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

Deep yellow brew, with a slight copper color. nice dense tight off white head that sticks around just long enough.

Surprising malt first aroma, I was expecting hops but got malt, which I found perplexing due to the stated 100 IBUs of hops.

The flavor was also malt forward, the wheat comes through more so than the crystal. Also has a faint orangy flavor like what is found is some belgian beers. The bitterness was good and nicely balanced, but I must have an older bottle because it wasn't crazy hoppy. I also detected some funkiness like a brett beer, which I liked, it added another dimension to the beer.

The body was full rich and had a big mouthfeel.

Very drinkably for a DIPA, but I'm concerned about the hop flavor, just not enough, and I don't consider myself to be a hop head.

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

A- light colored yellow/gold. Small head with great bubbles and sticky icky lacing.

S- super strong citrus smell. Orange peels and some hop.

T- light at first, with the orangey taste coming in. Strong hops and earthy taste in the back.

M- much thinner than I had expected, especially for a double. Hard to say if I was let down or not because the thinness made it a much more drinkable beer. Good mouthcoating with a traces of the hoppy earthy taste leftover.

D- highly drinkable. Despite the higher abv I found it light enough in mouthfeel and taste to be compared to a summer beer. great for hammocks.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Golden to light amber in color with a pillowy white head that left great lacing on the glass. Good clarity.

S: Spicy, herbal and citrus hops come out but not as strong as anticipated for a double IPA. Bread, caramel, toasted grains come through to represent the malt.

T: Red grapefruit, spicy hops and some grassy flavors make the hop presence stand out first but not overpowering. Malt balances with toasted grains and fresh bread, and a touch of honey. Yeast ads a bit more citrus flavors. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable I feel which is hidden well.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Some alcohol warming.

D: Damn this is the easiest drinking double IPA I have tried yet! The beer is very well balanced and very fresh tasting.

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

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops burst that is quickly followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but thinner than most 2IPA's and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong easy-drinking hoppy beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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

A: Poured a hazy lemon-orange with an impressive 2 finger bright white capping that held sturdy and true. The head was foamy, sticky, while leaving a great spongey lacing covering a good portion of the glass. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: The nose first produced a big burst of fresh wet lemons with a touch of lime. Fresh wet pine needles along with a fresh breadiness is also well detected. The aroma was fresh, wet with a semi-tartness similar to lemonade or an lemon Italian ice while the fresh breadiness of the malting provides a nice balance.

T: The flavor was crisp with wet lemons and grapefruit starting things out. There was a touch of dry flowery citrus that soon moves in along with light and sweetly toasted caramel grains for a backing. The finish was a combination of wet lemons and dry pine meddling together providing a perfectly smooth character and hopping, but was still bitter and well respected per style. Crisp,hoppy with a nice fresh wet lemon twang gives this some creditability.

M: crisp, and really bright, sparkling with a good carbonation tingle. A noticeable alcohol warming and dry citrus lacing was observed on a lingering finish.

D: Very good drinkability with an exceptional smooth character makes this very enjoyable going down. Crisp, refreshing with its share of wet lemon bitterness gives this enough hoppiness to be respectable, but goes down with all the smoothness of a light pale ale. Overall a solid beer, very good per style but is the exceptionally smooth drinkability factor that gives this a nudge til the next level.

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Photo of bbeane
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Nice light amber colored beer with 1/4 inch white head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves light lacing. Very mild activity

S- Light citrus aroma with strong hop smell and some piney hay overtones

T- Pretty delicious. Starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness, finishes strong with a very nice hoppy bite

M- Pretty light bodied and smooth... not alot of carbonation and no alcohol taste

D- Very. Can't wait till it's available again next year...


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

A fantastic, larger than life IPA that shows a lot of finess and boldness and without confusion. The beer begins with a richly malty foundation of shortbreads, cracker-like crispness, and light caramel sweetness. Moderate fruitiness of peaches, pears, and appricots blend well with the malt character and gives a nice bridge into the citrus hops. Boldy bitter but not unnecessarity bitey; but ultimately the orange zest and grapefruit flavors dictate the pace of the beer. Definately hop flavor forward and with a background thrust from the malts that only compliment the hops. Dry and juicy in the finish and with weakening maltiness. Alcohols are present and are amplified by a big nail polish remover taste, this also increases the perception of sweetness. A terrific Double IPA that I'll be happy to drink whenever one finds my glass.

Thanks Conneticutpoet!

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

22oz. bomber into tulip on 8/12/09.

A - Poured a hazy golden, sparsely carbonated body with a finger's width of creamy off-white head that settled into a creamy patch and left spotted lace along the sides of the glass. However, the head flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Hop profile combines wildflowers, citrus fruit and light spices, which is situated atop a sweet, malty base comprised of honey and caramel notes. This DIPA displays a prevalent malt character with a slight waft of alcohol.

T - Hops are featured a bit more prominently in the flavor compared to the aroma. Floral and citrus notes leap out, but are joined by a hefty sweet malt backbone comprised of caramel, toffee and honey. Finishes with an assertive hop bite.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and slightly syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness lingers for a while on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth and some residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Fine DIPA, especially for the price, although the aroma was perhaps a bit lacking compared to the other areas. While this was just a tad heavy on the malt, this was still a tasty DIPA that drank quite easily.

