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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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947 Ratings
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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

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Photo of patriot76

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle served in pint glass

A- Cloudy, copper in color with a nice 1 inch head. Very nice lacing throughout.

S- Floral hops mixed with spice and fruit notes. Smells of half IPA and half belgian ale. Very appetizing and interesting smell.

T- A mix of hops and spices. Drinks almost like a wheat beer. Not complex but very smooth. There is almost no lingering bitterness at the end, rather a sweet finish which was interesting for an IPA. Has Belgian white similarities with a bitter finish.

M- Smooth and easy on the palate.

D- I was torn on this one. On one hand it is unique with it's blend of floral hops and spicy notes while being easy drink all the while. On the other hand it's not quite what I look for in an IPA. It was left wanting more because I was in the mood for an IPA. That being said it is a good tasting beer, just not a typical IPA. On the IPA scale I give it a C+. The overall beer taste is a solid B. Together that makes it a B- in my book. An IPA for non IPA fans.

01-21-2011 22:01:01 | More by patriot76
Photo of SickGnar


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Light golden amber with hazy swirls and some floaty bits that settle out. A tad light for the style. Okay size, sort of rocky off-white head that falls fast, but leaves some decent lacing.

S: Not really what I look for in an IPA. Caramel / crystal malts. THEN hops that are a bit faint. Comes across fruity with noticeable citrus character. Almost juicy. Quite pleasant, but I would really like to see it stronger and hoppier.

T: Hops and malts trade places and both kick it up a notch. Resin with a touch of pine needle comes out just ahead of a citrus character that is mostly grapefruit. While not citrus rind, it is less fruity than the nose. There is also some grassy hops somewhere in there. Malts are focused on medium crystal rounded out by some biscuity and toasty notes. A bit of sticky sweetness battles it out in the finish with lingering oily, resiny bitterness. Just short of achieving the next higher rating.

M: Medium body with fine carbonation. Notice a bit of alcohol here. Actually a pretty decent mouthfeel, just not a lot to say about it.

D: Not the most in your face, but it is very easy to drink. While I am reviewing samples from a summer mix case in purchased/tasted in the fall, and that probably accounts for some of the toned down nature, I don't think this is hop monster even when fresh. Someone else called it refreshing, and you can't say that about all IPAs. If it were fresher though, I can see it having just a tad more umph, which would bump up the S & T scores.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

01-10-2011 12:46:56 | More by SickGnar
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a nice hazy golden color with a nice amount of foamy white head that lingers, leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: nice hop notes, slight earthy notes, slight citrus notes

T: nice slight citrus notes, nice bright flavor, slight hop notes

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, smooth on the pallet, lingering citrus notes, nice drinking brew

01-09-2011 02:52:28 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of jjboesen


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Had this on draft at Max's Taphouse during Baltimore Beer Week. It opens rather innocuously without fuss or fanfare. There is a minimal head; the body is deep and void of carbonation bubbles.

The nose detects some faint whiff of tangerine, or something citrical; the palate perceives aubtle malt that finishes in a sweet fade followed by a wet bread washout. It does have a fine balance and could go down as a very easy sessional quaff. Not much else going on here. Next!

12-26-2010 04:38:26 | More by jjboesen
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

The clearest "unfiltered" beer I have ever enjoyed, however with uniformly large suspended solids?! Wonderful hop nose, but overly sweet taste which doesn't complement the bitter finish. Not a well balanced beer, but shows promise and certainly a pint I'd give another chance...

12-19-2010 02:17:24 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of bishopdc0


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

I like the look of this beer golden straw colored with a nice thick ivory white head that laces well.
The aroma is malt, pale with a hop citrus finish nothing to exciting here.
This is a smooth starting beer it has a sweet start and slowly turns bitter. This beer taste nothing like it looks a english IPA.

The mouth is smooth with a light carbonation that is pleasent.
Easy drinking IPA

The beer did seem that it was slightly off I must have another and come back to my review

12-10-2010 01:04:13 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Dougal

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

11-16-2010 01:25:46 | More by Dougal
Photo of tchenery


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer pours very hazy but says on the bottle it's unfiltered. I wish I had known that before pouring and assuming it would be filtered clean. That being said, the head doesn't stick around much considering it's a 'live' beer.

It smells a little zesty, like a wit beer with lemon zest. I honestly think I'm about to drink a belgian white. It must be the yeast though.

