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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly nutty and sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: I could keep drinking this beer all night long; it goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:06:00 | More by metter98
Photo of BeerCon5


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with two fingers of white fluffy head, decent retention.

Scent is of toasted malt, some fruit, notes of bread.

The taste is toasted malts, bready, some light floral hops.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

This was a very easy drinking beer, though it was fairly light, I expected something with a much lighter flavor. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 21:54:25 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of SickGnar


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronzed amber to a bit brownish and nicely clear. A good size somewhat rocky head augmented by some bubbles and that leaves okay lacing. A simple but attractive look.

S: Obvious malts, but rather clean. Seems to have a decent does to toasty Munich type malts. Really faint ghost hint of fruity esters. Not really picking up any hops. I know it is supposed to be a hybrid type of style, I still wish the interesting things it does have going on in the nose were a bit more forward.

T: Starts malty with a focus on a dry cracker and toasted grain base with a dose of somewhat sweeter stuff that is grainy and a touch caramel but also has a faint hint at toffee. Herbal and spicy noble hops cut through and stick around to pretty well hide a lingering sweetness.

M: Slightly over medium CO2 on a medium body with a finish that verges toward drying.

D: Malty with a bit of sweetness up front that is quickly replaced by the firm noble hops. It has interesting things going on without being overly complex. Makes for easy drinking with character. A nice flagship.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 12:48:47 | More by SickGnar
Photo of jmdrpi


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bright copper color. whispy thin head. crystal clear.

smells a little skunky. taste has just a slight hop bite, with a balanced malt finish. clean taste.

higher carbonation, thin to medium body.

pretty easy to drink, it's a decent everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:24:16 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a stange. Pours a translucent copper with a 1.5 inch, bubbly/frothy, white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bubbly band - some spots and clumps of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is rather faint - just a suggestion of light, toasted malts and an earthy hops presence; perhaps a trace of caramel. Taste follows nose, with the addition of a delicate floral character that expresses itself towards the middle. A bit of diacetyl is also apparent in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an even carbonation. A light acidity presents towards the start, and a slightly oily texture comes out towards the middle. I'm not overly familiar with the style, so it's difficult for me to make a style informed evaluation. That being said, I found the brew to be simple, well-balanced and easy drinking. Not something I would seek out on it's own, but a nice addition to a mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:23:26 | More by Jwale73
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a translucent coppery color. Head forms then dies. Small bits of lacing.

S-Smells a lot like applejuice to me. No hop character in the nose. A bit skunky as well. Lighter malt profile. Mostly smells like juice.

T-Unique. This literally some sort of all natural juice. A tiny hop bite hits in the end. Light caramel malt I think. Tastes like juice, all I can think of right now.

M-Light, crisp, pretty refreshing. Not too carbonated.

D-I cannot tell if I like this beer or mildly despise it. If I like it, it is very drinkable because it is very light and the alcohol is completely masked. I still can't figure of if I like it.

Its more interesting than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:08:39 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of light bread, barley, and caramel malts. Some earthy hop character, but really not much.

The taste is strong malt flavor with caramel and bready grain. It's slightly sweet, but not overbearing or cloying at all. A light to moderate touch of floral and earthy hops compliment the malts and round out the flavor and linger into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light, slightly chewy and slightly watery with a crisp edge to it.

Overall this is a very drinkable, pleasant, sessionable ale. A good flagship offering from Long Trail. This brewery rarely lets me down with their brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 15:41:55 | More by claspada
Photo of mdaschaf


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:32:42 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a huge off-white head, intense lacing and carbonation. Aroma of grassy hops with caramel malt in the background. Medium, tangy body with grassy, earthy hops, caramel malt and hints of citrus fill the mouth. Long earthy, dry finish. Nice session alt.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:02:15 | More by mikeg67
Photo of wahhmaster


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber color with a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and malty with hints of nuttiness and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Has a nice, slightly earthy bitterness up front. Mellows out into a slightly bitter, sweet and malty flavor at the back. Has hints of nuttiness and breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Has an expressive carbonation and sticky feel to it. Not too bad...

Drinkability: A thoroughly drinkable and exceptionally sessionable ale. If this were more readily available, I could see it becoming a regular session beer for me. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:44:05 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Thorpe429


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazelnut-brown color with a white head and a touch of lacing here and there. The nose is some light earthy hops plus a bit of light grain and bread. The taste is really mild as well with a bit of grain and some lightly-toasted bread. Feel is a bit light with adequate carbonation. Very slight amount of bitterness. Drinks decently enough but I'm not terribly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:02:19 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of tchenery


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows a very bright reddish, amber color. It is extremely transparent and has a very thin off-white head lacing all the way down.

Smells of roasty marshmallow malts and has that subtle lager hop scent as well.

The beer is very light flavored. This is a total session beer. It has that smooth lager flavor with a bit of ale kick. There's nothing standoutish about this beer.

Exceptionally drinkable. This is one to have around for any occasion and any guests.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:58:49 | More by tchenery
Photo of muskiecf


3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:25:46 | More by muskiecf
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A foamy, 2-finger head appeared, and it settled into a nice thin ring. Lacing was really good, and the color was copper brown and crystal clear.

Smell is bready, but largely nondescript. Some light malt notes, and a slight smell of honey waft up at the end.

In the mouth, this beer has a relatively simple, clean taste. A little malty, a little yeasty, some taste of cherry vanilla, but nothing too crazy. On the swallow, however, this beer opens up. There on the swallow are some almost rye-like dry notes that get paired up with a high berry sweetness left on the periphery in the mouth. This beer leaves a sweet veneer in your mouth that begs you to drink more.

