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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Ratings: 1,099 | Reviews: 385 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by blackheartbilly:
Photo of blackheartbilly
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearence: Medium to dark copper/golden color, with a tiny foam head that stays there as you drink it. Looks like a text book picture of an ale.

Smell: Wasn't too strong, no heavy alcohol presence. Hops was my first thought as the most dominant flavor. Maybe they dry-hop for added aroma. Upon further smelling there is a hint of malt, but over-all pretty balanced.

Taste: This beer is for the masses. Very well balanced, I noticed the hops first, and then a slight malted taste. Not a strong beer as far as alcohol, but a great example of an ale. I enjoyed the taste, and would probably get it again.

Mouthfeel: Like I said for the masses, so it is not that heavy, pretty mild.

Drinkability: Perfect summer beer. I could drink a bunch of these and be happy. Not too strong, great flavor, definitely a session beer for a game or cook-out, Sure beats my buddy's Budweiser pre-gaming the Red Sox game!!

Would love to try it on tap.

blackheartbilly, Jul 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a stop off in VT,had seen while living up there but never tried it.Poured a hazy orange/gold color with almost no head,aroma is light and subtley hopped with a light fruitiness as well.The beer has a decent balance of hops and malt but neither really stick out to make me want another,its not a bad beer but unspectacular in my opinion.

oberon, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of MadScientist
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Tator320
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%

Tator320, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

TimBeaulieu, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -15.7%

woodchipper, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of GiannaG
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

GiannaG, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of muskiecf
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good altbier. Not much really stands out on this offering. It's not that it is bad...just boring I suppose. I'm not crazy about the yeast profile in this one. Has a bit of a bite in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not anything to write home about. Their Double Bag Ale is better. Pass on this one.

muskiecf, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

kevrob802, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pleasant beer. It was a pretty amber color with a fairly thick white head and a little bit of lacing. A malty aroma, not much else there. A good hoppy taste, with just a little bitterness at the end. Feels good. I could drink a few of these quite easily.

lordofthewiens, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of vtcodajeff
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

vtcodajeff, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DWolf, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Jpinoniemi, May 09, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has good clarity and a nice medium amber color. Its head was off white in color, of average size and quickly settles down and fades to thin ring of lace.

Smell: The aroma has hints of leafy, mineral like and grassy hops with some lightly toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is well balanced and delicate. Hop flavor is leafy and grassy with mild bitterness. It is in very good balance with the light bready malt. The light bitterness fades quickly and cleanly off the tongue, setting you up for the next sip. It has a light to medium body, smooth texture and average carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's an all around good beer with wonderful drinkability.

generallee, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +12.4%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of PabstMan252
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice amber color with a smooth flavor. Also offers a great fragrance with a wonderful head piece. No after taste and goes well with just about anything. When this first arrives at your seating you will notice the color and realize that it looks like a lager however you will be pleasantly surprised how smoothed and non bitter this beer presents.
Please try...your taste buds will explode!

PabstMan252, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jason, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with a "bottled on date", on the label, of 6 weeks ago, nice FRESH beer! Pours a light almond amber, minimal head and not much lacing. Nutty, bready nose. Malt, malt and more malt characterizes this tasty quaffer from Vermont. Nutty and mildly roasted the sweetness of this brew is nicely rounded and full. Lightly hopped, it does finish with a snappy dryness and a slight chalkyness. Drinkable and refreshing. A classic Vermont staple brew.

Billolick, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Pours an amber brown, not too much by way of head. Caramel/ malt flavor, some nuttiness going on. Tastes very much the same way it smells with malt the predominent flavor. Weak mouthfeel, but fairly drinkable.

My first pint of Long Trail and it was pretty much what I had expected. Worth a try or two.

fdrich29, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Mealy58
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Mealy58, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pintglass frm a keg.

Pours a nice ruby ruddy red with a small light off white bead. Nose is lightly wheaty and hoppy

taste is really swee , hoppy and rich. Honestly it's a great beer. Vert rich mouthfeel with a real strong wheaty and malt flavor. great beer

kingcrowing, Feb 27, 2010
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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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