Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Long Trail Limbo IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1041) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2014

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. 
Grade: 9/10