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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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994 Ratings
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Ratings: 994
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

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice middle of the road IPA, not among the top tier but definitely firmly in the second class. Aroma and appearance are right on for an AIPA. Taste is balanced, with medium hoppiness and floral/citrus notes. Subtle maltiness. Nothing breathtaking or particularly vivid but not bad either. Medium carbonation, modest finish without lingering bitterness. Very drinkable, alcohol is muted. Pretty typical for an east coast IPA overall. You could do better pretty easily but you could do worse too.

tobelerone, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange/copper with about a finger of foamy white head. Good retention. Aroma is malty sweet and orange citrus. A lot of fruit. Taste follows the fruity nose. Grapefruit and tangerine/orange. A light but sweet malt background and a bitterness that is strong but finishes quickly. Crisp and refreshing. A light body with good hop character.

DrinkingDrake, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of MattyV
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden-apricot colour, thin soapy head quickly recedes to a fine film and ring. Floral, citrus hops in the aroma, which is nice and juicy. In terms of taste, a light amount of caramel malt provides some sweetness to help balance the light hoppiness which is citrusy and floral in character. Very light bitterness, and also shows some yeasty character. Medium-bodied and carbed, I enjoyed a few of these while in Burlington for the weekend, but not sure I would actively seek this out. Also, I don't quite understand the classification as an EIPA.

MattyV, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of mindlucent2007
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail IPA pours a hazy golden color with minimal lacing and a quarter-inch head. A soapy film lingers. There is a faint lemon and hoppy scent here. A crisp and light citrus taste, with no hoppy bite, but the presence is there. More of a malty than hoppy aftertaste too which is surprising. A good session IPA and a quality Long Trail brew.

mindlucent2007, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a big two-fingers of frothy white head atop. The head fades slowly down to a still fairly thick covering leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a light mix of some sweet malts and some citrus hops. There are also some light spices and fruits. Overall, a bit to subtle.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of grassy/citrus hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, the hops flavor and bitterness grow and a bit of spices come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some grassy hops and bitterness that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit crisp. The finish has a bit of bitterness that makes for a touch of dryness.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and smooth, if not just a bit bland. The aroma was quite subtle and could have had a bit more punch.

ngeunit1, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-05-24 at Quips Pub in Lancaster, PA.

A - Clear and golden with a 1-finger white head and mild to moderate lacing.

S - Some citrus, spice and light grain.

T- Grain, hint of apricot then orange citrus. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes pretty dry with some lingering citrus. A nice flavor but bitterness-wise, it's more of an APA than an IPA.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O - I liked this brew well-enough but there are many other IPAs I'd rather have.

Tucquan, May 24, 2011
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.

Knapp85, May 19, 2011
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.

Rifugium, May 13, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy clementine orange. mousse-like slightly off-white hangs around for a while, but not forever. nice lacing left behind.

S: aroma is floral, but mostly leaning towards earthy. a significant spice as well that i am assuming comes with the floral hop aroma. or perhaps from the presence of the unfiltered yeast. either way it smells good.

T: a sweet toast quickly moves into hop territory. minty and woody. herb-like. these hops are definitely on the earth side rather than citrus. hop bitterness definitely lingers into the aftertaste, but is quite pleasant.

M: smooth soft carbonation on a medium body.

D: this is my first EIPA review and i am enjoying this style thoroughly. it's nice to have a typically very mild style (EPA's) beefed up. good shit long trail.

Jimmys, May 04, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light golden with an off white foam on top. Very clear.

S - Smells earthy with herbal and floral scents.

T - A bit of citrus and pine with a mild hoppy finish.

M - Very nice; could easily enjoy this again.

O - One of Long Trail's better offerings. A solid beer.

socon67, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden straw color from a 12 oz bottle with 'bottling date' on it. Nice two finger head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some very good lacing. Very good carbonation.
Aroma is mildly hoppy with hints of malt coming through.
Taste upfront is slightly hoppy. This beer seems to have a stronger malt character with the lingering bitterness of the hops.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. I would consider this to be one of the better session beers. A very nice example of an English IPA. Definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of SMcGuire33
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light golden with a pure white head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S- A mix of citrus and pine in the nose.

T- More wheaty than other IPA's I've tried. A citrusy beginning with hints of lemon and grapefruit that turns into a piney bitter aftertaste.

M- More carbonation than other IPA's, but I like that a lot.

A very drinkable beer that can be drank all night. Very refreshing and could easily be drank during the summer. Better than those summer ales.

SMcGuire33, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a thin amount of eggshell white head.

The scent is of citrus, herbal hops, some yeast.

The taste is of citrus, mild herbal hop bitterness, yeast notes.

Medium body, very crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink beer, it has good flavor and is very refreshing.

