Beer Review #98
Vermont's Long Trail Brewing (Est. 1989) was acquired by a private equity firm in 2006, and when it comes to my beer, I'm not too thrilled with that kind of ownership model. That said, the company is named after The Long Trail, and as a trail running enthusiast I find that cool, so I guess I can overlook the corporate element just this once. Today I'm tasting Limbo IPA, my first Long Trail brew
Limbo IPA pours a deep, cloudy orange-copper. Moderate carbonation is apparent in the steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass into the thick, extremely long lasting soapy head of off-white foam.
7.6% ABV and 80IBU give Limbo medium-high bitterness on the tongue, which should please the west-coast crowd. If you focus and block out the bitterness you'll find some citrus, tropical fruitiness, grass and pine - pretty much the full gamut of intense American hop character.
Ultimately, the aroma is more interesting than taste. There is a great pineapple note that I like, which is bolstered by some subtle caramel/malt sweetness. Look also for peach and some grapefruit.
Musical Pairing: Blood & Thunder by Mastodon
Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
- The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
- Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
- River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)
- Waverly Discount Beverage (Waverly)
- Soprano's Italian Market (Waverly)
- The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)