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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 73 | 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

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

TangTKE402, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

dogfishandi, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

jpro, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

IronCitySteve, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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

micromaniac129, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of micmillon18
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

micmillon18, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

socon67, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of bierbirrabeer
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

bierbirrabeer, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Admiraldinty, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

BeerNinja007, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of joeland
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

joeland, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Duhast500, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of philippehb
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ale" Well, that could be anything !

A - Copper, good head, I suspect a Brown/Red ale?

S - Caramel, Hint of roast, can't wait to try it !

T - Ooo! smooth, caramel for sure, little hop bite, enjoyable.

M - medium malty, good carbonation

D - A fine "non-descript ale" indeed ! I would definitely have a couple of these.

philippehb, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of animalchin
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper body with impressive head retention and lacing. A lot of the lacing sticks to the glass, leaving a concrete structure.

S - Strong resemblance of red wine with some maltiness to follow. Very faint ordeal of hops, but nothing much happening.

T - Some bread-like, doughy malts, almost no hop. Having a hard time formulating a distinguishable characteristic. The taste comes and goes very quickly, with nothing to be held on to.

M - The low carbonation makes for a very smooth feel; creaminess very apparent.

D - Not a great beer, but not a terrible beer either. Has some very pleasing qualities that can be accessible for a new-comer to craft beer. Nothing to sneeze at. I'm looking forward to trying some other Long Trail beers.

animalchin, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint at Joe Sent Me in Waltham. Reddish tinged, golden, with a bit of a head with some resultant lace. Malty aroma, with no clue as to the hopping. Balance, maybe leaning toward the sweet/malty side. Some of the hops come out in the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

LittleDon, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours transparent reddish-orange hue with white head that dissipates quickly. Weak aroma of sweets, light syrup, spices, malt, ginger bread. Spices, ginger bread, cinnamon, burnt malt flavors, light hops but they stay vague. Light, slight spritzy body that is very drinkable for an afternoon brew.

JRed, May 15, 2010
Photo of MaxBrewell
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a mixed six from Long Trail during a recent visit to Vermont. This is my first to sample from them.

A - Crisp copper color with little to no lacing.

S - Doughy nose and not very enticing, but the crisp color encourages me to try it.

T - Nicely balanced, with the malts coming out slightly on top. A very simple beer, and one I would recommend to a person considering craft beers for the first time because of the non-offensive flavors.

M - Again very simple and lacking "Wow factor", but consistent with the style.

D - Not something I would personally look for again, but a solid beer nonetheless.

MaxBrewell, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of skullsplitter
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice copper color. Fairly small head with minimal lacing which does not spend much time in the glass. It's a pretty nice looking beer.

S - I did not pick up much. There were light notes of hops and bread-like smell. Nothing really stood out to me.

T - A little on the watery side. This could possibly be due to the low carbonation levels. I tasted what I smelled which wasn't very much.

M - Not bad. But not outstanding.

D - It's a fairly drinkable beer. It's pretty easy to sit down and have a couple. This was my first taste of Long Trail and I must say I was a little disappointed. Perhaps I expected too much. I can't really see myself buying this again. Though, I still would like to try more from this company.

skullsplitter, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer for what it is, darker lager, rich, almost a syrup taste to it, more malty than hoppy. Relatively smooth, has a bit of body to it, finishes with a slight tangy taste for a moment.

Ranks a pretty average beer, I like the taste, pretty unique in my opinion for a lager, a good base beer for Long Trail to work off of, but nothing spectacular that would keep me buying this on a regular basis, but still a solid brew.

Pittsburgh, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish copper color, relatively clear, with one finger of white foam. Short lived. Light sweet malt smell that is pleasant.

Taste is a sweet malty blend, with a mild hop background. Modest to strong carbonation. Nicely balanced.

A real good New England beer. Good taste, easy to drink.

KTCamm, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of ajhod
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles purchased in NH this week and driven to NS. Case marked: bottled December 2009.

Appearance poured out of the 12oz bottle into a pint glass: dark copper colour/near amber. Head fades fast, lingering around the edge thin and white.

Smell: Not impressed by the smell. Mild, no hop notes, little malt notes.

Taste: Clean, very mildly bitter, no real floral notes from hops, almost lager-like in taste.

Mouthfeel: edgy, bright, astringent. Clean food friendly beer.

Drinkability: Good session beer.

This is a beer which is better on draft, if you can find it. Good from the bottle but not as good as on draft.

ajhod, Mar 04, 2010
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
Photo of Ranbot
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice amber color with an inch of white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Partway through the gass the head dies down, a little quicker than I'd like, into a swirl of foam on the top of liquid.

S - Light bread, barley, and caramel malts. The hops are almost undetectable.

T - Strong malt flavor with caramel and 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.

M - Light, chewy, and slightly watery mouthfeel with a crisp edge to it. It's refreshing, almost pilsener-like, but obviously it's a ale.

D - I could [and I do] drink this any time, any where, any season, any occasion. At a low 4.6% ABV there's a lot of flavor here.

Now I'll lay feelings and probably biases to bear....As a native Vermonter I love the Long Trail Ale. Walk into any bar in VT and chances are you'll find this on tap or in the cooler at the local store. But, despite it's saturation in the Vermont market it's a damn good beer to boot! There's nothing in your face about it, but the balance and drinkability is spot on perfect, and it's low ABV means you can enjoy several without too much worry of alcohol's less desirable side-effects. There is no occasion, season, time, event that I can think of that Long Trail Ale wouldn't be suitable for.

Ranbot, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decided to try this local brew...

A: Very good looking. Copper color with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: Nothing special going on in the scent. Kind of like a mainstream Bud.

T: Starts off like drinking water. Hints of hops on the very backend. Not very good. Might be good for mainstream beer-aholics.

M: Way too watered down. Hardly any carbonation. Leaves not many good flavors on your taste buds.

D: Goes down like drinking a water. For all the wrong reasons. Not impressed.

All in all, if you're into craft beer, avoid this brew. Nothing special at all. This would be good for mainstream beer lovers. If you like brews like Bud, Coors, and Michelob, then this is for you. Otherwise, avoid.

steve8robin, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of EPseja
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Pours a light caramel copper in color, with a pillowy, inch-thick head. Lacing is sporadic and head retention is sparse.

S - Crisp, light hoppiness with an underbelly of biscuity maltiness. Simple, but effective.

T - ESB-style maltiness up front, moving quickly to an excellently balanced middle where the flowery hops begin to peek in. The back of the throat mellows out the sweetness even more and brings in a moderately dry finish that rounds out the journey. Wonderful balance.

M - Gently fluffs up in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Swallow has nice volume and creaminess.

D - The balance on this beer is like one perfect up and down of a see-saw, with the malts on one side, and the hops on the other. I swear, there's something about Vermont water that makes beers from there seem cleaner and fresher tasting. A wonderful session beer that can be enjoyed all day or night long.

EPseja, Feb 05, 2010
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.