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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: 48 | 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 salvo


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours hazy golden that clarifies as the yeast falls to the bottom; half inch of foamy head dissipates to a fine coating with lacing all the way down the glass. Nice.

Nose is maltier than the taste: some sweetness with some scents of nuts: is it walnuts? With the mild pinyness, it could be pignoli (pine) nuts, with some mild grassy background. Light citrus, lemon, earthy. Lovely.

The taste is complex, rich, and rewards revisiting. Walnuts, pignoli, pine, lemon, grass are all background hops flavors, and there is enough malt to balance it and add a sweetness more in the nose than on the tongue. I'm finishing off a six pack as a taster with the first few as welcome evening beers on vacation in New England and the Maine coast, and I'm happy these made it back to Indiana in good shape: rewarding after multiple tastings: smooth, complex, rich lingering bitter finish. Mild for an IPA, but a really nicely balanced drinkable beer. Thanks to Diu di Ciel friends for the recommendation!

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a buttery quality: drinks bigger than 5.9% alcohol, and a welcome sessionable IPA, making the beer highly drinkable. Excellent.

07-21-2010 00:59:35 | More by salvo
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Lighter than most IPA's I've had before. A rather light orange body with yeast slowly moving about the glass. There's a sustained, yet thin, layer of head with a decent amount around the circumference of the surface.

S - Very light, modest aromas. The hops dominate as it gives in to more sweeter smells. Also picking up some pine characteristics.

T - Not very hoppy for an IPA, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This one is a lot more sweeter, almost reminiscent of an Imperial (by no means in terms of IBU etc., but in the way the sweetness comes out.) The unfiltered part of the beer also very much sticks out with the yeasty thickness as well.

M - A lot of body and easy mobility

D - A very accessible IPA. If you're looking for a lot of hop, it isn't exactly here. However, I like how this IPA is more modest in presentation. There are more tastes and aromas that aren't masked by hops. A damn good beer.

07-18-2010 01:02:02 | More by animalchin
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded snifter.

Appearance: Hazy strawberry blonde color with a large white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind heavy lacing.

Smell: Flowery hops and a hint of toastiness.

Taste: Starts off buttery and sweet, finishing with a piney, flowery flavor- not really butter, but the hop flavors are very evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium, cramy body with sharp carbonation on the tip of the tongue and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A pleasantly sessionable IPA. Not the most complex and not overly hoppy, but tasty and enjoyable.

07-15-2010 02:01:00 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of fear025


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Thank you to SMason for this one!

Aroma:The mild aroma on this one is sweet and fruity, with a little grapefruit. Some hoppyness, but not as much as I expect from an IPA.

Appearance:Pale gold in color, very clear. Medium lacing, poor to medium head retention.

Taste:The first taste of this gave me a nice strong hop bite, with apricots in the background. On subsequent tastes, some astringency rears up. Throughout the whole beer, there's a pleasant sweetness with mild peach and apricot flavors.

Mouthfeel:There's an astringent bite to this beer that burns the back of my throat a little bit. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability:I like this IPA, but it's got some minor flaws that prevent it from being really great.

07-07-2010 20:15:30 | More by fear025
Photo of GRPunk


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle (04/14/10) poured into a tumbler.

A- 1-finger, off-white head drops to a moderate lace that leaves some light sticky spots on the glass. The body was a hazy, gold-orange. Nice body, lacked some head retention. A second, more aggressive pour helped a bit on most counts (still a bit quick on the head drop).

S- Pretty hop forward at first. It was really earthy or resin-like. There was a substantial malt quality in the background that came off as sweet and grainy, almost toasty.

T- A lot like the aroma. Initially, hoppy (grapefruit). Malts come out through the middle (sweet and toasty). Hops finish up with a clean, dry quality.

M- A little thin at first. It had good hop bite and moderate carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

D- Kinda' no frills as IPAs go. Nothing's too over-the-top. I can see drinking more than one in a sitting (and probably will with the 4th of July fireworks tonight). Not something that I'm going to seek out, but pretty good especially with a very moderate price tag.

07-04-2010 21:30:24 | More by GRPunk
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Found long trail brewery to be good beer at a good price. Had to try their ipa.

The appearance is a honey color with a thin white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is grapefruit citrusy and a small amount of pine and malt.

Taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, and malt. More hop than malt, but its to be expected with this style.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Its low enough in alcohol to drink a few and inviting enough to want to.

One of my favorite beers, inexpensive enough for everyday drinking and still great tasting.

06-05-2010 01:23:13 | More by bs870621345
Photo of capaneus

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

first review.

(A) pours a light citrine/amber color into my Delirium Tremens tulip with a minimal head but decent lacing. this brew is very hazy - a definite plus for me.

(S) mild grapefruit hops and yeast bread. not a strong smelling IPA.

(T)moderate bitterness with grapefruit-like hops. the malt presents a noticeable "bready" finish. some alcohol presence noticeable.

