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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Photo of thetomG
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear golden yellowish color. Nice ring of foamy head leaving sticky lacing all over the place. Impressive.

Mild but pleasant smell - some slight pine and citrus notes. Flavor is more of the same, but a bit more robust. Very nicely balanced between the piney aspects and the citrus. This balance makes it VERY drinkable as well.

Good beer something I'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of ajhod
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok-I'll be upfront here: I'm really partial to Long Trail Brewery and the beers they make. I've rarely not loved one.

That said-the Double IPA was not much of a surprise. I loved it.

Drank one at the brewery, on draft in a 12 oz glass.

Appearance: a deep golden color/light orange. Slightly cloudy in the glass. Some might not like that, but I didn't find it problematic.

The aroma is impressive and assertive. A bold blast of hops hits you right in the face as you get close. Pine and citrus-a nice totally clean hop bouquet.

It's a tasty beer. Good hop/malt balance. If you really love hops-you'll love this beer. It isn't a beer for someone who is just learning to appreciate hops or IPAs however.

It's a heavy beer, but doesn't have a heavy mouthfeel. Or at least I didn't think it does compared to others in its class. It's drinkable and enjoyable, despite being a high gravity beer.

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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip, moderately aggressively. The result? 2-fingers of ivory head settle over a dark but clear golden body. Has a nice orangey glow to it, depending on the lighting. Good lace left behind.

S: Good nose for a DIPA - sweet caramel malt and tropical fruits. Definitely more on the sweet than bitter side.

T: Caramel malt up front - toffee-like early in the sip. Finishes with a dose of fruity hops (tropical fruity-ness, as with the nose; also some sweeter citrus, think candied oranges), and then the bitterness makes an appearance on both sides of the tongue, at times feeling like wood or oaky astringency, at other times leaning more towards citric bitterness. Alcohol shows up at the end as well - as both a drying sensation on the mouth and heat down the gulley and warmth in the belly. Also a touch of spiciness at the finish.

M: A tad bit thinner in heft than I like, but creaminess is there in a nice, gentle carbonation.

D: Excellent for a beer of this strength. Reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA in that it's more sweet and fruity than bitter. Good job on this one, and reasonably priced (I think I paid $5.99 for the double-deuce).

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split in a Duvel tulip. 8.6% ABV, "For the best experience pour slowly into a glass." 051[smeared]10 on the neck.

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this DIPA!

A - It doesn't get any better looking than this; a brilliant golden color with nice clarity and a dense three-finger off-white cream head. Sheets of lace cling like webby veils on the glass.

S - Muted hops seem a little faded but are still present. Definitely not DIPA stature so far. Lots of citrus components of grapefruit and mango with complimentary resin and pine notes but faded, not huge. A good backing of caramel malts are there. It's a decent start.

T - Lots of hops punch through in the flavor which ups the ante in this brew. Big mango fruitiness and grapefruit and pineapple citrus. Notes of pine linger on the back of the tongue while a strong malt backbone holds it up. I like it the more I drink it.

M - Medium-light bodied and crisp with a good refreshing finish with a nice moderate carbonation level and bitter citrusy finish.

D - A solid double IPA, this is growing on me and very drinkable for the fact it's a double. With all the fruity hop flavor this would pair well with a fruit salad nicely :P

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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 aepb1
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with vapodge!
Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet

A- Hazy yellow, white head with lots of staying

S- Citrus, piney hops. Very IPA

T- Smooth citrus hops, bright and suprised at the double IPA as there is much more presence in the nose of the hops than the taste

M- Medium, creamy with excellent carbonation, very smooth

D- Such a smooth IPA I am very impressed

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a = very appealing. orang amber color with a nice head. lacing continues through the whole pour.
s = very citrusy with a touch of pine
m = very comfortable,
d = very easy to drink for a double, has a sneaky abv that will definitely hit you in the end.
overall = a very tasty brew which i will seek out in the future.

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Photo of MVotter
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold, with a thin cream colored head.

S - Citrus, some pine.

T - Nicely blended malt and hops flavors; orange peel (coriander?), mild alcohol, malts are there to lend balance ... finish is sort of tangy, very slight hint of bitter.

M - Medium/heavy, silky smooth, with a moderate amount of effervescence.