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

A- A careful pour yielded a 3/4" rocky cream colored head, which was well retained... ultimately giving way to some beautiful lacing. The body is a hazy golden orange with lots of visible carbonation, which adds movement to the clumps of yeast suspended in the fluid.

S- Grapefruity hop aromas are predominant on the nose, followed buy some restrained aromas of orange marmalade and some hints of grass.

T- Grapefruit flavors are exceptionally strong at first, but then give way to flavors of tropical fruit with each sip. The finish is INCREDIBLY long and bitter like citrus rind.

M- Full, creamy body. Nice texture... almost grainy with the unfiltered yeast and unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is soft and delicate- which is surprising, given the amount of carbonation observed from the side of the glass.

D- Generally, this isn't my style of choice... but if it were, I'd say this is very drinkable... and at $3.50 for a 22 oz. bottle, I'd say it's one of the best values I've ever seen.

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Photo of Tromba
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass goblet.

A: Pours a very clear bright orange/yellow. White head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer behind. No lacing.

S: Subtle for a DIPA, but very nice floral notes still make it through.

T: Alcoholic sweetness up front followed by stout, dry bitterness, but less than you might expect from the style. The expected pine and grapefruit notes are there, balanced with a nice floral quality.

M: Crisp and clean - very nice. Not too thick as some DIPAs can be. Moderate to med. heavy carbonation - it brightens up the brew nicely.

D: At first, the alcohol flavor seemed overwhelming, but as my palate became used to it, the beer mellowed nicely. I will have no problem finishing the 22oz bottle as I write this review!

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange yellow, decent creamy head that leaves great lacing. Smells of citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango, some melon. Tastes of tropical fruits right off the bat, mostly peaches and mangos. Nice sweetness of the malt complements the fruity hops. Pine like bitterness ending with more subtle malt sweetness and citrus fruits. Nice full bodied mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

A really good DIPA and quite unique. I've never tasted an IPA with so many tropical fruits present. I love how this beer is not sickly sweet like some DIPAs. Just a fantastic effort.

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

Appearance: cloudy orange color with a 1" head that lasts. The head sports some big bubbles too.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and a mild sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: big caramel profile with grapefruit, soft pine, honey, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness that does not blow the doors off. There is a hint of alcohol here but it seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crisp to start, smooth and dry late. Long aftertaste with this one.

Drinakbility: for the style this was very easy to drink. Definitely liked this beer.

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

Poured from bomber to snifter.

A: Golden orange color with lots of sediment and but thick 2 finger head that shows no signs of fading

N: Lots of juicy noble hops dominate the nose, pine and citrus are there but somewhat light surprisngly, sour fruity hop kick comes in as well with some grapefruit, slight crystal malts

T: Starts with piney noble hops, tons of them, some crystal malts, juicy citrus fruit, some grapefruit, with a hop taste center, a big malt backbone helps the taste, theres also some slight sour fruit, and lots of fresh hop taste

M: Thick and frothy but still semi thin

F: Huge bitter hop bite at the end semi dry, more floral grassy, piney, citrus hops, some spicey and earthiness, the long bitterness sticks around for 25 seconds or so.

Final thoughts: Its a pretty good IPA. Most of the bitter hops are late. It also has a good malt backbone. It seems they used quite a few different hop styles as I detected pine, citrus and grapefruit, floral grassy, and even spicey hops. Not the best IPA but a good one.

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

Its nice to see Long Trail take the plunge into the Imperial IPA style...its about time.Poured into a small tulip glass a lighter golden with a great two finger creamy-like head that settled very slowly leaving multiple rings of lace behind.Aromas were a bit light for the style but it had good hop complexities,a mix of citrus and geranium "greenness",even a hint of tea,a big caramel/biscuit base melded into the hop presence.Although the flavors were not as big as many of the style the complexity was there,a mix of leafy and citric hop mixed with caramel bscuit notes,as it warmed subtle leather and toffee came thru as well.The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are just a bit subdued,if there was a beginner beer for the style this would be it in my mind.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

June 12, 2009 - 22 oz. bottle

A - pours a murky golden color with just a bit of foam

S - faint citrus hops with some pepper

T - mostly a citrus flavor, but nothing too overpowering, hints of pine and cloves

M/D - good carbonation and medium bodied, overall I was disappointed with this one. I guess i was expecting more flavor. It wasn't bad, just too mild in my opinion

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

Thanks to almychristopher for this one.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful hop nose that boasts of citrus hops and pale/Carapils malts. The taste is great as well. It has a SMOOTH pale malt flavor with a nice bit of body and a killer hop taste. It's citrousy up front with a bit of malt sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with a silky smooth mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a really nice DIPA. It drinks well and is full of character. Nice Job.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with an off white head. the aroma brings the hops right up front as expected but malt still being detectable is a surprise. the taste is full of pine and citrus and all the good hoppy stuff, the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hazy body, topped by a big fluffy white head. Good lacing.

