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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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845 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 845
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

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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail was a staple in my early beer drinking days... LT was a game changer in the Vermont beer world (kudos). Then came the IPA... at first it was similar to the Sierra Nevada Pale... which was my start to the IPA world and hops in general.
Now there are so many IPA's that blow this one away that I have to call it average.

To sum it up--- I now consider this a lawnmowing IPA and not a porch sipping beauty...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:38:58 | More by Hopstamon
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, clear, goldenrod coloring with only a hint of sparse film on top. Aromas of cut grass, a subtle bitterness, and a light citrus blend. The nose is mild, overall. Flavors are a bit on the roasted side initially, but then the cedar themed hops come through, with some pepper and oregano spicing on the lateral tongue. Resiny and bitter, there is a hint of citrus blending that highlights throughout. The aftertaste is more of the bitter, resiny, oily hops, with a very green feel overall. Surprisingly quick finish, with a sharp charring and slightly drying feel. Bitter linger in the back of the throat. Decent brew, and light on the ABV compared to most IPAs, so this one won't get you in trouble as fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:56:46 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, very pale orange, nearly yellow. White head retains well at a little under a half-finger.

Scent is very mineral-y, some sweet and bready malts, a tiny bit of lemony hops. Nothing too enticing but not quite off-putting.

Taste opens thing up more. Hops are big on the herbal+grassiness, with maybe a light grapefruit quality to it. A decent amount of bitterness for an English IPA. Malts still have a big mineral+grainy quality, a light sweetness, and big bready notes coming out in the finish. Doesn't seem to mesh, feels a little off.

Mouthfeel is fine, good body, well carbonated.

Not bad, but really nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 14:26:20 | More by Chico1985
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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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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

As with unfiltered, cloudy appearance, and a dull lemon yellow and brown amber body. Head is a solid white, fairly creamy with some decent staying power, not too uniform in composition.

Nose brings a grass malt, a good amount of faint toast, and some hop bitter lemon sense. Hop angle is a little burried, but a good toasty malt biscuity backbone is real enjoyable.

Palate has a little wetness too it, but a somewhat chalky feel. Hop presence takes off nicely with all the flavor in the finish. Explosive not really, but settles in nicely with a toast malt hinted from the nose. Carbonation seems just about right, but everything feels in control.

Overall even for English IPA nothing too impressive, but still a beer that's enjoyable, I could have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:33:57 | More by smakawhat
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New Hampshire

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice hazy golden orange color. Decent head of thickish suds only piles up to about 1/2 inch even after an aggressive pour. Nose is dull. Faint smell of hops and fruit. Taste is not overly hopped but very bitter aftertaste lingers for a long (trail) time. As the beer warms is has a medicinal, cherry like flavor reminiscent of Shipyard IPA. I remember liking this a lot more in the past. It was always a great bargain at ten bucks a twelve pack. Obviously batch control is an issue and I would be hard pressed to purchase this again with so many better local IPA's to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 16:24:09 | More by Ilovesuds
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a hint of orange, hardly any head, even less lacing on the glass.

Smell starts out with a sweet malt base, the hop aroma sneaks in but doesn't take the lead, slight citrus hint.

Taste is similar to the aroma, the sweet malt takes the forefront while a light citrus hop flavor comes in the aftertaste, the malt and hops are quite balanced as it would be for an English IPA.

Does nothing outstanding but it doesn't do anything wrong either.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:27:50 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is deep, opaque orange/copper with a nice frothy white head that laces nicely.

Smell is nice malt, light toast and some caramel followed by some light citrus hops, hints of spice.

Taste is clean malt, similar to the smell with some light toast and caramel, decently solid bitterness follows with some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of bitter but easily drinkable, nice flavors are lingering well.

Overall a very solid ipa, could be considered a stronger pale ale in some regards as the bitterness and hop presence is a bit light.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:30:37 | More by mvanaskie13
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light orange with half an inch of foamy head that disipated in about 3 minutes with not much lacing at all.

Very light citrus mainly barley like.

