I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 12/26/13 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful, glowing, apricot hue. Slightly hazy, but not
sediment. Some carbonation visible. Pours to a large, bright white,
frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Bright, clean citrus aroma of grapefruit pith and orange juice concentrate. Some herbal notes as well.
Taste: I suppose it was only a matter of time before Long Trail jumped
on the Heady Topper Clone New England-style IPA bandwagon. After all,
they are one of the biggest breweries in the area, it only makes sense
for them to have a great IPA. Plenty of delectable flavor and
well-balanced makes it’s highly enjoyable.
Plenty of bitterness is evident right away. Just like the nose, there’s a
taste of grapefruit tartness and luscious orange juice concentrate. I
even get some sweet passion fruit notes, similar to those found in one
of my favorite energy drinks. There’s some herbal spiciness on the
finish, but it’s much more subdued than some of the beers of the
regional style. Just a hint of onion or garlic here. Though they seem to
fade away quickly. In fact, the entire palette finishes surprisingly
mild. It doesn’t have the intense bitterness of a DIPA, though I’m not
sure if this is supposed to be a double or single. Regardless, the taste
is so good I’d say this is probably Long Trail’s best beer.
Drinkability: What makes beers like this so great is not just their
palettes, but the way they drink. Long Trail Limbo IPA has a smooth,
comfortable body which enhances the experience all the more so. The
texture is almost creamy, though there is some definite crispness to the
palate. It is a little thin, though, with a slightly watery sensation
as it goes down. Seems much lighter than its 7.6% ABV weight would
otherwise indicate, but in this case that’s a plus.