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Jay Peak Tram Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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80
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002)
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in Vermont in the Long Trail section. Unique and very local according to the local I spoke to!

A - Pours a clear, nutty brown with a good two fingers of some tan/light brown head.

S - Roasted malt, a slight amount of earthy hops, and a hint of coffee. Not too much going on.

T - Malty and very buttery tasting, with hints of brown sugar. Reminiscent of Long Trail Ale, but slightly darker and nuttier. Shares many qualities of a light brown ale as well. A tiny bit of earthy hops in the finish. Super well balanced and drinkable.

M - Light bodied and velvety smooth. Medium carbonation.

O - Quite a delicious and well balanced session ale. I can see this one really hitting the spot after a day of skiing. Nothing crazy, just a well rounded altbier similar to Long Trail Ale with slightly darker properties and brown ale qualities.

BeerPhan86, Jun 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle brought back by a traveling buddy. 010213 etched onto the bottle (Bottling date?)

Pours a nice warm shade of medium brown, clear, typical khaki head, stays well and leaves a high collar and nice fine lacing.

Malty nose picked up on this pretty straight forward brew.

Malty with mild dry hops in the back ground.

Nothing super special, but this is an easy drinking, smooth, very sessionable offering.

Bet it would taste after a day on the Vermont slopes...

Billolick, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep dark amber color with a decent fluffy head that slowly fades. Aroma is... meh? What's there other than some light malt? Not much. It has some light lacing.

Very crisp and smooth, almost velvety. A slight amount of bitterness but not much as the malt dominate. Quite pleasant and I imagine it'd be great after a good day of skiing.

kingcrowing, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -14.3%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draught at Jay Peak's Tower Bar. Beer is cola brown with nearly no head. Faintly sweet aroma, little carbonation. Flavor is dry and nutty with no hop edge but still well balanced. smooth, low ABVs, but not remarkable. stick with double bag :)

hreb, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle to round out dinner at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Really, this is just a nice, sessionable amber. There's no hop character, just smooth and crisp-finishing malts with bread crust and light toffee. The beer finishes dry, but there's a little barley sweetness in the middle. It's not a deep beer, but there's little else to complain about.

tempest, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of irishtjb11
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got while up at jay on a powder day. bought two of them, if rating the one after the powder it would have been 5s across the board. nothing like a jay peak powder day. decided this might be more impartial than the first tasting. forms a nice white head that gives decent lacing down the glass, clear light brown/amber color. taste is very balanced, nice buttery sweet malt, with a subtle hint of fruity hops after the initial. lots of nutty flavors as well. the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than i would have liked for it to be with this beer, bit more carbonation than smoothness; but to be expected with a bottle. the drinkability however i feel is quite high. great taste, not abv but seems well balanced there as well. could drink these all night after a day of the dip and beyond beaver pond.

irishtjb11, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 01/08/14-3353-B. Sampled on March 29, 2014.

It looks very nice with its chestnut brown pour and quick-lived white head. Decent clarity. Yup, it is an amber ale by the way it looks.

But after that it is fairly routine with an aroma of caramel malts and clean hops. Nothing extraordinary but nothing bad.

Mostly medium body so that it something. Acidity too.

The taste has a toasted biscuit malt character and halfway decent bitter hop finish. But everything about this is pretty routine as far as amber ales go. If you like ambers you will find it appealing, If you don 't, you won't. This is one of those beers that is brewed to be served to the masses who visit a particular business...in this case - Jay Peak Ski Area of Vermont. The average person will go away from there saying, "Wow! they have their own beer." But it is nothing you can't get elsewhere.

puboflyons, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says only available in VT. My guess is you'd be hardpressed to find it outside of the Jay area, but if you do, snatch it up. It's like a darker/hoppier version of Long Trail Ale. Extremely pleasing, especially after a long day in the Jay glades.

pbrian, Feb 11, 2002
Photo of TeddyStriker
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

TeddyStriker, May 11, 2014
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber brown with no head but some thin lasting lace. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts, coffee, and molasses. The flavor starts with root beer barrel candy followed by roasted nuts, spices, and a hint of smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin. Jay Peak Tram Ale is an average beer, light and drinkable. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

80x2HopHead, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head lasts well, and laces beautifully. Aroma is caramel malt, with a slightly fruity hops tinge to it. Taste is well balanced, with initial sweetness countered by ample fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Nice one here...

ppoitras, May 18, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear red-amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Fruity nose. Flavor is lacking - watery sweet without much backbone. Some hops at finish. Contract brewed for Jay Peak Resort by Long Trail. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Apr 24, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

chippo33, Jan 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent brew and goes down great after a day up on the mountain. Procured at the little store in Montgomery (tiny town near Jay). Nice brownish-amber with a pleasing hop aroma. Taste is well balanced, smooth, with a nice hoppy finish. I like it better than some of Long Trail's other offerings, although Double Bag is still the best. Still, its the perfect beer to have if you're skiing Jay. I have no idea why, maybe its just good memories associated with my experiences with this beer. Grab some if you can.

ChrisBowers, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber brown with a very small head. I enjoy the balanced taste. It's a mellow Long Trail Ale with great mouthfeel. Perfect texture on a brown ale of such is a wonderful thing. This is similar to Long Trail's Church St. Tavern Ale. Snag this gem if you see it around town. I got the hookup at Pearl St Bev, but you could always go up to Jay Peak for a fix.

scottum, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of SteveO1231
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother brought me a couple bottles of the Jay Peak Tram Ale.

Pours a clear, dark brownish-copper, thick frothy off-white head after a vigorous dump into my Allagash glass.

Nice aroma of crystal malts, noble hops, some fresh raked leaves.

Medium-full bodied, with a slickness, crisp carbonation.

Some caramel-corn chip sweetness, some fruity tartness, mild hop flavor and a smooth finish, bitterness is faintly floral.

This a a pretty nice session beer, nothing crazy but very drinkable. I may be wrong but I think that it may be Longtrail Ale under a different label. oh well.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jay Peak Tram Ale
A–Rusty like the rails in the terrain park. Poured in regular pint glass
S¬–Like 62 sweaty skiers packed into the tram for a 7 minute ride up to the summit, with a hint of Wet Dog.
T–Very malty and Mollases-esque, but only the best kind.
M–Feels like giving your wet dog a kiss on the forehead. But in the happiest way possible.
D–No bitter aftertaste, but very malty.
O–Just like wet dogs, I like this beer.

KingdomBobcat, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

danmc50, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

gwiedman1, Jan 13, 2014
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Jay Peak Tram Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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