It's pretty citrussy and snappy, not as well rounded as I would have thought. It's very bitter, but it's a lingering bitter, not very up front about it. Nice malt flavor coming through.

I'm really not too impressed with this offering though. I think that it's probably the yeast that I dumped in my pint glass so I'll have to try it again to make sure.

11-15-2010 00:11:17 | More by tchenery
Photo of Thorpe429


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

11-14-2010 03:59:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours golden-orange with a small, short lived, white head and lovely carbonation. Yeast settles on the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is of citrus hops balanced by biscuit malt. Citrusy hops and grapefruit dominate the flavor with biscuit malt provide good balance. Long, hoppy, dry finish. Nicely made IPA.

11-12-2010 22:33:40 | More by mikeg67
Photo of beyah


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

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!!!

11-03-2010 23:53:46 | More by beyah
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a beer mug. 1 finger head, a little lacing, hazy straw color and ample carbonation.

Smells a tad sweeter than your average IPA, though the hops character is definitely there. Slight spice notes with a touch of dried banana. Minimally floral with some bread notes.

Tastes like a very mild IPA. This beer has the dryness of an IPA, but the flavor of a pale ale. Very mild, smooth flavor, and definitely a little tinny. It's bright and has some yeast flavors to go with the mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Not too substantial, but enough to let you know it's there.

Because this is a mild IPA that doesn't taste terrible, I would say the drinkability is fairly high. Nothing crazy awesome about it, but nothing crazy bad either.

11-02-2010 22:23:20 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of taigor

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that took a while to dissipate leaving an average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus and some other fruits, probably apples, and hops.

T - Slightly sweet upfront due to malts, then turning citrus bitter and hoppy towards the finish. Overall flavor is restrained and is contained. Not overwhelming at all which is a great thing for this IPA.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very simple, enjoyable IPA. Would definitely recommend it.

10-26-2010 18:52:03 | More by taigor
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz bottle around 45 degrees poured into a standard pint glass. bottled on 7/29/10.

pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a nice looking 2 fingers of white frothy head, great retention and some decent lace.

aroma is a little off. the hops are definatly there but it seems to have and off yeast aroma. orange and lemon rind. very light almost nonexsistent malt.

has a lot of yeast in the taste as well, but again, the hops are definatly still there. has a decent amount of sharp bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavor from the hops. some orange and lemon citrus and a little bit of a bready malt.

medium to light in body, decent feeling carbonation. leaves a little bit of oily resins on the palate from the hops.

pretty drinkable, but there are much better ipa choices for the price. some ipas benefit from being unfiltered, but i think this would actually improve if it was filtered. also maybe some more late hop additions for more of a hop flavor would be nice. i wont buy this again.

10-26-2010 01:21:15 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Shefus

New York

1.1/5  rDev -69.4%

All right folks let me get right down to the nitty gritty of this terrible beer. Its smells bad, but it gets worse from there, it taste like they brewed right out of some India pond water mixed with 200 proof rubbing alcohol, it burns in your mouth, its that bad folks.

10-19-2010 03:05:46 | More by Shefus
Photo of MaxBrewell

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

A - Transparent,light orange color, with a slight head and minimal lacing. Looks refreshing.

S - Orange zest and other sweet, fruity aromas.

T - Light and citrusy, with hints of grapefruit. Nicely balanced with the malts to add sweetness and character.

M - Very light on the tongue, and nicely carbonated, but lacking in noticable body.

D - Very refreshing beer and would be great to session. I will certainly grab some my next trip to the Northeast.

10-18-2010 00:57:42 | More by MaxBrewell
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Had this one on tap at DISH in Hartford, CT...

A: Served in a... pilsener glass (???)... a bright, cloudy orange, with an ultra-white, meringue like head; good lacing.

S: Floral hops and light notes of caramel malt; fruity.

T: A nice bit of malt is well balanced by a grapefruit peel / classic hop bite; nothing too crazy... it is what it is - a traditional English IPA.

M: Creamy; almost medium-bodied; nice level of mid range carbonation.

D: Although a good example of the style, probably not the most exciting beer; I could probably have a couple, but after that, would want to move on to something else.

10-08-2010 18:04:24 | More by jpro
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white foam head. Provides plenty of lacing.

S: There are some pine and citrus hops scents along with a faint amount of burnt toast.

