Long Trail India Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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82
good

410 Reviews
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86
very good

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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,134
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 135 | 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 tekstr1der
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not very good, and wont get again. Took me a while to get 6 of them out of my fridge, as there was always something better in there.

Light yellow pour with thing white head. Aroma is okay, with some citrus and pine, but kind of an "off" smell. The flavor is worse, with a bracing bite in the back of the throat, and not a smooth finish. It's okay at best. (356 characters)

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By no means is this my favorite IPA but it the perfect IPA for when you want to have a couple. At 48 IBUs it goes down very easy, and at 6% it is good to start your night off. I have been looking for a beer to start my college drinking nights, I was thinking switchback, but this may take the cake. (298 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A crisp, dry, and refreshing moderately hopped IPA. Piney hops, with a malty taste underneath, and leaves behind an enjoyably bitter aftertaste. Not a perfect balance, I taste more hops than malt here, but it's still a great drinking beer. If you're a fan of these moderately hopped English IPAs, and you like them weighted more towards the citrusy and piney hop side of things, this is a good one to try. It's not going to blow your hair back if you're a real hop head though, and can't get enough of the west coast American IPAs, so don't expect some sort of flavor explosion. (578 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really didn't want to like this beer, but it has a great balance. Great color, good head retention. Smell is nice, taste is totally drinkable not to bitter , not to lame. it gets better with every sip. And at this price of $12 a 12 pack, I can't go wrong (256 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden and slightly Amber. Good lace retention. Citric hops aroma followed by a sweet malt as the drink warms. Good hops taste that is not overpowering. There is enough malt backbone to balance things out. Good crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
Overall a solid brew. I liked it. (283 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of lguy29
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of PGD120
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 (842 characters)

Photo of mmg4dance
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (371 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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!! (162 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (276 characters)

Photo of smanders
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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! (539 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 (259 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (1,512 characters)

Photo of umaine14
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (270 characters)

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. (321 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (622 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Homebrewkingpin
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - gold amber carbonated just right decent head

smell - great s malty more hops citra ? not sure

taste- one of the best beers i have ever had craft, homebrew or macro.
clean finish with enough hops to call it
an ipa without melting your face off

mouthfeel -crisp clean grapefuit

overall- a very good beer (322 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy glowing orange with a big white head that sticks around a good while. Head recedes to film and stays present throughout. Lacing is fairly heavy.

Aroma: The nose has some pine hops, citrus, lemon, and grapefruit. It's not a punch-you-in-the-face nose, but it's there and it's pleasant.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with grapefruit and lemon leading the way. This beer is more powerful on the palate than on the nose. I like it. Nice bitter finish, too.

Mouthfeel: The density is about what I expect out of an IPA. It's got depth, but it's far from thick.

Overall: Solid IPA from the always reliable Long Trail. I paired this with some BBQ tofu, baked beans and potato salad and it worked perfectly. Is there such a thing as a "picnic IPA"? If so, this is it. (828 characters)

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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