Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 182 | 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
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Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 400
Reviews by zeff80:
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with gold highlights. It had a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, floral notes and hints of citrus.

T - It had a nice sweet roasted malt taste with caramel flavor. There was also a mild citrus taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I was surprised to find an altbier and I enjoyed it.

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 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 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 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 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!

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  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.

Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boasts a rich smell that is both fruity and grainy, promising a full-bodied ale. The smell alone marks this as far better fare than its competitors, whose aromas are usually weak and uninspiring.

On the tongue, however, the first taste to come across is neither fruit nor grain, but the grapefruit bitterness of hops bursting in an unexpected wave. The bitterness is not on par with an IPA, but is still stronger than I would have expected. These hops only lightly mask a layer of light fruits (such as apricot) that nicely complement the bitterness. As the mouthful progresses, the bitter hops peel back to reveal a lovely grain base with Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors, or perhaps lightly-toasted biscuit. The aftertaste is largely dominated by these grainy flavors, although a few bitter notes still fuzz away lightly.

Overall, I find this a great ale, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavor.

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

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge served into a standard pint glass. bottled on 07/30/10.

pours out a deep golden red color with about a one finger of quickly disappaiting foam. left just a small ring, hardly any lace. poor head, but a nice color.

the aroma is mostly that of grainy, bready malts, a touch of caramel and a slight hint of floral hops. nothing too exciting.

the taste is mostly malty with a small amount of hops that make an attempt at balance. grainy, bready, biscuity, and slightly caramel malts. bits of floral hop, honey, and citrus.

medium to light in body, good carbonation, just a little too sprakly at times. goes down nice and smooth.

an easy session beer, but nothing very special here. i got this in the survival long trial variety pack, otherwise i prolly wont seek this out again.

Photo of Thrasher
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour is needed to get any head. Dark golden color, sticky white head, clean aroma full of malt. Malty and fruity with light trace of butter, clean drying hops that satisfy the tongue. Certainly hoppy enough to stand up to the big fruity malts, but not too hoppy - expertly balanced. Very nice mouthfeel, all in all a fine, fine beer. Not exactly what I would deem an alt, but certainly not a typical pale ale either. So sweet and fruity!

Photo of far333
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden amber color with a small, tan head. Light lacing left around the glass. Very, very faint aroma of hop. Flavor is primarily of hop, with just a tiny bit of malt dripping through. The hop flavor lingers. Mouthfeel is watery. Everything about this beer seems light or faint, including my inclination to have another.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved from 12oz bottle. Poured a light amber with a small white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of bread with a touch of caramel, perhaps a hint of citrus too.

Taste: Mild malts and nutty/caramel taste with a slight hop peaked ending. Quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little thin at first but the sweetness at the end is very nice.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Much nicer than some of the other NE alts I've tried. This is quickly becoming my "regular" drinking brew. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
A hearty amber colored beer. More hearty and hoppy and less sweet than a typcial American amber, I think this is actually an altbier.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to thank Chris Ennis for bringing this beer to me directly from Vermont! Poured a beautiful amber color with hues of orange in the light. Very thin head dissipates quickly leaving little dots of lace. Nice aroma with some mild hops, nutty with a sweet malt smell. A nice clean bitterness hits the palate and stays through to the finish. Tastes like an Amber ale with the pale malt characteristics going in and out. A good froth brings out a killer malt sweetness with the hops still holding their ground. This ale is awesome as it trades off between the Pale ale and Amber ale characteristics and you can feel the " alt " backbone as well. very drinkable.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown with a tight white head. Lacing sticks to the glass well. Not to much of a nose on this beer although some hops come through. It is a good tasting beer with some balanced hops and a slightly bitter finish, nothing over the top. A bit over carbinated, but overall it was balanced. This is a easy drinking good tasting beer. A bit standard, but inoffensive and a beer that could be had again and again.

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the illustrious Court Tavern in beautiful New Brunswick, N.J. Being that they sometimes get a good beer on tap i figured i'd give it a whirl...

appearance: nice amber, decent head, looked like an ale should.

smell: eh nothing great here. smelled like beer. i really couldn't make too much out here. possibly a hint of honey? couldn't tell for sure. very faint sweet smell.

taste: finally something to talk about. nice crisp ale with a sweet clean finish. very enjoyable

mouthfeel: light, clean and crisp, with just the right amount of carbonation.

drinnkability: was i not nursing a hangover, i coulda drank these all f'n nite.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes (11/25)

A: Dark amber with a 1/2 inch head with decent retention. Nice lacing though.

S: A little bit of hops, but much more malt, slightly bready.

T: Biscuity/doughy malt flavor with a little bit of hops mixed in. Slightly bitter finish from the hops.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, the carbonation helps this one out. Very smooth. Overall, very middle of the road, not great, but not terrible.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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