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 Rschis16
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright orange in color, pretty much opaque. Thin sea foam white head on top, dissapating down to a thin sheet. Citrus and resin from the hop aromas, the hop resin backing up a soft orange-like citrus. Biscuity malt in the background as well.

Fresh orange in the forefront of the palate, with a nice engulfing grapefruit and resin bitterness in the back. A little more than a breath of booze, but not much more, and certainly not something that takes away from the overall experience. Light in body, prickly carbonation on the tongue that gives it a refreshing quality that is sometimes hard to find in DIPAs. Booze and a light bitterness linger in the aftertaste, but mostly that bready maltiness manages to be just enough of a balancing factor in the overall tasting without taking anything away from the very nice hoppy flavors hangs around.

Overall, this is a very solid brew. Nicely balanced with some very good flavors that all seem to compliment each other.

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

I have seen this on the shelf in many places around here. The price has always been pretty low, and I was not really impressed with their offering in the past. So, my expectations were a little low. I was wrong.

This is a pretty good example of a double IPA. It smells, looks, and tastes proper for a double IPA. They don't do anything different.

Based on interactions with a couple other friends, this opinion seems to be consistent.

I like this double IPA, and it is probably the best bang for your buck version of the style.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Iron Frog in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Deep copper color with orange highlights beneath a thin, wispy head of white carbonation that left little lacing. Quite the chilled haze on this brew also.

S: Robust hoppy aroma with a buttery, toffee-like scent as well. Hints of spiced orange and grapefruit are in the mix.

T: Dank, viscous malt flavor with a brassy and herbal hop resin that rolls across the tongue to dry things up a bit. Floral and grassy notes spring forward behind a receding malt backbone. Finish is a bit boozy and bitter with traces of plum and sticky sweetness.

M: Full-bodied, viscous and biting with hops at select moments. A sipper that was served a bit too cold for my tastes. I suggest allowing it to warm a bit.

O: Few DIPAs can achieve the balance of tested giants like DFH 90, and this brew of lesser strength at 8.6% ABV cannot achieve that either. The density of this brew is not carried out well at all times, but it's a pretty enjoyable hopped up DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of mtdewa1
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into pint glass.served at 45 or so degrees.

A: poured with 2 finger foam and moderate lacing. Mild amber color but nice and clear

S: Hoppy smell, a little pine like yet floral

T:Definitelly taste the hops but taste great.Very smooth finish

O: Good beer with bold but not over bearring hop taste.would def get again

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Photo of andrewm190
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Long Trail Double IPA is one of the best beers I've had in a while. The hops are terrific without being overwhelming - it was one of those finely crafted beers that really seemed to meet each threshold my taste buds required. Even with a slow pour, the head came out big and strong. The aroma wasn't tremendously powerful but it was immediately promising. I would absolutely rank this beer as one of my favorites in the style and gladly pick up another. Many breweries are just slapping cool artwork on average beer these days, and this new entry from Long Trail was a pleasant surprise. I'm looking forward to trying their other offers.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Has a nice dose of pine, light floral and citrus notes

T: Has a pretty evident booze bite and crystak malt which I can pretty easily detect. Has a nice citrus, pine element which is coupked with crystal malt;provides a nice bite medium sip to finish

M: Medium body, tasty and a bit warming

O: A pretty good IIPA

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 for 22 ounces at the Hoboken Shoprite.
Looks are dark amber with a bright white, sticky head.
Smells like a style of IPA that I don't prefer; sweeter notes, english biscuit tea type things.
Not my favorite style of IPA; more English than American style. Tasty for what it is trying to do.

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Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, good clarity. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Malty sweet aroma coupled with a nice citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Don't smell alcohol, but it does smell like a "big beer".

Some malt, but a strange flavor that feels like an odd mix of hops and alcohol takes over midmouth. Hop flavor seems quite earthy, not like aroma. Never overly sweet, but the hop bitterness isn't overpowering, and the finish is only gently bitter.

