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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
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 skivtjerry


4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for the first time after enjoying several bottles over the last few months. It came to my table brilliantly clear, unlike the bottled version, and with a frothy, enduring head. Smells of wonderfully fresh malt and hops. Well balanced but still a good hop presence. Now my second favorite Long Trail brew, after Double Bag.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 23:59:31 | More by skivtjerry
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perfectfly balanced and unfiltered to boot. kick ass. i'm kind of split down the middle with long trail but this happens to be one i could drink a keg of. well responsibly of course... but really, this beer is an awesome sessionable IPA that doesn't destroy your palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 02:31:09 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin white head. decent retention,and good lacing. Smell is of fruit,and candy,with a nice edge of hops. Body is medium,with a good amount of carbonation. This was truly a unique beer for me. Taste is fruited, almost like a Hefe, but has the hops flavor of an IPA. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 00:11:30 | More by riversider76
Photo of pgenius


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

This stuff is good. It poured a nice foamy white head and had a golden coloring. Had a good malty smell to it too, with a nice crisp and refreshing taste. On the first sip, you the malts first and quickly following is the strong hops. Theres nothing incredibly special about this beer, I'd say its an average IPA, but average is fine by me. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 01:11:28 | More by pgenius
Photo of williamherbert

New York

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

Good frothy head. Very clear and light, but with a dark blonde color.

Surprisingly sturdy hop aroma, but with a bit of maltiness thrown in as well.

Very balanced hop/malt ratio. However, this is more like a regular ale than an IPA. Not hoppy enough to be considered a true IPA. Very much a standard ale with a tiny little bit of extra hops. The hops in the taste don't match the hops in the smell.

Light bodied, pleasant enough. Nice aftertaste. Definitely don't have to choke it down. Could drink several of these in a row, but no real "wow" factor. Should be considered a regular pale at best. A nice beer, just not a great one, especially for style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 02:36:49 | More by williamherbert
Photo of jamie2dope


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

This is one of those beers that I always think to myself that I should pick up, but usually move on to something else. Pours a cool golden color, with a really enticing creamy white head reminiscent of the retention on a guinness draught. It also sticks right uo until the bottom, which is pretty cool in my book. Oily hops dominate the aroma, with some apple rind as well as a slight mustyness in the background. A good dosage of fruit hits the palate first, followed by the hops, which seemed a bit more accentuated in the smell, but still nowhere near being weak. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, making it a very nice session brew. I don't get a chance to try nearly enough English IPA's, so im definitely glad i picked this one up. This is probably the best offering i've sampled from Long Trail. This one really seems like it supercedes their regularly rotating IPA...why not make this one a year round?

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 03:26:18 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazed near murky light gold with some peach colored hue a thinner quick to dissapate white head atop,mmm fresh nose quite piney and grassy a light toastiness underneath bu the fresh hops are the show here.Pretty yeasty and dry upfront the hops are in the pine needle variety flavor wise not enough citrus quality at least for me seems a bit lackluster compared to the nice hop prfile in the nose.Its a decent IPA but it left me wanting a little more flavor I guess,I wouldnt seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 23:58:00 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

This unfiltered IPA pours a hazy golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves nice swatches of tiny spots and splashes about the glass.
The nose is quite welcoming (but not particularly bold for the style) with hoppy notes of citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon), subtle pine, and grass over a mildly sweet, straightforward maltiness and some delicately fruity (apples, berries) and mineralish, earthy yeast.
Its delicate, natural carbonation gently caresses the tastebuds as its medium-to medium/light body crosses the palate.
The flavor is every bit as full and rich as the nose suggests with beautiful, citrusy, resiny, piney, grassy, and lightly floral hops riding atop a soft bed of gently sweet, grainy/bready/biscuity and very lightly caramelish malt from start to finish. The bitterness is solid, and balances the malt nicely; and it finishes dry with notes of grassy and herbal hops, and a long lingering bitterness. As it warms, the house yeast becomes more apparent, and helps to round and soften the character of the beer, lending it more apple-like notes and a touch of nuttiness that lingers really nicely in the finish.
Quite enjoyable! It's much fuller and rounder than the crisper, filtered version. Hopefully this will become the year-round IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 21:31:19 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of akorsak


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Long Trail IPA purchased at the Brewery in mid-July. It is served in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale has an amber color that is closer to orange with a slight haze and decent head and lace.

S: The IPA provides a pleasant hop aroma upfront. It is citrusy with a fairly subtle demeanor.

T: The ale has a nice hoppy flavor that jumps out at you immediately. Those hops have a hint of citrus but are not overpowering. The dry-hopping has added a nice second element of freshness in the hops, even in a bottled version.

