auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at What Cheer Tavern - Providence, RI. I was goaded into trying this after I passed, because the first two words in the name of this beer are "Long Trail." Bandwagon jumping aside, this IPA just doesnít really capture the same intensity and quality of hop aroma and flavor that contemporaries do. Pungently aromatic nose, a tiny bit catty, but mostly citrus and candy. The real disappointment for me is the mismatch between the aroma and the flavor. While the aroma booms, the flavor whispers and thatís where I feel let down. A truely pungent modern IPA would have as captivating flavor as it does aroma. The filtered appearance of this beer certainly lends to the loss of flavor and the above-average matliness contradict the desire to turn up the hop dankness. Moving on...
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a hazy golden-orange with some sediment and a small lasting frothy white head. Aroma of catty, hempy and floral hops foremost along with some tropical fruit and thatís it -- itís mainly hops. Hoppy flavour, same aforementioned hops, fruitier then the aroma, and with some bready malt. Long sharp bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied. A solid IPA.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out an attractive orangy/amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is of pine, citrus, cat piss, light fruit and some orange peel. Taste is complex, a very nice hop profile of citrus rind/meat, melon light fruit, pine cat piss and then there is the light balance of some grainy/bready malt going along with it. Really solid beer from Long Trail, and I like the departure from the Yogi-Bear looking labels theyíve had forever.
Grimsbeer (7) - - JAN 21, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit nose, nice amber colour, cloudy and nicely so. Good bitter start and then mellows on the finish. Head lacks but overall very satisfying.
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Mep3222 (481) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost a peachy hop aroma with a slight mint aroma as well. Taste is slight sweet, with peachy hop flavor mixed with some earthy flavor, maybe some mint taste in there. Slightly odd. Bit of a bitter finish. Nice aroma and potential for great flavor, but not 100% there. Still descent.
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Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Brennans Bowery Bar in Buffalo, pours a gold coppery color with a big head, slightly metallic hoppy aroma with a bitter crispness in the first sip. Very bitter hops finish. Solid but a bit too hoppy for me
bellco33 (305) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours clear light amber with a thin white head. Lots of citrus hoppy aroma, slight caramel, little floral. There is a lot going on with the taste. A bit of cereal malt, TONS of citrus, caramel, slightly sweet, lots of hop flavor, but it is a really nice balance. Medium body, very drinkable, perfect carbonation. I love this beer and hope to get it on tap soon, because I bet itíll be even better. Nice job, Long Trail!
jflopsu (533) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear light amber. Has a strong citrus hop and grapefruit aroma. Taste is very strong with citrus hops, which gets sweet with note lemon, orange, grapefruit, and light tropical fruits. Ends with a smooth but bitter aftertaste.
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours gold to light-amber. A cm of egg-shell head which fades to a film. Aroma is semi-sweet citrus, lemon, distant evergreen after rain, grapefruit, and rind. Body is medium-light, with moderate hot and fairly prickly carbonation obscuring a watery texture. Flavor is bitter grapefruit rind with a hint of grain and bubblegum. A delicious IPA with aroma to die for. Very citrusy!
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It looks, well, like an IPA is expected to look. Itís an amber color with a finger or so of white head that laces the glass really well. No apparently carbonation, really.
The aroma is interesting, a mix of malt and hops, with the malt sweetness being augmented by a pear or apple aroma. I donít get any of the typical notes, but thatís ok.
The taste is an interesting mix of sweet and herbal. I get those apple and pear notes, but I also get an interesting herbal and slightly vegetal note. There is an earthy spiciness that Iím attributing to the new hop varietals. I get some hints of tropical fruits like guava, but none of the grapefruit or tangerine that are IPA mainstays.
If Limbo is anything, itís highly drinkable. The herbal and spicy hop notes, accompanied by the carbonation and wet mouthfeel of the beer make this one that I could drink many of in succession. There is no indication that Iím drinking a beer in the mid-7% range.
If you have the opportunity to try it and youíre an IPA drinker, go for it. It doesnít deliver a lot of the normal juicy or tart flavors that many IPA drinkers go for, but that isnít a bad thing.