MF - big and chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warming as expected with the style.

Overall slightly disappointing. I remember liking it more when doing a tasting at a shop. Could be that allowing it to warm up a bit was a mistake. Very drinkable, just don't love the flavor profile.

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

Pour produces two fingers of creamy, fluffy foam, pockmarked and cratered. Lasts a long while and produces a ton of lace over time. Color is a shimmering copper. All very attractive.

Aroma is candy-like, herbal and caramel, with seemingly as much attention paid to the malt as the hops. Some cinnamon and brown sugar, and a pinch of pine clippings.

Taste is pointedly herbal, a bit tart and somewhat resiny, with a good bit of candy-like sweetness, and the alcohol being supportive in providing just a bit of spicy warmth, but never being obtrusive. This beer is helped further by the round, creamy, slightly sticky texture, body is on the heavy side but never unwieldy or unwelcome.

An excellent example of the style, no more or less.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up during a recent trip to Vermont, I had an outside chance to make it to the actual brewery but I had to settle hitting up a bottle shop in Rutland instead. I was excited when I found this bottle at the shop. I poured the bottle into my DFH snifter glass to find a nice hazy, golden body with a nice two inch white head. The aroma was exactly what I expected, plenty of citrus hops and a bit of sweet malts.

The taste was great, and exactly what I wanted it to be. The citrus hops hit you first right off the bat with caramel in the middle and the malts in the end, it actually finishes a bit more sweet than bitter. The beer was medium bodied but very easy to drink, great carbonation and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall this is a solid double IPA and I am glad that I have family in Vermont that can help me get this beer on a regular basis!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Hazy golden color. Big white head boasts excellent retention. Very sticky rings of lacing.

S: Pine, a lemony/orange citrus aroma, whiff of spicy alcohol, mandarin orange, mango. Biscuity, doughy malt base. Pretty standard DIPA smell.

T: Citric hop tastes burst onto the tongue first. Oranges and lots of grapefruit. High level of bitterness. Lots of aggressive, resinous pine. Potent hop oils rake at your enamel. Very Bitter. Quick hit of spicy, estery alcohol. Malt base is dry and biscuity. Finishes dry with tons of aggressive pine-like hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, full, and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O: Very bitter, but reined in just enough that the hops don't get too sloppy and out of control.

Notes: Really one of the better East Coast DIPAs. Hop heads should enjoy it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a thick finger-plus of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus and tropical hops flavor. There is also a bit of piney hops in there as well alongside just a touch of sweet malt.

T - Starts off with a big punch of citrus/tropical hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple flavor. There is also a bit of bitterness growing as well. Through the middle, the piney hops kick in with a bit more bitterness and just a kiss of sweet malt. The finish is big on the hop flavor with just a bit of alcohol flavor kicking in.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very smooth with a bit of a resiny and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not the most balanced DIPA in the world with a lot of hop and a little too light on the malt. That being said, the hop profile is good enough that it is still a solid DIPA.

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

I’m a sucker for the active, face-to-face advertising. When I see a guy pitching something outside or even in a store, I usually stop to hear them out. Maybe it’s because I’ve done quite a bit of that for my job every summer for a few years, but I always like to take the time. On the outskirts of Buffalo, NY, I ran into one of these guys while looking for some Flower Power before I headed out of town. He was a rep from Long Trail Brewing out of Vermont, and he gave me a sample of this big, hoppy DIPA. I have to say, I was impressed, and I couldn’t leave without buying a bomber. Once again - sucker...

By the way, I didn't find any Flower Power, so this beer better be damn good the second time around!

A: Sexy amber shine on the body, with a light yellowish tendency, and adorned with a great amount of delicate off-white foam. As it dwindles down, the head leaves some great lacing at all points on the glass. Though the head’s not there for very long, it looks nice while it lasts.