D - Very drinkable, tasty, brew. This DIPA is not a hop-bomb by any means, but it has a nice balance and at 8.6% abv, packs a deceptive punch. Niiice.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy yellow orange color. One finger of creamy off-white head with average retention for the style and moderate lacing. Some small yeasty crap at the bottle of the glass.

4.5 S: Really nice mix of hops and malts. Hops are floral and citrusy with emphasis on orange, lemon, and a touch of grapefruit. Malts are bready and biscuity, but clean (the clean part is important for why I like this). General yeastiness.

4.0 T: The first thing I noticed is that it doesn't taste bitter at all, but I'm not suggesting it is cloying because it isn't. Rather the bitterness balances out the malts and disappears completely in doing so. Hop flavor is moderate or at least seems so when compared to the malts. Lemon and orange are again big components. Biscuity maltiness with some caramel in there. This is a pretty good barleywine-esque DIPA. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and super smooth. Hidden alcohol gives a touch of warming after several sips.

4.5 D: Very nice brew. Lots of good without anything bad. Alcohol is super well hidden. I like the BW type DIPAs and this is a pretty good example of it. The only issue I have is that neither the malts nor the hops bring the taste past very good.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a white lacing.

Smells of fresh floral hops and honey.

Taste has a bit of citrus sweetness to accompany the piney floral hop notes, not too bitter.

Feels moderate with mild carbonation.

Strong but not overwhelming, bordering on American Barleywine territory in its hop style, a very good strong IPA that manages to be very hoppy without being too bitter. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MA08
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Long Trail Chalice at 50 degrees.

Pours a bright hazy amber with decent white head. Strong aroma of grapefruit and piney hops. Tastes of citrus and piny hops, that lingers, with balanced bitterness that is not too strong. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Overall great balanced representation of the style, without being too hop-forward.

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Photo of devildog1633310
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the "Reserve Bin" in Foxboro, MA.

Simple packaging makes this even more appealing. First pour is a flowery hop of gold rushing down the glass with a light fluffy head of sea foam like beauty. The taste of light citrus and a hint of pine mixes well with the lighter hops and a full taste. I do get more of a hoppier after taste then the initial taste. After the hop taste leaves there is a very strong orange, shall we say, "peel strength" taste that lingers through the hops in the end. But overall it is a excellent double IPA. One of the best IPA's or 2 IPA's that New England has ever put out.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/18/2010

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $5.49/bomber

Appearance: Lite clear golden color with a 2" fluffy white cap. Head retention is pretty good leaving behind a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell: floral smell with pine and a hint of orange peel. Not much else in the nose.

Taste: Pretty damn close to a bulls eye on the style, however maybe just a slite more malt profile and I'd be sold for dead on. Silky smooth upfront with a mild hop bitterness in the middle followed by a little heat in the end.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a lite feel an almost sessionable feel. But wait it's 8.6% alcohol! The experience ends with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Yup, very good summer ale here and local too. I like it.

Probabaly my favorite one so far from Long trail. I will definitely have to try more of their Brewmaster series beers.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light amber. Nice white head and decent lacing.

A nice floral hop nose. The hop presence is strong with this one, very inviting.

Smooth with an immediate sharp hop taste with slight malt and pine overtones. Me rike! The beer itself isn't very complex, but it's done well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Gold with a large head.

S-Citrus and Pine hops. Bitter and a bit boozey.

T-Better than expected. Hoppy, follows the nose. Nice malt background. In my opinions Long Trail's regular IPA is boring. This is a step above.

M-Medium pretty slick.

D-Booze is evident but the booze is not a detractor to the brew.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apricot orange with gold edging and a three-finger thick white head that retains very well, delivering top notch lacing. The head eventually dies down to a skin that continues the lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of lemon, orange, pine sap, flower and white tea are all present and equally represented.

The taste takes a small turn showcasing some bubblegum sweet maltiness,with light moldy breads up front. But the main stars of this brew are the hops tasting of lemon, orange peels, flowers, pine sap with added sugar cane and coriander spice. The brew ends with a nice dose of bitterness that is not overbearing, but just right. Many flavors here, all balanced well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with a slight bit of stickiness at the end. Actively-flowing tiny bubbles of carbonation keep the brew feeling fresh as it's slowly enjoyed.

