Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Garthicus, Blankboy, and GregClow, courtesy of Harry (and his 100th DIPA rating!). Medium yellow, medium white head. Great juicy fruity aroma. Great taste! Very hoppy, grapefruit pith linger. A very nice DIPA without much alcohol to comment on. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle sent from 46er3428. Thanks! This stuff has a very nice hoppy aroma. lots of grapefruit and some floral notes. A touch of sweetness underneath. Also some pineapple. Hazy light golden, good bubbly head and great lace lines in my Camel Cigarettes Pint Glass. Pineapple, grapefruit, floral hops, some sweetness, very fruity, not overly sweet. Some pineapple and grapefruit rinds in the finish. Light resins, not dry, but fruity and very drinkable. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, garthicus and tupalev. Last beer of a very long day of sampling - and my 100th DIPA rating! Hazy gold-orange pour, with a large-ish creamy/frothy beige head. Dry resin/citrus aroma, leafy, with only mild grapefruit pith bitterness - it’s decent enough, but the fruity malt backbone seems a bit ... weak. Taste of tropical fruit, pine resin, ripe apple/pear, with dry resin/citrus bitterness balancing it in the finish. Average body, only mild carbonation, with a reasonably long grapefruit pith finish (the pithiness finally emerges in the linger). this is good --- but not great. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours cloudy gold, with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, sugar, and malt. Flavor is graprfruit, caramel,
and alcohol. Medium body, slightly bitter finish. Another nice one from Long Trail. obxdude10 (2392) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
I was a little disappointed in this double IPA. The beer looked seemed to show quite a bit of potential, with an appealing appearance and inviting aroma. It poured a clear dark orange color with a very generous and sticky white head. The aroma featured some notes of pine, hops, cayenne pepper, lemon and grass. But unfortuantely, that’s where the great parts of this beer ended. The body was a little light and the flavors weren’t quite hoppy enough. There didn’t seem to be enough of a malty backbone for my liking either. There was a nice shot of spicy hoppiness right in the middle of the flavors, but it seemed to turn into a chalky flavor toward the back-end. This double seemed to miss the mark, but not by much. Maybe if they used a different combination of hops and added some balance with some bready malts, this could be a real dangerous beer. But for now, it’s unfortunately just pedestrian.
garthicus (2963) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 30, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing. Appearance: Slightly cloudy, yellow/orange with a medium white head. Aroma: Leafy, hoppy, pineapple and pears, some nice malt too. Flavour: Pine, lemons, alcohol, pepper with a nice tangy finish. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 bottle poured a light golden in color with a thick dollop of white head that floated about for a while. aroma has bright citrus hops, candy sweetness, and a nice perfume of bitterness and alcohol. mouth feel coats well with medium carbonation. flavor has a nice resiny bite, pine, citrus, and just enough sweet malt to keep it all together. the first long trail beer that has given me some wow. after drinking there beer for over 10 years it is nice to finally see these guys get to brew this level of beers. coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
On tap at the local. Nose is bitingly tart and piney but not a wafter. Creamy tan head that crescents the mug and soon disperses from there. Intense grapefruit hop bite overshadows the medium bodied maltiness from start to bitter end. Surpisingly medium minus in body for 8.6%. I felt it after just one, but I had been in the sun for most of the morning. A bit more on the grain bill and this would be quite super. mrant (330) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Smells pungently of sour hops, very sharp scent. Pours a dark-ish golden amber color with a nice thick yellow hued head. Taste is lots of hops with just the right amount of malts to balance it. Very fruity, citrusy sourness with a nice warming feel from the alcohol, which is hidden well. Very nice double IPA. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
In short: A highly drinkable well-rounded archetypal American IPA. Very enjoyable
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: The nose has your typical yet always pleasant mix of coniferous and citrusy American hops. Adequate malt backbone offers 2/3 honeyed malts 1/3 caramelized malts. Hops bring woody coniferous flavours, dry fruits skin and some fresh citrusy notes. A little yeasty. A pleasant semi-dry sensation. Lively carbonation. I really enjoyed my last few experiences with Long Trail brews, they seem to be improving. If you are looking for a standard but exemplary big American IPA you need to look no further. Unless of course you’re not standing in front of Long Trail Double IPA, in which case you may need to look further.