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Traditional IPA - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Traditional IPATraditional IPA

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957 Ratings
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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | 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 Bowdoinbeerboy


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance- Pours with very little head and is a hazy yellowish color. One of the more yellow looking IPA's Ive had.

Smell- Hops evident in nose, somewhat spicy with sweet honeyish notes as well.

Taste- Not as hoppy as I had suspected it might be, fairly mild. Some breadier hints in here, sourdough perhaps?

Mouthfeel- Somewhat watery, not as chompy as other IPA's Ive had.

Drinkability- Overall a very drinkable beer.

12-03-2007 21:54:12 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

pours a hazy golden color with an average head. and some floating yeast. The smells is mostly sweet with a slight hint of hops. The flavor is dry with some fruity hops, and some banana flavor coming through, and finishes of rather crisp. The mouthfeel is average, and the drinkability ok. I would probably have enjoyed this more on a warm day, as opposed to a 20 deg snowy night.

12-03-2007 00:48:35 | More by dickieb
Photo of dgherm


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a cloudy orange. Slight off white thick head. Nice lacing left on the glass when the head receded. Mild hop aroma in the nose. Nice taste of grapefruit upfront. Not too bitter but a decent presence. Finished with a taste of sourdough. Good mouthfeel not too much carbonation. I found this to be a very sessionable ale.

11-12-2007 20:44:34 | More by dgherm
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow-orange with a one finger head of foam which reduces to a fine lace. Pretty standard IPA appearance, but maybe a tad on the light side.

S: Smells of floral hops and a nice dash of malts. The smell brings some nice balance, along with a welcome citrus scent.

T: Taste is dry, sweet and hoppy. The alcohol doesn;t really come through on the palate, until there's a little bite at the end of a sip. Not too overpowering on the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and crisp. It was a little warm today, so this went down particularly smooth.

D: I could definitely drink a few of these. The ABV on this IPA is low enough so you could enjoy it for a session, though it might be a bit too thin and leaving the drinker wanting more complexity after a while.

A nice addition for Long Trail, who, IMHO, has a tendency to keep brewing its standard ale and slapping different labels on it. Not a bad representation for the style, though I prefer Brooklyn's take on the English IPA.

10-05-2007 05:54:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

a hazy straw color with an extremely thin soapy head, small bubbles of carbonation, fairly sticky.

malty sweetness mingles nicely with cirtusy piney hope notes, very delicate and faint nose but well balanced and pleasant none the less

Cirtusy notes hit the tongue first but as it moves back on the tongue nice sweet malts come out.

Thin body, medium carbonation, a fairly clean finish

A solid IPA, nothing that knocked my socks off, but a good beer

10-03-2007 23:55:42 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

A - Hazy peach with a smallish head. Very sticky and creamy looking though.

S - Huge pine aromas, with a bit of citrus. No kidding, this is like a walk through the forest.

T - Piney, hoppy goodness. Very sweet with with a big juicy tangerine up front. Would be too sweet if not for the a grain/husky touch in the middle and a long bitter finish.

M - Smooth and creamy. Can't complain.

D - I like this a lot. It's hoppy, but balanced. Goes down smooth and is absolutely delicious.

09-05-2007 21:14:45 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of MmmIPA


2.8/5  rDev -22%

A murky yellow body with a small white fluffy head.As the head goes down,there is some lacing.Head falls to a cap that take up the whole top of my glass.Nice lace marks where I take my sip all the way down the glass.Smell of citrus and some malty goodness.The taste is a toned down cascadish taste,not overpowering in any way.Clean aftertaste,I cant really put where I taste the malt at in this beer.You sorda have to pull to get a good smell.The worst part about this beer is the watered down taste.All in all this beer isnt bad but I wont be going out of my way to try it again untill they make some changes

09-05-2007 00:48:27 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of albern


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

After drinking the LT variety pack, this one was a bit of a relief because I was tiring of the malty sweetness of the other beers. This is a fairly clear, light amber color, maybe a little off-yellow. It is medium bodied with some head, retention and lacing. The smell is the high point with a nice hoppy pine smell and oily esters. The taste does not live up to the very aromatic smell in that there is a malty sweetness and a weak hoppiness for an IPA. There really isn't enough going on in this beer to draw much interest, but the aftertaste is mild and the mouthfeel is inoffensive. Other than the relative hoppiness, which came as a nice change up, in comparison with the other beers in the variety pack, this one is decent but uneventful.

08-31-2007 01:16:01 | More by albern
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Part 3 of 4 from the Summer Survival pack. Pours with a frothy white head that disappears quickly but leaves behind some beautiful lacing. Has a hazy golden color.

Smells of citrus, malts, with some earthy notes.

Just like their hefe weizen it took me a few sips to truly start enjoying this beer ( I think it might be the yeast that I find a bit strange, but I could be wrong). It has a piny, citrusy, and malty taste. Also some fruits are noticeable ( reminding me of their hefe once again). It is very refreshing I'm glad to have a couple more.

08-23-2007 08:29:57 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of mobud


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from bottle into SA glass.

A- Very crisp straw color with a 1/2" head that linger thru.

S- Piney with light citrus aromas.

T- Oily pine with a fresh bread feel.

M- medium to heavy.

D- I like this one very much. It was included in the variety pack I picked up and it was the best of the bunch. I have had alot of IPAs and this is one of my recent favorites.

08-21-2007 20:52:17 | More by mobud
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
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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
Traditional IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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