The ABV% is non-detectable for the most part, which could lead to problems...but is also a bonus when the pace is slow. A perfect example of complex flavors and aromas harmoniously balanced.

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours hazy gold in color with a massive 2 finger foamy/creamy off white head that lasted a few minutes and left excellent lacing with foam rings down the glass. The head was like whipped cream where you could run your finger through it and very impressive.

Really hoppy up front, it smells of sweet malt, floral hops, orange peel, lemon, pine cones, faint grains and light sweet caramel or sweet sugar cane. After several sniffs and sips it seems to me to be very sweet overall with a very pungent sweet and hoppy nose combo.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt up front, floral hops, piney hops or pine cones, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, grains, brown sugar, caramel and perhaps sugar cane. This is a sweet IPA that's really smooth and well balanced for a DIPA, and while the citrus sweetness is enjoyable it does seem to dominate the flavor in a good way and lead to a slight bitter pucker in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, buttery even, with very mellow carbonation that is light, and a heavy body that feels thick like a shake.

A really enjoyable beer that is tasty, easy to drink and gets more flavorful as it warms. A strong recommendation to try this beer.

Drinking Note: The alcohol is very well masked by the taste, and about an hour after finishing this bomber it kicked in with a pretty nice buzz; an enjoyable side effect to a very good beer.

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Photo of jal30
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I often find Long Trail to produce somewhat boring, very reserved brews. However, reserved works great with some of the more "extreme" beer styles, like the double IPA. Although this beer did not blow me away, Long Trail's conservative tendencies work brilliantly with this beautifully balanced DIPA. Just enough malts to counter the strong hop character, but not enough to inappropriately dominate the beer. Remarkably drinkable for the ABV and IBUs. Nice deep orange color with a thin white head. A really solid beer that I will happily drink anytime.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass. Sandy brown with a light haze and decent carbonation. Fantastic 3 finger head and some really good lacing persists as you drink it.

The nose is faint with light pine and floral hop aromas being the dominant flavors.

This is a great tasting Double IPA. It doesn't hit you over the head with the hops, but gives you just enough to feel a nice little bite. Slightly piney with some really nice subtle flower notes, like lillies. This beer is well-balanced, and there is just enough malt characteristic to really make this beer round and full. It has some bready yeast flavors on the swallow, and just enough hollow, tannin bitterness lingers in the mouth without destroying your taste buds.

I would say, if there was a dynamite session double IPA out there, this would be it!

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Photo of salvo
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing a cellared bottle. My original review 08-06-2010 for comparison is pasted below (Adhering to the one review per serving type rule). Re-review: 11-28-2010.

Huge off-white head and rich, deep golden brown with red highlights pale for a double. Nose is more biscuit malt and honey sweet with the hops falling way back into the background. Still piney and citrus, but the citrus is softened with time.

Taste retains the big buttery mouthfeel; sweetness is even more pronounced with time. Hops taste has softened considerably with more dryness and bitterness and far less citrus flavor. Still offers a long, complex finish but more towards tea astringency, medicinal bitterness, and drying alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel retains buttery complexity and lip-smacking richness. Finishes nicely, rewards contemplation. Mellowed but not disappointing with some age; it's only been a few months, but the change in taste is considerable. I wish I had another (or three or four more) to open ever six months to compare over time. Excellent.

Original review:

Pours very light (for a double IPA) into a tulip glass with a full two fingers of light fluffy foam that lasts through the whole glass, among islands of fluff, leaving tightly woven lacing on the sides of the glass when empty. Color of Bass Ale: very light and mosty clear with just a light haze from complete clarity. Orange-yellow with highlights of red.

Scent is pine, orange, grapefruit, and lemon with a honey tang and biscuit malt back. Buttery: like shortbread coming out of the oven, but without all the sugar.

Malt sweetness is first on the palate, followed by pine resins and a bitter sourness that balanced out the malt. Peppery on the tongue with a long, long unfolding finish of bittersweet malt and a tangy citrus end and enough alcohol burn to let you know this is a double despite the relatively low alcohol content.

On second-sniffing, there is some tea and jasmine both on nose and tongue with some berry notes finishing off the taste. Really, really complex and unfolding. Mouthfeel is big, bold, and buttery.

