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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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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
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 ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, and a nice big light tan head after a serious down the center pour. I had to sip the head quick before it overflowed the glass and got a nice hoppy bite for my trouble. Maybe a good sign?

The aroma is all citrusy hops. Orange and a hint of spice like cinnamon or something. Taste is again citrusy sweet orange, some spice and a smooth malt character behind it all. SOme bitter hop bite in the finish, but nothing that lingers.

Decent body, natural carbonation is about perfect, and the head stays afloat on this IPA until the last sip. Lacing is prevalent.

I like this English style IPA, seems to be on its way to being an American style with the nice hop bite. Good easy drinker, I would like to revisit sometime.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the 4th Long Trail beer I've tried so far. A pretty nice IPA. Copper color with a relatively small off-white head. Aroma wasn't the greatest however, slightly woody and grassy. Very flavorful sweet malty taste with a nice amount of hops but nothing out of the norm for the style.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow/ light orange-ish color, with a white head. In the aroma, fresh hops, like smelling a bag of hop flowers. In the taste, big on the fresh hops and balanced with a good English malt. A hop bite, with a medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice fresh hop aroma and taste. Color threw me off, but a nice mellow IPA>

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of penguinjive7
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with little head but a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly of citrusy hops with hints of biscuits.

Taste is mostly of citrus hops with a sweetness and bit of biscuit flavor in the finish. There is a slightly off flavor of a sort of metallic and musty kind of taste.

The mouthfeel is average and makes it go down smoothly.

This brew is nothing to write home about. Very one-dimensional with a few off flavors. I could drink a few of these easily but there is a very long list of other IPAs I would have over this one.

penguinjive7, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Aggressive pour leads to smallish 3/4 inch head tha fell quite quickly but left some nice lokking lacing though.

S-Nice cascade araoma, sweet sugar cane, biscuit

T-Grapefruit and orange hop. Biscuit and lightly toasted bread.

M-Light body and nice carbonation.

D-Its okay, I had several this session before moving on.

jackorain, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of fo5s
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my sam adams glass. Bottle has 051908 printed on the next (along with 020312 directly below it...probably not the best by date for an IPA) which I believe is the bottled on date (which, I recall, was printed on top of the 12 pack).

Pour is pale orange, hazy with a few small chunks. Clearly unfiltered, but not quite as much yeast as I would have expected. Head is small and doesn't last too long, despite the nucleation site in the glass providing reinforcement bubbles.

Smell has some detectable hops, but not the sharp odor of hops I would expect from an IPA.

Tastes good, but not excellent. Not a very crisp IPA, but I'd more expect that from an American style IPA than an English style. Hoppy, but not overly so. The yeast is noticeable in the taste, which adds to it in my opinion, though this is certainly not part of the style. A slight lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

A drinkable EIPA, but not my favorite. Holds it 5.9% well, without being hopped quite like an AIPA.

Overall a pleasant beer and solid New England local, but nothing worth going out of your way for. This seems to be the case with most of Long Trail's offerings lately. I tasted this one last year and found it significantly better, based on memory.

fo5s, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of bcastine
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-very light copper hue with a quickly dissolving ½" thick head, with spotty short lasting lacing.

S-First thing I notice oddly enough is a hint of bread, grass and other earthy aroma's come through, I detect no citrus notes often found in other Ipa's

T-very subdued lemon bitterness, not as hoppy as I'd like, but still has a decent bitter hops aftertaste

M-very light, almost watered down

D-Actually pretty good, I'm a big long trail fan (Double bag, and hefeweizen-umm) and was all excited about a LT IPA. However I was disappointed while drinking it due to its rather uneventful flavors, but before I new it, the beer was gone, so it can't be that bad. Also seems like it has a lower ABV then advertised as it nothing to drink multiple LT IPA's. Lately been drinking Smuttynose IPA, possibly I contribute the somewhat bland flavor of the LT IPA and over all weak feeling ABV due to my overexposure to Smutty. Overall LT IPA is avg. in my mind, certainly wouldn't turn one down, but will reach for Smuttynose ipa when they are side by side in the cooler.

bcastine, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a clear mostly yellow color with a orange hue. yellowish-white head with a low retention rate and light lacing.

S: weird aroma, almost smells like epoxy...seriously. mild sweet malt aromas, with a nice tangy hop smell taking over.

T: very mild flavor. it tastes like the hop flavors have been dropped out, could be an old bottle, but there are no date on the bottle. mild malt flavor with an equally mild hop flavor...tastes like a hoppy kolsch.

M: low body with a moderate carbonation level. smooth and crisp, but seems watery.