T: Nicely blended hop and malt character. The pine and citrus hops are present throughout the tasting but the toast kicks in during the middle and back end of the tasting.

M: Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate, but not overwhelming.

D: A nice English IPA, although nothing is overpower, they flavors blend well which makes this easy to drink.

10-06-2010 14:56:21 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -29%

Pours a straw color with a thick white head that leaves average lacing.

Aroma are mildy hoppy, not much malt to detect in this guy, wish there was more aroma as well.

The taste is fairly hoppy character, with more hop bitterness than I expected (from the aroma) in the finish. I am not a fan to be honest, too heavy on the bittering hops and not enough in the aroma for my liking.

Mouthfeel is average; there is average carbonation and a light body that leaves your mouth feeling wet (as opposed to a dry finish). Overall, there doesn't seem to be much to this beer (especially compared to Long Trail's DIPA which is a real winner in my opinion); I've had much better examples of the style.

08-29-2010 22:32:20 | More by claspada
Photo of ptykozoon


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a golden color, a small white head dissipates fast with bubbles leeching to the glass.

Smells good, mild and fresh. I'm getting the hops along with a sweet, fruity characteristic, citrus/malt probably.

The hops are very mild in this one. All in all a very crisp, refreshing taste, as the main flavors in this are just the hops, carbonation and water. Not a complex beer to be sure, but an excellent choice for a hot day or whenever you just want a simple beer.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and spicy on the tongue. Not much of an aftertaste.

This would be a great session beer.

08-29-2010 21:18:16 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A-Yellow with a mild head.

S-Quiet hops. Very subdued.

T-Like the nose. Both the hop and malt is muted/diluted.

M-Light and bubly.

D-Very drinkable.

I don't mind this beer because it doesn't pretend to be a flavor bomb. Its light and fairly enjoyable. Real easy drinking when its hot out.

08-19-2010 04:31:54 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Veiled golden brew with a nice creamy ample head that laces nicely.

S-Mild, but pleasing orange citrus aroma, slighly earthy with yeast and semi sweet malt.

T-Orange and apple juice compete for some sweeter malts, with some mono-dimensional hops bringing in the astringent rear end. I guess this might be a decent summer refresher but it is not my cup of tea.

M-Medium carbonation and mouthfeel

D-this is OK, but there are too many other great IPA's out there...why bother....

08-10-2010 00:44:13 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of philippehb

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Very cloudy light orange color 1 finger head, light retention and lacing. Looks inviting.

S- Oranges, lemons, really citrusy hops. little bit of grass and pine. YUM!

T- mmm, just like the nose, it is light and citrusy. nowhere near the piney/grassy/resinous characteristics of more "traditional" IPA's such as the name suggests. The unfiltered bit is a nice touch.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, I don't think it is quite 6% ABV.

D- I'll have another please ! Good stuff, especially at $12.99 a 12-pack. A very enjoyable IPA. I'd have a few of these in the sun relaxing. But with food, I'd want something with a bit more bite.

08-02-2010 19:19:07 | More by philippehb
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -24%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked: 011309-797911. Sampled on July 29, 2010.The pour was a straw-yellow color with a thin fizzy, carbonated head. The aroma had a stronger malt note than hops but it was also a bit skunky. The look and smell reminded me more of a macro pale lager. The taste was a tick better with a more malty sensation but little in the way of hops. Long Trail usually satisfies my beer thirst but based on the other reviews I have read I had to have had a bad bottle because this really had no IPA feel to it at all. I hate to admit it but it tasted more like Colt 45 or OE800 although not quite as biting.

07-29-2010 22:11:04 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Blanco


2.53/5  rDev -29.5%

Very cloudy for an IPA, pours an orange/yellow color with a decent head that quickly backs down, but doesn't recede completely. Decent lacing as well. Not as much head as most IPAs, but still acceptable. Faint smell of hops and slightly fruity though no smells are particularly potent. So far so good. Unfortunately, the taste is where this starts to fall apart. Again, weak on the hops although oddly still bitter despite this. Perhaps there is not enough balancing with malts going on, but it's hard to tell. It does feel nice swirling around though. Overall, I wouldn't say this is very drinkable for me as the beer seems to be only bitter with not much else going on. What impresses me about many IPAs is the ability to pound you over the head with hops while balancing it out in some way so that it's not unpleasant. This is unpleasant with no balancing and not even that much hop flavor.

07-22-2010 02:52:00 | More by Blanco
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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