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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 ohoove


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

pour into a pint with a copper/amber color, very clear almost clean looking. Head was highly carbonated , white,not very big but stayed consistent throughout, about a 1/4 inch. Smell was distinctive pine and floral undertones. Taste was pleasent ,mild hops yet not underdone - bitter on the end. Highly drinkable, definitely an AD (all day ) IPA. Leaned more towards a APA than an IPA. Wouldn't turn this down but wouldn't actively seek this one out. Overall- pleasing.

08-10-2007 20:01:04 | More by ohoove
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Long Trail IPA pours a hazy light copper with a thin head. Aroma is mostly hops, grassy and herbal with a hint of citrus rind. Flavor is mostly dry with some hints of yeast. Plenty of hop bitterness with the same hop flavor as in the aroma. Nice to see this one around more often, it goes well with the Thai basil dish I'm eating.

08-10-2007 01:32:20 | More by ericj551
Photo of KevinB

New York

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured a cloudy wallflowerish, flaxen body with a foamy one finger white head, that steadily dissipated. Glass had light but steady lacing throughout,really a beautiful looking beer.
Smell is very nuanced, some floral and fruit notes , but the standout is the spicy hops.
Taste is a sweet malt backbone with orange zestfulness paired with some stingy hops.Really a nice balance between the two.
Mouthfeel, this beer gives a pleasant warm feeling, nice carbonation, it's a lighter medium bodied, clean and smooth brew with a slight dry aftertaste.
Overall this is the best balanced IPA I have had, Sea Hag is a close second but leans towards the Hops. Very drinkable.

08-08-2007 05:36:53 | More by KevinB
Photo of Durge


4.38/5  rDev +22%

A hazy gold color with an average sized chewy head and good lace. It smells first of lemon and then some banana and floral hops. The taste hits first with a lemon crispness, also, with the mellow hops nicely blended in for a sweet, velvetty brew with very tasteful carbonation. Highly refreshing stuff with a touch of dryness to the finish. Well balanced though the accent is on the clean crisp treatment that is quite drinkable. Great effort here, especially as a summer ipa option! Hops are not real strong but very tastefully present for sure.

08-04-2007 22:02:52 | More by Durge
Photo of Calico

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a pale golden color, with a barely-off-white head that lingers nicely. It says on the bottle that this is unfiltered, but it is fairly clear nonetheless.

Not much going on in the way of aroma; it seems they used their hops mostly for bittering.

I really enjoy the taste of this beer. Pleasantly bitter but not too much so. I would have guessed Northern Brewer hops but their website says they used Nugget and Cascade. Good balance of maltiness and hoppiness. The flavor of the malt, in addition to the lack of an over-the-top hop aroma, lets me know this is an English IPA as opposed to an American one. Lately I've been in the mood for English style IPAs, so this one is a welcome addition to my current "go-to" beers. I find it pleasant and quite drinkable.

07-30-2007 00:35:32 | More by Calico
Photo of billybob


4.88/5  rDev +35.9%

pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white two finger head and a fair amount of lacing. aroma of grapefruit and other fruity notes. malty, bready, grapefruit, lemon flavors mix well for a great taste. mouthfeel is medium to thick and carbonation is good. really liked this one, does not leave you with that bitter after taste that most ipa have. good session beer.

07-23-2007 16:51:53 | More by billybob
Photo of jermar


4.38/5  rDev +22%

I've been sampling this one for the past 2 months. An excellent brew - perhaps a bit too hoppy for some (like my wife) but it is very impressive that they left it unfiltered and so raw. There's enough malt to put up a reasonable defense to the strong hop attack. A true and unexpected treasure from an unexpected source.

07-22-2007 02:36:20 | More by jermar
Photo of pittvkyle7


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

a- cloudy pale orange, tiny white head and just a tad of lacing.

s- hmm, yeast is there, with some honey and orange, floral hops.

t- very sweet. yeast and malts mostly with just a little floral hop bitterness. The malts are like an unsalted craker.

m- medium body, coats the mouth alot, barley any carbonation which I like. The finish is a week bitterness

d- very drinkable, but could be thinner to make it more drinkable.

