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Jay Peak Tram Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Christopher22
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found out about this one during the winter. The local beer shop in Ludlow, VT had it. The gentleman who owns the place told me it was long trail's hit the trail which isn't made year round or seasonal it's a specialty one usually with another label on it. I don't know if that is correct. But none the less it poured well for me it seemed into a pint glass, with a nice amber colour too it. For me the smell did put me off, but as i learned sometimes a bad smell can be a great tasting beer. Seemed to me that it had no head and very little lacing present. Also had some nice malty undertones of vanilla and caramel. Overall I would buy this again and recommend this.

Christopher22, May 22, 2012
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
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

danmc50, Mar 11, 2012
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 21, 2003
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 thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this a brown/copper ale with a beige head. Better than usual head retention and lacing for Long Trail. Aromas of semi-sweet malt like those malt ball candies. Good flavor here. Malt first and some slightly bitter hops give it balance, brown sugar and behind that subtle ripe fruit. Good mouthfeel, quite smooth and appropriately filling for a brown. This is a solid beer, sessionable and a good example of an American Brown. Check it out.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
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 Brad007
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 500. Subtle.

Color: Dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and somewhat sweet like a brown ale. Somewhat more maltier than Long Trail Ale.

Taste: Malty upfront with a decent amount of hops. Sweet and balanced. Some hints of brown sugar mainly. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin or thick. Warm. Very drinkable.

Verdict: If you're looking for a drinkable altbier, look no further. I have no idea why I never checked out this beer in the past. I'm glad I did now.

Brad007, Feb 18, 2008
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 28, 2009
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
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

TeddyStriker, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Cruick, Mar 15, 2014
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
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 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
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 Bendurgin
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany with a small layer of white head that doesn't last too long.

Malty and very sweet in the aroma. Hints of brown sugar and toasted nuts come to mind. A little bit of of fruitiness finishes it off. A little bit more of the same on the pallet. Toasty nutty malt flavors. A big malt bomb with just a small hop presence in the background.

THe feel is light with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer. Worth trying I'd say.

Bendurgin, Aug 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

gwiedman1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

tdexterc, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

sdaly3, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JaymeAyotte1, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Beermaine, Oct 03, 2013
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Jay Peak Tram Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.