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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%

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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Photo of Slatetank


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a few weeks ago and thought I would revisit to compare the bottled version. Picked this up at Giant in East York, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep copper, almost bronze with good clarity and thick cap of beige which holds well and bead is fine with some carbonation visible in the ale. The smell is mostly hops which are herbal with a pleasant sweet malt accent and mild yeast tinge which comes off as a dried fruit-like odor. The smell has a slight spice note. The feel is very good with mild body for the style with fairly dry texture and moderate carbonation...lager-like in its low alcohol presence and subtle spiciness from the hop with very gentle sweet malt.

This has a very clean yeast flavor which is good with a nice body and mild grainy malt which has a toasted, yet not quite caramel flavor with some hops adding balance, the only thing lacking is a bit more malt could have helped as it seems to be light for the style. I really enjoyed this for what it is a relatively mild alt. It is refreshing and is not lacking in flavor, yet it does leave you wanting more in the taste and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 13:58:23 | More by Slatetank
Photo of HardTarget


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice clear orange glass shows active carbonation streams, but they fail to hold up a pretty limp white head.

Smell: Earthy hop with a slight corn / DMS note. Some toasted malt makes a brief appearance.

Taste: Same DMS cooked corn note, which distracts from the generally good beer underneath. Smooth flavor profile, mild malt sweetness complements the earthy hop bitter leaving a pretty balanced package.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation is almost painful, medium light body, slightly slick finish.

Overall: A nice beer with a distracting flaw. I've held this longer than I should've (picked it up on a trip back east) but that didn't seem to hurt much. Nothing really to bring me back, but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:30:31 | More by HardTarget
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color with minimal head, fades fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet caramel malt, not picking much else up but I wasn't really expecting to.

Taste is straightforward with a caramel malt front, active carbonation but it isn't overwhelming and lends a decent smoothness, not much of a hop presence.

An average ale that comes with no surprises.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:09:30 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of KDawg


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a long trail glass. Pours a solid orange color with a nice head

Well balanced with aromas of grains, malts, a touch of hops, and oranges

medium bodied with a good feel. Very smooth with flavors of grains, malts and some oranges

A real good altbier. There's a good amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 20:02:40 | More by KDawg
Photo of rodney45

New York

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden red with a quickly dissipating off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Has a peach and whole wheat bread aroma. Slight notes of cinnamon

T: Malty and bread like up front. Sour astringent and skunky flavor following. Dry finish, with a citrus tone.

M: Light to medium body, with high carbonation.

O: An average to below average ale. I was slightly put off by the astringency but managed to keep with this one. Not a drain pour, but i wouldnt buy a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 08:54:19 | More by rodney45
Photo of tylerprince


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger head. Minimal retention gives way to an abundant but thin lacing. fairly low amount of bubbling.

S: Smells mostly of a sweet, biscuity malt, with apricots and a small amount of hoppy citrus in the background.

T: Sweet roasted malts up front, with some molasses at the end. Neither very complex nor interesting, and even a bit skunky at the end. Hoppy bitterness but not flavor is present. Alcohol is very prevalent, especially as it warms.

M: Syrupy but well cut with quite a bit of carbonation. If it tasted better, sessionable.

O: I remember this being better when I drank it more often towards the beginning of college. Slightly better than average, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, nor would I pay for this beer if most others in its price range were available.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:20:49 | More by tylerprince
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that dissipates into a small white foam on the surface. Leaves spotted lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, raisin bread, molasses, berries.

T: Sweet bready malt upfront with fruity undertones and a slight herbal bitterness.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Overall it's a nice sessionable, flavorful, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:22:41 | More by ixodus
Photo of Bendurgin


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours amber with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around to long.

A bit of a sweet malty aroma here; kind of gives of a not quite ripe berry aroma. Perhaps citrus hops in the background with a little bit of spiciness. Grainy malt flavors with some berries in the finish. Al little bit of citrus hops round this out.

Light body with good carbonation. Overall not bad. This one was a left over from a gathering with a handful of friends. Not a bad beer, but not to exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:40:51 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a decent sized fluffy white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet bready malt, toffee, hints of apricot and tangerine and a light herbal earthy hop aroma. Taste is sweet malts up front immediately followed by an earthy hop bite. Sweet toffee and a hint of butter contrasted with apricot, spice, pepper and a light fruitiness. Medium body with a dry finish, moderate to high level of carbonation with a sweet almost syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This used to be the beer I drank when I went skiing 15 years ago, but I haven't had it in years. Sometimes when you try to go back it only serves to disappoint. Decent enough drinker, but really nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 06:59:56 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of garuda


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, bottle date stamped on neck, barely legible

A - Crystal clear copper with a fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S - Nice whiff of grassy, herbal hops with some pine, then mostly sweet bready malts with a hint of grain.

T - Follows the nose, but more of a grainy malt texture pops in about mid palate, finishing on the sweet side.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation. Perhaps a little high for my liking, making it a little thin. A little rough on the texture, not as smooth as I was hoping for.

O - Very easy drinking beer, I put back a few of these easily. Seems like the mouthfeel was a little off or the style, but otherwise, a nice, simple tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:32:35 | More by garuda
Photo of beerbiatchMD


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: amber, minimal white head, small lacing with swirl,

S: medium malt smell with brown sugar and some mild piney hops as well.

T: Roast malts predominate with some caramel and molasses. A little hoppy bitterness at the end.

M: overall good, medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: slightly above average, would recommend but wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Overall approachable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:38:33 | More by beerbiatchMD
Photo of Zraly


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the very delicious Double Bag last week, I decided to do a vertical tasting of the following: Long Trail Ale, Double Bag, and Triple Bag. Based on the classy tastiness of Double Bag, I'm interested to see the way the brewer plays with malt.