M: The ale is sufficiently bitter without killing the tastebuds, giving it a better than average mouthfeel.

D: At 5.6%, this beer is not too terribly high on the scale, helping the drinkability. The hops and malts work well together, creating a flavorful ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:42:45 | More by akorsak
Photo of RedChrome


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, deep gold color was produced from this pour. Very small all white head dissipated rapidly. Only a few small slowly moving carbonation bubbles. Decent lacing.

A very nice aroma of hops and malt hit my nose. The blend of the two ingrediants was quite sublime. I noted a subtle spice blend which had the notes of salt and pepper.

A solid taste which blends the same notes from the aroma. The hops help the salt notes balance out. While the pepper is a nice contrast to the malt. Overall, the hops win on taste, with the malt firing back on aftertaste.

Has nice thick body. Flavors cling to all surfaces and slowly drip down the back of my mouth.

A very nice offering. I would drink this with cheese and crackers or as a nice pairing for hors d'oeuvres hour at a party. Try this if you are looking for a new IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 05:44:27 | More by RedChrome
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a comfortably hazy shiny yellow gold, with a finger of loose white head that soon pillows the surface thinly. Bubbles of lacing froth the inside of the glass.

The aroma swirls an air of lightly toasted malt, mildly sweet and with a soft vanilla/caramel duo. The hops bring a measure of dry citrus as well as a fleeting glimpse of lemon. The only issue here is it's a bit of a strain to make all this out, almost too understated for its own good.

Upon tasting, there's an initial flash of malt sweetness, floating caramel and light berry. The hops bring a muted but pleasurable current of grapefruit and feathery pine. A doughy biscuit note evolves toward the close before a fairly bitter finish lingers capably. While maybe not remarkable, it's basic and basically quite good.

Between light and medium bodied, it coats and flows in a lightly creamy and pleasant manner.

Everything here has been done before, but it does it all credibly, if without any spectacular fanfare. It's a by-the-book IPA that's moderate in its hoppiness but fundamentally tasty. It drinks smoothly and well. I won't shout its praises, but I have no issues with finishing this, and enjoying more when I come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:34:49 | More by Foxman
Photo of TrickKnee


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Long trail has brought this beer on full time and as for an IPA i think it needs a little work. Not much hop character to speak of. Pours a clean amber color with not much head, (could have been from the pour). Clean taste with decent mouthfeel. A good middle fo the road, I would say but it if it was on sale but some others have a much more decent flavor, taste, and smell. I.e. Harpoon or Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 14:52:06 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an IPA. Slightly red-tinged golden color with a great poofy head. Smell is hoppy but not overwhelmingly so, which is slightly surprising. Very sweet smelling as well, quite floral. Honey notes. Taste is quite lovely- not as hoppy as you'd expect, and again, quite sweet. Some spices in there, some floralness, some citrus notes. A unique IPA. Mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired but is chewy enough to not be a letdown. Overall, quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 04:10:13 | More by scooter231
Photo of geexploitation


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

Pours a beautiful bright gold, hazed with yeast, with minimal head. Very pretty beer. Aroma is big and citrusy with ruby red grapefruit and blood oranges. The palate displays big bitterness up front, but not so big as to be unbalanced. Light malt flavors at the mid-palate and very distinctive grapefruit at the finish. Light on the tongue, but still substantial enough to earn the term "beer," this is a solid session brew and one of the better Long Trails I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 02:56:01 | More by geexploitation
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - A much lighter golden color than I expect from an IPA of either American or English variety. Still looks pretty nice with a one finger + white head sitting atop the brew.

S - Some graininess and some faint hop aromas.

T - Almost a nondescript citrus flavor dominates this one. The malts are really outshined. The beer finishes clean with a citric aftertaste.

M - Thin and a little too watery.

D - Nothing special about this beer but it could make a nice cold summer beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 23:01:50 | More by EStreet20
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a half finger foamy head. Decent retention and lacing. My guess is that the cloudiness is due toit eing unfiltered.

The smell was of clean malt and hop. Not very demonstrative, but clean.

The taste exhibited a nice biscuity grain back bone with a spicy grapefruit hop finish. Being unfiltered really lent a nice yeasty and earthy character.

The mouthfeel was full and spicy. Good carbonation. Not too sweet, not too dry.

Very drinkable. A nice subtle IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:34:29 | More by plaid75
Photo of smcolw


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

I reviewed this beer two years ago; on this version, I could really sense the caramel malt (very British). The aroma was also much improved: More distinct floral hop and none of the sourness I wrote.

Here's my original review:

Golden in color, some haze. Okay head, but it does last nicely and provides some lace.

Very light hop aroma, some sourness also present in the smell.