BeerCon5, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy orange with dissipating white head. Weak aroma of grass and lemons. Tastes of grass, mint, slight citrus/lemon, hop leaves, bitterness, and then dryness that makes you thirst and lemon skins to finish the drink. Light in body with light carbonation. A sessionable IPA with great dry characteristics.

JRed, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden yellow into my duvel tulip with a finger and a half of white head that leaves spotted lacing.

S: a lot of grapefruit and other citrus notes.

T: big grapefruit wallop right up front, a lot of lemon and zesty orange. There's another fruit flavor I'm having trouble identifying, I think maybe apricot. There is some malt caramel lacing in there but citrus lingers on the back.

MF: a nice bitter astringency, medium body, good carbonation.

O: a good beer but one I would pass up given a moderate choice of other brews.

nickthetick, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice very creamy one and half finger creamy white head. Smells very floral, earthy, cedar wood. Tastes lemony, earthy, floral (lavender), earthy. Very coating mouthfeel, oily, medium bodied, finishes powdery dry. Medium carbonation. I could drink only a few of these in a sitting. The dryness is a bit much for me. $1.50 a single at whole foods.

Homebrew35, Mar 12, 2011
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.

metter98, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy amber-gold with short cap of tightly bubbled, off-white head with ample lacing.

S: Floral and citrus with a bit of grassiness for the hops profile. The malt is mostly pale with a bit of caramel-toffee aromas thrown in. Pretty standard.

T: While the flavor is not overly original, the freshness of the flavor and the satisfying crispness is a solid aspect of this brew. The floral, orange hoppiness is comfortably bitter and tangy with a bit of an herbal, grassy taste in the finish while the malt component is lightly grainy with some biscuit and caramel in there as well. A great session IPA.

M: Medium body is substantial enough to hold up the hoppiness but not too much to hurt the slickness.

D: I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer -- crisp and fresh hops flavors don't exactly punch you in the mouth but settle effortlessly for an enjoyable ride down the IPA trail. It's nothing world-beating, but a very solid IPA.

argock, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a single bottle of this up in Totowa since it was one of the few left on the shelf that I've never had before. Been a while since I had a beer from Long Trail and most of the IPA's that I've had were the west coast hop bombs that I've grown to love over the years. This was a bit stronger in alcohol than I thought but in terms of drinkability, this ranked right up there with those aforementioned beers and I was surprised at how easily it went down!

Nice pour to this as I had to swirl the beer at the bottom of the bottle to get the sediment out. Once all of it was in my glass, this had the appearance of a nice Hefeweizen as the opaque golden hue combined with the fluffy head for a nice appearance. The taste was good with notes of grapefruit and tangerine to combine with sharp, floral hops that lingered in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was just a bit light in consistency and the lacing was nice as I worked my way down my pint glass.

It turned out to be a bit stronger in the alcohol department than I envisioned but I could have easily ha another one of these in a sitting. The wheat gives it a good touch and I could easily see myself having more of this when the weather warms up a bit more. This is a good east coast IPA and a nice change from the others I've had that blend into each other after a while. Worth a try for hopheads!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudly golden color with a generous pure white head.

S - Smells of floral hops and cirus.

T & M - Citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, etc. Wheat charachter is present. Light-Medium Bodied smooth mouthfeel.

O - A drinkable, almost sessionable EIPA. A great represntation of the style. Tasty, and a breath of fresh air from the "Bigger-Younger Brother" American IPA's.

PreacherBrewer, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a traditional pint glass. The bottle date is 12/28/10.

A: Pours a hazy, yellow color. Unfiltered. No head retention for a NEW beer, age wise. Barely any lacing. The carbonation is OK.

S: More of a pale ale nose. Surprisingly mild. Some hops, but more yeasty bready malt.

T: I got more piney hops from this. Mild though. Also note, my palate was beat up from two West Coast IPAs prior. Hops, but not a lot.

M: Watery mouthfeel. No coating at all. No pucker.

D: This is a guzzle-able IPA, especially at the lower (compared to other) ABV. I have to try on tap shortly while up in VT.

Overall, a pretty average IPA. I like the brewery and other brews they make. This was just disappointing compared to those. Very eary drinking if others aren't available.

inlimbo77, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of fdw3
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange body with very little floating sediment. Nice off-white head that sustains surprisingly well.

Aroma is dominated by hoppy, floral notes combined with hints of spices. Hop aroma isn't overwhelming though.

Compared to other IPAs, this beer is on the less-hoppy side. Sweeter than average, the spice/fruit notes linger primarily in the aftertaste. Body is moderate.

A more subdued take on the IPA that keeps the hops from monopolizing the taste (which I actually enjoyed). A nice beer from Long Trail.

fdw3, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of patriot76
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

patriot76, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

SickGnar, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

BigPlay1824, Jan 09, 2011
Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.