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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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1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of berley31
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jayli
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear lighter straw color with a small, offwhite head that lasts a few minutes leaving very minimal spots of lace. Nose is of a muted pine and floral hops, and grainy malt. Taste is relatively bland and muted - citrus hops start this beer, grain and caramel malts rest in the middle, and finishes with a touch of piney hops. Although decently blended, the tastes are extremely muted. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, slight afterbite of hops. This is an average IPA that I wouldn't turn away but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase.

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

Bottle from my mom- A deep orangey copper pour. A frothy white head. Nice piney and grapefruit pith nose, with caramel, bread crust, a bit of perfume. Taste of orange peel, caramel malts, grapefruit, some apricot, a bit earthy. Lengthy bitter citric finish. Good stuff.

Photo of mnrider
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. Very Fresh

A: Cloudy yellow/orange with two finger white fluffy head. Lacing leaves sticky rings around.

S: Nice and strong. Citrus, lemon, orange, hops, and yeast.

T/M: First thing to hit me was the bitterness. Good kick of spicy hops and malts. Bitter hops overpowers everything. Unfiltered so yeast is strong. Carbonation is adequate and helps drinkability.

D: Average. Looks good and smells good. Taste is a little lower however because of the bitter overtaking. I would have another however. I really enjoy I.P.A's and this one is pretty good.


Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a big bubble head that slowly settles. Lacing is big bubbled, but not sticky. Visible upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Citrus hop notes - pink grapefruit, some lemon. Mellow hints of malty sweetness.
T) Mellow toffee sweetness balanced with earthy citrus hops. Ends with a sharp hop bite. Lingering earthy notes in the aftertaste.
M) Bubbly and fizzy. Gritty. Medium bodied.
D) A decent IPA, I would definitely have another.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a bottled date of 04/06/09.
Pours a hazy light golden color. With a very thick white fluffy heading. Rings of lacing about half way down the glass then it disappears.

Smell is all hop. A very nice sweet malt aroma with a slight lemony zest kick.

Taste has a big grapefruit taste. Some earthiness but moreso of a heavy yeast that I am not used too.

Mouth is ridiculously smooth but oily.Light-medium bodied with great carbonation.Finishes very dry.

Drink is good. It's very smooth and goes down extremly well.

A well balanced IPA that can be enjoyed anytime.

Photo of simskl
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice unfiltered IPA that provides a head in a pint glass that sticks around for a little while.

The cloudy golden color was really nice, it had no real sediment, even though the bottle was a little on the old side.

Nice hoppy aroma that carried over really nicely into a hoppy bite with the first swallow.

This beer is in my opinion best served cold, when not quite to refrigerator temperature the hop taste sticks around in the mouth a little too long.

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

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Hazy, but glowing amber. Decent white head, subpar retention.

Sweet citrus fruit, almost orangy. bug spray?

Rather thin body. honey and pine are subtle. hop profile is subtle, but fresh and present.

mouthfeel is off slightly because carbonation is high and it interferes with the already subtle hop profile. hop bitterness isnt enough at the end.

drinkable as an IPA could be, but its really just a really good pale ale.

Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, golden body with a head that leaves a decent lace.

S- Lots of floral hops, slight notes of semi-sweet malt and some earthiness.

T- Hops really dominate this one. Oily and floral with a touch of citrus (not much though). The malt profile is pretty much covered up in terms of taste and just acts as a support for the mouthfeel.

M- Nice body with a crisp finish; medium carbonation level.

D- Not a bad IPA, but not great.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at the flatbread company, in portland, maine, on may 7, 2009, the day of allagash gargamel's release. served in conical 12oz glass. listed as "long trail unfiltered IPA" on the menu.

hazy, golden straw w orange tint. foamy, creamy whit head, recedes to thin wispy layer, then just wisps and ring. great lace. color is just a bit too light for me.

resinous aroma, piney and grassy wit floral hint. trace of yeast esters. very faint breadiness.

flavor follows in similar fasihon. some hints of bread w yeast esters, but mostly just piney resins and citrus pith. no zest. moderate bitterness. not horrible, but very unremarkable. definitely lacking on the malts.

light body, a tad thin, but some smoothness, w resinous flash in the finish. carbonation is moderate but with all the piney resins in the flavor, seems overly crisp at times.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a hazy, golden-tangerine color. The three fingers of light-beige head displayed very good retention eventually turning from a fluffy cap to little islands and lacing in consistent, sticky bands. The aroma was of citrus and floral hops with some grapefruit and tangerine atop a pale malt backbone. Well-balanced. The flavors were a little less well-defined than the aroma but still good. The juicy citrus came forward first followed by a bland, malty middle, a touch of alcohol, some herbal notes and a bitter, citrus rind finish that lingered. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. A very good I.P.A. but the flavors were slightly more neutral than I prefer in the style and did not quite live up to all the other elements that were quite impressive.

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

22oz bomber poured into an Altbier glass.

Nice 3 finer head and cloudy golden color. Very sweet looking IPA, on the nose theres is a nice scent of hops but it's not very over the top. The beer is light and almost cramy with a great afterbite that sticks around for a bit. Oh also there's some nice lacing going on by now.

I remember this was the first IPA I ever had back in college, I thought it was SO bitter and hardcore, but now that I come back to it it seems very mellow and tame and so very awesome!

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy with sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with fruity notes. It had a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a good representation of the English-style IPA. Certainly worth a try.

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

Poured into a mug a hazy yellow/gold, with a finger of sticky white head. Head doesn't last very long, but does leave noticeable lacing on the glass. No real discernible scent. Taste is of hop bitterness, with maybe some citrusy flavors. A friend brought me a few of these from the states, and have been impressed with their drinkability.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a standard pint glass. The beer is copper with a chill haze. It has an off white head with good lacing.

Nice citrus nose with grainy undertones.

The taste is pleasantly bitter with grapefruit, caramel malts and a touch of cracker. Beer is very fresh and the hops seem to jump on to your tongue!

The mouth is thickish and slightly oily. This could be an easy beer to session. I made two disappear with my burger. This beer has enough flavors to stand up to most foods.

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

This IPA is much differant from what I am used to. This may be due to the fact that Long Trail was looking for more of a "traditional IPA" instead of the American IPAs, such as dogfish.

It is an enjoyable summer ale, simular to a Belgian white ale. The hop bitterness compared to most IPAs that I have had.

This is an enjoyable beer, but not what I expect from an IPA.

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

Reviewed on 7/20/08. This is the "unfiltered IPA." Bottle. Pours a light orange, slightly cloudy, with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, bitter and grassy hops. Flavor is moderately hoppy, with nice hop oils, and a bitter finish. Palate is a bit weakish. For its price though, it is one of the better IPAs and a very good value. I would have this again as a session beer. 6/4/7/3/14

Update 9/25/08: Lots of floral hops in the flavor along with bitter grassy hops. Smooth palate and more full-bodied than I remembered. I guess I underrated this one, so I changed my scores. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Long Trail India Pale Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.