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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,144 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 149 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,144 | Reviews: 389 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by fx20736:
Photo of fx20736
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Wegmans Hylan Dr for $ 8.49 on 5/3/14. Poured into a pint served chilled.

appearance: medium-dark amber with a 2 finger craggy offwhite head that leaves plenty of lacing.

smell:spicy, faintly minty, herbal hops dominate the nose.

taste: toasted malt with a kiss of caramel, followed by a juicy, earthy hoppiness and a dry, mildly bitter finish.

mouthfeel: decent but not memorable.

overall: a tasty, interesting, beguiling beer. I'm an instant fan.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Larry_Moon
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Didn't get a sense of presentation or aroma as I consumed out of the bottle. Very full bodied for an amber with solid (but not over powering) presence of hops. A touch of bitter about the same time the beverage reaches your stomach (I love that!). While I appreciate that others have different expectations from an amber, this beer completely resonated with my pallet. Will soon be pouring this into an iced mug to observe the rest of it behavior.

Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Pourd ewith a firm, off white foam with moderate retention. Moderately malty nose with a touch of caramel and light fruity esters. No hop aromas or diacetyl. Medium bodied with tangy, moderately high carbonation thorough the middle. Sweet malty flavor up front with moderate hop bitterness bitterness through the middle followed by light caramel near the end. No hop flavor. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready and biscuit flavors and a lingering hop bitterness.

Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a clouded orange-copper with a a nice creamy cap of off-white head that leaves slight lacing. It just slips down the wall of the glass.Big effervescent body. The aroma is almost non-existent, with just the slightest hint of malt. The body has a little more verve, with a nice malt body offering notes of bread and fruit and a little earthiness. The body has a nice fullness to it, a bite from the carbonation on the finish. A solid alt-bier style ale.

Photo of Ian_B
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a lot of flavour, especially as far as the malt goes. Bitter finish that doesn't seem necessary for balance.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber; 1 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; a little lacing;

S: caramel malt; roasted grains;

T: follows the nose; smooth; earthy; a bit of malt sweetness from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation; crisp; dry;

O: not special, but enjoyable;

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts, bready, herbal hops, some caramel, and earthy

Taste: Same as above. Bready, burnt toast, some caramel, a little herbal, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice altbier. Enjoyed a lot over the years.

Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Tator320
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GiannaG
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of muskiecf
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of vtcodajeff
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of generallee
4.07/5  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.

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PabstMan252
5/5  rDev +40.8%
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!

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.