This beer is a very weak flavor light hops and barley grainy flavor very light though.

Medium carbonation and no alcohol presence.

Overall just okay nothing special here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 18:19:13 | More by Brewsky29
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light orange color with a good 2" head.

Good aromas of hops, citrus and a bit of navel oranges. Nice balance with the hops being noticeable, but not being too much.

Very good medium body with the feel being very good as well. Nice and smooth with flavors of citrus, hops and oranges

A nicely balanced IPA. Not overdone on the hops and the feel really makes it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 14:57:19 | More by KDawg
Photo of haazer


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Filtered golden brew with evident tiny bubbles. No head from the pour. Slight lace on glass but not much.

S- A slight hint of lemon, pine and pale malt. The malt is quite bready.

T- Definitely balanced for an IPA. The malt is biscuity. There's a bit of lemon bitterness. Some faint citrus in the background.

M- Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very easy drinking and crisp.

O- A decent balanced IPA that's easy drinking and no hint of alcohol. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 23:14:19 | More by haazer
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with little head from the tap. Smell is citrus and hoppy, but rather mellow... Not a real strong scent.

Taste is smooth, yet bland for an IPA. I yearn for more hops on this brew to give it some character. Almoat tastes like a light IPA.

It is easy drinking and overall, not bad. But if you're looki.g for a bold IPA, this isn't it...

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 01:29:34 | More by devinoconnor
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at some random bar in NYC on 1/23/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. There is about a finger of white head resting on-tap. It has decent head retention, and there is some scattered lace left behind on the glass. The nose has some caramel maltiness and a nice hop presence. There are some aromas of tropical fruit and citrus here as well. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt and a nice citrusy and piney hop bite. There are some tropical fruit flavors that come through as well. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness and hop bitterness behind on the palate. This has a lighter medium body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a pretty good feel to it. There is some sweetness, and the hop bitterness is there, but a little on the lower side. This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor and goes down smooth. It is a little light on the hoppy side of things, but it is a pretty nice IPA overall. I think it is worth trying out, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 13:52:41 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Bendurgin


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Sticky lace.

Floral and piney hops are prominent in the aroma. Just a hint of toffee malts in the background. More of the same on the pallet. Nice balance of piney and floral hops with a nice malt backbone.

The body here is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall this one is a solid effort. Well balanced and really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:56:11 | More by Bendurgin
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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: golden colored body with no head and leaves a ringy spotty laciness around the glass

S: hops, subdued pine, mild malt background

T: bitter through the hops and the pine, subdued malts coming through as the beer warms

M: medium, sessionable, bitter yet malty coating over the mouth and tongue, no aftertaste, watery finish

O: not a bad IPA, good, I`ll come back to it

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 16:36:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with sporadic bubbles. White head that fades but leaves some lacing on the glass. No sediment is evident.

Strong floral, some pepper spice, some pine but a lot of citrus.

Sweet malt up front. It's a lot like the nose. Tropical fruit and then a lingering metallic finish.

Light body and light carbonation. Easy to drink. Although, the metallic taste, it doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry.

Not a bad IPA. This is a simple brew and not in your face. Maybe a good IPA to a unsophisticated palate. A decent summer IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:34:29 | More by 9InchNails
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big white head that sticks and leaves lacing. I love the look of unfiltered beers.

S: Smells a bit sweet with a pungent hoppiness. Citrus and pine from the hops, mostly.

T: Tastes a bit sweet and bready with some honey-like flavor, then come the hops with citrus, pine and some earthy flavor. Finish is a bit dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation.

O: A good beer. I wish I saw more unfiltered IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:11:50 | More by Sharkophile
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy honey with some yellow. Brew has a big nearly white dense head. Massive lace covers all side of the glass. Head settles and stays a thick pocketed layer the whole drink. Great looking brew here.

Brew smells herbal and floral hops. Some sweet malts and a yeasty bread. Good nose.

