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

Added by Brad007 on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of steelerguy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden, low carbonation, nice white head that fades to a covering and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of citrus hops on the nose with a touch of sweet malt.

T - Explosive hop flavor, lots of citrus and a bit of pine. This is balanced with what had to have been an impressive malt bill. Mostly clean base malt, but some good crystal sweetness, although not cloying at all. Ends with a nice but not oppressive bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

M - Moderate body, very smooth and almost velvety. The low carbonation lets it coat your mouth, a bit of resinous feeling from the hop oils, but the alcohol warmth at the end makes you ready for the next sip.

O - Very good example of an American DIPA, this is what it is about.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 1.5 finger off-white, foamy head on top. Good retention that left behind some nice lacing.

S: Nice combination of citrus with some orange, orange peel, and grapefruit and a bit of pine on the backend as well as a little bit of caramelized malts.

T: Nice hops up front, mostly citrus with a heavy hand of oranges (almost orange juice in fact). There is more malt than the aroma led on with some caramel balancing things out.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy drinking with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Tasty beer that is easy drinking. A good job by Long Trail, one of the best beers I have had from them thus far.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, grass, hops, caramel, malts

taste: citrus, pine, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: well balanced dipa and a good beer. Longtrail's brewmaster series are good beer.

the CPJ

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out unfiltered but with no chunks of yeast which is good. Just more of a thick haze and some crumbs of yeast in there. The smell kinda reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar in a way with the really fruity tropical hop smells. The smell is also very strong on thick potent smells of grapefruit. This is a very grapefruity Double IPA. On the taste I get a smooth sweetness in the beginning with a bit of wheat malt in the middle and then the grapefruity taste coming through pretty strong with a dry chalky bitterness.

More hop flavor than hop bitterness. The hop flavor is pure grapefruit. The hop bitterness isn't as strong as other IPA's I've had but definitely there especially as it warms and you drink it more. The alcohol taste and smell become a LITTLE more noticeable as you drink but its nothing to really give it any less of a score. I also get the yeast sediment a little on my tongue which gives it a dry chalky mouthfeel. All in all definitely worth the money and definitely the best Long Trail beer I've ever had from them.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange with big creamy white head. Laces well.

S: Sharp pine, citrus, and pineapple, which are enjoyable but leave a little something to be desired in terms of intensity.

T: Lots of citric, aspirin-like bitterness, complemented by citrusy cascade flavor. Very pleasant underlying light fruitiness and biscuity malt backbone. Finishes crisp with only light lingering bitterness.

M: Highly drinkable--full bodied but not syrupy, nice carbonation, and hides the ABV very well.

O: One of the more well-balanced DIPAs I've tried. The hops aren't all that in your face, but are still readily apparent. The bomber went down all too easily. I'll pick this up again next time in VT.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Francestown Village Market today for $6.99.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is big on malts with floral hops present in the background.

Taste is very well balanced, big malt base is balanced out by a good amount of sweet orange hops and resiny pine.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth - very satisfying.

This is one very drinkable brew, glad i had the opportunity to try!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

Thanks to DoctorB2B for the bottle.

A - Bright, but hazy orange with a thicker off-white head that is composed of big bubbles. Good retention and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts and citrus.

T - Muted citrus and grass, but it works well.

D - Very smooth and creamy.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The scents and flavors were mild, but they worked so well together. No bitterness either.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze from 22oz. Has left incredible lacing throughout. No rising carbonation.

sweet piney aroma pops way out - not much grain aroma present

Start and midway are well balanced but bittnerness pops out on the back of the throat on the finish and leaves a lingering bitterness but very acceptable/enjoyable.

thin - well attenuated that gives a crisp finish.

a definite brew to grab if you see it.