Drinkability is high for a double IPA with less than 9%. I enjoyed Long Trail IPA on a recent trip out east and brought a few bombers of the double IPA home. I wish I had left the dirty clothes and fileld the trunk with Longtrail, Shipyard, and Allagash offerings! They are none the worse for the travel, and this is a wonderful double IPA. A wonderful lighter English-style double-IPA that will leave those expecting a hop bomb sorely disappointed. This is complex and subtle.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Hazy golden orange color with a frothy head which leaves lacing all over the place, but still retains a nice film over the beer while drinking.

S - Citrus, pine, resin, hops, fruit...overall very clean and inviting.

T - Oily citric hops and pine slice through immediately, instantly announcing their presence. A sweet malt base provides some added character without throwing off the hops too much or becoming heavy handed. There's a little warmth towards the end but the hops still shine bright with bitterness and fruit.

M - Smooth - and i mean seriously smooth, especially for a DIPA, making it even more pleasant.

D - This is surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA, and the 8.6% is barely noticeable, making this almost a little dangerous if you aren't paying attention.

A surprisingly nice brew from Long Trail here, and for the price it's even harder to beat. While half the other bottles in the store are upwards of $10-15, this guy is just begging to be brought home.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When the bottle opened up, I could smell right away the fresh hops smell coming out.

very hoppy smell, fruity, yeasty and piney just enough, nothing extreme, well balanced mostly hops versus malt.

The appearance was great, foamy head and leftover that look alike a cask served ale. Pretty nice limpid golden color, medium carbonation.

Taste wise was hops at first, a shy bitter but not that much. A honey sweet came along at first playing with the shy bitterness and fruity flavor.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(reviewed on 06/27/2010)
Longtrail - Brewmaster Series - Double IPA
1pt 6fl oz, 8.6%ABV
Standard pint glass
Purchased for under $5 at Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Appearance - pale colorng around the perimeter of the pint glass, deeper, deeper hue through the center, close to amber in appearance. 1/4" of a white head but I poured it slowly to avoid excess.

Smell - citrus, floral, some pine as well, which would make sense being since it's a product of Vermont. You also pick up strong hops teasing the nose

Taste - surprisingly less hoppy than expected, more malty. Citrus dominates the palate, and I can pick up pine. The dominant citrus is grapefruit, although it doesn't stick out some other IPAs. Overall very balanced.

Mouthfeel - less hoppy than expected but the hops still strike down the middle of the tongue. Finish tends to be bitter and a bit dry.

Drinkability - could be a touch hoppier but overall very well constructed and refreshing. Your don't really realize the strength of his beer while you're drinking it.

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

The pour is a hazy grainy golden/light amber, with slow carbonation, a thin layer of white head.
Citrus perfection, not too much surprisingly for a DIPA, the hops are refreshingly piney and floral, hints of sweetness, with an oaky character, blended supremely.
Tastes exactly how a DIPA should: marvelously bitter, without being too over the top, well rounded by the layered malty sweetness with a beautiful soft finish; hints like its going to finish overly bitter, but doesnt.
Extremely drinkable, especially for the apparent IBU's and above average ABV, but you definitely do not have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but you do have to enjoy hops to some degree obviously.
Best part, $3.99 for a 22 oz bomber. Value is phenomenal, great job Long Trail. Is there such a thing as a sessionable IPA?

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Photo of wikk3d
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice amber body with a foam head that takes a while to settle into a sliver. Lighter in color than most IPA's, not really see-through at all. Poured into a pint glass.

Aroma - Wheat and hops, a little bit of citrus. Smells like it has a lot of flavor, not really overpowering as far as hoppyness goes.

Taste - Very flavorful, just like the smell. Lots of fruityness, great body, hoppy but not very bitter at all. Very great taste. One of the better IPA's I've had.

Mouth - Leaves a very good after taste in the mouth as it goes down. Like I said, it's not very bitter, there is a bit of tang, not really spicy, just a very good flavorful beer.

Drinkability - You're able to sit down and drink an entire bottle of this with no problem. It goes down well because it tastes good. It doesn't have any sort of overpowering flavor that stands out. Definitely a must if you love IPA's.

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