(M) mouthfeel is on the thin side of average. the pungent hops linger only briefly before taking their leave. carbonation is noticeably low with correspondingly little prickliness.

(D) this may not be the hoppiest or biggest IPA around, but I really enjoy it's moderate bitterness and simple bready malt profile. on another note: I really enjoy the charm of this cloudy beer in a supermarket full of crystal clear IPAs. definitely a beer I would buy again - cheap too.

05-19-2010 03:32:14 | More by capaneus
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Strange. Not anything like any IPA I've ever had, English or otherwise, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Barely any head, lacing or HOPS! Hop presence was extremely weak and lacked flavor. A mild bitterness that carried through in the finish was the only indication that this was supposed to be an IPA. Not even as hoppy as most APA's. Malt was rather sweet and a touch grainy, but even that was less than robust.

Not a terrible beer by any stretch. Quite drinkable, but this is not a good representation of the style.

05-17-2010 22:25:30 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of morebeergood


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Part of their mix 12 pack, that a friend brought to my house. Poured into a British style pint glass. Yellow-orange color. Very hazy body for an IPA. Nice head and lacing. Got a nice grapefruit smell on the nose. Flavor was subtle, which is how I prefer an IPA. There was a nice dose of hops, but it was not overpowering. Mouthfeel was not bitter, which is what I wanted, but I found the beer a tad on the thin side. Drinkability to me was a bit higher than other IPAs because it was not a hop bomb like some consumers love. Just a nice IPA with a decent dose of hops. Fine by me.

05-15-2010 05:08:22 | More by morebeergood
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Light body is yellow with a hint of orange, hazy. 1 finer head leaves lacing.

S - Big orange and citrus fruit hop aroma with a slightly musty malt background. Spells really nice, inviting, like a brewpub offering.

T - Nice big orange hop flavor up front. English, musty, bready malts bring up the rear. Really nice flavor, nothing out of this world but solid. Not as big as an American IPA in hop flavor, bitterness, or sweet caramel but that's the style and I like it.

M/D - The somewhat thin body is compounded by under-carbonation, which may have been intentional based on the style. Easy to drink and great price as always from Long Trail.

05-12-2010 22:13:02 | More by magnj
Photo of Genuine


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

I find that long trail puts out a good variety of "sessionable" beers...nothing to heavy or too light...I figured it was time to give their IPA a try.

I was a bit dissappointed with this one. I feel as if this was more bitter than hoppy (which, an IPA should be hoppy) and they didn't do that good of a job covering up the alcohol. For the most part, it is clearly there and noticable. Carbonation is alright for what it is.

If I had a friend that is looking to get into IPA's, i'd probably have them try this out. It's an alright IPA, but too light of an IPA.

04-30-2010 07:18:01 | More by Genuine
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours an orangy coper color with moderate head leaving ok lacing. Smell is of earthy and floral hops with a carmel and biscuity background. Taste brings the slightly bitter earthy and floral hops along with a carmel and biscuity malt background. Creamy body, lacking carbonation. Decent beer, nothing spectacular.

04-26-2010 16:12:49 | More by rfgetz
Photo of hopheadjuice


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12 oz bottle bottled on date of 033110

Pours a nice hazzy bright honey copper color with an off white head and nice lacing. visible sediment

Smells of fresh cut grass and pine, a little bit of a lemony zest that i find apealing.

Taste of nice refreshing hops again with taste of fresh cut grass/pine, and a tinge of citrus. a reall nicely balanced malty bisquit flavour that pulls through quite strong.

A nice refrshing mouthfeel thats not at all dry, really digging the carbonation for this brew, really adds complextion to the flavours.

Amazing drinkability at only 5.9 abv. i love this brew on a hot summers night.

Verry solid IPA but gets pretty boring with even a little to much ale so buy fresh!

04-23-2010 00:15:55 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of Zodijackyl


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Brilliant golden color, thin and lacy head that doesn't stay thick but leaves a bit on the glass. Smells strongly of hops, citrusy and herbal. Lighter malt taste, strong herbal hop taste with a moderate citrus/fruit flavor. Lingering herbal hop taste, smooth feel with the hop flavor balancing out the carbonation. Very drinkable in the style of Long Trail's other beers, but with more flavor and more body.

04-18-2010 00:21:34 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz bottle, drunk from bottle...

Which is the best way to enjoy thsi beer. This is no super-hopped IPA, just a very nicely flavorful ale, and drinkable, good session/outdoor/BBQ beer. But I would almost not put it in teh IPA category as it is just mildly aromatic and hoppy. But I like it, although their signature alt is better.

04-04-2010 23:27:53 | More by kenito799
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with very little head, not a whole lot of lace either.

Smell: Very earthy, like crushed pine needles with the slightest hint of apricot. I nearly had to get my entire head into the glass to smell this though.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor here. More piney and earthy hops. Unfortunately those apricot hops faded pretty quick. The bitter bites but fades really quick. Not overly flavorful at all.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This maybe works as a session beer on a hot summer day, but I think I'll stock my fridge with something a bit more flavorful.

