Long Trail India Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 128 | 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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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 oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazed near murky light gold with some peach colored hue a thinner quick to dissapate white head atop,mmm fresh nose quite piney and grassy a light toastiness underneath bu the fresh hops are the show here.Pretty yeasty and dry upfront the hops are in the pine needle variety flavor wise not enough citrus quality at least for me seems a bit lackluster compared to the nice hop prfile in the nose.Its a decent IPA but it left me wanting a little more flavor I guess,I wouldnt seek out again.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange apearance with not much head due to the natural carbonation. A classic-looking unfiltered ale. Aroma is grassy and even a tad smoky. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, lightly carbonated.

Taste is richly floral, with pith citrus rind on the sides of the mouth. Any malt flavor is killed by the hops, but the hops are smooth so it is still gives the illusion of a decent balance. Sweet butter and artisan bread come through thanks to the yeast.

Not my favorite version of IPA by any means. As an "unfiltered" IPA, I guess it passable. I guess I was just shocked with the first one because they got somewhat better the more I drank.

Photo of Leeshka410
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer, after drinking half of an Oktoberfest, and on first taste, I knew I needed to drink it on an "empty" palate. I bought a single bottle of it today and I will be putting this IPA on my "yes" list. When you first get a whiff of its aroma, you get a strong scent of pine and a lesser scent of fruit. I was quite leery of it upon smell, but quickly changed my mind after taking the first sip. It is not overpowering in the hoppy sense, but is nicely juxtaposed with an ever-so-light touch of citrus. This will become a favorite of mine, and will entice those generally opposed to IPAs to think differently and perhaps become a fan.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Summer Sampler 12 pack. This was an OK beer. It was a slightly hazy yellow with a medium head that quickly dissipated. A mostly floral aroma, maybe a little grain. It was sweet, with a little hops. Pretty good, but I would like a more pronounced hops presence.

Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a clearly marked freshness date.

Appearance: Golden/amber with frothy lace of a head.

Smell: Esters, ripe fruitiness with malt sweetness and hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel with an up-front combination of malt sweetness, light caramel notes and semi-sharp, almost lemony hop bitterness, that leaves the palate with an oily/raw hop flavour.

Notes: I've reviewed this brew before, and made mention that the hops overwhelms the malt. It still holds true. This brew, by no means, is a bad brew. It's simply that the hops selected for this brew tend to dominate, snuff out a nice malt profile, and linger too long. Still very much worth a try.

Photo of sponberg
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on March 7. Bright gold, rather light in color for an IPA, with a white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of bitter, slightly resinous hops with some sweet malt and a hint of graininess.

NOT "one of the HOPPIEST brews in the States," but definitely a drinkable IPA with a healthy wallop of bitterness that sits on the front rather than the back of the tongue. Some slightly citric resinous hop flavor, but also a lot of earthy bitterness as well. The malt is slightly grainy/husky, but has some slight, rather decoction-like sweetness. The finish is bitter, green apple/Thompson's Seedless grape skin and a whiff of alcohol. Seems to be a lot closer to an English IPA than a typical American IPA, but lacks some of the body & mouthfeel.

Photo of generallee
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a hazy golden color with a modest, slightly off white colored head. The head has very good retention as it hangs on well and leaves lots of cool white lace rings on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a slightly floral bouquet with solid citrus and pine notes in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a solid hop presence up front and throughout. It is not over the top or in your face bitter hops but it brings solid fruity citrus and piney to the overall character. The hops are tempered by a nice biscuity malt and dry earthy yeast that give it some balance and nice complexity. The finish is slow with dry yeast and hop flavors lingering a bit but not overstaying there welcome. The body has a good solid medium feel and hardy texture with average carbonation.

Notes: Very well done in my humble opinion.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the look of this beer golden straw colored with a nice thick ivory white head that laces well.
The aroma is malt, pale with a hop citrus finish nothing to exciting here.
This is a smooth starting beer it has a sweet start and slowly turns bitter. This beer taste nothing like it looks a english IPA.

The mouth is smooth with a light carbonation that is pleasent.
Easy drinking IPA

The beer did seem that it was slightly off I must have another and come back to my review

Photo of Doomcifer
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange haze with a small white head. Smells of grapefruit, and some citrus notes. Taste is well balanced. Not too bitter at all. Nice hop flavors. Citrusy, grapefruit, light lingering hoppiness. Mouthfeel is really thin but perfect carbonation. Very smooth, easy drinking, session beer.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Pours a bright and clear true golden liquid, nice lacing as it leaves several rings down the glass.

