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: 127 | FT: 0
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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: 1,127 | Reviews: 416
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hitchhiker courtesy of Tempest. A minimalist IPA, with a lagerish taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. Its a lighter colour with a bit of grapefruit colour. There is above average carbonation and powdery citrus aroma. Maybe the unfilteredness contributes, it's OK but still below average.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and notes of pine resin in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of bitterness and notes of oranges and hints of pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is also quite sessionable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a moderate amber color with a white head. The nose is really plain with a bit of bready malt as well as some very faint citrus hops. The taste brings some very, very mild grapefruit flavor and a bit of grain. Feel has a decent body but no indication that this is an EIPA. A decent beer but not up to par with better versions of the style.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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 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 Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours out as a golden yellow color with a decent head at first. The white fizzy head becomes a thin white line across the top of the brew. The smell is lightly hoppy, you can tell that it's going to be an IPA by the aroma it has. The taste has a decent hop kick at first that changes into some malt flavors with some dryness in the aftertaste. Overall Long Trail puts out decent beers. They're worth trying so you can get the picture of what they do there. This beer is t bad. I would drink it again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber-gold; lighter than most IPAs. The head is off-white and eventually leaves a decent amount of lace in thin rings. The aroma is muted, but distinctive. It smells more like candied pineapple than grapefruit and has just a whiff of alcohol. As long as the alcohol is masked on the palate, I'll be happy.

Cascade and Nugget hops comprise the hop bill, but I'll be hanged if I can appreciate the Cascade. Not much of a grapefruit vibe goin' on here. The hop flavor, of which there isn't enough, is fruity and earthy at the same time. There's plenty of caramelish malt to go around as well.

If you're going to brag on the label that this is "one of the hoppiest brews in the states", at least make a serious attempt at making it so. Just as in the nose, the alcohol is noticeable; maybe even more so on the palate. The finish is more bitter than hop-flavored and leans toward dry. The body is light-medium at best, especially with style in mind.

Long Trail India Pale Ale is a letdown. It isn't terrible beer, but it commits three major IPA sins: too low on hops, noticeable alcohol and a too-light body. Thanks to a great BA, mikeys01, for the bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and light cloudy amber with a good three finger high head of sticky and foamy lace on top. A quick fade of this left behind a very nice side glass presentation as well as a nice film across the top. Decent carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top.

S – The aroma was of course hop heavy, but it was a light pine hop rather then the sweeter citrus aroma. A nice resin like aroma with hints of grass and earthy grains in the foreground. Very light and bright with a well rounded approach, this seemed to be a nice IPA.

T- The flavor was not too strong, and did not overwhelm you with it presentation, but rather relied primarily on a light profile and a really nice bitter and dry finish. Great taste of pine and grass was clearly evident from the first sip and the cereal like grain of the malts could be easily detected through this. Nicely rounded, and very nicely hopped without going over the top.

M – Very clean and smooth would probably be the best way to describe it. There was a good carbonation profile and a really nice finish as well. The light bodied ale was very nice and it had more of a pale ale feel to it.

D - Again very nice with a light flavor profile and a very light feel this was an easy one for sure. Did not overpower anything and left behind a nice lingering flavor that drew you back for more.

Overall this was a solid offering, and something that I probably would not have picked up had it not been sent to me. I am glad I got a chance to try it; it was a little more then your average, run of the mil IPA, but if you were to think of this as a pale ale, I would put it down as excellent. Either way this would make a fine staple and an excellent sessionable selection. Very nicely done and a good solid call.

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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy with sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with fruity notes. It had a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a good representation of the English-style IPA. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered IPA pours a hazy golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves nice swatches of tiny spots and splashes about the glass.
The nose is quite welcoming (but not particularly bold for the style) with hoppy notes of citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon), subtle pine, and grass over a mildly sweet, straightforward maltiness and some delicately fruity (apples, berries) and mineralish, earthy yeast.
Its delicate, natural carbonation gently caresses the tastebuds as its medium-to medium/light body crosses the palate.
The flavor is every bit as full and rich as the nose suggests with beautiful, citrusy, resiny, piney, grassy, and lightly floral hops riding atop a soft bed of gently sweet, grainy/bready/biscuity and very lightly caramelish malt from start to finish. The bitterness is solid, and balances the malt nicely; and it finishes dry with notes of grassy and herbal hops, and a long lingering bitterness. As it warms, the house yeast becomes more apparent, and helps to round and soften the character of the beer, lending it more apple-like notes and a touch of nuttiness that lingers really nicely in the finish.
Quite enjoyable! It's much fuller and rounder than the crisper, filtered version. Hopefully this will become the year-round IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, light malts, tea, honey and hops, with a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus up front. The mildly bitter hops presence comes in quickly and provides a good balance. The malt character is hearty but could be considered thin for style despite the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice EIPA to drink a few of when you're in the mood for the style. It wouldn't normally be my first choice, but I wouldn't be too disappointed if I were to be stuck with it as my best option.

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

On tap @ the Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater Corners, VT) on 7/17/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creaminess, ringing the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma smells grassy and lightly musty, with an earthy bitterness in the nose. Malts mingle with citric fruit to add an underlying fruity tang. This is decent.