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

A-Pour's with a nice amber color with about an inch of head

S-Nice citrus grapefruit with a little bit of malt

T-Hoppy with a little malt taste

M=Medium bodied good carbonation easy to drink

O-Great beer from Long Trail you deffenetly get your money's worth at $5

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

Pours an amber color into my pint glass. A finger and a half of off white head. I let the beer subside a minute and lacing remains on my glass. The usual suspects of smells creep through. Citrus and some hop pine. The citrus in taste is lemon zest. It also has a bready quality to it. Finishes with a hop bite. Interesting to say the least. First sip or two threw me for a loop. Not knee jerk caliber, but it didn't seem like tit was going to be good. The beer definitely grew on me and I found myself reaching for the bottle to get a second pour.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a frothy inch thick head. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by citrus and bitter hops. Grapefruit and tangerine accompany bready malts and some bitter hop fragrance.

T: Sweet citrus starts the sip. Tastes of orange and grapefruit are overtaken by biscuit of the malts in the middle. The hop bitterness surges in for the finish. Alcohol burn becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

M: A light to medium body on the tongue with some viscosity and ample carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IIPA. The flavors are balanced and blended well with sufficient citrus sweetness and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200:
22oz bottle (dated 3/31/11, 2 months old and just arriving on shelves in NH... from the state next door. Seriously. MA/ME got this over a month ago). Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a slightly dark and hazy orange, nice 2 and half finger white head, tight bubbles with lots of bursting bubbles on top. Leaves good lacing.

S: Grassy and floral hops with a slight dankness, citrus (orange, lemon rind, grapefruit), toasted pale malts and sugar. Overall smell is orange rind. Somewhat muted nose.

T: Light dank herbal hops, grass, and orange rind with a little more citrus. Alcohol is noticeable. Fairly boozy to open and again in finish. There's a little bitterness/sharpness from a grapefruit rind/very slight pine, but not that much. Pale malt base is there but doesn't seem to contribute much to the flavor profile. A little too much sugar sweetness. Finish is a little sweet with prickly alcohol, grapefruit rind, floral notes, and a slight lingering bitterness. Has an unpleasant flavor that I just can't put my finger on.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation, a little sticky and resinous, but not as much as I expect out of a DIPA.

O: While this isn't a bad DIPA by any margin, it does have a different flavor profile than what I'm used too/like, a little too sweet, not enough malt character (I'm not saying there isn't enough malt, just not enough flavor from it), and overall not bitter enough.

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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 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 InsolublePancake
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 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 Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous honey orange with a two finger fluffy white head. Sticky lacing drips all around the glass and really hangs in there!

S- Sweet piney hops... fresh cut peaches, lemon zest, honey, pineapple, caramel and an awesome fresh pink grapefruit. The blend of sweet caramel malts marry brilliantly with the fresh piney/fruity up front part of the nose.

T- Citrusy, zesty, sweet and bitter! Grapefruit and pine really come out at you hard. Very nice sweetness to the malty backbone of this brew. Nice carbonation that pops little citrus hints all over your tongue. Just a hint of the alcohol.

M- Orange pith and lemon zest. A nice malty sweet backbone. Pine cone bitterness that is a little bit astringent, but isn't too over the top. Makes your mouth really want more!

O- Nothing earth shattering here, just a really tasty and well done IIPA that could be enjoyed almost anytime! Definatelty worth picking up!

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Photo of diddly
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap.

Pours a nice dark amber. Good head, about an inch.

Aroma is hop heavy but not too strong. Some nice citrus notes.

Taste is hoppy at first, and finishes with a definite hop bite, but the taste overall is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich and appropriate for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer, and just what I would expect for the style, although a great example of it.

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Photo of perrymarcus
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 balanced. very solid brew.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt, hazy amber color with 3/4 in creamy tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is light, citrusy, hoppy, and slightly hoppy. Tste is all of the above and dry and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Not my favorite DIPA, but still tasty.

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Photo of ewright
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured several times into a tulip glass.

Burnished gold beer with a nearly white head standing about 1" high. Sticky lacing left on the glass as the head recedes.

Bold, fruity aroma, hints of orange marmalade, pineapple, grapefruit zest. Not the most complex aroma ever seen in a DIPA, but quite strong!

Relatively sweet up front with notes of grapefruit rind. Bitterness comes in late with a bit of cut grass. Muted caramel from a malt backbone just solid enough to show up to the party, but smart enough to be a wallflower.

Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a nice clean finish. Just what I want from the style. I'd love to have another, but I can't even get this in NC.

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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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Double IPA (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 601 ratings