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Long Trail India Pale Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail India Pale Ale
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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 55 | 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:
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%

Tpsauer, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Burt, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zgunder, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

abgba121, Nov 03, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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

JohannBock, Oct 31, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stockfan42, Oct 28, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

JMB22, Oct 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rjohnson258, Oct 02, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ryan1788a5, Sep 25, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rlee1390, Sep 17, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

tkepx182, Sep 15, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Gushue3, Aug 29, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jeffreydurbin, Aug 16, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 23, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 20, 2011
Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.