Disappointingly mild citrus nose.

Solid malt foundation gets time to set, before the roof caves in and the hops take over. Bitter without being overly astrigent, the hops ride right on through the swallow and do a very slow fade in the aftertaste. Good balance and enough hops for a DIPA.

Solid, full and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden and easily drinkable.

Not as overpowering as many west coast and central DIPAs, but nicely done. Worth of a least one try.

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

Thanks to Jessecarr for this one!

A: A light apricot color, hazy with a wonderful white head. Good retention.

S: Hops.. Citrus notes, especially grapefruit.. Mellow and intriguing.

T: Very nice indeed. Very complex, starts out slightly sweet, but then the hops kick in, bitter, and citrus. Lot's of grapefruit flavor in there. Has a bit of a malty toasted flavor that really balances it out a bit. Well done.

M: This makes your mouth explode! First with the hops, then with the carbonation. Highly carbonated, but finished clean.

D: For someone who loves a good kick of Hops, this is a nice brew to satisfy the craving. I (in general) am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but the balance on this makes it one I would love to try again.. Who knows, perhaps I am on the road to becoming a bigger fan of the style.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pour with a frothy head -big bubble and sticky. Lacing is the same. Bronze in color. Some haze and sediment. Upward carbonation.
S) Orange. Peach. Pineapple. Citrus sweetness all around.
T) Citrus orange is robust. Malty sweetness tries to press through but doesn't make a strong appearance. ABV is in the taste but not overpowering. The aftertaste is mellow with just a little bit of hop bitterness.
M) Alcohol effervescence. Smooth. Mild grittyness. Body is not as bold as anticipated - medium but on the lighter side. Slight tannin feel.
D) A well crafted Double IPA. I would definitely drink another.

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Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very clear yellow, light orange body with a small white head.

Nose has an immediate sharp citric hop smell. Lots of hop resins, grapefruit peel, pepper. It's a very in your face sharp citric hop smell. Double IPA land for sure.

Taste is medium to full bodied with an immediate interesting wave, almost roller coaster wave of hop flavors. It starts very very fruity with lots of orange and pineapple juice fruit, then goes into this fresh malt taste and then is followed by a nice big, but not overpowering citric and resin hop, grapefruit peel, black pepper hop taste, then and only then does it hit you with a bitter flavor. It's not a quick change either, it takes a full minute to transform through the flavor. Very cool. Very little in the way of definitive grain taste, or caramel taste, but it's well balance against the big hop attacks. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

Gotta say I wasn't expecting much, but this is a damn good DIPA. Very fruity and very well balanced. Love the flow. Hands down one of the better DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: Slightly off white head with good retention on a perfectly clear yellow orange body. Good lacing as the head falls. Lighter in color than I expected.

S: Highly alcoholic at first, deeper down a strong hop aroma followed by slight sweetness.

T: A very big but balanced beer. A little sweet malt up front and then immediate hops. Bitterness is not overpowering. Maybe its the wheat, but this is different than most DIPAs I've had.

M: Thick without being too sticky.

D: Big, powerfully flavored and alcoholic, but balanced.

Overall its very good, but I wish it was a little smaller, less alcohol.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a couple of these at Shaw's for 2.99, went back later for more and they were all gone.
Pours a bright orange amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing on the sides. Aromas of floral spicy and citrus mixed in with some tropical fruits. I think mango and pineapple. Taste is a mix of bitter pine, more tropical fruits with a lingering resinous hop bite in the finish. Full body, resinous sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Nice IPA from Long Trail, I'm really enjoying the stuff from their brew masters series, keep em coming.

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

22 oz bottle into a globe glass.

Pours a brilliant crystal clear gold, with several foamy fingers of tight brite-white head. This eventually settles down into a rigid finger, leaving a massive frothy cascade back that just COATS the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma is big with floral hops and spice, and just LUSH tropical fruits, including notes of mango, peaches, and pineapple that must pop in the nose! Lightly toasted breadiness and an even tinier smidgen of heat glide underneath the hop character.

The taste is spice and pine, with a sticky bitterness that stretches throughout. A sweet backbone of honey, bread, and tropical fruits is present. Thanks to the excellent balance here, the finish is less bitter and a little more tangy, which still puts a steady dry feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a big fuller creaminess up front that then gives way to a super slick and oily feel underneath. Good balance between the two feels gives this both presence and ease in the mouth.

Very nice! An all around pleasant surprise for me, the balance was fantastic and the ABV was exactly were I like it my DIPAs (8-9%). It's got some flavor beef to it, but isn't overly sweet and allows the hop character to really come out. Great stuff!

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

A: The color of hazy straw, quite cloudy, mild to medium carbonation, spots of froth scatter over the top of the beer - 3.75, S: Loads of citrus and pine, also some grapefruit rind, thick and heavy aromas from a solid malt base - 3.50, T: In your face pine sap, quite boozy and resiny, some fresh grass flavors as well, quite dry and crisp - 3.50, M: A touch thick and creamy - 4.00, D: A very drinkable beer yet not really up there with a lot of the double IPAs I've had - 3.25

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