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

For a "brewmaster's" series, I find this offering strangely underwhelming. It's a good beer and all, but I don't get the sense that the Brewmasters are being tested severely here.

Pours a hazy golden with a slight head. The aroma is surprisingly phenolic, almost more like a Belgian IPA than an American one. There is an aroma at once citric and reminiscent of apricot, though not powerfully smelling of either. The flavor follows the Belgian pattern, with some spice and a phenolic edge, with a strong dose of pale malt, with apricot and a piny, resiny bitterness developing on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick, with some cling and a bite of carbonation.

A good beer, but not one I will be dreaming of when it is gone.

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

Golden ale color with shadows of orange tones. Thin frothy head that disapated quickly.
Sweet malty smelling backbone with yeasty-doughy aroma. Mild spicy citrus nose.
Great freshness and clean taste. Sweet orange blossom flavor. Malt and hops combine for a true ballance. Spicy orange peel bitterness at the end which is crisp and refreshing.
Medium body mouthfeel. Orange peel resins stay around for a while. Maybe lacking slightly in carbination.
Comparable with a west coast DIPA which I consider to be well crafted brews. Impressive offering here from Long Trail!

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

Clear and deep gold, a thick off-white cap formed during the pour and settled very slowly. Lots of lace was left behind on the glass. Nice aroma, plenty of hops - pine, a little resin, white grapefruit. There was a little spiciness and mild caramel character as well. Strong hop presence in the flavour too, with a solid bitterness that lingered in the finish and a lot of pine and grapefruit throughout. Malts gave it a pleasant sweetness up front, while it finished with spicy alcohol and a bit of caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Fairly dry with moderate alcohol warmth. A solid DIPA all around. Nicely balanced while keeping the focus on the hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy,orange color with a two inch head that settles to a thin,yet foamy lace.

The aroma was of hops,grapefruit and citrus.

The taste starts off bitter,grapefruit taste. Hops kaboom with fruit notes and a mild sweetness. Some alcohol can be detected,but it is subtle.
The feel is medium body,smooth carbonation and a very good balance.The finish has some grains but it ends dry.

Notes: A really good beer with a great aftertaste and well carbonated. So easy to drink that I had four tulip glasses.I can say I felt fine since the ABV was a tad below what I am used to,yet I can see how one or two glasses would be sufficient.

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

Thick, cloudy orange in color with fluffy white head resting on top. Hop resin,citrus notes, grass, and hop leaves in the nose. Spritzy citrus, hop greens, orange rind slight booze and bitterness, with a ginger finish. Medium in body that dries the palate well. A good rendition, only a few recipe-changes short of a great IPA.

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

God give you good morrow for you this libation I review. Blessed banana be, what a fry of fornication is at the door? Notes of sweet orchard fruits plaster you over. Base dunghill villain and mechanical, I'll have thy head frothy be! Bite thine pallet to death I prithee strong hop. Lady, by yonder blessed moon, I vow that tips with silver all these fruit tree tops deeply infuse. Fie, fie! Unknit that threatening unkind brow, and dart not scornful glances from those eyes at my chalice.

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

Picked up a bottle of this on sale for something like 2.75.
Pours a hazy orange with all kinds of head that retains and laces beautifully. There are a few white particulates floating around in my glass, not quite sure what they are- perhaps this glass wasn't as clean as I though it was?
Smells heavily of citrus, above all else. Floral hops are big in this one as well as some pine. Don't get my wrong- the beer smells great but compared to other DIPA's I've experienced this doesn't blow my mind.
I'm loving the balance on this one--Citrus flavors really come through, as well as grapefruit and even some more exotic fruit flavors that I'm not used to like apricot and tangerine. Bitterness is kept in check well. The mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation that makes for an altogether drinkable beer at 8.6 abv. I'm barely noticing the alcohol.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white foamy head and lacing that lasts forever. The smell is a real nice bread yeast with some citrus hop aromas. The taste is full of bread yeast,citrus and bitter hops,pine and alcohol. The m/f is pretty thick with all the flavors mixing only OK. This is a pretty good beer that shouldn't be missed.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First beer tasted from my first trade! Woot!