The flavor is much improved from the aroma--much more hop bite. However, this is a middling offering, fairly one-dimensional. While quaffable, it is lacking complexity of a truly great beer. The body is middle of the road and the carbonation is appropriate for the style. I do like the aftertaste as it does linger nicely.

This is an IPA to have if you're having a party. Everyone will enjoy it but will not really examine it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:23:29 | More by smcolw
Photo of CRJMellor


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow and orange with a big-bubbled white head that leaves some porous lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit, orange peel, pine resins and some caramel.
Flavors are very sweet and fruity to start and then cut down to a more malty caramel and finishes with some dry piney, woody bittering.
Mouthfeel was very solid with great balance between sweet and bitter and a nice flow between the flavors.
Drinkability was good. Dry hops faintly noticeable. Very simple, yet refined beer which could easily be a solid session brew due to balance and solid overall construction.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 17:11:55 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at refrigerator temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a bright gold, and the head quickly reduces to a thin mat. Cling is OK, but overall it lacks character on the eyes.

Smell- Quick, bright citrusy hops that let the malt nose come through nicely. Spicy yet subdued. Mild breadiness, with a sharp, zippy finish.

Taste- The flavor, a gripping biscuity maltiness with a bitter hop profile, is certainly in line with the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great, soapy carbonation that allows the malts to fully express themselves. I wouldn't ever choose to session this beer, but with a slice of pizza... damn, bring on the pepperoni.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 22:35:15 | More by yelterdow
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

Part of a Summer Sampler 12 pack. This was an OK beer. It was a slightly hazy yellow with a medium head that quickly dissipated. A mostly floral aroma, maybe a little grain. It was sweet, with a little hops. Pretty good, but I would like a more pronounced hops presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 11:43:26 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of ghostwalker


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottles received directly from the brewery after a friends' recent visit.

Body is medium, hazy orange with moderate head. Classic IPA. Low head probably resulting from the glass I used, (see below).

Nose is light malt, citrus and even a little buttery-ness. Not much hop presence here for an IPA.

Taste is pretty good, but somehow a little off balance. There is a prominant malt presence up-front, then a significant amount of tasty and spicy hops show up on the finish. The flavors are generally in balance, but seem to be somehow separated or unrelated to each other. Taken individually, I get some nice citrus, piney hop flavors, smooth biscuity malt, a light and interesting yeasty-ness. A good effort, just needs a little fine-tuning in my non-brewer opinion.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Good tart snap, low on the tooth-stripping quality.

Drinkability is pretty damn good. For this review, I had two 12 oz bottles (minus a sip) poured into the large 23 oz "Vermont Pint" nonic that they sell at the brewery, (great glass if you can find one). It was really quaffable and thirst-quenching.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 22:42:28 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of ggaughan


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

The beer poured a light orange color with a slight white head that didn't stick around that long. The aroma is a nice floral hop kick with a malty backbone. The taste is a bit dry but then you get the kick of hops and some malty goodness to round things out. With a someone light body I found this beer to be pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 00:35:51 | More by ggaughan
Photo of dbalsock


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber with an orange hue, this brew looks alright but the white head disappears in seconds leaving only a slight lace around the side of the glass.

Smell: Fruit and flowery hops predominate with a suggestion of malted barely. Not bad, but not awesome.

Taste: The hops come first in taste followed by an almost raw barley taste... grapenuts.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry and bitter, a wonderful example of an IPA for a non-hop-head.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable IPA's i've found, refreshing a bitter, yet not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 13:26:24 | More by dbalsock
Photo of jwc215


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden with a bubbly white head. It didn't last long, but settled to a thin lace. Quite a lot of carbonation that settled to moderate carbonation. The smell was enticing, but nothing powerful. It smell of floral fruitness, especially citrus. The taste was refreshing. The citrus flavor (mix of grapefruit, balanced with an orange/lemon mix) was mixed with a fresh golden apple taste and a touch of alcohol flavor. The hoppiness was well balanced. I found it to leave the mouth feeling refreshed and quenched. It was highly drinkable. The only reason it was not a "5" was that the yeast flavor became a bit strong as the drink neared the end, but that was to be expected because it was not filtered. It was released in the winter, but I could drink this any time of the year. Too bad that it is only a limited edition. It was not outstanding, but certainly good enough for a regular drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 17:13:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of jmz62565


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ri Ra's in Burlinton VT. This pours a golden amber with a large white head. The smell is light malt with some hops,but not as much as you would think. The taste has some hops.but none of the bitterness of other IPA's. This is like a starter IPA or a "light" IPA. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is an enjoyable beer and I think I'll enjoy another. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 22:23:17 | More by jmz62565
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