D: I think that this was an old bottle, based on other reviews. But I could be wrong(it was acquired in a recent trade). I could drink several of these, even with the off flavors.

paulthebeerguru, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gold in color with a slight yellow hue. There is a good pure white looking head and lace.

Smell- Very fruity and floral with a little pine/spruce

Taste-A good blend off sweet and bitter. I think there is a good use of balanced hops in this IPA.

Mouthfeel- A little thin with some carbonation bite.

Drinkability- A nice IPA not great but definitely does the trick.

MTNboy, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Murky, cloudy, dark-orange hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that left a nice amount of lacing...
Minty, hoppy, vanilla-laden aroma with hints of caramel in the mix...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma... Very minty, filled with fresh, wet, hops and citrus essences, including grapefruit...
Overall, a really good depiction of the style...

dsa7783, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy dark golden. 1/4" head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

S: Floral notes.

T: Citrusy grapefruit with hop bite at the end. Cannot pick up the malt which is surprising since this is not an over the top hoppy IPA.

M: Good carbonation. No resiny aftertastes.

D: Good sessionable IPA. ABV is agreeable and the hop profile is not one that overpowers the senses after a couple.

notes: A decent IPA not something I would seek out, but if you throw it in front of me...I'll take the bait.

TeddyBG, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
1.68/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

120707 on bottle. Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass.

Pours a straw-yellow color, two finger head, moderate carbonation, & little lacing.

I rarely run into this but I cannot smell much of anything. Faint brown sugar & lemongrass; butterscotch booze.

Oily mouthfeel. Not much in the way of malt but flavor turns into a buttery, sour mix that leaves the mouth tart with a plastic, alcohol after taste.

There is something wrong with this beer; bad bottle.

jdoncbus, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden honey color with a descent white head and minimal lacing.

A sweet aroma at first of honey and orange. Some faint hints of grain also.

First sip has a slight bitterness and a sweet mild finish. You can taste honey in this IPA it's very sweet. A slight buttery bitterness is there also with a very faint citrus overtone.

Mouthfeel is a bit wattery but has some good carbonation that dances on your tongue when you swish it around.

A descent IPA but not my favorite. I would consider this a good session beer.

Matty1918, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is on the light side but not too much. Pours a medium to dark gold with a small amount of cloudiness. The white head topped out at a pleasing one and a half inches. Retention was good. The resulting lace also had some good points.

S - Bitter pine with some citrus notes are out front. Fresh cut grass shows up about midway. Some malt aromas (pale malt with a touch of sugar) and more pine are on the tail end. Light overall.

T - Taste starts with a mix of earthy and citrus hops. Pine, grass, leaf, orange, and kiwi come to mind. The malt is stronger in the flavor and backs up the hop nicely. The flavors that pop in about halfway are caramel, toffee, and honey. Finally some honey and sugar stick around to finish things off.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Finish starts out sweet but the hops stick around just long enough to give bit of bitterness.

D - Drinkability is good. Flavors are mild and balanced like I would expect from an English IPA. The aroma could have used a tad more malt and sweetness to balance the hops but that isn't really a deal-breaker for this beer. The alcohol is low and stays hidden well enough to drink a few of these. Good solid beer from Long Trail.

csmiley, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Long Trail unfiltered IPA from 12oz. dated 2-27-08 pours a hazy golden color with some light orange and a thick frothy white head above. Good clinging lace.

S: Fresh hops all the way hit the nose with a clean citrus and herbally aroma. Some roasted malt coming up from below. Some spiciness in there too.

T: Crisp but not overwhelming smack of citrusy hops off the bat and it rounds off somewhat bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Some sweetness of crystal malts in balance but predominantly bitter. Some spiciness but not in excess.

M: Crisp carbonation and medium-light body with some alcohol warmth towards the end.

D: Not a powerhouse IPA but very satisfying and drinkable in quantity.

scottbrew4u, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the first time I've enjoyed this brew, but the first time I've thought about it for review purposes.

I consider this a nice spicy IPA and a well balanced brew.

This is a very good beer, but not a great one.

I poured this unfiltered beer from it's bottle into a traditional pint glass.

You immediately notice the cloudy appearance and a lighter than usual color for IPA's. I would call it Light copper to dark gold.

Very nice and strong fresh hoppy aroma as well as a nice amount of lacing as you enjoy the beer..

As I drink this I notice a creamy mouth feel and an interesting carbonation profile.

There is a fruity complexity to the hops and I note a grapefruit taste.

The hops bitterness lingers and is nice.