The mouthfeel is fairly good for this type of beer, but still lacks depth at the outset.

Drinkability is high due to the refreshing nature, lighter mouthfeel, and desirable aftertaste. A good beer for having a few, but nothing profound.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 22:08:45 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:06:32 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had several of these at the Black Bear in Hartford, CT the other day...

A: Served by the barkeep in a frosty mug, its a clear, light amber with a minimal, fizzy white head; lots of carbo bubbles rushing to the surface; virtually no lace.

S: Bready; some light caramel malt; maybe some light, earthy hops in there.

T: Toasty malts and biscuit; light fruitiness; caramel malt sweetness is there but well balanced by a light hoppy bitterness.

M: Light bodied; high carbonation / a little zingy; very crisp and finishes pretty smooth.

D: Although nothing that's going to blow your socks off, it's quite drinkable; it was pretty easy knocking back a few of these, watching football; a nice, crispy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 17:53:20 | More by jpro
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a light amber color with an off-white foam head. There is nice lacing as well.

S: A decent but not overwhelming amount of chocolate, bread, toast, wheat and some caramel.

T: The malt flavoring is the most apparent on the front end, very sweet, the chocolate, wheat and caramel blend together. The middle and backend gets a little floral hop bitterness to try and balance the beer.

M: A little on the thin side, but leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not overly complex but a decent beer that could easily be sessioned if you enjoy a beer with more malt flavor and just a taste of bitter hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 12:48:43 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of micromaniac129


4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear amber hued beer with not a single carbo bubble. Good size head that lingers and fades slowly.
Sweet malt aroma.
Tastes good with sutle fruitiness and sweet malt, bready or biscuit can be picked up also.
Nothing overpowering clean finish.
Leaves some lacing around glass.
Medium mouthfeel.
A go to beer
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:49:10 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of micmillon18


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber. Head subsides relatively quickly with slight lacing.

S - Sweet, fruity, but the hops are definitely present. Not overly strong unfortunately, but something is certainly present. I wouldn't call it pale but the tones are there. I agree with a previous reviewer, the fruitiness definitely has an apricot kind of thing to it.

T - Starts slightly sweet and finishes with a hoppy, pale after taste. Not quite the pale taste but enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is average, so it doesn't over power the taste of the beer. Pretty smooth overall

D - I could easily have another, or another, or another. I wouldn't exactly call it refreshing or something that you look for on a hot summers day. But if i wanted refreshing I'd down some water and then enjoy a beer.

A good offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:58:15 | More by micmillon18
Photo of socon67

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into a flute glass.

A - Light amber color. Nothing special.

S - Nothing really to distinguish it. You can smell the malt and a slight smell of fruit, possibly apricot.

T - Pretty darned good. Has the noticeable bitterness of the style along with some fruit and a yeasty finish.

M - Generally a smooth beer. There is carbonation to it, but nothing significant.

D - Very drinkable and I found it easy to have a second.

Long Trail is a beer that you don't go out of the way for, but if you see it on tap it is nice go to beer. You won't go wrong with this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 03:42:47 | More by socon67
Photo of bierbirrabeer

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I'm not able to give this beer more than a good/average rating, I will say that I enjoyed my experience. There is nothing that stands out to me as excellent about the beverage, but certainly nothing that stands out as decidedly poor.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden honey color.

Smell: It smells like a good full-bodied ale.

Taste: To a novice the beer might be a little bitter for a standard ale. To a more mature beer drinker, I think the taste and bitterness is a welcome divergence from many of the big-time domestic brewers.

Mouthfeel: With the risk of sounding flippant, I'd say merely, "Eh, it feels like a beer."

Drinkability: I would likely limit myself to 2 or 3. By that point, I would be ready for a new taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 23:18:20 | More by bierbirrabeer
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper with a thin, half-inch head, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Caramel, malty, no apparent hops.

Taste: Not at all what I was expecting. Malt flavor up front that was quickly replaced with a dry, unpleasant toasted grain note - almost adjunct-like. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and thinner than I was expecting. (I hadn't realized this was an altbier when I first tried it.) Moderate prickliness.

Drinkability: Meh, it's ok. Easy to drink, but I don't think I'd pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 00:58:33 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, July 25 2010, served in a Long Trail pint glass. Review transcribed from notes.

A rich mostly clear copper brew with a standard quarter to half inch head from a tap pour. Light tan head, stable thick layer, leaves a ton of thick sticky lace. Smells of mixed resiny pine and candied orange rind carry through to the taste. Finishes with a lingering bitter kumquat. Mouthfeel is dry with adequate sharp carbonation. Crisp and tasty, a worthy and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 17:08:54 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of joeland


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a copper color with a quick fadeing head.

Smell - a very weak malt smell to it.

Taste - a light malt taste with a hint of bitter in thier somewhere.

Mouthfeel - light body, medium crabnation.

Drinkability - a very light beer i could have a couple of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:50:36 | More by joeland
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark gold with a finger of foamy off-white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty malty with some slight hops and a bit of a maple flavor that reminds me of pancakes.

The taste is again malty with a bit of caramel and some slight toffee flavor. There is a hint of gram cracker as well asa slight maple flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a good amount of carbonation. It goes down easy and has only a slight bitter mouth feel at the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 17:49:14 | More by Duhast500
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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