Potent in both flavor and alcohol content, Limbo IPA is a very different brew from Long Trail’s other IPA offerings. Having recently dug into the brewery’s new Farmhouse 12-pack IPA sampler, I was already impressed, but this tasty beast goes well beyond impressive.
Concocted in the experimental farmhouse pilot brewery at Long Trail HQ, Limbo is the first Brown Bag series ale to make the jump to year-round status. That’s a great thing, as you’ll read in a moment.
This fragrant, light amber-colored brew wafts heady wisps of tangerine and mango to draw you in. Mission accomplished: its pungent aroma is absolutely captivating. There’s a massive amount of hoppiness in here, but the heavenly quartet of Bravo, Chinook, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops deliver much more flavor than they do raw bitterness.
Limbo is deceptive in its balance, which I dig. You expect a beer with 80 IBUs to scrape the palate on the way down, but that’s far from the case here. Getting past the powerful nose, the first sip is a blissful blend of the same: sweet tangerine and candied tropical fruit come to mind immediately, followed by a subtle hint of bready cracker. It’s sweet but not cloyingly so. A subtle bitterness pops-up in the finish — a perfect counter to the lingering blast of saccharine citrus and passion fruit.
Hot damn. Followed by hells yeah. 7.6% alcohol content. The end.
Brewery: Long Trail Brewing Company
City: Bridgewater Corners, Vermont