Brew is smooth and very mellow initially. Lots of good balance is tasted initially; barley, yeasts and floral, oily herbal hops. Good subtle sweet citrus and biscuit/cracker maltiness is in here as well. Brew finishes somewhat dry. The lack of dominate fruits hops here works really well and is a good change up. Very good tastes and mouthfeel here.

Not the most fruit hoppy IPA, but a very well balanced easy drinking brew here. This is a very good sessionable brew. A nice change in the hop profile from the typical IPAs brewed in the states. A case worthy IPA and at this price point I could easily see this being in my typical case rotation.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:10:48 | More by magine
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: nice golden color. thick head but with big bubbles. settles very fast. good color

S: great hop smell. piney with come orangy citrus notes.

T: first you get the piney taste from the hops. not very bitter at all for an IPA. very oily. great after taste but goes away rather quickly. very refreshing and not dry.

M: needs more carbonation to hide the oils. light body but the oils are kind of confusing. its light but not.

O: not a bad ipa. i would definitely drink this often. not too much to make me not want another, and not dry to make me choose something else. a good refreshing IPA. definatly needs more carbonation

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:48:51 | More by 11millsown113
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle date my IPA is about 5 months old "072011", Damn!

A - A nice clear yellow tinted amber brown with only a slight lace ring of foam but it does have some sticky lacing.

S - More of an herbal gram cracker with maybe a touch of hops. Kind of like an ESB...

T - Sugar coated gram cracker with citrus hops and a bitter finish. It's really not bad old.

M - Light to medium an easy drinker.

Overall man long trail whats with all the numbers? If you just made it "072011" I would have known the date and would have found it fresher. Not bad old though...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:40:37 | More by DrDemento456
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Metallic and earthy nose. Subtle herbal hop presence as well. Malt is noticeable.

Unsugared graham cracker like presence. Big chewy body. Big earthy hop finish with some tin. Definitely some dirt and farm house flavors but unlike a lot of other things I've had with these flavors they pull it all off well.

Super clean and well blended flavors. Very nice change of pace from those super fruity american ipas.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 04:38:35 | More by jtierney89
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- golden staw color with thin white head thaeaves heavy lacing.

smell- citrus hops with a little sour scent.

taste- a mild mix of sweet malt and citus hops with a little yeasty taste.

mouthfeel- smooth wet start that last all the way through to a slightly dry end, very refreshing.

overall- a very good drinkable beer that is on the safe side of IPA land. this would be a great beer for anyone who is new to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:39:59 | More by braski
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 091511. Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with very little head. Good amount ofof lacing. Aroma is bready with some pine and apricots. Taste is a bit bready with some nice pine and floral hops. Slight amount of apricot maybe but more floral than the nose. Decent mouthfeel. Bitter at the end. Oily. Overall it is a pretty decent beer to have in a mix 12 pack and I would look for this on its own or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 07:10:34 | More by PicoPapa
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color with about a centimeter of white head, leaves behind a thin trail of lace.

S: very yeasty up front, almost like a belgian, a banana kind of nose to it. This is followed by the malts, a slight sweetness, then the hops come through piney and resiny

T: slightly malty, followed by hugely piney amd resiny hops perfectly paired with more sweet tones. Finish is bitter and piney

M: a little heavier than most IPAs but very good

O: delicious IPA, great paring of hops and malts and great balance. Definitely a go to and its available just about everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:42:03 | More by abgba121
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on says 08/11 so maybe on the older end but I'm not too concerned. I like Long Trail a lot so I'm pretty excited. Poured into my 21st birthday mug.

A: A nice golden orange, with deeper shades of orange in the middle. 1 finger of off white head that recedes to a nice ring all the way around. Looks inviting.

S: Earthy hops, some pine in there and maybe some citrus. Toasty smelling on the back end. Can i say smells like Long Trail?

T: Some brief malts up front followed immediately by spicy hops. Hops carry it through to the end where you have to toasty notes and a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, nice amount of carbonation.

O: Another really solid offering from Long Trail. I really like this brewery and they didi a nice job with this IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 21:28:35 | More by JohannBock
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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