S- Mild citrus peel, blond tobacco and deep herbal from the hops ... tad earthy from the yeast with a sweet malt in the back.

T&M- So smooth and sufficiently crisp in the medium body. Oily hop comes thick but soft with herbal, tobacco and mild citrus. Biscuity malt is a solid base for the hops. Touch of fruitiness and nutty yeast middle to end. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering herbal hop.

D- An all around good beer, I'd like to see it more often ... a richer flavor than their regular IPA. Very easy to drink, a glass full of hoppy joy.

Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear, golden, amber body with a small, offwhite head that lasts a few minutes before leaving some minimal, patch lace.

Aroma is pine scented hops, and caramel malt. There is a distracting scent of metallic bitterness that is difficult to place.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a mild hops bite on the tongue.

The taste is ok for a pale ale, but this one can't decide whether to be English style, or American style. Most definitely, not the hop monster that the label would suggest. SNPA is much hoppier than this one. Still, the hops rule the flavor profile here, but more in an English style. The American character comes from some rough, Cascades, grapefruit rind flavor that is quite bitter, even rough at times. Finish is a bit smoother, as some pear and apple flavors emerge.

A very intersting IPA, to say the least. I'm glad this is the only bottle of this one that I brought back from Vermont.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with bottled on date of 5 wks ago, FRESH!. Pours amber, with some orangy, golden hues, white head and leaves some fine lacing. nose is hops and grapefruit. Fairly thin tasting IPA. Fairly hoppy, and griany but too watery and lacking in a nice juicy center. what were left with is a decent tasting brew, but not quite an IPA. Tastes more like a hoppy summer brew.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice very creamy one and half finger creamy white head. Smells very floral, earthy, cedar wood. Tastes lemony, earthy, floral (lavender), earthy. Very coating mouthfeel, oily, medium bodied, finishes powdery dry. Medium carbonation. I could drink only a few of these in a sitting. The dryness is a bit much for me. $1.50 a single at whole foods.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

opened with a loud hiss poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap. 6 of 6 Long Trail's from Sudsdog save the IPA for last, of course!

Very cloudy,orangy color yellowy/slight reddish hues. Unfiltered with lot of particles suspended the way i like it. Tall creamy,frothy white head good retention webby lacing at the top spotty the rest of the way down.

Very clean delicate aromas perfumy/flowery. Citrus aromas of tangerine with sprinkles of lemon rind. Not overpowering by any means,but so inviting and fresh. No malty smell present just a very pleasing hoppy nose.

Very clean tastes, citrusy with tangerine and orange peel, a slight burnt malt taste,clean mid tastes finishes with a very crisp,clean citrus feel,very pleasing.

As smooth and creamy as can be,velvety. Very light for an IPA. Could almost pass for a wheat. Not like most IPA's i've tasted very light, pleasing and smooth nothing extreme,could drink this beer all day long on a hot summer day. The most drinkable IPA i've ever had. Would be a great starter IPA.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an Altbier glass.

Nice 3 finer head and cloudy golden color. Very sweet looking IPA, on the nose theres is a nice scent of hops but it's not very over the top. The beer is light and almost cramy with a great afterbite that sticks around for a bit. Oh also there's some nice lacing going on by now.

I remember this was the first IPA I ever had back in college, I thought it was SO bitter and hardcore, but now that I come back to it it seems very mellow and tame and so very awesome!

Photo of Oberson58
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

Photo of dogfishandi
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle around 45 degrees poured into a standard pint glass. bottled on 7/29/10.

pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a nice looking 2 fingers of white frothy head, great retention and some decent lace.

aroma is a little off. the hops are definatly there but it seems to have and off yeast aroma. orange and lemon rind. very light almost nonexsistent malt.

has a lot of yeast in the taste as well, but again, the hops are definatly still there. has a decent amount of sharp bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavor from the hops. some orange and lemon citrus and a little bit of a bready malt.

medium to light in body, decent feeling carbonation. leaves a little bit of oily resins on the palate from the hops.

pretty drinkable, but there are much better ipa choices for the price. some ipas benefit from being unfiltered, but i think this would actually improve if it was filtered. also maybe some more late hop additions for more of a hop flavor would be nice. i wont buy this again.

Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light honey color with a low, beige, frothy head. Fine lacing down the glass as I drink. Aroma is low, but floral hop and sweet fruit can be detected. Flavor is delicate, with a surprisingly low hop profile, some pear and apple, and a piney finish. Lingering aftertaste is a bit metallic, which detracts overall. Many other stronger IPA's to choose from.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head. Decent bit of lacing. Smells quite floral and sweet. Not overly hoppy as I expected, though they are there.

