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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

847 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%


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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billybob

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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+

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:28:45 | More by mempath
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jill9700

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 05:33:37 | More by jill9700
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 21:14:45 | More by allergictomacros
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 18:19:16 | More by tjd112
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Rob44

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:42:38 | More by Rob44
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 16:21:58 | More by generallee
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simskl

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice unfiltered IPA that provides a head in a pint glass that sticks around for a little while.

The cloudy golden color was really nice, it had no real sediment, even though the bottle was a little on the old side.

Nice hoppy aroma that carried over really nicely into a hoppy bite with the first swallow.

This beer is in my opinion best served cold, when not quite to refrigerator temperature the hop taste sticks around in the mouth a little too long.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 19:34:25 | More by simskl
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beyah

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:53:46 | More by beyah
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Dougal

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:25:46 | More by Dougal
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 23:59:31 | More by skivtjerry
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jermar

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been sampling this one for the past 2 months. An excellent brew - perhaps a bit too hoppy for some (like my wife) but it is very impressive that they left it unfiltered and so raw. There's enough malt to put up a reasonable defense to the strong hop attack. A true and unexpected treasure from an unexpected source.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 02:36:20 | More by jermar
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Durge

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy gold color with an average sized chewy head and good lace. It smells first of lemon and then some banana and floral hops. The taste hits first with a lemon crispness, also, with the mellow hops nicely blended in for a sweet, velvetty brew with very tasteful carbonation. Highly refreshing stuff with a touch of dryness to the finish. Well balanced though the accent is on the clean crisp treatment that is quite drinkable. Great effort here, especially as a summer ipa option! Hops are not real strong but very tastefully present for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 22:02:52 | More by Durge
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a deep yellow brew with a head of almost 2 fingers. It left lots of good lacing on my pilsner glass.

The aroma was definitely hops, and quite strong. Pine and orange were the dominant hop scents.

The taste was VERY hoppy... very heavy with pine and resinous tones. There was a long bitter hop finish.

This was a VERY good beer, one I would gladly drink several of if the opportunity arose.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 03:29:05 | More by connecticutpoet
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - The yellow brick road... if you could see through it. Leaves some rings, Decent white head.

S - Malt, Citrus, Hops, Floral arrangment in the backround.

T - Malts are in the front of this one, with the hops in the backround. They do blend together nicely for a well balanced english ipa. A yeasty fruitiness is detected which creates a nice smoothness.

M - Smooth, Crisp, Very light body for an ipa, Very pleasant.

D- Very drinkable IPA. This will fit nicely into my regular rotation for session beers. Smooth and light enough to enjoy on a nice warm day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 13:22:01 | More by DNICE555
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Fuff

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, best served slightly chilled, not real cold. Strong, hoppy taste, but it doesn't overwhelm the the other flavors. Great change of pace beer when you've hit the beer blah's. Aftertaste doesn't linger as the second beer tastes as good as the first.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:29:41 | More by Fuff
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been avoiding the bottled version of this brew strictly because of my upcoming brewery visit, and boy did I make the right choice. I was quickly reminded how a great a beer can be right from the source.

The beer poured golden in color that was effervescing with bubbles and had a big, bubbly and well sustained head. As I was soon to find out, the lace trail left behind was fantastic. The nose is out of this world, the freshness of it can just drive you crazy. The hoppiness is pronounced, but its the unbelievable freshness of those hops that's undescribable. While it displays a medium body, the hop explosion on the palate is unavoidable. Grapefruit and citrus notes blend well with the bread-like freshness (there's that word again!). The "straight out of the brew kettle" feel that it gives you is literally tangible. The finish is puckering and slightly dry, but not overwhelmingly. There's just enough of a lemon kick to remind you who's boss. Outstanding!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2006 23:47:12 | More by Hhawk06
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ego for sharing this one with me. Ok, two with me... I drank the first one a week ago without bothering to review. Now comes the scrutiny...

12oz. bottle served at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Medium gold in color with many teeny tiny flecks in suspension. Since they are so fine, these flecks seem to hang in space, defying gravity. I also see a vaporous swirl of yeast starting to dissapate. The off-white head is creamy and light, rising a full inch to the uppermost edge of the pint glass and setting up camp for the nice, cohesive lacing.

