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

Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)Double IPA (Brewmaster Series)
601 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of Gosox8787
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date anywhere unfortunately, poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Drank this the same day I purchased it and there seemed to be plenty on the shelf, so I assume freshness will not be an issue here.

Appearance: Clear, light orange in color. Huge, towering three finger head after the first pour. Light and pillowy head that sticks well to the glass. Good retention overall.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, and mango hop notes stand out here. Very clean and very aromatic.

Taste: The tropical fruit hop flavor really is the main note in the flavor profile. Some weak pale malt notes are also present. The only issue here is that this tastes like a light IPA and not a double IPA. The hop flavor does build over time, but it never reaches the level I fell it should.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. It works well for an IPA like this.

Drinkability: The 8.6% is nowhere to be found here. Hidden very well. Definitely could have a couple of these.

Overall, a nice, aromatic IPA with good tropical fruit notes. Really sweet with an enjoyable flavor profile. The glaring weakness here is I cannot help but fell this beer seems watered down at times. Also, the malt background could provide more to this brew.

 1,261 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a hazy golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head with great lacing. Pine, citrus, apricot, and herbs dominate the aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, herb, grass dominate the flavor too, with just the slightest hints of caramel and bready malt flavor. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Way too drinkable - the effects creep in quickly. Awesome. Definitely getting this one again.

 449 characters

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 3/22/10 on the bottle...I'm assuming that's the date this was bottled. Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow/light orangish color with a half a finger of foam.

Smell: Piney hops, bitter grapefruit, slight pineapple and a slight alcohol burn.

Taste: Bitter hops, some pine, grapefruit and a slight tangerine citrus. some balance with the malt. Got better as I drank more of it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: At first I didn't like this beer, but as I finished it up, it grew on me. Will probably get again, as the price is easy on the wallet.

 624 characters

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

This is a thick, full bodied DIPA that is quite good but has a bit more acerbicness in the finish than is warranted, more ABV bite, and a too overwhelming piney hop character with little to balance things out. The beer looks good. It is a few shades paler than expected, but the lacing and retention are good and the slighly creamy head is very good. The nose on the beer is very floral, some ABV comes to the fore, some piney and balsam hop notes predominate. The nose is not all that assertive and it wasn't until the beer sat in the glass for a bit that the aroma started to pick up.

The taste is a bit too acerbic and that is one of the flaws in the beer. There are strong piney hop notes, but these are balanced out with anything more complex or bittering. There is a touch of some lemony tangerine underneath, and it is too bad that this couldn't have been foregrounded more. The citrus bitterness really takes the moisture out of the mouth. The aftertaste is a bit lingering, but not bad. The mouthfeel is cleansing on the palate. Overall, this is a decent DIPA, but not brilliant.

 1,090 characters

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

Served in a standard shaker Glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is light copper color with golden highlights and a 1/3" white head that recedes relatively soon, leaving some foam on the sides of the glass, a ring of foam, and a partial surface covering of foam. Sipping leaves some lacing but by about half way through the beer there is only a very tiny ring of foam and sipping leaves minimal scattered lacing. Although there is some spider web like lacing clinging to the upper portions of the glass it is faint and scattered.

Smell: The aroma is soft and citric floral with some nice malt presence and no detectable alcohol.

Taste: The flavors here are not particularly strong but they are well integrated into a pleasant whole. There is some nice caramel malt with a bit of sweetness that provides the malt backbone. That malt flavor has the citric and fruity hop flavors interwoven with the malt. The hops never dominate, but then neither does the malt. The alcohol really only shows up in its effects.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and quite smooth with a persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is medium in length and trails gently off into mild bitterness that does not seem particularly dry or bitter as it ends.

Drinkability: This is a nice DIPA that I'll probably have again. While it isn't particularly challenging it has a nice balance and combination of flavors that would work well. If you don't think you like DIPAs, give this one a try.

 1,543 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz tulip glass filled at the wet whistle late at night from a freshly tapped keg.

A- LTDIPA has a great look to itself with a deep amber glare with goldish highlights. There was about a yield of 1/2 inch firm off-white head with staying power, pretty thick. Moderate lacing.

S- A mixture of hops and even more malts as this borders on the sweet side with caramel playing a major role. A lot of citrus with grapefruit and slight pine.

T- Very hoppy creating a bittering effect and earthy taste while the variety of malts leave a caramel sweetness at the same time. With that includes loads of grapefruit and I picked up on the alcohol when i searched for it. Obvious dry-hopping going on here adding another layer.