07-07-2007 21:49:21 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of mcarroll10177


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%

A- golden copper with a nice white head

S-hops hops and more hops, that is about it

T- bitter hop profile upfront with nothing else going on. This beer's hop profile seem totally out of whack

M- balanced

D- the fact that the hop profile is so out of balance hurts this beer. I will finish the sample pack but that is about it

06-03-2007 16:43:01 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of tzieser


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

a- pours a nice cloudy-orange color (as i expected, because its unfiltered). small head that dissapates into a ring around the glass. looks great.

s- nothing outstanding here. delicious hops, biscuty hints. pretty typical IPA scents. maybe hints of pollen? i was suprised that it didnt smell more bold because of the unfiltration.

t- i'm not a big IPA fan, but this one sure tasted great. the hops razzled my tastebuds. i really liked the choice of hops on this one. the beer finishes nice and clean, with very little bitter aftertaste (something i sort of disliked about IPAs).

d- this one is definatly more drinkable than your average IPA. easy to drink. nice and smooth.

overall, this isnt the boldest IPA you'll have, but it has a nice balance of flavor and drinkability, which makes this IPA one of my favorites (ive never had their normal IPA, but I'm assuming this one is better because it's part of the "brewmasters" series).

05-22-2007 04:06:52 | More by tzieser
Photo of shirfan

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Very cloudy golden, just a touch under hefe cloudyness. Thin but sticky layer of foam.

Pronounced biscuity aroma with lemon and grass tones to a fairly robust hops presence.

Flavor is sweet up front with a bit of chalkiness. Mild citrus tones turn leafy and slightly astringent towards the finish, with a sour lemon zest making a strong appearance especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft with low carbonation and a sort of "real ale" innuendo.

A mild IPA yet refreshingly different from the norm.

05-21-2007 23:42:05 | More by shirfan
Photo of kpantz


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Executive Summary: NOT what I would have expected of an IPA from a Brewmaster's Collection! Mild flavor, missing the punch of an IPA, but has some interesting mix-ins that make this actually pretty enjoyable in the end.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-golden color into my pint glass. Head is a finger thick and white. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Not sure if it's due to the age of the beer or not, but it comes up a little short of what I'd ask for an IPA. Some mild, pleasant hop flavor is present, but it's not in your face, and there is certainly no bitterness to speak of. This may be why some of the reviews mention elements of a hefeweizen. There is a yeast component to the flavor, most noticeably in the back end, where the bitterness would ordinarily be. Citrus elements, too. It's interesting and has a good taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Light but not watery. Refreshing with a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: Oh, it's very drinkable indeed. Quite a nice warm-weather brew. Dare I call it sessionable?

05-20-2007 00:50:20 | More by kpantz
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Can't recall ever having an unfiltered IPA before...

Pours a golden/light orange color with a one-finger head. Very cloudy, it's hard to see my hand through it. Aroma is very good. Hoppy, but not overpowering as far as IPA's go. Pine flavor with a little citrus mixed in as well. Pretty mild overall for an IPA, but the balance of hops and malt is nice for a change. Slightly dry mouthfeel but it doesn't make you pucker like most IPA's. Very drinkable for the style.

This beer seems to be lost somewhere between a pale ale, hefeweizen, and IPA. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a different take on the IPA style. Nice beer overall.

05-15-2007 03:37:39 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of mnj21655


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. bottle from a "Summer Survival Pack" bottled on 3/16/07

Pours a nice yellowish-gold in color with a finger of almost fluffy white head that disappated rather quickly leaving spotty lacing. Smells of some citrusy and floral hops and biscuity malts, fairly average but nicely balanced. Taste is better. Theres a decent malt backbone here but the hops, predominantly floral, run the show from start to finish. The malts do make a valiant attempt to come to the forefront at the finish but are stubborny turned back by the hops. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. At this abv and with this balance I can confidently call this a good session brew. If you're looking for something spectacular keep looking but if you want a nicely balanced and enjoyable IPA here it is.

05-10-2007 01:56:10 | More by mnj21655
Photo of JackWeizen

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a thin head that holds some lace down the glass, and dissipates by the end.. Aroma is pronounced with citrus, and "green" tones. Taste is bitter, but not overwhelming, almost too little for an IPA. Appearance is hazy with light orange shade. Very clean and drinkable overall. Would make a good first choice for IPA virgins.

05-03-2007 15:02:30 | More by JackWeizen
Photo of taez555


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer pours a bright golden clear yellow body with a small white head.

Nose is dominated by super fresh citrus cascade hops. It reminds me of opening a package of hops while home-brewing and just taking a huge whiff. A little bit of resin, a little bit of bubble gum and faint touches of malt.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a juicy fruit and bubble gum type sweetness. Fresh malt, clean grain and very slight graininess. The juicy citrus hop taste dominates every sip and yet is never overpowering. The bitterness actually takes a back seat and although doesn't balance the malt at all, it's actually rather refreshing to have such a light and drinkable beer.

I wasn't crazy about this beer at first, but now that I'm taking another look at it I'm really enjoying it. Tons of Cascade hops without the massive bitterness against a beautiful clean spring water sort of backbone. Very nice.

04-28-2007 01:29:27 | More by taez555
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

01-21-2007 22:50:25 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

11-27-2006 22:38:23 | More by bultrey
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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