Long Trail India Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,064 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Real India Pale Ale (IPA), as it was first brewed in the days of the British Empire, was not the carefully filtered brew that we call IPA beer today. The first IPAs were unfiltered and featured extra hops and higher strength as a preservative for the long trip from England to the colony of India. Our Traditional IPA ale is naturally carbonated, dry-hopped & unfiltered like the old days.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000)
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Photo of Genx
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/18/14, not the freshest but should still be OK.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of bubbles rising to reinforce, great lacing, very hazy honey tea like colored.

Nose is decent, mostly old style American cascade family hops, grassy and spicy, with some decent citrus, a little grapefruit pith note, a little herbal as well, some sweet candy caramel like malts underneath but not a lot, a touch of an older IPA aroma unfortunately. I'll ahve to retry it fresh sometime.

Taste brings some malty sweetness, more malty than I expected or hoped, a little caramel and toasty malt note, reddish like, some grassy earthy hops, turns a little herbal, with faint fruity notes and just a little orange peel flavor. Candied zest and candied dried fruits, with some bitter earthy spicy chewy like hops. Finish is pretty bitter, more spicy chewy rindy hops, little earthy and herbal, little sticky sweet malt despite some drying effect.

Mouth is med bod, a little sweet sticky, decent carb.

Overall meh, nothing too special, hops are just OK, malts are a bit too much, although fairly balanced and drinkable.

Photo of hophugger
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent IPA. Aroma and look lacks the excitement that most really good IPA's deliver. Taste is ok, but leaves me wanting a little more hops and citrus. Ok brew!!

Photo of MartiGras
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of liverust
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

sort of shocked i havent reviewed this one before, but real cool they are doing it in cans now. a twelver of these is a nice buy anytime, and maybe the beer is even better in this format. they call it an english style, but its definitely not over balanced by grain, and it definitely doesnt have a ton of english yeast character to it. for me its a nice fluffy bodied juicy hopped ipa, with tons of hops but only minimal bitterness. the kind of hoppy beer you want to drink on a hoppy beer hangover. that sounds bad, but its true, so cold and refreshing right from the can, a beer that is appealing anytime, and i think the world needs more of those. the hops are west coasty in nature, not overly oily, but prominently pine forward, with a fresh squeezed character to them. clean in the finish though, maybe the most refreshing english style ipa on the planet. good for long trail for making this one in a twelve pack of cans, it could be the best beer in that medium going right now. if i lived back home i would be crushing these this winter.

Photo of psweendogg
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kooz
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with a thin white head and a cloudy appearance. where this excels in appearance, however, it falls short in smell, which is only a barely discernible hops scent.

Tastes a bit too bitter on the front end, but mellows a bit through the swallow. There's a different bitterness in the aftertaste, which provides a nice contrast, but while it's got some pleasant notes, I don't like it a lot overall. On balance, it's average.

Nice mouthfeel on this one--it's got a lot of body, a creamy texture, and a tight foaminess on a swish.

Overall, while I wasn't crazy about the taste, the other positive elements of this IPA give it a better than average rating in my book.

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DCH
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Colin32
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of billyanania
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DennisDullea
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of joehenrynorris
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mountainzen
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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