M- Bitter and sweet and a bit resiny but overall the malts dominate leaving this not overly hoppy. A medium mouthfeel. Reminds me of one of those sweet DFH products.

D- Not knowing the age of the keg I would say this is quite the achievement taste wise. I would and could drink a few although i wish the hops were more pronounced with less sweetness getting in the way. A great brew all around and pretty balanced with a nice ABV (8.6%) which shows up towards the end.

Cant wait to try more with this series.

 1,232 characters

Photo of ghostwalker
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, fluffy white head with serious lacing. Light body color, not gonna mark it down for that...much...

N: Nose is fresh cut citrusy hops. Really very nice, but just too meek and mild for a double. Just my 2 cents.

F: Flavor is balanced light malt with a clean and tasty hop finish. Again, this is very nice, but just too damn light for a double. Most regular IPAs have more flavor and body than this. Hard to believe this is 8.6%. No noticeable alcohol.

M: Lightly tooth stripping. This has that chalkiness or aspirin-like quality that I like in an IPA.

D: Very easy drinking for a double. Kind of reminds me of Smuttynose Finest Kind. Rates high here.

 663 characters

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

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a golden amber with a smallish head. Lacing is thin but lasting. Carbonation is obvious. Not a strong set of things on the nose - some citrus (orange and grapefuit), pine and malty sweet aroma. I had this probably too cold initially and it improved substantially (no shock) as it warmed. Starts with some bitter hop taste with grapefruit and a honey malt backbone. Sticky and moderate in mouthfeel and dryness, this is pretty balanced. Some bitter in the finish but the sweetness holds throughout. While people seeking out a heavy hop explosion may not be thrilled with this, at the price and a reasonable ABV, I will seek this out again. Good tasting brew.

 697 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long trails Double IPA pours a clear, light golden color into the glass. A two-finger width creamy white head forms on top and slowly dissolves down to a thick sheet on the surface. A netted pattern of lace clings to the side of the glass. Note: Didn't realize there was yeast in the bottle. My second glass poured cloudy.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I anticipated. Notes of citrus grapefruit and orange are present as well as some malty sweetness and bready yeast.

Each sip of this full bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue and an effervescent fizz on the palate. The flavor is orange and grapefruit citrus with some fruity tropical notes of pineapple? maybe papaya. Towards the end malt sweetness and some yeast balance out the hops. Once gone the orange citrus hop notes linger on the palate.

I found this to be an easy drinking IPA. However, I was expecting more hop aroma and a stronger hop flavor. It's very well balanced and easy to drink. Perhaps the lack of hop aroma is due to the age of the bottle I had.

 1,045 characters

Photo of cavedave
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A gentle pour produces a beautiful amber, slightly cloudy, gem of an IPA, topped briefly by a one finger off white head. Snow caps of lace line the glass.

The smell is full of tropical fruit, aromas of mango, grapefruit, lemon, also some nice floral hop notes. I even get watermelon and nectarine. Never smelled a IIPA like this, it smells more like a barleywine.

The fruitiness in this almost counterbalances the alcohol. It is a nice attempt to use some great tropical and citrus notes, then add a mildly bitter citrus finish, to make a light drinking brew. Unfortunately it can't keep enough interesting flavors in the mix, and the result is a boozy beer that can't decide if it is a Belgian Strong Ale, a barley wine, or what? As a IIPA it doesn't have enough of a hop profile, nor fine enough flavor, to overcome the deficiencies of its alc. burn and unbalanced, weak taste.

The mouthfeel is not so good, mediciny in the finish, overcarb.'ed.

Drinkability is not good. Provides little of the pleasure of many other finer versions in this style.

Impression: Won't get again.

 1,084 characters

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Ipa's that have that orange glow to them with a big fluffy head resting on top. 22 oz bomber into the Duvel glass.

A: It has a hazy look to it, but it is glowing a yellowish orange, the fluffy head is sticking to the glass ever so nicely.

S: Lovely fruity hop character, a bit floral. Good bitter grapefruit aroma as well. Sweet and subtle malt backbone. Sweet citrus is upfront for this beer. Perfectly ripe and sweet oranges, grapefruit. Good sweet fruits from the cascade hops. Good deal of bitterness here as well. Very well balanced aroma.

T: Big bitterness cut by a clean citrus bite. Pine flavor is very pleasing and not overdone. A very hop forward beer, malts are nearly not detectable. Definitely a beer for hop heads. Lemony and full of grapefruit. Everything an Imperial IPA should employ.