Poured into a snifter.
A- Quickly dissipating 1 finger white cloudy head that falls into a swamp of lacy film that sticks to the glass.
Beautiful hazy sunshine orange, not what I was expecting, very nice looking.

S- Apricot at first, then under some swirling, citrus rinds, grapefruit, pine and floral hops become apparent. The smell is very nice. Its the best part of the beer. So citrusy its almost like a juice.

T- Much like the smell. Acidic, citrus rind, grapefruit. Very little alcohol presence but the warmth is felt as it goes down. The aftertaste is piney.
This isn't super bitter like I was expecting from a DIPA. Instead its nicely balanced, just enough bitterness to keep your attention.

M- Medium body, slightly resinous, prickly carbonation teams well with the citrus acidity.

D- A VERY refreshing summer time DIPA. I found myself drinking this way faster than I meant to. The alcohol is well hidden and this beer can get you. Each drink only leaves you wanting another.

To sum this one up all you need is one word. Citrus. This is a more balanced DIPA than others Ive had. Bitterness is not used haphazardly, which I like very much.

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

This came on tap at the pig in Malvern. It was a bit lighter than other doubles i've seen, but still cloudy and gold.

It had a fairly thick, foaming head which resulted in very persistent lacing. Smell wasn't very strong or particularly unique, just regular hops.

It was somewhat bitter and watered down compared to other doubles as well, but still very tasty. I could sense lemony, grapefruit hints on the way down.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Little Ortino's for $4/pint. Like a lot of the Long Trail beers I've tried, this is pretty good but not great. The aroma is surprisingly simple for a DIPA with perfumey citrus that doesn't really go anywhere. The taste has a nicer mix of orange rind, citrus, and apricot with growing spice in the aftertaste. I did like that at it's lower strength (for the style), it's a relatively drinkable DIPA and I wouldn't hesitate to have a second glass if I was so moved. They could probably do a little more with the hops, but this is a respectable DIPA.

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

Long Trail Brewers reserve DIPA

Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness Dating of any sort

Pours totally cloudy apricot amber, frothy long lasting off white head and then leaves plenty of ringed sheeting and fine lace.

Citric and herbal hop nose

Respectable, grainy, pine hop assault. Quite dry on the tongue and finish. Fresh and tasty ale, nice take on the style. Nice job by long trail. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour by pixel really brings out a handsome look in this beer. Golden colored with millions of bubble floating harmoniously toward the three finger fluffy off white head that lasts throughout the entire glass.

Hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon rind, a bit of grainy malts with a hint of grassy hops on the end.

That is a damn nice beer. Light in the mouth with a very spritzy carbonation and a biting acidity. Alcohol is very well hidden. Hops flavors are citrusy and sticky leaving a nice glyceryl on the finish. Slightly sweet with moderate bitterness on the finish. An overall very easy drinking IIPA I'd like to get more of.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap on the brewery a couple of day ago. It had a nice citrus/orange hop aroma with a hazy golden color. It was more hazy than I expected so I think it was a new keg that may have been shaken up a bit. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it. The first taste is mildly hoppy. The hoppiness increases as the beer hits the back of the tongue and finishes with a nice crisp citrus hop taste and mild alcoholic warmth.

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

This beer pours a pale golden color with a one finger white head. Relatively nice head retention which fades to a film. Wispy lacing left on the glass the whole way down. The nose is a bit on the muted side with some citrusy hops - grapefruit mostly, and a touch of piney hops. Nose is not nearly as strong as most double IPA's I've had. The taste is of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit but a hint of orange in there as well, with some caramel malts and a bit of a bready backbone to it. Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and very easy to drink. This is a well balanced beer, though not the overpowering hop smack typical for a DIPA, it is extremely well balanced, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing golden orange into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful chunky offwhite head that eventually dissipates into a bubbly bath of hop oils. Fine sticky film of lacing down the glass.