Reagan1984, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of fishtownhxc
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not super hoppy, and overall a pretty refreshing IPA. i was expecting more of a hop overload, but instead long trail's traditional unfiltered IPA goes down crisp and was very drinkable. i could easily drink a six pack of these or more in one night, which usually isn't the case for me when it comes to IPA's.

fishtownhxc, May 25, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Hazy apricot/yellow colour with a big soapy head. Almost looks like a hefeweizen.

S_Slightly sweet aroma with a nice dose of grassy and herbal hop backdrop.

T_Once again, slightly sweet at first with a bit of a woody taste and I thing a very English yeast strain. Aftertaste is a grassy hop bitter.

M_Slightly thick and creamy with a tight low level of carbonation. Does well in this regard.

D_A nice tasty version of the style. I would get this again if Brooklyn's IPA were not available more often, and a slight bit better.

sleazo, May 21, 2008
Photo of rousee
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange apricot color. Very small head with some minor lacing remaining on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of orange and citrus. Some muddy and earthy elements are present too.

Taste is fairly smooth maltiness with a good hoppy citrus bite. Fairly well balanced but still hoppy however not overly hoppy-definitely reminds me more of an American version of an IPA rather than an American version of the british IPA as it is labeled. Oh well, its a fine beer regardless and I would definitely get it again.

Pretty drinkable as well.

rousee, May 10, 2008
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look - Attractive artwork. Pours pale-yellow and settles orange-yellow in the glass. Cloudy, floating particles. Small, frothy head.

Smell - Sweet, fruity aroma. Smells like it will taste smooth and creamy. Has a tart overtone with the mango/orange flavor obvious in the smell.

Taste - Hops and orange tart, followed by more and more hops. It's OK, nothing amazing, average here.

Mouthfeel - A bit bitter and hoppy. Not impressed.

Drinkability - This is more of a 3-drink beer, as with most IPAs.

JMScowcroft, May 01, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice hazy bright gold with a thin dense white head. Retention and lacing are actually very nice. This is a very good looking beer in my book.

S: Smell is mainly of citrus hops, with lemon being the major aroma. There is also a sweet malt background that comes through with a faint resiny pine hop smell.

T: Bitter metallic hop taste up front with a very light sweet malt taste afterward. I get a little bit of pine and grass in this one and the finish is rather light with not much hop kick.

M: Relatively light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D: The rest of the beer doesn't stack up to the initial appearance. It's a pretty generic IPA and I wouldn't go out of my way to get this one.

gford217, May 01, 2008
Photo of weiserr
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Brewing Co. touts this as their "Real IPA," a throwback to the traditional English style of unfiltered and extra hoppy.

Pours a cloudy, faint gold with peach skin tints. Head is off-white, almost seashell, with fading retention and minimal stick.

Cascade hops abound. A floral blend of grass, tarragon, ginger and cloves. It becomes interesting as it warms; however, the malt character is barely present.

Somewhat buttery, not as bitter as I would prefer. Malt is present, but does nothing more than tease, and fails to balance out the hops. Finishes spicy.

Smooth, but lacked any bite. Slightly watered-down.

Despite not having any overwhelming qualities, this isn't a terrible brew. It may not live up to the traditional IPA billing, but it doesn't completely fail either.


weiserr, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a short and medium bodied tan head that laces the glass ok on the way down. The aroma is of some sweet malts, and then piney and then citrisy hops. The taste is good. Nice malty base underneath a very piney and citirsy hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is very crisp and fresh feeling which makes the drinkability very good. A fine IPA

erosier, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw/gold body... medium off-white fluff of a head... minimal lacing.

S: Mostly grain with a bit of floral hops for balance... faint... not complex...

T: Much like the nose... Grainy malts.. very bready.. bitter floral hops... doesn't measure up to other english IPAs

M: Medium bodied.. smooth. decent bitter finish.

D: This is ok... but there are better choices out there.. check out Fuller's, Deuchars or St. Peter's to get a better idea of what this style is capable of.

callmemickey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This unfiltered offering is a murky pale golden color. It pours with a big, craggy, uneven, lacey white head.

s: Somewhat sour, grainy sweetmalts are what I noticed first. There are also some mellow, grassy, floral hops.

t: The hops dominate more than the smell would suggest. The malts are almost as sour as they are sweet, they taste a bit wheaty. The hops are dry, bready, and perfumed. This is not the hop profile I'm used to, but I'm finding myself liking British style hopping more and more.

m: The body reminds me a bit of casked beer, gentle, creamy carbonation and a nice silky texture. I'm glad I had this at cellar temp.

d: Big thanks to DrDogbeer for this unique IPA, I've never had anything quite like it and it was a real treat. Thanks Tom!

DIM, Mar 05, 2008
Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.