S: As far as DIPA’s go, this nose is fairly abnormal. The first hint I get, sadly, is a vinegar smell; it's strong enough that, when the fruit scents come soon after, they can hardly get out from under it. It turns the first bit of the nose into mostly apple cider vinegar. Luckily, the signature DIPA hop hit saves it; smooth and earthy hints of pine resin and fruit rinds. Sweet malt and bready yeast combine to form a nice, Cinnamon roll-fresh sweetness, too. It turns out alright in the end, despite the rocky start.

T: Fruity and slightly estery in the beginning; not like very many DIPA’s I’ve had before. Soon enough, those flavors fade, which paves the way for a great, sugary warmth from the malts. Just like in the nose, it comes off like a fresh pastry when the yeasts arrive. A little bit of Belgian-style acids are present in the yeasts, too, giving this one a rather striking extra dimension. They finish it out, not surprisingly, showing off delectable hoppy bitters, with a mellow strength that sizzles on the tongue without being too fiery. That’s the main aftertaste: hop tart with a hint of earthen sweetness that lasts for minutes at a time. Now, I’ve been sampling a lot of IPA’s and DIPA’s lately, and I have to say: it’s good to get some uncommon flavors. And that's even if those flavors aren’t the most pleasant...

M: Kind of thick and chewy. There’s not a lot of carbonation going on here, but that’s ok. It’s not a dealbreaker. Some more fizz might be nice, though.

O: A different breed of DIPA; I love a brewery that takes chances. Now, while it might not have turned out great, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to sample the brewery again when I get a chance. It’s not bad beer, but it’s not exemplary, though I like their style. At the very least, it’s memorable. And in a beer world like this, sometimes that’s all you can ask for.

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

I dig the Long Trail brewmaster series better than the regular lineup, that's for sure. I've had this double IPA before, but I thought I'd review it now. It has a nice looking head on top of a very hazy, unfiltered golden body. Smells strongly of citrus hops, just how I like my double IPAs. The taste follows closely. A lot of citrus and pine hops flavor, very strong. Pretty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. I'm not getting much in the way of malts to balance out the hops. And that's a good thing. Very nice!

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Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey gold pour with large bubbled 2-finger paper white head. Laces well and nice retention. Very fine carbonation.

Nose is sweet flowery hops with touch of light sweet fruit. Very understated.

Very flowery hop taste. Hits sour and slightly fizzy. Explodes with sweet fruit and flowery hop sours in the finish. Nice dry bitters in the end. Well balanced. Decent alcohol burn, too.

Feel is right for the style and taste. Slightly syrupy and thick.

One I'd get again and definitely put up against some of the more well known doubles.

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

Bought a bomber dated 4-13-11. Poured into chimay chalice.

A: Deep golden amber color, slightly hazy with a cm thick white soupy froth of head on top. As far as looks go, this one is picture perfect.

S: From the second I poured this I was picking up hops from two feet away! Very citrusy and sweet smelling too, I'm picking up whiffs reminiscent of apple pie.

T: Citrus hop bite followed by mild pine notes with a decent malt flavor along for the ride. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors stand out.

M/O: Full bodied, creamy, light carbonation, insanely drinkable. While this beer might not be as hop-in-your-face as I might like it, I have been thoroughly enjoying it. Would definitely recommend you give it a try. For $4.25, 8.6% abv and delicious flavor, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden but very hazy. Light carbonation but a large white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells heavily of malt with citrus notes. Taste is also sweet but is well bittered. Getting a bit of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is kinda heavy.

Overall I'm not too impressed. All the flavors seem to be a bit muted, nothing exciting.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer is textbook. with a good sweetness and a consistent bittering. a nice brisk almost tingle on the tongue finish. nose of malty citrus. but without as much dimension as i would like do to freshness. it was just average with a bit of zest in those terms. undertones were muted by the malt predominates. good back bone without syrup. quite sweet but didn't linger... lemon pepper and added sugars. orange clear and a soapy head. will have to try again to get a fresh scope.

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