Super pungent and hopilicious. Bountiful big notes of spicy citrus grapefruit and pine. A sweet biscuit malt background.

Slightly sweet and citrusy at first. A biscuit/cracker malt foundation with a skyscraper of hops. A refreshing hop bite of spicy citrus/pine and a lingering pleasantly bitter wave of aftertaste that grows as you drink it.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, resinous yet very refreshing

Not quite the enamel ripper that some DIPAs are (which i do love), instead they have chosen to really push the hops flavors and aromas (which i also love). Not overly sweet, alcohol present well hidden beneath the mountains of hops. This is an especially great summer DIPA, but i could drink this bitch anytime! Love it!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Paramus for $3.99, I'm excited to sample this one. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. I'm digging the ample sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Bottled on 03/19/09.

Appearance- This beer is certainly no joke... it's a damn fine looking DIPA. Burnished pale gold, it supports an enormous four finger crown... after five full minutes, it has barely reduced at all. It just condenses into a thick, soapy sponge that leaves gargantuan webs of lacing down the inside of the glass. Outstanding.

Smell- Juicy and citrusy with a touch of pine resin, the nose offers exorbitant aromas that fill the room with hop vines of the Pacific Northwest. There is firm malt balance that brings the pendulum back to center, a nice counterpoint to the Chinook and Cascades. Wonderfully fresh and expressive.

Taste- The dominant flavors of grapefruit and pine flow over the tongue with fervor. There's ample malt balance, and the swallow brings forth a gripping hop bitterness that dries the mouth. The fruity overall character is much more enjoyable to me than many other hopbomb DIPAs that try too damn hard to be the biggest and baddest game in town.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light and seafoamy in the mouth, the texture is smooth with just the right effervescence to carry the beautifully executed hop presence. The alcohol is masked almost completely, aside from the mild numbness in my fingers and face (lol)... this drinks so much better than any beers of this style I can remember. Wonderful surprise from the folks at Long Trail, the homebrewer that this recipe came from deserves a big raise and some kudos.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy orange with a one inch frothy, tight, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a fairly consistent cap; a thick swath of lacing coats the glass, along with speckles of white as the brew is consumed. Nose reveals sweet grapefruit and apricot. Taste follows nose, but flavors are somewhat milder than suggested by the aromas. Also a little bit of alcohol comes out in the back, with a light bitterness that lingers at the finish, but not unpleasantly so; more as a reminder of what you just finished and what is to come. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium and lacking some of the viscosity or oiliness you typically find in a DIPA. Nice balance to this brew. Not the boldest example of the style, but pretty flavorful. I'm looking forward to the next offering in the Brewmaster Series.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DPA.

Looks like the bottle had a date of 3/19/09 on it. I am assuming that's a bottled on date.

Foamy two finger head forms atop the clear brass colored beer. Early in the pour the clarity is excellent. Later these were some fine floaters in the beer as some sediment made it's way into my glass. Some nice clinging lacing & no visible carbonation.

Aroma was fresh and bold. Lots of citrus.. Grapefruit, Orange zest and even some lemon.

Wow, the flavor of hops really follows the nose here. Very bold citrus notes again. Somewhat acidic. Pale crisp malt flavors. Not very sweet at all. Like crisp crackers. The grapefruit/lemon peel flavors really came to the forefront. Not sure I can say this is balanced as it leans way towards the hop side of the flavor profile.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and almost slick. Lots of hop oils.

This was drinkable, but not sessionable. Took quite some time to consume the bomber. A slow sipper with the big hop profile and the mouth feel. I was surprised by the bold hop presence that defied what we see from most east coast DPA's.

Interesting... Classic, no, but very good.

