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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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947 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-21-2011 03:46:31 | More by jmallen0702
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 21:00:13 | More by Tpsauer
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 14:55:12 | More by pjs234
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-19-2011 23:17:28 | More by Burt
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-17-2011 23:14:44 | More by zgunder
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 22:45:35 | More by nathanjohnson
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New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-16-2011 05:12:08 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 01:04:20 | More by RyanPS
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 23:01:49 | More by BelgianDip
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 19:06:45 | More by ElGallo
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 16:52:01 | More by mjtiernan
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-15-2011 02:33:30 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 17:13:33 | More by ghamel
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 15:20:03 | More by Lawnboy33
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4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

11-03-2011 04:42:03 | More by abgba121
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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

10-31-2011 21:28:35 | More by JohannBock
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a clear gold body with a nice chunky and creamy white head. The head decipitates down a bit but still leaves big chunks that stick to the glass. Always a good sign of a tasty ipa IMO.

Smell is dominated by hops. An earthy smell lingers in the back as well as citrus fruits and malt. Smells pretty good.

Taste is mostly hoppy and malty. A nice fruity citrus kick as well, and leaves a nice hoppy earthy aftertase. A good bitter bite in the finish. Very well balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, yet almost creamy. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall this is a very good IPA. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good and simple IPA.

10-28-2011 00:23:10 | More by Stockfan42
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +15%

This is my favorite IPA. Pine hoppy smell (and taste) right out of the gate. It feels a little watery but the taste and the super clean finish really help this. As hard as I try, I just cant make a head appear on the golden colored beer. There is no real carbonation, and that is this beers downfall. All that said, its one of my favorites. I just expect more out of my favorite brewery.

10-09-2011 17:24:52 | More by JMB22
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4.2/5  rDev +17%

a: Golden, amber color. A bit cloudy. There is a thin, white, quick to dissipate head and some lacing on the glass.

s: I got strong hops on the nose.

t: There was strong hoppiness up front, which faded to maltiness, and then faded back to hoppiness on the finish. The finish on this beer was great and extremely long. Like, I finished one and a good 5 minutes later I tasted the hops in my mouth. It was great.

m: There's a smooth, pleasant, hoppy mouthfeel to it.

o: It's easy to have 4 or 5 of these in rapid succession. I think it'd go well with a steak or burger. Enjoyable beer.

10-02-2011 01:29:13 | More by rjohnson258
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange. One-inch tan head settles quickly. Thin, delicate rings of lacing form on the glass. Looks rather flat.

S: Nice floral hop scents. Touch of pine. Tropical fruit juices: pineapple, peach, mango, mandarin orange. Grainy malt backbone.

T: Tastes of pine and oil hops open. Mild bitterness. Mango puree, pineapple, and mandarin orange lie nestled among tastes of dank hop oils. Sweet and slightly grainy malts provide a stable foundation. Finishes a bit dry with dank, bud-like hop tastes and some tropical fruit.

M: Medium bodied but full in the mouth. Oily. Has a bit of that enamel-stripping sensation. Could use some more carbonation.

O: Satisfying. There's better out there, but as it stands this is a solid local with enough charm to make me want another.

Notes: Some more carbonation would go a long way here.

09-25-2011 19:25:45 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

A-Cloudy orange with a one finger head, no lacing.

S-It smells good citrus with some earthy tones as well

T-Does not live up to the nose. Some citrus and grassy notes, nothing too much. Not much bitterness either.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation

O-The nose was fine but it was down hill from there. It needed some flavor in the taste, either citrus or grassy/earth tones. Both were present but not enough to make a flavorful beer.

09-17-2011 19:37:06 | More by rlee1390
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Light Amber/ light yellowish color-- very clear.

S: Citrus notes that are sometimes over powered by hoppiness of the beer

M: Had a smooth texture, which helps plays nicely with the carbonation

T: The only thing that is picked up is the hops and the dry taste they leave

O: Not all that bad but the IPA is a little stronger then I like

09-15-2011 00:32:20 | More by tkepx182
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

A- hazy orange with a smaller head. Nice lacing is around the glass.

S- earthy and malty with some very light citrus

T- nice earthy bitterness Thats got some light citrus. Nice balance with some malt in the back. Not so sweet as some other IPAs but i really like it.

M- medium feel and little carbo.

O- real nice english/"east coast" ipa

08-29-2011 00:29:00 | More by Gushue3
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%

I have had a couple beers from Long Trail so when I saw this at Sam's Club for $6.46 I decided to grab it. I was searching for a serviceable IPA for dinner and not much more. I drank it from a Guinness pint glass.

A) The appearance was pretty typical for an IPA. Straw golden colored. It had a pretty large head with lots of carbonation.

S) One of the joys of an IPA is the strong floral and/or citrus aroma of the ale. This one had bupkus in terms of aroma. It was very, very disappointing.

T) The taste had the bitterness of an IPA but not the flavor we associate with a high quality one. My guess is that they used hop pellets instead of the hop. I didn't taste any hop oils.

M) I actually thought it had a very nice mouthfeel. It had strong carbonation.

Overall, I think I would greatly prefer to spend an extra 53 cents per six pack to get the Mission Street IPA at Trader Joe's as my usual dinner-time beer. Too bad they are 30 minutes away.

08-16-2011 01:17:24 | More by jeffreydurbin
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3.05/5  rDev -15%

Ba Review #20
Served On: 7/23/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Picked up a six pack while at the beach on vacation. This was a rather bitter IPA, but an IPA nonetheless. I was actually expecting something way more malty from Long Trail (given their Double Bag and Long Trail Ale). However this one was extremely bitter, almost sea salt bitter. Similar to the 2011 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double IPA (another surprisingly bitter beer).

Look: Poured down the center of my trusty SweetWater pint glass. Got a monstrous head. The beer had a cloudy yellowish tinge. Highly carbonated - had to wait a while to pour the remainder of the bottle.

Smell: The aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian style - clove and some subtle banana (another surprise). I also got some faint malts, but can't identify with any of the hops in this brew.

Taste: First on the palate was extreme bitterness. Again, like salt water! The Belgian notes came through - banana and clove. This brew is really not fitting the style in my opinion, but the bitterness is certainly a dominant quality. If you love bitter beers, this is an IPA for you.

I can't exactly say this beer was a great IPA. It would actually make a better attempt at the Belgian style. Even though the bitterness is high, I still can't associate this beer with the IPA style. I have enjoyed everything from Long Trail so far, but his beer just doesn't do it for me. I think they either tried too hard, or got their batches mixed up. Be sure to try it and see what you think.

07-23-2011 19:29:36 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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