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Long Trail India Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
81
good

1,107 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 111 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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
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Ratings: 1,107 | Reviews: 413
Photo of johnnyapollo
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice unfiltered IPA with plenty of hops and none of that bitter finish. Good hot-day-drinking beer.

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best IPAs around if just looking to pick up something that is not hard to find... but really tasty... with a flair of citrus... and very drinkable at under 7%. Solid IPA at a really good price.

Photo of lguy29
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Cloudy and a little bubbly. Bright orange in color with a small white head. Consistent but thin lacings.
S: Hoppy - orange and citrusy. Hint of sweet maltiness.
T: Mostly hoppy - orange and citrusy but not overpowering. A hint a sweet malts (caramel?).
F: Very bubbly and tingly at first, then creamy. Leaves a foamy finish.
O: I would consider this on the milder side of an IPA. Not too strong in hops, and very minimal on the malt. The look is not that appealing to me but I gave it leeway since it is unfiltered. I would drink this again in spring and summer, specifically for the orangey/citrusy flavor.

Photo of MonicaAJC
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinkable, smooth but with a sharp hoppy kick. Great color and head.

Photo of brianwsnyder
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming it at 6% ABV and about 40 IBU's, this is a good IPA for those who may say they don't like IPA's.

Photo of PGD120
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pretty hazy as is to be expected since it's unfiltered. Medium golden color with some visible carbonation. White 1 finger head.

Smell: pretty weak aroma, some flower, orange candy, lemon, sugary ruby red grapefruit juice.

Taste: sweet orange gum drop type flavor right off the bat. Then quickly switches to grapefruit. Not very bitter at all.finishes off sort of like a flowery scented soap, but not in a terrible way

Feel: bright carbonation that doesn't linger long. Pretty light body

Overall: it's not too great but not too bad. It's easily session able but lacks some ipa flavors I look for. It's a little empty in flavor and the smell is really nothing to get excited about. Maybe more of an apa than an ipa. Good for people trying to get into an ipa or those that don't like resiny hop flavors

Photo of Dools9
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very tame, easy drinking ipa. A good place to start for those new to hoppier styles.

Photo of mmg4dance
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too hoppy for a hop-phobic. This relatively weak (for my latest taste standards) beer was a wonderful treat to alternate with Long Trail's much harsher "Double Bag". It offered a nice aroma and full flavor, and was even bearable un-chilled. Wish it was stronger, but I reccomend it just the same.

Photo of ZBowden
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with small white head, smells citrusy and piney, tastes of citrusy hops with a malt finish and creamy feel, average ipa.

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours an orange color with minimal head and decent lacing. The aroma is of bread and hints of Apple. The taste is of citrus, most notably grapefruit, at first and then finishes off with a slight malt taste. The mouthfeel is okay with just a little too much carbonation, but the consistency is alright. Overall nothing id get again. 3.25/5

Photo of nogophers
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lacks depth. Not very well-balanced.

Photo of Antg8989
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like there's a lot of sediment floating around. Pale, golden color. Smells slightly hoppy. Tastes less average than most IPA's. Bitter tasting..no real hints of anything else besides some hops. Not very pleasant on the tongue. Thin and carbonated. Maybe I just got a bad one, but it doesn't taste like it "went bad". Not a lot of flavor here, at least for my taste and the aroma wasn't anything special. At an ABV of 6, I'll pass.

Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Kooz
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of everythingiszen
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Light-amber pour. Cloudy and slippery mouthfeel like all Long Trails. Decent head at first, then persistent but thin white lacing. Well-carbonated. Straight up hop profile (cascade I think), lingering bitter finish. Could be less sweet, even hoppier. But still very enjoyable.

Photo of Oberson58
3/5  rDev -16.2%

As usual, long trail disappoints. Good bitterness, but lacks any real flavor.

Photo of smanders
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Another addition to the make-your-own 6'er from Wegmans. Again, no bottled-on date.

Unfiltered amber with billowy, white head. Smells of indistinct hops and the sweetness of bread. One of the mildest IPAs I've experienced; maybe more appropriately labeled a Pale Ale. I kept wanting to throw it out, but something kept bringing me back for another sip. Very smooth, well-balanced, and easily drinkable. If your palate has been wracked by DIPAs and IIPAs lately, this may remind you why you started drinking IPAs in the first place.
Enjoy!

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

a: Wonderful golden amber color, with a medium head.
s: Mild citrus, with a slight hoppy smell.
t: Well balanced smooth malty, citrus taste.
m: Medium body with a slight after taste, smooth.
o: Another very good IPA.

This beer does not need any improvement

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

I am CANtinuing my reinstatement of The CANQuest ™ as things return to a state of normalcy here at Chez Woody.

From the CAN: "Take a Hike!"; "An Unfiltered IPA"; "Our traditional IPA fit for any journey, land or sea."; "Our take on the traditional English IPA - We've combined the style that endured the voyage to India with the hops that started the Ameri[CAN] Craft revolution. This unfiltered offering is fit for any journey, land or sea."

Once again, somebody filled a craft CAN to the brim, giving me a little spritz on the Crack! I went with an inverted Glug, especially since it is unfiltered and may need some rousing. This is precisely what #TheOldLady hates, but it did not say to pour gently. It settled into two-plus fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. What a difference from the earlier Saisons! Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like the pine trees along The Long Trail! This really acted more like a bridge beetween an EIPA and an AIPA, but if you think that I am CANplaining, your are mistaken. Mouthfeel was medium. As it turns out, those were mostly aroma hops, so that the taste, while on the upper end of bitterness for an EIPA, was still more malty than hoppy. This made a nice segue from the Saisons and other Belgian-style beers earlier today into the hopped up beers that are on-deck. Finish was semi-dry with the hops ultimately winning out over the malts, but not by much. At 48 IBUs, this was not going to wreck anybody's palate.

Photo of umaine14
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well balanced brew. The hops in this IPA are not overwhelming and add a very nice refreshing clean taste. The color is a lighter and the aroma is not bold but it is distinctive. The lacing left on the glass was beautiful. A good beer that is well worth your time.

Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

True to its claims, it is unfiltered, cloudy and orangey, with a soapy white head and lacing. The aroma is mild, with light citrus and bread notes. The taste is equally mild, with an additional earthy flavor on the finish. There is a fair bit of carbonation on the palate and it is a little thinner. A good not great IPA.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head; quite a few strands of lace line the glass on the way down

Smell: Citrusy grapefruit with a hint of biscuit

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a quick shift to the grapefruity hops; clean finish, with a lean to the bitter and fruity side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Either the recipe has changed or there are a lot of old bottles out there but this beer is surprisingly good when fresh; I wouldn't spin it as an English IPA given the flavor of the hops in my sample but it definitely leans toward the East Coast with the balance factor

Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy yellow orange with a finger of soapy whtie head, medium thick lacing.
S - Sweet grainy bread malt, pine, citrus, a little orange juice. Basic
T - Big bread and cracker malt, semi sweet corn tones, grain, light grass and a little orange or even tangerine.
M - Very drinkable, clean and to the point.
O - Decent IPA, better than I remember, I could easily down a few of these on a hot day.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.