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with some sediment and a thick, fluffy white head that leaves pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of resiny hops at first then tons of tropical fruits and citrus. Wow, this smells really good! Flavor of lots of citrus, some melon, and a nice hoppy finish. This is a super tasty IPA. Reminds me of the Flossmoor Station IPAs in terms of flavor/aroma profile. At $3.50 a bomber, this is a steal!

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

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden honey color. A micro-suspension causes the cloudiness. Three finger off-white foamy head that has very good retention. No visible carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Very strong nose of hops; very nice. Very fresh and crisp. Citrus hops are the strongest, with lemon being the most significant. Sweet and juicy. Some acidity.

Taste: Hoppy, but more mild than the nose. Smooth general hop flavors to start, transitioning to more crisp flavors of grapefruit and pine. Pretty average for sweetness, a good balance with the hops. Definitely a hoppy beer, but no real "bite" that can be present with big hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied beer, with below average carbonation. Ever so slightly syrupy, but not a big deal.

Drinkability: A very good DIPA with good hops, but not too big of a bite. Very smooth and easy to drink, with good flavor. The hops, while strong, don't bite down all that much; which can be good or bad, depending. A good one to try.

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

A - Pours with a creamier slightly off-white head that didn't hang around that long; hazy light burnt orange color

S - Citrus and flower like hop aromas; bit of malt sweetness; touch of alcohol comes through

T - Good hop bitterness that's more grapefruit and citrus like; solid malt background but not as heavy as in other East Coast DIPAs. Pretty well-balanced in all respects

M - Touch creamy; a little oily; medium overall. I don't know what it is exactly, but this really complements the other elements of the brew pretty well.

D - Hugely drinkable for the style; not overkill with the hop bitterness or malt back; alcohol is lightly warming. Nicely balanced = really drinkable for the style.

Overall, this is not the most exciting DIPA that I've had lately (or ever for that matter) but it's really drinkable and good flavor especially relative to what I paid for it. Definitely worth a look for those hopheads on a budget.

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Photo of pezfiend
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer review for me.

appearance: The beer color's a light copper color seeming to be a more pale almost lager style malt. Thin maybe 1 cm head stays through the full beer

smell: Almost sweet, earthy light hops.

taste: Slightly oily hops, (cascade and centennial if my palate serves me), and a sweetish pale male. The high abv isn't very noticible except for the slight tingle in my fingers.

mouthfeel: A little light for my taste. Aftertaste definitely stays at the back of my tongue. I'm also a hop head and do enjoy my heavy enamel eaters. I would also prefer a slightly darker malt

drinkability = Decent, I could try another. Definatly not a session beer due to abv but good none the less. Of course more than abv I would've liked a higher IBU.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a trade with yobdoog. Thanks again Trevor.

Bottled 3/19/09 (stamp is faded, but pretty sure this is what is on the bottle).

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a crisp white head. Lots of tiny carbonation visible.

S - Grassy hops, with pine and hints of sweet citrus. Malty a bit as well.

T - The hops are present, but in true East Coast fashion, there is a LOT of malts here. At first, you get hit with a shock of bitterness, and then it is quickly covered by the malts. The after taste reveals more the hops for all their glory. The alcohol is detectable as the togue dries out and the bitterness grows. It almost seems like this beer drinks in reverse.

M - Medium bodied, bordering on being a tad thin for the style. Great carbonation level, moderate to high.

D - A solid choice. This is from the East Coast, so there is a lot more malts here. The beer is "hop backward" the way it drinks. The hops come mostly at the end, and build with the aftertaste. A very interesting beer, very tasty, worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of sliverX
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a bright yellow with a small white head that faded to a film and left real good lacing slightly cloudy with some particles suspended
smell is all sweet hoppiness very citrus like with a slight pine note
taste is huge bitter hops pick up pineapple notes and a slight sweet malt
mouthfeel is very bitter and drying kinda thin for my tastes
drinkability is pretty good, nice DIPA but nothing to run out and buy all the stock of

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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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