Pours a brilliant amber with a nice white, fluffy head. Faint smell of malt and hops. Clear and bubbly. Decent lacing and head retentiion.

Very straight forward flavors of caramel and malt with a touch of fruit. The fruit is mellow, likely reflective of some minimal secondary fermentation time. A little bit of chew in the mouthfeel -- just enough to lift the body and keep it from feeling thin. The hops are on the earthy side and lead to a well-balanced, sessionable ale.

Very smooth, easy-drinking ale. Long Trail has seemed to hone in on nice interpretations of the altbier style. Perfect for Friday night beer and pizza.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 22:25:27 | More by Zraly
Photo of rlee1390


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber, one finger head, some but not much carbonation.

S-Little bit of malt and spices but kind of bland.

T-Malt and spice, not much bitterness either.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, but the finish isn't there.

O-An average boring beer. Long Trail has better offering but still nothing much to say about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:41:20 | More by rlee1390
Photo of PicoPapa


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 091611. Pours a rusty copper color with a thin layer of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is earthy and malty. Slightly sweet smelling with some citrus hops notes. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a bit of citrus. Somewhat bready. A bit sour near the end. Very drinkable. I've had this beer at least 100 times and never reviewed it until now, obviously. It's a pretty decent choice of beer when your at a place with a limited tap selection. Overall, a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 16:09:33 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of howardvw


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

needs a cigarette.. love the initial taste, color is pure. a bit of a soda pop aeration. after 3 minutes it smells better. so not too bad but the pallet ends up gritty. texture is bit foamy. makes pretzels very dry. possible bulk quantity for unexpected guests.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:38:24 | More by howardvw
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've had this beer. Finally I will review.
Poured from bottle into mug.
Dark amber brown with little foam head.
Smells of sweet malt.
Taste is malty, molasses, and heavy on the tongue. Hearty and earthy feel. Tastes like college...(Went way upstate NY)
You really can't go wrong with this beer. Its a great session brew or one to have after a day in the mountains.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 14:49:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color, topped off by a short head of foam. The smell is tangy and sort of fruity. The taste is malty and sweet, finishes dry. The body of this beer is medium and works well with the taste, carbonated just right. Overall This is a respectable brew, definitely can't go wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 23:15:48 | More by Tundruth
Photo of barleyroad


4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber in appearance, with nice foam. Smell is nice and sits well with us.
The mouthfeel is crisp and clean to the mouth. Leaves nicely letting you to want more. The taste is exceptional for this type of beer. Overall we are impressed, this is a good American Ale. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:13:13 | More by barleyroad
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a stange

A: pours a very nice amber color with a slight orange hue, pours very clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of off white fluffy head that dissipates quickly, leaves a small amount of lacing
S: has a great orange scent with a slight zest to it, overall a pretty good scent but not very complex
T: a decent amber taste, a bit of maltiness with something kind of like dark fruit, not entirely complex but drinks gentle
M: very light on carbonation, smooth, extremely thin on the palate and doesn't leave any lingering aftertaste
O: an enjoyable brew, not outstanding in any aspect but it drinks nicely and i do love long trail

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:05:47 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, eighth of an inch, off-white, foamy head. Aromas of berry fruit sweetness, with a somewhat rich, toffee-like background. Flavors are rich and sweet, with the toffee character once again present, and a fruit blend not unlike a piece of fruitcake, with some nuttiness and sugary highlights. Very light in mouth, with a slick and substantial feel to it. The aftertaste is much like fruitcake as well...a bit of a letdown. The aftertaste is lighter than the initial palate, and the fruit characters and toffee-like body all get a tad bit watered down. The finish is light and crisp, without much of a linger. Very easy brew to drink, and not bad around a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:26:10 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of soju6


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a good head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Mild roast malt aroma with some herbs and grain. Not a lot here.

T: Mild malt flavor with some sweetness and a light bitterness. has a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and somewhat bland.

O: Easy drinker, good for a couple. Comes across as run of the mill non-offensive beer. I was hoping for a bit of charactor from an Altbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:10:56 | More by soju6
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Otter Creek Copper ale.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malt. Some fruit and spice. Yeast. Grassy hops.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Toasted nutty finish. Tangy and a bit of hops.

M: Light to medium body. Slightly dry with nice fizzy carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, but not quite as good at the Otter Creek Copper Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:46:37 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from Satchboogie - Thanks, chief.

Appearance -- Pours a brassy copper hue with a finger of sudsy beige head. Not bad.

Smell -- A great deal of plum-like fruitiness, dry amber malt, floral hop aromatics and some underlying black tea bitterness.

Taste -- Much like the aroma: fruity sweetness akin to plum and red grape, amber malt, floral hop flavor, low tea bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, moderate carboation. Drying astringent feel. Not great.

Overall -- Really not bad, though not terribly thrilling. I can see bringing a case of this to a party. Not my favorite Alt, but still nice. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:40:33 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Main Street Cafe, Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was hood retention and lacing.

The smell featured nutty malts with an earthy grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a jagged earthy malt with a balancing herbal hop. Charcoal and nutty elements detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and highly quaffable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 21:29:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of beyah


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice deep shade of amber with a moderate head and long lasting lacing.

Smell - Smells very clean similar to a German Alt.

Tate - Very well balanced slight hops bitterness sitting on top of a very nice maltiness, a definate session beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth not overly carbonated.

Overall - Well balanced, would be a good beer to offer a friend who is not into the craft brews we tend like.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:53:29 | More by beyah
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