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Summer Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Summer AleSummer Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-22-2014

An unfiltered golden ale made to chill out summer's hottest days. Remarkably light on the palate, with a soft Pilsner malt character and a distinct citrus hop aroma deriving from dry-hopped additions of Citra hops. Each sip finishes with a refreshing bitterness that invites another. At 4.3% ABV, this golden beauty is a truly quaffable drinking experience.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled on 02/26/14. Sampled about four weeks later on March 21, 2014. This is the second new Long Trail brew I have added to the BA database.

A slightly hazy pale yellow pour erupts into a white fizzy head that fades back gently to a ring around the glass. Slow moving carbonation continues bubbling upwards for the session.

The aroma emits many of the classic summer pale ale esters including toasted biscuit malts, crackers, and a nice citrus hop sensation.

Light body but it also has a smooth texture to it.

The taste has a kind of boldness to it that does not often accompany summer brews I have tried. I get the same toast and cracker note but it evolves quickly into a dry and citrus hop finish. The hop character makes this one more of a standout to other summers IMO.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed pale yellow straw color, healthy subs all around. Pungent citric hop nose with dank grapefruit rind. Smooth, light crispness with a slightly thin body. Big on hops in comparison to what is offered up in malt, a bit one sided. Getting my hop fix but seems too light IMO.

Photo of Shaymus
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle light hazy color with a lemony slight hoppy aroma, the taste was pretty much the same nothing to overpowering considering the "Summer" ale. My favorite part of this beer was the carbonation which I quite enjoyed med to high carbonation. A decent beer that doesn't stand out in the "session beer" market .

Photo of fx20736
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 5/10/14. Poured into a pint, served at fridge temp.

appearance: pale, hazy lemondrop yellow with a thick natural white head. Looks a pint of Lemon Meringue pie. Nice lacing.

smell: apricots and lemon zest. Very nice.

taste: a zesty yet well balanced blend of citrus and eucalyptus hoppiness sits atop a thick bed of malt.

mouthfeel: decent, good.

overall: a nice little beer

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color and is quite effervescent. The half finger of head last quite some time and leaves some nice lacing once it finally dissipates. The nose is a touch hoppy. The body is light and the flavor profile is very light on malt. The finish has a pleasantly light touch of hops.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles, but there's a good blanket of lace. Cloudy straw color.

Floral hop is the first aroma I catch. I do get some pale malt as well. Attractive blend.

Far hoppier than I expected. The malt is so pale and mild that I can barely find it. Good body with an elevated carbonation. Long aftertaste and refreshing.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Hannaford part of the summer 12 pack.
Pours a deep straw color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists forever leaving plenty of stickies on the way down the glass. Bready malt with a nice floral and citrus hop to balance. The flavor is light bready malt a little spicy with lots of citrus. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery crisp mouthfeel. Nice light easy drinking lawnmower beer. I could have used a hint more malt character, but I could see pounding these on a 90 degree summer day.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw, mostly transparent, slight density; head is bright white, presents 1/2 inch thick and then lingers quite well.

Smell is a pleasant blend of clean, simple malt, with some light toast and biscuit flavors, hops are fresh, grassy, enticing you for the taste.

Taste is a little underdone, malt flavors seem less present than the aroma, hops are more bitter and less flavorful than aroma would lead to believe.

Mouthfeel follows the bitter taste qualities, a little biting for the beer style, but not a detracting quality.

Overall, a nice looking, fresh smelling brew with simple flavors and mouthfeel.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this would work well as a summer ale because nothing really dominates, is nicely balanced and drinks easy.
There is a decent hop component that has a light citrus taste, but a good dose of malts gives a slight bready or doughy taste.
It looks summery too with a bright hazy gold color and bright white head.
And the smell is hopped up with a dose of peppercorns.
Drinks smooth, light and refreshing.

Photo of jacewg
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear, golden yellow with a hint of haze. Fluffy white head settles quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Fresh and clean smelling. Pale malt blend brings crackers and hints of biscuit. Hops and quite pungent bringing big citrus and a hint of cattiness. Smells really nice.

Taste: Light on the palate. Sweet, pale malt flavor that seems to be courtesy of pilsner malts. Hop flavor is juicy with citrus flesh and peel. Finishes dry with lingering hop flavor. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and wet. Very well carbed. Lifts off the palate easily. Mild lingering bitterness. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Overall: This beer was a surprise hit. Will be perfect for the hot days of summer. A sessionable beer that's not trying to be anything else. Pale malts, citrusy hop flavor, and hop bitterness work together in great balance. Recommended.

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly cloudy medium gold. The head is creamy, white, and lingers on after reducing. It leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is mild, with light bread and some citrus and floral notes from the hops. The taste is equally mild, but it has all character I'd want from a Summer Ale, with some pleasant malt sweetness balanced against the light hops. All in all, a solid summer ale.

Photo of benloho
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Long Trail. I like the presentation on the bottle.
A: Beer pours a very light yellow color. Looks like a neon lager. There are little floaties in the beer, not a big deal for me but it is for some. Not much head or lacing or carb bubbles.
S: Smell is straight hops. A mix of grassy, citrusy, and garlicy hop flavors. It's a nice smell for a session.
T: Same as the aroma. Plentious hops, no real malt detected, but I'm enjoying the taste. Tastes a lot like Stone Go To.
MF: Super light. Hoppy bitterness fades pretty quickly. Not actually as crisp as I would want my session beers to be, lacking a little carb.
O: This is a good session beer but a little too close to hop water for me. It needs more malt backbone. However, for 32 IBUs this packs a good hop punch. And for under 5% ABV it is real easy drinking. Middle of the road for me.

Photo of misternebbie
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very heavy dose hops in this crisp with more of a bitter citrus than a floral taste

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Summer Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.