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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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931 Ratings
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Ratings: 931
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 ByTor2112

North Carolina

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

Thanks to Chris for getting this to me fresh from Vermont: Bottled 4-12-2007! Pours a dark yellow almost saffron color.
Aroma- sweet, yeasty, some citrus hops, not kicking but present.
Mouthfeel- For an IPA this is really nice, sweeter with the yeast and some real nice citrus notes, I agree with tempest about the orangey taste that is there. The sweet flavors fade into the hops for a hoppier finish. Very good, quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 14:01:52 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of tempest


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, it's like this was mixed with orange juice. I'm used to citrus hops, but never anything so orange-like. Decent bitterness, nothing too powerful (or fun), but the flavor is still full of juicy hops flavors with a bit of biscuit malts in the background. A bit yeasty too as its unfiltered, which is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:01:00 | More by tempest
Photo of Brad007


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

I just had to review this IPA as it's one of my favorites.

Appearance- Nice golden brown color with a head that settles down after pouring.

Smell- Nice floral, hoppy aroma that is not overpowering

Taste- Floral, hoppy taste with some fruitiness in the background. Bitter but not too bitter with just a wee bit of alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a warm feeling on the roof of the mouth and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability- I would say that it is very drinkable for an IPA. If you want something that is representative of what a good IPA should be, this is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 19:13:29 | More by Brad007
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

opened with a loud hiss poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap. 6 of 6 Long Trail's from Sudsdog save the IPA for last, of course!

Very cloudy,orangy color yellowy/slight reddish hues. Unfiltered with lot of particles suspended the way i like it. Tall creamy,frothy white head good retention webby lacing at the top spotty the rest of the way down.

Very clean delicate aromas perfumy/flowery. Citrus aromas of tangerine with sprinkles of lemon rind. Not overpowering by any means,but so inviting and fresh. No malty smell present just a very pleasing hoppy nose.

Very clean tastes, citrusy with tangerine and orange peel, a slight burnt malt taste,clean mid tastes finishes with a very crisp,clean citrus feel,very pleasing.

As smooth and creamy as can be,velvety. Very light for an IPA. Could almost pass for a wheat. Not like most IPA's i've tasted very light, pleasing and smooth nothing extreme,could drink this beer all day long on a hot summer day. The most drinkable IPA i've ever had. Would be a great starter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 03:24:49 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Pale, slightly hazy golden color. Not a lot of aroma-muted hops at best. Slight piney aroma to it. Good malty flavor with a nice underlying hop bitterness. Lingering bitterness is nice as well. Decent mouthfeel to it-a touch of creaminess against the bitter flavor is well done. Overall a good beer though I would like something a bit "bolder". Probably comes from the full frontal hop assault I am used to. A nice english version though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:51:28 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy goldeny orange color. Some junk went to the bottom of my glass because this is not filtered. Nice large fluffy head, that later dissolved to a smaller one the whole way. Some lace but didn't stick around.

Smell - All hops here.

Taste - Taste of hops with a bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to think body here.

Drinkability - Ahhhh I tink i'm learning I don't like IPA's. Good beer if you want IPA. I just don't like the bitterness at the end. I don't like grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 04:30:31 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Rennpferd


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It appeared golden with a slight haze to the body. A 1 inch head shrank away quickly to about 1/8inch and left sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.

It only held a slight smell of hops, I was a little disappointed.

A well balanced strong taste of hops and malt! Exactly what I wanted, it is good!

It had a heavy body but it went down smooth for some reason.

I found it to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:50:25 | More by Rennpferd
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hitchhiker courtesy of Tempest. A minimalist IPA, with a lagerish taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. Its a lighter colour with a bit of grapefruit colour. There is above average carbonation and powdery citrus aroma. Maybe the unfilteredness contributes, it's OK but still below average.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 06:00:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of bultrey

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a proper pint glass at Johnny Seesaw's Restaurant and Lodge in Peru, VT. Very light golden straw color, very cloudy, unfiltered. Thin wispy head. Grassy, herbaceous hops in the nose, not too startling, but definitely present. Maybe a touch of citrus, too.
Big hop rush on the first sip, very fresh grassy hop flavor, followed by a solid malt backbone that is supportive but none too sweet. Excellent fresh hop burps. A bit of an English-style pale ale mustiness is also apparent. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but it does make this fairly light-bodied and easy to drink -- a real session beer.

A fine IPA, and especially suprising to me since I am not all that fond of Long Trail's other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 22:38:23 | More by bultrey
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Long Trail's IPA poured deep golden into my pint glass. There was a yeast cloud from the bottle conditioning even after a careful pour. Looks like what you would encounter from a wit. A 1 finger micro bubbled white head sits on top but fades fairly quickly to a solid top coat.Big lively carbonation bubbles raise from the bottom of my glass.

Wow this beer smells much different than I picture an IPA. It actually smells like a wit too. There's orange peel in the nose along with a yeast spiciness. There is definately some clove as well. Smells refreshing. Wow! Just like a white ale.

I honestly think that this is a wit that is labeled wrong. The yeast spice is in the taste as well. A splash of orange and a sprinkling of white pepperand some other spices including clove. There's a slight bite on the swallow but it's more from the spiciness than any hops.

The mouthfeel is good. It's on the lighter side of medium. Lively carbonation tickles the tongue and pushes this ale through the palate. Velvety smooth. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is high. This is a definate summer beer to be enjoyed on a hot afternoon.

I'm confused on this because it is supposed to be an IPA but it's clearly a white ale. Everything about it points to being a white ale. With that being said it is a good brew.

Notes: I reviewed this beer based on the characteristics as opposed to the style guidelines because of the differences I mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 23:00:52 | More by joe1510
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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
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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
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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
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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
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