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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | 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 Pittsburgh


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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+

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:07:51 | More by mikey711
Photo of stakem


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 10/15/09

Pours a very clear gold color with more than a finger of white head and pretty decent retension. Lacing all around the glassware. Nose has mild citrus hop aromatics and a bit of sulfur. Body of the beer is light with a low carb level. Fair amount of hop bitterness that lingers for a bit on the tongue. It's not bad, but not something I would seek out to drink again; one was enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 21:27:06 | More by stakem
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey color with a small tight white head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a light malt with a lemon or tea-like hop presence. Hop presence not very strong in the aroma. The taste is of a honey malt with some lemon and a grassy bitter hop. It has a bit of a sugary taste as well. Definitely malt driven but I figured there would be more of a hop presense, it is barely noticable. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; nice balance. The drinkability is fine, actually drinks easy but the hop profile seems week even for an EIPA

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:29:17 | More by Gmann
Photo of tone77


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some hops. Taste is of light hops with some citrus, a hint of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a fairly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 16:59:56 | More by tone77
Photo of BeefyMee


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This unfiltered "Real IPA" from Long Trail strikes a nice middle ground in the style. It's not quite as hoppy as most of the American ones out there but certainly hoppier than your average English IPA. A satisfying grainy finish rounds things out. Simply one of those solid brews you could go all night with.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 22:27:14 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail traditional IPA has a light, clear, rust-colored body with a small off-white head.

The aroma has a fruity hop character to it, with pineapples and some sweetness behind it.

The flavor is unmistakably that of an English IPA and not an American. This is good from the standpoint of crafting a beer, but bad when I think that I would prefer a big, bold, American IPA. I won't hold that against the beer though. Anyway, the hop profile here is juicy and not bitter, bringing pineapples and pine resin flavors. A light sweetness balances it out.

The mouthfeel is just a hint oily from the hops, which I like.

Long Trail Traditional IPA is an easy sipper and a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 12:47:00 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of brauseboof

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a hazy, very bubbly amber. I had to go really slow on the pour in order not to overflow.
Has a nice, sweet, orange citus aroma.
First hit me as really tangy, but that was caused by the overcarbonation. Has a nice bitterness, but not the more common intense grapefruit kind, as well as some yeastiness.
Once it settled down, it was a lot more tolerable.
I'd have trouble with with many of these, due to the excessive gas.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:06:04 | More by brauseboof
Photo of BetterDarker


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured amber/orange with a thin white head. Decent lacing.

S: Great hop aroma, solid fruit with some pine/

T: Great flavor, lot's of hoppy goodness, some malt.

M: Easy on the palate, with a medium body and carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, a good, solid IPA that one can enjoy all night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 15:19:43 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of mempath


4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

right from the start, pours massively heady and laces for 5 minutes like atomic spiders in a gothic castle. very beautiful to view and sports the orangey-straw color of an ipa...and neither cloudy or transparent. really impressive.

nose is simply hops. not too much at all. not sparing either. it's an ipa, not a neo-hopbomb (my favorite, though). for what it is, it suggests only good things.

since it isn't a hopbomb, all the intricacies and subliminal messages of hops comes through in a whisper. intense enough, but the oily hop blast is subdued NICELY. very very nice and classy. the perfect balance of thickness and carbonation allow the mouthfeel to let the perfect balance of the taste come through 100%.

simply too drinkable and sessionable. the best LT i've had. the Ale is good, but this somehow is a great unknown to me i'll now never forget. maybe my tastebuds and this large pilsner glass helped...who knows. A+

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:28:45 | More by mempath
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a nice, clear golden, light brown color with a solid head and some lacing.
S- Decent hoppy scent to it with a fruitiness to it.
T- For an IPA, it has a very berry taste to it. Not as spicy as you might expect from an IPA. It's a very interesting taste. It's worth a try because it's good, just not what I'm looking for out of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 13:02:59 | More by Amalak
Photo of Clause80


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really pleased with this beer. I believe it has 56 IBU's making it a milder IPA, but its enabled me to ease some of my friends into drinking somewhat hoppier beers. The beer its self goes down very easy with a clean hoppy finish and an afater taste that doesn't linger too long. Good job Long Trail.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:21:29 | More by Clause80
Photo of wyattshotmaker