The taste is rather nice for an IPA. There's almost a honey like quality to the malt up front. That quickly subsides and you're left with a moderate amount of hops that aren't overly bitter. Not the best representation of the style, which is probably why I liked it so much. I would never set out to buy this on it's own, it came as part if the Long Trail mixed 12.

Finally, an IPA that even I can like. This probably tastes like dog water to real hop heads.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for the first time after enjoying several bottles over the last few months. It came to my table brilliantly clear, unlike the bottled version, and with a frothy, enduring head. Smells of wonderfully fresh malt and hops. Well balanced but still a good hop presence. Now my second favorite Long Trail brew, after Double Bag.

Photo of kpantz
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: NOT what I would have expected of an IPA from a Brewmaster's Collection! Mild flavor, missing the punch of an IPA, but has some interesting mix-ins that make this actually pretty enjoyable in the end.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-golden color into my pint glass. Head is a finger thick and white. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Not sure if it's due to the age of the beer or not, but it comes up a little short of what I'd ask for an IPA. Some mild, pleasant hop flavor is present, but it's not in your face, and there is certainly no bitterness to speak of. This may be why some of the reviews mention elements of a hefeweizen. There is a yeast component to the flavor, most noticeably in the back end, where the bitterness would ordinarily be. Citrus elements, too. It's interesting and has a good taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Light but not watery. Refreshing with a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: Oh, it's very drinkable indeed. Quite a nice warm-weather brew. Dare I call it sessionable?

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Driving back from Robinson the other day I had to stop for gas off the Imperial exit of 22/30. so I figured why not take a gander at what was available at Essex Beer distributor. To my surprise Long Trail brews are now available in the Pittsburg market, and now my decision was split between the Harvest Brown Ale, IPA bottle on 8/4/08, their award winning hefe, or the elusive double bag strong ale. I was feeling hops and I'm glad I side with this one at just under 30 bucks that is quite a value. Pours a light bright slightly clouded orange hue. Head forms nice and thick depending on how vigorous you land it in the glass. Anyway a great collar of foam forms thick at the upper edge of my chalice while even lacing streaks a formed with each sip after. Aromatics provided herbal citrus and earthy notes. Upfront however is some grapfruit peel with soothing tea like edges, I love Nugget hops. Sweetness comes through as well, but no with the typical cloud of caramel this one has a much more clean biscuit light sweetness going on with some sugar coated hop action very nice. Flavor is mellow with hop bitterness but hop flavors like citrus peel and earthy herbal qualities flow throughout each sip. Moderate amount of dry bitterness finish is typical with really no malt sweetness in the end just citrus peel quality of the Nuggets. Balanced and more English/East Coast but it's so damn enjoyable who cares if it doesn't take a layer of enamel off of my teeth. Mouthfeel is solid crisp bitter hops and sweetness with a dry hop finish sticking around followed by welcoming hop burps. Drinkability, this brew is definitely case worthy I'm glad I decided to pick up a case blindly without thinking it's only rated a B on Beeradvocate. Damn good and a nice introduction to what I'm sure is a quality craft brewing company.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for getting this to me fresh from Vermont: Bottled 4-12-2007! Pours a dark yellow almost saffron color.
Aroma- sweet, yeasty, some citrus hops, not kicking but present.
Mouthfeel- For an IPA this is really nice, sweeter with the yeast and some real nice citrus notes, I agree with tempest about the orangey taste that is there. The sweet flavors fade into the hops for a hoppier finish. Very good, quaffable.

Photo of WyethBednar
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit unlike most IPAs I've had, in that it's not quite as bitter (it clocks in at 42 IBUs) but I still really enjoyed it.

Appearance - a really nice orangey-amber color. Not much of a head though, dissipated pretty much immediately.

Smell - The weak point of this beer. Sort of a weak aroma in general, with hops difficult to pick out and this weird, almost soapy overtone to it. Doesn't effectively represent taste at all.

Taste - Really nice and refreshing, but not as hoppy as one would expect an American IPA to be. This was a little unexpected, especially considering how big of a deal they make of the hops in the description on the bottle. Good citrusy notes to it, sweeter than most IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Really good, crisp and well-carbonated with a great finish

Not the most typical of IPAs, but still holds up, and it doesn't hurt that it's a little cheaper than lots of craft brews.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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