M: Crisp and clean with a late carbonation bite that keeps the beer light and refreshing for an IIPA. Very palate dominating as well. Each sip seems to lend more flavors.

D: Finding this beer quite enjoyable, and for 5 bucks a bomber it is certainly something I will be revisiting. Perfect for this hot weather hitting PA recently. Refreshing and full of flavor.

 1,175 characters

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

Long Trail: Brewmaster Series Double IPA (Bottled 03/22/10) (Tasted 05/04/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Sun kissed orange with a nice looking head of white foam, big and sudsy. About three millimeters of retention, good chunky lacing.
Odor: Classic Cascade aroma of grapefruit and tangerine with hints of pine in the background. Nice!
Consistency: Even medium bodied beer with a mellow, low-riding carbonation.
Taste: All Cascade, all the time. Bittersweet grapefruit, a dash of rough herbal Chinook bitterness, sweet pale malt in the middle paired with a fruity ester profile from the yeast. Finish is clean, some hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

This must be what the old similar to some of the classic homebrew DIPAs, straightforward and clean. What this beer lacks in complexity, it makes up for with approachability and I love it. I was impressed last year and psyched to see that it has become a seasonal.

 950 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently because I've never had any of their big bottles before and I think it's good that more breweries are going along this route. For an Imperial IPA, this wasn't that strong or hoppy but it had a nice drinkability to it that I wasn't quite expecting!

The aroma to this beer was its best aspect, by far. It was enticing on the level of my beloved Troegs Nugget Nectar. The hue wasn't that dark but it had a nice amber look to it. As for the taste, it was that of dry, earthy hops with some metallic and citrus notes to it. It reminded me of an orange rind both in the taste and mouthfeel - strong and light! It had the feel of an English Ale, just taken up a notch or two. I enjoy dry hopped beers and this certainly fit the bill!

Even though I split this beer, this wouldn't have been very hard to polish off on my own. Most of the other Long Trail beers that I've had were a bit watery but this was neither too thick or two thin. It's great to see the bar raised again and hopheads who don't want to be beaten over the head will certainly enjoy this beer.

 1,078 characters

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It was a light golden color and very hazy. It has a crazy frothy head that was a creamy orange color, not like any other IPA I've ever seen, and produces excellent lacing. The smell is great. When I took the first smell I told my wife "MMM.... smells like summer." I love IPAs in the summer time and Long Trains Imperial Porter is no exception. Very hoppy, both citrus and pine, probably a little more pine. The taste is on par with the smell, but you could taste the alcohol a little more than I liked. Malts are noticeable, but the hops dominate the flavor, again very piney. The moutfeel is good, but there's a slight bite from the alcohol. Extremely drinkable, especially for a double IPA. I actually let this age for almost a year, had one on Tap about a year ago too, both taste excellent. A very good beer.

 857 characters

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, $5.99 from the Lebanon Health Food Store. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

Cloudy thick honey-colored brew with 1" of rocky off-white head leaves nice lacing as it settles. Great nose of intense piney hops, candy sugar, thick malt. Taste isn't the hop bomb I anticipated from the smell. Taste is very smooth and balanced between hops and malt, well-rounded throughout. Impossible to characterize it fully, but the main notes are pine, honey, biscuit, candy sugar. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, adequate soft carbonation, alcohol not apparent. Hugely drinkable, I barely knew it was gone. Very very good, highly recommended.

 645 characters

Photo of selecter70
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do indeed go for the Long Trail Brewmasters, as they have to gone wrong in my mind, or rather, to my taste. This was a bit of a let down, but still a solid brew, just one that left me wanting more. A hazy yellow-gold pour to lesser white head and lace, with bright hoppy and citrus aroma with spice, notably white pepper. Definitely yeasty bread and sharp hops with grapefruit and some malt to contain it, this a medium-bodied decent hefe-IPA, a bit fizzy with a dry-snap to the mouth. Not stellar but a nice warm day one ---no lemon wedge!

 542 characters

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting off a long weekend in VT, Alewife and I stopped into Long Trail on 10APR10 for lunch and brews. A couple of pints of the DIPA ($5.50) with my chili hit the spot.

The shaker pint was filled with a clear, medium-golden liquid, with slow carbo rising upwards. Head was thin and white, a fine, tight layer, and the lacing was attractive. Nose was a touch bready, with lots of hops, mucho grapefruit, and a hint of rind. Medium-bodied, the bier had a touch of prickle on the tongue, but was mostly smooth.