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my sam smith quasi tulip,great white head with a nice orange color. looks amazing.

smell has some piney hops,fresh orange rind,and herbal hops in the backround.

taste subdued but flavorful hop bitterness,very citrusy.orange peel flavor is upfront,with piney and herbal hops in the backround.

mouthfeel is medium bodied,light acohol.this is a great session beer.wish i could get it in ohio.my parents bought this for 7 bucks. english ipa's are terribly underrated,they are very flavorful and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:35:12 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of UA8


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden amber with a one finger tall off white head that recedes into puddles of foam atop the brew.

S- Scents of grassy hops, citrus rind, and light malts, touch of pear.

T- Kinda falls flat with muddled flavors of malts, hops, and a lightly bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with an overly harsh carbonation that bites at the tongue.

D- Easy to drink minus being overly carbed for me, which leaves my stomach feeling full like a balloon, ugh.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 21:06:44 | More by UA8
Photo of ski271


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light amber-gold with a medium-sized, white, foamy head that diminishes to a thick film. Good lacing. Smell is mild for an IPA, even for an English IPA, but the floral and citrus hops are balanced nicely by the earthiness and lightly sweet malt backbone. Taste follows suit, with good balance and some pine and resin on the finsh. It has a medium-light body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. Nothing to really wow you here, but nothing wrong either. A solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:43:38 | More by ski271
Photo of ExtraStout


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange apearance with not much head due to the natural carbonation. A classic-looking unfiltered ale. Aroma is grassy and even a tad smoky. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, lightly carbonated.

Taste is richly floral, with pith citrus rind on the sides of the mouth. Any malt flavor is killed by the hops, but the hops are smooth so it is still gives the illusion of a decent balance. Sweet butter and artisan bread come through thanks to the yeast.

Not my favorite version of IPA by any means. As an "unfiltered" IPA, I guess it passable. I guess I was just shocked with the first one because they got somewhat better the more I drank.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 17:22:44 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Ezone024 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little hop note/bite, and slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty EIPA, thanks Erik.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:52:31 | More by Wasatch
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head... some fair lacing throughout drinking. Body is dark orange and quite cloudy.

S: Aroma is equally of hops and orange; quite a lot of fruit compared to a lot of other IPAs.

T: The flavor of this beer is certainly decent, but it's actually kind of weak compared to a lot of others I've had. The bitterness and hoppiness is still there at the finish, but it's actually just as sweet as it is bitter. Easy to drink, but it could use a little more character.

M: Nice on the palate, with a medium body and creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, a good IPA to ease others into the class... but I prefer something with a little more 'oomph' to it, and I'm no hophead.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 13:48:12 | More by berley31
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on August 13, 2009.

The color of the beer is copper slightly hazy (due to unfiltered). The intensity of the aroma is light and mainly malty with some hops notes. Taste is slightly hoppy with some bitterness. A not so aggressive IPA for a change! I would say this is a good introductory IPA. A very refreshing beer, nothing out of this world but still good to drink during hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 13:11:07 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of johannasclimacus


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden color with a thin 1/4th inch layer of head.

Smell is mostly grain and something I can't put my finger on. Not a huge hop presence here, as with the flavor, which is more expected for this style. At first I thought it was an American IPA so I was surprised, but this is a pretty nice, if mild, take on an English IPA.

Mouthfeel is a thin medium; I would like a little more creaminess, but maybe that could be produced with a handpump. Drinkability is really nice. This would be a great summer beer for somebody not to into hefes. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:24:08 | More by johannasclimacus
Photo of mwagner1018


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light golden straw, pale orange/ sunny light white head, no real froth on top.

S- Not much, mild hops, wheat (I really think there is wheat malt in this beer).

T- Tastes like a hoppy hefeweizen, very mild, light hops, balanced with a light maltness.

M- Airy, highly carbonated.

D- Yes, this beer is drinkable...I am a fan of the English style IPA's but don't think this one really holds true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:44:12 | More by mwagner1018
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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