The taste has a fresh earthy bitterness to it, which is surrounded on the sides by a soft citric fruitiness and sweet grainy malts. The finish is moderately dry with some lingering earthy tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth lively crispness to the carbonation. At just under 6.0%, this does feel a tad light for an IPA but it overall isn’t too bad.

Having this on draft at the brewery I think helped me appreciate this beer a bit more. It’s got a fresh English hop bill with a bit of an edge to it, yet still stays nice and approachable. This would be a good starter IPA to introduce someone to. I’m going to be giving this one a second look down the road.

Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a totally fogged in gold with no head after it sits for a short while. Nose is kind of airy thin with a touch of mild orange. Extremely faint pine hop character comes through after it sits for several minutes. Flavor is odd for this style I think. Orange citrus is fairly heavy on there. Slight salt there. Hop influence, yes, but overall fairly mild. For some reason the flavor profile and feel remind me of a witbier. Feel is sticky on the liquid and good with the bubble on the tongue. Overall it is drinkable for sure due to the smooth experience it delivers. Nothing flavor fantastic, but still well made.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After all the IPA's I've tried, this local one is stlll one of my favorites. For $11.99/12 pack, it's a great deal as well. A super hoppy beer with a great aroma and taste. Beautiful color with nice lacing and a great mouthfeel. All around just a great beer.

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

Bottle from wegman's into a tulip
A golden amber w/ relatively good carity and retention. A thick white cap leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Smell is hoppy w/ floral esters and light sweet malt w/light sweet grassiness when swirled. The feel is pleasant / semi high carbonation light sweetness and moderate bitterness w/ mild astringency and generally good balance.

The hop favor is herbal and spiced w/ smooth citrus notes and mold toasted sweet graininess w/ mild lemony aspects and light tea-like fruity tinged supplementary tastes that go well w/ the mildly sweet malt and slightly fruity yeast.
I found this to be enjoyable and balanced a good example of an ipa from the east coast but not great - pretty drinkable and less likely to offend those who aren't die hard hop fans

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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Church Street Tavern, South Burlington, VT

Pretty standard English IPA. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger of well-retaining head. Piney hops in the aroma with some citrus notes. Citrus and pine in the taste with a sugary sweetness coming through; very light malts. Finishes a bit dry with some bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and average drinkability.

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 MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this throw-in (at least I think it was him...so many extras I can't keep track of 'em anymore). Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - They don't lie when they say it's unfiltered - this is one murky brew. It almost looks like there is sediment suspended in there. One finger of eggshell white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a little bit of lace. The color is an orange-y yellowish; almost looks like peach juice a little.

S - Citrus hops, spices, grass and floral notes - definitely not your super-hopped American IPA here. There's a faint Saaz hops smell that I don't like much amongst the malty notes. Really quite mellow and understated.

T - This tastes a little bit more like an ESB - that peculiar mix of bitter and sweet. It starts out with the bitter earthy mix of hops and yeast then dissipates into a touch of sweet malt as the trailer. It's solid, but not particularly bold or interesting.

M - Good creamy texture with mild carbonation. Some crisp and dry elements and a touch of residual resinous character. This element of the beer is quite nice.

D - I don't care enough for the flavor to drink a few of these (considering the other stuff I have in my fridge), but if it were my best option at a bar I'd have no problem with it. The medium-low carbonation, low ABV, and lack of a bitter aftertaste make it very session-worthy.

Better than Keith's, worse than Meantime or Blackheart.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer two years ago; on this version, I could really sense the caramel malt (very British). The aroma was also much improved: More distinct floral hop and none of the sourness I wrote.

Here's my original review:

Golden in color, some haze. Okay head, but it does last nicely and provides some lace.

Very light hop aroma, some sourness also present in the smell.

The flavor is much improved from the aroma--much more hop bite. However, this is a middling offering, fairly one-dimensional. While quaffable, it is lacking complexity of a truly great beer. The body is middle of the road and the carbonation is appropriate for the style. I do like the aftertaste as it does linger nicely.

This is an IPA to have if you're having a party. Everyone will enjoy it but will not really examine it.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden with a bubbly white head. It didn't last long, but settled to a thin lace. Quite a lot of carbonation that settled to moderate carbonation. The smell was enticing, but nothing powerful. It smell of floral fruitness, especially citrus. The taste was refreshing. The citrus flavor (mix of grapefruit, balanced with an orange/lemon mix) was mixed with a fresh golden apple taste and a touch of alcohol flavor. The hoppiness was well balanced. I found it to leave the mouth feeling refreshed and quenched. It was highly drinkable. The only reason it was not a "5" was that the yeast flavor became a bit strong as the drink neared the end, but that was to be expected because it was not filtered. It was released in the winter, but I could drink this any time of the year. Too bad that it is only a limited edition. It was not outstanding, but certainly good enough for a regular drink.

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is of hops and carapils malts. There seems to be a slight maltiness too it that balances nicely with the hops. It's a mild hop scent. The taste is decent. It is a bitter beer with good hop flavor. It is a bit piney, but not too bad. It also mixes well with the malt palate. The mouthfeel is not bad. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good sessions ale; a decent IPA.

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 10/15/09

Pours a very clear gold color with more than a finger of white head and pretty decent retension. Lacing all around the glassware. Nose has mild citrus hop aromatics and a bit of sulfur. Body of the beer is light with a low carb level. Fair amount of hop bitterness that lingers for a bit on the tongue. It's not bad, but not something I would seek out to drink again; one was enough.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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