brief thoughts on a bomber (as featured in the BA picture) courtesy of rochefort10nh on June 5, 2009.

The citrus hops are abundant and sweet, coating the tastebuds with a light but bitter flavor. The citrus fruits include mango, apricot, and pineapple. The ale is a little hot, boozy in its hop strength.

I think that my original scores were just right.


A 12 oz bottle courtesy of dashirey. The label is that of an upside down Long Trail IPA. Seeing this label brings be fond memories of a midsummer lunch on the banks of the Ottaquechee River.

A: The DIPA has an orange glow, slightly hazy, with a coppery new penny color. A two-plus finger head is nicely lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is oily thick, full of citrusy rinds and grapefruit. Nectarine and apricot aromas add to the fruity melange of hop goodness.

T: The taste picks up where the nose leaves off, with lots of resiny hops. The citrus fruits are abundant and biting, lots of grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind. Thrown into the mix is a peppery bite that adds some heat to the body. The biscuity malt base stands up nicely to the hops, keeping the citrus in line. For the strength of the hops, the finish is a nice blend of hops and malts, foregoing an all-out lupulin assault.

M: The ale is quite well-balanced, a DIPA that doesn't kick your ass. The resiny hops also nicely hide the alcohol.

D: This is an enjoyable beer, showing off a lot of hops upfront and good balance throughout. A nice under-the-radar offering from Long Trail.

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

IPA's tend to be my go-to choice and a couple of months ago I gave Long Trail IPA a try. I was immediately impressed with the color and aroma. LT IPA had a bit more of a bite to it than many other IPA's I've had, making for a very crisp, drinkable brew. If you like a nice, hoppy, sharp IPA give it a try. Personally, I find it better than Harpoon IPA and Dogfish Head 60. That's just me though.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored with sediment. A majority of the sediment seems to be very small and hangs on the side of the glass. The head is an ivory-white and doesn't seem to linger very long.

Nice smell of the Cascade hops with a unusual hint of something more like chocolate or caramel coming on subsequent whiffs.

The taste is quite pleasant. Smoother than some IPAs that I have had. With the alcohol at under 6%, more of the hop character comes through rather than a bite of alcoholic strength.

The mouthfeel is oily, but not in a way that makes the beer seem ropey or overly clinging. The finish is clean with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple and floral notes.

This is a great drinkable beer. I usually keep this one in the refrigerator on a regular basis during the summer time. Good beer with a Caesar salad or waffles. (Breakfast for dinner!)

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Photo of sraimondi
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rmessick for picking up a bottle of this one during a recent trip to the brewery. (It has an upside down IPA label on it.)

Pours with a nice full head with good spot lacing throughout the serving. The color is too light for the style, golden as opposed to the classic amber/copper coloring. Nice unfiltered haze.

The smell is very reserved for a DIPA. Some light citrus notes with pine coming through at the "end". Some grass as well. No real malt or fruit present.

The taste is very smooth for a DIPA. Malt at the front (almost too much for the style). No diacetyl. Hops are definitely there but restrained for the style. Some residual hop bite in the finish, but much lower than the norm with DIPAs.

Very soft carbonation, with present but smooth alcohol with some drying character. Not astringent at all.

This one is a very smooth version of the style. ABV, while not known, is well hidden. The hops are well integrated into the profile. Balance is the "name of the game" here. While it is not exactly on style and probably will not appeal to the extreme set, I found this one to be a good respite in the ever expanding category of DIPAs.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Vermont Beer Festival. Poured a nice deep golden color. The smell was citric with a lot of hops in the smell. Also smelled some pine also as the other reviewer reported. The taste was nice and balanced for a double IPA. Not too overwhelmingly hoppy but a nice hop presence in the taste. Very balanced. The mouthfeel was not agressive but mellow for a double IPA. This is a nice and very drinkable double IPA.

Pick one up if you can!

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an aggressive resiny hop with piney and citric elements.

The taste was well balanced with a more subtle hop than the nose indicates. Good piney notes and a biscuity grain.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a very good DIPA with good drinkability. A nice offering from Long Trail.

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