Crackery malts lend a smidge of sweetness, but it's mostly an afterthought. Lots of hops slather the palate, mostly grapefruit, along with some pithy characteristics. Though it's a dryish finish, the hops do linger a bit. Not a spectacular offering, but solid nonetheless. Prosit!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


 856 characters

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, citrus, slight pines, and some spicyness. The taste starts off sweet, with some nice hop notes, and some malts to balance this brew out. Nice little citrus note, slight pinyness, and some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, all-around tasty brew, but was expecting more, since having the other brewmaster series brews.

 572 characters

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

Pours a nice golden color with a thin lacing on the top and a nice medium amount of carbonation.

Smell is a tangy citrus, peppery, lemon-like character with sweet malts.

Taste has a very distinct spiciness that could be almost borderline pepper, but not quite, somewhat astringent in character with a honey character. White grape skin acidity, pear, perhaps a very mild hint of orange and blend of lemon.

The mouthfeel is pretty crystal crisp for a Double IPA. The crisp character is now playing in the same ballpark as some of the lagers and pilsners. To take it one more step, and most may disagree, for SOME reason, this beer reminds me (in a very distant way), of an Imperial Helles Lager from another brewer. In fact, for the D-IPA's I've had in my day, this one ranks at the top of the list in the crisp category, pretty amazing. Mildly prickly, refreshing, and the semi-dry finish is the perfect ending to the perfect sip.

Drinkability? VERY.

Final thoughts: I wish I would have purchased a case of this beer. I've never been a big fan of Long Trail brews, let alone East Coast style IPA's for the most part. (There are some exceptions.) Of the beers I've had in the past from Long Trail, this one ranks at the very top of my list as being their best one yet. Two thumbs up, definitely worth a try.

 1,312 characters

Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Quite hazy, pale golden, with lots of suspended yeast chunks visible. Modest white head fades quickly to film and ring. Not very active, but with fairly thick lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, apricots, and piny hops with some backing malty sweetness and moderate boozy esters.

Piny bitterness is present but modest, and stays at a consistent level. Grapefruity hops are stronger than the sweet malty backbone. There is less fruity nuance than in the nose. Alcohol is not particularly evident, and there is a slightly dry character generally, especially in the finish.

Some fizzy tingles, moderate warming, medium/full body, and a dry bitter finish. A bit drier than I like.

This sample was a bit old, so that could explain the suspended yeast chunks, and the hop profile would likely have been more aggressive when it was fresh. It drinks easily enough for me, and most hopheads, I suspect. It is certainly worth a try, and somewhat reminiscent of a west coast DIPA.

 981 characters

Photo of dlp1010
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer strikes the perfect balance that most double IPAs tend to miss. The hop bitterness stops just short of becoming a sweetness that would clash with the strong alcohol taste that comes with the hefty ABV. Instead, the two balance perfectly for an excellent brew.

 269 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops and some caramel. Slight bitter finish. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

 296 characters

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

Dark yellow pour, modest 1-2 finger head, decent lacing

Nose is citrus hoppy along with a little malt presence.

First flavor to come through was brown sugary malts, quickly replaced by solid hop presence definitely orange and citrus not very complex overall flavors but solid. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Lightly bitter finish

Fairly heavy, big mouthfeel. Significant carbonation, enjoyable for me.

Easily drinkable just not enough hops, the potential is there, just needs a little fine tuning.

I had never heard of this brew, picked it up local for 3 bucks and was expecting mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised overall.

 635 characters

Photo of bonkers
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a goblet. It pours a deep orange with a big sticky white head. Orange marmalade was the first comparison I could make upon smelling it. The flavor was thick with citrus notes and a bit of pine int the background. It has enough malt to balance it out. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. A very nice brew, and a great value for the price.

 390 characters

Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful golden body that has some cloud to it to not make it so transparent...a huge off white head forms...about three it falls it becomes rocky and retains the entire glass...great lacing

S - A very balanced nose...earthy and faint citrus hops paired with caramel malts

T - Here's where the hops come out and shine...with the first sip you get all hops...bright grapefruit and sweet citrus...the malts come in next and add a touch of sweetness...I'm getting honey and caramel as well as a grainy flavor...piney hops come in at the end to provide a sharp bitterness with nice lingering power

M - Medium bodied...the mouthfeel was a bit coated the palate nicely and left a lingering bitterness...but it was a tad watery which almost made it light in body...but I think the mouthfeel really leads to how drinkable this beer is

D - This was a nice DIPA that showcased the hops and had a nice malt backbone...the nose could have been more pronounced and the mouthfeel for me just threw me off...but a great one to try

 1,052 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.