S - Fruity and crisp . Apricot and wildflower hoppiness. Unassuming. [EDIT 20060726: Crisp, fresh hoppiness becomes more apparent as beer warms. Very fragrant and appetizing. Bumped to a 4.0 from a 3.5.]

T - Sweet grains on the tip of the tongue along with a fruity sweetness. The middle brings another, fuller bodied take on the malts which remain light and airy. The finish reveals an apricot-laced hoppiness that is just enough to be bitter while remaining refreshing. The aftertaste is dry, slightly tart and yeasty. [EDIT 20060726: The yeast makes this beer smoother and less forward compared to others in the style, which is quite pleasing. Bumped to a 4.5 from a 4.0.]

M - Very creamy in the mouth, with the carbonation well balanced. Swallow is quick, easy and thirst quenching.

D- Well measured doses of hops paired with just enough malt make this one quite an easy drinker. After getting slammed with so many DIPAs recently, this one was a very welcome change. The addition of the yeast to this IPA adds a new dimension of drinkability in the same way it works for a good Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 23:55:21 | More by EPseja
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scooter231

New York

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an IPA. Slightly red-tinged golden color with a great poofy head. Smell is hoppy but not overwhelmingly so, which is slightly surprising. Very sweet smelling as well, quite floral. Honey notes. Taste is quite lovely- not as hoppy as you'd expect, and again, quite sweet. Some spices in there, some floralness, some citrus notes. A unique IPA. Mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired but is chewy enough to not be a letdown. Overall, quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 04:10:13 | More by scooter231
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joesmithrealname

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured light amber-ish with a GOOD white head. Decent lacing.

S: Great aroma!

T: Great flavor! Malt, for sure!

M: Carbonation was the last thing I thought about, but the feel was silky and sexy. (WHAT?)

D: Highly drinkable. Being a Volleyball player, I rate beers like this: Would I be able to drink this on a hot night with friends until I can't serve overhand anymore? I say YES!

Serving type: on-tap

First sip was a SHOCK of old school grain fed beer!
The shock soon disappeared, and I enjoyed an incredibly pleasant, UN-bitter Pale Ale, that, while substantial at 5.9ABV, is still able to be enjoyed for a few pints without losing your pants by accident. (In no way will it HINDER the losing of your pants in any recreational manner whatsoever.)

LOOK...I liked it.
I didn't give it a 5 because I just don't think I can do that alone. I think there should be a BeerDevil's Advocate with all of us when we rate these things. A discussion should ensue, and maybe I would see things I missed, and would pounce and trounce things I should.

But, for tonight, I'm psyched, and recommending it to the peeps!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 03:24:18 | More by joesmithrealname
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For my 200th review I needed something special. A limited edition IPA by Long Trail was just what I was looking for. The beer pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving a good amount of netted lace behind.

The strong hoppy aroma is filled with notes of grapefruit, lemon and pine. Each sip of this medium bodied beer feels slick and dry on the palate. The flavor is mainly citrus hops with a taste of grapefruit and pine. However, with all the hops this is not a bitter beer. It seems almost sweet. There's some dry malt in the background balancing out all the hops. It finishes with a mild bitterness leaving behind some grassy hop flavors.

This easy drinking hoppy beer is not as bitter as other hop monsters. It's a bit thin in the mouth feel, but very drinkable. I'd recommend grabbing a six pack before it's all gone.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 23:23:38 | More by WanderingFool
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 03:24:49 | More by jcdiflorio
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail IPA pours a hazy light copper with a thin head. Aroma is mostly hops, grassy and herbal with a hint of citrus rind. Flavor is mostly dry with some hints of yeast. Plenty of hop bitterness with the same hop flavor as in the aroma. Nice to see this one around more often, it goes well with the Thai basil dish I'm eating.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 01:32:20 | More by ericj551
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy aroma and decent color..dark yellow gold. Very nice hop smell with a semi-tart taste that lingers just the right amount of time. Hopped, but not to the point of distraction. Mouthfeel is smooth with enough body to be well-rounded. Not the hoppiest IPA, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 23:21:16 | More by edchicma
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Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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