04-01-2010 00:53:51 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of bbeane


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a nice finger thick head that slowly disappears, not much lacing. Beer is a cloudy straw color

S- Has a light hoppy aroma... pretty subtle

T- Pretty subtle taste as well... has a nice mild dry hop flavor from start to finish

M- Pretty light bodied with light carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and affordable


03-26-2010 00:22:48 | More by bbeane
Photo of EtOHMD


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Deep rich golden yellow-orange color, cloudy, quite nice appearance. Aroma is fresh with combination of citrus and grassy smells. Touch of spice up front then mellows out with combination of hops and malt. Not overly hoppy which I appreciate. Crisp smooth feel. Easy drinking. Had not seen this one before, and glad I grabbed it. A very good beer.

03-06-2010 02:19:22 | More by EtOHMD
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

This starts strong, with a luminescent orange and plenty of wispy white head. I know it's English and suppossed to be understated but there's no semblence of hop smell at all in the nose, which is disappointing.

Unlike the nose, the bitterness represents in the taste right off the bat. Some buttery, nutty undertones that help the hops take flight are detectable but this is a bitter-sour English hops melange, as you would expect. I would cut the carbonation a touch but overall this is a servicable English IPA.

02-15-2010 04:49:33 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Pittsburgh


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

For an IPA this is very good from what I have tried over the years. It is more citrus/fruit flavored than most IPAs, this could be good if you like that, or it could be masking lack of quality. Pours more orange than brown, has small amount of natural carbonation.

Has a real kick when you take a sip, but you can taste the citrus more than the hops, I prefer the hops over the flavoring. You can taste it afterwards, but it is not offensive. Not a strong taste for an IPA a bit more toned down than I am used to.

Good texture and flavor, all Long Trail I have had are very consistent, you know what you are going to get and its good and this is no different.

Good for laid back drinking and enjoyment during the fall. If I had my choice I'd vote for more hops and less citrus.

02-05-2010 01:16:53 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of cfleisher

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

A -- orange-yellow, slightly cloudy with soapy lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S -- Citrus and some grassy notes. Subtle hops, for an IPA. More English style.

T -- simple malt body with lemon and citrus hops. Not bad, but nothing memorable, either.

M -- Slippery, but not too bad. Light carbonation leaves the flavor with you a bit longer.

D -- Goes down easy. Good IPA for backyard barbecues with mixed company. Don't think anyone would be too sorry to try this one.

01-30-2010 00:04:20 | More by cfleisher
Photo of MaxBrews


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light hazy amber with a two finger head. Dissipates with a soda like crackle into a big soapy lacing htat clings to the glass.

Aroma: The aroma full of pale malt with an equal dosing of lemony citrus hops.

Taste: Alot of pale malt and plenty of citrus hops mimicking lemon, which I really enjoy. However theres a large buttery Diacetyl flavor haunting palate throughout this brew. Also there is a slightly residual sweetness that I found bothersome through out this beer. If this was simply malty and hoppy I'd love it, but the Diacetyl is too much.

Mouthfeel: really light body and carbonation is low. However, it makes sense as this is a naturally carbonated IPA. Residual sweetness.

Drinkability: Love the idea of a naturally carbonated and traditional English IPA. There needs to be more easy to find brews like this one. However there were too many things I found bothersome in this beer for me to really love it and as an IPA lover this on the lower rung of my list. However not a bad brew by any means and its worth a shot if your into IPAs or Pale ales as this is not all that hoppy or bitter. A great intro to Long Trail a brewer that is all over the place in my area. For some reason I've always avoided it. I'm looking forward to trying others.


01-26-2010 03:30:51 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Orange-amber colour, well laced, well retained finger head

Smell - Hops and citrus

Taste - Follows the smell, much more balanced than most IPAs

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - An IPA that does not seem to be a hops pissing contest

01-25-2010 18:19:16 | More by tjd112
Photo of GregPearson33


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

The first thing I can say about this beer is it has a fantastic tight lacing. There is an easily recognizable swig trails along the side of the glass. I'd classify the initial impression as fantastic. The smell is a strong citrus smell, pretty generic for an IPA to be honest, but good.

Czolor is on the lighter side, amber-maple brown. It has average carbonation, pretty average taste, and a fine mouth-feel. Because of the lower ABV (I think?) I could definitely session this brew. It's tasty, well carbonated, and from a fantastic state--VERMONT! I support it all, B+

01-10-2010 07:15:18 | More by GregPearson33
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Bright gold with a fluffy white head. Nice clarity, decent head that falls nightly to a fine layer on top of the beer. Ok lacing.

S: Soapy floral hop smell with a mild hint of caramel

T: Nice crisp hop taste that is grassy and slightly piny and bitter with a nice caramel background.

M: Very light and slightly grainy, could benefit,

D: Very easy to sit back and have a few of these no problem

01-08-2010 23:07:51 | More by mikey711
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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