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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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955 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% 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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5/5  rDev +39.3%

06-06-2012 02:39:29 | More by Njcarp
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New York

5/5  rDev +39.3%

11-25-2011 04:10:19 | More by blackened1339
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

12-09-2011 02:47:09 | More by FrankLloydMike
Photo of billybob


4.88/5  rDev +35.9%

pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white two finger head and a fair amount of lacing. aroma of grapefruit and other fruity notes. malty, bready, grapefruit, lemon flavors mix well for a great taste. mouthfeel is medium to thick and carbonation is good. really liked this one, does not leave you with that bitter after taste that most ipa have. good session beer.

07-23-2007 16:51:53 | More by billybob
Photo of mempath


4.85/5  rDev +35.1%

right from the start, pours massively heady and laces for 5 minutes like atomic spiders in a gothic castle. very beautiful to view and sports the orangey-straw color of an ipa...and neither cloudy or transparent. really impressive.

nose is simply hops. not too much at all. not sparing either. it's an ipa, not a neo-hopbomb (my favorite, though). for what it is, it suggests only good things.

since it isn't a hopbomb, all the intricacies and subliminal messages of hops comes through in a whisper. intense enough, but the oily hop blast is subdued NICELY. very very nice and classy. the perfect balance of thickness and carbonation allow the mouthfeel to let the perfect balance of the taste come through 100%.

simply too drinkable and sessionable. the best LT i've had. the Ale is good, but this somehow is a great unknown to me i'll now never forget. maybe my tastebuds and this large pilsner glass helped...who knows. A+

11-23-2009 23:28:45 | More by mempath
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

08-18-2014 04:15:17 | More by jtnord
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4.55/5  rDev +26.7%

I have drank many an IPA, and I have to say If you're planning on having more than six IPA's... THIS is the beer to choose! I drank like, 7 without noticing! So good! The lacing is perfectamundo, and the head and body are perfectly to my liking. Seriously, get some of this stuff. My favorite beer is Stone Ruination IPA, and this beer semi-reminds me of it, as well as camping out in the Green Mnts. Goodtimes. Goodbeer.

03-30-2012 05:33:37 | More by jill9700
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Orange-amber colour, well laced, well retained finger head

Smell - Hops and citrus

Taste - Follows the smell, much more balanced than most IPAs

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - An IPA that does not seem to be a hops pissing contest

01-25-2010 18:19:16 | More by tjd112
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

A - Hazy peach with a smallish head. Very sticky and creamy looking though.

S - Huge pine aromas, with a bit of citrus. No kidding, this is like a walk through the forest.

T - Piney, hoppy goodness. Very sweet with with a big juicy tangerine up front. Would be too sweet if not for the a grain/husky touch in the middle and a long bitter finish.

M - Smooth and creamy. Can't complain.

D - I like this a lot. It's hoppy, but balanced. Goes down smooth and is absolutely delicious.

09-05-2007 21:14:45 | More by allergictomacros
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-06-2013 04:48:09 | More by Beerman72
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-18-2012 23:40:37 | More by EvanWilliams
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-14-2012 18:53:08 | More by prisdefer
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-13-2014 21:22:34 | More by arnulfooxblood
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-25-2012 23:05:00 | More by morlboroburn
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-19-2012 00:59:10 | More by wertschy
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

03-13-2013 01:58:24 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-04-2012 20:21:56 | More by Dapperticus
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-08-2012 20:27:58 | More by pirish28
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

09-06-2012 16:30:12 | More by masshlx
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-10-2014 16:44:06 | More by Johnwf110
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4.49/5  rDev +25.1%

One of the better IPA's in bottle, at least here in Mass where it can be found reasonably fresh.
(I bought this at a small package store that keeps all its beer refrigerated). The distinctive taste of this beer is its pine flavor, one of the few on the market that has not moved toward a pronounced citrus flavor. The beer is malty but the high ibu's and the pineniness give it a distinctive dry character that is great with Stilton cheese. I've also had this on draft and would rate it equally highly.

03-10-2013 00:42:38 | More by Rob44
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

I found this beer to be quite good. I was suprised at how well it compared to most other beers. I will definitely consider buying this beer in the future. It poured a beautiful hazy amber. It smelled of pleasant hops. Tasted refreshing without being to heavy or light. Tasted unlike any other IPA and I could probably drink five or six of these without switching. Overall a really good IPA.

09-26-2008 03:55:41 | More by vwbus7
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

10-05-2008 16:21:58 | More by generallee
Photo of Dougal

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

Very Excellent beer... due to the beer being unfiltered it seemed like a German wheat beer crossed with an IPA. It had qualities of both styles, it was nicely hopped and balanced and the wheat tastes that the expert tastes can sense came through.

the only caveat was the mouthfeel part that was flattened a bit compared to other IPA's but I think if you considered that this is an unfiltered IPA resembling a wheat then you will find this an excellent beer.

11-16-2010 01:25:46 | More by Dougal
Photo of beyah


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Apearance - Pours golden in color sight haze, very minimal head,long lasting lacing.

Smell - Strong Hops and Yeast smell and a mild malt smell in the background.

Taste - Citrus like hops, solid malt flavor with a pleasent yeast flavor. The Finish is a strong bittering from the hops.

Drinkability- A nice IPA not as in your face as Siera Nevada, more along the lines of Harpoon with a different hops flavor. Very easy to drink, love it!!!

11-03-2010 23:53:46 | More by beyah
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Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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